Phillips Academy

Parent Bulletin

Phillips Academy

November 1, 2013

The Academy is marking 40 years of coeducation this year with a series of speakers, forums and special events. Please join us November 15, at 7 p.m., in Kemper Auditorium, for a screening of the documentary film “Girl Rising,” followed by Q & A with producer and alumna Kayce Freed Jennings ’76. This event is sponsored by the Girls’ Leadership Project, the Brace Center for Gender Studies Women’s Forum and the Andover Film Club. It is open to all members of the Phillips Academy community.


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Tony Rotundo, Interim Co-Director, Brace Center for Gender Studies

The Brace Center for Gender Studies was founded at Phillips Academy in 1996. Its aim: “to enhance and strengthen Phillips Academy as a coeducational and multicultural institution by examining the complex issues related to gender.”

Given the high visibility of gender issues on campus, this has been an especially busy year for the Center. On October 16, the entire ninth grade watched a widely praised film, “Miss Representation.” The film explores media images of girls and women and examines the connection of those images to issues of women in leadership positions. After viewing the film, students discussed it in small groups that were first single-sex and then coed. A showing of a similar film about images of men and masculinity in the media also is being planned.

The long-standing Brace Student Fellows program continues this year with four papers and presentations on gender in the arts. Topics include gender in video games, lack of women classical music conductors, difficulties facing male ballet dancers, and women in comedy. As part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of coeducation at Phillips Academy, Brace has also created a special category for Brace Research Fellows, whose task is to explore the history of the merger of Phillips and Abbot academies and to trace the early years of coeducation. Among the tasks of the Research Fellows is the creation of an Abbot history website.

Interim Co-Director, Tracy Ainsworth, and I are planning a variety of other events, including a screening of the documentary, “Girl Rising,” in collaboration with the Girls’ Leadership Project (see lead story), and a showing of “Mean Girls” with the Andover Film Society. Tracy and I also are having discussions on the inclusion of gender in the curriculum with members of the Academic Council, and Brace continues to convene the Faculty Gender Coalition, an open group that discusses gender issues as they arise on campus. Given the level of activity this year, the Coalition will no doubt have a lot to discuss!

Smartphone App Connects Students with Healthy Meals

Interested in seeing what your child can choose for breakfast, lunch or dinner? The CampusDish® Mobile App provides instant dining and nutrition information for all meals in Paresky Commons. The app is available for the iPhone, iPad and Android. After installation, search for Phillips Academy and it will bring you to the Paresky Home Page where you can view the day’s menu and more.

Andover also offers our own mobile site version.

News from the PSPA

The next PSPA meeting will be held in the Addison Gallery on Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. Susan Faxon, associate director and curator, will provide an overview and brief history of the museum. She will then discuss her Natural Selections exhibition and how shows are conceived and curated at the Addison. Rebecca Hayes, curator of education, will take us through the fall exhibition, James Prosek: The Spaces in Between. Mr. Prosek is the Edward E. Elson Artist in Residence, and he has been working on a number of exciting projects with PA students. We hope that you can join us for this special evening, as it cannot be recorded. Refreshments will be served.
Videos of our meetings over Family Weekend are now available online. We hope you will enjoy both “On Gender and Leadership” and “Parent-to-Parent Forum 2013.” The password is: PAparent.
PSPA Campus Closet, located in the lower level of GW Hall, will be open next Friday, November 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to the store (or shop online) to gear up for Andover/Exeter Weekend!

Last day to order fall term Care Packs

Want to put a smile on your child’s face during Assessment Week? If so, make sure to send a Care Pack filled with edible goodies. To send a Care Pack, please fill out the form and mail it back to us. All orders must be received by Friday, November 1, for fall term Care Packs to be delivered on time. Questions? Please contact Amy Martin at or 978-749-4429.

2014 Yearbook Ads

Yearbook parent ads are a great way to send a personalized message to your graduating senior. These ads are an extra feature: your child’s picture will be in the yearbook automatically. The deadline has been extended from October 1st (as listed on the form) to November 9. Yearbooks can be ordered right up until their arrival, but parents can save $25 if you order before December 1. Order forms for parent ads and yearbooks can be found on the Parent Portal.

Travel over Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks

Phillips Academy will be offering the following transportation options for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. Forms and further information are available on the Parent Portal, Student Life Tab under Dean of Students. If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Scofield or 978-749-4124.

New York City buses

PA will offer roundtrip bus service to NYC, with a stop in Darien, CT. Students may sign up for one-way travel, $90, or roundtrip, $150. Buses will depart at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving Break, and Thursday, Dec. 19, for winter break. Buses will return to campus on the last day of each break. Please note: Because of reduced ridership, the NYC bus will no longer stop in Hartford, CT. Parents can pick up students at Phillips Academy or at the Darien stop.

Transportation to Logan and Manchester airports

Students can make arrangements with private taxi and limousine services for travel to and from Logan and Manchester airports. A complete list of these providers is available on PAnet and the Parent Portal. Flightline ( is offering special rates of $29-$34 to Logan and $35-$40 to Manchester for PA students. Please refer to the Flightline flyer in the Dean of Students’ section of the Parent Portal.

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