Dear St. Andrew's Family, 

A few weeks ago, I was interviewing alum Pep Ruckpanich ’13, and in the course of our conversation, he tried to elucidate the difference between his college friends and his St. Andrew’s friends. “A pretty clear distinction for me,” he said, “is that with my St. Andrew’s friends, we don’t talk about people—we talk about ideas.”

His words have been ringing in my head ever since. Then, this past Monday, Dean of Admission Louisa Zendt sent an article to our faculty Google Group: “Bad Habits You Must Eliminate from Your Daily Routine,” noting in her email that it contained a “favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quote.” The quote? 

“Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people.”

One of the benefits of sharing ideas are moments like this: when the intersectionality of everything becomes strikingly clear. Noelle Yoo ’18 testified to this at our lunch table the other day. “My mind is just being blown by all the connections between my classes this year,” she said while passing the sandwich platter, then went on to describe how she had read a Camus essay on the myth of Sisyphus in her French class, then used that myth in a character analysis of a George Saunders short story in her English class. 

This is one of my favorite things about working at SAS: I get to spend most of day in a place that is like a petri dish for ideas and dialogue. The exchange of ideas occurs across the Harkness table, of course. But it also occurs when faculty sit in on each other’s classes, across disciplines. It occurs when we share the interesting thing we’ve read with a Google Group. It occurs during late-night roommate conversations and student-advisor trips to Starbucks. It occurs on School outings to museums and LGBTQ rights lectures and local Hindu temples. It occurs over lunch, when we try to answer the philosophical prompts Mr. Gilheany wedges between the hand sanitizer and the napkins each week. And, this year, it will occur when members of our faculty “guest write” this opening letter of the Friday News, where they’ll share their ideas about teaching and coaching. So watch this space!

As many of our students head home for Long Weekend, I wish you all—our current families, but also our alumni, past families, and friends—a weekend chockablock with idea-rich conversations. I suspect that if we take the time to pursue them, we'll find that we can't help but connect. 

All my best, 
Liz Torrey
Director of Communications
In the Classroom
Classes are in full and intense swing here at SAS! 
Students in Emily Pressman's Advanced Study in History: History of Social Reform Movements studied the properties of "short staple cotton" (which is what Genesis Javier ’17, Lian Bourret ’18, and Cooper deButts ’18 are examining in the below photos), the "Cotton Revolution" (the emergence of wide-scale cotton cultivation across the South, made possible by the cotton gin), and its implications for both the institution of slavery in North America, and the emergence of a cohesive movement for abolition. "If people are interested in reading more," Ms. Pressman writes, "they could take a look at Ira Berlin's great book Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves (and using they can support SAS if they decide to buy the book!)."
Modern Languages Department Chair Ana Ramirez and her Spanish I Third Formers engaged in a lively verb-conjugation discussion.
IV Formers explored the properties of water in Dr. Harvey Johnson's Chemistry class.
III Formers in Neemu Reddy's English 1 class discussed Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine.
Chinese teacher ChiaChyi Chiu made a cameo appearance in Will Porter's Advanced Study English 3 class, which this year is focusing on translation in literature. Mrs. Chiu gave a presentation on Tang Dynasty poetry and poet Wang Wei, whose poetry his students worked to translate. 
Students in Will Robinson's Global Studies class enjoyed a classroom visit with Navy pilot Schafer Newman ’08 (seen here at right with Nik Malhotra ’17, left). They discussed U.S. strategy in Syria and the recent disintegration of peace talks with Russia.
Go Saints!

Middletown Invitational

St. Andrew's campus hosted the Middletown Invitational (organized by Middletown High School) on Friday, September 26. Nearly 400 runners from eleven schools competed on the SAS trails. St. Andrew's varsity and JV girls both finished first as a team in their respective divisions. The varsity boys finished third as a team, and the JV boys finished second as a team. The JV girls team had seven runners finish in the top ten and the varsity girls had five runners finish in the top 15. Caitlin Cobb '17 (above) won the girls varsity race with a time of 20:28, while Sofie Neil '19, Wilder Berl '19, and Sarah Paton '17 placed second, third, and fourth, respectively, in the girls JV race. Alex Horgan '18 (below) placed second in the boys varsity race with a time of 16:43. Will Gray '18 and Addison Dolido '17 placed third and fourth in the boys JV race, respectively. Caitlin and Alex also won the Twosome Award, awarded to the team with the fastest combined time of an individual boy and girl.
Girls JV race at the starting line. Ready set... GO!
Boys soccer "toppled the Tower" on Tuesday afternoon, beating Tower Hill 4-0 in front of a healthy crowd at home. For a full recap, visit
Our varsity and thirds volleyball teams are seen here in their games against Tatnall on September 27 (a loss for varsity and a win for thirds). Go Saints!
Finally, Saints field hockey competed against the state's top teams last weekend in the Turf Bowl Tournament at the University of Delaware (the tournament is also a fund and awareness raising event for pediatric cancer). Read a tourney recap compliments of Head Coach Viviana Davila on our website. Seen here: our loyal field hockey parent fans, who organized a tailgate (photo compliments of Taylor Cameron ’90 P’18).
Campus Happenings
Religious Studies Department Chair Terence Gilheany and History Department Chair Emily Pressman (pictured far left) took a group of students to a lecture by author and Patrick Henry Fellow David Carter at Washington College on September 20. Carter is a historian of the LGBTQ civil rights movement and is currently writing a biography of Frank Kameny, a pivotal figure in the early years of the movement.
Ceramics teacher Elizabeth McGiff snapped a photo of Art Majors Kya Bunn ’17, Maria Sargeni ’17, and Jenna Popp ’17 on their recent visit to The Clay Studio, a non-profit ceramics workshop & gallery in Philadelphia.
Grace Flynn ’17 sent us this photo of the women of Mein Dorm (plus Dean of Teaching & Learning Elizabeth Roach under the We Can Do It! poster) posing after their monthly "Matriarchs of Mein" meeting. Grace writes: "Every first Monday of the month Mein has a strong woman from campus come visit and talk to us about her experiences of being a woman and the ways in which she has dealt with adversity. This Monday we had our first guest of the year, Mrs. Roach! She talked to us about her own high school experience at a then-newly coed school. She also spoke with us about coming to St. Andrew's and the ways the school has changed over the years for female teachers and coaches. It was an inspiring night and we were very grateful to have had her come by!" 
Classics Department Chair Giselle Furlonge took Logan Brown ’19, Jaryd Jones ’17, Samir Arrington ’18, and Nnamdi Chima-Anyanka ’19 to the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on September 24.
The girls of Moss and Pell snuggled up in common rooms and dorm parent living rooms to watch the first Presidential debate last Monday evening.
Students partook of a Sunday evening Chapel service on the Front Lawn on September 25 (photo compliments of math teacher Bowman Dickson).
We caught Kiara Campos ’17 and Libya Alberran-Bernal, a member of our Dining Services staff, working together to develop Libya's English language skills during mid-morning break.
Biology teacher Peter McLean took members of the Outing Club on a canoeing trip with down the Brandywine River in late September. "We had a fun time on the remarkable Brandywine," Mr. McLean wrote, "and spotted ducks, geese, kingfishers, hawks, bluejays, goldenrod, fall asters, trout... so beautiful and restorative." That same week, he hosted a camping trip in his own backyard, so that students (seen below preparing an outdoor breakfast) could enjoy "the fall weather...fireside chats...s'mores...sleeping under the stars." 
News & Notes

Parents Weekend & Homecoming 2016

This year's Parents Weekend will take place Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30. SAS Homecoming (aka Alumni Day) will take place that Saturday, October 29. Everything you need to know about the weekend, including a full schedule of games and events and info on local hotels and restaurants, is available on our website. If you plan to attend Parents Weekend, please RSVP.

We Want Your Junk!

If you're traveling to campus this fall, clean out your closets and cupboards before you come—we're looking for donations.
Ugly Mug Campaign
Bring your unused mugs to campus for our Ugly Mug drive (we're trying to curb our campus paper cup overuse). Drop off your mug donations in the servery area of the Dining Hall.
Alumni Clothes Closet
The Alumni Clothes Closet, aka the St. Andrew's Thrift Store, sells lightly used clothes at a low price. All proceeds of the ACC go directly to the St. Andrew's Financial Aid Program, and help to fund the purchase of students' non-tuition needs (such as books, supplies, athletic equipment, cleats, etc.). We're looking for donations of clothes, shoes, accessories, and hangers! Send packages to St. Andrew's School, c/o Kristin Honsel, Associate Director of Admission, or bring them directly to Mrs. Honsel's office in the Admission hallway of Founders.

PSAT Update

All IV and V Form students have been registered to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 19. PSAT student guides were placed in student mailboxes this week. The student guide contains important exam information and practice tests. Additional information about the PSAT can be found on the College Board website.

Student Flu Shots

The Health Center held their annual flu shot clinic this past Tuesday and Wednesday for students. The Health Center will notify parents and guardians if their child did not receive his or her shot during the flu clinic. If your child will be receiving their flu shot at home over Long Weekend, please be sure to provide the Health Center with an updated vaccination record or a note from your medical provider indicating the date the flu shot was administered.  

Alumni Rowers: Join Us for Head of the Charles

Both SAS Alumni Rowing men's eights are entered in this year's in this year's Head of the Charles Regatta, which will take place in Boston on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23. The Noxontown Navy boat is racing in the veteran club eights race, and the ’70s alumni boat is racing in the men's alumni eights race. If you live in the Boston area, come cheer us on! Full schedule of events can be found on the Head of the Charles website.

Sibling & Alumni Children Admissions Update

Are you a current parent or alumni whose child who is interested in admission to SAS for fall 2017? If yes, don't delay: complete our Request Information form and call the Admission Office today (302-285-4231) to schedule a tour & interview. For related families, we offer a few special campus visit options:

1) Call to schedule a regular tour and interview on a date that suits you, and please stay for a half day of classes and family-style lunch. We like to provide an extended visit for related students and hope to give you a greater sense of our community through our family-style meal.

2) Call to register for a special visit day with other related families during our fall Parents and Homecoming Weekend, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. Your child can visit classes, tour, and interview on Friday afternoon, then join you for any of the special events and athletic games scheduled for Friday night and throughout Saturday. Meeting other siblings and alumni children on these days can add significantly to a student's visit experience. 

If you would like to speak with someone about the admission process, or discuss whether St. Andrew's might be a good fit for your child, please don't hesitate to contact Dean of Admissions Louisa Zendt at

SAS Calendars Now Available for Preorder!

The Class of 2017 has created a St. Andrew's wall calendar as a fundraising item to support events organized by the VI Form throughout the year. Student body co-president Jas Southerland ’17 writes: "We thought a calendar would be a fun and unique fundraiser, and a great way to showcase our beloved school to parents, alums, and friends. We hope you chose to support St. Andrew's by purchasing a calendar (made with the help of the Communications Office and fellow students)." Calendars are now available for pre-order on our Saints Shop website, and can be shipped to you for free, or you can pick up on campus. Quantities are limited, so pre-order your calendar today!

Upcoming Events

Sat 10/8, noon-Tue 10/11, 6:00 p.m.—Long Weekend
Thu 10/13, 7:00 p.m., Princeton Club (NYC)—Alumni Reception
Fri 10/14—Haroldson Music Program
Fri 10/28-Sun 10/30—Homecoming & Parents Weekend
Fri 11/11—Women's Network Weekend
Sat 11/19—College Meeting for V Form Students & Parents
All-School Calendar  |  2016-17 Academic Calendar

We Leave You With This

Happy birthday, Will Speers!
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