What if you did not need a map to find the treasure? What if you did not need a metal detector to find items of rare value buried underfoot? What if joy and happiness became associated less with possessions and more with discovery?
What if we discovered a different way of looking at treasure? Would not that be, at the very least, a tempting proposition? At the very most, would not that be downright liberating?
These are the questions that formed the foundation of the homily that I gave at the Opening of School Chapel Service this year. We are surrounded each day by gifts and talents at Trinity-Pawling. These are the gifts and talents that have been given to us by God, and each of us possess them. Some of us are aware of our gifts, but most of us have yet to make this discovery. We are on a journey, however, to discover the treasure that surrounds us each day in this community.
The challenge we face as a learning community is to be more aware that this journey of discovery is rich with potential. If we open ourselves to the revelations that can occur on this journey, we become more keenly aware of the greatness that exists in each student in our midst. We can learn to celebrate the many gifts and talents that enrich this community. And, we can come to the realization that there is joy to be found on this journey and the discoveries we make along the way. We can discover the treasure that is already in our midst and how liberating and joyous this can be.
You’ve lived all over the world. Tell us about that experience.
MC: When I was 5 my family moved to Shanghai for the year and I attended Chinese kindergarten. I wish I spoke Chinese as well now as I did then! Starting in 6th grade my family moved abroad again, living in Paris for a year and Hong Kong for a total of 10 years. Hong Kong was a wonderful place to be a teenager. It’s fun, safe, and incredibly multi-cultural. As an adult, my husband Will and I lived in South India for six years working at an international school there.
How have your experiences helped you in your role as Director of Parent Relations?
MC: I love engaging with people, and learning about the world. It’s inspiring to meet families who are sending their sons sometimes half a world away to attend Trinity-Pawling. Having lived in another country from my family for many years I understand how difficult that can be. I think it gives me an idea of the types of things parents want to know about and how important communication from the School is.
What is it like to raise your family here on campus?
MC: Trinity-Pawling is an amazing place to live with little kids. When we moved here and I wondered what it would be like to raise daughters on campus – a colleague told me how much he valued the fact that his daughter could walk into the dining hall filled with 300 boys and feel confident in herself. Now I know what he means. My husband (Will Taylor ’00) grew up here, with his parents and older brother, so we get to really engage with an important part of who he is. Several of his former teachers are now our colleagues and friends.
Zimo Huang ‘17 completed his summer internship with the Banner Health Alzheimer Institute Imaging Analysis Lab in Phoenix, Arizona. Zimo has long been fascinated in studying tumors and wanted to learn the skills to utilize software and statistics to analyze the properties of them. Through his internship in the lab, he enhanced his skills in statistics, computer science, anatomy, and bio-medical science.
Matthew Cerny ’17 completed a summer internship with Maxim Group, an investment banking, securities, and wealth management firm in New York City. Having joined the finance club in his junior year at Trinity-Pawling, where the club invested a fake $50,000 in the stock market, Matthew’s interest in investment banking was sparked. “I absolutely loved this internship,” Cerny says. “I have learned so much about not only the stock market, but the finance world in general. Bonds, securities, and the law also play huge parts in the business. This internship has taught me what a good investment looks like and most important how to gauge whether a company will be successful or not,” Cerny goes on to explain. “I got a lot of great advice about what route to take through college and beyond if I do want to go into the business.” Cerny concludes.
Nikolai Degenhardt ’17 completed his internship this summer at Congressman Maloney’s office in Newburgh, New York. Maloney is the congressman for the 18th District in New York. Having always wanted to attend the Naval Academy, Nikolai was interested in this internship, since a large part of the application process was to get a nomination from the congressman. Through the process, Nikolai learned a lot about the ins and outs of politics, including the fact that about 330,000 people vote in the congressional race in our district, which is less than half of our 720,000 people that live here!
The Middle School at Trinity-Pawling gives boys ages 12-14 the opportunity to experience all that Trinity-Pawling’s campus and resources have to offer. From its small class sizes, expert teachers, engaging curriculum, team-building activities both on and off the athletic fields, the Middle School lays a strong foundation for up and coming leaders in the Upper School.
The journey of self discovery begins in the Middle School where boys start to see how they relate to others based on their emerging autonomy. By grounding the curriculum around five themes – namely Self-Awareness; Yourself and Community; Global Citizenship; The Creative Self; and Character and Honor – the Trinity-Pawling Middle School student will develop a deeper understanding of their own identity and how they relate to an ever-changing world. The curriculum focuses on project based and experiential learning that seeks to create inter-disciplinary opportunities for students to explore these themes in a way that relates to their emerging self.
Debbie Coratti, Middle School Coordinator, explains “Middle School aged boys learn and work best when they are active and do hands-on activities. The teachers are experts in this and are always finding new ways to incorporate project-based learning into our curriculum. We have a Science Fair each year where the students gather data, set up graphs, and write a paper on their chosen topic. Giving students academic responsibilities in group projects plays a big role in developing leadership skills at this age,” Coratti concludes.
For twenty-five years Trinity-Pawling School rising seniors have participated in “Ropes Course” – two days and one night in the woods during the spring of their junior year.
The Ropes Course is an experiential learning vehicle that teaches teamwork, camaraderie and trust. Consisting of problem-solving and trust building exercises such as “hog call” and the blind trust walk in addition to low and high ropes elements, its purpose is to provide Trinity-Pawling students with the tools to be effective leaders.
In this video, students reflect upon their experience and explore the metaphor of the ropes course. Faculty member and ropes course facilitator Josh Collins ’95 asks, “What did you learn on the ropes course that you can bring back to Trinity-Pawling?” and “Why should Trinity-Pawling continue with this kind of leadership program?” Watch the video to learn more.
Sean Cai and a team of budding RPI engineers designed an early forest fire warning system. His team built a prototype machine that measures the humidity and listens to bark beetle activity through high frequency microphones. Using an algorithm the machine sends a signal when the probability of forest fire is highest. The humidity and beetle activity work hand in hand predicting highly vulnerable fire conditions.
The idea sprung from a huge forest fire that occurred in the mid-west a few months ago. Inspired to help, Sean and his team reached out to fire departments in California and Wyoming to learn more about the causes of these fires. Through research they learned that in addition to the high temperature-low humidity combination, bark beetles are a significant factor in causing forest fires as well. “Bark beetles attack certain trees that then generate oil to defend against the beetles, which in turn is extremely flammable,” Cai says. “Our device is attached to the trunk of the trees, which can detect the temperature and humidity of the surrounding environment, as well as the Bark beetle activities. When the surrounding environment is hot, dry, and showing the existence of bark beetles, the device will automatically send an alert to the central control system so that the fire department can send a helicopter to the area to address the possibility of a forest fire. It is a warning system that can save a lot of human resources and water that is often needed to fight forest fires,” concludes Cai.
The Macfarlane Engineering Prize was established by Mrs. Walker D. Hines in memory of her father, Graham Macfarlane, class of 1872. The prize is awarded to the team that has presented the best Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) project during every academic year.
Dan Bowen ’99 stopped by campus in July to teach the alumni team about Spikeboarding – “The sport of balanced strength.” Dan shared the following about Spikeboarding, “Spikeboarding is the evolution of Nordic skiing (cross country skiing) kinetics brought to the skateboard. Once and for all, lifelong full-body movement presents itself as logistically available in the form of the two strokes that comprise Spikeboarding. Uphill King Of Mountain (KOM) racing has begun!”
Watch this video of Dan in action on the Trinity-Pawling campus. Alumni in NYC – if you want to connect with Dan about giving Spikeboarding a try, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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It surely is an amazing time for Trinity-Pawling. Over the past four years, the School has raised $43 million, helped build endowment, and transformed campus with 11 new faculty homes, new tennis courts, and Coratti Field. This month, we’ll break ground on the first phase of the Smith Field House. “It’s just the beginning!” says Regan LaFontaine, who has enthusiastically accepted the role as Interim Director of Advancement. “Headmaster Taylor is working to invigorate the School’s curriculum and we’re working to complement the innovative curricular changes with facility improvements and vital endowment funds to support Trinity-Pawling’s long-term health and goals,” LaFontaine outlines.
LaFontaine, a Choate grad and Michigander, attributes her passion for fundraising to her own boarding school experience. “My time at Choate was my most transformative educational experience. Because of that I was naturally drawn to work in a similar environment,” LaFontaine explains. “Every day is different and you get to meet the most interesting alumni and parents. You’re helping make a difference in the lives of the students, faculty, and the campus itself, and that is very rewarding.”
Along with her experience in education, the role that perhaps most prepared LaFontaine for her new role was that of an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile driver or “Hotdogger”. Shortly after college, LaFontaine lived on the road for a year as “Regan Relish” and brought goodwill to people in 32 states around the country. Through this experience, she met many interesting people and learned how to be a road warrior.
As for her goals as Interim Director of Advancement, LaFontaine says “My greatest hope is to continue the momentum we’ve created these past four years. I hope my experience will bring a fresh perspective to help us continue to find ways to develop a culture of philanthropic support and in turn, raise more money for the School. We owe it to the entire community to help make Trinity-Pawling the best it can be through a robust academic program, top-notch facilities and a sustainable endowment.”
Join us September 30 – October 1, 2016 for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.
So far, over 125 alumni and guests have already registered to attend the weekend. Click here to register today. Online registration closes on September 23, 2016.
Weekend Schedule (events and times are subject to change):
Friday, September 30
5:00-7:00 PM Registration and Welcome Center open Cluett Lobby
5:30-7:00 PM Headmaster’s Welcome Reception Gamage Gardens
Join Headmaster Bill Taylor and his wife Jennifer for a cocktail reception at their home.
7:00 PM All-Alumni New England Clambake
No coat and tie required at this dinner! Enjoy a traditional New England Clambake feast with your classmates. Your class photo will be taken at this event!
Saturday, October 1
7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast available Scully Hall
Continental breakfast will be provided until 11:00AM.
9:30 AM-2:00 PM Registration and Welcome Center open Cluett Lobby
11:00 AM Alumni Chapel and Memorial Service All Saints’ Chapel
Join fellow Alumni for a traditional Trinity-Pawling Chapel Service and the Ringing of the Bells for classmates and friends who have passed away in the last year.
12:00-2:00 PM Lunch, State of the School, and the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction The Quad
Come join Headmaster Bill Taylor for a casual lunch on the Quad followed by a conversation about the state of the School and his vision for Trinity-Pawling’s future. After his talk, the 2005-2006 Football Team and Jamie Parker ’01 will be inducted to the Trinity-Pawling Athletic Hall of Fame. All alumni are invited!
2:00 PM Alumni Flag Football Game
For the young and young at heart – this is your chance to relive the glory years! Join Peter Lockwood ’10 on the turf for a lively game of flag football.
2:00 PM Alumni Squash Game Rock Squash Courts
Join Varsity squash coach, Will Dore, for a pick-up game. Proper eyewear and footwear required. Make sure to bring your racquet!
2:00 PM Guided walk on the Appalachian Trail boardwalk Cluett Lobby
Pawling Town Supervisor and Trinity-Pawling staff member, Dave Kelly P’09, P’13, will lead a guided walk along the Appalachian Trail boardwalk. Dave has completed much of the Appalachian Trail and has many anecdotes to share. Meet in Cluett Lobby as transportation will be provided. Activity level: easy.
3:00 PM Facilities Tour
Join us for a tour of the current facilities and to hear about progress on the Smith Field House. Meet in Cluett Lobby.
Hall of Fame Induction – Location and time TBD
2005-2006 Football Team and Jamie Parker ’01 will be inducted to the Trinity-Pawling Athletic Hall of Fame.
4:00 PM Homecoming Football Game vs. Loomis Coratti Field
Cheer on the Pride as they take on the Pelicans! Alumni will have a designated area to gather at the side of the field. Class photos will be taken at this event!
Immediately following the football game – Oktoberfest Celebration
Leave your lederhosen at home, but bring the fun for this Oktoberfest-themed dinner featuring music, craft beer tasting, and a bonfire.
Crowne Plaza Danbury – room rate of $99/night is available until September 16. Click the link or call 203-794-0600 to book your room.
Springhill Suites by Marriott – room rate of $114/night (king) and $124/night (double) has been extended through Friday, September 16. Call 888-287-9400 to book your room.
Faculty member Mike Webber and current senior Tyler Gundrum ’17 attended the International Boys School Coalition (IBSC) Conference held at St. George’s School in Vancouver in June. Each year the IBSC holds a conference for over 100 boys schools from around the world to collaborate on topics related to the education of boys. Discussions included: How do boys learn? How can schools best nurture and promote boys’ growth? What strategies are best when teaching boys? How do schools help develop boys to be ready to face tomorrow’s challenges? The conference was focused on Global Citizenship and Environmental Stewardship.
This year, the IBSC hosted its 3rd Annual Student Forum with 24 representative delegates. Ty Gundrum ’17 was nominated and selected to participate in the Student Forum. Tasked to develop an Action Plan he ultimately decided to “kick start” an initiative that would help the Trinity-Pawling campus be even more environmentally responsible. Trinity-Pawling supports his plan and we hope you do too. Watch the video to learn more about Ty’s project.