We love our Class Trips because we get the chance to travel to nice places, spend extended time bonding with our grade , and of course getting away from school for a while. 8th graders take an overnight trip that features a hike up Mt. Monadnock. 9th graders travel to the Farm School where they actually do much of the work of the farm. Slightly gross at times but still cool! Juniors take a four-day trip to New Hampshire where they do rock climbing, boating, team-building, and nightly campfires that can include some really questionable singing! On the last day, they again climb Mt. Monadnock, returning to encounter a challenge they first met in 8th grade but now as more mature, resilient beings!
In January, the Student Council takes the lead as all of us help put on Gala, a fundraiser that supports a different charity every year. Throughout the school there are fun things to do for all ages--casino games, a silent auction, live music, a swing dancing competition, and of course delicious food. Everyone dresses up and parents and siblings are always welcome.
For Marconi Beach Day, we form teams made up of a few students from every grade and a few teachers. Each team decides in advance on a creative design for a sand sculpture and then the entire school treks out to Marconi Beach in Eastham in lovely yellow buses. Three teachers judge the sculpture competition and the top three teams win awards at All-School Meeting.
For many of us Capture the Flag might be the greatest day of the year. The entire school is divided into two teams—blue and white—and after classes on the last Friday before final exams we play a massive game of Capture the Flag that covers our whole 34 acre campus. We’ve been at this particular game for a long time so our rules are quite elaborate and include 5 flags for each team. Many years, the former league commissioner of Capture the Flag, retired teacher Mr. Conzett, returns to explain the rules. Some of us are very competitive and wind up with a few scratches or bumps from our forays in the woods, while others enjoy a more leisurely approach.
You might think that Spirit Week is a time to show your spirit for the school, but really it is a grade-by-grade competition in which we try to assert the clear superiority of our grade. Competitions include a theme days when each grade dresses according to a theme, Tug-of-War, Egg Toss, and a final performance called Artistic Expression that often includes skits or songs. Spirit Week is a great time to relax and wear that outfit that you couldn’t wear any other time.
Like almost all of our traditions, the Falmouth Academy Science Fair involves everyone in the school community. Every student (with the exception of seniors) is required to complete an
independent research project in science, and on the third Thursday in February we get to show off our work. After school we set up our boards in the gym and wait for our three judges who will speak with us one at a time. It can be a bit stressful explaining your work to PhD’s from the science institutions in Woods Hole but it is really rewarding to see the results of your months of work. After the judging, we gather with our grade for a class dinner and then return to the gym to celebrate the winners at the awards ceremony.