Phillips Academy

Parent Bulletin

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

April 20, 2012

2012 Unprecedented Admission Yield

The academy’s admission season was very successful and we are looking forward to welcoming another group of bright, talented and nice (!) young people to the community in September. As a result of a better than expected yield, we are in the process of making plans to add a few more beds across campus. In case your child has not already passed along the news to you, we are writing to you directly to make you aware that we are considering making some dorms a little larger. Current students, our cluster deans and staff in the Office of Physical Plant have been tremendously helpful in thinking creatively with us.

In the coming days, we will communicate with the boarding students regarding specific new opportunities for housing next year and we appreciate the flexibility, patience and understanding that we know will be demonstrated by our entire boarding community.

In Touch with…
Aggie Kip, Nutrition Counselor and Sports Dietician

Once your son or daughter has started at PA, he/she will eat much less often at home; even day students frequently opt to eat at Paresky Commons, sharing mealtime with peers, trying new foods, and discussing opinions (sometimes misinformed) about diet. As Andover’s Nutrition Counselor, I make education about healthy eating convenient to their schedules by meeting most students at Paresky Commons during a mealtime. What are their top 10 opening lines?

10. “I crave and eat too many sweets.”

9. “I want to stop eating meat.”

8. “I’m tired and don’t have time to eat healthy food.”

7. “I eat too much late at night while studying.”

6. “I gained weight and want to lose it.”

5. “I have food allergies and don’t know what to eat at Commons.”

4. “Do I need dietary supplements?”

3. “Maybe I need extra protein to build muscle.”

2. “I want to be a winning varsity athlete.”

And #1. “I want to lose fat AND build muscle.”

Reliable, responsible nutrition information is the foundation of my work. Please feel free to contact me:

Phillips Academy to Host Annual College Fair April 30

Phillips Academy will host its annual College Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 30, in the 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 participating institutions will be available to answer individual questions and to distribute information about their schools. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the College Counseling Office at 978-749-4155 or e-mail

Graduation Gifts

For the parents of the Class of 2012, time is running out to order Graduation Gifts:

  • PA Charm – LAST DAY TO ORDER IS APRIL 25 — 3/4” charm engraved with the Phillips Academy non sibi seal on the front and 2012 on the back.
  • Senior DVD – a professionally produced video with coverage of all Commencement weekend events, including Prom & Commencement Ceremonies

New Chef, New Menu at Andover Inn

Welcome to the Andover Inn’s new Executive Chef, Matt Coyle. Matt joins us from the North Andover Country Club, having worked previously at the Harvard Club in Boston and Cornell University on the Isles of Shoals. Matt loves to travel and tries to visit a new country every year to learn about its culture and cuisine. The Inn’s Samuel’s restaurant is thrilled to introduce a new Bistro Menu reflecting Matt’s extensive experience and travels while remaining true to New England cuisine.

Samuel’s is open for breakfast, Monday through Friday 7 – 9:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 7 – 10 a.m., and for lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The restaurant and lounge are open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Food is available Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday until 10 p.m.)

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 students who need to store their clothing, books, furniture, etc. Collegeboxes will pick up items, place them in storage and deliver them to the student’s dorm room just before the beginning of school. Pickups are scheduled for the last week of school and delivery occurs in early September. Collegeboxes offers online account management and 24/7 customer service so you can sign-up and get answers when it’s convenient for you. Please go to, click on “Summer Storage and Shipping” and choose Phillips Academy Andover from the drop-down menu for more information. We recommend signing up as soon as possible. Contact Claudia Scofield or 978-749-4175 if you have any questions.

Green Move Out

At the end of every school year The Green Move Out team collects reusable and recyclable furniture, books, clothing and other items that do not fit in luggage or your car, or that your child simply does not want to bring home. These items are donated to several of our community partners and the Andover-Again campus store that “pops up” for the first day or two of the new school year. Look for the designated Green Move Out areas in your child’s dorm.

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 20
Theater workshops will be presented in the theater classroom, George Washington Hall at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Chimamanda Adichie, Nigerian author of award-winning novels Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus will speak at 7 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Gamelan Galak Tika Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Cochran Chapel. Free and open to the public. For more information, email

Saturday, April 21
Eight Schools Human Rights Student Leadership Conference – Topic: Human Trafficking. The film, SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade, by keynote speaker Jody Hassett Sanchez will be shown at 7 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium, followed by Q & A. The screening is free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day)
Human Rights Fellow’s Presentations, 10 Kemper Auditorium.

Celtic Concert, 3 p.m., Cochran Chapel. Free and open to the public. For more information, email

Wednesday, April 25
David Brooks to deliver the 2012 Bernard G. and Louise B. Palitz Lecture, The State of American Politics from 7 to 8 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Saturday April 28
Addison Gallery, Opening Reception for the spring exhibitions – Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography; In Character: Artists’ Role Play in Photography and Video; and Life Lines: The Art of Elizabeth Enders – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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