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Headmaster Bill Taylor knows that boys’ learning is optimized when they are challenged in an active, experiential learning environment. This month, Taylor announced a distinctive enhancement to the Trinity-Pawling curriculum that will broaden our students’ experience and better prepare them for college and career. With the support of a grant from the EE Ford Foundation, along with their enthusiastic approval for the program, this spring we mark the official launch of The Practicum for Civic Leadership at Trinity-Pawling.

The Practicum for Civic Leadership will be a requirement for graduation that exists in two components, challenging students to consider their passions and engage with the world in ways that will promote deeper awareness, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.

  • Students in their junior year are assigned to learning teams which will be tasked with a real-world problem of local, national, or global relevance to solve. Students will learn collaborative, problem-solving strategies and will be assessed on how well these strategies are applied toward creative solutions. Teams will be assessed on the quality of their research, the efficacy of their proposed solution, and the effectiveness of their communication.
  • Rising seniors will be asked to consider and explore an area of personal interest that falls into either a vocational or avocational realm. During their summer in between their junior and senior years, students will be asked to engage in a deep dive into their chosen area of interest. The School, working through its alumni and parent network, will identify mentors who will assist students in their exploration and experiential engagement with their chosen area of interest. In their senior year, each student will create and present an artifact that summarizes their active learning experience. Students will be assessed on their depth of study, creativity, and communication.

“The Practicum for Civic Leadership is an innovative program that will enable students to explore their intellectual engagement with the world around them in a way that allows them to gain a greater understanding of their distinctive gifts and talents,” says Taylor. “Propelled by the changes in the world of education, Trinity-Pawling is dedicated to building a culture of achievement in which expectations are high, and potential is owned by the students,” he adds.

The Practicum’s inquiry-based program will foster problem-solving skills, promote personal exploration, and augment authentic communication. As a result, graduates of Trinity-Pawling School will be better prepared to be leaders in an ever-changing world as engaged, informed citizens.

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In 1995, Rachman began making narrative films and co-founded Slamdance Film Festival after his first Sundance rejection.  Described as Sundance’s “edgier alternative” Slamdance caters to emerging filmmakers and low-budget independent films. His feature directorial debut came in 1999 with Four Dogs Playing Poker starring Balthazar Getty, Forest Whitaker, Tim Curry and Olivia Williams.  His documentary American Hardcore, which chronicles the hardcore punk movement from 1978-1986, brought him back to his music video roots.  The film premiered at Sundance in 2006, was bought at the festival, and released by Sony Pictures Classics.  Rachman remains heavily involved in Slamdance, and is currently juggling a number of projects.

Rachman attributes part of his success to being at the right place at the right time, and to his creative passion that has fueled his entire career. But he underscores the importance of the perseverance and focus he learned during his T-P days. “I was open enough to let something affect me passionately and I had the self-discipline to stick with it.”

Trinity-Pawling students got a first-hand introduction to Rachman’s world of music video and documentary filmmaking, when he came to campus on April 26th. The entire student body gathered in Gardiner Theater to hear Headmaster Bill Taylor “interview” Rachman about his experiences at Trinity-Pawling and his exciting career. Rachman then broke out with smaller groups of students for Master Classes in New Media & Documentary Filmmaking, and Theater and Acting.

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Student Spotlight: RYAN WINN ‘17 & CHRIS TAYLOR ‘17

In this video, roommates Ryan Winn ’17 and Chris Taylor ’17 discuss project based learning, their winter project radio show, how hockey brought them to Trinity-Pawling, and how a shared passion for music has inspired them to produce an album of original music.

In addition to a lively discussion with student hosts Trey Aiello ’16 and Casey Winn ’16, Ryan and Chris perform one of their songs. Watch here.

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On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Trinity-Pawling School hosted visitors to campus to celebrate the greater Pawling community.” MayDay”, as it was named, was a fundraising event organized in conjunction with Mizzentop Day School and Pawling Central School to benefit two local charities: Ryan’s Foundation and The Pawling Resource Center. The fun-filled family day included activities for all. The main event for the day, a 7K “Extreme Cross Country” Race, was a challenging course consisting of mud and physical obstacles and travelled throughout the 180 acres of campus. Several faculty members participated in the race, including Maura Cody, Ben Kafoglis, and Scott Harff. “The Extreme 7k certainly lived up to its namesake,” Harff says.  “I can say with full confidence that it was one of the most physically grueling races I have ever run in.  My only complaint is that, due to the massive amount of mud, I had to retire my shoes after the race!” Ben Kafoglis agrees with Harff’s sentiments. “The race was great! The students along the course did an especially great job. I don’t think I could have made it without the students cheering me on.” Maura Cody concludes, “I was so inspired to run my first ever race to support a wonderful cause! It was fun to come together as a community to cheer each other on!” Aside from the Extreme 7K, another component of the day was a Food Drive that collected dry goods for the Pawling Resource Center.

Jay Kellogg, faculty member and organizer for MayDay, hopes that this will be an annual event. “The first ever MayDay was a tremendous day for Trinity-Pawling School and the Pawling community as a whole,” says Kellogg. “Though the weather certainly did not cooperate, the positive vibe on campus was not dampened by the cold or the rain!” Tralee McElroy, of Ryan’s Foundation, adds “I am beyond grateful to have been involved, and to see so many people come together in order to support Ryan’s Foundation and to keep my brother’s legacy and spirit alive. This will only continue to grow in size and continue to help local children with life threatening illnesses”.

Special thanks goes out to those who made generous donations to ensure the day was full of fun and good food:  Durant’s Party Rentals, Culinart, Clock Tower Grill, and Brewster Pastry!

Be sure to check out photos from the day’s events here.

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Frank Fritts, history teacher and coach, is now in his 6th year at Trinity-Pawling. After attending Haverford College and trying out the legal profession for a number of years, Frank’s career took a turn toward education, a field that he grew up around. “My great grandfather was a professor at Columbia and established a camp for boys and then one for girls in Maine as an educational way to get children out of the cities during the middle of the industrial revolution,” Fritts explains. “My family and I still run the girls’ camp (it was 100 years old last year!).” After pursuing his Masters in Education at Harvard, Fritts started his boarding school career in Massachusetts for a year, and then ultimately landed at Trinity-Pawling School, where he now lives on campus with his wife Katy and their two young children.

Through this years’ Winter Project initiative, Fritts led four different projects, each co-led by a respective colleague. The Winter Projects charged teachers from different academic departments to work in pairs to create projects which explored an interdisciplinary topic. Students then chose from these topics and became immersed in a learning environment that was hands-on and collaborative. The projects Fritts developed were ‘Post WWI Art in America’, ‘The Chivalrous Warriors’, ‘New England Fisheries’, and ‘The Aztecs’. With a wide range of subject matter, Frank was able to appeal to a variety of students.

“Each project evolved differently, and we learned a lot through the process” Fritts explains. “We learned a number of new things content wise, for instance striped bass are one of the few fish that spend part of their time in fresh water and part in salt water (New England Fisheries). From an educational standpoint I realized how much our students thrive with this type of learning. They loved digging into topics that they had a passion about and researching independently. My students gained a greater understanding about what it takes to conduct an in-depth research project, which will help them for their remaining time here and eventually in college.” Fritts concludes, “Additionally, I personally benefitted from working more closely with colleagues in a different way from what I am used to and for that I am thankful.”

What does art, warriors, fisheries, and the Aztecs have in common?


“Why do I support Trinity-Pawling? I believe that T-P’s environment, which fosters relationships while rewarding both effort and performance, is unique.  Most importantly, my time at T-P resulted in more than just a first class education, but led to many life-long friendships. I suspect that it is these relationships that drive my appreciation and commitment to this very special institution.”

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“I give back because as corny as it sounds, the brotherhood among the guys you meet really does last — even if you don’t think it does while you’re a student.”

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“I sometimes argue just for the sake of arguing!” Anyone who knows Alex Lowell ’10 would not be surprised to hear that statement. “I’ve always had strong opinions and felt compelled to defend them.” While he acknowledges that he probably drove half the faculty and his peers crazy, those same people will be pleased to know that Lowell’s prowess at sophisticated argumentation steered him to law school.

I R A C. Issue, rules, analysis, conclusion. “That approach is how I operate and informs all my decisions,” said Lowell. After graduating from University of Maryland at College Park in 2014, Lowell began law school at Pace University. In his first year, he discovered he loved contract law which led him to pursue a concentration in intellectual property, specifically in the music and entertainment industry. While at Pace, Lowell has interned in the legal departments at Atlantic Records, Viacom, and William Morris Endeavor, an international talent agency. He landed another position at a sports marketing agency this summer.

Earlier this year, Lowell won the Grand Moot Court Competition, a grueling judicial law debate. “It’s essentially a mock Supreme Court, where law students prepare their briefs and argue their case in front of five federal judges who grill us. No matter how well you have prepared, you never know where the judges will take their questioning. It’s all about being able to think on your feet.”

Although the court room was filled with 500 spectators, Lowell felt at ease. “I’ve always been persistent and never back down from a challenge, but T-P helped me find my voice and develop my confidence. I was a captain of wrestling, sports editor of The Phoenix, and took public speaking. Even now, whether it’s grades, or winning a court competition, or pursuing a job I want, I have the confidence to pursue it, knowing that if I put in the effort, the desired result will follow.” Next fall, Lowell will represent Pace in a competitive field of 140 other law schools at the nationals.

Lowell will graduate from Pace in 2017 and envisions a career that incorporates intellectual property rights in the sports, music, and entertainment industry. Whether drafting contracts, negotiating disputes, or investigating copyright and trademark violations, you can be sure that Lowell will be exquisitely prepared and eager to argue on behalf of his clients. Congrats to Alex, and good luck at the national competition next fall!

Persistence and confidence yield results


Nationally ranked opponents? No problem. The spring sports are off with a bang at Trinity-Pawling.

Varsity Lacrosse is currently 7-2 on the season, and has been ranked as high as 23rd in the nation according to The highlight of the season thus far was a 12-11 overtime victory over the Deerfield Big Green. Trailing 9-7 to begin the fourth quarter, the Pride fought back and scored the tying goal with 13 seconds remaining in the contest. Only a minute into overtime, sophomore attackman Brenden Lundy scored the game-winning goal only to be completely mobbed by his fellow teammates.

“The victory over Deerfield put our team on the map,” said senior captain Caelahn Bullen. “We have made a name for ourselves, and now there are nationally ranked teams dreading the thought of playing Trinity-Pawling,” he continued.

Bullen has been fantastic between the pipes for the Pride, while fellow senior Paul Rasimowicz has been an extremely dominant force as the Pride’s faceoff man. The attack line of seniors Eric Mawdsley and Justin Scott, along with junior Chris Connolly have led the T-P offense that averages a stellar 12 goals a game.

JV lacrosse, currently 4-2, is led by sophomore goalie Cam Tucci and sophomore midfielder Joe Webber. Thirds lacrosse is 1-3 with an exciting overtime victory over Canterbury, and middle school lacrosse is a perfect 3-0 on the season.

Varsity baseball is currently 7-1, highlighted by a 10-9 thriller over Kingswood-Oxford School and a 2-1 pitching battle against Kent. James Varian ’17 has put on a hitting clinic, batting .429 with seven RBI’s and no strikeouts. Fellow junior Forrest Ruiz has been fantastic from the lead off position, scoring 10 runs, managing three extra-base hits and leading the team with a .619 slugging percentage.

The Winn brothers have been constant contributors on both offense and defense. Casey Winn ’16 pitched six innings against Kent without giving up an earned run, while also leading the team at bat with a .526 on-base percentage. Younger brother Ryan ’17 leads the team with three wins on the mound to go along with a .333 batting average and a team-leading six walks.

JV Baseball is 3-1 on the season and has outscored their opponents 36-10. Tommy Poulin ’19 has thrown two complete game shutouts against Kent and Canterbury, while Hunter Olstein ’17 and Nate Tanner ’18 have been leading the team at the plate.

Varsity golf has started 4-4 in competition this season, including two close victories in the past week.   Last Saturday, the Pride defeated Berkshire 437-442 and followed that up with a 214-228 win over Canterbury in nine holes of golf on Wednesday. Senior captain Henry Angier has been a machine; shooting par or near to par in every contest thus far in 2016. Chris Taylor ’17 has also been a solid performer, highlighted by a 79 against Berkshire, equaling teammate Angier on the day. Cam Somers ’16 and Dennis Ilmela ’17 have also consistently been in the top five finishers for the Pride.

Head Coach Bill Dunham said of his team, “We have two very talented returning golfers, Henry Angier and Chris Taylor, and the rest of the team is improving their skills on a daily basis. Many of our athletes are talented golfers, but now they need to learn how to play at a competitive high school level.”

The Track and Field team has had some fantastic meets thus far including a defeat over Taft and Brunswick in a tri-meet, and a victory at Quads over three teams this past Saturday. Khaleed Exum-Strong ’16 has been a beast in the field events, winning the shot put, discus, and long jump in almost every meet thus far. Also in the field events, Ty Gundrum ’17 has been consistently scoring in the Pole Vault, while Stephen Morrissey ’17 has been dynamite in the triple and the long jump.

On the track, Stephen O’Hanlon ’16 is rarely beat in the 100 and 200 meters, while junior Avery Johnson has been a constant contributor in the 400 meters. In the distance races, Jordan Harnum ’16 is undefeated thus far in the 3000, as junior Will Estony has been nearly perfect in the 800 and the 1500 meters.

Last Friday, four members of the track team traveled to Philadelphia to compete at the prestigious Penn Relays in the 4×100 meter relay. Khaleed Exum-Strong, Monte Lambert, Miles Martin, and Stephen O’Hanlon placed third in the 4×100 heat with a time of 46:06.

Varsity Tennis is currently 1-3, with a 6-1 victory over Canterbury. Team ace, Sean Solecki ’16 continues to be the driving force for the Pride. JV and third’s tennis are both 0-2 on the season.

Get the latest scores here.  Roll Pride!

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Questions? Contact Hannah Keller, Director of Alumni Programs, by email or phone 845-855-4829.

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Through the Nor’easter Foundation, Henry B. DuPont has put another $100k on the line for Trinity-Pawling if 1,000 donors make a gift between April 18 and May 20.

Alumni have been divided into two teams: Team Blue (1935-1991) and Team Gold (1992-2015). The stakes are high: the team with the most donors will win, helping Trinity-Pawling secure $100,000. Will the Big Blue Crew triumph or will Team Gold bring home the win?

Everyone is welcome to participate in the challenge! Parents and grandparents of alumni, make a gift in support of your T-P graduate’s team. Current parents, play for Team Gold. Friends of Trinity-Pawling, whether you choose blue or gold, your gift will help Trinity-Pawling secure $100,000.

Join the challenge today! Your gift, of any size, will help secure $100,000 for Trinity-Pawling.

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Join us for the 12th Annual Trinity-Pawling School Golf Outing!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Somerset Hills Country Club, Bernardsville, NJ

For details or to register go to  or contact Beth Bryant at 845-855-4833 or

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