The recent single-digit temperatures and mix of sleet and snow signal that the crisp days of fall are gone. Despite the best efforts of our athletic teams to extend the fall season, we’ve traded soccer cleats and football helmets for downhill skis and hockey sticks. We’ve even transitioned the hustle of daily life to our winter schedule in an effort to improve student sleep habits and take full advantage of wintry bluebird days. At a time when the surrounding environment is preparing for a period of dormancy, Holderness School is meeting this change in season with a smile and sense of energy -- this community blooms in winter.
Following the successful completion of the Elevating Academics Campaign, Holderness School has begun a historic project that will see the construction of a new academic building as well as renovations to existing academic spaces. Driven by the guiding principles of innovation, collaboration, and flexibility, this project will have a lasting impact on Holderness School’s ability to deliver a transformational education.
The cold and wet early May weather did not daunt joyful spirits as Holderness held a special groundbreaking assembly to mark the start of a new academic chapter in the school's history. The entire school gathered inside Hagerman along with the Board of Trustees and special guests to initiate the new academic building. Board Chair Bob Hall, Head of School Phil Peck, School President Dylan DeVries '19 and STEMinist Carolyn Fernandes '20 offered remarks in honor of the occasion. Plenty of singing marked the event featuring former Music Director Dave Lockwood and the HolderNotes directed by current Music Director Alec Sisco. Outside at the new building site and in torrential rain, various representatives with shovels and hard hats formally broke ground! Read below for the remarks shared by Phil Peck and Carolyn Fernandes' 20.
Joseph Massik ’46 grew up in Dorchester, MA, and spent two years at public high school before attending Holderness. He described himself as a “problem child who would not amount to anything,” until Headmaster Edric Weld decided to take a chance on him.
Holderness School charted a bold course for our teaching and learning program when we publicly launched the Elevating Academics Capital Campaign in 2018. After two and a half years of strategic planning and fundraising, Holderness is proud to announce that the campaign has achieved its goal of raising over $27.2 million!
Wendy Witter Kistler P ’85 has dedicated her life to serving educational and non- profit organizations. In addition to being a Holderness School trustee from 1983 to 1993 and co-chairing “A Campaign for the ’80s,” Wendy has served as a member of the board at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, the Fenn School, and the Carroll School. In 1985, she chaired the CASE/NAIS Conference for Independent Schools. She has also been a volunteer leader at Smith College and Harvard University and is a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT. A long time trustee of the Boston Museum of Science, she also serves Massachusetts General Hospital as a member of the Ladies Visiting Committee.
Tom Phillips ‘75 has enjoyed a forty-year relationship with Holderness. He first stepped on campus as a middle-school youngster from Bedford, NY conducting a prep school tour. He saw five or six other schools, mostly in the Lakes Region, and when he visited the Holderness campus, he knew Holderness was the school for him.
Head of School, Phil Peck, has been documenting the daily life of Holderness School one photo at a time since 2001, highlighting teaching moments, inspirational chapels, Head’s Day shenanigans, service projects, and more.