Parents' Post

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    March 2017

    Dear Parents,

    Spring break is nearly upon us, a time to collectively catch our breath in preparation for a strong finish to the school year. We have much to look forward to in the coming months, including spring athletics, final concerts and dramatic productions, Grandparents’ Day and more. Enjoy the time you spend with your child over the break, and I look forward to seeing you on campus this spring.

    Chris Fortunato
    Head of School

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    Save the Date: Second Annual Day of Giving on April 6

    Mark your calendars! Blair Academy will hold its second annual Day of Giving on Thursday, April 6, in conjunction with Blair’s founding on April 6, 1848. Please join us in supporting the Blair Fund as we celebrate Blair’s 169 years and the entire 676-member Blair community. To learn more about the Day of Giving, click here.

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    Highlights of Headmasters’ Societies Games

    Last week was, indeed, a busy week. The much-anticipated Headmasters’ Societies Games took place throughout the week, and students were eager to cut through the February cold to compete against their friends and faculty. Starting on February 20, Blair students donned their team colors—red, blue, green and purple—when Head of School Chris Fortunato announced the start of the games at Monday School Meeting.

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    Grandparents' Day 2017

    Grandparents’ Day will be held on Wednesday, April 19, and invitations have already been mailed. If you would like a grandparent to receive an invitation and we do not have their address, please click here to complete the grandparent information online form or contact Susan Long at Grandparents may register for Grandparents' Day online by clicking here. To view the schedule for the day-long program, click here.

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    Cultural Exploration & Athletic Training Highlight Spring Break Trips

    Blair’s spring break begins on March 9, and students and faculty will travel near and far during the much-anticipated hiatus from classes. Many will return home to enjoy time with their families; spring athletes and coaches will spend part of the break training in warm-weather destinations; and Blair groups will embark on unique excursions to Cuba and Kenya. Read on for a preview of travel plans.

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    Computer Science Electives: 'Really Cool' Coding & Computational Thinking

    More than 20 students are exploring the art and science of computer programming in “Introduction to Programming” and “Software Design,” two electives launched at Blair this year. Led by computer science teacher Michael Garrant, an electrical and software engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience in business and industry, both courses familiarize students with coding concepts and give them experience solving problems through “computational thinking,” a skill Mr. Garrant sees as essential in the modern workplace.

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    Analytical Chemistry: Complex Science with Practical Applications

    How much calcium is actually present in a calcium supplement? What kind of food coloring is in powdered drink mix? What pigments make spinach green and how much is contained in a single leaf? These are some of the questions 15 juniors and seniors have addressed in analytical chemistry, a new yearlong science elective developed and taught by science teacher Aly Dowey.

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    Debate Team Achieves Success at Harvard National Forensics Tournament

    Six Blair debate team members competed in the 43rd annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious high school debate tournaments. From February 17 to 20, Blair’s speakers and debaters tested their oratory skills in a variety of categories against students from all over the country, and it was an opportunity that debate team coach, English and theatre teacher Micki Kaplan McMillan, was thrilled for the team to experience.

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    Retired Army Officer Examines Trump Foreign Policy at Skeptics

    On February 28, the Society of Skeptics welcomed retired Army Maj. Jason C. Howk for his second presentation of the 2016-2017 academic year: “The Trump Doctrine: Foreign Policy Under the New Administration.”

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    On Display in The Romano Gallery

    Visitors: Part 2
    March 25-April 22; reception on March 30
    Monica Bernier’s recent paintings draw imagery from abstracted figurations she developed into a wordless comic book entitled Visitors. In her work, natural elements such as sky, trees and ground take on caricatured qualities accentuated by broad matte brilliant color that suggests a “flatlands” landscape.

    Vocabulary of Trees
    March 25-April 22; reception on March 30
    In the Vocabulary of Trees, Robert Braczyk’s open-form wood sculptures integrate many aspects of the artist’s interests, abilities and experiences. Highlighting fundamental material differences, his work applies formal breakthroughs of welded iron sculpture to wood.

    Annual Student Art Exhibition
    April 27-May 23; reception on April 27
    Displaying student work of all different mediums, this show celebrates the accomplishments, hard work and dedication of Blair’s talented fine artists.

    For more information on The Romano Gallery, click here.

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    New Faculty Groups Seek to Strengthen School Community

    The forging of meaningful relationships among faculty and students is a time-honored hallmark of the Blair experience. This year, faculty members are working to further enrich relationship-based learning at the School through the efforts of two groups, which were formed to explore the makeup of life at Blair and determine ways in which faculty and students can gain deeper understanding of one another.

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    Blair Wrestling Wins 37th National Prep Championship

    Blair wrestling earned its 37th national prep team championship at the 2017 national prep tournament held February 24 and 25 at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena. The Bucs’ final team score of 306 was 30 points higher than second-place finisher Wyoming Seminary and nearly 80 points higher than third-place finisher Malvern Preparatory School, and Blair won all 12 of its medal matches.

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    Blair Girls’ Basketball Wins 7th-Consecutive MAPL & State Titles

    The girls’ varsity basketball team capped off another successful season in February, winning its seventh-straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and prep “A” state championship titles.

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    11th-Annual Spring College Fair

    The college counseling office will host Blair’s 11th-Annual Spring College Fair on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Hardwick Hall’s field house. This event for juniors and sophomores will bring nearly 100 American and European college admission representatives to campus over the course of two days. Workshops for parents on aspects of selective college admission are also planned.

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    Blair Junior Organizes On-Campus Blood Drive

    Caroline Haywood ’18 grew up surrounded by the world of medicine: Her mother is a nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; her father works as an engineer in the medical field; and her uncle is a cardiologist.

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    News from the Health Center

    If you have not completed your child's Spring Health Update in Magnus, please do this today! Please click here to see a "cheat sheet" to help!

    Online health forms for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available on June 10, 2017 and must be completed by July 15, 2017. Remember, spring break is an ideal time to schedule your child's summer physical examination for the 2017-2018 school year!

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    2017 Commencement Week

    Graduation is approaching quickly! If you have not already done so, please make your travel plans soon. For a list of area accommodations, click here. Information regarding senior week and graduation will be sent from the student life office in early April. Below, please find the list of scheduled events during Commencement Week 2017:

    Monday, May 22
    5 p.m. – Senior Prize Assembly
    Tuesday, May 23
    Junior/Senior Prom
    Wednesday, May 24
    9 a.m. – Golf & Tennis Outing
    5 p.m. – Class of 2017 Senior Assembly
    5:45 p.m. – Senior dinner and reception
    8 p.m. – Baccalaureate at Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
    10 p.m. – Senior dance
    Thursday, May 25
    9:30 a.m. – Coffee for parents at Sharpe House
    11 a.m. – Commencement exercises
    12:15 p.m. – Luncheon for the graduating class and guests
    4 p.m. – Seniors to leave campus

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    Extended Parents' Weekend for the Fall of 2017

    Save the date for Blair's first extended Parents' Weekend in 2017 scheduled for Thursday, October 26 through Saturday, October 28! Look for more detailed information about Parents' Weekend 2017 in the coming months. It's not too early to make hotel reservations. For area accommodations, click here.


Issue: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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Thu Mar 9

Spring Vacation begins after last commitment