Grandparents News | Spring 2019
News about alumni, recent gatherings, and upcoming events at the school.

Grandparents and Friends Day 2019

Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, 2019
Join us on campus for an evening reception (Thursday) and a morning (Friday) of events for grandparents and special friends. Final day to RSVP  is April 25. Learn more.

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Recent News and Events

The 2019 New England Youth Identity Summit draws over 400 attendees from 30 schools! 
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Waynflete takes first place in both Upper and Middle School state Science Olympiad competition
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Waynflete receives major grant from Edward E. Ford Foundation
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A Story Exchange: Colum McCann Meets Waynflete
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Waynflete LifeSmarts team crowned state champions
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Judy Novey honored by MAEA
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News from Lower, Middle, and Upper School

The Waynflete Wire
Remember to visit "The Waynflete Wire," a blog that provides a slice-of-life look at the Waynflete experience across all three divisions. We frequently add new photos and stories to the Wire—if you'd like to stay current, visit any time!

La Cremà
As part of the Lower School’s study of Spain (this year’s “Global Focus” country), students recently participated in the celebration of a Valencian festival called “Las Fallas.” Read more.

Sixth graders inhabit Greek city states
Teams of sixth graders recently competed against each other for points by learning about Greek city states and completing as many tasks as possible. They painted shields bearing the emblems of Athens, Sparta, Corinth, and Argos, engraved clay coins, decorated sashes that they wore each day, and wrote (and loudly performed) chants that permeated the walls of Hurd House. They became experts on their topic, writing a set of running notes to present to their class. Read more.

Congratulations to SeaPerch 2019 competitors
Six Waynflete freshmen competed in the Seacoast SeaPerch competition at the University of New Hampshire on April 5, along with close to 50 other teams from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Our ninth-graders designed and built underwater ROV robots to compete in three events: the Mission Challenge Course, the Obstacle Course, and the Scientific Poster/ Presentation. Read more.

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Events on Campus - You're invited!

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Upper School Drama Presents "Twin Pearls for the Tailor's Bird"
This spring, the Upper School show features four student-written original plays by Em Irvine, Ian Irvine, Julia Fiori, and Blythe Thompson! Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Franklin Theater.  Learn more.

Spring Choral and Instrumental Concerts
Please join us in Franklin Theater for two days of musical offerings from our students across age levels.

  • Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.: Middle and Upper School Chamber Music and Jazz Ensembles
  • Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.: Grades 4–5, Middle and Upper School Choral Ensembles, and Waynflete Intergenerational Chorus.

Spring Dance Performances
Please join us for "Out of This World" in Franklin Theater. 

  • Wednesday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m.:Lower School Dance Enrichment Program
  • Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m.: Middle and Upper School Danceflete Collective

Upper School Studio Art Show
Show runs from Monday, April 22 - Thursday, May 23, 2019. Also on display in the Outer Gallery, the Gallery entrance hallway, and the hall outside of Franklin Theater. Contact Heather Isherwood at 774-7863 ext. 1201 or for information on visiting the gallery.

Other Performances

  • Eighth Grade MusicalThe eighth grade will stage a musical version of Robin Hood as a final culmination of their year in drama, dance and music. Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23, 7:00 –8:30 p.m. in Franklin Theater
  • Grades 4-5 Play on Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Franklin Theater

Family members planning a visit to Maine this summer? Learn about Waynflete Flyers Summer Camp!
Waynflete Flyers Camps provide students aged 3 to 15 years with engaging summer experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. The week-long camps run from June 10 through July 26 at Waynflete’s campus in Portland’s West End. Our location allows campers to explore the urban landscape of Portland as well as the beauty of coastal Southern Maine. 
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Alumni Profile

Heeding the Call
Hamish Haddow '08 on practicing medicine in Maine

Partway through his second year at Bennington College, Hamish Haddow finally acknowledged what had become clear—he was being pulled in a new direction. His Waynflete teachers had instilled in him a love of composition, which had prompted him to pursue an undergraduate degree in English. But Waynflete had also taught him about taking risks, and that while it’s fine to make decisions based on the information you have, it’s also OK to look back and think, “that was the best choice at the time, but now my plans have evolved.” “It’s hard to know exactly what you want to be at age 18,” he reflects today.

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Alumni Speakers

Annie Voigt 11 is in her last year of medical school at Tufts University. She spoke to Upper School students interested in a career in the health professions on January 31. Annie talked about her Waynflete experience and how it prepared her for college and med school and demystified the process for pursuing a career in the medical profession.

Hawa Shir 12 works for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in Portland as their Substance Use Prevention Education Coordinator. Hawa spoke at Upper and Middle School assemblies about tobacco use prevention and will also be teaching seventh grade seminar students and eighth grade students during advising.

Alumni News

Amy Allen ’10 is a songwriter living in Los Angeles and has two radio hits this year.

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In this Portland Press Herald articleDaniella Cameron 94, Senior Director of Teen Services and Anti-Trafficking Services at Preble Street, talks about the new facility for women who are victims of trauma including human trafficking.

Sam Carner ’97 The University of Southern Maine is producing Sam's musical UNLOCK’D on the Main Stage. Read more

Ellie Cole ’09 works for Scribe Media helping people write, publish, and market their books.
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Emily Frank ’04 (left in photo) works as a public school teacher in the mornings in Oakland, CA, and in the evenings and on weekends, she works as a pediatrician. Read her article, “Doctors, teachers have similar roles in young lives but scandalously different pay — Why?”

Justin Gross 18 is currently playing Mordred in the Portland Players production of "Camelot" this month.  Read about the show.

Kate Renner ’96 celebrated the official release of the book she illustrated, by Hope Cheney Bentley “Where Else Do Babies Come From.” “This book introduces the topic of assisted reproduction in a family-friendly format. Using illustrations and appropriate language, the book explores hormone treatment, IVF, and reproductive donors. The book represents families of many different compositions.”- Amazon.
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Destry Maria Sibley ’05 is a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storyteller, and is working on a new bilingual podcast about children, refugees, the global spread of fascism, and her grandmother.

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Nellie Semmes '12, a medical school student at Duke University recently  gave a talk on genomics and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the Women in Science and Engineering Symposium at Duke University.

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