Thanksgiving Food Drive

The sixth grade spent the afternoon sorting and packing the food collected by the school community in this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. After loading everything into a truck, we headed to Wayside Food Programs to unload and weigh everything. Our hope was that the school had collected more than last years 1,907 pounds—or even the previous year’s 2,289 pounds. Thanks to the whole community’s effort, we knocked it out of the park and collected an impressive 2,815 pounds of food. Wayside will begin distributing that food this week to help families in need.

Way to go, Waynflete! Thank you for your generosity!

Skyping a scientist

Students in Waynflete’s sixth-grade science classes are participating in “Skype a Scientist,” a program that pairs scientists with classrooms around the world.

Students recently Skyped with Lauren Rowsey, a marine biologist and PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick. To prepare for the session, students learned about Lauren’s research, which focuses on how and why some fish (like cunner) enter a sleep-like state called winter dormancy in cold temperatures. Students had plenty of questions, ranging from “Where did you go to college?” to “When did you know you wanted to be a marine biologist” to “What is the weirdest escape response you have seen in a marine organism?” There were no lulls in the conversation!

A great weekend

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.

The Garage

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!

Jeff Smith in the new space

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