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Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

News Archive

2018

  • Author Steve Sheinkin Visits Fay

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  • Join us for Fay's Admission Classroom Visit Day on Dec. 5.

    Please join us for on Wednesday, December 5 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm for our Admission Classroom Visit Day. It's a unique opportunity for you and your child to see Fay School at its best as you tour our campus, talk with teachers and lead administrators, and observe students and teachers in action on a typical school day.
     
    Schedule
    10:00-10:30 Welcome Reception with the Head of School
    10:30-11:20 Campus Tours and Classroom Visits
    11:20-12:00 Q+A with Fay's Primary, Lower and Upper School Division Heads
     
    All Admission Classroom Visit Days begin in Fay’s Admission Office.
    Parking is available behind the Admission Office, accessed via our main entrance at 54 Main Street, Southborough.

    Click here for more information and to RSVP.
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  • Fall Athletics Season Kicks Off

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  • Helping Kids Find Balance in a Digital World

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  • Students Explore Leadership at Ninth Grade Retreat

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  • Welcome New Students!

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  • Congratulations, Graduates!

    Secondary school destinations for the Class of 2018
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  • Exploring Identity through Literature

    This spring, students in Fay’s ELP 2 Literature and Composition class read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, a coming of age story about Esperanza, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago. Over the course of the term, each student created a portfolio of artistic and written responses that explored the topic of individual identity while reflecting on their own backgrounds and experiences and comparing them to Esperanza's and other characters' in the book.
    Fay’s English Language Program (ELP) is an immersive program for international students who want to become proficient or fluent English speakers. A combination of specialized coursework in reading, writing, history, and study skills and mainstream Upper School classes in math, science, art, and wellness immerses ELP students in the Fay community and quickly builds their language skills. Through their writing and class discussions in Literature and Composition, students worked on seeing themselves in a larger community and explored how individual, cultural, familial, educational, and shared identity are shaped. “This novel does a great job of opening readers up to different viewpoints,” says ELP Coordinator Sarah Ripton. “For many of our ELP students, their first impression of the United States could be Fay and the surrounding community. I want them to understand that this experience is an opportunity and a privilege, and literature like this can open their eyes to that.” Through their writing, students reflected on the reading and explored and shared ideas about how a person’s name influences their identity, how gender roles impact opportunity, and how a person’s environment shapes who they will become. “This project requires students to demonstrate all the skills learned in class from writing analytically, to editing and revising their work, identifying and explaining figurative language, and exploring the plot through the metaphoric vignettes in the book,” says Sarah.
    By the end of the term, each student built a portfolio of written and visual reflections including a map of Mango Street using metaphors, symbols, and quotations from the book to accurately depict the neighborhood. “I loved this book when I was younger,” says Sarah, “and I think it’s still really relevant. “One of my goals with literature is to expose students to ideas that are relevant to today’s world and to their lives.”
     
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  • Anatomy of a Scandal

    How did President Richard Nixon go from a landslide electoral victory in 1968 to his resignation in shame in August of 1974? It’s a tale rife with clandestine activities, dirty tricks, and more twists and turns than a political thriller. However, this particular story happens to be American history and it’s one that students in John Beloff’s Topics in Modern American History (TMA) class study in depth. This spring, students were assigned the task of creating a visual representation of the Watergate scandal from start to finish.
    “Essentially, everything we know, love, and fear about the government was inexorably transformed by the events that transpired during the Nixon years,” notes John. To help his students understand the chain of events and their transformative effect, John assigned his students the project of creating detective-style evidence boards that connect the key characters and events. While TMA has its share of traditional tests and papers, John appreciates the value that projects like this offer to students. “It’s an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding in a creative way.” Students examined the scandal from the release of the Pentagon Papers in June 1971 to President Nixon’s decision to resign the presidency in August 1974.  They used photographs, newspaper clippings, political cartoons, and other tangible pieces of evidence to visually connect all of the relevant dots and link the central figures to each event. The resulting boards depict a visual web of events, laying out the story of what happened and who was involved. They also answer the storied central question of the Watergate Scandal: What did the President know, and when did he know it?
     
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  • Letters of Change

    When sixth grader Avery King wrote a letter about the dangerous lack of crosswalks in busy downtown Woods Hole last spring, she had no idea that she would receive a response and some action!
    During the spring term, Fay sixth grade writing students explore the genre of persuasive writing by identifying a real-world problem that they want to see solved and crafting a letter to someone with the power to help. This assignment encourages students to channel their passion into a piece of writing that is sincere, well-researched, compelling, and in a tone that could elicit a thoughtful response. “The goal of this assignment is for students to think about a problem, how complicated solutions can be and to propose something that could be viable,” says sixth grade writing teacher Lara Gleason. “It’s a powerful but fun exercise because the students feel invested in the topic and are really sending their letter to someone, so in that way, it’s a very authentic assessment of their writing skills.” The problems that students addressed through their letters ranged from national issues like an equity for female hockey players, to local issues like maintenance at a local pool, land preservation, and pothole repair to changes that they wanted to see on the Fay campus like the addition of a rugby team and a change to the dress code.
    Now a seventh-grader, Avery’s letter last spring politely proposed the addition of two crosswalks in downtown Woods Hole village where she spends the summer. Avery began her letter by talking about much she loves Woods Hole, then proceeded to lay out the dangers posed to jaywalking pedestrians and drivers in the downtown area. She even quoted another long-time resident of Woods Hole in her letter who outlined how the situation has worsened for pedestrians over the years and incorporated state statistics that showed she had researched the problem she was discussing. This spring, Avery received an email from the Woods Hole Community Association notifying her that they had met with the Falmouth Department of Public Works and were asking them for just what she had proposed, the addition of two crosswalks in the downtown area. Subsequently, she also received photos from her grandmother that showed the crosswalks being installed. “When I was sitting in Mrs.Gleason's classroom writing my letter, I did not realize that my voice could make a difference,” says Avery. “The Letters of Change assignment taught me to voice my opinion, and moving forward, when I see an issue that I want to be solved, I know that I can be part of the change.”
     
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  • Fay Photography Shines at DigPhoto Exhibit

    Fay’s first-ever exhibit of student digital photography work will be on display in the Mars Room from May 30 - June 8. This was the first year that eight and ninth grade students were offered Digital Photography and Media as a two-term art elective. “In its inaugural year, forty-seven students chose digital photography as their elective, which far surpassed my expectations!” says art teacher Billy Claire.
    Over the course of the winter and spring terms, students learned about basic camera operation including exposure, ISO, F-stops and other settings that impact a digital image. Students also learned how to download their photos and manipulate them in preview. Once they had mastered the basics, students could get more creative with their images and start incorporating some Photoshop skills. Students learned how to crop, adjust exposure, use dodge and burn, convert to black and white, apply blurs, colorize their photos, retouch and even swap heads. Students also traveled throughout the local area to expand their palate of interesting photography subjects. They photographed locations including the Wayside Inn Grist Mill, the shuttered Marlboro Airport, Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, the Assabet Valley Rail Trail and the historic Joseph Burnett House which is under renovation.
     
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  • Fay Partners with Infinitum Squash for 2018-19 Athletic Season

    Fay’s Athletic Department is excited to announce that for the 2018-19 athletic season, Fay will partner with Infinitum Squash for its athletic program.
     
    During the winter sports season (November through February), Fay’s squash athletes will practice five afternoons per week at Infinitum’s state-of-the-art facilities in Sudbury, Massachusetts, where they will receive instruction from Infinitum’s professionals and be supervised by Fay coaches. Each afternoon practice will include one-on-one instruction from a world-class squash professional, court time, and fitness training. Members of Fay’s squash team will also compete in matches based upon the skill level of the players.
     
    Infinitum Squash is a performance-focused squash academy catering to every level of squash player, from beginner club player to elite junior and professional player. Led by Director Nick Taylor and Head Pro Matt Sidaway, the program combines the best in squash coaching, physical and mental conditioning, and world-class competition — all with the goal of developing accomplished student-athletes and top-tier professional players.
     
    Curious about playing squash at Fay? Contact Director of Athletics Rob Feingold at rfeingold@fayschool.org.
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  • Fay Athletes Attend Girls in Sports Leadership Summit

    On Monday, April 23 five members of the Fay athletic community attended the 2018 Girls in Sports Leadership Summit at Cushing Academy. Ninth grade students Tori H., Kaylynn W., and Scarlett L. were accompanied by Athletic Coordinator and Trainer Michelle Steinberg and girls soccer and basketball coach Cassandra Papalilo.  
            

    The summit featured leadership programming for female student-athletes, grades 9-PG, from boarding schools around New England and included a keynote speech from Belle Koclanes, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Dartmouth College. The remainder of the day consisted of high-level workshops that challenged young female leaders to reflect on their leadership style, skills, and experiences. Featured workshop topics included handling adversity, what coaches look for in a captain, effective communication, and different styles of leadership. The student attendees left with fresh ideas on how to approach leadership roles at their schools and thoughts about how to further their own leadership development. Ninth grade athlete Scarlett L. gained a fresh perspective on her role as a Track and Field Captain learning that there are numerous qualities that can make an athlete a good leader. “Reflecting upon myself, I discovered that I am a very caring, mentally tough, and responsible leader. It was not until this moment that I realized that I do not have to be #1 in every category to be a good leader.”
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  • Students Honored for Excellence on National Latin Exam

    Twenty-eight Fay Latin students were recognized on Wednesday, April 25 for their achievements on the National Latin Exam. The Fay students were among the 150,000 students from all over the world who took the exam, which covers grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, classical literature, literary devices, Roman life, history, geography, and Latin in the modern world. The following students were recognized for exceptional performance on the exam: eighth grader Sebastien B. in Latin I and ninth grader Lisa L. in Latin II were given the Cum Laude Award; the Magna Cum Laude Award was given to ninth grader Calvin C., eighth graders Serena C., Chloe L., and Isabelle L., and seventh grader Christopher M. in Latin I, and ninth graders Natalie C. and Renee J., as well as eighth-grader Elizabeth C. in Latin II. Maxima Cum Laude Awards were received by eighth graders Gretl B., Toby C., and Begum G. as well as seventh-grader Mir Y. in Latin I; and ninth grader Min K. in Latin II. Eighth-grader Wendy S. and seventh-grader Erin K. in Latin I as well as eighth graders Aaron C. and Alexandra W. in Latin II received Summa Cum Laude Awards. Congratulations to all of Fay's Latin scholars! You can view a photo gallery from this event by visiting Fay in Pictures.
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  • Five Students Qualify for National History Bee Finals

    On Friday, April 13,  eight Fay students traveled to Malden Catholic High School to compete in the National History Bee Regional Finals. Students participated in a fast-paced buzzer-style quiz of their U.S and World History knowledge. Five Fay students qualified to compete in the National Finals in Atlanta in June. Congratulations to eighth graders Toby C., Chris S., and Alexandra W., and seventh graders Erin K. and Mia X. The following eighth-grade students also demonstrated an impressive knowledge of world geography and qualified to compete at the National Geography Bee Sebastien B., Toby C., and Chris S. Congratulations and good luck to all the qualifiers!
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  • Erin K. '20 Wins MSLA Bookmark Contest

    Congratulations to Fay seventh-grader Erin K., who was a winner in the Massachusetts School Library Association's Bookmark Contest. More than 50 Fay students participated in the school-level contest, where designs from Julia G. '26, Connor H. '24, and Michelle Q. '21 were selected along with Erin's to represent Fay School in the state competition. Erin's design won Division IV, which involves students in grades seven through twelve from across Massachusetts. This year's theme was "Your School Library: The Heart of Your School." The First Prize and Honorable Mentions winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at An Unlikely Story in Plainville on May 9. Click here to watch Erin talk about her design.
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  • Fay Artists Featured in Youth Art Month Exhibits

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  • Winter Drama Presents Football Romeo

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  • Minecrafting a Cell

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  • Tyler Butkus '21 Places Fourth in State Wrestling Championships

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  • Performing Shakespeare with Actor James Frain

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  • Fay Wins Fenn Basketball Tournament

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  • A Winning Weekend for Fay Athletics

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  • Using Math Creatively

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  • Fay Faculty Member Reem Hussein becomes U.S. Citizen

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  • Lower School Explores "Orphan Island"

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  • For the Love of the Game

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  • Seventh Grade Study Skills

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