Parents Guide to FA

Falmouth Academy is a school rich in tradition. Below please find a brief description of annual community events and activities to help orient parents and students new to the community. 

AUGUST
New Student Orientation
Late August (2019: August 29)
Check in: 9:45 AM-10 AM, Orientation 10 AM-12 PM, Lunch 12-1 PM
for students and parents

Faculty, staff, and current students will orient new students and their parents from 10 AM-12 PM with a lunch to follow. Students will receive their course schedules and locker assignments and are welcome to deposit their books and supplies in their lockers.

Fall Soccer
Late August, typically the week before school starts
Upper school (JV and Varsity) practice begins.

SEPTEMBER
Welcome Picnic

2 PM to 4 PM
Open to all students, families, and faculty
Front Lawn of Falmouth Academy
$ No cost

This is a great opportunity to meet other families. There is a nacho bar, sandwiches, salads, and ice cream. Student Council runs games including musical chairs.

Senior College Guidance Meeting
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Open to seniors and their parents
Morse Hall
$ No cost

Falmouth Academy college guidance counselors Allyson Manchester and Julia Taylor will take families through the application process and offer tips and suggestions on how to refine your college list, application types (early decision vs. early action), completing your application, and financial considerations.

Yearbook Pictures
8 AM to 12 PM
Open to all students and faculty
Location to be determined
$ Cost is determined by the package chosen

All students are required to have their picture taken regardless if they are purchasing a package or not as we use them for class pages in the yearbook. All pictures taken result in a school photo ID for each student.

Parents Association Meeting
5:30 PM
Open to all FA parents
Library
$ No cost

Parents from every class will be in attendance to discuss events and volunteer needs throughout the year. Meetings take place every other month and alter between Mondays and Wednesdays. Remote call-in access may be available, contact Barbara Campbell.

Senior College Admissions Work Day
All day
Open to seniors
Throughout the school
$ No cost

Seniors spend a day free of classes focusing on their college applications and essays. A college representative explains the admissions process to the students who later participate in mock admissions interviews with faculty and staff. A pizza lunch is provided.

Homework Roundtable
7:15 PM
Open to all new students and their parents
Morse Hall/Room 207
$ There is no cost.

Teachers discuss Falmouth Academy’s homework expectations and policies, advise parents on when and how they can help their child with homework, and answer questions.  There will be separate roundtables for grade 7 parents and parents of new students in grades 8 and up.

Parents Back-to-School Night
6-8 PM
Open to all parents
Throughout the School
$ No cost

Parents of all grades meet with their child’s class advisor to obtain student schedules and follow an abbreviated class timetable where teachers give a brief explanation of what students will accomplish during the year. Light refreshments will be served. (N.B. This is not a time to talk to teachers at length about specific students. Teachers will schedule individual conferences upon request.)

All-School Trip to Marconi Beach
All day
Open to all Students and Faculty
Marconi Beach, Wellfleet, MA
$ No cost

This well-loved tradition involves all students and faculty who are divided into groups led by seniors. Each group creates a plan to construct sand sculptures using only found materials. Previous themes have ranged from school memories to politics to entertainment to newsworthy subjects and more. Students arrive at school as usual and must pack a lunch. Buses return to school in time for afternoon buses and athletic events.

OCTOBER
Grandparents and Friends Day
10:15 AM
Open to Students and their Guests
Campus
$ No cost

Falmouth Academy invites grandparents and other friends identified by students to spend part  of the day. Students, grandparents, and guests meet for All-School Meeting in the gym at 10:30 AM and then head for 4th period electives. Lunch is served for all in the gym. Grandparents and guests have the option of attending afternoon classes. (N.B. Please provide addresses for grandparents and guests to the development office.)

Parent Coffees with Head of School Matt Green
Tower Room
$ No cost

This is an opportunity to meet Matt Green and talk about Falmouth Academy’s mission and plans. (An evening coffee with Mr. Green will be scheduled for those who cannot make a morning conversation.)

Modern Language Exchange
Open to Juniors and Seniors taking German or French
Nice, France (in 2019-20) or Heidelberg, Germany
$ Costs determined annually and depend on travel expenses.

Falmouth Academy participates in a student exchange whereby visiting students and faculty are hosted by Falmouth families and then Falmouth Academy students and faculty travel to Europe and hosted by their counterparts. Travelers attend school and visit local landmarks and historic venues.

Progress Report Writing Days-no classes
Faculty only
$ No cost

Midway through each trimester, the faculty takes a day to write thoughtful synopses of their students’ classwork, discuss strengths and suggest where improvement may be needed. Students have the day off from classes. Progress reports are given to students approximately a week later to be shared with their parents/guardians. Parents are encouraged to contact advisors to follow up on these reports if there are questions or concerns.

Peer Reference Day
All morning
For Seniors
Location is usually at the home of a student or teacher
$ No cost

Seniors write references for each other in their English classes and on Peer Reference Day, they share their work with each other. The peer references are included with college applications and an abbreviated version is read by each senior at Graduation.

NOVEMBER
Fall Play
7 PM
Open to all grades to participate
Simon Center for the Arts
$ There is no cost, but attendees are asked to donate a non-perishable food item

Interested students in grades 7-12 are eligible to audition for the fall play or volunteer for stagecraft. The play runs for two days on a Friday and Saturday in November.

Fall Choral Concert
6:30 PM
Open to all
Simon Center for the Arts
$ There is no cost, but attendees are asked to donate a non-perishable food item

Students in the choral elective perform a concert under the direction of the chorale director.

Alumni vs. Varsity Soccer Game
1 PM (check calendar for correct time)
V
arsity, JV and Alumni Soccer Players
$ No cost

Over Thanksgiving weekend, alumni soccer players return to challenge current Varsity and JV players in our de facto Homecoming. Families and friends turn out to watch the game. Hot dogs and hot chocolate are available. Game is played rain or shine.

DECEMBER
Parents Holiday Party
6 PM
Parents
Morse Hall
$ No cost

Parents gather for a festive, often themed, party to get to know one another and to celebrate the holidays.  Faculty are invited.

Alumni College & Career Networking Day
9 AM
Open to Seniors, Juniors, and Alumni
$ No cost

Alumni return to school to moderate roundtables and share their expertise on a variety of topics requested by the juniors and seniors, such as the College Experience, Careers in Engineering, Study Abroad Programs, and more.

JANUARY
Gala
7:30 PM
Families, Students, and Faculty
Throughout the School
$15 (typically) for 20 game tickets

Student Council’s annual semi-formal benefit which includes games, live music, refreshments, a swing dancing competition, and a raffle to raise money in support of a charitable organization chosen by the Student Council.

FEBRUARY
FA Science and Engineering Fair
Students in grades 7-11, Public viewing at 6 PM and award ceremony at 7 PM
Gymnasium
$ No cost

Students, after months of preparation, present their original research to judges from the local science, technology, and medical communities. Top upper school winners are eligible to advance to regional, state, and possibly international competitions.

MARCH
Spring Break Trips
Students
$ Cost varies depending on the trip expenses

Typically this is a time when our students travel to either Germany or France as part of a modern language exchange program. Additional international trips may be offered, such as the 2019 Thailand trip.

APRIL
Prom
Grades 10-12
TBD (2019: Willowbend Country Club)

$ 60/person (approximately)

This upper-school event is for students in grades 10-12 and includes dinner and dancing. Students may bring a date from grade 9 or above and from outside of school with permission. Transportation is not provided.

MAY
Spirit Week
Students, Faculty, and Staff
$ No cost

Friendly class competitions happen each day, and every day has a theme. In addition to Clash Day, Prompt Day, Scrabble Day, Casual Friday Day and Theme Day, there are also feats of skill such as a Triathlon (Wheelbarrow, Three-Legged, and Potato Sack races), Dec-a-Senior, Egg Toss, Tug-of-War, and Artistic Expression.

AP EXAMS
Juniors and Seniors
$ No cost

Even though AP classes are not offered at Falmouth Academy, students who opt to sit for the exams do very well. In 2019, students took AP exams in English Composition, German Language and Culture, and Calculus.

Declamation Day
8:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Students, Faculty, and Family
Morse Hall
$​ No cost

Students in grade 8 memorize a poem, speech, radio broadcast, or other comparable piece and dramatically present it from memory. The grade celebrates together over lunch at a nearby restaurant.​ Audience members may only enter at the beginning of a period and leave at the end of the period. The general timing of presenters (not necessarily the order) is provided to students in advance so that family members can attend if they so choose.

Spring Arts Evening and Concert
Art Show at 5 PM; Concert at 6:30 PM
Open to all
Simon Center for the Arts
$​ No cost, but a donation of a non-perishable food item is suggested

Student work is exhibited throughout the campus in every available gallery. Retrospectives from senior artists are located in the Simon Center gallery. Visitors are invited to vote for Best of Show. Senior soloists are featured as part of the Spring Concert which takes place in the Hermann theater following the art show.

Senior Parent Reception
6–8 PM
Senior Parents
Morse Hall
$​ ​No cost, but RSVP to the Development Office is required

Parents of Seniors are invited to a reception held in their honor and attended by faculty. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks are served.

Talent Show
Last Thursday of Classes, 2:45–4:30 PM
Students and Faculty only
Simon Center for the Arts, Hermann Theater
$​ ​No cost

Students perform in front of the school community. Not open to the public.

7th Grade Greek Drama Festival
Last Friday of Classes, 12:40-2:45 PM
Students, Faculty, and Family
Morse Hall
$​ ​No cost

In a decades-long Falmouth Academy tradition, seventh graders will present plays that they have written themselves based on Greek Myths, complete with musical numbers. Examples of plays from 2019 include Perseus, Atalanta, The Unfortunate Tales of King Midas, Hades and Persephone, The Adventures of Oedipus, and Jason and the Golden Fleece.

Capture the Flag
Last Friday of Classes, 2:45–4:30 PM
Students and Faculty
Campus-wide
$​ ​No cost (possible exception, to buy t-shirts or bandanas)

The whole school gets involved in this campus-wide game which takes place at the end of the school day. Students are divided by Student Council into two teams: Blue or White. It is recommended that participants wear long pants, socks, sneakers and long-sleeved shirts.

Final Exams
9:30–11:30 AM
Students
Campus-wide

Exam days are on a special schedule and students are not in school full days. All students are required to take final exams according to the schedule below. Typically, the morning bus schedule is adjusted to pick up students one hour later than usual. Buses will leave Falmouth Academy at 11:45 AM. 7th graders have a slightly different exam schedule. Please see example below but please note, schedule may change. Notification will be sent out via the Mainsheet.

Day 1 – English (Grade 7 Math Exam)

Day 2 – Modern Language (Grade 7 review) + Rhetoric Exam in the afternoon

Day 3 – History (Grade 7 Humanities/English Exam)

Day 4 – Science (Grade 7 Science presentations)

Day 5 – Math Exam (Grade 7 Modern Language presentations)

Day 6 – Makeup Exam Day (all grades)

JUNE
Athletics Banquet
6-9 PM
Junior Varsity and Varsity athletes, and their Guests
Location TBD (2019: Coonamessett Inn)
$ varies

Senior Launch
12 PM Following the Graduation rehearsal
Seniors and Faculty
Morse Hall
$​ ​No cost, but RSVP to the Development Office is appreciated

Seniors are invited by the Alumni Office to lunch following their graduation rehearsal to officially welcome them as alumni.

Alumni Awards Night
Open to all
Morse Hall
$​ ​No cost, but ​RSVP ​to the Development Office is appreciated

A selection of alumni are inducted into the Falmouth Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Recognition Day
9:30 – 11:30 AM
Students, Families, Faculty, and Staff
Gymnasium
$​ ​No cost

This is the official last day of school. Students are expected and families are strongly encouraged to attend. Awards are given out and after the program, students collect yearbooks, exam results, and copies of Resonance, the student literary magazine. Buses run their normal routes, but the schedule is adjusted to pick up students one hour later than usual. Buses leave Falmouth Academy at 12:30 PM. Dress code applies.

Graduation
Seniors arrive at 3 PM, Graduation 4-5 PM, Reception 5-6 PM
Open to all
Gymnasium; followed by a reception on the front lawn or in Morse Hall (weather depending)
$​ No cost

Families and guests are invited to peruse the senior self-portraits exhibit hung in the Class of 2009 Gallery as they make their way to the gymnasium for graduation. During graduation, the Valedictorian and Class President speak; in lieu of a guest speaker, each student presents a peer reference. Following the ceremony, junior class parents host a reception from 5 to 6 PM on the front lawn or, in the case of bad weather, in Morse Hall. This is a command performance for all juniors and, of course, seniors.

SUMMER

Falmouth Academy Music in the Mountains
June-August
Falmouth Academy musicians in grades 8-12 by invitation
White Mountains, NH
$​ ​Varies

This program provides an opportunity to perform between three and six concerts at various venues including one aboard the Mount Washington cruise ship. Fee includes lodging, food, transportation, and a moose tour.

Falmouth Academy Summer Programs
July and August
Ages 6-adult
Falmouth Academy
$​ Varies, please see website

Weekly programs include sessions in the arts, sports, the great outdoors, languages, and science and technology. Full and half day options are available. Please visit the website for full list of courses and to register​.

Falmouth Academy Band Camp for Current Students
Late August
FA students, grades 7-12
Heald Music Room, Simon Center for the Arts
$​ ​No cost

​Students play jazz, classical, and rock music to “hit the ground running” when school begins in the fall. Students will be led by musical directors George Scharr and Paul Weller. Bring a bag lunch and water.

Falmouth Academy Band Camp for Prospective Students
Late August
5th grade and up with at least 2 years’ of experience on an instrument
Heald Music Room, Simon Center for the Arts
$​40 registration fee - bring a bag lunch

This two-day music camp was designed exclusively for students considering admission to Falmouth Academy. They will be joined by older FA student/musician mentors as well our musical directors George Scharr and Paul Weller. No audition is required.

New Student Orientation
see AUGUST above for details.

Fall Soccer
see AUGUST above for details

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Athletics
Falmouth Academy fields three sports: soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring. Any student wishing to play has a place on a team. Students are encouraged to play and practices and games happen after-school. Regular bus schedules do not change due to games-FYI.

Late August: JV and Varsity soccer practice (Monday-Friday)

First Day of School: Middle School soccer practice (Monday-Thursday)

First Monday after Thanksgiving: JV and Varsity basketball practice (Monday-Friday)

Drama
Falmouth Academy drama department produces three plays a year: one in the fall and spring that is open to all students in grades 7-12, and a middle school play open to students in grades 7-8. Announcement of tryouts are made at All-School Meeting.

Student Dances
3 per year not including Prom
7 to 9:30 PM
Open to all students
$5-10/person plus cash for refreshments

All students are invited to participate in student dances, which take place once per trimester. Faculty chaperone and there is no re-entry. Each dance is run by either a class or student group.

Class Trips
$ No cost

September:
9th Grade Day Trip
11th Grade Trip to Sargent Center, Hancock, NH

October:
8th Grade Trip to Mt. Monadnock
10th Grade Trip to Boston
7th Grade Watershed Project
9th Grade Trip to the Farm School, Athol, MA

Early Buses
Buses leave at 2:55 PM, earlier than their normal time, on Fridays and when there are faculty meetings or no after-school activities are scheduled.