Following summer-long preparations for a safe return to campus and the 2020-21 school year, we are in the home stretch: freshmen and other new students arrive for orientation tomorrow, and their schoolmates join them next Tuesday for the first day of classes.
Because of the importance of this shared responsibility, we ask that every faculty and staff member, student, and (one) parent/guardian carefully read and agree to these mitigation measures by e-signing Fryeburg Academy’s Community Compact and submitting it before the opening of school on Tuesday, September 8th. You can find the link to FA’s Community Compact here.
Good-faith and attentive adherence to the Community Compact will protect us all. Because we cannot eliminate the possibility of infection, I do want to make you aware of the Academy’s planned response to a positive case among anyone studying or working on campus. Upon being notified of a campus community member testing positive for COVID-19, we will move to remote learning the next school day, during which time the school will work with the Maine CDC to assess the degree of exposure; you’ll be alerted to the information via text message and email. The remote learning period may be as short as that single day, or it may be longer, depending on the situation. Please be aware that while the school will assist the CDC in contact tracing and notification, we will not be permitted to communicate the identity of an infected individual.
Amidst the turbulence and tensions of the day, Fryeburg Academy begins its 229th year. I am honored to have begun my eighth as its head of school and look forward to the return of noise and activity that signal education in motion. Together, we will balance our attention to health and safety with all that makes returning to school so compelling: learning, support, discovery, fellowship, teamwork, and conversation (not to mention chef Alan Whitaker’s red pepper gouda soup!).
Senior Julian Zhu’s photography skills are known by many in our community, and his stellar work graces the Academy’s walls and marketing publications. This year, Zhu was awarded the Gold Key Award from Maine College of Arts’ Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his submitted photo entitled, “Graduation 2020-Under COVID-19.”
For technical arts teacher Bob Pulito, creating innovative schedules to procure enough hands-on class time for his students has been one of the biggest challenges this year. “I’ve had to downsize the project choices due to the uncertainty of lab time if we have to work remotely,” says Pulito. “I’m still looking at two major wood projects from last year that need to be completed. Fortunately, the students have readily adapted and are more than happy to create [smaller-scale projects] for the school community.”
Five FA music students were selected to join this year’s Maine Jazz All-State and Band and Chorus All-State Festivals that will take place on January 29th, February 5th, and 6th and the third week in May, respectively.
Fryeburg Academy finished 6th place at the Maine Junior Classical League on November 10, 2020. The 12 student delegates from the Academy participated via Zoom in the following categories: General Assemblies, Roll Call, Academic Testing, Scavenger Hunt, Trick Shot Contest, Spirit, Art and Photography, Certamen, and Latin Among Us (Apud Nos).
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