TNN • Tiger News Network • 2 March 2018

Dear Parents,

We have had an exciting and productive winter term in the Middle School. Highlights abound, but a few deserve special mention. The 7th graders participated in their traditional community service day in November, visiting Cradles to Crayons, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and other local venues. All three grades had the opportunity to see the movie Wonder just before the winter recess, and we were then fortunate enough to have two of the movie’s stars, Jacob Tremblay and Daveed Diggs, visit us here at the Middle School. Both were incredibly gracious and engaging, and their visits made for an amazing end to 2017. In January, we partnered with the Red Sox and Take the Lead, a collaborative group formed by Boston’s pro sports teams to combat racism, to host a celebration for Jackie Robinson’s birthday. Guests included Red Sox Vice President Elaine Steward, former Red Sox player Tommy Harper, and current center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Students from Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Dorchester joined us, and the morning brought compelling discussion and insightful questions from our students, who were truly rapt.

Finally, please consider joining us for the Middle School’s performance of Neil Simon’s Fools on Thursday, March 8th at 7 p.m. Students have been working hard in preparation, and I know that it will be a wonderful show.

I hope that you are each able to enjoy some rest and family time over the spring recess. Students, I know, have been working hard in anticipation of the end of the second term next Friday, March 9th. As always, please feel free to be in touch with me with any comments or questions.

Carson T. Smith
Middle School Director

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March 3 - Varsity Boys Hockey, NEPSAC Large Bracket Semi-Finals, 1:00pm, at St. Sebastian's School, Needham. Go Tigers!

See upcoming games and meets for Thayer teams by clicking here on the Athletics page.

Auction 2018 Postponed- Due to today's weather and the State of Emergency that has been declared for the coastal towns of Quincy, Duxbury, Cohasset, Marshfield, Scituate, and Hull among many others, we have made the decision to postpone this evening's auction to Monday, April 9. We apologize for this change in plans, but we believe this is the safest option for our parents, alumni, and friends. In the meantime, while you are hunkering down today, the auction bidding remains OPEN!  Be sure not to miss these tickets to sporting events that will occur prior to our rescheduled April 9 Auction date. The bidding for these TIME SENSITIVE auction items will close this Monday, March 5 at 7pm.

If you have purchased tickets for the auction event at Granite Links, you are already registered and may bid right away in the online auction, which will remain open until Monday, April 9 at 8pm. Simply click here to go to the Auction website and peruse the item categories, which are listed on the left-hand side of the webpage. If you haven't purchased tickets you will need to register as a mobile bidder to bid; click here to complete the quick and easy registration process.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you on April 9 at Granite Links! If you haven't purchased tickets you can still buy them by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Chrissy Dahlheimer at

Monday Meeting: Open mic

The Parent Athletic Committee is committed to improving our student/athlete experience at Thayer.  If you have a student who will be playing a spring sport, please watch for an email from us after break.  We are looking for parents who will be willing to serve as Team Parents at the sub-varsity level.  You can always reach us at with questions or concerns.

April 27, TAPA SCHOLARSHIP - Due April 27, 2018
Seniors have been notified of this scholarship opportunity in the Daily Announcements. The Thayer Academy Parent Association (TAPA) will award up to three scholarships to three members of the Class of 2018 that can be used for each recipient's college expenses. These TAPA Scholarships will be awarded to the applicants who best demonstrate outstanding participation, achievement, and commitment to community service. Please click here to learn more about the details of the application process and to apply.  Completed applications are due by noon on Friday, April 27. Scholarships will be awarded at Last Chapel on June 8, 2018.

Dear Eighth Grade Families,

The results of the PSAT 8/9 are in. If you haven't received a letter in the mail already, it should be there soon.

On December 1, 2017 the 8th grade students took the PSAT 8/9, the first in the College Board's suite of tests that leads to the SAT.  Enclosed in the letter are the results from the test and a Parent Tutorial to help you understand the results. The Total Scores are rough estimates, or projections, of what students will earn on the SATs when they take them in high school, assuming students keep doing what they are doing as far as preparation for the test. The packet’s “Your scores: Next Steps” gives suggestions for strengths and areas of improvement and ways to improve if needed.  Remember, this test is given without any practice ahead of time.For more information on the PSAT 8/9, go to

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at


Andy Gibson, Academic Dean

March 5, 1:45pm, The 32nd Annual Declamation Celebration will be in the CFA. Thirteen 6th, 7th, and 8th grader students will astound the audience with their oral presentation skills.  If you haven't seen one of these celebrations before, you will have a hard time believing Middle School students can be this good.  All are invited.

March 8, Performance of the Winter Play Fools, 7pm, Thompson Hall. Click here for important dates for students participating.

March 9th is the deadline for Pennies for Patients - Our Pennies for Patients campaign started off strong currently totaling $1,815.33! Though we celebrate the money raised thus far, we still have some ways to go to reach our school goal of $4,500! Students are encouraged to bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, as well as dollar bills to be added to their advisory collection boxes. Checks can be made out to “The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society”. Thank you all for your support and promotion of this worthy cause! If you have additional questions please contact Middle School Counselor Jarvis Wyche,


The Thayer Academy Parent Association (TAPA) Executive Board has an opening for the 2018-2019 academic year! This is a wonderful opportunity for a parent who would like to take a lead role in Thayer's parent programming. TAPA has 7 meetings during the school year and 1-3 meetings during the summer. During these meetings we discuss requests for funds from faculty for events, plan community events like Homecoming and the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon, and fundraising ideas to name a few. Please email Kelly Swaney P '20 at by Wednesday, April 4 if you are interested in joining the board.  

Save the Dates for TAPA's Spring Programming:

  • April 4 - 8:15am - Coffee with Highley Thompson (US) – CFA
  • April 12 - 7-9pm - Ryan Klingensmith, CFA   Ryan is a Licensed Professional and Nationally Certified Counselor and Founder of Shape the Sky. He will be speaking to parents about teen use and misuse of technology, guiding and educating teens, and the effect of social media culture on teens in schools.
  • April 25 - 8:15am - Coffee with Carson Smith (MS) MS Library

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Theresa Jay, Director of Technology, Make: Wearable Electronics, Kate Hartman

Karen Jersild, Upper School History teacher, Still Life, Louise Penny



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