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Non-Profit Org U.S. Postage PAID Manchester, NH Permit #724BREWSTER80 Academy Drive Wolfeboro, NH 03894THE MAGAZINE OFBREWSTERACADEMY FALL 2017D.C . C O NNE C T I O NTHE MAGAZINE OFBREWSTERACADEMY FA L L 2 0 17 H EA D O F S CHO O L Craig N. Gemmell, Ph.D. D IR ECTO R O F EX TER NA L A FFA I R S Lynne M. Palmer ED ITOR , D IR EC TO R O F COMMUNI CAT I O NS Marcia EldredgeFOLLOW US O N S O C I A L M ED I ACONTR IB U TO R S Liz Baker McClain, Bret Barnett, Lisa Braiterman, Susan Crowley, Craig Gemmell, Beth Hayes ’81, Matt Hoopes, Kristy Kerin, Lynne Palmer, T.J. Palmer, Shirley Richardson, Marcia Trook PH OTOG R A P HY Steve Allen, Brewster Academy Archives, Tawna Callahan, Commencement Photos Inc. Marcia Eldredge, Maria Found, Good Wolf Entertainment, Marist College Athletics, Lynne Palmer, T.J. Palmer, Erin Schaff, Phil Stiles D ES IGN Aldeia Brewster, The Magazine of Brewster Academy, is published twice a year and mailed to alumni, parents, and friends of Brewster Academy. Brewster Academy 80 Academy Drive Wolfeboro, NH © 2017 Brewster Academy. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.BOA R D O F T RU ST E E S 2 0 1 7 – 2 0 1 8 Roy C. Ballentine (Susan ’94, Brian ’97) ChairKaren Boykin-Towns (Jasmine ’13, Trinity ’19)Arthur W. Coviello Jr. Vice ChairC. Richard Carlson Estate TrusteeRobert J. Mueller (GP, Grant ’17) Treasurer Ronn Bronzetti ’92 Secretary Richard W. Blackburn (GP, Kate ’19) Estate TrusteeBeverly BruceDavid L. Carlson ’54 (GP, Chris ’15)Gabrielle “Bri” J. Gatta ’05 President, Alumni Association Peter Grayson (Bradley ’14) Joan Hill (Sarah ’20)Candace A. Crawshaw ’64 Carlos Noble ’70 Ashley Pettus James C. Curvey (Henry ’19) George J. Dohrmann III (George ’05, Geoffrey ’12) Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz (Brice ’18) Karen W. Fix The Reverend Nancy (Will ’11, Keenan ’13) Spencer Smith Estate TrusteeSteven R. Webster (Brooke ’08, Tori ’11) Dr. Craig N. Gemmell (Teddy ’20) Ex Officio TRUSTEE EMERITI P. Fred Gridley ’53 (Deborah ’81) Daniel T. Mudge (Tapley-Ann ’98, Ashley ’02)THEY MET THEIR GOALS! WILL YOU HELP US MEET OURS? GIFTS CAN BE MADE BY: CHECKUsing the selfaddressed envelope in this issue of the magazineCREDIT CARDUsing our secure online giving link givenowCALLThe Alumni and Development Office at 603-569-7485Thank you for your support of Brewster Academy.02 HEAD LINES 03 CAMPUS NEWS 30 A LOOK BACK 32 ALUMNI NEWS 38 CLASS NOTES 44 REMEMBER WHEN?F E ATU R ES16 Emotions Matter LLI New England conference at Brewster focuses on building the emotional-social learning capacity of students.20 Primary Sources Students seek authentic connection to course work in the nation’s capital.26 Welcome to the Neighborhood A new dorm is underway on the Brewster campus.CONTENTSD EPART ME NT S02 CR A I G G EM M E L L H E A D O F S CH O OL craig gemmell@brewsteracademy.orgHead Lines DOUBLE BOTTOM LINEIn the 30 years that separate my first year as a teacher to now, boarding schools have become my Hotel California – I’ve never been able to leave. I’ve taught, coached, and lived in dorms with thousands of kids, eaten countless meals, watched countless games, all the while living in a brief series of three odd little villages. I suppose I got into working at schools because I didn’t want to stop going to school. A perplexing deflection point came perhaps a decade-and-a-half ago. I went from sitting on committees to chairing them and soon from teaching to administering and, having just begun my third year, to leading Brewster. It was an odd, unintended, unexamined evolution that resulted from my following my erratic curiosities. Now I delight still in the myth, rite, and sacrament of independent schools but see them also through another lens, as entities embedded in a market and threatened at least a bit by the 21st century and all it brings. And while I still delight in my connections with students and evaluate the quality of a Saturday afternoon JV soccer game and the crust of pizza at Friday dinner, I think also about troubling economic, cultural, demographic, and perceptual trends that I must be cognizant of as head of school. In this way, I’ve come to understand the power of the notion of the double bottom line on which I must always be focused as head of school. The double bottom line: the measure of our ability to attend to mission within the context of societal needs while also thriving in a difficult marketplace. Keeping focus on the double bottom line – on both mission and market – makes for relentlessly exciting and meaningful work for all involved. Over the past few years, I’ve thought and labored much with a talented group of trustees, senior administrators, and faculty and staff in coming to terms with how we’ll shape our double bottom line. In the process: We’ve ... • crafted a compelling, differentiating, mission-driven vision we believe will serve us long into the future. •developed a strategy process that is already bearing fruit in the form of policy, program, and facilities changes. •radically re-imagined the administrative structures and processes to give us clear means to develop and operationalize compelling strategies in a manner that is both inclusive and fast-moving – and in theB R E WS TE R ACAD E MYprocess developed a potent organizational structure up to the task of managing our ongoing evolution. •started engaging all Brewster constituencies in this meaningful work. These have been a dizzying few years. Our vision, strategy process, administrative structures, and engagement with others are predicated on a core belief: we are currently serving our students well and are thus improving from a position of strength. Moreover, we recognize that the basic conceit of our practice – supporting and challenging a cognitively diverse population in a manner that liberates strengths of each individual by virtue of our unique, student-centered approaches – will not change. We neither wish for profound upheaval in what we do nor do we strive to populate this school with a narrow slice of the cognitive universe of students because doing so will not prepare any of our students for the world they will enter and ultimately inherit. Rather, our vision is fixed laser-like on transformation at four levels: transforming the students we serve ever more effectively by improving our core teaching practices as articulated in the Brewster Model; expanding the boundaries of our teaching practices and thus transforming all dimensions of student experience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – in the dorms, on the playing fields, in the theater, arts studio, and school community; transforming our relation to Wolfeboro and the surrounding areas to both bring more worthy local students to our campus regardless of their ability to afford the education and to entreat our students to learning and service opportunities; and transforming how other schools think about their agency in the lives of their students by engaging in the broader conversations happening globally about the future of education. I’m inspired daily by these notions and believe in their profound value for our school and for education more broadly. We have an impressively skilled and devoted senior administrative team (see page 7) tasked with organizing this work and a faculty excited to participate. We look forward to informing the Brewster family of our progress as it unfolds and engaging it at key points. We are excited for your feedback as you help us determine the way education should be. / BA /C AM PUS N E WSCAMPUS NEWSIN THIS SECTION: 04 NEWS 09 ARTS 12 FIELD & GOALSFA L L 20 17CA M P US NE WS0405 C AM PUS N E WSCLASS OF 2017CommencementCommencement Awards Headmaster’s Prize Angela First Postgraduate Award Jitlekha Tubsuri Athletic Director’s Award Tara Fitzpatrick Patrick Ryan Faculty Community Service Award Helen D’Angelo Ronald “Buzzy” Dore Memorial Award Mohamed Alameri Jill Carlson Memorial Award Tara FitzpatrickWOR D S O F W IS O D OM F RO M JAY W RI G H TOne of the challenges that you are going to have is finding a college campus that is as aspiring as this glorious venue. I haven’t seen one out there and I’ve been to a lot of them. You are more prepared than any high school student to define your own success to be a good man, a good woman, confident, humble, generous, living a life that is meaningful to you and others, not defined by the world scorecard.Faculty Growth Achievement Award Noah Selig Mabel Cate Tarr Award Margarita Shostak David Sirchis School Service Award Evan Edmonds Arthur J. Mason Foundation Award Bailey Kolinski Max Wang Burtis F. Vaughan Award Julia Sledzik Arthur M. Hurlin Award Lucy LiautaudFor photos and full coverage of Commencement, please visit: commencementFA L L 20 17CA M P US NE WS06MEET… CY N DY W H I T EBest-selling snack in Campus Store? Candy!Cyndy White can’t believe it’s only been two years since she came to Brewster. “I love it here!” she says with a beaming smile. First she was the bubbly, energetic person handing out packages in the mailroom amid the Campus Store, and when the retail and mail operations were separated last year, she transferred her positive energy and retail creativity to the Campus Store as the manager. A native of Catania, Sicily, Cyndy, husband Bob, and son Matt ’19, moved to Wolfeboro 12 years ago from Arlington, Massachusetts. Now the family also includes identical twin daughters Carmin and Hayley (yes, she has gotten them mixed up).Most surprising student request for an item in the Campus Store? Brewster Pillow Pet, which I think was a great idea and would be amazing for those long bus rides for away games.Campus Store ManagerStrangest package received in the mailroom? It’s a long list but I’m going to go with pigs for dissection. Do shoppers actually use the dressing “room”? Yes, after they ask me what it is ... lol. It’s funny because everyone thinks that there is a shower in the corner of the store. Who is your retail hero? My Mom, followed by Ralph Lauren. I rememberB R E WS TE R ACAD E MYas a child going to the mill where my Mom worked, she made men’s suits by hand, first for Southwick, then for Polo. I watched the magic behind the scenes, from seeing the material rolled out onto the large cutting tables, then marked, cut, stitched, and re-stitched. There’s nothing better than a well-made tailored suit.  You’ve been touring major U.S. cities. What is the next destination for the White family? Texas! My husband and I would like to drive down, but the kids are not too keen on the idea. What’s next for the Campus Store? It all depends on what our students want and if I can make it happen. I would love to put a Starbucks on campus ... lol, but I am not sure if I can work that kind of magic.07Bret BarnettBOOK SHELF The Fall of Rome By Martha Southgate This summer the Brewster faculty read The Fall of Rome by Martha Southgate. Faculty summer reading is popular at some schools and while we have had suggested reading in the past, we wanted to enable faculty to share and grow together through a shared experience in reading the same text. This fictional novel shares the varied perspectives of three different constituents at a boarding school – a veteran teacher, a new teacher, and a new student. While race, class, and privilege are certainly palpable concepts that motivate the characters throughout, the novel strives to remind us all to take perspective and to recognize that everyone’s experience is impacted by their own past. I am hopeful that the discussions the faculty will have brought upon their return will help each of us to be even more empathetic – to parents placing trust in an institution, to students filled with angst and excitement for a new school year, to colleagues who are all working their best to transform students. If you are looking for a novel to read, consider adding this to your book shelf. —Bret Barnett, Assistant Head of School – Campus AffairsMatt ButcherRaylene DavisJonathan FouserKristy KerinThis Newsmakers includes the senior administrative team – led by and referenced by Head of School Craig Gemmell in his Head Lines on page 2 – that has taken shape over the past year. It includes three new assistant heads of school, two teachers who have moved from the classroom to become deans, a former faculty member who has returned after two years of working in an international school, a long-time director who will re-focus in a more singular role, and a director new to Brewster. Two additional members – Chief Financial Officer Lisa Braiterman and Human Resources Director Maryann Biedak are not included here, as they do not work directly with students. Bret Barnett, Assistant Head of School – Campus Affairs, oversees the development and execution of the Community Life Program, the Residential Program, weekend programs, school traditions, and the general well-being of students outside of the classroom and athletics. Most recently he served as dean of campus affairs. Matt Butcher, Academic Dean and Dean of Lower School, oversees the delivery of the Academy’s Academic Program and its adherence to tenets of teaching and student emotional/social development. He is responsible for ensuring that academic teams support the academic progress of students, and oversees student discipline and behavior management for the Lower School, the Team Leader Program, the Academic Advisor Program, and the Recognition System. Previously he was English department chair. Raylene Davis, Assistant Head of School – Academic Program, oversees curriculum, professional development, department chairs, and faculty observations. Most recently she served as director of Global Programs.Jonathan Fouser, Director of Summer and Global Programs, oversees all aspects of Summer Programs, including supervising the Thai Scholar Program, the AIDA Program, and Brewster Academy Summer School. Additionally, he will be developing a Global Studies Program and reestablishing the Outdoor Program. Most recently Jonathan was head of English and associate dean of students at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan, and previously was an English teacher at Brewster from 1998-2014. Kristy Kerin, Assistant Head of School – Institutional Strategy and Advancement, oversees the goals and functions related to advancement, governance, institutional research, special events, and Brewster’s strategy process. Most recently she was the director of institutional advancement. Lynne Palmer, Director of External Affairs, oversees the marketing team directing marketing and outreach efforts focused on engaging constituents in meaningful ways and advancing the school’s reputation. She also is working directly with Nick Wilbur overseeing enrollment management in his transition as director of admission.FA L L 20 17C AM PUS N E WSN E W S M AK ER SCA M P US NE WS08 N EW S M A K ER S CO N T I N U E D . . . Most recently she was director of admission and external affairs.Lynne PalmerNick WilburKim Yau See all our Newsmakers online at Wilbur, Director of Admission, oversees the admission team in their efforts to attract a robust pool of viable applicants. He also is responsible for enrollment management for both incoming students as well as currently enrolled families. Nick comes to Brewster from the Westminster School where he was most recently the director of financial aid and associate director of admission. Kim Yau, Dean of Upper School, oversees the day to day operations of the Upper School teams, faculty, and students including implementation of program, addressing Upper School student needs, faculty needs, and parent needs as they relate to the team delivery of program. She also oversees student discipline and behavior management of Upper School and supervises and evaluates Upper School team leaders. Most recently Kim was the senior team coordinator and an instructional support teacher.Q+A W E AS KE D:With your freshman year complete, what will you do different as a sophomore?MARY JAMES ’20 (WOLFEBORO)I’m not going to focus just on my grades. Of course I still want good grades but I’m going to focus as much on the things I love like theatre, music, and the arts.KYLE SLEDZIK ’20 (PONTE VEDRA, FLORIDA)Now that I have completed freshman year and have gotten to know Brewster’s campus, I am looking forward to exploring the town more often. This summer Brewster introduced its Wolfeboro and the World Summer Speaker Series. The aspiration for the series was to engage in local conversations with global changers. The four speakers invited to this inaugural series have local connections and, through personal or professional endeavors, have made their mark in the national or international arena. The speakers were: distinguished scientist Dr. Warren Muir, who shared the inspiring stories of three people who opened his eyes to what is possible to achieve by simply caring and wanting to make a better life for others; nationally syndicated political cartoonist Bob Gorrell, who discussed the lighter side of politics and entertained the audience with live cartoon creations; international cyber security expert Art Coviello, who spoke about security and privacy; and Dartmouth professor Dr. Eric Fossum, primary inventor of the CMOS image sensor used in nearly all camera phones, web cameras, and DSLRS.B R E WS TE R ACAD E MYKAEDE KAWATA ’20 (TAKARADUKA, JAPAN)I think I am going to study English harder and prepare for taking non-ESL classes when I become a junior. What I am most looking forward to is joining activities because I didn’t participate much as a freshman.The ARTS“Pensive” by Caleb Getto ’1709PRO FI LECA L EB G E T TO ’ 17 “When I was really young, about pre-school age, my mom took me to a mother and son art class. The teacher told my mom she had to keep me in art classes because I was going to be a great artist someday.” Caleb Getto ’17 quite modestly shared this anecdote on a hot day between shifts at a lobster pound on the south shore of Massachusetts. Although Caleb spent only a postgraduate year at Brewster, those who became familiar with his artwork would likely agree with that mommy and me art instructor. As much as Caleb loves producing art – his favorite medium is charcoals – he also loves lacrosse. Fortunately at Brewster, he could pursue both of his passions. In addition to producing charcoals in the art studio, he was one of two goalies for the boys’ varsity lacrosse team. “Junior year was when I really thought I might be able to do something with my talents. … It’s been a dream of mine to work at Pixar. I would just love to be in charge of the creative director of a feature film. I love everything about Pixar films. I have loved them since I was a kid and still love them to this day.” When it came time to think about college, Caleb knew he could go to a big school with an art program and play lacrosse or attend an art school, which likely would offer no sports. And then he was accepted at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). “At the end of the day, RISD is one of the best schools in the country for art, and I knew I could find a way to play lacrosse. Attending RSID was just something I couldn’t pass up to play lacrosse.” And Caleb has found a way to pursue his other passion: while he pursues his dream at RISD, he plans to play club lacrosse at Brown University.FA L L 20 17CA M P US NE WS10 VE R BATI M“The long and vast cultural history of China unfolded before me. … I could not help but notice that while the first settlers were clearing fields in North America, China’s cartographers were mapping Asia and building palaces to the sky.”BA Social TWITTER @BrewsterAcademy 2017 Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse Lakes Region Champs!Historian DOUG KILEY, reflecting as he stood in the once Forbidden City on his recent trip to China with Brewster faculty.O N V I EW Gangsters, gamblers, dancers,

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