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Dear St. Andrew’s Family,

As St. Andreans, we are all called to a deeper purpose. Through “Faith & Learning”; through practice; through perseverance; through the act of self-discovery and delving deep into our own inner world, then using our experience and unique gifts to reach beyond our walls, both personal and physical, we are called to a life of intentionality and purpose. This ethos is what drives me as a teacher at St. Andrew’s.

In my life as a former professional ballet dancer, the idea of becoming a high school dance teacher “in retirement” carried a negative connotation. In the world of classical ballet, if it doesn’t have to do with a professional dance company, it just isn’t good enough. I can recall a day when my wife and I were stretching after a gruelling rehearsal. I was sharing with her that I had heard about a boarding school that was looking to start a dance program. We were looking to make a change in our lives and wanted to settle down and perhaps start a family, but: could I become a high school dance teacher? I asked my wife this question with a certain amount of disdain.

With encouragement from my better half to pursue this avenue further, I was able to learn about the promise and opportunity available in the St. Andrew’s experience. One of my favorite aspects of the hiring process was my interview with a panel of VI Formers. I could tell from their questions and level of engagement that these were not your typical adolescent students and that this was not your typical high school.

That was six years ago. As the St. Andrew’s Dance Program has developed, it has been a joy to see the mission of the School come to fruition within the program through the hard work, thoughtfulness, and dedication of the student body. I often have the opportunity to accept compliments on behalf of our dancers and the work that they are doing. It is because St. Andrew’s is such fertile ground that these dancers are able to flourish as they do.

I believe that we all have a capacity to achieve greatness. But, if we lack specific intent or are not driven by a deeper purpose, we will fall short of attaining our lofty goals. If I were just teaching pliés, passés and pirouette—if I were just teaching students to have the “capacity” to dance—I would not be fulfilled in the deep and meaningful way that I am at our School. The plié is a means to an end; it is one’s intention behind the dance that gives the plié its power.

That is what drew me to St. Andrew’s and what sustains me as the Director of Dance, as an advisor of six brilliant young people, and as a dorm parent to 25 sophomore and senior boys:  it is not just the capacity of our students, but their intent, their aspiration, their purpose that make the St. Andrew’s experience so powerful. Our students pursue both excellence and empathy. They pursue both a deep self-understanding and a deep understanding of others. And, as they leave campus for life beyond St. Andrew’s, they are unafraid to pursue their purpose within the wider world.

It doesn’t matter if it is a plié, a paintbrush, a punctuation mark or a proton; it is the connection to our work and to each other that allows us to fulfill our capacities as a community. It is our persistent intentionality in all that we do that brings us together.

All my best,
Avi Gold
Director of Dance
Upcoming Events
Visiting writer Nathan Englander will be on campus Friday, March 24 to attend classes and give a talk to the School community. Englander will speak about his writing practice and his short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank , which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2013. (III Form and V Form students read this book as part of their 2016 summer reading.) Parents and alumni are welcome to attend Englander's talk, which will begin at 8:00 p.m. on March 24 in Engelhard Hall; or, watch the talk on our Livestream channel.
SAS grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends, please join us for our annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day on Saturday, March 25! Spend the day on St. Andrew's campus, visiting classrooms, enjoying meals, and attending sporting events. You're also welcome to attend our Sunday morning Chapel service, followed by brunch in the Dining Hall. A full schedule of events can be found on our website. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via email to by March 17.

Save the date! The 13th annual St. Andrew's Coast to Coast Toast will be held on Thursday, April 13. Coast to Coast Toasts are our worldwide celebration of St. Andrew's, our people, and the spirit of our School. Once a year, on one night, every St. Andrean is invited to celebrate the common ground that connects us all, and raise a glass to the Founder of our School, A. Felix duPont. In the coming week, we'll be posting this year's list of Toast locations on our website Alumni Events page (watch your mailbox for a print invitation as well). Interested in hosting a 2017 Toast in your area? Email Director of Alumni Engagement Chesa Profaci at

In the Classroom
Sam Permutt's Problem Solving in Algebra & Geometry students work it out on the tennis courts in this week's unseasonably lovely weather.
Peter McLean's Enivronmental Science students also enjoy an outdoor classroom.
Photography 1 students examine and develop negatives in the photo lab.
Mark Hammond discusses the mighty atom with his Physics students.
English teachers Will Torrey (top) and Katherine Crowley (bottom) talk through novels with their students (Bright Lights, Big City in Mr. Torrey's class; Wuthering Heights in Ms. Crowley's class).
Students in Harvey Johnson's Chemistry class watch as Dr. J explains a lab procedure.
Saints varsity boys basketball co-captain Malik Velmar ’17 (seen here with basketball Head Coach Terrell Myers) has had an EXCELLENT week. Last Thursday, with his nine threes in a Saints win over DAPSS, he broke the School record for most three-pointers in a game (the old record was six). In that and the previous three games, he'd been shooting 60% from the three-point arc, and averaging 25 points, five assists and seven rebounds per game. This Wednesday, in the Saints last game of the season, Malik scored his 1000th career point at SAS, finishing his career with 1009 points total. Only four students in School history have scored 1000 points: Elizabeth Ross ’01 (1091), Austin Tilghman ’14 (1068), Suli Jenkins '99 (1007) and Jordan Bonner '15 (1001) "This is a huge accomplishment for a boy who has put in four hard years into the program," said his advisor Tony Alleyne. Below, photos from that 1000-point game against Wilmington Friends.
The girls varsity and JV basetball teams enjoyed a "Yay Day" for their last day of practice this week.
At 7:00 p.m. tonight, send good vibes to Brando Leggott ’18 (seen here, right, sparring with Avi Veluchamy ’17, left) as he wrestles in the state tournament. Brando placed second in the conference championship two weeks ago, then placed third in the Delaware Independent Conference last weekend, where the top four wrestlers move on to compete at the state tournament. To earn third place, he beat a wrestler to whom he had lost twice earlier in the season, by a score of 3-2. Brando is the 10th seed in the state tournament and is looking to make a run. Go, Brando! 
SAS Performing Arts
A few shots from Antigone, our 2017 Winter Play, directed by History Department Chair Emily Pressman. This version of the Sophocles play, originally written in 441 BC, is a translation of Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of Antigone written and staged in 1944 as a veiled celebration of the Resistance in the face of Nazi occupation and French collaboration.
Next, a few shots from The Drowsy Chaperone, the 2017 Winter Musical, directed by Theatre Program Director Ann Taylor. 
Finally, photos from the annual Student Choreography Showcase, which students hosted last night in Engelhard Hall. 
Campus Happenings
As he has done for 16 years now, Head of School Tad Roach made the first blood donation of the 2017 SAS Blood Drive, held this past Wednesday to benefit the Blood Bank of Delmarva. Tad is seen here with VI Formers Sydney Gyenge ’17, Emma Marvil ’17, Hoyt Reed ’17, and Kya Bunn ’17 who facilitated, planned, and scheduled the appointments for the drive. Nearly 70 students, faculty and staff showed up to donate (including 23 first-time donors!), and we achieved a final tally of 54 "productive pints" of blood. You can contribute to the SAS Blood Drive, too: if you live in the area, visit a Blood Bank of Delmarva collection site in Christiana, Concord, Dover, Salisbury, or Wilmington to donate blood, then request a "Hero Card" and designate that SAS should receive credit for your donation.
This week's Wednesday night Chapel Talk was delivered by math teacher and basketball coach Sam Permutt (seen here with his advisees after the service). He shared anecdotes from his time playing professional basketball in Israel, and what that experience taught him about living in service to others. It'll make you laugh, it might make you cry, and it'll definitely inspire you to start "living in love". You can listen to Mr. Permutt's Chapel Talk (and many others) on the Podcasts page of our website. Below, some further shots of the crowd & choir at Wednesday Chapel.
Margaret Cece ’17 works on a Robotics Club project in Amos Hall earlier this week.
The SAS Mock Trial Team rehearsed its arguments in the Gahagan Room earlier this week. You can cheer them on as they approach the bench at this weekend's Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition. At today's trials, SAS won the gavel for both best witness (Abi Tarburton ’18) and best attorney (Daniel Jang ’17). Tomorrow's trial begins at 8:30 a.m. in the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington.
Bilal Morsi ’19 emceed a hilarious St. Andrew's Alumni Clothes Closet (STAAC) fashion show at last week's School Meeting to promote the shop's new location in the basement of the Old Gym. Clean out your closets over Spring Break! STAAC apparel donations can be delivered at any time to Associate Director of Admission Kristin Honsel's office in the Admission corridor of Founders Hall.
In early February, students traveled to Philadelphia with Arts Department Co-Chair John McGiff and alum Katie Lillard ’09 to visit various murals painted all around the city. "We were guided through several of center city's murals by different artists, all of which supported different causes," Katie said. Students have been working for more than a year to develop a new mural for a large blank wall in the Sipprelle Field House, as a kind of "companion piece" to the existing N.C. Wyeth mural in the Dining Hall. That same week, Katie visited School Meeting and presented design ideas and next steps in the process to the student body. You can read about the SAS Mural Project on Tumblr. 
Harrison Foley ’17 was recently invited by Senator Tom Carper (D-Del) (both seen here) to speak at the Senator's annual Service Academy Information Night, at which representatives of the various military service academies speak to prospective high school students about the unique and challenging application process required by these schools. Service academy applications require either a congressional nomination or a military-affiliated nomination; Harrison was appointed by all three of Delaware's Congressional representatives and will attend the U.S. Naval Academy this fall. You can read more about this event and Harrison himself on Senator Carper's website.
Speaking of Harrison Foley ’17, both he and Kathryn Paton ’17 were named National Merit Finalists this week! Their SAT scores are in the top 1% nationwide, and their finalist status in this prestigious scholarship competition recognizes their outstanding academic work as a whole through all four years of high school. Congrats, Kathryn & Harrison!
St. Andrew's Choral Scholars performed at an Evensong service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, February 12. You can watch the service on the Cathedral's website.
Sunny Kim P’19 was on campus this week visiting her son Nick Loh ’19, and cooked dinner for his advisory (the Honsel Advisory) while she was on campus. 
Can't Help But Connect
Seen below are some of the attendees at last Thursday's SAS Women's Network Book Club event in NYC. We enjoyed a lively discussion of Toni Morrison's Beloved and caught up with SAS parents, past parents, and alums. A big thanks to Anne Tergesen P’17 for hosting!
Ben Kennedy ’97 has been named Head of School at Friends Academy in North Darmouth, Mass. Ben (seen here in an SAS Archive photo from 2006) taught, coached, and served as Director of Boys Residential Life at St. Andrew's for seven years in the early 2000s. To read more about Ben's appointment, visit the Friends Academy website. Congrats, BK!
Musician Maggie Rogers ’12 gave SAS the most lovely shout-out on NPR two Sundays ago. Listen to her Weekend Edition interview on the NPR website. This past Thursday, she performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. As always, your SAS fan club is cheering you on, Maggie!
Parent News & Notes
Parent Update on the 2017-18 Course Selection Process
Course selection for the 2017-18 school year is upon us! Students should retrieve their Course Selection Guide & Worksheet from their student mailboxes before heading home for Spring Break. (This material will also be available at next week.) Please look over this guide with your child and discuss their academic plans and choices for the coming year. Please note that parents should review and sign the Course Selection Worksheet, which should be returned to School by the student after Spring Break. 
AP Exam Information 
Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered at St. Andrew's May 1 through May 12. These exams are offered in a number of disciplines. Students have received brochures containing AP exam information along with instructions for ordering AP exams, and have been advised to talk to their teachers regarding preparedness for the AP exams in each subject of interest. Students can order their exams using this Google Form; the order deadline is March 17. The exam fee is $93 per exam, which will be billed to the student miscellaneous account. If a student should miss or decide against taking the exam, the miscellaneous account will be billed $15 per exam. For parents of the Class of 2018: based on student coursework in AS English 3, we strongly suggest that all V Formers sign up to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam. For further information on all AP exams, please visit the College Board website.
A Note on Student Physical Exams
For those students who will be returning for the 2017-18 school year, we wanted to inform parents, guardians and students that a physical examination is required AFTER April 1, 2017. While we appreciate those parents who want to be diligent and schedule their child's physical examination early or during Spring Break, we will not be able to accept paperwork for physical examinations conducted before April 1, 2017. Since many medical providers may have limited appointments available during the summer months, we encourage you to contact them today to make an appointment after April 1, 2017. As you know, your medical provider will need to complete and sign several of our health forms, which will be available on the Parent page of the SAS website on April 1. The deadline to submit ALL Health Forms for ALL students is June 30, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Center at or  302-285-4240
Upcoming Events
Fri Feb 24 & Sat Feb 25—Mock Trial Competition (Wilmington)
Sat Feb 25-Sun Mar 19—Spring Break
Fri Mar 24—Visiting Writer Nathan Englander
Sat Mar 25—Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Tue Mar 28—Admissions Visit Back Day
Fri Mar 31-Sat Apr 1—Student Equity & Diversity Conference
Tue Apr 4—Admissions Visit Back Day
Thu Apr 13—Coast to Coast Toasts

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We Leave You With This
Sunrise on Noxontown Pond.
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