The safety of our students is our paramount concern. With widespread and significant snow remaining on secondary roads, our bus company’s concerns about road conditions Friday morning, and the prospect of rain followed by freezing roads later in the day, it is not advisable to have our students traveling to and from school on Friday. Falmouth Academy will be closed on Friday, all school events postponed, and Gala will be rescheduled.
The Falmouth Academy Community Series featuring artist Joseph McGurl (P09/P11) is rescheduled (due to the blizzard) to Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
McGurl’s talk will focus on En Pleine Air, painting directly from nature and will feature history, a demonstration of his technique and samples of his work.
McGurl is a leader of the contemporary American landscape school. His work evokes the philosophy of 19th-century luminists and is currently shown in galleries in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Cape Cod. He’s been designated a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, is an elected member of the Plein Air Painters of America, the Guild of Boston Artists and a Copley Master with the Copley Society of Boston.
With the ceremonial cutting of royal blue ribbons, students officially opened Morse Hall, Falmouth Academy’s new meeting space.
Head of School Steve Duffy opened the homegrown ceremony, which echoed the project’s groundbreaking last spring. The FA jazz band reprised The Beatles “Come Together” and student ambassadors from each grade offered words of gratitude and hope for the new meeting hall.
The amphitheater-style space is at the very heart of the school and will be home to our daily All-School Meeting.
Mark Hutker, a Falmouth Academy trustee and head of Falmouth Academy’s Facilities Committee offered opening remarks and presented gifts of handcrafted hammers to architects from Eck MacNeely Architects and the staff of JK Scanlon, builders of Morse Hall.
Guest speaker Jay Allison, FA Parent and independent broadcast journalist, called Morse Hall the “third place, a place where community is built outside of the home or the work place.”
And Steve Duffy offered a special thanks to the students for their role in the project:
“You are the inspiration.”
At noon, students were invited to a pizza and cake luncheon to christen Morse Hall and as soon as the first crumbs were swept from the new floor, Peter Conzett’s physics students marked the floor with chalk for a hovercraft lesson – the first class in the new addition.