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Lights, Camera, Action! Opening Night! online auction is now accepting bids

The Opening Night! online auction is now open!
Visit https://www.biddingforgood.com/openingnight2015FA to place your bids on the silent auction items and preview the live auction items up for bid at the May 2 event.
Bidding for silent auction items will close April 30 at 10 p.m.

Thanks to our generous parents, friends and business community, we have many wonderful donated items up for bid, including artworks, overnight stays, gift certificates, boat trips, children’s summer program tuition, and more!

Tickets are on sale now for Opening Night! Join us on Saturday, May 2 for Falmouth Academy’s annual auction and benefit from 7-10 p.m. in the Falmouth Academy gym.

The live auction event on May 2 will include music by Paul Weller and Mark Elsner, as well as Maureen Fischer, who will play show tunes, crowd pleasers and dance music. A champagne welcome, sponsored by Portside Liquors, will be followed by hearty hors d’oeuvres. Auctioneer John Schofield of Eldreds Auction Gallery will add excitement to the live event, which will conclude with our annual Fund A Need drive.

Tickets are $50 per person, two reserved seats for $175, or a reserved table of ten for $1,000. Contact Crissy Pingal at 508-457-9696, 242, for tickets or for more information.

Some of our fabulous auction items include:

  • Two runner numbers for the Falmouth Road Race
  • The last two remaining spots in the popular Falmouth Academy Summer Programs Fort Building program
  • Beautiful artwork of driftwood, pottery, glass, ceramics, jewelry and art glass by Fritz Glass
  • Paintings, including works by Joseph McGurl, Jason Eldredge, and Stephen Emery
  • Wonderful lodging packages in New York City, South Carolina, Martha’s Vineyard, Sugarbush, VT, and Saddleback Lake, ME
  • Famed cookbook author Susie Middleton has donated three books – a treat before she comes and speaks at Falmouth Academy’s Community Series this fall
  • Rochester Cabinet Shop offers a delightful handmade tiger maple chest that can be used as a filing cabinet or a keepsake container
  • Your student could be Head for the Day or, if you have a senior, nab reserved front-row seats at Graduation and parking, as well
  • The fabulous Falmouth Academy Faculty Cookbook is once again up for auction and includes ingredients that make one sinful chocolate cake!
  • Gift certificates galore for dance, fitness and personal training, clothing, restaurants, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Symphony, College Light Opera and more
  • An “instant party” includes gift certificates for five pizzas from Supreme Pizza and an ice cream party for 20 from Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • A lottery “star” includes an assortment of lottery tickets that could reap millions!
  • Boating packages will bring you through Buzzards Bay on a sailboat and a motor trip down the Cape Cod Canal and around Bassets Island to Cleveland Ledge
  • Getaway packages include a Hyannis overnight at the Cape Codder with dinner at Sam Diego’s and a whale watch; a shopping package in Falmouth; and a trip to a French pastry shop with paddleboard lessons in Duxbury
  • In keeping with the theme Opening Night!, there are movie posters signed by the stars (“Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Jonah Hill; “Big Eyes” – Tim Burton, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston and Krysten Ritter; and “August: Osage County” – Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin and Margo Martindale)

We are grateful to our event sponsors: Dellbrook Construction/J. K. Scanlan Co., Eck MacNeely Architects, Inc., John Keene Excavation, Inc., and Andrew Mitchell & Co. Additional sponsors include: Intergas, Portside Liquors, Anchor-In Hotel, Cape Destinations and Blum Shapiro.

Students Outdo Themselves During Spirit Week 2015

sw15ThSpirit Week 2015 was an exciting time for everyone at Falmouth Academy. From dress-up themes to games and skits, every member of our community played, laughed and enjoyed our time as a community.

The week capped off with Artistic Expression Day, in which each class presents their own creative skit at All-School Meeting.

Seventh graders performed their own sorting ceremony, a la the book “Divergent,” with individual classmates coming to a table to be sorted into different factions of society.

The eighth grade performed a live-action version of Mario Bros., in which every class member ran a cardboard cloud, patch of grass, question-mark button or piece of goal past a running-in-place Mario, giving the impression of video game motion.

The ninth grade gave a song-and-art performance, in which a line of singers hid some sponge-painting artists from view. The group cleared at the end to reveal a banner, a stencil painting of a jubilant FA student.

Sophomores performed the outbreak of World War I as a cocktail party, with each party-goer a different country. The ensuing melee at the party was the kick-off to the war.

Juniors created an elaborate parody of the song “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria,” in tribute to classmate Maria Barrera, whose locker apparently needs cleaning, but whose personality adds much to student life in the 11th grade.

The presentations ended with seniors paying tribute to teacher and class advisor Doug Jones, who’s embarked on a reelection campaign for selectman in the town of Falmouth. Students wore placards with his name and sang a tribute based on “Mr. Jones and Me” by the Counting Crows.

Falmouth Academy dedicates Morse Hall to its longtime champion

Morse Hall honored its namesake, Susan Morse, at a reception attended by nearly 100 friends, family members and those close to Susan throughout Falmouth.

The new meeting hall, which was opened to the students and the community in January, was named for the longtime trustee and former chair of the board, whose two-decade service to the school has helped it to grow and expand in programming and public engagement.

Head of School Steve Duffy, Board of Trustees Chair Beth Colt, former Headmaster Bruce Buxton, school counselor and friend Julie Taylor and Susan’s son Richard all spoke of the steadfast commitment Susan has given FA and the clear-thinking, yet passionate direction she has offered to everyone around her. In her own remarks, Susan Morse expressed gratitude for the honor of being associated with Falmouth Academy and appreciation for the wonderful relationships she and her late husband, Chip, formed over the years here.

“I found a culture of openness, imagination and respect,” she said. “I found a community that operated with one rule: Know where you are. I knew where I was.”

Susan received a commendation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Rep. Timothy Madden and the well-wishes of the Falmouth Academy community.

Ten win awards at Regional Science Fair

Ten Falmouth Academy students brought prizes home from the South Shore Regional Science Fair last week, including three first-place wins, three seconds, two thirds and an honorable mention. Students who won first, second, and third places are eligible to compete in the Massachusetts State Science Fair held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology later this spring.

Winning students are:

1st place: Alec Cobban ’15 for “A Solution for Coastal Eutrophication? The Impact of Oyster Aquaculture on Sediment Notrogen Removal Processes”

1st place: J. Samuel Cox ’16 for “Interannual and Seasonal Variability of Early Life History Dynamics of River Herring”

1st place: Theo Guerin ’17 for “Engineering a Mechanical Sunflower: Tracking the Sun for More Efficient Photovoltaics”

2nd place: Charles Colt-Simonds ’16 & Greg Pickart ’16 for “An Exploration of Stirling Engines and Cogeneration”

2nd place: Brendan Smith ’17 for “What’s Nu? Solving for the Value of Planck’s Constant”

2nd place: Charlie Fenske ’18 for “Analysis of Wind Turvine Blade Design to Enhance Electricity Production in a Small Scale Wind Tunnel”

3rd place: Megan Flory ’17 for “A Journey of Discovery: the Life, Times, and Final Resting Places of Surface Contaminants off the Coast of Massachusetts”

3rd place: Sintra Reves-Sohn ’16 for “Building a Probe to Detect Sediment Properties”

Honorable Mention: Alexander Gottlieb ’16 for “Exploring Domoic Acid Toxicity Mechanisms through Embryonic Zebrafish Gene Regulation”

Honorable Mention: Rebecca Cox ‘18 for Finding the Abundance of G. bulloides to Recreate Past Water Column Structure


Falmouth Academy in the News

Congratulations to Allie Sethares ‘11 who won a Fulbright to South Korea. She is the 8th Falmouth Academy alum to be a Fulbright Scholar. Read the article here.

A blog written by Laura Tavares ‘94 was published in The New York Times on April 3, 2015. It compares “To Kill A Mockingbird” with certain current events. Laura works with Facing History and Ourselves. Read the blog here.

Oliver Moore ‘04 and Sam Moore ‘06 were featured in a blog on their start up, Moore Brothers Company, which engineers specific boat parts. Read the blog here.

Jennifer (Schneider ‘89) and her husband Joshua Ziskin, owners of the fabulous La Morra restaurant in Brookline, have just purchased the Sherborn Inn and have some fantastic ideas for it. Read the article here.

Our own Jes Waller ‘09 was quoted in the Boston Globe about the effects of the oceans’ rising acid levels on shellfish. Click here to read the article.

Falmouth Academy alumnus and Amherst Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies Ted Melillo ‘92 was interviewed on WCAI’s Living Lab on The Point. Read and listen to the transcript here.

Read about the debut of Morse Hall, Falmouth Academy’s new meeting space, in the Cape Cod Times.

Falmouth Academy hosts Cape Symphony’s Nth Degree. See photos from the reception in the Cape Cod Times.

Check out a photo gallery of FA girls’ basketball in the Cape Cod Times at capecodtimes.com.

Quinn Cobban ‘15 is published in scientific journal “Geology” for work on his sophomore project on coral reefs.