Phillips Academy

Parent Bulletin

Phillips Academy Head of School Office
Rebecca Sykes, associate head of school

April 12, 2013

“Where did the time go?” “I can’t believe we’ve completed two weeks of Spring Term already!” “The year has flown by!” These exclamations are heard all over campus. While it is true that the year will be over soon, it is also true that there is a lot more excitement ahead. On Wednesday, we elected our first co-presidents of student council, Junius Williams ’14 and Clark Perkins ’14. We congratulate them and wish them well as they assume leadership within this new structure. Next week, cluster elections will take place, and over the next few weeks, student organizations will choose their new boards. Mixed in among the elections will also be the housing process. No matter what grade they are in, our students will likely feel uncertainty, and maybe a touch of anxiety about next year. Please be supportive and patient. I promise it will all work out in the end.

In Touch with…
Brian Allen, Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art

The Addison Gallery is one of the most distinguished museums of American art in the world, with a superb collection of over 17,000 objects in all media from the 17th century to the present and a vigorous exhibition schedule. It is also a unique resource for students; no other high school in the country has a museum with so great a permanent collection and so robust a schedule of exhibitions.

For the spring term, the Addison will mount three new shows. For All the World to See considers the visual culture of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s through photographs, clips from television shows, and book and magazine illustrations. Secrets, Loss, Memory, and Courage features the work of gay male artists from the permanent collection and coincides with a major gift of art in memory of alumnus and gay activist Paul Monette ’63 on the occasion of his 50th Phillips Academy reunion. We will show for the first time a portfolio of work by Richard Avedon recently received as a gift. The Addison is unusual among museums with important permanent collections in that we “recurate” the entire museum each term, ensuring that there is always something new and exciting to see.

The Addison is deeply involved in interdisciplinary teaching, and hundreds of Phillips Academy students taking classes in a variety of departments will use these extraordinary shows for classes and paper assignments. We encourage parents to visit and to ask their children what they have seen at the Addison.

Returning Students’ Enrollment Agreements & Deposits Due

The 2013-14 enrollment agreement e-mails were sent on Monday, March 18, and are due today. If you have not received your enrollment e-mail please contact the Comptroller’s office at or call (978) 749-4510. In order to complete the online enrollment agreement, we require separate e-mail addresses for each parent/legal guardian.

Enrollment deposits can now be paid online using Discover, Mastercard and American Express credit cards, or by e-check from a checking or savings accounts.

Phillippian Commencement Issue – Parent Submissions

During the weekend of June 7-9, The Phillipian will publish its annual Commencement issue, a longer version of the paper that captures major events that happened throughout the school year. Parents may submit a picture or congratulatory message to their child(ren). In years past, The Phillipian has received so many submissions for this issue that it has run several extra pages, and parents often see it as a keepsake. Commencement ads come in five sizes and can be printed in black and white or color. You can design your own ad and send it as a JPEG to Zoe Gallagher, or send your desired pictures and text and our staff will help with the layout! Please send payment to Stephen Moreland at 180 Main Street, Andover, MA 01810. Checks should be made payable to Trustees of Phillips Academy. Questions? Please contact Rome Arnold, the Phillipian’s director of operations. Submission deadline is May 26. Thank you for your support!

Annual College Fair April 29

Phillips Academy will host its annual College Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29, in the Case Memorial Cage. Students and parents are invited to attend and meet representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities from around the world.

The fair offers high school students and their families an ideal opportunity to familiarize themselves with a wide range of colleges and universities. Representatives from the participating institutions will be available to answer individual questions and to distribute informational literature about their schools. Admission is free. For more information, call the College Counseling Office at 978-749-4155 or e-mail

Summer Storage Option

Wondering what to do with your boarding student’s belongings this summer? Phillips Academy has partnered with Collegeboxes to provide a solution for those who need to store their clothing, books, furniture, etc. over the summer. There are fees associated with this service. Collegeboxes will provide the pickup, storage, and delivery service, and Phillips Academy’s Central Services Department will sell the supply kits. These kits contain five, double walled 24x18x16 boxes, packing tape, marker, label pouches, and zip ties. Individual boxes can also be purchased. Pickups are scheduled Wednesday, June 5; Thursday, June 6; and Friday, June 7, which is reserved for seniors and those participating in Commencement. Visit the Collegeboxes website to sign up. Click on “Summer Storage and Shipping” and choose Phillips Academy Andover from the drop-down menu for more information.

Additional information can be found on the Parent Portal. If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Scofield, in the Dean of Students’ Office, by phone at 978-749-4124 or by email

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 12

Poetry reading with Tony Hoagland, Isham Poetry Fellow, at 7 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium. (Free and open to the public.)
Faculty Chamber Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cochran Chapel. (Free and open to the public.)

Saturday, April 13

Senior Recital featuring Jason Teng, voice, at 7:30 p.m. in the Timken Room in Graves Hall. (Free and open to the public.)

Sunday, April 14

Senior Recital featuring Alex Demeulenaere, piano, at 3 p.m. in the Timken Room in Graves Hall. (Free and open to the public.)

Monday, April 15

Staff Holiday: offices closed.

Wednesday, April 17

Kayden guest artist, CANTUS, men’s vocal ensemble. 6:30 p.m. in Cochran Chapel. This event is open to the public; tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults and free to the PA community (with ID).

Wednesday, April 24

Kayden guest artist, Time for Three, string trio, 6:30 p.m. in Cochran Chapel. This event is open to the public; tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults and free to the PA community (with ID).

Friday, April 26

Opening reception for the spring exhibition at the Addison Gallery of American Art, 6 p.m.
Senior Recital featuring David Shin, cello, and Harvey Wu, piano, at 7:30 p.m. in the Timken Room in Graves Hall. (Free and open to the public.)

Saturday, April 27

Senior Recital featuring Anna Stacy, voice, at 7:30 p.m. in the Timken Room in Graves Hall. (Free and open to the public.)

Sunday, April 28

Senior recital featuring Ayaka Shinozaki, flute, and Catherine Choi, violin, at 3 p.m. in the Timken Room in Graves Hall. (Free and open to the public.)

Monday, April 29

College Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Case Memorial Cage. (Free and open to the public.)
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