On Friday night, I stood at the top of the theater with Tiki Fuhro and Susan Nelson “managing” the throngs of people filling the space beyond capacity. These were not just the parents of theater kids—these were parents, alums, faculty, staff, and students. Every night was packed and Friday we actually had to turn people away. As hard as it was, it is a good problem to have! This was an outpouring of support from all corners of our school and those who came were rewarded with an incredible production. The Guys and Dolls show was done at such a high quality level and with such heart.
On Saturday afternoon, Waynflete folks poured into the stands at Falmouth High School to cheer on the boys varsity soccer team. Again, students, faculty, staff, alums, and friends of the school filled the stands. Many members of the Guys and Dolls cast, crew, and production team were there, just as the soccer players had been in the theater Friday night. All of the spectators were treated to a remarkable display of skill, agility, and sportsmanship by our team. It is the best soccer I have seen played at Waynflete and a real pleasure to watch.
At the end of the day it is our students that are performing on the stage and pitch, but it is the educators and coaches that bring all the elements into alignment so that this level of success is within reach. Katy Cavanaugh as director and the entire production team did an amazing job bringing all of the elements of a classic Broadway musical to life. I heard several audience members talking about how professional this show was.
The coaching staff led by Brandon Salway did a wonderful job leading our boys to a state championship. In the Press Herald, the Mount View coach talked about how intelligent our players were and how they were really playing at the collegiate level. From my vantage point in the stands, I would agree.
I want to extend my deep appreciation, congratulations, and gratitude to the amazing adults who helped nurture both the musical and the boys soccer team. Both were wonderful accomplishments in their own right and together made for an extraordinary weekend.
Ruby Lynch, Laura Martin, Ella Hannaford, and Abby Shumway participated in a Veterans History Project (VHP) workshop today at the University of Southern Maine.
The Library of Congress started the VHP to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (pictured with students) helped bring the workshop to Portland. Students learned about oral history interview techniques and how to properly prepare a VHP submission. The workshop was taught by Molly Graham, an oral historian previously with the Wisconsin Military Museum and Rutgers University.
The seventh- and eighth-grade lockers were relocated to the Forum over the summer, freeing up the standalone building between Cook-Hyde/Morrill and Hurd to be reimagined as a new multipurpose space.
Big shout-out to Jeff Smith from the facilities crew for his hard work. Jeff took the building down to its studs (check out the video below), then raised the ceiling, re-insulated, put down new flooring, and installed a new heating system. For everything from class activities to theater arts to yoga to faculty meetings, “The Garage” is already getting plenty of use!
A weather-monitoring station was recently installed on the roof of the Lower School. The station measures wind direction and velocity, outdoor temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and rain data. It also provides ultraviolet radiation (UV) and electromagnetic intensity readings that, along with temperature and wind velocity, determine the rate of soil evaporation. This is helpful information for farmers. The UV index determines the degree of harmful exposure to human skin while electromagnetic intensity readings are useful for architects who are trying to maximize building heat in the winter and coolness in the summer. Students will be able to track and analyze weekly, monthly, seasonal, and annual weather trends from any digital device.
The first nor’easter of the season hit just a few days after the station was installed. The wind gauge measured a gust of 57 mph!
Thanks to teacher Bob Olney for helping make this happen.