Thornton Academy Postscripts Alumni Magazine Winter 2007 - Page 2

www.thorntonacademy.org Taking the Extra from Extracurricular Making the Call By Carl J. Stasio, Jr. Headmaster Academy—melting snow dripping from the never purposely jeopardize any student’s chances for rooftops, winter sports in full swing, and academic success. But prohibiting our lower-achieving preparation for spring events. One mid- student s from the very activities that probably bind winter landmark is our annual publication, them to us most tightly may not ultimately be our the Program of Studies. wisest choice. Continuing to work at something one Kelly VanClief ‘09 (left) and Rubie Gaudette ‘09 were among the many students, alumni and trustees who volunteered during January’s phonathon to raise pledges for the 2006-07 Thornton Fund. Photo by Lynn Novak. Winter has many guideposts at Thornton finds hard or uninteresting is exceptionally difficult. Perhaps I am prejudiced, but I view each edition Academic achievement is crucial; I would of Thornton’s Program of Studies with pride. Its many Postcripts Thornton Academy Winter 2007 Vol. 42, No. 1 Postcripts is published twice a year for Thornton Academy alumni and friends. The mailing of Postscripts is made possible through gifts to the annual fund. Please address alumni news & correspondence to: Postscripts, Alumni Office, Thornton Academy, 438 Main St., Saco, ME 04072-1595, or call (207) 282-3361. Production by: Lynn G. Novak; Nancy Tripp ‘67; Cathy Coffman; Lisa Morin; Caron Smith Pelletier ’98; and Mitch Boutin ‘01. Without the reinforcing success from athletics, theater varied course descriptions and photographs illustrate or club activities, lower-performing students can lose the depth of our program, the remarkable natural their drive to persevere. Withdrawing the chance to beauty of our campus and our students’ vitality. The enjoy school through extracurricular activity may Program is a “window to opportunity.” The courses backfire, with students having even more trouble and activities symbolize a frontline chance for every improving their academic performance. student to challenge him or herself to grow, both as a student and individual. activities has its own lessons—the benefits of regular engagement with others, the challenges of goal Helping our students to succeed on both Participation in athletics and extracurricular COVER PHOTO: Thornton Academy middle school teachers Hope Hall and Kirk Agreste ‘99 lead the way as students exit the middle school building on the first day of school. Photo by Mitch Boutin ‘01. TABLE OF CONTENTS PHOTO: Thornton senior Samantha King works quietly on her laptop during science class. Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ‘89. setting, winning and losing with grace, maintaining school be broader than the classroom. We cannot one’s composure under pressure, pride in individual ignore the power of “extracurricular” activities, things and group accomplishments. The structure and like the spring musical, athletic practices, jazz band or restrictions of the classroom can hamper a teacher’s orchestra, Amnesty International, student council, and ability to discover what’s really going on with a many more. Integration of academics, athletics, arts struggling young person. A coach, theater director or and activities unlocks many students’ energy to find club advisor may well have the right touch. the kind of success we wish for them. Alumni Director: Nancy Tripp ‘67 fronts—as students and people—demands that our connection between coach and athlete, director and Some contend that extracurricular activities— The right touch comes from the personal TRUSTEES: Vangel Cotsis ’85, Philip Fearon ‘70, Dennis Flaherty, Bernard Gaines ’65, Stephen Garland ’64, Robert Gowen, Ken Janson ‘72, William Johnson, William Kany ’77, Karen Lovell, Joyce Haley Martin ’75, James Nelson ’67 (President), Eric Purvis ’81, Joan Vachon Victor ’48, Mark Willett ’65. ALUMNI BOARD: Teri Hogan Arenstam ‘77, Patricia Martin Beaudoin ‘71, Kathy Allen Bergeron ‘72, Andy Cole ‘81, Todd Davis ‘81, Lauren Chenard Folsom ‘75, Scott Gallant ‘86, Ken Janson ‘72 (President), Bill Kany ‘77, Debbi Ketchum ‘75, Melody Jordan Laskey ‘79, Tony LeBlanc ‘88, David LePauloue ‘84, Susan Willey Marston ‘62, Kathy Boutet Santamore ‘80, Mary Ann Stickles Martin ‘78, Richard Milliard ‘66, Richard Parker ‘60, Kirk Purvis ‘93, Allen Sicard ‘75, Giselle Tardiff ‘90. actor, advisor and club member. It results from distract students from their real job of work. We mutual belonging to a community, being a part of parents impress on our children that “school comes something larger than one’s self. Mario Cuomo, first.” By that, we invariably mean things like former governor of New York, writes regretfully that homework, studying, research projects, and college only in times of crisis, for instance in the Depression, essays. Students have to be academically successful does our country really embrace community: “At to be involved in any athletics or activities. When those moments we understand community—helping academic performance falls too low, students become one another. In baseball, you do that all the time. You “ineligible,” and cut off from participating in any can’t win it alone! …I love bunt plays. I love the idea of extracurricular activity. a sacrifice. Even the word is good. Giving yourself up Shelby Hill ‘11, Joanna Aboroa ‘12, and Megan Rounds ‘12 are all smiles at the Middle School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ‘89. and even co-curricular courses like the arts—just for the good of the team… You find your own good in After 40-some years of working with 14- to  the good of the whole.” Is understanding one’s place Ineligible students miss out on the one act play in a community any less powerful for coming by a competition, forfeit the chance to release energy in non-academic route? hockey practice, lose the jolt of pride from a quick pass to an open player. Do we assume that they need in the coming months, Thornton Academy is looking the extra time to devote to their studies? Is too little ahead to envision the kind of happy, healthy, engaged time spent studying, too much time “playing,” really and engaging young people we want to develop. behind an ineligi ble student’s falling grades? Maybe, Corrections will appear in this space. Please bring errors to the attention of the editor by calling or writing the Alumni Office. We appreciate your bringing these items to our attention. 18-year-olds, I question the wisdom of this system. Taking the “extra” out of extracurricular in the 2010- maybe not. Could we miss something important in our 11 Program of Studies might be a positive step for focus on the ineligibility solution? many of our students. As we admit our bicentennial Class of 2011 POSTSCRIPTS * WINTER 2007