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									Pine Point School

                Summer/Fall 2010
                 Annual Report

                                        PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL
Alan Banister                           Peter Briggs
Kevin Bowdler                           Searle Field
Lou Doboe                               John Fiore
Susan Funk, Vice President              Susan Funk
Paul Geise, Head of School              Valerie Grimm
Beth Gianacoplos, Vice President        Dirk t.D. Held
Linda Goddard, President                Susanne Knisley
Stephanie Gosselin, Secretary           Marcia McGowan
Christopher Hilton, Treasurer           Kim Paddon
W. Lee Hisle                            Ardice Perry
Barbara Silver Holt                     Janie Stanley
Norman Jason                            Karen Stone
Chudy Nduaka
Debbie O’Brien
John Pereira
Carla Petrocelli
William Rolla
Jennifer Schwindt
Joseph Staley
Marcy Withington, Treasurer

Editor: David Hannon, Director of Development
Assistant Editor: David Cruthers,
  Associate Director of Development
Designer: Rosemary Robertson, Publications Coordinator
Contributors: Van Brown, David Cruthers, Leslie Dameron, Julie
Wright DelPrado ’89, Paul Geise, Tom Goehring ’77, David Han-
non, Danica Mitchell ’06, Michael Petty ’64, Rosemary Robertson,
Peter Smith ’03, Judy Toscano, and David Winans ’73

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2     Lessons I Learned This Summer
Head of School Paul Geise reflects on his experience in Japan as a
participant in the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD
(Education for Sustainable Development), administered by Ful-
bright Japan.

6     Commencement 2010
Pine Point bid farewell to the six graduating members of the Class
of 2010 while honoring those in the middle school who distin-
guished themselves during the course of the year.

15    Commencement Address
Long-time educator David Winans ’73 returned to campus to share
his views on life and learning with this year’s graduating class.
                   18      Pine Point Mourns Passing of Loring M. Bailey

Summer/Fall 2010   In mid-August, past parent Loring Bailey passed away. Ever devoted
                   to Pine Point, he established an endowment fund in honor of his
                   wife, Dot, with the largest bequest in the history of the School.

                   19      Alicia Russell Garden Realized
                   The newest space on the campus honors a beloved past parent.

                   22      Lessons from Lewis and Clark
                   For several years, Michael Petty ’64 has been retracing the path of
                   two of our country’s most intrepid explorers. In so doing, Michael
                   has found that there’s much for all of us to learn from their journey
                   to the Pacific Ocean and back.

                   24      Just Out of Reach
                   Julie Wright DelPrado ’89 took on the challenge of riding 270 miles
                   in three days to support research on ALS. Like so many of the en-
                   deavors we take on during the course of our lives, the journey’s im-
                   pact was deeply meaningful.

                   26      Fiore Sabbatical Program Marks Fifth Year
                   Fourteen members of the faculty have now participated in a program
                   that has unquestionably strengthened teaching at Pine Point. This
                   summer, Leslie Dameron and Judy Toscano respectively journeyed to
                   France and Italy. Their experiences were both inspiring and renewing.

                   34      Parents’ Association Hosts Magnificent Gala
                   The Gala at the Branford House had to be one of the most exciting
                   nights in the history of the School; it certainly was one of the most
                   profitable in terms of its support of the program at Pine Point.

                   Annual Report
                   40      Donations Top $1 Million
                   In an environment that remained challenging, the Pine Point family
                   once again showed its devotion to the School by setting an Annual
                   Fund record while also supporting a number of key areas within the
                   School. Their commitment pushed giving totals over $1 million.

                   51      Class Notes

                   63      Former Faculty and Staff

                   Table of Contents:
                   Last year, the 5th grade studied nebulae as part of their science curriculum
                   and incorporated their knowledge into pastel paintings. From the top right,
                   clockwise is the artistry of Brianna Seidel ’14, Julianna Rick ’14, Christopher
                   West ‘14, Samantha Seymour ’14, Holly Gillespie ’14, and Julia Little ’14.

                   Front cover:
                   One of Loring and Dorothy Bailey’s most cherished possessions was the
                   collection of their son’s medals. (Their only child, Loring “Ring” M.
                   Bailey, Jr. ’59, died in Vietnam on March 15, 1970.) Loring spoke at the
                   School’s Veteran’s Day assembly in November 2002. At that gathering, he
                   and Dot presented to Pine Point their son’s military medals and his folded
                   flag, assembled in a beautiful cherry case. The case, along with a painting of
                   their son, is on permanent display in the L/TC. In August, Loring passed
                   away, leaving a generous bequest to Pine Point honoring his beloved wife of
                   sixty-six years.
In March Head of School Paul Geise
learned that he had been named as
one of just forty-eight American edu-
                                           I Learned This Summer
                                                                           -Paul G. Geise, Head of School

cators to participate in the Japan-U.S.
                                            In front of Kinkakuji Temple
Teacher Exchange Program for ESD
(Education for Sustainable Develop-
ment), administered by Fulbright
Japan. Jointly funded by the govern-
ments of Japan and the United States,
the program is designed to introduce
Japanese and U.S. K-12 educators to
each others’ cultures and education
systems and to enhance sustainable
development-related curricula in both
nations. The program aims to increase
awareness of ESD-oriented school
programs and broaden a sense of in-
terconnectedness between Japanese
and U.S. educators in four areas of
ESD focus: food and sustainable nu-
trition; the environment; energy and
resources; and international under-
standing and cooperation. The pro-
gram is administered by Fulbright
Japan (the Japan-U.S. Educational
Commission) with support from the
Institute of International Education
                                           A     mong the myriad transformative moments of my time, and that of my Fulbright col-
                                                 leagues, this summer, our concluding meetings on July 4th were perhaps the most
                                           distinctive. Prior to our departure from San Francisco to Tokyo, as the Executive Direc-
(IIE) in the United States and from        tor of Fulbright Japan David Satterwhite overviewed our upcoming schedule of activities,
the Asia/Pacific Cultural Center for       a subtle but profound incongruity dawned upon me: On our celebrated day of independ-
UNESCO (ACCU) in Japan.                    ence, I was joining 47 United States educators from 33 states and 48 Japanese educa-
     Shortly after graduation, Mr. Geise   tors across nearly every prefecture in Tokyo to explore how the United Nations Decade
headed to Japan for two weeks. Dur-        of Education for Sustainable Development, with its focus on confronting social, eco-
ing that time the select group secured     nomic, cultural and environmental problems, might be advanced within our respective
                                           school communities in a global, mutually supportive, and bi-national manner. The fun-
a greater understanding of their coun-
                                           damental precept of independence, central to our American way of life, seemed precari-
terparts’ education system and culture     ously anachronistic at that moment. If we, as members of planet earth, are to achieve a
through school visits, cultural activi-    sustainable future, how can we accomplish this if the spirit of independence is at our
ties, home stays, and exchanges with       core? The term ‘interdependence,’ I believe, is far more apt in the 21st century. And so I
teachers and students. The tour also       risked the daunting task, with apologies to and deep respect for Thomas Jefferson, re-
featured a bi-national meeting in          thinking and rewording the Declaration of Independence. In reality, none of us actually
which participants from both coun-         goes it alone–not in our families, nor our schools, communities, and countries.
tries shared their experiences and ex-
pertise in education for sustainable           When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to ac-
development and collaboration in de-       knowledge the fundamental human links which have connected them globally with one
veloping ESD curricula for their re-       another and to assume among the powers of this precious planet, the separate and equal
spective schools.                          yet inextricably bound station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s gods entitle
                                           them, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare
                                           the causes which impel them to demand and assert their interdependence…

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           The Kessenuma group at
           Nakai Elementary School

    The Fulbright Japan pro-
gram was clearly focused on
interdependence–attending to
our mutual interests will be our
mutual success. The two most
developed countries in the
world, the two largest con-
sumers on earth, Japan and the
United States, are strikingly
different cultures with a mot-
tled past. Japan has roughly
one half of the population of
the United States yet only 4%
of the land area [comparable in
shape and size to our original 13 colonies] and of that, only 15% able to be cul-         Our joint conference in Tokyo on July 4th capped a
tivated for crops. The United States, with its vast and abundant natural re-          four month process of education and experience. In
sources, has 47% of its continent cultivatable. As Iwate University Professor         April, Japanese educators arrived in the United States
Shinnosuke Tama stated, Japan’s greatest resource is its human resource. While        and went separately to three different locations: Portland,
Japan has a highly centralized and prescriptive educational system, American          OR; Minneapolis, MN; and New Haven, CT. Each group
education is distinctly diverse. And yet within these disparities, there is a great   spent its time visiting schools and places committed to
deal to be learned from each other in how we use our resources, in how we             sustainable practices. In early May, both Japanese and
function in concert with these resources, and in how we educate our next gen-         U.S. educators convened in San Francisco for a joint
eration to think sustainably.                                                         conference to share best practices as well as to kindle
                                                                                      and cultivate the collaborative process. Here, we spent
   We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all inhabitants of the earth are     extensive time within various workshops being oriented
created equal, that they are members of the planet Earth entitled to a healthy        to better understand our respective educational systems,
and productive life in harmony with nature and, as such, are dependent upon           cultural norms and value systems, and each other. The
one another as stewards of its abundant but not limitless resources…                  Education for Sustainable Development framework was
                                                                                      laid out: international understanding, the environment,
                                                                                      food and nutrition, and energy and resources. Capping
                                                                                      the May experience, General Consul of Japan Yasumasa
                                                                                      Nagamine and his wife hosted an elegant reception in
                                                                                      celebration of this inaugural Fulbright venture between
                                                                                      two great nations. In learning about our differences, we
                                                                                      embraced our common humanity.
                                                                                          In June, the United States collection of educators re-
                                                                                      turned to San Francisco before our study time in Japan
                                                                                      was launched. We arrived in Tokyo, shrugged off our jet
                                                                                      lag and explored a few local ‘gems’ in the Shinjuku sec-
                                                                                      tion of the city where our hotel was located. The follow-
                                                                                      ing morning, professors from Soka University, Iwate
                                                                                      University, and University of Tokyo explained the cultural
                                                                                      background of Japanese educational reform initiatives
                                                                                      and offered the historical timeline of Japan’s connection
                                                                                      with sustainable development. The American educators
                                                                                      were to study in three separate locations: Tobetsu in the
                                                                                      northern island of Hokkaido, the port city of Kessenuma
                                                                                      more centrally located, and Matsuyama, which is south of
                                                                                      Tokyo and Osaka. I and fifteen others from Maine to New
                                                                                      Mexico were assigned to join the Kessenuma group. Prior
                                                                                      to our departures, we visited schools in the greater Tokyo
           Enjoying lunch with some decidely unreserved 4th grade students            area. One of these included an all boys school selected

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in 2002 by the Ministry of Education as a “Super Science High School.” We visited
and engaged with a chemistry class and an English class, ate lunch with the students,
as well as visited their solar panel array and monitoring system. In later school visits,
we witnessed the lunch experience and the stunningly effective focus on health and
nutrition, reduction of waste, and students’ shared responsibility. Additionally, we
spent time learning about this School’s instructional rice paddy, commonly found in
the countryside but rare in Tokyo. Efforts are being made throughout the country to
better connect students to their food source, to learn where it comes from, how it’s
grown and harvested as well as why it is a vital staple in the Japanese diet.
     My colleagues and I headed to Kessenuma via the high speed Shinkansen bullet
train to Sendai, then a motor coach to the Miyagi coast bringing us to our host fami-
lies. For the first two days in Kessenuma, I was warmly welcomed into the home of an
intergenerational traditional Japanese family. Intensely meaningful and educational, my
time living and learning from grandparents Mamoru and Sokura, daughter Kaoko, son-
in-law Tsukasa, and their young boys Hiroke and Yuto was truly unique. The meals, the
baseball, the abacus instruction, Sakura’s gardens, the simplicity of the living quarters,
the shoreline fishing villages, and neighbor visits were accomplished with great enthu-
siasm by all in spite of our language barriers. (My host family worked with me on the
complex Katakana syllabary with limited success!) Sharing home stay experiences
                                                                                                                                   Speaking at
among our colleagues was invaluable, helping us give a bit more context to what was
distinctively cultural and what was unique to our specific families. Aided by both elec-                                           Conference
tronic and human translators, we visited a host of educators and schools throughout
the Miyagi prefecture, gaining valuable insights regarding Education for Sustainable
Development [ESD] at each. Nakai Elementary School, for example, is a UNESCO af-
filiated school deeply invested in ESD and their assistant principal, Yukihiko Oikawa,
is an internationally renowned ESD educator. At Ohya Junior High School, we helped
                                                                                                     Brimming with robust and rewarding experi-
the students weed their rice paddies, visited their reforestation project, and explored
                                                                                                 ences, each of us bid adieu to our host families
how other collaborative partnerships might be forged. The local Kessenuma govern-
                                                                                                 as well as to the myriad school members and
ment officials and the news media honored us graciously as we explored and embraced
                                                                                                 townspeople with whom we had become con-
more and more of their living and learning. Additionally, one day was spent at an
                                                                                                 nected. Our reunion in Tokyo with our col-
aquafarm understanding the symbiosis between the forest and the sea. Another day
                                                                                                 leagues returning from the other locations in
was dedicated to a regional ESD forum in which scores of educators and experts on
                                                                                                 Japan gave us the opportunity to spend the
sustainability convened for a series of workshops. The fish markets, the Buddhist tem-
                                                                                                 evening together swapping stories and compar-
ples, the Shinto shrines, the hikes, the onsens or public baths, the ryokans or tradi-
                                                                                                 ing experiences. The next morning, we were
tional Japanese inns, the banquets with their exotic fish dishes, the school
                                                                                                 joined once again by our Japanese counterparts
experiences, the tea ceremonies, the gardens, the gardeners, the children; every day
                                                                                                 for the final joint conference. Here, each of our
was packed with activity and so much to take in!
                                                                                                 breakout sessions contained a diverse mixture
                                                                                                 of committed educators from both nations
                                                                                                 along with translators. We discussed similarities
                                                                                                 and differences we each saw from the other’s
                                                                                                 cultural lens, and began to collectively develop
                                                                                                 ways in which we could both learn with and
                                                                                                 from each other. And over the course of the
                                                                                                 final two days, we delved into first steps of how
                                                                                                 we could develop curricula and collaborations
                                                                                                 to advance international understanding, envi-
                                                                                                 ronmental education, sustainable models of
                                                                                                 food and nutrition, and wise use of energy and
                                                                                                 resources. We all acknowledged the complexity
                                                                                                 of such a commitment; we asserted the essential
                                                                                                 need for each of us to make that commitment if
                                                                                                 any kind of sustainable future is to be realized.
                                                                                                 On the eve of America’s Independence Day cel-
                                                                                                 ebration, we met and discussed our collective

                                                                                             Speaking with U.S. Ambassador
                                                                                             to Japan John V. Roos

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                                                                                        With Mr. Masakazu Shimazu, Secretary General, Asia
                                                                                        Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO [ACCU];
                                                                                        Mr. Fujio Cho, Chairman and Representative
                                                                                        Director, Toyota Motor Corporation, President, Asia
                                                                                        Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO [ACCU]; and
                                                                                        Mr. Isao Kiso, Director General for International
                                                                                        Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,
                                                                                        Science and Technology (MEXT), Chair, Japan U.S.
                                                                                        Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan)

                                                                                           have represented Pine Point. The School, through
                                                                                           its active learning environment, through its ac-
                                                                                           claimed service learning program, through its inter-
                                                                                           national studies program and global education
                                                                                           outreach, and with its commitment to environmen-
                                                                                           tal stewardship, continues to focus its efforts on
                                                                                           education for sustainable development. But as
work with US Ambassador to Japan John Roos and President of the            members of an interdependent world, we have only begun.
Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO [ACCU] Fujio Cho, who              Schools throughout the world have a great deal of work ahead.
also currently serves as chairman of the Toyota Corporation.                   The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step,
    And so, on July 4th, we were at work crafting the initial plans for    as the wise sage Kong Qiu noted. On September 21st, Pine Point
sustainable development interdependently with our Japanese col-            School dedicated the full academic day to mark International
leagues. Within my small group specifically, were Shigeki Nagai from       Peace Day through a youth conference for our students and stu-
Kanazawa-shi, Satoru Nogi from Izu-shi, and Tetsuhisa Abe, an im-          dent leaders from area middle schools. Many of the global con-
passioned educational leader from Hiroshima. It was, therefore, with       nections our teachers have with schools in other parts of this
a profoundly humble yet inspired spirit that I submitted and pro-          world were invited to join us in celebrating the day. And each of
posed to members of the Fulbright Commission that perhaps the              the 96 participants in the Fulbright Japan Teacher Exchange was
time has come for us to think differently in this increasingly intercon-   invited to join in and share the day with us, as well. I believe, as
nected global landscape. Thankfully, my reworked Jeffersonian docu-        Mother Teresa once stated, “If we have no peace, it is because we
ment was well received. Having already introduced and interspersed         have forgotten that we belong to each other.” We truly are inter-
several elements of this revision in this article, the final sentence of   dependent agents of this world, and I believe this planet’s future
the “Declaration of Interdependence” was:                                  is at risk unless we begin to embrace this reality and act accord-
                                                                           ingly. A lesson I learned this summer as a student in Japan.
    We, therefore, the Representatives of the Fulbright Japan Teacher
Exchange Program here assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge
of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and
by Authority of the good People of this planet, solemnly publish and
declare, that these 6 billion plus members of the Gaia ecosystem are,
and of right ought to be Interdependent entities, that they embrace
the global unity that inextricably connects each together, and that all
actions stemming from ideological or socio-political complexities
should, and ought to be first and foremost considerate of the sus-
tainable development of those actions; and that as interdependent
nations, they have a responsibility to render self-interest subservient
to the greater good.

   ‘Self interest subservient to the greater good;’ the essence of a
sustainable future for us all. How profoundly impacted I have been by
these experiences made possible through the generosity of the gov-
ernments of the United States and Japan; and what a sense of re-
sponsibility I feel for taking positive and deliberate actions toward
promoting education for sustainable development. I was honored to
                                                                                                  Tea ceremony group shot

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         2010                                                                                              (All photos by Lifetouch National Studios)

                               The soon-to-be graduates gathered on the walkway before processing into Commencement.

First Scholar Award
The First Scholar Award is presented to the student
who has maintained the highest academic average in
his or her class for the year. The 2010 recipients of the
First Scholar Award were:

Grade 6-Georgia White ’13
Grade 7-Alexander Hawley ’12
Grade 8-Matthew Owen ’11
Grade 9-Madeline Neff ’10

Hugh Huidekoper Toulmin Prize
This prize is presented in memory of Hugh Huidekoper
Toulmin, a former parent and Board member known for
his welcoming warmth and love of Pine Point, to a stu-
dent completing Grade 6. The recipient is selected by
the faculty and Head of School for possessing qualities
similar to the kindness, vitality, optimism, and sincere
love and respect for all people which were characteris-             Tradition dictates that the person to whom the yearbook is dedicated lead the gradu-
tic of Mr. Toulmin. The Toulmin Prize was awarded to                ating class into Commencement. This year, that honor fell to Director of Studies (and
Mallory McArdle ’13.                                                newly-named Middle School Head) Diana Owen.

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                                                                                   David Whittemore Leib Award
                                                                                   In memory of David Whittemore Leib, a distinguished
                                                                                   and unselfish member of the Class of 1970, this award
                                                                                   is made yearly to a deserving student in Grade 7 whose
                                                                                   willingness to help the school and whose academic
                                                                                   achievements are both meritorious. The recipient of the
                                                                                   Leib Award was Hanna Rose Kronholm ’12.

                                                                                   Loring M. Bailey, Jr. Award
                                                                                   In memory of Loring M. Bailey, Jr., Class of 1959, who
                                                                                   died in Vietnam on March 15, 1970, the award is given
                                                                                   annually in his name to that student in Grade 8 who, in
                                                                                   the eyes of his or her classmates and the faculty, exem-
                                                                                   plifies the spirit of “service to the school.” The honor
                                                                                   of the Bailey Award was bestowed upon Matt Owen ’11.

First Scholar recipients Alexander Hawley ’12, Georgia White ’13, Matt Owen ’11,
and Madeline Neff ’10 with Lower School Head Susan Kozel and Head of School
Paul Geise

        Presenting Toulmin
       Prize winner Mallory
   McArdle ’13, Mr. Geise
       declared, “The prize
  winner this year actually
      gives us a prize each
      day in school. With a
        beaming smile, she
  offers help in the nicest
     and often most subtle
      way to everyone. She
     thanks her teachers at                                                        Reflecting on Leib Award winner Hanna Rose Kronholm ’12,
    the end of every class.                                                        Mr. Geise said, “This year’s recipient has been that
   She selflessly thinks of                                                        continual volunteer who is right there whenever we ask for
      others always in both                                                        help. Always friendly, kind and conscientious to students
    their trials and in their                                                      and adults alike, this person willingly helps to organize
   triumphs; and she sees                                                          classroom activities and discussions and seems to always
  the big picture of being                                                         juggle the complexities and perplexities of 7th grade life
      part of a community.”                                                        with a smile and a caring heart.”

                                                                                                 Matt Owen ’11 was First Scholar in his class while
                                                                                                 also winning the Bailey Award and The Goldman
                                                                                                 Award for Excellence in Mathematics, the latter for
                                                                                                 the third year in a row. Approaching the stage, his
                                                                                                 proud mother, Diana Owen, couldn’t help but give
                                                                                                 him a big hug. Mr. Geise said, “From his leadership
                                                                                                 on student government to his prowess on the ath-
                                                                                                 letic fields, from his passion for learning and his
                                                                                                 gentle and exceedingly good spirit, the faculty
                                                                                                 heartily agreed that this year’s recipient of the Bailey
                                                                                                 Award should go to Matt Owen.” Speaking about
                                                                                                 the mathematics prize, Mr. Geise declared, “Admit-
                                                                                                 tedly, there really is little else to add to the superla-
                                                                                                 tives already expressed from last year other than the
                                                                                                 same excellence and the same passion for mathe-
                                                                                                 matics continues to deepen and thicken its roots
                                                                                                 within this scholar’s intellect.”

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                                                                           Reflecting on Leadbetter Prize winner Julia Pereira ’10, Mr. Geise said, “For
                                                                           this year, one individual stands out as an exemplary student, a youngster with
                                                                           unbridled perseverance, and an earnestness of spirit to contribute to the com-
                                                                           munity. The road of this person’s educational journey has not always been
                                                                           completely smooth and well paved, but it makes this prize of courage that
                                                                           much more meaningful.”

                    Presenting Escorcio-Schneider Award winner Cooper
                 Feltes ’11, Mr. Geise declared, “Few people would argue
                 that the voice and smile of this young man do not regu-
               larly fill the halls of Pine Point. He is a cheerleader of his
                class, the spokesperson for fun, announcer of awesome-
                   ness, and is a continual catalyst for community spirit.”

                                                                                Regarding McKim
                                                                                Prize winner
 Andrew E. Leadbetter Prize                                                     Madeline Neff ’10,
 This award, in memory of Andrew E. Leadbetter, a member                        Mr. Geise said, “The
 of the Class of 1989, is given annually to a student who                       prize winner this
 best demonstrates academic achievement, academic im-                           year is not only a
 provement, or the courage of Andrew Leadbetter. The re-                        very talented writer,
 cipient of the Leadbetter Prize was Julia Pereira ’10.                         but also a
                                                                                determined and
 Jules Escorcio-Schneider Award                                                 devoted one. She
                                                                                labors assiduously
 In memory of Jules Escorcio-Schneider, a member of the
                                                                                on her essays, her
 Class of 1986, this award is given annually to the student                     paragraphs, her
 who best demonstrates those aspects of school spirit, co-                      sentences, and her
 operation, and enthusiasm that were demonstrated by Jules                      words to make
 Escorcio-Schneider and who works toward the betterment                         certain her writing is
 of the Pine Point community. The winner of the Escorcio-                       as close to
 Schneider Award was Cooper Feltes ’11.                                         perfection as
                                                                                possible. She
 The Goldman Award for Excellence in Mathematics                                regularly used
 Established on the tenth anniversary of the retirement of
                                                                                writing tools and
 Sheila Goldman in recognition of her enthusiasm for math-                      conventions to
 ematics teaching, the award is given by her family to com-                     enhance her essays,
 memorate her fifteen years of teaching at Pine Point and                       and was never
 presented to a student in the middle school who displays                       satisfied until – as with the master gem maker - each word was thoroughly polished
 the curiosity, joy of discovery, and problem solving skills                    and in its perfect place.” Maddy was also the recipient of the Nancy Tattersall
 that are fundamental to mathematics excellence. The recipi-                    Roberts Award. Of her skills in a foreign language, Mr. Geise said, “This year’s
 ent of the award exemplifies both talent in the discipline of                  recipient is a natural when it comes to Spanish. An ace with vocabulary, precise and
 mathematics and the desire to share that knowledge and in-                     meticulous with written expression, this individual has a beautiful accent, wonderful
                                                                                pronunciation, and she took full advantage of our International Studies Program.
 sight with his/her classmates. The Goldman Award went to
                                                                                Deeply interested in the culture as well as language, this year’s award winner is an
 Matt Owen ’11.                                                                 excellent role model for her peers.”

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                                                  Joseph Rosen ’10 epitomized the characteristics of a Mabel Kornacki Carlson Award winner
                                                  “whether with younger children, or sports teammates, or with animals.” Given his commitment
                                                  to the community, it didn’t come as a great surprise when it was announced that Joseph had
                                                  been elected by his classmates to serve as their Class Agent. He’s shown with his mother, long-
                                                  time art teacher Maria Iacoi.

                                                    Marshall McKim Prize for Writing
                                                    This award is given annually in his memory to a student who reflects the sincere love for
                                                    and appreciation of writing exemplified by Marshall McKim, a member of the class of
                                                    1984, who learned to love writing while at Pine Point. The McKim Prize was presented to
                                                    Madeline Neff ’10.

                                                    Mabel Kornacki Carlson Award
                                                    In memory of Mabel Kornacki Carlson, a warm and giving teacher who served Pine Point
                                                    for twenty-three years, this award is presented to a 9th grade student who has demon-
                                                    strated patience, caring, and commitment to the community. The winner of the Mabel Ko-
                                                    rnacki Carlson Award was Joseph Rosen ’10.

                                                    Nancy Tattersall Roberts Award
                                                    Given in honor of Nancy Tattersall Roberts’ 25 years at Pine Point School by her son,
                                                    Col. Malcolm Roberts, and her daughter, Nancy Hibbard Roberts ’65, to a student who
                                                    has demonstrated a love for and excellence in foreign language. The Nancy Tattersall
                                                    Roberts Award was presented to Madeline Neff ’10.

                                                    The Hinkle Award for Latin Scholarship
                                                    The Hinkle Award for Latin Scholarship is presented to a deserving student in the middle
                                                    school who demonstrates excellence in Latin. The Hinkle Award for Latin Scholarship
                                                    went to Georgia White ’13 and Matt Owen ’11.

   In presenting Asia Carter ’10 with the Fine Arts Award, Mr. Geise reflected on
    her contributions on the stage. “Whether portraying a character in a musical,
 singing in a group or performing as a soloist, this individual has brought joy to
our lives through music and acting throughout her middle school years. She has
  grown immeasurably over that time as a performer, starting out quietly as a 6th
grader in the chorus of Beauty and the Beast. In 7th grade, she flew into Seussi-
  cal as a Bird Girl, and as an 8th grader, pegged a syrupy-sweet, doting German
 mother in Willy Wonka. Her role in Charlie Brown was right up her alley as she
     projected the nuances of the brassy, brutally honest, but somewhat insecure,
                      Lucy. Surely Asia is destined for the stage in some fashion.”

                                                                                 This year there were two recipients of The Hinkle Award for Latin
                                                                                 Scholarship. Georgia White ’13 was recognized for her “outstanding
                                                                                 academic performance in the 6th grade Latin program, exhibiting en-
                                                                                 thusiasm and great talent for learning Latin through excellence in
                                                                                 reading, writing, pronunciation, translation, and active class partici-
                                                                                 pation.” As a member of the elective e-Latin class for the last two
                                                                                 years, Matt Owen ’11 was lauded by Mr. Geise for “his dedication to
                                                                                 and love of Latin through his determination, academic excellence,
                                                                                 and unceasing desire to learn more each day than the day before.”

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                                                                                   Academic Highest Honors
                                                               Academic Highest Honors are awarded to those students in the middle school who
                                                               finished the year with a 4.0 average, or better, based on their final course grades.
                                                               Sixth Grade                Seventh Grade              Eighth Grade            Ninth Grade
                                                               Apolline Jonckheere        Alexander Hawley           Hannah Long             Madeline Neff
                                                               Nithya Prakash                                        Matthew Owen
                                                               James Reid
                                                               Georgia White

                                                                                      Academic High Honors
                                                               Academic High Honors are awarded to those students in the middle school who fin-
                                                               ished the year with a 3.67 average, or better, based on their final course grades.
                                                               Sixth Grade                Seventh Grade              Eighth Grade
                                                               Athan Bourganos            Andrew Bronk               Christopher Collins
                                                               Porter Brown               Schyler Davis              Samantha Linhares
                                                               Christian Diaz             Jacob DeLapp               Carrie Meneo
                                                               Eliza Griffin              Gaelen Frink               Marion Philippe
                                                               Jack Hisle                 Edward Litvinov            Austin Rosenberg
                                                               Orion Marco                Carl Reiser                Adam Verhoeff
                                                               Mia Perry
Head of School Paul Geise presents Lily Hinkle ’10 with
her diploma. Earlier in the ceremonies, she was named as       Nicolas Welch
the winner of the Coaches’ Award. In making that presen-
tation, Mr. Geise said, “On the soccer pitch, her tena-                                     Academic Honors
cious spirit made her both formidable to opponents and
                                                               Academic Honors are awarded to those students in the middle school who finished
a favorite among our fans. During the basketball season
she worked hard to improve her ball handling skills, a         the year with a 3.33 average, or better, based on their final course grades.
critical component for the success of the team. While a        Sixth Grade                Seventh Grade              Eighth Grade            Ninth Grade
challenge for her in the beginning, she rose to the occa-      Seth Antoch                Christopher Bowdler        Nolan Burkholder        Joseph Rosen
sion with that same tenacity and became a good point
                                                               Ashlyn Buffum              Alan Carroll               Luke Butler             Julia Pereira
guard and the leader on the court.”
                                                               Shannon Desmond            Jennifer Carroll           Cooper Feltes
                                                               Harrison Hall              Jordan Crawford            Quintin Parsons
                                                               Charlotte Harvey           Daniel D’Amato
Fine Arts Award                                                Mallory McArdle            Karalyn Falck
The Fine Arts Award is given to a deserving stu-               Quinlan Wood               Cassandra Seidel
dent in the Middle School who demonstrates tal-
ent and devotion to personal expression through
art, music, dance, and/or theater. The 2010 award
was presented to Asia Carter ’10.
                                                            While the graduating class was
The Coaches’ Award                                          small in numbers, it was never
The Coaches’ Award recognizes an outstanding                lacking in spirit. Somehow it
                                                            only seemed appropriate that
athlete in the graduating class who has demon-
                                                            Joseph Rosen ’10, a student at
strated skills, desire, and team spirit throughout          Pine Point for all twelve years,
their athletic experience at Pine Point. The recipi-        would be the last member of
ent must demonstrate leadership as well as sports-          the class to receive his diploma
manship and represent the School in a positive              from Mr. Geise. Looking on are
way to all competitors. The Coaches’ Award was              Commencement Speaker David
presented to Lily Hinkle ’10.                               Winans ’73 and President of the
                                                            Board of Trustees Ardice Perry.
Headmaster’s Prize                                          Earlier Joseph was honored with
                                                            the Headmaster’s Prize. Of
The Headmaster’s Prize is awarded annually to a
                                                            Joseph, Mr. Geise said, “If we
member of the graduating class who has demon-               examine each of these attributes
strated excellence in effort, academic achieve-             of excellence and analyze them
ment, loyalty, and service to the School, and               – effort, achievement, loyalty, service and then consider the phrases ‘quiet efforts’ and ‘better
whose quiet efforts have helped make Pine Point a           school’ and ‘happier place,’ there is one individual in this graduating class whose developed scholar-
better school and a happier place. The Headmas-             ship and gentle leadership and active involvement at all levels of the school community has been
ter’s Prize went to Joseph Rosen ’10.                       both refreshing and nourishing.”

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Scenes from
                                                            As always, there were plenty of folks on hand to honor the graduates
                                                            and award winners. Commencement is always a great opportunity to
                                                            see old friends, to enjoy the day and to renew ties with Pine Point.

  As they have done since every student has arrived at
the School through their departure, the faculty is front
 and center. (At commencement the faculty are seated
based on their length of service to the School.) Shown
 in the front row are: Diane Corwin Seltzer ’67, Robin
   Smith (hidden), David Smith ’69, Jeannie Williams,
          Sandy Walton, Mary Raftery, Lisa Scott, Gary
Williams, Carol Roper, and Julie Abbiati. (Ham Salsich
was at a family wedding and for the first time in thirty-
                         one years missed graduation!)

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                                                               A Secret Gleam
                                                               That Won’t Fade
                                                              Maddy Neff ’10 was asked by her peers
                                                              to speak for them at Commencement.

                                                                Before I begin, I would like to tell you
                                                                that I have chosen to use two poems my
                                                                classmates and I read this year to de-
                                                                scribe how I feel today.
                                                                    Standing in my white dress in front of
                                                                all your faces, I remember how I felt
                                                                when I first arrived here: afraid, uneasy,
                                                                clinging to the past. I have traveled a
                                                                long road since, and I have arrived at
                                                                graduation. You may not see any tears,
                                                                but inside, sentimental rain is falling.
    In John Masefield’s poem “Sea Fever,” he describes how he feels as though the sea is calling him
away from his life on the land, and we all feel the same way, though we are called by our future in-
stead of the sea. Mr. Masefield says that he “must [go] down to the seas again,” to a free life un-
bound by terrestrial troubles, and we feel our future calling us to a life filled with newness and
opportunity. Just as Masefield’s life has pushed him back to the sea, we are being pushed towards
high school, college, and beyond. We know that we are prepared for what lies ahead, and we too
feel that we must move onwards; we know we cannot linger in the past. “Sea Fever” describes the
beauty of a calm sea: “a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,” and we feel as
though our lives are like the tranquil sea at this time. This year has been full of howling, destructive
storms and cloudless, sun-drenched skies, but now we have arrived at graduation, a serene and re-
flective time, filled with the mists of memories and the salt water of tears. “A grey dawn” is also on
our horizons; our lives are at a turning point, and a new day has arrived. At the end of his poem,
Masefield says that all he really wants in life is a “quiet sleep and a sweet dream” at the end of the
day, and I agree. Along with all that I have learned at Pine Point academically, I have also matured
and begun to find my way in the twisted labyrinth of life. Before my time here, I could not see the
forest for the trees. Now, I am able to step back and solve a problem calmly and with reason, and all
I want is to rest peacefully and find happiness, instead of getting caught up in petty arguments. I
know that my classmates have grown and matured into strong young adults at Pine Point. John
Masefield must return to a carefree life on the blue waves of the sea, and we must join him on the
ship bound for happiness as we leave Pine Point with knowledge and wisdom.
    Charles Simic’s poem “Stone” describes his wish to become a stone, strong and quiet, holding a
glowing secret with a dark forbidding exterior, and Pine Point has shaped us into the stones of
Simic’s poem. The stone is strong, keeping its shape “even though a cow steps on it full weight /
even though a child throws it in the river.” I have grown strong at Pine Point. I am ready. Even
though a child may throw me into the hurtling river of a public high school, I am a stone, a deter-
mined, smart, reliable, undefeated stone. I aim to be like this stone for the rest of my life, for this
school has taught me the value of keeping composed and being kind instead of screeching my com-
plaints. I have a secret too, a flame inside my soul that does not die. Mr. Simic has “seen sparks fly
out / when two stones are rubbed,” so he thinks that stones have an inner light too, “a moon shin-
ing,” inside the dark unapproachable shell. I am sorrowful to leave this place behind. I will have to
grow used to the ache of not seeing my classmates, more like brothers and sisters to me now. But I
am a stone, and my shining light will not die; I have a secret gleam that won’t fade. Pine Point has
molded me into a sturdy stone, black and marred, but still shining from deep within, radiating hap-
piness that has been given to me here.
    It seems as though just last week I was sitting on my bed, scared to death about my first day at
Pine Point School. I was afraid, so afraid. I am afraid still, but I am strong this time. I am not cling-
ing to the past. I am ready. I have changed, developed into a much more mature, hard-working,
happy person, and so have Lily, Asia, Julia, Morgan, and Joseph. This is the end of Pine Point, and
the beginning of a wonderful life.

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                                                    “I am a stone, and my shining light will not die; I have a secret gleam
                                                    that won’t fade. Pine Point has molded me into a sturdy stone, black and
                                                    marred, but still shining from deep within, radiating happiness that has
                                                    been given to me here…It seems as though just last week I was sitting
                                                    on my bed, scared to death about my first day at Pine Point School. I
                                                    was afraid, so afraid. I am afraid still, but I am strong this time. I am not
                                                    clinging to the past. I am ready.”−Maddy Neff ’10

                                          Members of Teal, accompanied by Dr. Smith, performed Looking Inside, a song
                                          they wrote together. Teal is composed of Wunanittounkwequai Gregoire ‘12, Simone
                                          City Kronholm ’11, Kiona Carter ’12, Hannah Long ’11, and Asia Carter ’10.

                                                                                            There’s no mistaking the love and pride parents Jim and DeeDee Buffum
                                                                                            feel for their son and new graduate Morgan Buffum ’10. A young man of
                                                                                            many talents, Morgan is headed to St. George’s School.

                                                                      New graduate Lily
                                                                    Hinkle ’10 is flanked
                                                                      by her mom, Janet
                                                                  Hinkle, Mr. Geise, and
                                                                       her grandmother,
                                                                          Muriel Hinkle.

  Mallory McArdle ’13, Kara Falck ’12, Seth Antoch ’13,
Jennifer Carroll ’12, Cassy Seidel ’12, Cooper Feltes ’11,
  Nolan Burkholder ’11, and Quintin Parsons ’11 (along
 with others not shown in the photo) earned Academic
                                     Honors for the year.

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         Class Gift
Fund-raising efforts and the accumulation of monies
that resulted from pizza lunches and the Ocean Blue
Catering program left this year’s 9th grade with nearly
$4,000 in funds to be used to make their Class Gift.
The students, working with their class advisers, Mr.
Mitchell and Mrs. Dolphin, unanimously decided to
support the purchase of a new sound system that will
principally be utilized by the P.E. and Arts Depart-
ments. The equipment (not a single piece weighs over
                                                             Nithya Prakash ’13, Apolline Jonckheere ’13, and Georgia White ’13 (all standing)
30 pounds, allowing for ease of portability) includes
                                                             are congratulated by classmates Thea Nedvins ’13 and Mia Perry ’13 on earning
two new speakers, a speaker monitor, three micro-            Academic Highest Honors for the year. (Garnett Reid ’13 also earned Academic
                                                             Highest Honors.)
phones, mic and speaker stands, and all supporting ca-
bles and cords. The purchase also includes a training
workshop for the equipment. (The Tillman-Brown Fam-
ily and Vanessa Tillman-Brown ’95, with Shoreline
Swing, had made gifts earlier in the year that allowed
the Class to not have to settle when it came to selecting
the equipment that would work best for the School.)
Happily, the new system was utilized at commencement,
improving one’s ability to hear the speeches and some
lovely music.
   From school-wide arts performances to the middle
school musical to morning meeting presentations, our
school and the community will be enriched for years to
come by their gift!

                                                                                         A sonnet by Lillian Hinkle ’10

                                                            Saying hello was the easy part.
                                                            The teachers welcomed us with warm
                                                            Arms and smiles. It was the beginning of a wonderful start.
                                                            We’ve all transformed,
                                                            From the size of our hearts to our height.
                                                            The teachers have helped us throughout our years.
                                                            Our friends have pointed us in the right
                                                            Direction, and now it is time for the tears.
                                                            It’s time for the hard part, which is saying goodbye.
                                                            It’s time for us to start a new beginning. We
                                                            Will leave with our heads held high,
                                                            And we will see
                                                            That, although we have come to the end of this road and we must go,
                                                            Our love for Pine Point will always show.
                          The Carter Family

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 As has been the prac-
 tice for many years, the
 Summer/Fall issue of
 ViewPoints presents
 the Commencement
 Address delivered by
 our guest speaker. In
 June, we were de-
 lighted to welcome
 back to campus David
 Winans ’73. Two
 months before he re-
 turned to Pine Point,
 he sent to the School a
 few informal para-
 graphs about what he
 had been doing since
 he left Pine Point,
 diploma in hand. In a
 twist on past practice,
 we’ll let his own words
 serve as his introduc-
 tion of himself to our
                                              Before delivering his address, Dave gave each of the graduates Van Morrison’s CD Astral Weeks.

After attending Pine Point School for nine impressionable and                  this day cannot for the life of him logically explain the concept of
formative years, Dave was shipped off to Brooks School in North                negative capability).
Andover, MA, where he remembers white steeples amidst multi-                      After college Dave taught at an alternative high school in New
colored foliage, missing Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review opening                London, CT, began his lifelong hobby of songwriting, and took a
night show in Plymouth because he had to write a history paper,                brief detour one winter working in the Guild guitar factory. But he
witnessing the arc of a moon-shaped piece of cork and leather                  has spent the better part of the past thirty years teaching English
landing just fair of the left field pole in one of the most dramatic           (and some history) to middle schoolers down in south Florida at a
World Series games ever played. He met some eccentric teachers                 small private school in the town of Gulf Stream. He has continued
who instilled in him a love of history and literature, and somehow             to write (publishing three books), occasionally records his songs
he ended up earning Cum Laude honors despite being dismissed                   with friends in Rhode Island, and has traveled several times to Eu-
by several attempts at solving standardized testing.                           rope and, in recent years, Jamaica. He spent one summer studying
   From there he moved on to Trinity College in the bowels of                  the life and poetry of W.B. Yeats in Sligo, Ireland and has spent the
Hartford, CT, where he further fell in love with the wit and whimsy            past several years reading and researching the music and folk cul-
of good wordplay as well as several young ladies, the mystic ram-              ture of the Caribbean.
blings of Van Morrison, post-Civil War history, and the Romantic                  Dave lives in Lake Worth, FL, with his wife Vicki who is director
poets. He majored in English, minored in education, and wrote his              of the South Florida Montessori Education Center.
honors thesis on John Keats and the creative process (though to

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   For the longest time I held
   the view that my days at this
                                      B      efore I begin I have a small gift for Morgan, Asia, Lily, Maddy, Julia, and
                                             Joseph. I suspect you are of the iTunes, downloading music generation,
                                      but here’s a CD that originally came out as a long playing phonographic record
   school were my unformed            in the year 1968. It’s called Astral Weeks and is by an Irish singer and musician
                                      named Van Morrison. You may have heard your parents or the radio playing his
   period and that I didn’t           “Brown Eyed Girl” or “Moondance.” This was the strange jazz folk album he
                                      made in between those two successes. I first heard it at college, and its languid
   become a student until I went      melodies and enchanting lyrics transported me back to my childhood growing
   away to boarding school and        up around these parts. Building forts in the hayloft of John Groton’s barn. Ex-
                                      ploring with Miles Peterle that old abandoned mill off Route One. All those
   actually grew up, started to       games of make-believe and wonder. Van sings, “To lay me down in gardens all
                                      wet with rain/between the viaducts and your dreams/it’s easy to be born again.”
   read and get interested in         You may not have the same experience as I did upon hearing it, but there’s
   history, started to feel           something magical about it. At least Johnny Depp and I think so.
                                          And so, Mr. Geise, trustees, teachers, students, family, friends, old class-
   connected to what I was            mates, and, most importantly, you six about to be graduates, as Maya Angelou
                                      said at the end of her poem for President Clinton’s first inauguration, “Good
   learning…It took me nearly         morning.” A mere thirty-seven years ago I was where you six are at this mo-
   forty years to realize what this   ment, wearing a white carnation in my jacket lapel, mostly oblivious to the mo-
                                      mentous occasion of graduating after nine years at Pine Point School. My mind,
   place did for me, but I got        as per usual in those days, was elsewhere, thinking about how that afternoon
                                      my friends and I would be waterskiing behind Freddy Buffum’s Boston Whaler
   there. What you young people       and this would be the summer I would finally learn how to slalom. The idea
   have gained from your time         that this was the end of a key era of my life was like those seemingly ancient
                                      historical events Mr. Dixon tried to enlighten us about, irrelevant. Life was
   here may be more apparent to       about the here and now. As it should be for you young people.
                                          I love the fact you have a school magazine called ViewPoints. For the
   you, or, maybe like me, it’s       longest time I held the view that my days at this school were my unformed pe-
   something you’ll figure out        riod and that I didn’t become a student until I went away to boarding school
                                      and actually grew up, started to read and get interested in history, started to
   somewhere down the road.           feel connected to what I was learning. Perhaps it was the absence of television
                                      and girls, but I got focused, and for a long time I credited prep school for that.
                                      But the passing of time allows you to develop perspective, a chance to shape or
                                      adjust your viewpoint. When I was in seventh grade here, our yearbook had a
                                      picture of the new addition to the school, and I drew two stick figures in front
                                                  of it. I wrote the word “jail” with an arrow pointing to the new build-
                                                  ing and the word “prisoners” to go with the stick figures. Odd that I
                                                  felt this way during the liberating 70’s when we celebrated the first
                                                  Earth Day and were taking alternative classes in everything from
                                                  oceanography to yoga. What was I thinking? If you consider the fact I
                                                  ended up making teaching my profession, confining myself to a place
                                                  very similar to this one, and loving it, you’ve got yourself a solid ex-
                                                  ample of one of life’s ironies.
                                                      My original view was that my becoming a teacher happened solely
                                                  because of three men at Brooks School (a quiet, sad-eyed English
                                                  teacher who helped me discover the depths of meaning in good liter-
                                                  ature, an outrageously opinionated history teacher who taught me
                                                  our history shapes our viewpoint and vice versa, and a completely
                                                  mad reverend who told me we all had a calling in life and I better
                                                  start listening for mine). But then a few years ago I came across Man.
                                                  See, I still have a copy of this poetry book one Drew Maddock, Eng-
                                                  lish teacher at Pine Point School, made us read back in the prison
                                                  years. It was my introduction to ee cummings who baffled me at first
                                                  with his non-structured, anything goes verse. Forget capital letters,

                                               Congratulating new graduate Asia Carter ’10

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         Members of the Class of 1973 turned out in force to hear their good friend
        and former classmate deliver the Commencement Address. Front row, from
        left: David Winans, Candy White Sweeney, Cynthia Stein Therrien, Kimmie
          Ross, and Katy Oat Grey. Back row, from left: Neal Bobruff, John Groton,
        Miles Peterle, and Larry Kaplan. Missing from the photo, but in attendance,
        were Erica Lindberg Gourd, Fiona Neill LaFountain, and Lisa Card Rapoza.
        Candy pointed out with pride that “ours was the largest graduating class in
                                   Pine Point history, and half of us are here today!”

punctuation placed in the strangest of places, words strung to-
gether and cut up, no respect for syntax, like Picasso with his Cu-
bism, creating something entirely new to shock and awe, provoke
and stimulate, which is what good art does, and I’ve been writing
song lyrics and bad poetry ever since I was introduced to Man.
     Now this discovery led me to re-evaluate the deep-rooted influ-
ences from my kid-dom years at Pine Point: my third grade teacher
Mrs. Bailey staying after school to help me learn my times tables;
my sixth grade teacher Mrs. McKenzie allowing that a weekend
alone with my own guilty conscience was more beneficial than
some parental or school sanctioned punishment when I was caught
revisiting my Egyptian quiz answers before turning them in; Mr.                          vorite, Maniac MaGee. When he started out, Mr. Spinelli wrote
Purcell calling us by our last names and other expletives on the                         four books that were rejected by publishers. He finally succeeded
soccer field, making us feel like men, not boys; Mrs. Wills encour-                      on the fifth try, but he pointed out that all the books and successes
aging me to take my time and add more detail to my drawings. And                         he experienced in later years owe something to that failure. As he
then there was Mr. Levering, who drove the bus. Though I was a                           put it, he “learned how to write while failing.” English teachers love
fairly quiet, shy kid at school, I was a little hellion on the bus, and                  quotes, and I’d like to share a few with you. Ben Franklin said,
Mr. Levering bet me a candy bar that I couldn’t be absolutely quiet                      “Once you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Albert Einstein
on the ride to and from school each day for the remainder of the                         opined, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balance you have to
year. Well, I took him up on the bet and somehow kept mum for six                        keep moving.” And Yogi Berra once quipped, “You can see a lot by
or so months. He, in turn, gave me a candy bar, two tickets to a                         looking.” But perhaps the most profound quote I’ve come across in
Red Sox doubleheader with the Washington Senators, and the real-                         recent months was revealed to me by Moisha, a little five year old
ization that I could do just about anything I set my mind to. Back                       girl in Jamaica who recited their pledge they say in school every
to the point, completely unaware of what was happening, I was                            morning. Standing in front of her windowless, chipped concrete
learning all the tools I needed to one day become a successful                           house, she stood perfectly erect while speaking slowly and clearly
teacher. It took me nearly forty years to realize what this place did                    these words: “Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and
for me, but I got there.                                                                 loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the
     What you young people have gained from your time here may                           strength and vigor of my body in the service of my fellow citizens. I
be more apparent to you, or, maybe like me, it’s something you’ll                        promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work
figure out somewhere down the road. I’m not going to throw a lot                         diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that
of wizened advice your way or tell you how blessed you are and                           Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and pros-
how it’s your responsibility to give back and make the world a bet-                      perity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole
ter place. As Mr. Geise articulated so succinctly in the recent View-                    human race.” Now there are some ideals to live by.
Points, “Do well and do good.” As an English teacher, I want a                               My last personal advice is to remember your viewpoint may
noun to follow the adjective good, but it works as poetic phrasing.                      change. Many of you will recall that in 2004 a man named Johnny
I hope you’ll be gracious and grateful, generous to others. Be kind                      Damon became a god-like, heroic figure to all of us who are a part
when and wherever you can. I hope you all might develop what                             of Red Sox Nation. He was a curse buster, a disposer of the evil
George Will refers to as equipoise, the ability to stay relaxed and                      empire, one of the main central characters in that drama that al-
intensely concentrate at the same time. And I’ll suggest something                       lowed once and for all the ghost of Babe Ruth to rest in peace.
that sounds easy but often as not is hard to do: be yourselves.                          And then a year later, when he signed as a free agent with the rival
Travel as much as you can or stick to where you feel comfortable.                        New York Yankees, suddenly fans were hawking t-shirts on Yawkey
Expand your horizons and discover new roots and cultures, or                             Way that read “Johnny Damon looks like Jesus, acts like Judas,
focus on preserving your own legacy and heritage. If you have the                        throws like Mary.” Ah, the slings and arrows of a fickle nation.
time and energy for it, do it all. Make mistakes but don’t waste                         Damon is now a Detroit Tiger, still playing the game he loves wher-
them. I had the good fortune to meet the author Jerry Spinelli last                      ever it takes him. May your fate bestow upon you such fortune. To
fall. He has written some profoundly thoughtful adult literature for                     find something you love and follow where it may take you. As Ja-
young people: Stargirl, Loser, Milkweed, Smiles to Go, and my fa-                        maicans say, “Be upfull” and enjoy the journey.

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   Pine Point Mourns
   Passing of                                                                                                               In May 2009, the
                                                                                                                            Baileys toured the
                                                                                                                            DeMovick Early
   Loring M. Bailey                                                                                                         Childhood Center.
                                                                                                                            Unbeknownst to all,
                                                                                                                            Dot’s last visit to
                                                                                                                            Pine Point would
   School Blessed with Largest                                                                                              also be the last time
                                                                                                                            that Loring would be
   Bequest in its History                                                                                                   on campus.

   -David C. Hannon, Director of Development

                                                I    t was just a year ago in the fall issue of this magazine that we informed the Pine Point
                                                     family of the passing of former faculty member and past parent Dorothy (Dot) L. Bailey. It
                                                is with great sadness that we now report that Dot’s husband, Loring MacKenzie Bailey, 96,
                                                died peacefully at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, on August 15, 2010.
                                                    Born on May 26, 1914, in Newton, MA, the son of Reginald and Pearl Bailey, Loring grew
                                                up in the Boston area and went to school at Brookline High School. As a nine-year-old boy,
                                                he experienced great adventures in Cuba where his father oversaw the construction and
                                                operation of a sugar cane factory from 1920-1928. Loring studied mechanical design at the
                                                Laurel Institute, a division of the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology. In 1940, he joined
  The Dorothy L. Bailey Fund                    Electric Boat (EB) in Groton as a Ship Design Planner. He would hold succeeding positions of
                                                increasing responsibility at EB until his retirement as a Procurement Engineer for the Trident
    This legacy is given in perpetual mem-
                                                Programs. Not coincidentally, 1979 was the same year that Dot retired from teaching.
ory of Dorothy, to whom I was married for
                                                    The Baileys were engaged and beloved members of the community during the sixty years
sixty-six wonderful years. It is to recognize
                                                that they lived in their home on Pequot Trail in Stonington and later at StoneRidge in Mystic.
one of Pine Point’s most beloved teachers
                                                As a couple, their love and care for one another was an inspiration to all. Friends and
from the School’s earliest days when she
                                                acquaintances remember Loring for his sharp intellect and his razor sharp memory. He was a
taught from 1960-1969. During those nine
                                                brilliant conversationalist whose passion ran to all things military, and particularly maritime
years, she taught English to the 3rd, 4th,
and 5th grades, and for two years she
                                                    The Bailey’s association with Pine Point stretched back to the fall of 1956, when their only
served as Chair of the Middle School.
                                                child, Loring “Ring” M. Bailey, Jr. ’59, entered the School as a new 6th grader. Ring’s entrance
    Children, teaching, and Pine Point re-
                                                into Pine Point coincided with the move to Barnes Road. Ring later died in Vietnam on March
mained a passion for Dot throughout her
                                                15, 1970. An endowment fund was established in his honor and an award that bears his name
long life. In mid-May 2009, Dot and I
                                                is presented each year at commencement. In 1960, Dot began what would be a nine-year run
went to Pine Point for what unknowingly
                                                at the School, teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade English and serving as chair of the Middle
would be her last visit. At the end of the
                                                School for two years. Dot left the faculty at the end of the first semester in 1969, but the Bai-
tour of the new DeMovick Early Childhood
                                                leys never stopped caring about the School. Over the years they visited often, seeing old
Center, she took Head of School Paul
                                                friends, attending graduation, participating in groundbreaking ceremonies and celebrations,
Geise aside, observing that the new addi-
                                                and simply stopping by to see how things were going at a place that remained important to
tion “felt like home.”
                                                them until the very end.
    In order that Pine Point will always feel
                                                    Given their many years together, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise as to Loring’s focus
like home, The Dorothy L. Bailey Fund will
                                                in his final days. On August 5th he called the School to discuss “setting up something to rec-
benefit the School in either or both of the
                                                ognize Dot.” One week later, he met with his lawyer and added a codicil to his estate plans
following ways: supporting the profes-
                                                establishing The Dorothy L. Bailey Fund with an initial planned gift of $100,000. (That
sional development of the faculty and/or
                                                legacy, which makes it the largest bequest in the history of Pine Point, will be enhanced upon
rewarding especially worthy members of
                                                the final settlement of Loring’s estate.) Three days later, Loring passed away.
the faculty, as the Board of Trustees con-
                                                    With the passing of Dot and now Loring, a significant chapter in the School’s history has
siders appropriate.
                                                in a certain way closed, and yet with this newest endowment fund the memory of two remark-
                         - Loring M. Bailey     able people will live on to benefit future generations of Pine Point students and teachers so
                           August 12, 2010      that they too will always feel that sense of “home.”
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                                             Alicia Realized
                                              Russell Garden
                                                                            - David C. Hannon, Director of Development

I   n November 2007 Pine Point lost a dear friend
    when past parent Alicia Zintl Russell was struck
and killed by an automobile. Those who knew Alicia
rallied together to raise funds (96 people eventually
made gifts!) that supported the creation of what
would become the Alicia Z. Russell Center for As-
sessment and Learning in the DeMovick Early Child-
hood Center (DECC). Part of the plan also called for
a garden to be created between the 6th grade and
DECC that would honor Alicia. Anyone who knew
Alicia understood what nature meant to her. It was
beauty and wonder, a source of strength and peace.
   The historic rains last July and this March, which caused significant
flooding at the School, made attending to the space a matter of real
urgency. On several occasions, current parents and trustees John
Pereira and Andy Griscom ’75, along with former faculty member and
trustee Alan Banister, were at Pine Point digging trenches and putting
in piping to mitigate the drainage issues.
    Over the course of the last year, Head of School Paul Geise
worked with a number of individuals and landscaping-related firms to
bring the project to fruition. He first engaged Mystic resident and                                      Cummin Associates,Inc.
noted landscape architect Peter Cummin of Cummin Associates, Inc.
to put together a design that would be functional, attractive, and low maintenance.
    In March, current parent Bill Griffin, on behalf of the extended Griffin family, came forward and
made a marvelous gift to move the project forward. Their gift was a real spark and was soon followed              “I enjoyed helping with
by the Zintl and Russell families lending their support. Martin Griswold ’88 (featured in the fall
2009 issue of this magazine) of Judges Farm in Old Lyme and Dan Jeffrey of Pequot Plant Farm in                   the garden. There was a
Stonington, donated perennials, shrubs, and trees to fill out the space. Flemings Feed pledged as                 real sense of, ‘Hey, look
much mulch as was needed. Virtually every member of the faculty made a gift as a sign of their love
of Alicia and their desire to make the garden a reality. Lee Malek Landscaping was responsible for all            what we did.’ I was
of the infrastructure and stonework while accomplishing the necessary work (seen and unseen) to en-
sure proper drainage. (The speed with which Malek Landscaping completed their work was startling.                 inspired by it. I hope
Suddenly it seemed that the hope of having the garden in by graduation was possible.) On the Satur-               others will consider
day of Memorial Day Weekend a group of hardy volunteers put in well over 150 plants, spread mulch,
and enjoyed a sense of a job well done.                                                                           what they can do to help
    Like so many aspects of Pine Point, the creation of the Alicia Russell Garden was made possible
with the help of many hands. As with the garden that was put in by the faculty six years ago alongside            Pine Point.”
the L/TC, before we know it, the Russell Garden will fill in, looking as if it has always been there.                             -Bill Griffin
The next time you’re at Pine Point, take a moment to see this beautiful addition to our campus.
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Gardening Volunteers
Melinda Blum
Jim Buffum
Amaya ’20, Dionne and Rodney Butler
Brian, Curt, Jenny, and Judy Christoffersen
Dan, Judy, and Schyler Davis ’12
Paul and Robin Geise
Julian Gillespie
Brianna and Maureen Gosselin
Bill, Claire ’17, Eliza ’13 and Geraldine Griffin
Andy Griscom ’75
Susan Kozel                                                        Ed Russell spent the entire day with the volunteers and was energized by the
                                                                   outpouring of support and what had been created.
Chloe, David, Nicky, and Toby Newbery

Mary Raftery
Lauren ’18 and Bill Rolla
Carol Roper
Ed Russell
Lisa Scott
Lou Toscano
Sandy Walton

                             Andy Griscom ’75 was one of
                             the volunteers who worked on
                             the garden from start to finish.
                             Summing up the project, he de-
                             clared, “It’s more than a garden,
                             we have a wonderful outdoor
                             classroom.” Andy is shown
                             wearing a coverall that he had
                             specially made that bears one       Bill Griffin and Paul Geise work a bed.
                             of the new mottoes he has play-
                             fully proposed for the School.

      Rodney Butler

      Some of the 90+                                                 Dionne Butler                    Claire Griffin ’17 and Lauren Rolla ’18
common bearberrys go in

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                                        Third grade teacher Mary Raftery         Judy Christoffersen’s son, Brian, and
                                                                                 daughter, Jenny, lent a hand.

                                                                           Dear Friends,

                                                                              It was truly inspiring to see
                                                                           everyone pitching in to help plant                                 Bill Rolla
                                                                           and mulch the Alicia Zintl Russell

                                                                           Memorial Garden [North] on Sat-
          Carol Roper
                                                                           urday morning. THANK YOU for
                                                                           your good hearts and lively spir-
                                                                           its…There’s still work to be done,
                                                                           but for now, let’s simply celebrate
                                                                           our collective good works!!! Once
                                                                           again, thank you one and all!!!
                                                                                                 -Paul Geise
                                             Julian Gillespie

                                 Lauren Rolla ’18,
                                 Claire Griffin ’17,
                                 Amaya Butler ‘20,
                                 Eliza Griffin ’13 and
                                 Schyler Davis ‘12
                                 enjoy a snack after
                                 putting in some
                                 hard work.

                                                                                           The rocks are from Alicia’s beloved East Beach in Watch Hill, RI, where
                                                                                           she loved to take the family dog, Schatzie, for a walk on the beach.
Robin Geise gives the new plants a
good drink.                                                                                                 (All photos by Judy Christoffersen and David Cruthers)

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                          Lessons from
Lewis and Clark − Michael Petty ’64

     Michael Petty followed the route of Lewis and Clark
all the way from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back
over the course of four summers. As an antidote to his
“midlife crisis,” he tried to get a sense of what it was
like to complete the trek, albeit two hundred years later.
He is grateful for the time he spent outdoors growing
up in the wilds on Al Harvey Road in Stonington as well
as the time he spent outdoors as a student at Pine
Point. His article is part of a longer piece he wrote for
The Washington Post, which published his account
back in 2004 and 2005. He is still working on a book
about his trip but, like Meriwether Lewis, he too suffers
from occasional “writer’s block.” Though the article
written by Michael was first published six years ago, his
passion for the journey, and sharing it with others,
endures. Over the summer, he and a nephew retraced a
portion of the trail. Michael enthusiastically reported:
“The Missouri River trip was amazing – four days of
kayaking and saw no humans, only animals.”
     Michael teaches American history, American sports
history, and an honors course called The American
Wilderness at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD.           With a descendant of William Clark in St. Charles, MO, which was one of the stops
                                                             Lewis and Clark made early in their trip. We’re in front of a replica keelboat.

 Great Falls, MT, one of five falls Lewis
 and Clark portaged around, which is
 now sadly dammed for power purposes
                                                             F         rom 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their
                                                                       band of about fifty men traveled by pirogue, keelboat, horseback, and
                                                                       on foot for 4,000 miles. They fought the swift current of the Missouri
                                                             River upstream, survived a bitterly cold winder at Fort Mandan, traversed the
                                                             lofty Rocky Mountains, tried to stay dry during a very wet winter at Fort Clatsop
                                                             near the western shore of America, and then returned triumphantly with only
                                                             one member of the entire Corps of Discovery perishing during the two-year
                                                             journey. That man, Sergeant Charles Floyd, died of appendicitis two months
                                                             into the trip, and his death probably would have occurred even if he was back in
                                                             “civilization” with the then-best doctors in the world.
                                                                   From 2004 to 2008, I retraced their route by rental car, on foot and bicy-
                                                             cle, in kayak and canoe. I was trying to get a sense of what these men went
                                                             through two hundred years ago. In Missouri, I bicycled for fifty miles along a
                                                             hiker-biker trail built over abandoned railroad tracks. To my right was the turgid
                                                             “Big Muddy” as the Missouri River was called, and it did seem big and muddy
                                                             in color, filled with floating debris including “sawyers,” uprooted trees that can
                                                             wreak havoc upon an upstream boat.
                                                                   At Cross Ranch State Park in North Dakota, I paddled a kayak for a day
                                                             down the Missouri, thankful that the current was with me, not against me as it
                                                             was for so long during the first year of the expedition. I joined a family of four
                                                             and our two guides and paddled downstream for seven miles. At one point we
                                                             turned upstream to get a sense of the force of the river and it was convincing.
                                                             We all better appreciated one of the many obstacles the Corps of Discovery
                                                             faced. Some days, the crews only made a few miles, and on the first day out of
                                                             St. Charles, MO, the heavy keelboat almost capsized.

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                                                           A Shoshone Indian, Sacajawea, a key figure, and York, Clark’s slave, were
  I made it up to Lemhi Pass where, in               largely responsible for the ultimate success of the arduous trip. The Native Ameri-
  1804, Lewis and Clark realized that                can who joined the Corps when they set out west the second year knew the land,
  there was no “Northwest Passage.”
                                                     and the fact that she had a young baby with her suggested the mission was peaceful
                                                     to the neighboring tribes. York was considered “good medicine” by the Native
                                                     Americans. These people had never seen a black man before, and many thought he
                                                     was painted black; at times, the Indians would try to peel off his “blackness.” More-
                                                     over, when the Corps voted where to set up camp during the second winter out,
                                                     both York and Sacajawea were allowed to vote as well, a first in American history
                                                     for both groups.
                                                           I learned much from the Natives along the route. I remember Mark Schaeffer,
                                                     an employee of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and who is part-Chippewa
                                                     whom I ran into at the end of my kayak trip. When asked his opinion about the re-
                                                     action of Native Americans to the Corps, he said, “When the Indians first saw
                                                     Lewis and Clark and all these men and Sacajawea, they considered them to be ‘our
                                                     first American tourists.’” With all the celebrations during the bicentennial of the
                                                     expedition, we need to remember who was already here and what they thought of
                                                     the process, then and now.
                                                           So there is much to be learned from such a “midlife crisis,” which some have
                                                     called my pilgrimage. I end with a quote from Thomas Slaughter from his book, Ex-
                                                     ploring Lewis and Clark:

                                                               As an opening to our imaginations, as facilitators of our con-
                                                               nections to the past, nature, God, and the universe, Lewis and
                                                               Clark continue to serve us, perhaps better than they serve them-
                                                               selves…that is why we will keep repeating their journey over
                                                               and over again.
      I hiked in the Bitterroot Mountains in cen-
                                                          I encourage you to read any of the
tral Idaho, and though I am an avid hiker, the
                                                     many books about Lewis and Clark.
steep ups and downs of the trail were tough. It
was here that the Corps struggled in September
1805 as early snow hampered them as well. By
                                                     Their story is a fascinating one on many
                                                     levels, but take time to read about the
                                                     other side as well, the story of their trip     Recommended Readings
the time the group reached the other side and
                                                     from a Native American point of view.
ran into the local Nez Perce Indians, they were
                                                     After all, they were here first.
hungry, cold, exhausted, and emaciated. But the                                                      Stephen Ambrose
Native Americans there fed them and took care                                                        Undaunted Courage: Meriwether
of them, though the men preferred to eat dog           At the three forks of the
                                                                                                     Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the
                                                       Missouri River in Montana
rather the plentiful salmon and camas roots prof-                                                    Opening of the American West
fered to them by their hosts.
      I rented a kayak at the mouth of the Colum-                                                    James P. Ronda
bia River and the currents, strong winds, and                                                        Lewis and Clark among the Indians
floating debris gave me a real impression of what
the Corps faced over two hundred years ago.                                                          Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., Editor
One irony among many regarding the expedition                                                        Lewis and Clark Through Indian
was that when the crews finally neared the mouth                                                     Eyes: Nine Indian Writers on the
of the mighty Columbia, their ultimate goal for                                                      Legacy of the Expedition
over a year, the weather and dangerous waters
prevented them from actually reaching the Pa-
cific Ocean and setting up camp along the coast,
which was the original plan.                           Kayaking on the Missouri in the
      But the highlight of my trip was a three-day     White Cliffs region of Montana
kayak journey on the Upper Missouri in central
Montana. Here the river ran without channels,
dams, or reservoirs for several hundred miles,
and I covered 130 of them. I camped at two of
the exact campsites that Lewis and Clark did
going out and coming back. The weather coop-
erated and I was stunned by the rock formations,
the towering spires, and the incredible beauty of
this section called the White Cliffs.

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Just out
of Reach
                   -Julie Wright DelPrado ’89

      In addition to raising three boys (the oldest of whom,
      Diego ’19, is a first grader at Pine Point), Julie creates
      earth-conscious art and design.

T      here’s something appealing to me about a challenge that
       seems just out of reach. I tend to take on things I don’t com-
pletely know how to do, often under deadline. That’s when I usually
perform best—when the odds of me working it out seem less in my
favor than the odds of me failing, often publicly. That’s what got me
back into exercising after having my first two boys. With my sister-
in-law’s encouragement, I signed up for a sprint triathlon even
though I didn’t own a road bike, hadn’t run in 10 years, and had             to ride 100 miles, I may as well sign up for the full 3 days, under
never swum a lap in my life. I had just four months to convince my           the logic that I wouldn’t have to increase my mileage during my
legs they could still run and learn how to swim while battling my            training, just my frequency and tie in some consecutive days. Pretty
fear of creatures lurking in open bodies of water. I loved the experi-       quickly I realized there were flaws in my thinking, but it was sound
ence and quickly signed up for my next tri—there’s nothing like a            enough logic at the time to convince me to make the commitment.
countdown to standing at a start line in a fitted tri suit to keep a gal     Plus, after hearing that I committed to riding the three days, Juan
motivated!                                                                   and his brothers decided they needed to step up and do the entire
     This summer I took on the most challenging experience of my             ride as well, which increased all of our fundraising goals. With the
life so far—the Tri State Trek, a 270-mile ride from Newton, MA,             help of Pine Point’s GIVE committee and the support of our family
to Greenwich, CT, to support the ALS Therapy Development Insti-              and friends, as of mid-August our team of nine riders raised
tute (ALSTDI). It was unquestionably the hardest thing I’ve ever             $27,000, a significant amount by any standards.
done. I had hoped that this would be a life-changing adventure for                I’ve never experienced such a myriad of emotions as during the
me. I anticipated this experience enabling me to become a distance           course of my training. I felt everything from despair and pain to
athlete. I thought that training for, and completing the ride, would         strength and pride. Our training was time-consuming and physi-
somehow alter how I approach life in a significant way. I knew it            cally demanding, and I often felt overwhelmed and intimidated with
was going to be insanely hard, but I expected to finish. What I              the task. On many of my long rides I’d inevitably hit a moment
didn’t anticipate was getting knocked off my feet over and over, and         where the weight of what we were doing would come crashing
being left with an emptiness that I’ll have to wait a year to try to fill.   down on me. Frequently, usually at the top of a steep, long hill
    My husband, Juan, rode day 1 of the Trek last year in honor of           somewhere past 60 miles, I’d reach a place where I had nothing left
his brother-in-law, who was diagnosed with ALS shortly after marry-          in me to hold myself together and I would just stop my bike and
ing Juan’s sister. I thought he was crazy—100 miles sounds like a            crumble from the feeling of being so humbled. I simultaneously felt
lot, but having biked a bit in the past few years, I knew it was a lot.      like I was doing something both really important and completely
When we first learned about ALS we knew little about it other than           inconsequential, that I was spending a ton of time and energy but
that it was also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. What we were devas-            that I was just a small piece of a puzzle that was never going to be
tated to learn was that it’s 100% fatal. There’s absolutely no chance        finished. I was taxed mentally and physically and dreading the next
of survival given current treatments. What’s most frustrating about          hill and then I’d think of the people with ALS and how they are los-
this is that scientists and doctors believe ALS is a curable disease,        ing their physical abilities one by one, and that ultimately they
and that it’s just a matter of combining the right amount of time,           would lose their life to this horrible disease. On all of my longer
effort, and resources. After thinking this over, I decided that if I’m       rides, Juan was with me. He’d listen patiently and talk me through
going to train my body to compete in an event, it should be for a            it, saying “we’re just out for a bike ride and it’s one mile after the
purpose bigger than just my own satisfaction, so I decided to join           next.” He’s a perfect match for me, in that I could only see the big
Juan in riding the Tri State Trek. I then decided that if I was going        picture while he was able to focus on the present moment.
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    When it came time for The Ride, as I now thought of it, I was        final rest stop, I was overwhelmed with physical exhaustion, ex-
anxious and nervous. Every mile down was one fewer to go. The            cruciating pain in my knee, and both my heart and pride wrench-
first day was exciting—our team happened to be positioned at             ing from the reality that I wasn’t going to make 270 miles. I was
the front, and we received a full police escort stopping traffic at      filled with the dread of explaining this to the dozens of people
every intersection all the way out of town. People were in pretty        who had made contributions to this very important cause. It left
jovial moods, and there was a lot of riding together, peloton            me in a place so raw that I felt like I was one giant open wound
style. It was a hard day, though, in that you had to strike a bal-       with nothing left to affix the bandages. Somehow my early ac-
ance between riding a decent 102 miles, while saving some en-            complishments didn’t matter anymore. I finally made it to the last
ergy for the remaining 168 miles. Facing a steep hill at mile 100 I      stop and watched Juan and his brothers join many other riders in
gave up my dream of competing in an Ironman—I could practi-              doing hill repeats on a particularly tough climb while the group
cally see the steam coming from my knees, and I couldn’t imagine         waited for the final riders. Then we all rode the final eight miles
running a marathon after riding a century and at that moment I           into town. The streets were lined with supporters cheering and
thought I was absurd for even considering it up to this point.           ringing cowbells. I was so emotional—my chest tightened and I
    On day 2 my right knee was giving me a lot of trouble, and I         was swallowing hard, trying not to start sobbing as I saw the fam-
had to start icing it at the rest stops in order to get through the      ilies and friends of ALS victims, and those who were afflicted
ride. At one of the stops a nurse gently suggested I consider get-       with ALS themselves. It was more than I could take. Here I was
ting advanced a couple of stops so as not to risk further injury.        feeling sorry for myself that I couldn’t complete 26 out of the
Apparently the nurse doesn’t know my mother. Quitting is never           270 miles, and there they were—some not even able to walk or
an option, and I said to Juan, “there’s only one of two ways this is     talk. I was straining to see the road and my gears through my
ending—with me crossing the finish line or bring carted away in          tears. I felt saddened, relieved, excited, pained, shamed, and
an ambulance.” Thankfully, day 2 ended with me on a bike,                proud all at the same time—too much for one moment. I desper-
though once we got into New Haven my right knee would no                 ately wanted to get off my bike and sink into my kids’ arms, but
longer bend so I unclipped and pedaled with just one leg to fin-         they weren’t there, and are too young to understand what their
ish the ride.                                                            dad and I did, and that we did this for their uncle.
    Day 3 was torture. I had iced my knee on and off all night.               Three days after the ride, I still had to use my hands to climb
The hills started at mile 2, and didn’t stop. It was Juan’s and my       the stairs to go to bed—that’s when I finally let myself off the
12th anniversary, and the thought crossed my mind more than              hook for skipping 26 miles. Even as I say that, I realize both how
once that morning that we could have used the three nights of            absurd that is and yet how I still feel I didn’t accomplish my goal,
babysitting for a relaxing get-away. By mile 30 I could no longer        like I need a big disclaimer when I talk about “finishing” the ride.
bend my right knee, and I was going 3 mph uphill, and 8 mph on           There are not many boxes I can check off from this experience. I
the few flats there were. I realized my stubbornness to finish this      didn’t actually ride 270 miles, ALS hasn’t been cured yet, I still
ride was going to get in the way of Juan finishing it. Juan, who         need to do this again next year, and I still have guilt that this is
rode my pace the entire ride, even when his brothers surged to           just one cause, and that there are just so many other diseases out
the front of all the riders, and he knew he was strong enough to         there that need funds including my father’s.
match them. At the beginning of the ride, he put his ego in a box             Three weeks later and I’m still dreading getting back on my
and didn’t need to open it. So at mile 36 I made the call to catch       bike. It won’t last long because I’m doing a century ride in a
a ride to the last rest stop while icing my knee. Juan sprinted          month, but I’m pushing the limits again—procrastinating until
ahead to catch his brothers, passing many of the riders who had          there’s no option left but for me to ride. The fear of failure is a
passed us all weekend long.                                              powerful motivator, once it kicks in.
    The wait for my ride felt like eternity. I saw all of the tail end        I wonder how this will work out for my boys…I picture one of
riders, many with knee injuries. My ride appeared as the last            them telling a fellow rider “apparently the nurse doesn’t know my
crewmember was closing up the rest stop. Riding in a car to the          mother…”

       The nine members of Team Tess gathered
          for a photo at the start in Newton with
           Julie (fourth from the right) joined by
         brothers-in-law Alejandro and Lorenzo
         (respectively third and second from the
                right) and husband Juan far right

                  To learn more about ALS, or to
                   support ALSTDI, visit als.net.

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Fiore Sabbatical Program Marks Fifth Year
                                     I   n December 2005,
                                         the Fiore family es-
                                         tablished a sabbat-
                                     ical program for the
                                     School’s teachers and
                                     administrators. John and
                                     Barbara Fiore were in-
                                     volved at all levels of
                                     School life during their
                                     daughter’s (Lauren ’96)
                                     seven years at Pine Point.
                                     The sabbatical program is de-
                                     signed to strengthen the individual’s
                                     teaching while also being personally ful-
                                     filling and energizing. Each fall the recipients present
                                     their experiences at a gathering in the Library/Technol-
                                     ogy Center. As well, a “scrapbook” containing the re-
                                     flections of the Fiore Fellows is kept as a resource for
                                     future generations.
                                          This summer marked the fifth year that Pine Point’s
                                     teachers or administrators have taken advantage of the
                                     opportunity to pursue a personal passion, and, in so
                                     doing, returned to the School with a renewed commit-
                Fiore Fellows        ment to teaching and learning. Preschool teacher Leslie
                                     Dameron headed to France and threw herself into that
                     2006            country’s language and life, while First Grade teacher
                                     Judy Toscano journeyed to Italy to explore her family’s
                  Sally Cogan
                  Susan Kozel
                Hamilton Salsich

                 Chris Hurtgen
                  Carol Roper
                 Lou Toscano

                Steve Brown
                 Robin Rice
          Diane Corwin Seltzer ’67

                  Carol Ansel
                 David Smith ’69
                  Robin Smith

                 Leslie Dameron
                  Judy Toscano

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I   n June I had the opportunity to spend
    two weeks in France for the purpose of
    language immersion. But my experi-
ence became much more than I could have
hoped for as I became immersed in the
culture and aspects of daily life. My trav-
els took me to the town of St. Avertin near
Tours on the Loire River, and home to the
middle school Collège Jules Romain
where, in 2009, several of our Pine Point
middle school students traveled. I was the
guest of Jean-Marc and Gaby Barrault,
who guided me through French conversa-
tion as well as the joys of daily life. The
result of my trip was a full cultural experi-
ence thanks to the enthusiasm of my hosts
and their friends.

  A Full Cultural Experience

 Life is like a French meal, keep it
 simple and enjoy every lingering
 minute because it is who you share
 it with that is most important.

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   Jean-Marc arranged for me to spend a few days at Collège Jules Romain where he teaches
   physical education. I attended English and history classes and the faculty and students wel-
   comed me eagerly. It was interesting watching the students work their way through English
   grammar. History class was a discussion of Charlemagne. Jean-Marc also made arrangements
   for me to visit L’ecole Maternelle des Champs de St. Avertin where I spent the day with three
   and four-year old children. Being a preschool teacher, I was much more in my element help-
   ing with projects and assisting with play. The children ignored the fact that we often could
   not understand one another and simply enjoyed sharing their day with me. They showed me
   their work, asked me to help build with blocks, demonstrated bicycle skills, and even showed
   me their smiles with missing teeth. Meals were provided in the “cantine” in a typical French
   style beginning with couscous, then beef and vegetables, clean your plate with bread, then
   have cheese followed by dessert. It does not appear that a brown bag lunch would be too ex-
   citing in this community. It was a truly delightful day for me as I observed the teaching
   styles, noting similarities and differences with my own, and watching the way in which the
   children maneuvered through their activities. I also saw that no matter where you are, kids
   are kids. I could look at almost any child in l’ecole maternelle and think of a similar child at
   Pine Point.

                                                                                          I could look at almost any
                                                                                          child in l’ecole maternelle
                                                                                          and think of a similar child
                                                                                          at Pine Point.

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                                                                                                 Cherry picking at the home of Michel
                                                                                                 and Pascale Dupre near Loches

                                                                            My hosts, Jean-Marc and Gaby Barrault

    My days in St. Avertin included visits with Jean-Marc and          tanks and small aquariums. For the adult, opportunities for quiet
Gaby’s friends and colleagues. We dined in old, restored manor         contemplation of the river scene were present through chairs with
houses and even a converted stable. These friends invited me to        journals conveniently attached or chairs with picture frames
the table where I learned that French meals need not be compli-        hanging before them to guide your eye through the view. Artists
cated affairs but are intended to be lingered over and enjoyed.        created large flower-type sculptures that in the evening were illu-
The simple dishes are presented and everyone reaches in for a          minated and glowed like static fireworks overhead.
taste. Meals are comfortable and the conversation flows from one           I never could have anticipated and planned for all of the ad-
course to the next. At one home we were invited to pick cherries       ventures that I had in St. Avertin. Through the graciousness of
from the trees before our dinner on the lawn. Another meal pre-        my hosts and the friendliness of the French people, I experienced
ceded a guided tour of a local castle by our hostess.                  the delights of the food, culture, history, and children of the
    The French not only enjoy their meals but their festivals as       Loire Valley. I am also extremely grateful to the Fiore family and
well. It seemed that every day in June found a festival of some        my Pine Point colleagues for making this journey possible. I went
sort. I was lucky enough to be in St. Avertin for the festival “Jour   to France to practice the language but came home having learned
de Loire.” This celebration included games and performances for        much more. Life is like a French meal, keep it simple and enjoy
families. Children could try their hand at traditional wooden          every lingering minute because it is who you share it with that is
games or explore the local fish of the Loire River through touch       most important.

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                 y father loved the water, which I thought was rather odd considering he was born and raised in Astoria, NY, and
                 didn’t know how to swim. We moved often, as his career as a manufacturing executive took us to different states,
                 but whenever possible we lived near a body of water, whether it was Long Island Sound or Lake Michigan, and
        took vacations by the shore. I always wondered what sparked this love of sand and surf in a city kid, and then on July 19th I
        discovered something about my father and his family that I hadn’t known before – his father, my grandfather, Casimiro
        Florio, was born near the Tyrrhenian Sea in the little seacoast town of Amantea in Calabria, Italy. I wonder if my father’s
        connection was planted by his father’s shared memories of a childhood on that gray, rocky shoreline.

                Ciao Calabria                                                                         -Judy Toscano

                                                                             I never met my father’s parents. Casimiro died before I was born,
                                                                             and my grandmother, Josephine, died when I was ten. She and my
                                                                             father were not close, and even when we lived in the same state
                                                                             there would be no Sunday dinners at Nonnie’s, like every other fam-
                                                                             ily of Italian descent. I was told that Casimiro had been an invalid,
                                                                             ill with something unspecified that prevented him from working at a
                                                                             regular job. Instead, he made cigars at home, which was his occupa-
                                                                             tion according to the 1920 census. Josephine was listed as a “fin-
                                                                             isher of children’s coats,” so I imagine she worked in a factory. My
                                                                             father, Alfred, told us little about his childhood, but one story that
                                                                             was repeated often was that he had to drop out of high school in 10th
                                                                             grade in order to go out on the street selling his father’s handmade
                                                                             cigars. Dad said that when he told the school he wouldn’t be return-
                                                                             ing, the principal called him in to his office and asked him to recon-
                                                                             sider, my father being a good student and one he hated to lose. By
                                                                             then there were three younger brothers at home and, as the oldest,
                                                   With my father            it was his responsibility to help out. That was the end of my father’s
                                                                             formal education, although it didn’t hinder him in his chosen field.

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          In Search of Casimiro
    The purpose of my trip to Italy in July was to see if I
could find any information about my grandfather in the
town he left to come to America in 1903. My search was
prompted by my time as a substitute teacher in the 4th
grade classroom last spring during their unit on immigra-
tion as they were preparing for a trip to Ellis Island. After
reading the books they use in class and seeing the research
the children were doing for their reports on real or imagi-
nary ancestors, I decided to check the Ellis Island website
for myself to see if any of my family’s names came up. Sure
enough, on my second try Casimiro Florio, age 25, was
listed! According to the ship’s manifest, which can be read
online in the original handwritten log, he sailed on the
Nord America from Naples to New York, arriving on June
24, 1903. There were just over 1500 passengers on that
ship, and many questions were asked of each one, besides
the standard name, date of birth and place of residence.
On the ship’s manifest there are headings for ability to read
and write, marital status, amount of money carried, general
health, occupation and final destination. Finding this infor-
mation was a revelation, prompting the beginning of my
fascination with all things Florio. I had to look up a map of
Italy to see where Amantea (his place of birth as I would
later learn) was; I wasn’t familiar with the name and didn’t
recall anyone ever mentioning relatives coming from the
region of Calabria, which I recognized as the home of
“Strega Nona,” Tomie dePaola’s best-known picturebook
character with the magic pasta pot. My father had been
adamant, however, that his family came from the “tip of the
boot” – NOT Sicily! – which is where Amantea is located
(actually, the top of the foot), on the west coast along the
Tyrrhenian Sea.

                                                                    I was lucky enough to be invited to join the 4th grade on their trip to Ellis
                                                                Island this year, but I wanted to see it on my own first. My husband, Lou,
                                                                (better known to hundreds of current and past Pine Point students as Mr. T)
                                                                and I made the trip by train into New York City during our spring break in
                                                                March. The day we chose to go was cold and rainy, which only heightened
                                                                the experience as I imagined how it felt to be one of millions of immigrants
                                                                traveling in steerage for the opportunity to live in a new land. Although it
                                                                was not the first time I have seen the Statue of Liberty, I had an emotional re-
                                                                action as her torch appeared through the fog. On a crowded ferry with visi-
                                                                tors from all over the world, it was even more realistic. We did not get out at
                                                                the Statue, but continued on to Ellis Island. Once again, as I stepped off the
                                                                boat and saw the building for the first time I was overcome by emotion,
                                                                thinking how many people, including my grandfather, had walked the same
                                                                path I was now taking, not knowing what lay ahead but trusting that it would
                                                                be better than what they had left. I urge everyone who has not done so to
                                                                visit Ellis Island. It is a truly moving experience.

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     According to the information available about Amantea,
it is considered one of Calabria’s prettiest towns, as well as
one of the most historically interesting. The area has been
inhabited since ancient times, and Bronze and Iron Age ar-
tifacts have been found near the port. The Bruzi, Calabria’s
native people, kept out Greek occupation, which accounts
for the lack of Greek architecture which is present in other
Calabrese villages. However, the Bruzi were unable to hold
back the Romans who wiped out the group. Amantea be-
came an important Roman port for the purpose of sending
produce to Imperial Rome, and served as the border be-
tween the two parts of Calabria, Longobardian and the
Byzantine, who built the castle on the hills above town. In
839 Amantea fell to Arabs who created a state around the
city. The name “Amantea” is of Arabic origin, from “Al
Mantiah” meaning “strong hold.” The castle and ancient
walls of Amantea were destroyed by the French in 1807, and
only a few ruins are left. Today the city is a seaside tourist
center divided into two sections, the historical center, Cen-
tro Storico, on the hill above the newer city, with shops,
restaurants and a train station below on busy narrow streets.
     In order to find some information about my grandfather,
Casimiro, I knew I would have to go to the Municipio, or
town hall, which is up in the Centro Storico section of
                                                                                  A Feeling of Connection
town. We had already made one attempt to climb the steep             We found Municipio easily and entered the building. There were offices
cobblestone path that lead up the mountain, but as the tem-      to the left and right and a wide staircase going up to the second floor. People
perature rose to around 100 degrees and we were unsure of        were waiting their turn outside the large office on the left, so we picked that
which way to turn when we got to a cross street at the top of    one to start. I had translated a few sentences into Italian to read at the town
the steps, we gave up and descended the walkway back to          hall, telling them what I was looking for. I had no idea what I would find, and
town. When we realized that we could take a bus from our         was fully prepared to be disappointed by a locked door or an unpleasant city
hotel all the way up to Centro Storico, that made the sec-       employee. I half expected to be told, “I’m sorry, we don’t have records that
ond trip much easier. In the intersection we saw a sign that     far back,” in Italian, of course, or worse, “We have no records in that name.”
pointed the way to Municipio and made our way down               I nervously approached the counter ready to read my first sentence: “Sto cer-
Corso Umberto. As we walked we marveled at the ancient           cando informazione su mio nonno.” (“I am looking for information about my
buildings and one-tiny-car-wide streets. Doors were open         grandfather.”) I stumbled through the words, waiting to see if I would get a
and older women were sweeping out their first floor              smile or a dismissive wave of the hand that Italians are so good at. The
kitchens. It was such a dichotomy to see fairly modern           woman behind the counter listened to my garbled Italian, paused, sighed,
kitchens inside these buildings dating back several hundred      and I mumbled out loud, “How often do you hear that?” I showed her my
years or more.                                                   print-out from the computers at Ellis Island listing my grandfather’s name and
                                                                 date of arrival in New York, and showing Amantea as his last residence. I also
                                                                 had notes of my own with his birthdate, which I set down on the counter for
                                                                 her to see. She looked at the name and birthdate, and repeated them to her-
                                                                 self. Saying, “Un momento,” she walked to a file cabinet nearby and pulled
                                                                 open a drawer. Within minutes she returned holding my grandfather’s birth
                                                                 records, a crumbling brown paper. I was so stunned by its appearance, I
                                                                 didn’t ask to hold the 132-year-old document or see it more closely. Lou
                                                                 quickly asked if we could get a copy, and she went from her office to the one
                                                                 across the hall, saying that it would be “prepared” for me.
                                                                     Office workers moved back and forth across the hall and Amantea resi-
                                                                 dents came and went with their own business to settle. We waited in the hall.
                                                                 A man from the second office came out to say he was working on it. The
                                                                 woman who helped us first came out to check on us, then went to the second
                                                                 office to check on the man. Although she had said at first that she didn’t
                                                                 speak English, more and more understandable words were coming forth. I
                                                                 didn’t mind waiting, but I was beginning to wonder how long it took to make
                                                                 photocopies. After half an hour we were summoned into the second (air-con-
                                                                 ditioned) office and offered seats. The man, Signore Morelli, was at his com-
                                                                 puter with a large, very old record book open next to him. I could see that it
                                                                 was filled with spidery handwriting, and there were more books just like it in
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an open cupboard up high. Although I couldn’t understand exactly              Though I’m teaching in the 1st grade, I will encourage the 4th
what was happening, I figured out that he was taking the informa-         grade to ask questions about their background now, rather than
tion in the old town record books and typing it onto a form which         wait until it’s too late. And I would love to be able to go into that
he then printed out for me. The documents were stamped several            room once in a while during their unit on immigration to help them
times with various official looking rubber stamps of certification,       with Ellis Island research. It isn’t impossible to find out about your
and with a big smile he handed me two copies of my grandfather’s          ancestors when you don’t speak the language well and don’t have a
birth certificate. I was speechless. When Lou asked how much,             whole lot of information to go on. I had a name and a birthdate,
“Quanto costa?” the man did the Italian hand wave – “No, no!”             that’s all. And if they are interested, when their parents are plan-
There were handshakes all around and I managed to hold my tears           ning vacations, they can suggest going to the “old country” rather
until we got outside. I honestly didn’t think that what had just hap-     than Disneyworld. I wish I could have taken my kids with me on
pened was possible. We crossed the street to the scenic overlook,         this trip, but maybe someday we can all go together.
with all of “new” Amantea down below and the abandoned castello               And so, in addition to obtaining the information I could only
above, to get myself together and reflect for a moment. I was stand-      hope to find, I was able to do something that no one else in my
ing in the middle of the town where my grandfather was born, a de-        family has done, thanks to the Fiore Fellowship. I walked the streets
tail that was unknown until a few minutes earlier. I now knew his         that my grandfather (and great-grandparents) walked before he
parents’ names, also new information. It was an amazing feeling of        came to America to begin a new life. I know he was there, and 107
connection, and suddenly this long, expensive adventure was more          years later, I was too.
successful than I had dared to hope.
                                                                                                        Giuditta Florio Toscano
                                                                                                        26 luglio, 2010

 After all it s Italy
  As I went through our photos when we got home, it was obvious that
  we had both taken lots of Italian scenery and sunsets, and we took
  pictures of our dinners most nights. But then how can you write about
  Italy without mentioning the food?

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                      Parents’ Association
                          Over $82,000 Raised to Support Academic Program!
                                             -David C. Hannon, Director of Development

                      Historic Branford House on the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus was the scene for Pine

                      Point’s first benefit dinner dance and auction (dubbed “An Evening by the Sea”) since the 50th Anniver-
                      sary Gala in 1999.

Committee             I   n the late fall of 2009, a committee was formed by members of the Parents’ Association to
                          discuss the idea of holding an event that would bring together the Pine Point and ex-
                      tended community and raise significant funds for the School. And it needed to be fun. The
                      members of that group, all of whom possess a deep devotion to Pine Point and a “can do”
                      spirit, were energized by the prospect as well as the obvious challenge that lay before them in
Alexandra Alpert      pulling it off in less than five months. To say that they succeeded in their goals would be an
Susan DeMovick        understatement.
                          With 220 guests in attendance, the energy in the room was palpable and the mix of peo-
Anne Fix ’76          ple (parents, past parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, community leaders, an actual auc-
                      tioneer drawn from the parent body, and even two couples whose children wouldn’t be Pine
Geraldine Griffin     Point students until September!) left folks feeling very good about our school. Every aspect of
David Hannon          the Gala − the venue, the food, volunteer support, music, the auctioneer, the weather, and
                      the range of auction items − came together to make for one of the most memorable evenings
Barbara Silver Holt   in the history of Pine Point.
Sally Mackillop            It was a marvelous affair from the moment guests arrived at the Branford House. The sun
                      was shining brightly, offering a light and warmth that often is uncharacteristic of New England
Debbie O’Brien        in late April. Linda Sample and her talented catering staff that make up A Thyme to Cook of-
Jennifer Parsons      fered a range of delectable foods inspired by the cuisine of Asia, the Mediterranean, and
                      South Africa. Guests enjoyed a variety of local wines and ales respectively produced by
Kimberly Rick         Jonathan Edwards Winery and Cottrell Brewing Company. During the cocktail hour we were
Jennifer Schwindt     treated to the splendid music of pianist Glenn Hardy, and when the auction was over, DJ
                      Charles Crawford of Ultimate Party Masters got lots of folks onto the dance floor.

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H MagnificentGala
     Much of the Gala was built around the auction. The commit-
 tee offered over 60 silent auction items on which to bid. As well,
 students in each of the twelve grades, with help from their teach-
 ers and parents, put together unique class projects, which, not
 surprisingly, generated strong interest from the parents in atten-
 dance that night (and even some who placed silent bids in the
 days leading up the event). There were also ten fabulous live
 auction items, each of which generated a buzz in the room as
 donors, energized by the opportunity to secure the item while at
 the same time helping the School, sought to make the winning
 bid. Pine Point was blessed to have parent Geraldine Griffin, a
 senior vice president at Sotheby’s, as its auctioneer for the night.

        One of the keys to running a successful special
        event is to be able to underwrite the fixed costs
        before you “open the doors.” The families, busi-
        nesses, and groups listed below made it possi-
        ble through their generosity.
                                                                               Nicky Newbery modeling for the live auction
        Platinum ($5,000 or above)
        DeMovick Real Estate Design
         Development and Sales
                                                                            By the end of the night, it was determined that over
        Pine Point School Board of Trustees
                                                                        $82,000 had been raised in net income to support the
                                                                        entire program at Pine Point! Of that amount, $11,100
        Gold ($2,500-$4,999)                                            was committed by inspired auction bidders to purchase
        Class of 2009 Parents                                           20 Apple iPads for use in the classrooms. That new
                                                                        technology is in place and already being used by our
                                                                        students across the grade levels. Our heartfelt thanks
        Silver ($1,000-$2,499)                                          go out to everyone who made the Gala such a stunning
        Noank Village Boatyard                                          success. (A list of all donors to “An Evening by the
        Mr. and Mrs. John F. Pereira                                    Sea” can be found in the “Annual Report.”)
                                                                            The Gala was great fun, and the spirit in the room
        The Petrocelli Family                                           was infectious. Current parent Sufala Sapers summed
        Sea Research Foundation: Mystic Aquarium -                      up the feelings of so many folks when she wrote after-
          Institute for Exploration - Immersion Learning                ward, “That was a wonderful party. People are still talk-
                                                                        ing about it.” In that spirit, we hope you enjoy some of
        Senor Flaco’s
                                                                        the great photos that were taken that night.
        The Up River Café

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An Evening by the
   Donna Romito Rolla
   and Bethany Seidel
                                                      Sea                                            Cindy Oksanen,

                                Patty Kitchings
   Mr. T shows off
   the guitar
   signed by the
   Jonas Brothers

                                                                        Danielle Helbig with Betty
                                                                        and Ron Helibg ’81

                        Kim Rick and Debbie O’Brien

                                                      Dave Schulz
                                                      and Karen Stone

                                                                        Chudy Nduaka and Kevin Bowdler
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                                                                                          Roy and
                                                                                       Grimm with
Gillian Crawford, and Karen Lovell                                                      Paul Geise

                                       Andrew and Danielle Helbig, Dionne and Rodney
                                       Butler, Alex Alpert, and Susan DeMovick

                                             Alice Groton
                                             with Jeanne
                                             and Harvey                                                        Barbara Timken and
                                             DeMovick                                                          Elizabeth Tobin Brown

                                 ‘Having you here with us at the beautiful Branford House is a true testament to our
                                 shared love of Pine Point. We have not held an event like this in over a decade, but
                                 clearly the time had come….Words seem inadequate to describe the gratitude we feel
                                 towards the philanthropists in our community who have pledged their support to Pine
                                 Point through this event. Our hope is that the result of our fundraising will be children
                                 with strong minds and caring hearts for years to come.”
                                                        -Debbie O’Brien and Jennifer Schwindt, Parents’ Association Co-Presidents

         Deborah and Chuck
         Royce with Angela                                                                                                  Merrick Alpert
         Kanabis ’87 and                                                                                                  with Dionne and
         Bill Griffin                                                                                                       Rodney Butler

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                                                                                   Matt and
                                                                                 Amy Amaro

  Paul Geise, Steve Coan, Steve and
  Maggie White, and Patti Coan
                                                   Mildred and                        Cindy Oksanen and
                                                  Tom Goebel                          Ted Liston with
“I am truly inspired by the tireless                                                  Brooke Conley

energy and effort of so many kind souls,
who, on behalf and in support of Pine
Point, helped ensure the great success
of this gala.”
        -Paul Geise, Head of School

                                         Susan DeMovick
                                         and Enid Ford

                                                                                                   Jim Funk and Ben Philbrick

                                                                 Dan Rick and                 Kimberly Fullerton Anderson ’85
                                                                 Norly Bohling                         and Bob Anderson ’84

                           Alex Alpert
                         and Barb Holt

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                                                 Sally Mackillop,             Charles Lord and Patti Compton
                                                  Joan Wiles and
            Elizabeth                                 Susan Funk
            and Jim
            Reid with
            Karen and

                                    (All photos by Kerilynn Antoch)

       Beth and Peter Gianacoplos                                              Nancy Neff and Janet Hinkle

                                      Geoff Little
                                      and Meg Lyons

Betsy and Tom
Moukawsher                                                                                                      Lara and

        Linda Goddard
            with Julius                                                              George Bourganos, Jim and
                                                                                     Dee Buffum, and Penny Vlahos

                                                                                                              Royce with
                                                                                                             Jennifer and
                                                                                                                Dan King

                                                                      Lee Hisle and David Rosenberg
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                 Donations Top $1 Million
    Annual Fund Goes Over $300,000!
             -David C. Hannon, Director of Development

I   n the midst of what remains a challenging environment, members
    of the Pine Point family continue to show their devotion to the
School. For just the fourth time in the School’s history, fund-raising
totals eclipsed the million dollar mark; to be exact we closed having
raised $1,043,197. (The two best efforts came in 2006 and 2007
when we were still engaged in a capital campaign. In those years
donors respectively made gifts of $1,060,000 and $1,951,000.)
    It was with our Annual Fund that we saw our greatest success,
and so the article by Shelly Banjo (“Donations Slip Amid Anxiety”)
that appeared in The Wall Street Journal (June 9, 2010) served as a
real counterpoint to the state of giving at our school. Banjo reported:
“Faced with continued economic uncertainty, Americans cut back on                In last year’s Annual Report we alerted you to a $250,000 grant
their charitable giving again last year. For the second year in a row,       from The Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner Foundation in support of
philanthropy has seen the deepest decline ever recorded by the Giv-          Pine Point’s sustainability efforts. That foundation once again made a
ing USA Foundation, which has tracked annual giving since 1956.              grant of equal value to keep us headed in the right direction. More
Donations fell 3.6% to $303.75 billion last year, down from $315 bil-        and more, institutions are coming to realize that some of the most
lion in 2008, according to the latest Giving USA study. In 2008,             impacting gains are to be found in the area of greater efficiencies.
they were down 2%. Giving, in current dollars, has gone up every             While not glamorous, a portion of the Lattner grant was utilized this
year the organization has measured it except 1987 and the past two           past year to replace the aging heating system in the Mitchell Build-
years.” Two weeks later, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that         ing. While the boiler was only twenty-three years old, its best days
“the number of donors supporting annual funds has been on the de-            were in the past. When folks saw the puffs of black smoke coming
cline for a few years.”                                                      out of the chimney, they elicited two responses. The first was the very
    When the word “billions” is used it’s sometimes hard to see where        obvious, “Oh, that’s not good.” That quickly was followed by a ques-
our little school fits in that mix, but it’s all relative. The fact of the   tion. “How are we going to pay for that?” The Lattner funds helped to
matter is that in 2009-10, 534 members of the Pine Point family              substantially decrease our fuel usage and pollutants. And with sen-
made a gift to the Annual Fund, making clear how they feel about the         sors on the unit, our students are able to monitor the system to
School and what it’s accomplishing in the lives of today’s Pine Point        gauge its output. Lattner funds were also used to conduct a campus-
students. It’s wonderful to be able to report that total giving to the       wide audit that will help the Board of Trustees in their decision-mak-
Annual Fund increased by 35% to $304,982! This marks the fourth              ing as they consider steps to be taken in both the short and the
year in a row that the fund, which impacts everything from classroom         long-term.
instruction to financial aid, has set a record.                                  Last, but not least, if you happened to be at the fabulous Gala
                                                                             that was sponsored by our Parents’ Association, you know that it was
                                                                             quite a night for Pine Point. The energy in the room that night was
                          Annual Fund                                        infectious and everyone left feeling that they had been part of some-
                                                                             thing really special. It didn’t hurt that the event raised over $82,000
                                                                             in net income for Pine Point plus 20 iPads for the students’ use.
                                                                                 Though the fund-raising numbers are important, it’s what they
                                                                             help to accomplish that’s the real cause for celebration. Kate Perkins,
                                                                             grandmother of rising 2nd grader Jack Carver Ryan ’19, put it best
                                                                             when she wrote in late June: “What fabulous news that the Annual
                                                                             Fund has reached the highest point in the School's history! Pine
                                                                             Point's real ‘victory’, however, is its wonderful preparation of children
                                                                             for higher education and life!”
     While the success of the Annual Fund is certainly worth high-               While Pine Point has been accomplishing great things with chil-
lighting, there’s more great news to share. A past parent and her            dren for over 60 years, we are still in many ways a small school. We
family came forward and made a $200,000 gift establishing a new              can’t rest for a moment in our work to ensure its vitality. In this last
endowment fund supporting financial aid. At a time when Pine Point           year, 629 people made a gift to the School. To this group, I extend
(and every school across the country) is seeing greater demands from         our great thanks for your faithfulness. If you haven’t made Pine Point
its families for help, this was indeed welcome news. At the end of           a priority with your philanthropy, I hope this will be the year that you
June, Pine Point’s endowment stood at $1.7 million.                          join the ranks of those who care so deeply about Pine Point.
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                                                2009-2010 Annual Report
                                                                   (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010)

 ANNUAL FUND                             $304,982            The Davis K. Knox ’04               $200,000           SPECIAL EVENTS                         $129,866
 Alumni                                    $26,105             Financial Aid Fund                                   Golf Tournament                          $21,105
 Businesses                               $10,454            DeMovick Early Childhood Center      $83,422           K-1 Quilt Raffle                         $5,790
 Faculty/Staff                            $38,382            The E3 Center for Innovation        $250,000           Parents Association Gala                $102,651
 Foundations                              $39,623            Jules X. Escorcio-Schneider ’86 Fund $2,560            Summer Reception                           $320
 Friends                                   $16,234           Fiore Foundation Fund                $10,000
 Grandparents                             $24,140            General Endowment                        $750
 Parents                                  $86,227            The Humphreville Endowment               $100          All dollar figures presented in this box represent
 Past Faculty/Staff                         $5,557           Instruction                            $2,900          new commitments in support of the School.
 Past Grandparents                          $2,450           Marshall G. McKim ‘84 Fund               $300
 Past Parents                              $55,715           Richard Mitchell Fund                  $1,000          Donor names presented in the following pages re-
 Students                                      $95           Restricted                            $40,717          flect all new gifts and pledge payments made in
                                                             Russel T. Miller ’55 Fund                $100          the last fiscal year.
 RESTRICTED GIFTS                        $613,349            Helen L. Petty Book Fund                 $200
 The Alan Banister Endowment                $200             Pine Point Endowment for the              $50          A listing of Honorary and In Memoriam Gifts can
   for the Teaching of Science                                 Visual and Performing Arts                           be found on page 47.
 Loring M. Bailey, Jr. ’59 Fund              $100            Scholarship                           $15,500
 Frances and Jack Brown Fund                 $200
 Robbie Campbell ’76 Fund                    $250

                                                         Total Giving $1,043,197

                                        Annual Fund
 HEAD OF SCHOOL’S CIRCLE ($10,000 and above)
 Harvey and Jeanne DeMovick, Jr.
                                                               Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Coan
                                                               Paul and Robin Geise
                                                                                                                      Dorothy B. Leib
                                                                                                                      Dennis and Deborah O’Brien
 Charlie Gill and Linda Goddard                                Bill and Geraldine Griffin                             Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce
 Josh Welch and Alejandra de Losada                            Leslie and Michael Hawley                              Barb Silver Holt & Harry Holt
                                                               Holstein Foundation                                    Sandy Walton
 PINE POINT PARTNERS ($5,000-$9,999)                           Sarah Kelly & Kenneth Sigel
 Victor K. Atkins, Jr.                                         Susan Kozel                                            BENEFACTORS ($1,000-$1,499)
 Alan and Patience Banister                                    Paul and Janice Long                                   Merrick and Alexandra Alpert
 Georgina Miller Bissell                                       Page and Diana Owen                                    Drs. Matthew and Amy Amaro
 Mr. and Mrs. Julian E. Gillespie                              Cassandra White Sweeney ‘73                            Susan Blair ‘65
 Chuck and Kathie Glew                                         Feng Bian and Lingyu Zhu                               Pamela Brewster ‘71
 Mrs. Joan B. Gray                                                                                                    Peter and Candace Briggs
 Christopher and Fiona Hilton                                  FOUNDERS GROUP ($1,949-$2,499)                         Mr. and Mrs. James C. Buffum
 Jennifer and Daniel King                                      Ratna Bindra ‘87 and Raja Mukherjee                    Jak and David Cruthers
 Patricia C. Kitchings                                         The Linhares Family                                    John “J.B.” Daukas ‘77
 Theodore Liston and Cynthia Oksanen                           Aaron McBride ‘89                                      Dog Watch Café
 Montauk Foundation                                            Thomas and Betsy Moukawsher                            Drs. Lisa and Bill Donovan
 John and Sandy Pereira                                        Hugh and Debbie O’Brien
 Carl and Dot Reiser                                           Ardice and John Perry
 Bob and Nancy Schachner                                       Gordon and Lynne Ringer
 David Schulz and Karen Stone
 Barbara Timken                                                1948 SOCIETY ($1,500-$1,948)
                                                               Cy and Maury Anfindsen
 PINE POINT PATRONS ($2,500-$4,999)                            Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Butler
 Anonymous                                                     Drs. Anca Bulgaru & Constantin Carseli
 Eddie and Julie Abbiati                                       Dr. and Mrs. Andrew H. Griscom ‘75
 Loma and Frederic Carlson                                     Christopher and Caitlin Hurtgen

Each year in the Annual Report we offer art that is representative of a particular grade’s course of study. (Last
year, we presented the 5th grade’s focus on vertebrates.) As with so many of the units that make up the cur-
riculum, the students’ study brought together a number of different disciplines. Each year, as part of the
music curriculum, the 8th grade studies composers. The images presented are rendered by the students of a
composer done in the style of a particular artist. No doubt years from now Hannah Long will be able to pro-
vide a wealth of information on Georg Friedrich Händel and Roy Lichtenstein. Trying to select which paint-
ings to highlight was difficult indeed. All were fantastic!

                                                                                                                      Händel (Roy Lichtenstein) - Hannah Long ‘11

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      Thank You!
   Your Gift
    Makes a Difference Every Day at Pine Point.

  BENEFACTORS ($1,000-$1,499) (Continued)   Drs. George Bourganos & Penny Vlahos      Gloria M. Meyers
  Marcia and Jack Fix                       Anne Fix ‘76 and Kevin Bowdler            Nancy and Brian Neff
  Reginald H. Fullerton, Jr.                Brian S. Bronk and Dianne K. Bryce        Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Owen
  Alan ‘71 and Sue Gardiner                 Nick and Camille Burlingham               Katherine Hull Perkins
  Beth and Peter Gianacoplos                David and Heather Burnham                 James and Dina Petrosky
  Ron ‘81 and Betty Helbig                  Michael and Lynne Butler                  Vic and Claire Pleskun
  Lifetouch National School Studios         Sharan A. Carney & Dennis A. Holt         Jim and Elizabeth Reid
  Patricia Macek                            Thomas R. Castle ‘67 & Dorrit P. Castle   Hamilton Salsich
  Patsy Marshall                            Sally and Tom Cogan                       Benjamin and Sufala Sapers
  Ronald and Jacqueline Meneo               Kevin and Mary Collins                    David and Jennifer Schwindt
  Chudy I. Nduaka                           James A. Corwin ‘69                       Lisa and Stephen Scott
  John Pagnozzi and Kathleen Schwam         Ardelle F. Darling                        Carol H. Smith
  Donna C. Parssinen ‘80                    Galan ‘78 and Denise Daukas               Joe Staley
  Robert ‘81 and Carla Petrocelli           Susan and Harvey DeMovick, III ‘87        Alix and Janie Stanley
  Mrs. Leonard J. Raymond                   Lou and Sandy Doboe                       Donna and Jim Weeks
  Daniel and Kimberly Rick                  Dr. and Mrs. Francis Y. Falck, Jr.        Anne Holmes White
  William Rolla & Dr. Donna Romito Rolla    Anh Tran and Xiang Gao                    Jonathan White and Ruth Saunders
  Senor Flaco’s                             General William Mayer Foundation          Priscilla M. Winn
  Diane Corwin Seltzer ‘67 & Mark Seltzer   Mr. and Mrs. Lester Gorin                 Gregory and Barbara Young
  Phil and Starr White Snead ‘66            Jack and Stephanie Gosselin               Andrew and Susan Zimbelmann
  Betsy Trimble ‘77 and Michael Feltes      Ann Gray ‘73 & James Royle
  The Up River Cafe and Cocktail Bar        John ‘73 and Alice Groton                 HOUGHTON CIRCLE ($250-$499)
  William and Susan Verhoeff                George Haines ‘55                         Richard Arms III ‘87
  Travis and Carrie Wager                   Mr. and Mrs. Robert Helbig                Ivy and Anne Bartholet
  John and Lisa West                        Lizanne Holland                           Philip Biondo and Catherine Robbins
  John A. Wilson                            Simon and Alison Holt                     Kip Bochain ‘01
  Jenny and Adam Wronowski ‘87              Norman Jason                              Louise Desjardins and Jacques Brunswick
                                            Drs. Insu Kong and Mary Minn              Susan Buse
  MAJOR DONORS ($500-$999)                  Kathy and Connie Kronholm                 Joe and Dode Carr
  Anonymous                                 John and Mona Kronholm                    John and Laurie D’Amato
  Richard and Susan Arms                    Mark and Maryellen Lamson                 Robert and Lorilee Darling
  Kimber L. Barnett                         Keith and Karen LaRose                    Mr. and Mrs. Vernon A. Davidson
  Daniel P. and Cynthia M. Benfield         Charles Lord and Patti Compton            Frederick and Patricia DeMary
  Brad and Mimi Borden                      Susan Mayer                               Dave and Jayne Douglas
  Gopa and Arindam Bose                     The John & Karin McCormick Foundation     Raymond F. DuBois, Jr. ‘61
                                                                                      Roy Dubs

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                                                 GREEN AND GOLD TEAM ($100-$249)               Sami A. & Vanessa Oat Ghantous ‘90
                                                 Anonymous (2)                                 Richard Gildersleeve ‘53
      Annual Fund                                Binti and John Ackley
                                                 Ahold Financial Services
                                                                                               Ken and Margo Godfrey
                                                                                               Michael and Maureen Gosselin
                                                 Elaine M. Anderson ‘86                        Dr. Brendan C. Gouin ‘98
       Highlights                                Kerilynn Antoch
                                                 Stephen Antoch
                                                                                               Bruce Gouin and Christine Benoit
                                                                                               Marilyn M. Graham
                                                 Mr. and Mrs. Harold Baker                     Stefanie Pluschkell & Raymond Greene
 Total gifts increased by $79,056 or 35% to      Sheilia Terranova Beattie ’78 & Tom Beattie   Cecelia Bookataub Grills
                                                 Deborah and David Bell                        Royden and Valerie Grimm
                                                 Dean and Sheila Bennett                       Anne and Doug Hagen
                                                 Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Bianco                Will Hagen ‘05
 Of the 534 donors, 56 were new donors.
                                                 Thorr Bjorn ‘83                               Bill and Sharon Hall
                                                 Rev. and Mrs. Eric F. Blackwell               Sally D. Halsey
 The average gift was $571.
                                                 Dr. Melinda Blum & Dr. Thomas Blum            Alice L. Hanson ’88
                                                 Mr. and Mrs. David Bourque                    Stanley and Alice Harris
 The faculty/staff gave over $38,000.
                                                 Doug, Cathy, and Sarah Brandt ‘07             Tom and Mary Hatfield
                                                 Leslie Ahern Brown ‘64
 Within the parent body, the 7th grade par-
                                                 Jeff and Janet Buckley
 ents boasted the best participation rate with   Charles and Jane Buffum
 82% making a contribution.                      Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Buffum
                                                 Laurel A. Butler ‘72 & Chris Daniels
 The average gift from alumni increased 19%      Erin C. Call & Jay Frink
 to $191.                                        Catherine Planeta Campbell ‘86
                                                 Thomas J. Capalbo, III, Esq. ‘98
 193 donors have made a gift for 5 consecu-      The Carbonneau Family
 tive years. 81 donors have made a gift for 10   Betsy Carr
 consecutive years.                              Rich and Denny Caruso
                                                 James A. Catalfimo
 The most important gift? The one you make!      Frank and Margaret Church
                                                 Karen Church ‘83
                                                 Paul Connor ‘58
HOUGHTON CIRCLE ($250-$499) (Continued)          Michael and Leslie Dameron
Linnea Corwin Elrington ‘77                      John and Virginia Daukas
Pamela A. Farr                                   Judy Davis
Peter and Anne-Marie Fleming                     Julie ‘89 and Juan DelPrado
Beth and Dave Garbo                              Laurie Desiderato ‘73
Mrs. Julian Gillespie, Jr.                       Tim and Cynthia Desmond
Randy Greene ‘63                                 Rolando and Rosa Diaz
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gregerson                    Lara and Garth Dolphin
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Griffin, III             Sue and Owen Ehrlich
David and Jane Hannon                            Mary M. Ely                                          Copland (Escher) - Luke Butler ‘11
Eleanor Harvey                                   Lisa M. Staley
Walter C. Hay, III ‘76                           Monica and Frank Eppinger                     David ‘65 and Jacquelyn Hemond
Mr. and Mrs. Dirk t.D. Held                      Tony Featherston and Helen Roy                W. Lee Hisle and Julie Worthen
Robert and Susanne Knisley                       Sue and Bob Ferrara                           Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hodgson
Harry and Alice Lam                              Norma N. Ficcardi                             Rev. Dr. Lynne C. Holden
Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Lamont                    Joan Humphreville Fitzgibbon ‘65              Heather R. Honiss ‘96
Jennifer (Niffy) Powers Ligeti ‘81               John and Barbara Foster                       Peter W. and Ana P. Hoops
Geoffrey Little and Meg Lyons                    John and Erica Eppinger Fox ‘88               Alan N. Houghton
Bruce and Catherine Littman                      Patsy Fritzsche                               Jessie Hoyt ‘92
Peggy Lukens                                     Kate Murphy Gardner ‘94                       Robert A. Humphreville ‘73
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory W. Martin                                                                 Meredith Jason ‘79
Richard and Linda Mitchell                                                                     Kathleen G. Johnson
Merrill and Margaret Moone                                                                     Robert Johnson and Patricia Burr
Josh and Jennifer Parsons                                                                      Tom and Dottie Kelsey
Ellie Peterson                                                                                 Chris Knisley ‘78
Evan and Jackie Rogers                                                                         Eric and Laura Kronholm
Mr. Edwin L. Russell & Ms. Kim Rayner                                                          Peri Powell Lagassa ‘63
David Smith ‘69 and Robin Smith                                                                Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Lamb
Paresh and Manju Soni                                                                          Elizabeth Langille
Dr. George A. Sprecace                                                                         Andrew and Lynne Langlois
Cynthia Stein Therrien ‘73                                                                     Jenny D. Lassen
Nicholas and Eileen Utter                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Lawton
Daniel and Carol Viccione                                                                      Barbara and Allen Leadbetter
Dr. and Mrs. John C. Wiles ‘60                                                                 Mary Lenihan
Marcy Withington and Dave Kelsey                                                               Reid and Linda MacCluggage
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Withington                                                                Frank and Cathy Marco
Mary Denny Wray                                                                                Megan Marco and Noah Schappa
Charlie and Debbie Wright                                                                      Hugh A. Marshall ‘81
                                                                                               Paul Marshall ‘71
                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. Brian McCormick ‘90
                                                  Gershwin (Matisse) - Nolan Burkholder ‘11    Ellen Humphreville McGuire ‘68 & James McGuire

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                                                Lillian H. Tang ‘65                                       Doug and Tricia DeLapp
                                                Judy Toscano                                              Olivia Rose Denison ‘09
                                                Lou Toscano                                               Wendy Brakenridge Diffley ‘81
                                                Jim and Sue Tremble                                       Nathaniel P. Dodge ‘56
                                                Nancy Parssinen Vespoli ‘70                               George and Dorothy Dunnington
                                                Blunt ‘69 and Nancy White                                 Frederick C. Eckel, Jr. ‘60
                                                Katherine S. White ‘70                                    Evan Ehrlich ‘06
                                                William King White ‘81                                    Lucy R. Featherston ‘13
                                                Bruce and Nanette Williams                                Riley R. Featherston ‘08
                                                Christie Max Williams & Catharine Moffett                 Bruce and Pamela Fellman
                                                Pauline B. Wood, M.D.                                     Carol Finkelman
                                                Jenna Worthen                                             Tiffany Barres Foley ‘98
                                                Heather Lofkin Wright ‘87                                 Lucy ‘96 and Michael Freitas
                                                Cornelia Petty Young ‘69                                  Jim Friedlander ‘60
                                                                                                          Jack Frost ‘62
                                                CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ($1.00-$99)                             Arianna E. Funk ‘00
                                                Anonymous                                                 Nathaniel T. Funk ‘04
                                                Audrey and Ed Adam                                        Suzanne Colegrove Gally ‘53
         DeBussy (Van Gogh) - Matt Owen ‘11     Alma C. Alpert                                            Abby and Bill Gibney
                                                Donald and Ada Amaro                                      Global Youth Leadership Institute
                                                Karen Anderson                                            Sheila and Irv Goldman
  GREEN AND GOLD TEAM ($100-$249) (Continued)   Kimberly Fullerton Anderson ’85 and Robert Anderson ‘84   Audrey Golub
  Frank Menniti and Sandra Miller               Paul S. Andrews, II ’61                                   Katie Goode
  Christopher J. Mitchell ‘87                   Carol and Walter Ansel                                    Alex Gosselin ‘06
  Jon Mitchell and Jenny Doak                   Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. Atherton                          Annick Gouin ‘99
  Susan and Tony Mitchell                       Alicia Banister ‘97                                       Priscilla Griscom
  Dorothea Moore ‘67                            David Banister ‘91                                        Julia Griswold
  Liza Moore ‘74                                Sarah H. Banister ‘94                                     Laura Hagen ‘06
  William and Deborah Morehead                  Bank Square Books                                         Virginia Haines ‘65
  Joan Morgan ‘68                               Mike and Judy Barber                                      Kate Coggeshall Hammatt ‘56
  Dr. and Mrs. George T. Nager                  Peter ‘76 and Amy Barry                                   Eliza J. Hannon ‘03
  Mary Helen Neuendorffer-Taylor                Lisa Tepper Bates and Scott Bates                         Molly B. Hannon ‘06
  Mr. Zhan Ning and Dr. Mei Li                  Ingrid S. Beach                                           Fred Hartman ‘76
  Margo Novak and Andy Gifford                  Teddy Benfield ‘08                                        Matthew Hemond ’94
  Mr. and Mrs. John C. O’Brien                  Thomas Benfield ‘10                                       Amy Leadbetter Higgs ‘85
  Julie A. Olson                                Mary Dorsey Boatwright ‘61                                Lillian Hinkle ’10
  Joan Schwartz O’Neill ‘75                     Neal Bobruff ‘73 & Jane Lassen Bobruff ‘75                Betty J. Hisle
  Harry H. Orenstein, M.D. ‘68                  Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Boggs                              Cindy Holland ‘20
  Kim Anker Paddon                              Duncan J. Brown ‘08                                       Bob Holland ‘17
  Cris Palmer ‘79                               Elizabeth Tobin Brown                                     Wendy Hunter-Higgins ‘67
  Lauren Edelstein Park ‘81                     N. Morgan Buffum ’10                                      Astrea S. Hupfel
  David C. Perkins                              Caroline Burlingham ‘09                                   Tom and Nancy Hurtgen
  Miles N. Peterle ‘73                          Elma Burnham ‘06                                          Maria Iacoi
  Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Petrosky                Brianna L. Carbonneau ‘99                                 Paul and Sarah Janssens
  George and Helen Quallich                     Jay Carbonneau ‘02                                        Dr. and Mrs. Donald H. Kaplan
  L. Bagley Reid                                Louise V. Card                                            Larry ‘73 and Lisa Kaplan
  Betsey Hofer Rice ‘61                         Asia S. Carter ’10                                        Diane Klotz
  Rebecca Richardson                            Jason Carter ‘95                                          Christine Kong ‘07
  Gordon J. Ringer Jr.                          Nathan Clough ‘98                                         Jef Kurfess ‘61
  Phil and Masha Robarts                        Richard and Catherine Conant                              Blair Eddy Lake ’81 and Steven Lake
  The Robbin Family                             Gillian and Charles Crawford                              Laurie Jean Lamb ‘68
  Ward Robbins                                  Leota Daniel                                              Lands’ End, Inc.
  Sam Rodman                                                                                              James Larkin ‘95, Laurie and Rick Larkin
  Bruce and Debbie Rogers                                                                                 Mary M. Lassen ‘68
  Dr. Vincent R. Rogers                                                                                   Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Leary
  Sylvia O. Rosenberg                                                                                     Daniel Leech ‘88
  Areerat and Daniel Royle                                                                                Linda and Peter Lindquist
  Linda Sample                                                                                            Ekaterina Litvinova
  Gabriella P. Schlesinger                                                                                Gay S. Long
  Clarence and Connie Schulz                                                                              Amanda Wood Lopardo ‘89
  Robert N. Schwartz ‘73                                                                                  Sylvia Lynch ‘62
  Regan and Chris Seymour                                                                                 Kate MacCluggage ‘97
  Margaret M. Shorrock                                                                                    Aberdam-Makover Family
  Joan Sindall and MacGregor Freeman                                                                      Lisa McCormick Mannix ‘87
  Susan Sindall and Peter Schickele                                                                       Mary Marsicano
  Sabra L. Smith ‘74                                                                                      Marnie McKay ‘93
  Ray and Janine Srour                                                                                    Megan McKay ‘97
  Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Staley                                                                            Molly McKay
  John and Marilyn Starr                                                                                  Danica F. Mitchell ’06
  Elizabeth Steward                                                                                       Mohegan Flowers & Gifts, LLC
  Cindy Jason Sullivan ‘76                                                                                Matthew J. Moore ’85
  Emma M. Sutphen ‘08                                                                                     Chris and Edie Morren
  John and Eunice Sutphen
                                                      Mozart (Jasper Johns) - Cooper Feltes ‘11

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                                                        Alumni Giving
                                                     (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010)
                               The following alumni made gifts to the Annual Fund and/or the endowment.

Class of ‘53                      Class of ‘68                 Class of ‘77                     Daniel Leech                   Class of ‘01
Suzanne Colegrove Gally          Laurie Jean Lamb              J.B. Daukas                      Chloe Potter                   Kip Bochain
Richard Gildersleeve             Mary M. Lassen                Linnea Corwin Elrington                                         Katherine Seltzer
                                 Ellen Humphreville McGuire*   Betsy Trimble*                   Class of ‘89
Class of ‘55                     Joan Morgan                                                    Julie Wright DelPrado          Class of ‘02
George Haines                    Harry H. Orenstein, M.D.      Class of ‘78                     Amanda Wood Lopardo            Jay Carbonneau
                                 Henry R. Palmer, III          Sheilia Terranova Beattie        Aaron McBride
Class of ‘56                                                   Galan Daukas                                                    Class of ‘03
Nathaniel P. Dodge               Class of ‘69                  Chris Knisley*                   Class of ‘90                   Eliza J. Hannon
Kate Coggeshall Hammatt          James A. Corwin                                                Vanessa Oat Ghantous*
                                 Charles W. Reyburn            Class of ‘79                     Brian McCormick                Class of ‘04
Class of ‘58                     David Smith*                  Meredith Jason*                                                 Nathaniel T. Funk
Paul Connor*                     Blunt White                   Cris Palmer                      Class of ‘91
                                 Cornelia Petty Young                                           David Banister                 Class of ‘05
Class of ‘60                                                   Class of ‘80                     Sarah L. Whitford              Anonymous
Frederick C. Eckel, Jr.          Class of ‘70                  Donna C. Parssinen*              Erin M. Wright                 Will Hagen*
Jim Friedlander                  Ken Kitchings
Casey Morgan Peltier             Nancy Parssinen Vespoli       Class of ‘81                     Class of ‘92                   Class of ‘06
Daniel Potter                    Katherine S. White*           Wendy Brakenridge Diffley        Jessie Hoyt                    Elma Burnham*
John C. Wiles                                                  Ron Helbig                       Zach Oat*                      Evan Ehrlich
                                 Class of ‘71                  Blair Eddy Lake                                                 Alex Gosselin
Class of ‘61                     Pamela Brewster               Jennifer (Niffy) Powers Ligeti   Class of ‘93                   Laura Hagen
Paul S. Andrews                  Alan Gardiner                 Hugh A. Marshall                 Marnie McKay                   Molly B. Hannon
Mary Dorsey Boatwright           Paul Marshall*                Lauren Edelstein Park*           Elizabeth Seltzer              Danica F. A. Mitchell
Raymond F. DuBois, Jr.           Dale Butler Zumsande          Robert Petrocelli                                               Danielle Robertson
Jack Humphreville *                                            William King White               Class of ‘94                   Tess Adelle Moffett Williams
Jef Kurfess                      Class of ‘72                                                   Sarah H. Banister
Elaine Creasman Penn             Laurel A. Butler              Class of ‘83                     Kate Murphy Gardner*           Class of ‘07
Betsey Hofer Rice                Marcia M. Schaller            Thorr Bjorn                      Matthew Hemond                 Sarah Brandt
                                                               Karen Church*                                                   Christine Kong
Class of ‘62                     Class of ‘73                                                   Class of ‘95
Jack Frost                       Neal Bobruff                  Class of ‘83                     Jason Carter                   Class of ‘08
Sylvia Lynch                     Clay Burkhalter               Daniel Wood*                     James Larkin                   Teddy Benfield
Peter Wiles                      Laurie Desiderato                                              Jonathan Seltzer               Duncan J. Brown
                                 Ann Gray                      Class of ‘84                     Ana Ursin-Nichols Tiwathia     Riley R. Featherston
Class of ‘63                     John Groton                   Bob Anderson*                                                   Brian Reubelt
Randy Greene                     Robert A. Humphreville        Ethan Perry                      Class of ‘96                   Emma M. Sutphen
Peri Powell Lagassa              Larry Kaplan                                                   Lucy Whitford Freitas
Mary Jo Pucci Orsinger           Miles N. Peterle              Class of ‘85                     Heather R. Honiss*             Class of ‘09
                                 Lisa Card Rapoza              Kimberly Fullerton Anderson      Lydia Paddon                   Caroline Burlingham
Class of ‘64                     Robert N. Schwartz            Amy Leadbetter Higgs*                                           Olivia Rose Denison
Leslie Ahern Brown               Cassandra White Sweeney       Matthew J. Moore                 Class of ‘97                   Tim O’Brien
Michael Petty*                   Cynthia Stein Therrien*       Giselle Potter                   Alicia Banister                Kate Scott
                                                               Adam T. Sprecace                 Kate MacCluggage*              Kyle Sebastian*
Class of ‘65                     Class of ‘74                  Erika Wood                       Megan McKay                    Sarah Mariah Shourds
Susan Blair                      Liza Moore                                                                                    Hannah Staley*
Joan Humphreville Fitzgibbon     Sabra L. Smith                Class of ‘86                     Class of ‘98
Virginia Haines                                                Elaine M. Anderson*              Thomas J. Capalbo, III, Esq.   Class of ‘10
David Hemond*                    Class of ‘75                  Catherine Planeta Campbell       Nathan Clough                  Thomas Benfield
Lillian H. Tang                  Jane Lassen Bobruff                                            Tiffany Barres Foley*          Morgan Buffum
Wick York                        G. Stuart Campbell            Class of ‘87                     Brendan C. Gouin               Asia Carter
                                 Andy Griscom                  Richard Arms III                 Denise Paddon                  Lily Hinkle
Class of ‘66                     Joan Schwartz O’Neill         Ratna Bindra                     Gillian Sulick*                Maddy Neff
Robert Collier                                                 Harvey DeMovick, III             Matt Wright                    Julia Pereira
Starr White Snead*               Class of ‘76                  Lisa McCormick Mannix                                           Joseph Rosen*
                                 Peter Barry                   Christopher J. Mitchell          Class of ‘99
Class of ‘67                     Anne Fix                      Kirsten Fullerton Stephens       Brianna L. Carbonneau          Class of 2013
Thomas R. Castle                 Fred Hartman                  Heather Lofkin Wright            Annick Gouin                   Lucy Featherston
Wendy Hunter-Higgins*            Walter C. Hay, III            Adam Wronowski
Dorothea Moore                   Cindy Jason Sullivan*                                          Class of ‘00
Diane Corwin Seltzer*                                          Class of ‘88                     Arianna E. Funk*
Christopher O. Utter                                           Erica Eppinger Fox*              Molly Paddon
                                                               Alice L. Hanson                                                 * = Class Agent

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  CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ($1.00-$99) (Continued)        Gillian Sulick ‘98
  Laurie Mortrude                                  Target, Inc.
  Madeline F. Neff ’10
  Nicky and David Newbery
                                                   Maya ‘13 and Mason Thieme ‘17
                                                   Addie and Wilson Tucker
                                                                                                        Did you know
  Zach Oat ‘92                                     Ana Ursin-Nichols Tiwathia ‘95                       Did you know that last year 17% of all
  Tim O’Brien ‘09                                  Christopher O. Utter ‘67                             Annual Fund donors (up from 12% in
  Mel and Dorothy Olsson                           Barbara and Ned Whitford                             the previous year) made their gift
  Mary Jo Pucci Orsinger ‘63 & Victor Orsinger     Sarah L. Whitford ‘91                                online and that the average online
  Denise Paddon ‘98                                Pat Wilbur
  Lydia Paddon ‘96                                 Peter Wiles ‘62                                      Annual Fund gift was $442 (up from
  Molly Paddon ‘00                                 Gary and Jean Williams                               $303)? The next time you’re thinking
  Henry R. Palmer, III ‘68                         Tess Adelle Moffett Williams ‘06                     about making your gift to Pine Point,
  Dorothy H. Papp                                  Erin M. Wright ‘91                                   consider using our safe and secure
  John J. Papp                                     Matt Wright ‘98                                       online capabilities. Online gifts save
  Bill and Jamie Peirce                            Wick York ‘65
  Casey Morgan Peltier ‘60                         Anne d. Zogbaum
                                                                                                           the School postage, it’s easier on
  Ms. Elaine Creasman Penn ‘61                     Dale Butler Zumsande ‘71                                the environment, and we can
  Julia G. Pereira ’10                                                                                   immediately put your gift to work!
  Ethan Perry ‘84                                  Matching Gift Companies
                                                   Dominion Nuclear Connecticut
                                                                                                  Merrill and Margaret Moone
                                                   Merrill Lynch & Company
                                                                                                  The Pfizer Foundation
                                                   Quest Diagnostics
                                                                                                  The Humphreville Endowment
                                                   Reid and Riege Foundation
                                                                                                  Mr. and Mrs. John Humphreville ’61
                                                   United Technologies
                                                   Wells Fargo
                                                                                                  Alan and Patience Banister
                                                                                                  John Pagnozzi and Kathleen Schwam
                                                   Loring M. Bailey, Jr. ’59 Scholarship Fund
                                                                                                  The Tillman-Brown Family
                                                   Daniel Adams
                                                   Seth and Catherine Adams
                                                                                                  The Davis K. Knox ‘04 Financial Aid Fund
                                                   Tara and Garrett Hofer
                                                                                                  Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
                                                   Paul and Robin Geise
                                                                                                  Library/Technology Center
                                                   The Alan Banister Endowment for the
                                                                                                  Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
                                                   Teaching of Science
                                                                                                  Patricia Kitchings
                                                   Alan and Patience Banister
                                                                                                  General William Mayer Foundation
                                                                                                  Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce
                                                   Frances and Jack Brown Fund
                                                   The Tillman-Brown Family
                                                                                                  Marshall G. McKim ’84 Fund
        Stravinsky (Picasso) - Chris Collins ‘11
                                                                                                  Alan and Patience Banister
                                                   Robbie Campbell ’76 Fund
                                                                                                  Tom and Sassy Dodd
    Marcy Woolworth Porter                         G. Stuart Campbell ’75
    Chloe Potter ’88                                                                              Russel T. Miller ’55 Fund
    Daniel Potter ‘60 and Marya Ursin              DeMovick Early Childhood Center
                                                                                                  Richard Gildersleeve ’53
    Giselle Potter ’85                             Alan and Patience Banister
    Mary G. Raftery                                Drs. George Bourganos and Penny Vlahos
                                                                                                  Richard W. Mitchell Fund for Teaching Excellence
    Lisa Card Rapoza ‘73                           Brightman Hill Charitable Foundation
                                                                                                  Anne Sanger
    Brian Reubelt ‘08                              Robert Collier ’66 & Diane G.W. Collier
    Charles W. Reyburn ‘69                         Coventry Health Care, Inc.
                                                                                                  Helen L. Petty Book Fund
    Ann Reynolds                                   Harvey and Jeanne DeMovick, Jr.
                                                                                                  Michael Petty ’64
    Danielle Robertson ‘06                         Wendy Hunter-Higgins ’67
                                                                                                  Cornelia Petty Young ’69
    Rosemary and Skip Robertson                    Thomas and Betsy Moukawsher
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rolla                      Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce
                                                                                                  Pine Point Endowment for the
    Carol Roper                                    Anne D. Sanger
                                                                                                  Visual and Performing Arts
    Mrs. Robert Roper                                                                             Kerilynn Antoch
    Joseph I. Rosen ’10                            Jules X. Escorcio-Schneider ’86 Fund
    Marcia M. Schaller ‘72                         Ana and Jeffrey Schneider
    Kate Scott ‘09                                 Edward Wozniak
                                                                                                  Alicia Z. Russell Garden
    Kyle Sebastian ‘09                                                                            Eddie and Julie Abbiati
    Jeff and Bethany Seidel                        The Endowment Fund
                                                                                                  Alan and Patience Banister
    Bob and Judy Seidel                            Jak and David Cruthers
                                                                                                  Erin Call & Jay Frink
    Elizabeth Seltzer ‘93                          The Pfizer Foundation
                                                                                                  Sharan Carney & Dennis Holt
    Jonathan Seltzer ’95                                                                          Judy and Curt Christoffersen
    Katherine Seltzer ‘01                          The E3 Center for Innovation
                                                                                                  Gillian and Charles Crawford
    Sarah Mariah Shourds ‘09                       Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner Foundation
                                                                                                  Jak and David Cruthers
    Evelyn Smith                                                                                  Michael and Leslie Dameron
    Lawrence and Susan Spencer                     Fiore Foundation Fund
                                                                                                  Paul and Robin Geise
    Adam T. Sprecace ’85                           The Fiore Family
                                                                                                  Mr. and Mrs. Julian E. Gillespie
    Hannah Staley ‘09                                                                             GIVE Committee
    Mrs. Sigmund C. Stein                          General Endowment
                                                                                                  Michael and Maureen Gosselin
    Kirsten Fullerton Stephens ‘87                 Gopa and Arindam Bose

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Restricted (Continued)                                                                                             Parents Association Gala (An Evening by the Sea)
Alicia Z. Russell Garden                                                                                           Anonymous
Bill and Geraldine Griffin                                                                                         A.K. Dasher
Bill and Sharon Hall                                                                                               A Thyme to Cook
David and Jane Hannon                                                                                              Mary Lou Addazio
Judge’s Farm (Martin Griswold ’88)                                                                                 Bill Adler ’59
Linda Lozis                                                                                                        Merrick and Alexandra Alpert
Patricia Macek                                                                                                     Drs. Matthew and Amy Amaro
Jon Mitchell and Jenny Doak                                                                                        Kimberly Fullerton Anderson ’85
Nicky and David Newbery                                                                                              and Robert Anderson ’84
Hugh and Debbie O’Brien                                                                                            Kerilynn Antoch
Barbara Pattenden                                                                                                  Alan and Patience Banister
Pequot Plant Farm                                                                                                  Bank Square Books
John and Sandy Pereira                                                                                             Kimber L. Barnett
Ardice and John Perry                                                                                              Lisa Tepper Bates and Scott Bates
Mary G. Raftery                                                                                                    Becky Anderson Photography
Rosemary and Skip Robertson                                                                                        Philip Biondo and Catherine Robbins
Carol Roper                                                                                                        Block Island Express
Hamilton Salsich                                                                                                   The Blue Horse Children’s Shop
Lisa and Stephen Scott                                                                                             The Boat House Restaurant
Becca Shea
                                                        Dvorák (Roy Litchenstein) - Adam Verhoeff ‘11
                                                                                                                   Penny A. Bodle
David Smith ‘69 and Robin Smith                                                                                    Norly and Ronald Bohling
Lou and Judy Toscano                                Audrey Golub (I/M of Ozzie Carney)                             Drs. George Bourganos & Penny Vlahos
Sandy Walton                                        David and Jane Hannon (I/M of Mark Hannon)                     Drs. Tamim Braish and Teresa Smolarek
Gary and Jean Williams                              Jef Kurfess ’61 (I/M CDR and Mrs. John F. Kurfess)             Pamela Brewster ‘71
Paul Zintl, the Russell Family, and Amy Zintl       Aaron McBride ’81 (I/H of Dick Mitchell)                       Brian S. Bronk and Dianne K. Bryce
                                                    Marnie McKay ’93 (I/H of the devoted staff)                    Elizabeth Tobin Brown
Laptops (Given in Honor of the Faculty)             Zach Oat ’92 (I/H of Judy Oat Toscano)                         Steve and Kate Brown
Alan and Patience Banister                          Katherine Hull Perkins (I/H of Jack Carver Ryan ’19)           Bruna’s Table
Nick and Camille Burlingham                         Mrs. Robert Roper (I/H of the Hurtgen children)                Mr. and Mrs. James C. Buffum
Paul and Robin Geise                                Robert Schwartz ’73 (I/M of Ivy Bartholet)                     Nick and Camille Burlingham
Beth and Peter Gianacoplos                          Joan Sindall and Mac Freeman (I/M of Jack Sindall)             Mr. Richard Butler
Charlie Gill and Linda Goddard                      Carol H. Smith (I/M of Rose M. Smith)                          Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Butler
Jack and Stephanie Gosselin                         Emma Sutphen ’08 (I/H of Ham Salsich)                          Julie Campanaro ‘98
Christopher and Fiona Hilton                        Heather L. Wright ’87 (I/H of Charles N. Wright)               Michael I. Campbell & Marie Jo De Maestri
Chudy I. Nduaka                                                                                                    Caruso Music
John and Sandy Pereira                              All gifts to funds honoring Loring M. Bailey, Jr. ’59,         Mr. and Mrs. David J. Catalfimo
Ardice and John Perry                               Robbie Campbell ’76, Jules X. Escorcio-Schneider ’86,          Judy and Curt Christoffersen
Pine Point School Parents’ Association              Neil Humphreville, Marshall G. McKim ’84, Russel T.            Class of 2009 Parents
David and Jennifer Schwindt                         Miller ’55, Richard W. Mitchell, Helen L. Petty, and           Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Coan
Barb Silver Holt & Harry Holt                       Alicia Z. Russell.                                             Bill and Brooke Conley
Priscilla M. Winn                                                                                                  Conley and Maguire

Allena Tillman-Brown ‘95
Alan and Donna Carroll
Bill and Geraldine Griffin
                                                                 The Katherine Tod Johnstone Society
Ekaterina Litvinova
Ardice and John Perry
Regan and Christine Seymour
Shoreline Swing Inc.
The Tillman-Brown Family
United Technologies                                    The Katherine Tod Johnstone Society honors those individuals who have made a bequest to
                                                       Pine Point or provided for the school in their estate plans with a bequest, life income gift,
Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation                   or a charitable trust. Please consider what legacy you would like to leave at Pine Point.
The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund
The Tillman-Brown Family
Honorary and In Memoriam Gifts
                                                                                        Anonymous (3)                      Julie Olson
Alan and Patience Banister
                                                                                   Loring and Dorothy Bailey           Miriam Patterson
  (I/M of Mabel Kornacki Carlson, Bob Hyde,
                                                                               Ratna Bindra ‘87 & Raja Mukherjee        Annie Philbrick
  Andy Leadbetter ’89, and Irene Campbell)
                                                                                        Hilda Brunswick                  Ana Schneider
Holly and Jay Carbonneau
                                                                                        Alan Houghton                Starr White Snead ’66
  (I/H of the great people at PPS)
                                                                                          Susan Kozel                Alix and Janie Stanley
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon A. Davidson
                                                                                          Eric Larson                    Talcott Stanley
  (I/H of Katie Sullivan ’02 & Matt Sullivan ’05)
                                                                                          John K. Lee
Scout, Smokey, and Pete Fullerton
                                                                                        Dorothy B. Leib
  (I/M of Duncan)
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Geise (I/H of the Faculty)
Vanessa Oat Ghantous ’83 (I/M of Christopher
  Steven Pace, Steven Pace’s ’88 son)                            From tiny seedlings come majestic trees
                                                                                                                                                          ViewPoints 47
18 th Annual Pine Point Scho
                                                                      Played at Stonington Country Club, the golf tournament raises

                   18th Annual                                        significant funds for Pine Point and is always a great day of
                                                                      competition and fun. This year’s tournament netted close to
                  Pine Point Scho                                     $11,000, and, over the last decade, the annual event has
                  Golf Tournamen                                      grossed over $250,000! All proceeds from the tournament ben-
                                  t                                   efit the academic program, and the Fiore Foundation Fund,
        Corporate Spon                                                which supports the summer sabbatical experience of the
            John, Barbara &
                              Lauren Fiore ’96
                                                   sors               School’s teachers and administrators.
                The Holstein Fo                ,
                                 undation                                                                   (Photos by Van Brown)
    Abbott G. Holst          &
                    ein ’94, Jonathan
     Melanie Holstein                 H. Holstein ’92,
                        ’02, & Lauren Ho
                                         lstein ’99,
               PLANNING G
                   rehensive Wealt
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         18th Annuoall
                                                              New to this year’s
                                                               tournament were
                                                              Ormond Northup,
        Pine Point Sch                                         Rick Butler, John
         Golf Tournamen
                                                                   Colebut, and
                                                                Felix Consagna.

           Tee Sponsors
                  Alteris Renewabl
                        A Friend
                                           r Life 2010
                        Society-Relay fo
    American Cancer
                                Beth Tillman
              Van M. Brown,               Tillman-Brown ’97
                      wn ’95 & Dugan
Vane ssa Tillman-Bro                ts Group
                Cable Componen           urant
                 Do ck and Dine Resta ill
                The Ex  change Bar and
                 Factory Squa  re Apartments
                     Go Fish Restaur          rton
               In Memory   of Duncan Fulle             u!
                           lle Lis ton Say Thank Yo
         Erica and Danie                Marina
                   Mystic Downtown
                                    ass & Mirror
                 New England Gl
                                 Dental Associates
               Norwich Family              Association
             Pine Point  School Parents           rton
               Scout, Smokey   , and Pete Fulle
                                       de, CPAs                       Every year the Holsteins are always in the hunt, and this year was no different. Jill Holstein
                    Seward and Mon                   on
                                 n and Constructi                     Bach, John Holstein, Jonathan Holstein ’92 and Bruce Holstein shot a 63, which left them
                Shawmut Desig                                         in 3rd place. The Holsteins again served as corporate sponsors of the event.
                       Steak Loft   Restaurant
                       Ten Clams Resta

        Mark your calendar for next year’s tournament,
             which takes place on May 23, 2011.
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ol Golf Tournament                                                                                                 Additional
                                                                                                                      Chris Hedden
                                                                                                                      Jeff Marquardt
                                                                                                                       Dean Shulda
      For the second year in a row, Jon Kodama, Tom Kiely, Tim Sisk, and Bill Ernst                                    Lou Toscano
      won the tournament. In 2009 they shot a 64 in the best ball competition; this
      year they shot a 60!                                                                                          Brian Abbiati ‘04
                                                                                                                     Eddie Abbiati
                                                                                                                       Rich Bryce
                                                                                                                       Bill Drakos

                                                                                                                       Matt Amaro
                                                                                                                      Donald Amaro
                                                                                           Professional Plan-          Tom Goebel
                                                                                           ning Group’s Chris          Ravi Prakash
                                                                                           Wallace, Scott
                                                                                           Upham, Mal Makin,           Alan Carroll
                                                                                           and Peter Wallace          Jeffrey Cho ’11
                                                                                           ’85 shot a 64 on the         Paul Geise
                                                                                           day. Their Westerly-        John Pereira
                                                                                           based financial serv-
                                                                                           ices firm, which            Todd Brady
                                                                                           manages Pine Point’s         Deb Ferris
                                                                                           endowment, once             Vince Fiore
                                                                                           again served as a           Peter Laskey
                                                                                           corporate sponsor.
                                                                                                                     David Cruthers
                                                                                                                      Tony Dinoto
                                                                                                                     Howard Martin
                                                                                                                      Sam Rodman

                                                                                                                      Chris Fiftal ’02
                                                                                                                      Jimmy Fiftal ’10
     Marc Ginsberg,                                                                                                     Kevin Fiftal
     Insu Kong, Carl                                                                                                   David Hannon
     Reiser and Cal
     Ackley always                                                                                                 Anne-Marie Fleming
     put together the                                                                                                 Peter Fleming
     same foursome.                                                                                                  George Mattern
     Ever competitive,                                                                                               Phyllis Palmer
     they shot a 67.
                                                                                                                     David Buckley
                                                                                                                   Adam Fritzsche ’76
                                                                                                                      Jim McDaniel
                                                                                                                    Sebastian Scripps

                                                                                                                     Keith Davignon
                                                                                                                     Dave Presbrey
                                                                                                                      Bill Sweeney
                                                                                                                      Josh Walker
                             Lou Doboe, Nick Petrosky, Jim Petrosky, and Ted Liston shot an 80. For 2011, Jim
                             Petrosky (and wife Dina) and Lou Doboe will be leading the effort to strengthen          Pete Freeman
                             the tournament to allow it to have an even greater impact on the School. Give             John Leger
                             them a call if you can lend a hand by bringing players into the field, securing tee     Bob McDonald
                             sponsorships, or finding raffle items and prizes.
                                                                                                                      Kip Bochain
                                                                                                                       Bill Girard
                                                                                                                     Rocky Marciano
                Kippery Bochain ’01 (far right) and the foursome he put to-                                            Bob Sasena
                gether of Ben Crowe, Ryan Amburn, and Ronnie Gannon shot
                a 61 to take 2nd place.                                                                             Curt Christoffersen
                                                                                                                         Jim Cook
                                                                                                                       Phil Iredale
                                                                                                                     Tony Semproni

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                                                      Herbwise Natural                                 Benjamin and Sufala Sapers
                                                      High Street Yoga                                 David Schulz and Karen Stone
                                                      Christopher and Fiona Hilton                     David and Jennifer Schwindt
                                                      Janet Hinkle                                     Lisa and Stephen Scott
                                                      W. Lee Hisle and Julie Worthen                   Sea Research Foundation:
                                                      Cathleen and Paul Holland                          Mystic Aquarium - Institute for Exploration-
                                                      Christopher and Caitlin Hurtgen                    Immersion Learning
                                                      Import Auto Sales and Service                    Jeff and Bethany Seidel
                                                      Norman Jason                                     Diane Corwin Seltzer ‘67 & Mark Seltzer
                                                      The Jewelry Boutique at Foxwoods Resort Casino   Elizabeth Seltzer ’93
                                                      Lucia Trowbridge Johnstone                       Senor Flaco’s
                                                      Jonathan Edwards Winery                          Anish U. Shah & Kate A. Flanagan-Shah
                                                      Olivier Jonckheere & Veronique Riethuisen        Clare Sheridan
                                                      Angela Kanabis ‘87 and Maarten De jong           Barb Silver Holt & Harry Holt
                                                      Jennifer and Daniel King                         Lawrence and Susan Spencer
                                                      Patricia C. Kitchings                            Dr. George A. Sprecace
                                                      Kniffin/Moore Family                             Nick Stahl
                                                      Susan Kozel                                      Joe Staley
                                                      Kathy and Connie Kronholm                        Stonington Country Club
     Liszt (Francis Bacon) - Dan Cunningham ‘11
                                                      Keith and Karen LaRose                           Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Sailing Foundation
  Parents Association Gala                            Lee and Company                                  Stonington Natural Health Center
    (An Evening by the Sea) (continued)               Dorothy Leib                                     Michael and Joann Sullivan
  Cottrell Brewing Company                            Theodore Liston and Cynthia Oksanen              Tiffany & Company
  Gillian and Charles Crawford                        Geoffrey Little and Meg Lyons                    Barbara Timken
  Jak and David Cruthers                              Charles Lord and Patti Compton                   Andy and Peggy Toriello
  Michael and Leslie Dameron                          Karen M. Lovell                                  Lou and Judy Toscano
  Robert and Lorilee Darling                          Neil and Sally Mackillop                         Betsy Trimble ‘77 and Michael Feltes
  Galan ’78 and Denise Daukas                         Manasota Beach Club                              The Up River Cafe and Cocktail Bar
  Julie ‘89 and Juan DelPrado                         Jeffrey and Elena Marquardt                      William and Susan Verhoeff
  DeMovick Real Estate Design Development and Sales   Brian McCallen                                   Travis and Carrie Wager
  Susan and Harvey DeMovick, III ‘87                  Sally McGee and Sarah Cahill                     Josh Welch and Alejandra de Losada
  Harvey and Jeanne DeMovick, Jr.                     Stafford McLean and Elizabeth Archer             Jonathan White and Ruth Saunders
  Dime Bank                                           Ronald and Jacqueline Meneo                      Steve and Maggie White
  Dog Watch Café                                      Jon Mitchell and Jenny Doak                      Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wick
  Lara and Garth Dolphin                              Mohegan Flowers & Gifts, LLC                     Dr. and Mrs. John C. Wiles ‘60
  Drs. Lisa and Bill Donovan                          Mohegan Sun                                      Priscilla M. Winn
  John Duerden                                        Thomas and Betsy Moukawsher                      Marcy Withington and Dave Kelsey
  Education Works                                     Mystic Art Center                                Erin M. Wright ‘91
  Sue and Owen Ehrlich                                Mystic Indoor Tennis                             Jenny and Adam Wronowski ‘87
  Anne Fix ‘76 and Kevin Bowdler                      Mystic Seaport                                   You’ve GOT to be Beading!
  Marcia and Jack Fix                                 Mystic Valley Hunt Club                          Feng Bian and Lingyu Zhu
  Florence Griswold Museum                            Mystical Toys
  Enid and Gabriel Ford                               Chudy I. Nduaka                                  Gifts-In-Kind
  Foxwoods Resort Casino                              Nancy and Brian Neff                             Merrick and Alexandra Alpert
  Patsy Fritzsche                                     Nicky and David Newbery                          Drs. George Bourganos and Penny Vlahos
  Susan and Jim Funk                                  Noank Village Boatyard                           Peter and Candace Briggs
  Beth Garbo                                          Dennis and Deborah O’Brien                       Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Butler
  Paul and Robin Geise                                Hugh and Debbie O’Brien                          Richard and Catherine Conant
  General Woodcraft                                   Olde Mistick Cinemas                             Jak and David Cruthers
  Beth and Peter Gianacoplos                          Page and Diana Owen                              Tim and Cynthia Desmond
  Charlie Gill and Linda Goddard                      Paraphernailia                                   Dr. and Mrs. Francis Y. Falck, Jr.
  Mr. and Mrs. Julian E. Gillespie                    John Pagnozzi and Kathleen Schwam                Peter and Anne-Marie Fleming
  Chuck and Kathie Glew                               Josh and Jennifer Parsons                        Paul and Robin Geise
  Ken and Margo Godfrey                               Mr. and Mrs. John F. Pereira                     David and Jane Hannon
  Thomas and Mildred Goebel                           Periwinkle Design                                InCord
  Jack and Stephanie Gosselin                         The Petrocelli Family                            Susan Kozel
  Grand & Water Antiques LLC                          Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Petrosky                   Keith and Karen LaRose
  Jim Gray                                            The Pfizer Foundation                            Gerard A. Lessing
  Bill and Geraldine Griffin                          Annie and Ben Philbrick                          Jon Mitchell and Jenny Doak
  Royden and Valerie Grimm                            Fran Pijar                                       Mystic Paint & Decorating Center
  Dr. and Mrs. Andrew H. Griscom ‘75                  Pine Point School Board of Trustees              Mystic River Paintworks, LLC
  John ‘73 and Alice Groton                           Dan Potter ’60                                   Dennis and Deborah O’Brien
  Allen and Iris Haggerty                             Jim and Elizabeth Reid                           Rare Coins & Classical Arts, Ltd.
  Tina J. Haley                                       Betsey Rice ’61                                  Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Schiraldi
  Bill and Sharon Hall                                Daniel and Kimberly Rick                         David and Jennifer Schwindt
  Martina Hamilton                                    William Rolla & Dr. Donna Romito Rolla           Diane Corwin Seltzer ’67 & Mark Seltzer
  David and Jane Hannon                               Dr. and Mrs. David N. Rosenberg                  Phil and Starr White Snead ’66
  Glenn Hardy                                         Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce
  Tom and Mary Hatfield                               Mr. Edwin L. Russell & Ms. Kim Rayner              Great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy
  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Hatfield                     S&P Oyster Company                                 of this report. Please notify the Development
                                                      Sail Caribbean                                     Office should you find an error or omission as we
  Heartworks Massage and Bodyworks
                                                                                                         want the opportunity to correct our records and
  Andrew and Danielle Helbig                          Saltwater Farm Vineyard
                                                                                                         appropriately recognize all contributions.
  Ron ‘81 and Betty Helbig                            Linda Sample

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                                                                                                                         The 1950s

        Class Notes
                                                                                                                         Paul Connor, 12 Spring Street, Noank, CT 06340,

                                                                                                                         Jim Calvert ’59 writes from the west coast: “All is
                                                                                                                         fine with me. I am married to Wendy Warren, who,
                                                                                                                         like me, is a family physician with a very broad
                             Individuals listed in italics beneath class years serve as class                            medical practice. I still deliver babies, work in the
                             agents for Pine Point.                                                                      ICU, and have a clinic. My particular interest is
                                                                                                                         taking care of people with HIV infection. I work in
                             Class agents are needed for the Classes of 1962, 1963, 1972, 1987,                          a teaching setting, training young physicians who
                             1993, 1995, 2002, and 2003! Please contact David Cruthers                                   want to be country doctors. They stay with us for
                             (dcruthers@pinepoint.org or 860-535-0606, Ext. 133) if you’re in-                           three years doing their family practice residency in
                             terested in learning more about helping out the School.                                     a rural setting here in Eastern Oregon. I have five
                                                                                                                         children, all grown up, but no grandchildren.”

                                                                                                                         Carol Neuendorffer Ziegenhagen, 3900 Divot
                                                                                                                         Court, Longmont, CO 80503,
              Class of ‘55


                                                                                                                         Jim Friedlander shared his thoughts of his early
                                                                                                                         education, writing: “Public education was uninspir-
                                                                                                                         ing and I was reacting accordingly. When my par-
                                                                                                                         ents moved me to Pine Point, I found that the
                                                                                                                         teachers enjoyed teaching and the students were
                                                                                                                         encouraged to enjoy learning.”

Out of the blue
back in April, we
                                                                                                                       John Coggeshall ‘55
heard from Duncan
Henderson ’55, who
is living in Costa
Rica. He electroni-
cally sent a photo
of his class, which facilitated finding someone with whom we had lost contact, John Coggeshall ’55,
now living in Yardley, PA. John wrote back, “I enjoyed the ViewPoints issues and the Class of ’55
graduation photo. It brought me back. Hubert [Benoit ’55] and I both went to Norwich Free Academy
as freshmen/sophomores, and we used to ride with a teacher, Mr. Duhamel, who met us at the rotary
intersection of Routes 2 and 184. After NFA, I went to Andover and graduated there in ’59, thence to
Penn, Class of ’63, and five years as an officer in the US Army, Artillery. Back to Penn for an MS in
physics, worked at various freelance projects, blundered into computer work and joined RCA in ’85,
developing flight software for satellites. RCA was acquired by GE, which sold the aerospace division
to Martin Marietta, which merged to become Lockheed Martin. I’m still doing flight software, mostly
for commercial communication satellites, and still enjoying it, now at the plant in Newtown, PA. It’s
near Yardley, which is right across the Delaware River from Trenton, NJ. My wife Chris works at
Sunoco in Philadelphia, and our son Sam will be a junior at Stanford, majoring in history. He’s going
to Moscow for the coming fall term.” John and his family are shown to the right.

                                                                                   Nan Roberts ’65 is shown with her son, Brent, and husband, Mike Godfrey. “Instead of
                                                                                   Mardi Gras this year - we had Nancy Gras to celebrate my seventh decade, with Brent
                                                                                   still fighting fires in ‘NOLA’ as he fondly calls New Orleans. We celebrated at Frankie &
                                                                                   Johnnie’s – a great dive, if you ever get down that way, since it will survive this latest af-
                                                                                   front of unmitigated lack of safety precautions!!” Nan joined with a strong group, the
                                                                                   Library Advocates, in her home county, Brevard County, FL (“think Space Coast”), to
                                                                                   encourage the County Commissioners to rethink the place libraries hold in citizens’
                                                                                   lives. “We brought 280 folks to a hearing as a show of support and had over 8,000 sig-
                                                                                   natures to emphasize that libraries are the ‘go-to place.’ With a vote of 3-2, we won the
                                                                                   right to keep the funding level for this year. We’re finally getting back to sailing, which
                                                                                   was the whole point of moving to the fabulous Indian River lagoon.”

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1961                                                   1969
Jack Humphreville, 456 South Arden Boulevard,          David Smith, 30 Spruce Street, Westerly, RI               Classes of 1952-2005
Los Angeles, CA 90020-4736,                            02891, robndav@cox.net

Michael Petty, 1007 McCeney Avenue, Silver
                                                       Kassy White, 42 Centre Street, Dover, MA 02030,
                                                                                                                   Save the Date
Spring, MD 20901, sundancepetty@gmail.com
                                                                                                                    Alumni Reunion
David Hemond, 81 Silas Deane Road, Ledyard, CT
                                                       Paul Marshall, 63 Duck Cove Road, North
                                                       Kingstown, RI 02852-6240,                                    August 6, 2011
06339, davidlhemond@yahoo.com                          imagesideas55@hotmail.com

                                                          All That Jazz…and Then Some!
Having received electronically the news about the
Head of School Search, Anne Chimento McMahon
wrote: “There will never be another Alan
Houghton! As students, we were in awe of him.”

1966                                                      Tom Goehring ’77 performed at the Newport Jazz Festival on
Starr White Snead, 1359 North Edgewater Drive,            the afternoon of August 7, and still made it to the Alumni Re-
Charleston, SC 29407, 1stStarr@bellsouth.net              union! We asked him to catch us up on what’s been happening
                                                          in his life.
Allen Albrecht wrote of a wonderful chance en-                After leaving Pine Point in the 8th grade, I attended Avon
counter. “It’s an amazing world we live in when           Old Farms for secondary school, Columbia University for un-
you can travel the world, come home to the Upper          dergraduate studies, eventually getting a degree in Political
Valley and run into the family and friends of our         Science in 1985. While at Columbia, I played trumpet in the
Pine Point community. In my capacity as Catering          C.U. Jazz Band and was a regular at the Jazz Cultural Theatre
Office Manager for the Hanover (NH) Consumer              down on 28th St. and 8th Ave. The JCT was a jazz club and
Co-op, I literally speak to hundreds of people re-        studio run by jazz piano great Barry Harris, who taught mas-
garding their catering orders. So in the course of        ter classes for horn players every Monday night for the entire
taking a recent catering order the customer said          six years the club was open.
her name was Collier. Not being the overly shy                I started free-lancing around New York doing all sorts of gigs (Latin, Funk, Haitian and wedding
type and having had the ‘it’s a small world’ episode      bands were my bread and butter, but I also played orchestral and liturgical music as well as off-
repeated on numerous occasions, I blindly started         Broadway shows, etc.). When I got married and my daughter Liana came along (I raised a Red Sox
with, ‘I used to go to school with a Bobby Collier.       fan in the Bronx, by the way), I started working full-time doing business graphics at an investment
You wouldn’t happen to be from Connecticut,               bank because of the flexible hours (it’s something I do to this day at a boutique M&A firm, Center-
would you?’ After an initial denial, there was a          view Partners).
pause and then a small gasp and the customer                  I also decided during this time of regular paychecks to play only what was musically interesting
replied, ‘That’s what we used to call my son, Rob.’       to me, and I’ve focused mostly on jazz since. I’ve toured with groups ranging from the Tommy
It turns out she was the very same Mrs. Collier,          Dorsey Orchestra to The Fleshtones and my music travels have taken me across the U.S., to Eu-
mother of Bobby (Rob) and ex-Pine Point teacher           rope, the French Caribbean and many parts of New Jersey.
who had been a part of our lives 44 years ago!                I play regularly with the Jamie Begian Big Band (www.jamiebegian.com) and can be heard on
Rob and I haven’t been able to reconnect as yet           his recently-released CD “Big, Fat Grin.” I also perform with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
but I look forward to the day we can both say, ‘So        (www.secretsocietymusic.org) and appear on his critically-acclaimed debut CD, “Infernal Ma-
what have you been up to for the last 44 years?’”         chines”; Secret Society made its debut at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival. As a composer, I was
                                                          admitted to the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop in 1996 and remained there until this past July.
1967                                                      I’ve had five pieces premiered at Workshop’s annual concert, four of which were nominated for the
Lea Jewett, 227 Vauxhall Street, New London, CT                                                                                          Workshop’s Charlie
                                                                                                               With the BMI New York     Parker Award/Manny
06320, hl_juet@sbcglobal.net                                                                                   Jazz Orchestra in 2006    Albam Commission
Diane Corwin Seltzer, 9 Cove Road, Westerly, RI                                                                                          award (setting a
02891-4407, dcorwinseltzer@gmail.com                                                                                                     record for number of
                                                                                                                                         nominations without a
Betsy Jones Jacobsen died on February 20 on the                                                                                          win!).
island of Maui, where she was a real estate agent.                                                                                           I live in Bethle-
The School sends its condolences to her two chil-                                                                                        hem, PA with Liana
dren, Brett and Jen, as well as her brother, Jeff                                                                                        (now 16) who is going
Jones ’64.                                                                                                                               into her senior year at
                                                                                                                                         Moravian Academy
1968                                                                                                                                     and recently spent
Ellen Humphreville McGuire,                                                                                                              three weeks in Sene-
203 Glenwood Avenue, New London, CT 06320,                                                                                               gal, Africa as part of a
Pigel@ct.metrocast.net                                                                                                                   service project.

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1973                                                                                                                J.B. Daukas ’77 works for Goodwin Procter, an interna-
                                                                                                                    tional law firm based in Boston of 850 attorneys. He is a
Cynthia Stein Therrien, 47 Paag Circle, Little Sil-                                                                 partner in the Trial Department specializing in complex
ver, NJ 07739-1738, Therriens@Comcast.net                                                                           litigation, and has served as a Special Assistant District
                                                                                                                    Attorney for Middlesex County, MA, and a law clerk on
Larry Kaplan is a Wealth Manager for Summit In-                                                                     the United States District Court for the District of RI. J.B.
vestment Management LLC.                                                                                            is a graduate of Choate, Dartmouth, and University of Vir-
                                                                                                                    ginia Law School.
                                                                                                                         He was also one of the twelve Alumni Challengers who
1974                                                                                                                encouraged their fellow Pine Pointers to give to the An-
Sharon Butler, 9 Pearl Street, Mystic, CT 06355,                                                                    nual Fund.
                                                                                                                         We asked him to catch us up on what gives his life
                                                                                                                    meaning outside of work. He answered this way:
1975                                                                                                                1) just finished up as president of the Dartmouth College
                                                                                                                    Alumni Council;
Ashley Powell Hanson, 242 Ocean Avenue, Apt. 1,
                                                                                                                    2) am on the board of a community theatre group (The
New London, CT 06320, abpow@conncoll.edu                                                                            Dover Foundation) that raises scholarship money, and
                                                                                                                    have been appearing in musicals for the last five years (in-
1976                                                                                                                cluding playing Billy Bigelow in Carousel) – my first trips
                                                                                                                    back to the stage since Pine Point – literally!
Cindy Jason Sullivan, P.O. Box 90, Higganum, CT                                                                     3) am on the board of my college fraternity Chi Gamma
06441-0090, csullivan09@snet.net                                                                                    Epsilon (‘Chi Gam’ is what everyone calls it);
                                                                                                                    4) am very active in my church, Most Precious Blood, in-
Adam Fritzsche has opened his own business, ASF       cluding teaching CCD, singing in the choir and sometime fill-in cantor;
Investment Group, with offices in Canterbury and      (and, the really important stuff)
Mystic. Cameron Hay was back in the area in late      5) have one wife, Christie, whom I love, four kids – Victoria, 19 (at Dartmouth); Erika, 17 (Dover/Sherborn High
June and used the occasion to visit Pine Point. He    School); Jay 16, (St. Sebastian’s School); and Virginia 14, (Dover’s Chickering Elementary School), two dogs, a horse,
                                                      a pony, and live in Dover, MA, but spend the summers in Watch Hill. As my wife says of why she married me: ‘I’m
was last on campus way back in February 1999 for
                                                      fond of J.B., but I really love Watch Hill.’”
the memorial service for former classmate Robbie
Campbell. He found that since then the School’s
footprint has expanded considerably with the addi-
tion of the L/TC and the DECC. He has retired as
a captain with American Cruise Lines, with which
he took passengers up and down the east coast
from Maine to Florida. Home continues to be New
Smyrna Beach, FL.
Betsy Trimble, 3 Heron Road, Mystic, CT 06355,           The Pine Point website has a
IETrimble@sbcglobal.net                                  special place just for alumni
Linnea Corwin Elrington reports: “Things are good        to go to update their profiles,
in England. I’ve just returned to full-time work         leave messages for classmates,
with a company called Talaris, which is a former         and see what’s going on with
De La Rue division. I’m managing international
                                                         their friends. In order to do all
human relations for their New Markets group, and,
so far, loving it!”                                      this, you must register, and to
                                                         do that, you need a
1978                                                     registration number.
Chris Knisley, 175 Beech Street, Wrentham, MA
02093, knisley@thekofflergroup.com
                                                           If you have yet to register, please e-mail David Cruthers, Associate Di-
Sheilia Terranova Beattie continues to be active as
a member of the Board of Directors of The West-
                                                           rector of Development, at dcruthers@pinepoint.org, and he will send
erly Land Trust. The organization’s conservation           you the number you need to get started!
land protection program has been enormously suc-
cessful in the short period of time in which it has
been in existence. At the end of 2009 it owned
over 1,060 acres and through the first six months     1979
of 2010 it added another 300 acres to its holdings    Meredith Jason, 6130 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20015, crcmlj@msn.com
with another 185 in the works. Other Pine Pointers
closely involved with the Land Trust include, but     1980
are not limited to, Bill Griffin, Allen Leadbetter,
Thomas Lloyd, and Harvey Perry, the latter most       Donna Parssinen, Liebigstrasse 44, 60323 Frankfurt a.M., Germany, donna@parssinen.de
ably serving as the group’s long-time president.
Leslie Ahern Brown ‘64 edits the group’s newslet-     Eva Schlesinger’s second chapbook, View From My Banilla Vanilla Villa, was recently published by danc-
ter.                                                  ing girl press and is available at www.dancinggirlpress.com.

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1981                                                                                                               in Westerly to celebrate the marriage of our step-
Lauren Edelstein Park, 1519 5th Street, Boulder,         Classes of 1952-2005                                      sister, Alexis Macdonald ’89, in July. I do terribly
                                                                                                                   miss New England. I try to visit as often as possi-
CO 80302, laurenepark@hotmail.com
Hugh Marshall owns and operates Hugh A. Mar-
shall, Landscape Contractor, Inc. in New Hope,
                                                           Save the Date                                           1989
                                                                                                                   Meredith Michaud Hargus, 140 Castle Hill Road,
                                                                                                                   Pawcatuck, CT 06379,
1982                                                        Alumni Reunion                                         Meredith.Hargus@genzyme.com
Dan Wood, 156 Ludlow Street, 3rd Floor, New York,
NY 10002, dxwood@work.ac                                    August 6, 2011                                         Christian Lentz has been a visiting scholar at Duke
                                                                                                                   University for the past three years. After leaving
                                                                                                                   Pine Point, Christian studied at Phillips Andover,
1983                                                                                                               graduated from Cornell, and did graduate work
Karen Church, 1951 Canyon Drive, Los Angeles,
                                                        1987                                                       both there and at Yale. He and his wife Adriane,
CA 90068, karen.church@tvc.cbs.com                      Lynne Langlois Hunter had a son, Andrew Michael            who is an assistant professor at Duke, have a
                                                        Hunter, in June 2010. She still fondly remembers           daughter, Zora, 2.
Holly Peirce wrote, “I am being transferred from        her Pine Point family.
Washington to the US Embassy in Barbados as the                                                                    1990
General Service Officer responsible for logistics of    1988                                                       Vanessa Oat Ghantous, 1278 Kawili Way,
the Embassy. I’m very excited about the job and         Erica Eppinger Fox, 309 Denison Hill Road, North           Makawao, HI 96768-9555, ghantoat@live.com
location! On a sadder note, my husband, Tom             Stonington, CT 06359, eeppfox@gmail.com
Kelly, passed away in Santo Domingo in 2008
                                                                                                                   Vanessa Oat Ghantous reported in the late spring:
after battling cancer for six years. Ben, now six, is   Martin Griswold continues to own and run a                 “I am spending a month on the East Coast this
adjusting well. He did great in a bilingual Spanish-    perennial nursery, Judge’s Farm, in Old Lyme, with         summer, because we suddenly have a nice long
English kindergarten here in Arlington, VA. I also      his brother Matt. Martin and his wife Sondra are           summer break! After the public schools in Hawaii
would like to share the happy news that I just got      the parents of Ali (5) and Huck (3). Martin do-            closed on Fridays and switched to a year-round
engaged to Sean Pratt, a friend from my days at         nated many plants for the Alicia Z. Russell Memo-          calendar with only six weeks off during the sum-
Colby College. We look forward to starting our          rial Garden. We heard from Alice Hanson towards            mer, we gave up on the DOE system (and our local
new life in the Caribbean.”                             the end of June. “I have been living in the North-         elementary school that is just two blocks from our
                                                        ern Virginia/Washington, DC area for a while. I            home, and the reason we bought this house to
1984                                                    have been working for one of the most prominent            begin with!) and enrolled our children in a great
Bob Anderson, The Dormers, 3 Everett Avenue,            catering companies here, Design Cuisine. This is a         private school about 20 minutes away. The class-
Watch Hill, RI 02891, anderboard@cox.net                way for me to combine my education in business,            rooms are set up in a way that is very similar to
                                                        my formal culinary training in Europe, and my pas-         PPS – K-3 grades and 4-8 grades are in big class-
                                                        sion for fine dining. I have been happy and suc-           rooms and the families all spend a lot of time on
1985                                                    cessful in the hospitality industry. I live in Fairfax,    campus, leading parent-taught classes or hiking to
Amy Leadbetter Higgs, 87 Fernbank Avenue,               VA, and cater events all over the DC metro area            local waterfalls or working in the large garden. The
Delmar, NY 12054, tahiggs@nycap.rr.com                  for Design Cuisine. I have recently given birth to         school is completely ‘off the grid’ and solar pow-
                                                        my second son, Benjamin Lloyd Meisner, in April.           ered, with a catchment water system. It is pretty
1986                                                    His older brother, Samuel Duncan Meisner, turned           great. The teachers have graduate degrees and the
Elaine Anderson, 42 South Street, Middlebury, VT        3 in September. My twin sister, Elizabeth Hanson,          families come from all backgrounds and cultures -
05753-1316, elaineavt@gmail.com                         is an interior designer in Atlanta, GA. We all were        students get to choose which language to sing
                                                                                                                   ‘Happy Birthday’ for their special day. I believe the
                                                                                                                   choices are currently French, Spanish, German,
                                                                                                                   Japanese, English and maybe one more. The web-
                                                                                                                   site is www.rootsmaui.org.”

                                                                                                      Amanda Wood Lopardo ’89 sent in a photo of her family and an
                                                                                                      update. “We moved to Manchester-by-the Sea because we love the
                                                                                                      town and it is near Landmark, a private school for students with
                                                                                                      language based learning disabilities, where our son Nicholas at-
                                                                                                      tends and completed second grade in June. It is also where both AJ
                                                                                                      and I graduated from, and where I taught while getting my master’s
                                                                                                      in special education. We absolutely love the town.”

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                                                                 Sage Grigg reports: “Right now I’m living outside Albany, NY, working as a physician’s assistant at St.
                                                                 Peter’s Hospital in Albany. I’m planning on getting married in April 2011 in Stonington to Matthew Thib-
                                                                 deau and then hopefully heading out to Denver for a few years.” Vanessa Tillman-Brown was delighted to
                                                                 learn that last year’s 9th grade Class Gift was a new sound system for the School. She wrote, “That is fan-
                                                                 tastic news! The first meeting of the new Shoreline Swing season is this Sunday and I will convey to them
                                                                 what has happened with the money and that Pine Point now has a new sound system. It is always nice to
                                                                 be part of something and know that you helped provide the seed which lead to fruition a year later. If I
                                                                 hadn’t had that conversation with Paul Geise about the sound system and how he was hoping to get a new
                                                                 one, I would never have known how Shoreline Swing could appropriately say ‘thank you’ for all the sup-
                                                                 port with Mystic Blues. My parents and I knew that the Shoreline Swing gift was only a seed and wanted
                                                                 to push it a little closer to becoming a reality. I am so glad that the 9th graders saw and completed the
                                                                 need! It forms a nice little circle since I am considering the running of a Mystic Blues reunion this year
                                                                 and will come to PPS to see about once again using the dance room and gym. They make such amazing
                                                                 dance spaces and all the dancers raved about them.” Ashley Wood reports, “DISH (our cooking show) is
Here is a healthy and happy Mason Alan Banister, driving         doing very well! My aunt and I continue to shoot webisodes which can be seen on our website:
his grandparents’ boat, with his dad. He is the son of Amy       http://www.ellenandashleydish.com/. We have two that we are shooting this summer-one of which we go
and David Banister ’91. David continues to teach 5th grade       clamming in Long Island and learn about our next guest’s ‘signature’ clam recipe! Ellen and I cannot wait
science at Fessenden and has moved his young family into         for that. In the meantime, we have had a few exciting meetings which hopefully have gotten us one step
a dorm!                                                          closer to being on a major network! If there is anyone in the PPS family who is known for a special ‘signa-
                                                                 ture dish,’ please let us know! We are always looking for a new recipe and story. If you, or anyone you
1991                                                             know is interested, send us an email: ellenandashleydish@gmail.com.
Alexandra Johnstone Wood, 861 Foxdale Avenue,
Winnetka, IL 60093, awood1226@gmail.com                          1996
Sarah Whitford and her husband, Sean Sweeney,                    Heather Honiss Salsich, 224 Mass Ave, #31, Arlington, MA 02474, hhoniss@gmail.com
are raising their son to be a Red Sox fan, but still
have a little work to do. Sarah writes, “Ethan is                Whitney Oat married Josh Verraneault in September 2007. Josh is an Energy Trader and Whitney works as
pretty good at yelling ‘Home run!’ although he                   a designer for Ralph Lauren (one of her designs is featured in the October issues of Lucky and Marie
does it whenever any sport is on the TV so it is                 Claire magazines as a national ad for Ralph Lauren.) Whitney and Josh live/work in Jersey City, but just
pretty funny.”                                                   bought their first home in Mystic. They also opened a bakery in May with her parents (Darrell and Don
                                                                 Oat ’64). First Bite Bakery is located on Stonington Road (Rt. 1) in Pawcatuck just past Import Auto.
Zach Oat, 25 North Wayne Avenue,
West Haverstraw, NY, 10993, oatimus@gmail.com

Kate Murphy Gardner, 1460 Church Street NW,
Washington, DC 20005, KGardner@winston.com

Sarah Banister has started an MAT program in ele-
mentary education at Westminster College in Salt
Lake City.

Lucy Whitford Freitas ’96 sent in the following news: “My
      husband Michael and I moved back into the area last
 spring and are very happy to be back. Michael and I were
      married in 2007. From left to right: my dad, Ned; my
mom, Barbara; me; Michael; Sarah (Whitford ’91); Sarah’s
   husband, Sean. We lived in Narragansett for a year, and
    just moved to Westerly. We moved to Narragansett be-
  cause Michael was the mate on the high-speed Block Is-
  land Ferry working with the Linda family! He saw Katrina
’96, Serena ’97 and Nerissa ’93 often. While teaching 4th
   grade in Baltimore, I graduated from UMBC (University
of Maryland Baltimore County) with my MA in Mathemat-
   ics Education with the hopes of teaching middle school
     math. This past year I was luckily hired as the 7th-8th
  grade math support teacher at Pawcatuck Middle School
   and this fall I will be the 8th grade math teacher. I can’t
  wait! I recently saw Dr. and Mrs. Smith at Pizza Place in
      Westerly, Ms. Gustafson at “A Celebration of Twelfth
   Night,” and Mr. and Mrs. Honiss in the Borough! I also
keep in touch with several classmates online. I send all of
                             my best to the PPS community!”
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                                                                         Joanna Douglas ’96 writes, and wrote,“I have been an editor for several years now. Worked at sev-
                                                                         eral magazines (Seventeen, Jane, New York, W, ELLEgirl) and freelanced – but I’ve told PPS about
                                                                         them and that’s all been in prior issues of ViewPoints. I have been working at Yahoo! Shine, a site
                                                                         for women, for about 2.5 years. I serve as Fashion + Beauty editor, which means I cover New York
                                                                         Fashion Week and many events, write about fashion and beauty news as well as pop culture, and I
                                                                         have been doing a bunch of TV spots. I was recently a guest on ABC News, and I am a regular
                                                                         guest on NBC New York. Earlier in the year I wrote an article that became somewhat controversial
                                                                         based on a cover of Vanity Fair magazine. It was written up in the New York Times, as well as Salon
                                                                         and other websites, and was covered on Access Hollywood. It was a very crazy time. Aside from
                                                                         work, I’m living with my boyfriend in Soho and life is treating us well. Anyone looking to contact
                                                                         me should message me on Facebook or email me at joannadouglasnyc@gmail.com and I’d love for
                                                                         them to check out my blog on shine.yahoo.com.”

                                                                                                                                        Heather Honiss Salsich ’96 sent
                                                                                                                                        along the following: “I married
                                                                                                                                        Jamie Salsich on August 7 at the
                                                                                                                                        Old Lighthouse Museum. Pine
                                                                                                                                        Pointers in attendance included:
1997                                                                                                                                    Ham Salsich (Jamie’s cousin), Jim
Kate MacCluggage, 16 Park Avenue, Apartment 15C, New York, NY                                                                           and Ann Royle ’73, Alicia Ram-
10016, katemac@gmail.com                                                                                                                pellini (parent of former Pine
                                                                                                                                        Pointer Kate Rampellini Abel ’93),
Charles Campbell and Jessyca Gatewood were married on Dec. 19,                                                                          and Alex Oat ’93, who was our
2009, at the Saybrook Point Inn. Jessyca and Charles both gradu-                                                                        photographer (although she did not
ated from New London High School. Charles attended Utica Col-                                                                           take this photo). I am still working
lege of Syracuse University and studied criminal justice. He is                                                                         as an analyst in the Research De-
employed through the State of Connecticut as a corrections officer.                                                                     partment at the Federal Reserve
                                                                                                                                        Bank of Boston, and was recently
Jessyca received her bachelor’s degree from the Maryland Institute
                                                                                                                                        promoted to a more senior level
College of Art in graphic design and her master’s degree from Sa-                                                                       position. Following in family foot-
cred Heart University. She is employed by the New London Board                                                                          steps, Jamie recently left his job in
of Education as a teacher at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School.                                                                        finance and has started a dual mas-
They reside in New London with their son, A.J. Kate MacCluggage                                                                         ter’s degree program in elementary
continues her acting career. She starred in an off-Broadway stage                                                                       and special education at Lesley
version of The 39 Steps, a 1915 suspense novel made famous by Al-                                                                       University. We honeymooned in
fred Hitchcock in his 1935 film of the same name. The play has                                                                          Bermuda. The photo was taken
                                                                                                                                        right after getting onboard Satin
three female roles in it, and Kate plays them all, from a secret agent
                                                                                                                                        Doll, a close family friend’s antique
to what she describes as a “Hitchcock blonde” to a Scottish farm                                                                        wooden Chris Craft boat, which
wife. The play was included on the “Summer Must List” in Enter-                                                                         transported Jamie and me to the re-
tainment Weekly.                                                                                                                        ception at the Wadawanuck Club.”

Tiffany Barres Foley, 2310 Rock Street, #6, Mountain View, CA                    Martha Battles ’99 graduated from
94043, tfoleyram@gmail.com                                                      Longwood University in May with a
                                                                                 master’s of science degree in com-
Gillian Sulick, 548 Columbus Ave. Apt B1, Boston, MA, 02118,                     municative sciences and disorders.
gigi6219@yahoo.com                                                             “Yes, I am all graduated from Long-
                                                                              wood and can officially call myself a
1999                                                                         Speech Language Pathologist! Grad-
                                                                             uation was great and I am still a little
Tiana Baker, 36 Putnam Street, Watertown, MA 02472-4245,                       shocked that it’s over! I was actually
tiana.baker@gmail.com                                                         recognized with two awards at grad-
                                                                              uation. One was for academic excel-
                                                                                lence because my GPA was about a
                                                                             3.85 and then the other was from the
2000                                                                            program’s faculty. It was the faculty
Arianna Funk, 88 Atlantic Ave., #1a                                               award for excellence given to one
Brooklyn, NY 11201, ariannafunk@gmail.com                                        student in the class who stood out
                                                                                   among the rest academically and
Nick Capalbo came to the Alumni Reunion with his friend, Ryanna                clinically. It was a huge compliment
                                                                                  and I was honored to receive it. It
Mcfadden. Well, actually, more than a friend. “Ryanna and I met
                                                                                   was a quick two years! I will be a
while in law school in Michigan and recently became engaged to be                 speech pathologist at Lawrence &
married. Ryanna is a licensed attorney in both Michigan and Rhode                  Memorial’s main campus in New
Island, specializing in Bankruptcy Law. As for myself, I just gradu-         London. I was there as a student this
ated from law school after completing an externship at the Westerly              past spring semester and then they
Town Solicitor’s Office for John J. Turano, Esq. I will be sitting for       presented me with a job offer when I
the February 2011 Rhode Island Bar Exam and will be joining the               was finished. I know I am going into
family firm, Capalbo, Capalbo & Hartford, the same year.” Lara                    a great situation with some pretty
                                                                               fantastic people. I’m very excited to
Janssens has moved from Brooklyn to Philadelphia where she is
                                                                                 begin! It’s good to be back! I hope
working as a buyer for Urban Outfitters. She loves her work.                                       all is well at PPS.”

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                                                          Sarah Littman graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009 with a degree in business and
                                                          moved to New York. She lives and works in the Murray Hill section of the city where she manages one of
                                                          National Jean Company’s branches. Working seven days a week in the busy world of retail in New York
                                                          City with responsibility for all aspects of the store is demanding but also rewarding. Outside of work,
                                                          Sarah loves all that New York has to offer. Ryan Peterle has headed from Myrtle Beach to San Diego. First
                                                          grade co-teacher Judy Toscano related the following story. “I was recently at Best Buy in Waterford. I no-
                                                          ticed a member of the Geek Squad who looked vaguely familiar, so I asked the guy helping me who it
                                                          was. He said his name was Scott, and I noticed he had the name WEBSTER tattooed on his forearm, so I
                                                          said, “Scott Webster?!” and yes it was. The guy helping me called him over and he told me that he did
                                                          two tours in Iraq and has been back about a year and a half, was in a helicopter crash and was medically
                                                          discharged. He looks fine, says he’s okay. He’s been working at Best Buy since he got back and lives in
                                                          Waterford. I encouraged him to stop by the School and say hello. He said that Gloria Stanley, who drives
                                                          the PPS Suburban, is his downstairs neighbor. He mentioned Chris Fiftal as well.” Graham Williams is
                                                          team teaching kindergarten at Mission Grammar School in Roxbury, MA. Mission Grammar is a small,
                                                          urban Catholic elementary school (K-8) established in 1889 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The
                                                          school enjoys a partnership with Graham’s alma mater, Emmanuel College. He’s living in Allston with four
                                                          good friends.

                                                                  Jason Carbonneau ’02 beams after he graduated
                                                             from Northeastern University in May. Jason has been
Ariel Mitchell ’00 is living in San Diego, CA, with her      selling for a company called Simple Marketing Solu-
boyfriend and their two dogs. She is making art and has       tions in Massachusetts. He remains quite active and
been applying to many shows and artist residencies, as           committed to his church group Reunion, and will
well as beaching, surfing, biking and hiking. She loves       continue to live in Somerville with two other friends
California!                                                   from church. He is all about serving his community,
                                                                 participating in the late spring in a neighborhood
                                                                 cleanup. A highlight of Jason’s spring was joining
                                                              his mother, Holly, and girlfriend, Melanie, for lunch
2001                                                             at Jerry Remy’s Bar and Grille, and then sitting in
Cindy Morren Griffin, 9 Oak Street, Lord’s Point,             the rain and watching Daniel Nava hit his first pitch
Stonington, CT, 06378, cindymorren@yahoo.com                    grand slam as the Red Sox beat the Phillies. Jason
                                                                                   hopes to stay in the Boston area.
Jessica Williams, 180 West 8th Street, #3, Boston,
MA 02127, jessicaswilliams87@gmail.com

Margot Barres has started teaching math at the
New Smyrna Beach Middle School in Florida.
While working at the State Department, Emily
Geise has been honored in three different ways.
She received a Certificate of Appreciation, in
recognition of initiative, creativity and outstanding        Why not                                    Pine Point has made it easier
service in support of the S/CRS (State/Coordinator                                                      for you to support the School.
for Reconstruction and Stabilization) stakeholder
tours offered at the SA-18 offices in 2010; another
Certificate of Appreciation, in recognition of her
initiative, dedication and exemplary service in
                                                             make                                       • Go to Pine Point’s website
planning and conducting the Washington Work-                                                            • Then to the Giving Section (Annual Fund)
shop on Reconstruction Stabilization and Peace-
building and the Stability Operations Training and
Education Workshop October 26-29, 2009; and a
                                                             your                                       • Look for the online giving icon

Meritorious Honor Award, for setting a new gold
standard for USG interagency crisis response fol-
lowing the devastating January 12 earthquake in
Haiti. Cindy Morren and Matthew Griffin were
married on August 7 in Stonington. Katie White
                                                             Annual                                              It’s that simple!
wrote: “I am working for an agricultural biotech-
nology company called Agrivida, located in Med-
ford, MA. We are working to develop energy crops
                                                             Fund gift                                           The site is administered through Pine
designed to produce chemicals, fuels, and bio-                                                          Point’s partnership with Greater Giving, one of the
products from non-food cellulosic biomass. I work                                                       premier online gift processing firms in the country,
with the Plant Transformation and Plant Tissue
Culture group which is currently working with
                                                             online?                                    so you can make your gift with confidence.
switchgrass to develop its potential as a source of
ethanol for fuel products.”
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                          Trekking through Panama
        With graduation on the horizon, George Washington University senior
        Peter Smith ’03 and a friend decided that their final spring break de-
        manded something different from the usual trip to Florida or South Padre
        Island. Peter, along with Adam Mack, his travel partner who went to GW
        with him, wanted to go somewhere most people have never been. Panama
        was their destination because of its culture and its landscape. Their objec-
        tive was to “get as dirty as possible in a terrain as rough as possible.”
        Peter graduated from GW having majored in geography and international
        affairs, so the choice seemed almost natural. Below is a portion of the
        blog Peter and Adam wrote for the National Geographic Society.

        The Adventure of a Lifetime
        Our final destination was Sambú, a town about 50 miles west of the
        Colombian border in the Darién Province. Panama itself is not that unique
        of a destination but Sambú and the Darién jungle are. We read some-
        where, ‘Darién has everything that can kill a human from landmines to
        mosquitoes’ and that really intrigued us. During our travels we published
        a travel blog (http://blog.mywonderfulworld.org/2010/04/) for the Na-
        tional Geographic Society. NGS runs a website called ‘My Wonderful
        World’ through its Education Programs, which is intended to spread
        knowledge of geography and get people interested in learning more about
        the planet. Going to Panama was an adventure of a lifetime. The jungles
        of Darién offer physical and cultural landscapes that we never knew ex-         the little things. We were born lucky as citizens of one of
        isted. We had never seen forest so dense. It was reminiscent of the stories     the richest and most powerful countries in history. That al-
        we have heard from our grandfathers' generation of terrain on islands of        lows us to act the way we do. What I realized, however, is
        the South Pacific                                                               that many people in America have little understanding of
                                                                                        what others around the world go through on a day to day
        The Cultural Intrigue                                                           basis. The trip illuminated America’s need to expand its un-
                                                                                        derstanding of the world and what is in it. Of course, most
            The typical Dariénista is much harder than most people I know. These
                                                                                        of us work hard to earn a good life here and we give back.
        people live for a day on what college students here make in an hour. They
                                                                                        Americans are eager to help but to me the problem in many
        eat the same thing for almost every meal and their idea of household
                                                                                        cases is the general lack of understanding. Because most
        plumbing equates to the time I accidentally clogged the head on a
                                                                                        Americans have never seen that side of human existence,
        Caribbean cruise when I was eleven and my mom made me manually bilge
                                                                                        they do not completely appreciate or understand the strug-
        the system. Every person I met down there commanded respect from me
                                                                                        gle our forefathers went through to make our system a real-
        because they were so positive about life despite their relative dysfunc-
                                                                                        ity. It seems many Americans forget that almost a third of
        tional and underdeveloped situations. Sure, many of them do not even re-
                                                                                        the world’s population is today where our country was 300
        alize what they are missing but they are happy with what they have and
                                                                                        years ago. In my opinion it is a responsibility for those in
        aspire to progress. They vote for politicians, they pay their taxes, and sup-
                                                                                        our position to spread the knowledge, to reignite that spark
        ply fire departments. They have values and morals just like folks in Amer-
                                                                                        and drive that brings Americans out of their shells and
        ica do. Dariénistas are generally hospitable people, too. It truly amazed
                                                                                        open their eyes and minds to world unknown. That is why
        me how happy they are. Upon reflection, no matter how different the situ-
                                                                                        Adam and I wrote the blog.
        ation or setting, people everywhere are similar in so many ways.

        How My Experience in Panama Changed My                                          Future Plans
                                                                                            I graduated in May and on Friday, 21 May was commis-
        Perspective of American Culture                                                 sioned into the United States Army. I continued my work at
            I really had no idea what to expect from the people in Panama. I read a     National Geographic as a contracted employee through July.
        lot about the country but all those stories are filtered through someone        This fall I will go to flight school in Ft. Rucker, AL where I
        else’s thought process. In my mind I thought the areas along the roads          will learn to fly UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. That will be
        would be more built up then they were. I thought the people would be            about two years long. Thereafter I will be stationed in Ab-
        more standoffish than they were. After visiting, I found great respect for      erdeen with the Maryland National Guard. After that and a
        the country and the people. From my description above, I hope that is evi-      possible deployment I will seek a master’s degree. Eventu-
        dent. In America, we take a lot for granted. In many cases we have the lux-     ally, I want to fly on expeditions (hopefully doing some re-
        ury to do that. We have a system in place that allows us to forget about        search or writing myself).

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Katie Geise graduated from Hobart and William Smith and is con-
                                                                                                                                         Will Hagen ’05 continues to pur-
sidering a number of options available to her. Eliza Hannon gradu-
                                                                                                                                         sue his interest in Republican pol-
ated from Franklin and Marshall with a degree in mathematics. She                                                                        itics. “I did an internship at the
also secured her teaching certification through her work at                                                                              Washington State Republican
Millersville University. She is teaching math and coaching field                                                                         Party this spring quarter. Our big
hockey at The Williams School. Bridget Morrissey is well and living                                                                      event was our annual Gala Dinner
in Scottsdale, AZ. She works as the assistant to the legal counsel in                                                                    and Auction, at which Governor
her father’s business and is getting a great “hands on” education in                                                                     Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota was
business and people! She was graduated from Trinity College, Uni-                                                                        the keynote speaker. I was able to
                                                                                                                                         get a spot in the meet-and-greet
versity of Dublin in three years with a B.A. in English and French.
                                                                                                                                         line because I had procured one of
                                                                                                                                         the auction’s biggest items: a foot-
2004                                                                                                                                     ball signed by 2011 Rose Bowl
Samantha Luca, 4 Seagull Lane, Mystic, CT 06355,                                                                                         champion and Heisman Trophy
Lukky555@aol.com                                                                                                                         winner Jake Locker.” [Editor’s
                                                                                                                                         note: Or so Will hopes!] Will is
Sewell Robinson, PO Box 1671, Gambier, OH 43022,
                                                                                                                                         shown with Governor Pawlenty.

Matt Ginsberg interned with Morgan Stanley in New York City this
past summer. Davis Knox worked on a project over the summer at
Union. The project is entitled “Using a Coevolutionary Genetic Al-
                                                                         Laura Hagen ’06 is
gorithm to Produce Soft Robot Morphologies and Gaits.” He de-            changing schools –
scribes his project thusly: “Soft robots are robots made with all soft   and climates. “I de-
parts that are able to squeeze through any small space. They are         cided to transfer be-
able to accomplish many tasks that conventional hard robots cannot       cause my academic
complete, and have multiple humanitarian and military applications.      interests had shifted
However, soft robots are not used today due to the complexities in       in a way that Rice’s
their physical design and especially in the design of their movement     programs couldn’t
                                                                         accommodate. I re-
techniques. My research attempts to come up with solutions to the
                                                                         alized that writing
soft robot design problem by using a Genetic Algorithm, which sim-       was what I had al-
plifies to a computer simulation of Darwin’s theory of the ‘Survival     ways been passion-
of the Fittest.’” Davis is continuing his research at Union this fall.   ate about (going
                                                                         back to Mr. Salsich’s
                                                                         freestyle writing as-
2005                                                                     signments!), and
Will Hagen, 27 Chriswood Terrace, Ledyard, CT 06339,                     Rice didn’t have a
will_tucker@comcast.net                                                  creative writing pro-
                                                                         gram. I applied to a number of schools, but the University of British Columbia was the best fit.
Harry Brunswick has accelerated his program at the School of the         They have a two-year studio program on the junior and senior year with workshop courses in a va-
Art Institute of Chicago and will be graduating in 2011. While his       riety of genres; I hope to focus on creative non-fiction. They also offer an Applied Animal Biology
                                                                         major, so I’ll be able to double major and pursue my interest in ranching alongside my Creative
family moved to Minnesota, they purchased a place in Vermont,
                                                                         Writing degree. I’ll probably be in school for the rest of my life to get it all done, but I’m really ex-
which allows them to get back to New England and for Harry to in-        cited about it. I think the culture at UBC and Vancouver will be more my speed, and I’m definitely
dulge his passion for snow sports, principally at Okemo and Brom-        looking forward to being close to Will [her brother, Will Hagen ’05 is at the University of Washing-
ley. James O’Brien stopped by Pine Point in late August (along with      ton] and all our family in Seattle!
his girlfriend from Colby) and classmate Harry Brunswick. James is           I had a fantastic time in North Dakota this summer – lots of new and exciting experiences, like
spending his fall semester in Salamanca, Spain. Although there are       bottle-feeding a calf and helping with a branding. I spent a month from the end of May to the end
other American programs in Salamanca, the Colby program is               of June living and working with the Benzes; they’ve become a second family to me [ViewPoints,
unique in its integration into the university. Students take the same    Summer/Fall 2009]. The picture I’ve included here is a photo of Dancer, the horse that I rode the
                                                                         whole time I was there.”
courses Spanish students attend. In addition, students on the Colby
program in Salamanca keep their promise to speak only Spanish.
(Spanish is the only language of the “Colby in Salamanca” program.)
All students are expected to speak Spanish to the resident staff, the
animadores, and other students at all times.
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Elma Burnham and Molly Hannon drove down to New Jersey to
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respectively headed back to Middlebury and Northwestern while
Madde headed to Lausanne, Switzerland for a program run by Pep-
                                                                              David Cruthers with your news.

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      The Magnitude of the Divide                                                                              Jay Greenfield, 82 Front Street, Noank, CT 06340,
                                                                                                               Amber Weinberg, P.O. Box 3114, Mashantucket,
                                                                                                               CT 06338-3114, aweinberg89@yahoo.com
    Danica Mitchell ’06 graduated in
    2009 from Phillips Academy (An-
                                                                                                               Marissa Blackwell is now studying at Oberlin
    dover) and took a gap year before
                                                                                                               where she plans to study neuroscience. She’s “very
    starting this fall in the Brown/RISD
                                                                                                               excited to begin this new chapter in my life.”
    dual degree program. Part of her
                                                                                                               Marissa had been accepted to nine out of the ten
    time was spent in Madagascar.
                                                                                                               colleges to which she had applied, and made the
                                                                                                               selection of Oberlin over her other top choices,
        Sitting in the Johannesburg air-
                                                                                                               Amherst and Swathmore. Sarah Brandt is attend-
    port at one in the morning, curled
                                                                                                               ing Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of
    up under a stolen airplane blanket
                                                                                                               Communications for advertising. Matt Carlebach
    from Royal Dutch Airlines and trying
                                                                                                               graduated from NFA and now finds himself a full-
    to politely decline a marriage pro-
                                                                                                               time student at John Cabot University in Rome.
    posal from a Nigerian man sitting on
                                                                                                               Hayley Caruso is attending Loyola University
    the bench next to me, the five hours
                                                                                                               Maryland. Tim Larson stopped by Pine Point in
    left before my flight passing as
                                                                                                               late June to visit folks. Over the summer he
    quickly as tortoises in the Sahara, I
                                                                                                               worked at Latitude 41º (the old Seamen’s Inne).
    started to wonder what on earth I
                                                                                                               He’s a freshman at Wheaton after graduating from
    was doing going to Madagascar.
                                                                                                               The Williams School. Third grade teacher Mary
    Through some vigorous internet re-
                                                                                                               Raftery passed along some news in the spring.
    search four months before, I had stumbled upon the website of an obscure marine conservation
                                                                                                               “Good news about Dana McGuire. I saw her at a
    organization based in a tiny village on the southwest coast of the island—an island that is the
                                                                                                               lacrosse game. She is enjoying her last days at
    4th largest in the world and home to a myriad of species found nowhere else on the planet.
                                                                                                               Pomfret and says the school has been good for
    Now, one application, $2,000 worth of plane tickets, some very sporadic and completely punc-
                                                                                                               her. She was presented the Robert G. Pearson
    tuation-less emails from a man named Rod, and many doctor’s appointments later, I was actu-
                                                                                                               Short Fiction Award for a short story she wrote.”
    ally, finally, unbelievably almost there. And I had absolutely no idea what to expect; which, in
                                                                                                               Dana is now attending Eastern CT State Univer-
    hindsight, was a very good mindset to be in, because there is no way I could have foreseen what
                                                                                                               sity. At The Williams School’s annual Prize As-
    my experiences in that distant country would amount to.
                                                                                                               sembly and Cum Laude Induction Ceremony
        The two months I spent volunteering with the organization ReefDoctor in Ifaty—a tiny fish-
                                                                                                               Abbey Reiser was presented with the Natalie P.
    ing village on the bay of Ranobe—and later traveling up to Madagascar’s capital were essentially
                                                                                                               Swift Memorial Prize for Excellence in French. She
    the most incredible, frustrating, mind-blowing, fulfilling, and foreign vacation I have ever been
                                                                                                               was also one of twelve students inducted into the
    on. I earned my advanced PADI scuba diving certification and became an Emergency First Re-
                                                                                                               school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society. She is
    sponder, learned to identify and survey over 300 species of fish, corals, seagrass and other ma-
                                                                                                               now attending Villanova.
    rine life found in the Indian Ocean, painted a 15 panel educational mural for a children’s
    museum, drank cheap rum, ate more rice and beans than I ever wanted to, rode in a rickshaw,
    got mugged at knifepoint while riding in a rickshaw, fed wild lemurs, climbed mountains, taught
    English, spoke French, learned Malagasy, got violently ill with dysentery, touched a dying sea
    turtle, went to a wedding, went to a funeral, and made friends from all over the world.
        My life in Madagascar was so drastically different from life in the western world that it is
    hard to believe I was ever there, and I find that the magnitude of this divide is near impossible
    to put into writing (let’s just say that I nearly had a panic attack when I walked into a Starbucks
    upon my return to the States). There is a very different mindset that governs Malagasy culture:
    pets are taboo, to point at someone is akin to giving them the finger, and they drink one kind of
    beer and eat four hundred different kinds of fish. The word for “please”—azafady—is also the
    word for “excuse me” and “I’m sorry.” No form of transportation is ever on time, and people
    move more slowly, less deliberately. They are proud of their culture yet adopt western oddi-
    ties—Rambo, for instance—and they will not be told what to do or how to do it, but will be
    quick to correct you. The great majority of people there are friendly, devious, beautiful and ex-
                                                                       tremely poor, and many will go to
                                                                       great ends to take advantage of a
                                                                       white person—a vazaha, or for-
                                                                       eigner—but at the same time,
                                                                       many will go to great ends to be-
                                                                       friend and enlighten you. And
                                                                       while a lot of my experiences there
                                                                       taught me to be careful who I
                                                                       trust, the opportunity to become a      Christine Kong ’07 won the Women’s Club Championship
                                                                       part of a truly different, confusing,   at Stonington Country Club in August. Not the Junior
                                                                       and incredible culture, to become       Championship (which she also won) but the whole she-
                                                                       enlightened to something so far         bang! She also placed second in the Rhode Island
                                                                                                               Women’s Golf Association Junior Golf Championship.
                                                                       from my norm, was worth the risk.
                                                                                                               Christine has returned for her senior year at Phillips
                       Part of the mural I painted

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                                                                                                 Wiley Markham, 150 East Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891,
                                                                                                 Jake Mortrude, 34 Chester Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891,

                                                                                                 Nina Sheffield is starting the college search. According to her mom,
                                                                                                 Roxana Buell Sheffield ’68, “So far she loves New England Institute of
                                                                                                 Art, in Brookline, MA. She will be pursuing a degree in photography.”
                                                                                                 Nina’s great friend, Katie Wakefield, wrote a blog from Chile, from where
                                                                                                 she returned at the end of July. She had been studying and helping in
                                                                                                 earthquake relief, as well as doing a bit of traveling, especially to Ar-
                                                                                                 gentina. You can still see her writings by going to

Hunter Kodama ’07 was the Commencement Speaker at his graduation from Norwich Free                                                                          Wendell Frink ’09
Academy. His speech revolved around a rainstorm that he had encountered on the way home                                                                     shows his stuff as he
from school. He referenced that the storm cleaned his car, “exposing the true, beautiful                                                                    snowboards in his
identity of my 1998 Toyota 4Runner, rusted bumper and all.” He went on: “NFA has since                                                                      bathing suit on a warm
provided us with the opportunity and environment in which to express our own personali-                                                                     day at Butternut when
ties; to discover new interests, to expand our knowledge, and to develop our own strengths.                                                                 last year’s winter turned
NFA has been that cleansing rainstorm, washing away our dirty covering and exposing each                                                                    to spring. “There was a
of our own personal identities and the unique beauty therein.” Hunter is now a student at                                                                   pool of water about 8
Stanford and is shown with his proud family.                                                                                                                inches deep at the base
                                                                                                                                                            of the bunny hill and I
                                                                                                                                                            decided to try and go
                                                                                                                                                            across it while my
                                                                                                                                                            friend took a picture. It
                                                                                                                                                            came out great!”

                                                                                 Emma Sutphen ’08 (far right) reports: “I successfully completed my junior year at Fitch Senior
                                                                                 High School and I am planning on applying to Bowdoin early decision this fall. I am still compet-
                                                                                 ing on my horse, and did even more this summer! Last year, I was accepted into a program allow-
                                                                                 ing students from Fitch to study marine biology in Bermuda. However, last year I was a student,
                                                                                 and this year I was accepted back into the program to teach the phase one students all about
                                                                                 Bermuda’s flora, fauna, geography, and history! We went to dive sites all over Bermuda, from
                                                                                 Horse Shoe Bay to North Rock! The Bermuda Program is a field study and so the ‘phase ones’, the
                                                                                 first year students; the phase twos, the student teachers; and the teachers all stay at the Bermuda
                                                                                 Institute for Ocean Sciences (BIOS), formerly known as BBSR. We have the pleasure of sharing a
                                                                                 library full of the latest marine biology information with the scientists, researchers, and students
                                                                                 also staying at the BIOS station. Going to Bermuda last year for this class was one of the best ex-
                                                                                 periences of my high school career. I am so glad that I will be able to share this experience with
                                                                                 others kids now, as their teacher. I hope you’re all doing well! I miss the Pine Point community
                                                                                 with all of my heart.” Emma is shown with other Fitch students in Bermuda in 2009, including, to
                                                                                 her immediate right, Liz Cruthers, daughter of Associate Director of Development David

What do tennis, Jane Goodall, and a veterinary camp in Ohio all have in common? None other than Duncan
Brown ’08. After a successful 15-1 season, with a personal record of 13-3 in his first season as a member of
the Stonington High School Bears JV tennis team last year, Duncan spent this past year as a member of the
varsity squad. He is also a member of the varsity soccer team. The summer of 2009 was the tenth that Dun-
can has spent at The Wilds, one of the largest wildlife conservation centers in the world at nearly 10,000
acres. The Wilds in Ohio is home to rare and endangered species from across the globe. According to Dun-
can’s mother, Elizabeth Tobin Brown, “His experience there has evolved from enjoying watching the Prezwal-
ski’s wild horses, African wild dogs, and bison romp to doing simple wildlife projects as a youngster to
hands-on work in the field and in the lab as a pre-veterinary student. He has gone on feed runs to feed gi-
raffes, bathed a Southern White Rhino, helped with necropsies (animal autopsies), done heart-rate monitor-
ing during a procedure on a Grevy’s zebra, and helped diagnose diseased animals.”
    Part of Duncan’s love of animals has caused him to join both the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots and
Shoots, nonprofit organizations that work to protect the environment around the world and to benefit chim-
panzees. When Duncan and his mother heard that Dr. Goodall was going to be at Roger Williams Zoo, they
made haste to Providence to be at her speaking engagement, where she was promoting her new book, Hope
for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued from the Brink. With all his “free”
time, Duncan has also started the college search process.

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           Caroline Burlingham ’09
    writes, “Everything is great as
       far as school goes. I played
       three seasons of sports and
         I’m going into AP English,
   history, and language courses.
   I went with 20 other kids from
          my school to Argentina to
        study Spanish this summer
   and I interned for the Ned La-
    mont for Governor campaign.
     I love Middlesex (my school)
        and can’t wait to see all my
     friends again in September –
   and visit all my old teachers at
              Pine Point of course.”

                                                                                    Olivia Denison ’09 (far left) was in touch. “I’ve met a lot of people this year, and made new
                                                                                    friendships. I’ve gone to many concerts, and followed my friend’s band around, taking pic-
                                                                                    tures and videos of them. I went to the Warped Tour and met some of my favorite bands like
                                                                                    Alesana and Enter Shikari. And saw tons of other bands play. This year at The Williams
                                                                                    School I’m either going to act in the fall and spring or do yoga and lacrosse. I spent time this
                                                                                    summer in New Hampshire. It was nice weather up there, which is surprising because it’s usu-
                                                                                    ally not.” Olivia is shown here with her fellow Pine Pointers Sarah Shourds ’09, Kimmie
                                                                                    Meneo ’09, and Kyle Sebastian ’09 at last year’s Williams Holiday Ball.

                                                                                    Anna Holt, 43 Barnes Road, Stonington, CT 06378, aeh5678@aim.com
                                                                                    Kyle Sebastian, 65 Coachman Pike, Ledyard, CT 06339, bradliereels@gmail.com
                                                                                    Hannah Staley, 156 Long Wharf Road, Mystic, CT 06355, prepster245@aol.com

                                                                                    Kate Scott wrote: “I’m starting up my second year at Westover. I enjoyed playing
Members of the Class of 2009 made a great showing at Commencement to cheer          varsity field hockey and lacrosse last year. I miss Pine Point so much and hope to
on this year’s graduates. From left, Ceilie Moore, Anna Holt, Lydia Schulz, Han-    see everyone soon!”
nah Staley, Scarlet Caruso, Wendell Frink, Zack Dameron, Kate Scott and Olivia
Denison. Julie Philippe was also on hand.
                                                                                    Joseph Rosen, 49 Michael Lane, Ledyard, CT 06339, joetheman1@gmail.com

                                                                                    Taras Pleskun had a wonderful first year at Norwich Free Academy. He scored well
                                                                                    on the math and science placement tests and entered his freshman year seated in
                                                                                    both Honors Math and Science. The NFA Language Department made room for him
                                                                                    in the Russian class, and he made a quick transition from his grandmother’s Ukrain-
                                                                                    ian dialect to the base language.

Kyle Sebastian ’09 and Julie Philippe ’09 flank Asia Carter ’10, after Asia’s 9th
grade speech. The two former classmates came back to Pine Point to support
their friend. Julie spent most of the summer in France, and Kyle worked at the
front desk at the MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods. He also attended a 10-day
leadership conference in Washington, DC on law and advocacy in the early sum-
mer. “I studied developing a case theory complete with a hook, theme, facts, and
evidence. I also worked on preparing for a trial by learning about the opening
statement, direct/cross examination, re-direct/cross examination, and closing
statements and the various things that make them up. We finished with a mock
trial in a real court room where we each portrayed witnesses and attorneys! We
also spent a good bit of time exploring the DC area by visiting museums and law     Ceilie Moore ’09, Parker Verhoeff ’09, Anna Holt ’09, Tim O’Brien ’09, Scarlet Caruso ’09,
schools in the area as well as working on team building exercises. I made some of   Thomas Benfield ’10, and Lydia Schulz ’09 enjoyed a wonderful day at the beach in Watch Hill
the best friends I’ve ever had there from so many different places.”                in July.

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Former intern Amy Davis Brydges sent in this marvelous photo of her two chil-
 dren, Charles (8) and Emily (6) and wrote, “I live in Suffield, CT, with my hus-
      band and two children. The first plant to flower in our yard this year was a
magnolia tree that Alicia Banister ’97 gave us (thanks, Alicia!) when we moved
  into our house the month after Charles was born. After teaching kindergarten
      for 17 years (10 in Newton, MA, and 7 in Longmeadow, MA), I taught 6th
grade for a year due to dwindling enrollment in kindergarten. I loved the older
kids, but I really love early childhood, so I am so pleased to be back in kinder-
 garten this year. The teachers at Pine Point (and Susan Kozel) taught me a lot

              and helped me launch a successful teaching career. Thanks to all!”

Former Reading Specialist and long-time tutor Linda Lindquist
continues to love her life in Cambridge, MA, with her husband,
Peter, who also taught at Pine Point, most notably building the
                                                                                     Faculty and Staff
                                                                                         My first surprise was the size of the class: twenty-one adults
                                                                                     ranging in age from twenty-one to eighty-three from ten different
                                                                                     countries and speaking little or no English. Yikes! What was I
oceanology program. Eight years ago, the Lindquists sold their                       thinking? But it was too late to back out because I had already
home in Watch Hill and moved to Cambridge, drawn by the                              committed to it.
prospect of taking advantage of all that the city has to offer. As it                    The following week I walked to the Cambridge Public Library
turns out, their home also serves as a B&B (The Birdhouse Suite                      where the class was held. Was I nervous? You bet I was! I did have
on Market Street). The 1831 brick home, which offers three com-                      detailed lesson plans from the regular teacher plus a head full of
fortable apartments, attracts visitors from all over the world. As                   ideas acquired from my previous 20+ years of teaching. Just to be
Linda writes, “Our proximity to MIT and Harvard is definitely a                      on the safe side, I took a shopping bag full of “tricks,” mostly items
plus.” Adding to the Lindquist’s joy is their first grandchild, Cyrus                from my home.
Otto Hotchkiss, born to their son, Craig, and his wife, Hannah                           I started the class promptly at 1:00 p.m. It goes until 3:00. Each
Redd.                                                                                student said hello, how are you, and pronounced his or her name.
    In the true Pine Point spirit, both Linda and Peter remain active                Most of the names were very difficult for me to say, and I had to
and “life-long learners.” Linda recently took a Contemporary Issues                  ask (gesture, actually) the students to repeat them. They got a big
lecture and discussion course and a writing course: (“Memories,                      kick out of my attempts to pronounce their names correctly. Mostly
Stories, and Reflections”). Peter continues to stay busy, having                     with gesturing and pictures, we did all the activities in the folder
completed a renovation project in Watch Hill and maintaining their                   left for me. At this point I looked at the clock and it was only 1:25
property in Cambridge.                                                               p.m. What WAS I thinking? A full hour and thirty-five minutes to
    In one of her communications, Linda related her experience in                    go. I hoped I wasn’t being filmed. Where were my former Pine
working with a Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School student                        Point colleagues when I really needed them?
from Nepal who has been in the United States for three years.                             Relying on my past teaching experiences, stints on the stage,
                                                                                     Pictionary, public speaking, charades, motherhood and grandmoth-
                             An ESL Experience                                       erhood, I made it through the class with a sense of accomplishment
                                                                                     and relief. Most of the students hugged me. I was very touched.
   I have become involved with the Cambridge Literacy Project and                        The main reason for wanting to share this experience with oth-
 am currently tutoring a 17-year-old girl from Nepal named Mira.                     ers came about when I saw how very much these people wanted to
 The director of the project sent out an email asking for volunteers                 learn. They tried so hard, were very serious about the work and
 to substitute teach in an ESL (English as a Second Language)                        were always attentive. At times I almost cried at their attempts. No
 class. How difficult could this be? I immediately volunteered and                   one was ever self-conscious about not knowing or understanding
 was asked to come in the week before I was to start teaching and                    something. English is a very difficult language to learn, and these
 meet the players and the teacher and to get a feeling for what goes                 students were so anxious to do well. The dedication, tenacity and
 on. When I told my husband, Peter, what I was going to do, he                       hard work were unbelievable to me. I loved it. They forgave me for
 rolled his eyes and said, “Linda, good luck. You can hardly under-                  my shortcomings and mispronunciations, and I praised them lav-
 stand your brother and his family from TENNESSEE!”                                  ishly for their efforts. Would I do this again? Let me just say that I
                                                                                     miss those people already.

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                                                                        Now in his fifth year of retirement after teaching at Pine Point for thirty years, Alan Banister
                                                                        continues to pursue those passions (most notably fishing and sailing) for which he was
                                                                        known during his time at the School. (He also is a regular driver for Meals on Wheels.) The
                                                                        great news is that he and wife Patience now have someone new with whom to share their
                                                                        love of the water. In this case, grandson Mason Alan Banister (son of David Banister ’91),
                                                                        who is shown enjoying his first sail in Little Narragansett Bay.

                                                                               Former Business Manager George Dunnington continues to closely follow
                                                                               the fortunes of the School. Back in early June, he wrote, “Dorothy and I are
                                                                               back in Mystic, arriving a little later than usual. We sold our condo in Fort
                                                                               Myers, FL, and bought a home, just a little bigger than the condo but with a
                                                                               pool, access to the Gulf and a garage. I am always so pleased to see the
                                                                               wonderful things that the Pine Point students and faculty are undertaking.
                                                                               The giving support that has been built over the years has been absolutely
                                                                               wonderful and has helped make the School’s programs strong and exciting.
                                                                               The next year will be a very busy and critical year as the School searches for
                                                                               a new head. The School’s strong competitive position should help to attract
                                                                               a person to the Head’s position that will lead the School forward to yet a
                                                                               higher level of success. Nonetheless, it is a very challenging job to find a
                                                                               person who has the compassion and leadership skills to make the adjust-
                                                                               ments to new ways and new goals. We are headed to Northfield Mount Her-
                                                                               mon for Dorothy’s 50th Reunion this weekend.”

     We had a wonderful update from former Director of
     Building and Grounds Charlie Wright and his wife,
     Debbie. Back in June they traveled to Nova Scotia, forty
     years after they first visited the Canadian province on
     their honeymoon! Debbie wrote, “We couldn’t remem-
     ber the name of the hotel we stayed on our honeymoon
     or exactly where it was located, although of course
     Charlie had an inkling. So he brought a few slides up
     here with him in hopes that we might use them to find
     the hotel…I showed a slide to a receptionist at our
     hotel and she immediately said, ‘Oh, that’s Mountain
     Gap Inn. My aunt still works there.’ So we hopped in
     the car and with great anticipation drove down the long
     road to the inn. We discovered that it is not only still
     standing, but it looks as warm and inviting and very
     much the same as when we were last there.

                                                                  At the water’s edge of the Mountain Gap Inn in Nova Scotia where we stayed in 1970

                                                                The same woman owns and works at the inn. That pub, where we ordered our
                                                                drinks, had been changed into a restaurant but they kept some of the décor in-
                                                                cluding the fireplace. Just touching the fireplace felt awesome. The rooms
                                                                looked unchanged and charming. The pool where we swam long ago is still
                                                                there, and yes, I have a Kodachrome image of Charlie diving in. The tennis court
                                                                where we played endless matches is still there although the fence is now
                                                                propped up, not unlike us. The grounds are even more beautiful than we remem-
                                                                bered them. We walked down to the crystal clear water which mirrors the
                                                                sky and tried to take everything in−the beauty, the sounds of the water brushing
                                                                the shore, the fresh smell of the sea, the warmth of the sun, and especially our
                                                                very good fortune to be standing there together−and remembered standing at
                                                                the water’s edge before−and we felt 19 and 21 years old again, at least for a few
                                       From June 1970

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              What Are You
             Doing For Dinner                                                                 ?
Last year, in its inaugural season, we enjoyed spirited gatherings at Dog Watch Café, Señor Flaco’s and
The Up River Café. Those nights were so successful that we’re doing it again!

Make plans to join other members of the Pine Point family for dinner at the restaurants listed below.
15% of all beverage and food orders will be donated to Pine Point! It’s not only a great way to support
the School, but it’s also a fabulous opportunity to bring together Pine Point students, parents, past
parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, and friends while enjoying outstanding food and drink.

                                 Wednesday, October 20, 2010
                                 S&P Oyster House
                                 Mystic, Connecticut
                                 1 Holmes Street
                                 860-536-2674                       www.sp-oyster.com

                                 Wednesday, November 17, 2010
                                 Señor Flaco’s
                                 Westerly, Rhode Island
                                 15 Canal Street
                                 401-315-2626                       www.flacosri.com

                                 Wednesday, December 14, 2010
                                 Westerly, Rhode Island
                                 37 Main Street
                                 401-348-9700                       www.bridgeri.com

                      Reservations are requested by each restaurant.
              Pine Point School                             BULK RATE
              89 Barnes Road
              Stonington, CT 06378-2200                     U.S. Postage
              Address Service Requested                     Permit No. 11
                                                        Old Mystic, CT 06372
    Pine Point pays the U.S. Postal Service a fee for
    every magazine not deliverable as addressed.
    Please help us manage our costs by informing the
    School of any change of address with members of
    the Pine Point family.

              10% TOTAL RECOVERED FIBER

Head of School Paul
Geise traveled to Japan
to participate in the
Japan-U.S.Teacher Ex-
change Program for ESD
(Education for Sustainable
Development), adminis-
tered by Fulbright Japan.
The program is designed
to introduce Japanese and
U.S. K-12 educators to
each others’ cultures and
education systems and to
enhance sustainable devel-
opment-related curricula in
both nations. Mr. Geise’s re-
flections on his experience
are presented as the lead arti-
cle in this issue. He’s shown
with members of the girls’
tennis team at Ohya Junior
High School.

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