TNN • Tiger News Network • 12 January 2018

Dear Parents,

As is typical for this time of year, the rates of flu-like illnesses have continued to rise in Massachusetts (and essentially all of the U.S.). This year’s flu shot is reportedly not as effective as other years so there are flu cases in some people who have received the seasonal flu vaccine. The experts seem to all report the same message, though, that getting the flu shot is still your best protection against the virus, but it takes two weeks to reach its full effectiveness. Lastly, regular hand washing is a baseline defense against spreading all germs.

We want to remind students and parents about what is outlined in the Student Handbook (p. 21-22), regarding when students should be dismissed from school or remain home. These parameters are for the health of your child and all of the Thayer community. Students should not be in school if they are suffering from:

-A temperature of higher than 100 degrees F (by mouth). The student should be without a fever for 24 hours before returning to school, as measured without effects of fever-reducing medications.

-Vomiting or diarrhea. (The student should be able to eat and drink sufficient liquids without vomiting, before returning to school).

-Discomfort or malaise not improved with rest.

-A disruptive, persistent cough.

Reputable links for flu information:

Feel free to contact the nurses with questions.

Kathy Cunningham, RN

Nancy Burgess, RN


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Swimming & Diving,  Saturday, Jan 13 @ Blue Hills Regional High School, Thayer v. Phillips Exeter @ 2pm. Go Tigers! See upcoming games and meets for Thayer teams by clicking here on the Athletics page.

No School, Monday, January 15-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Tuesday, January 16 Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Jan. 8-Feb.-2, Faculty Art Show, Thayer Gallery. 

RESCHEDULED: Jan. 23 - Special TAPA Coffee and Presentation by Joani Geltman, MSW - 8-10:30 am, Tiger's Den (Second Floor of the Cahall Building) -ALL Thayer parents are invited to attend! -  Joani Geltman is a child development and parenting expert, and will focus her presentation on topics such as how the brain affects your teen’s behavior, how to “argue” with your teen, keeping your teen safe as they explore teen life, and “teen-proofing” your home as well as “cell-proofing” your teen. This presentation is open to ALL Thayer parents - Middle and Upper Schools. You don't want to miss this program!

Jan. 19, Middle School Admissions Coffee 8-9:30am, Thayer Middle School. For prospective parents. Join us in a small group setting for coffee and a light breakfast to learn about Thayer Academy Middle School from Headmaster Ted Koskores '70, P '10, '13, Middle School Director Carson Smith, faculty, students, and parents. Afterwards, take a campus tour and stop into and experience classes in session.Jan 20,

Jan. 20,  Science! Book Fair, 11am-2pm, Braintree Barnes & Noble. There will be three presentations from experts in different scientific fields. Our presenters include Aly Richardson, Boston Museum of Science, Fari Khalili, Thayer Science Faculty and Kathleen Regan, Naturalist from Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Click here to view the speaker schedule.  The book fair has a science theme to celebrate the new Middle School Collaborative Design Lab and help raise funds to update the science and S.T.E.M. section of the Middle School Library. Using a book fair voucher you can purchase ANY item in the store and a portion of the sale will be contributed to the Thayer Middle School Library. Click here to download and print a book fair voucher.

Jan. 21, Cheer on the TA Trivia Team when they take on Hingham on WGBH's High School Quiz Show! Tickets are free and can be reserved here

Jan. 23 & Jan. 25, Thayer Academy Winter Concerts, Hale Theater, CFA, 7-8:45pm. Upper and Middle School. All are welcome, no tickets necessary. For the complete schedule of what classes play on what day, click here

Jan. 26 - 21st Annual Valicenti Cup - beginning at 4:15 pm at the Warrior Ice Arena located at 90 Guest Street, Boston  2018 marks the first time girls varsity team will take the ice for Valicenti Cup! At the conclusion of the girls game vs. Dexter Southfield, the girls Valicenti Cup MVP will be awarded. In Valicenti Cup tradition, the boys varsity team will play St. Sebastian's.  Following the boys game, the tenth annual Robert H. Ferriter '73 Cup will be given to the boys Valicenti Cup Game MVP, and the Valicenti Cup will go to the winner of the St. Sebastian's/Thayer game. Students and families are welcome.

4:15pm Girls Varsity Hockey Game (vs. Dexter Southfield)
5pm Reception
6pm Boys Varsity Hockey Game (vs. St. Sebastian's)
8 - 10pm Public Skate – "Rock n' Skate"
Skate on the same ice as the Boston Bruins!
$5 skate rental charge and $10 admission fee for the public skate – a portion of the evening's public skate sales will be donated to Thayer.
If you plan to attend the Valicenti Cup, please send your RSVP to Lesley Snyder by January 19.

In addition, the Arthur T. Valicenti Jr. '51 Fund was created to provide financial assistance to a Thayer student who demonstrates a commitment to academics, athletics and sportsmanship both on and off the playing field.  This fund is now valued at over $200,000 because of the support of many in our community. If you would like to contribute to the Arthur T. Valicenti Jr. '51 Fund, please click here and make your designation.

Feb. 1 - Second Annual Bailey King Author Event ~ Cocktails & Conversation with Dominic Tierney - 6:00-8:30 pm, Southworth Library - Open to entire Thayer community!  
Dominic Tierney, professor, author, and contributing editor at, will explore how our perceptions of international issues—from terrorism to North Korea to global warming— are often based on illusions. Powerful psychological biases like overconfidence and the negativity bias can skew the beliefs of the public and leaders across the political spectrum, with dramatic consequences. Professor Tierney believes that wise and active citizenship starts with self-awareness of our own human psychology. As part of the author series, Tierney will be on campus for several days, speaking to senior history and English classes about international relations and his work as writer and columnist in these politically charged and complex times.  RSVP to Lesley Snyder.

Feb. 3--Boston Stair Climb, For Parents, Students, Faculty, Friends of Thayer, Please consider joining Team Thayer in the American Lung Association’s FIGHT FOR AIR CLIMB on February 3 at One Boston Place! This is a 41-story (that’s 82 flights or 789 steps!) stair climb that raises funds for life-saving education, research, and advocacy so we can beat lung disease. For more information, click hereContact Debbie Siegel with questions at

Feb. 5 - Third Annual Founders Day: A Day of Giving - All Day Event!
Mark your calendars for Monday, February 5th for Founders Day: A Day of Giving, Thayer's one-day, community-wide celebration of our history and mission in support of the Thayer Annual Giving Campaign.  This year, we have received a $50,000 Challenge gift from an anonymous donor, and have set a goal of 1,000 gifts for this event.  If 1,000 gifts are received then $50,000 will be unlocked to benefit Thayer's amazing students, faculty, and community as a whole.  For each donor who makes a gift, of any amount, we will receive $50 from our anonymous donor, up to a maximum of $50,000.

We need your help to make this day a success!

Volunteer - Volunteers are critical to the success of this one-day celebration.  With your help, we will conduct outreach to Thayer community members through phone calls, emails and social media.  We will also need volunteers to sign thank you cards to our Founders Day donors.  Please consider participating in this high-spirited day.  We will use the Tiger's Den as our volunteer command center on February 5th.  Email Brad Peterson to volunteer!

Give - If you would like to help us get a head start on reaching our goal of 1,000 gifts.  Click here to give!  (Each gift, of any amount, will unlock $50 from our anonymous donor!)



Jan. 16, 6-8pm, College Counseling Presentation and Admissions Panel for Juniors and their Parents. Hale Theater in the Center for Performing Arts. College Counseling invites you and your juniors to attend this college counseling presentation, which has been rescheduled after being canceled due to the snowstorm last week. Please note that the new location for the event is the CFA in the Upper School. The college counselors will provide a brief overview of the college counseling program, including the college search process, the timeline, and standardized testing options. We are also hosting a panel of admissions directors from Boston University, Brandeis University, Providence College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. They will provide insight on exploring college options and guidance on the admissions process.

Jan. 16-Grade 9-11 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8:00am-5:00pm and January 18 (3:30-5:30pm)
Parents of students in grades 9-11 are invited to meet with their child's teachers on Tuesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 18. Parents received a letter with details of the event and instructions on how to sign up for these conferences through the Pick-a-Time portal.

Jan. 24, Senior Project Proposals Due. To all senior parents, your senior should be preparing their paper and finalizing their project plans.  If you have any questions, please direct your child to see Ms. King or feel free to send Ms. King an email at

Jan. 27, First Habitat for Humanity Build for Upper School Students. If your child is interested, have them contact Ms. Lombardi

Students interested in traveling to Spain in June-there are still spots available, click here for the application. Contact Gloria Blanco with any questions. 

Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Applications Are Open! Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer courses.  You can find information about the 10 courses offered by SStS here, and you may submit your online application by visiting  Through Thayer's membership in SStS's Global Schools Coalition, at least one spot in each of the 10 SStS courses is reserved for a Thayer student as long as applications are submitted by February 15.  Programs can fill up fast, though, so do not procrastinate!  If you have any questions, contact Ms. Archabal


Jan. 16, Parent/Advisor/Student Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th. These are student-led conferences; each student will present a summary of their progress thus far this year, including strengths, weaknesses, and areas needing improvement or support, which, in turn, will likely prompt a conversation among each student and his or her parents and advisor. Click here for a conference request sheet, which will help us schedule a mutually convenient appointment. If you have more than one child at the Middle School, please include the names of other advisors with whom you will be meeting. Also, for parents who have a child or children in the Upper School, please note that January 16th is the same day as the 9th and 10th grade Parent Conferences. Please ask your child to return the conference request sheet to his or her advisor as soon as possible. Advisors will then schedule the appointments and be in touch with you regarding the appointment time. Please contact Mrs. Richardson or Mrs. Bosworth in the office if you have questions.

Click here for important dates for students participating in the Winter play "Fools."

The TAMS Science Cafe is a program that brings in female scientists to talk with any interested Middle School students during a "lunch bunch". These will take place during lunch on the scheduled days; students would eat their lunch either in the Tiger's Den or PA Conference room while the scientist gives their presentation. The hope is to celebrate female scientists while introducing students to various STEM careers. Students will be able to sign up on a sheet on Ms. Young's classroom door (room 205) when they get back from break. Click here for the schedule.

Auction: Friday, March 2, 2018 - Thayer Academy Auction 2018 -Tickets are on sale now!  

The next committee meeting is Tuesday, January 25th at 8:30 am in the Tiger's Den.

The Auction is our opportunity as a community to come together to celebrate and support the talented and caring faculty at Thayer Academy who make a difference in the lives of our children every day. Tickets will go on sale beginning next week.
Make sure to purchase your tickets quickly - this event may sell out! There are many ways to become involved with the Auction:

Become a Sponsor
Sponsors are critical to the success of the Auction. These significant funds allow more opportunities for Thayer's faculty to continue growing, learning, and sharing with our students. Please click here to learn about the many sponsorship levels available.

Advertise in the Auction Catalog
You may advertise your business, congratulate your child's sports team, or promote whatever your imagination suggests. We have full- and half-size pages available in our catalog, and your logo will be visible on all Auction-related digital media the minute you sign up. Please click here to advertise in the Auction Catalog.

Donate an Auction Item
At Auctions in the past, the Thayer community has delighted in wonderful weekend getaway trips, sporting and concert tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, golf packages – to name just a few! We are also in need of items such as gift certificates from restaurants, local merchants, or movie theaters. Please click here for some creative donation ideas. No item is too small, as we can combine smaller items and put together great packages. Please click here to donate an Auction item.  If you have any questions about donating an auction item, please contact our Acquisitions Co-chairs, Jodi Petrucelli P '18, '21 or Karen Klaff P '21.

Jan. 26 - PIN (Parents' Independent School Network) Annual Meeting/Head of School panel, hosted by Concord Academy (Ransome Room) - 9:30 - 11:30 am Registration and coffee begins at 9:00 am and the meeting will begin promptly at 9:30 am. The panelists are Peter Hutton (Beaver Country Day School), Todd Bland (Milton Academy), Greg Schneider (Berwick Academy) and Sarah Yeh (Concord Academy). Broadly the topic is "Innovative Curriculum: Preparing Kids for the Future." However, the panel discussion will begin by having each panelist discuss one of the following "sub-topics" for 10 minutes. 

  • Innovation has become a "buzzword" that schools are emphasizing more and more. Parents often equate innovation with technology. What, to you, is the essence of innovation? Is it just technology, or how does innovation go beyond technology? 
  • How would you define a 21st century student? What does one look like when they enter a classroom in 9th grade and what do you hope they will look like when they graduate? What skills sets or character traits do you hope to achieve through innovative curriculum? 
  • Describe classroom trends or shifts in teaching because of innovative curriculum. For example, the "flip classroom" or that students do less handwriting and more typing. What are the pros and cons of more innovation and less traditional methods? 
  • What world do the kids need to be prepared for? What do you think a student needs in order to thrive in the 21st Century? How does specific innovative curriculum help you prepare students? Preparing students to succeed and thrive after high school requires teaching not just content knowledge but also transferable skills and dispositions that enable students to take responsibility for their own lives and to operate within a greater social context. 

 A moderatorwill ask some follow up questions, and then allow parents a chance to ask questions as well. We will conclude between 11:15-11:30 am. The meeting will take place in the Ransome Room. Best parking is the public lot off of Keyes Road (behind the Bank of America off of Main Street) or using the metered spaces on Main Street.

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Click on the book or article titles for the book review or full article.

Bill Stephenson, Business Manager, A Boy in Winter, Rachel Seiffert

Andy Gibson P'21, '22, Middle School Dean and Math teacher, I Am Number Four, Pitticus Lore


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