Phillips Academy

Parent Bulletin

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

October 4, 2011

The campus community, along with hundreds of parents and alumni around the world, took part in the Academy’s 5th annual Non Sibi Day. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents participated in a variety of service projects that exemplify the school’s long-standing motto. This event kicked off a month-long service initiative, and we hope you will take a minute to find out about ways you can support the non sibi spirit.

The Weekender

On Saturdays and Sundays students can choose to take part in an array of activities sponsored by the Academy, ranging from sporting and cultural events, music and theater performances to shopping excursions, movies and dances. The best place to find out what’s happening is The Weekender, which is posted on PAnet and around campus every Wednesday.

Financial Aid for College—Event Tonight

The College Counseling Office’s annual Financial Aid Night, co-sponsored by Andover High School, will take place tonight, October 4, at 7:00 P.M., in the Collins Center Auditorium of Andover High School. All parents are invited to attend.

In Touch With…
John Rogers, Dean of Studies

Over the past year and more, the Andover faculty has engaged in a discussion about how we educate students on matters related to academic integrity and how we respond when students do not meet our expectations in this area. As a result of these conversations, we have adopted a number of concrete measures. I write to update you with some highlights and encourage you to read a more detailed message about these changes on the Parent Portal.

Earlier this month as a part of the orientation period, I had the opportunity to meet with new students (grouped by entering grade levels) to discuss what we mean by academic integrity and why it is such a vital aspect of a community like ours. In addition, each instructor will discuss our expectations in the context of his or her class every term. For example they will discuss the types of help that are permitted on each type of assignment, as well as the rationale for those rules.

We have also revised and updated for the second time in two years, the “academic integrity primer.” We ask all students to read this primer, discuss it with their advisors and instructors if they have any questions, and then “certify” that they have read it, discussed it and, most importantly, understood it. We invite you to view this primer on the Parent Portal.

Finally, when students do fail to live up to our expectations of academic integrity, we now have more flexibility in how we respond. Our hope, of course, is that our educational efforts on this front will diminish the need to call upon our disciplinary measures.

The Addison is 80!

With the conclusion of the final phase of the Addison Gallery’s renovation—the installation of the museum’s new glass roof—the Addison is prepared to celebrate its 80th birthday this fall. We hope you’ll join us for one or all of the festive events planned to showcase the Addison’s renowned permanent collection of American art and benefit the gallery’s education program. For tickets and information, please contact Anna Gesing at 978.749.4023 or visit the Addison’s website.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 4 College Counseling and Andover High School Financial Aid Night
Collins Center Auditorium, Andover High School
7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5 College Fair, Borden Gym, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday October 14 Exhibition opening and reception, Addison Gallery of American
Art, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Bid on Blue Online Auction Begins! Go to to view the catalog.

Guest Piano Recital and Master Class featuring Marc Peloquin, Timken Room, Graves Hall, 7:30 p.m.
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