News from Cardigan

The Point Welcomes 2018-19 Students
Date: 09/14/2018

Cardigan Orientation Activities Build Trust, Cooperation, and Teamwork

Cardigan RegistrationAs if on cue, summer weather yielded to a hint of autumn, and a cool breeze greeted students and their families during registration weekend, September 7-8.

On Friday, 107 new students signed the school register, followed by 118 returning students on Saturday. Head of School Chris Day P’12,’13, his wife Cynthia, and School Leader Macsen Elkouh ’19 greeted students and their families as they arrived. Inside Turner Arena, students got their class schedules, had their picture taken, and received their Cardigan blazers. Then, it was time to move in to their dorm rooms and meet their roommates. Our 28 Senior Leaders were on hand to assist with the whole process, serving as fantastic and hard-working ambassadors of Cardigan!

Sneaker GameOn Saturday afternoon, it was time for the traditional Sneaker Game. Students removed their shoes, piled them into the back of a golf cart, and watched as Mr. Clark, Ms. Ford, Mr. Gauthier, and Mr. Angelli scattered the shoes all over Marrion Field. Then the boys linked up with a partner from their dorm and raced across the field together in search of their missing footwear. It’s an exercise in relationship-building and cooperation, but it’s also a lot of fun.

Later that evening, the students donned their “dinner dress” for the first time and gathered in the chapel for our Opening Ceremony—the official beginning of the new academic year. Featured speakers included our School Leaders, Director of Student Life Nick Nowak, Director of Spiritual Life Cheryl Borek P ’10,’12,’15 and Chris Day. All welcomed the newest members of our community, shared our school's mission and Core Values, and provided support and encouragement for the year ahead.

First day of classesFall sports tryouts began on Monday. It was awesome to see all the action on the fields, the trails, and on the lake. Wednesday was the first day of regular classes. While all of the orientation activities have been a lot of fun, the entire community seemed ready to embrace the structure of a daily routine.

Rescheduled from Monday because of rain, we held the first Dorm Olympics activity of the year on Thursday—the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. After hours of teamwork designing and building their boats from scrap cardboard and tape, students from each dormitory floor or hall took to the water to race. Congratulations to Franklin House for winning and earning the first Dorm Olympics points of the year! 

Faculty and staff have all commented that they are excited by the arrival of this year’s students and the positive energy on The Point.
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