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Successful Spring Wrap-Up Despite COVID
Megan Bard and Dawn Chmura, Rectory Communications

Not even COVID-19 could diminish the success and excitement of the spring term on the Rectory School campus. Although some alterations were made to some traditional events, innovation and creativity ensured a happy end to a school year like no other.

After a year of mask-wearing, social distancing, athletic alterations, virtual events, and Centennial Celebration postponements, Rectory wrapped up the spring term with some great celebrations.

Elementary School Letters to Alumni

Six elementary school students make a 100 out of their body as they prepare to send 100 letters to alumni.

Six elementary school students make a "100" out of their bodies as they prepare to send 100 letters to alumni. We heard back from some alumni that this outreach was wonderful. It's great connecting generations of Rectory students!

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Two elementary school girls read poems to a middle school boy who is listening intently.

In honor of National Poetry Month, members of our middle school's Effective Speaking and Writing class used the Colhoun Gymnasium as the backdrop to their recent Poem in Your Pocket celebration.

Selections by Ina Coolbrith and Charles Bertram Johnson, to name a few, were shared with our Grade 4 students, who, in turn, read their own unique verses.

The respect for “meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure,” and creativity are strong with this group.

MAY Experiential Program

Students and teachers standing in front of a river with canoes in the background.

Not even COVID-19 could keep MELP, Rectory's week-long spring experiential learning program, from happening this year. By bringing all of our 9th-grade day students onto campus and into dorms for nine days prior to departure, we created family units that were able to fully enjoy MELP--mask free--as we headed to various remote places in New England for full week adventures that explored Acadia National Park, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, and the Allagash wilderness. Grades 5-8 enjoyed on-campus activities and local day trips, while online students had their own creative and engaging MELP experiences. 

Elementary School teachers stand in a hallway that has been turned into an underwater paradise.

Similar to our middle school experiential learning program, our youngest learners in the elementary school were immersed in a week-long series of activities learning about the ocean and its inhabitants. Students couldn't visit an aquarium this year so ES teachers turned the Hale Elementary School Wing into an underwater paradise for the children.

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Cast of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

A small cast couldn't diminish the excitement of Rectory's Spring Musical. This year, a cast of 14 entertained audiences in-person and online. You can check out their performance by clicking here

Rectory Regatta

The students of South Hamilton Dorm standing in front of their dragon viking boat for the Rectory Regatta.

This year, boarding students created boats out of cardboard and duct tape within their residential life cohorts, and day students built their boats at home. All vessels set sail against Mr. Williams and his first mate on the Rectory pond.

Successful Spring Athletic Season

Two Rectory girls' lacrosse players face off against two Marianapolis players.

With two seasons of successful and safe athletic activities, spring continued to look even more positive for our sports teams. After a year of no athletic competitions, the girl's lacrosse and baseball teams got to compete in their first interscholastic games. Read more here.

9th-Grade vs. Faculty Soccer Match 

Faculty lining up on the soccer field for the annual 9th grade vs. faculty soccer match.

After the fall soccer match and spring basketball game were canceled, the battle between faculty and 9th graders resumed on Monday, May 25 with the annual 9th Grade vs. Faculty Spring Soccer Match. Who ruled the soccer pitch this year? The answer this year is... the faculty!

8th-Grade Leadership Celebration

Eighth-grade students receiving their certificates and alumni pins from Head of School Williams.

In a special ceremony at the end of May, we recognized our eighth graders for their perseverance, leadership, and dedication to the Rectory School Creed.

For the students who will remain with us in their Grade 9 year, we welcomed them to their new responsibilities as role models for the younger students in the classrooms and on dorm.

For those who are leaving Rectory to continue their secondary school education elsewhere, we wished them well and welcomed them to the Rectory Alumni community.

Our Class of 2022 also heard from Norm Riker '85 on his journey after Rectory that lead him to his current position as head coach of the Connecticut College Women's Soccer Team.

Leaving the Wolf Den

Students seated around round tables outside of the Head of School's house as they listen to a presenter.

The Alumni and Development Office treated the soon-to-be-alumni Class of 2021 to a pizza party and introductory program that described the resources available to Rectory School alumni. The event featured some wise words from Rectory alumnus, and current faculty member, Quadry Anderson ‘09. Read more here


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