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!).
The Fryeburg Academy Board of Trustees has appointed two new board members: Renee C. Thomas ‘84, and Nicola Soares ‘86. Both women hail from Bermuda and spent their Academy years as students in its boarding program.
This past March, the Space Raiders purchased a 9.25” refractor telescope with a computer-controlled motorized “go-to” mount and camera adapter. Thanks to the generous donations from the Perloff Family Foundation, The Lucas Spencer Passion Fund, and Sally and Jim Gibson of Fryeburg, the purchase was possible. The telescope purchase helps to further our mission for viewing and astrophotography of the planets, stars, galaxies, nebula, and comets. We will be having open viewing events on campus and at the OLRC barn as weather and schedules permit.
This January, Fryeburg Academy’s after-school jazz groups were able to resume limited rehearsals (following specific CDC guidelines for spacing, ventilation, masking, instrument covers, and rehearsal length), which allowed us to begin preparation for the spring virtual jazz festivals.
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.”
Fryeburg Academy is an independent boarding and day school, serving grades 9-12 and postgraduate. We invite you to explore our site and learn how students from around the globe find their place in the world through our exceptional academic, art, and athletic programs.