|Sunday, May 28, 2017, 119 boys donned caps and gowns on a perfect 70-degree day and took their final walk around the Avon Old Farms School Village Green as students, surrounded by schoolmates, family, faculty, and friends. Awards were distributed, diplomas carefully bestowed, and finally Avon's most recent graduates passed through Alumni Gate. We congratulate our young men on completing the final steps in their journey at Avon, and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.|
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- Recorded Commencement Events
- Closing Days Schedule
- Pak Mail: Packing, Shipping, and Summer Storage Services
- Bookstore Buy Back and Rental Return Dates
- Airport Shuttle Information
Event PhotographyThe Avon Old Farms photography team will take photos of the awards ceremony, concert, and Commencement. Photos will be available on our photo gallery shortly after Commencement Weekend.
Photographer George Chambers will take several photos of each boy receiving his diploma. There is no need to preorder. Families will receive photo proofs approximately 8-10 days after the ceremony.
Pak Mail provides packing, shipping and summer storage services for Avon Old Farms students.
Shipping & Storage Program
- One stop for packing, shipping, and summer storage
- Conveniently purchase quality packaging supplies – boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc
- Free shipping/storage labels
- Shipping rates based on weight, size, and volume
- Small box $10, Medium box $20, Large box $30
- Unboxed Small $15, Unboxed Medium $25, Unboxed Large $35
- Chair/Mattress $65
- Bike $50
- TV/Computer $30
- Personal credit card or parent card (with written permission)
Seniors: You can arrange to have certain items stored for the summer and then shipped directly to your new college address. Last year, several seniors found this to be a great alternative to shipping items home only to turn around and lug them off to college.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
- Thursday, May 25, 1 – 4 p.m. in the Day Student Parking Lot
- You may purchase shipping/storage boxes and packaging materials as well as arrange for shipping. Seniors will want to get most of their shipping done prior to Senior Day.
- Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Diogenes Circle
- This is the last opportunity for seniors to buy packaging materials and arrange for shipping.
- Tuesday, May 30, 1 – 4 p.m. and Wednesday, May 31, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Day Student Parking Lot
- Underclassmen may arrange for summer storage as well as buy packaging materials and arrange for shipping.
Pak Mail is pleased to have the opportunity to provide packing, shipping and storage services for you. If you have any questions, please stop by the Pak Mail table or give us a call at 860-561-1369. We'll be glad to help.
We will be holding the book buy back in the Commons Room in the Student Center on the following days:
- Saturday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please Note: Wednesday, May 31 is the last day to return books for credit.
2018 School Trips
Dear Parents and Students:
We are pleased to announce that author, lawyer, and famed ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will spend September 29, 2017 with us. In preparation for his visit, everyone at school will read Bilas’ bestselling book Toughness, a masterful examination of what the abstract notion of toughness looks like in the world and how one can forge this quality. Former UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun writes, “Jay Bilas gives meaning to one of the most overused words in sports. Bilas explains the complexity of acquiring and utilizing all aspects of toughness, be it mental or physical, both on and off the playing field. It is a great description of a concept and value we all need in our lives.” And fellow ESPN analyst Rece Davis P’15 praises Bilas’ book: “Tough it out. Be tough. Stay tough. How often do we hear that in sports and life? It’s the go-to answer for any problem. We all want toughness. Jay Bilas take this intangible concept and gives it concrete meaning. The inspiring and humbling stories of truly tough people are written artfully and show that being tough isn’t just a catchall cliché. It’s a transforming personal value. Jay does a brilliant job illustrating why toughness is a quality I want to cultivate in my life every day.” We encourage you to read his book this summer, so when the book is discussed in English class in the week leading up to his visit, you will have a richer experience with the story.
We also invite you to choose books to read from a long list of the recommended books in the drop-down menu below. We encourage all of you to read at least two books in addition to Bilas’ Toughness.
Please note that if you are enrolled in any of the English honors courses or in AP Literature and Composition, you must read a book that your teacher assigns and is specific to your course. We encourage those of you who take the AP or honors courses to read at least two titles in addition to your required reading. Students in AP and English honors courses are also asked to prepare written work about their course–specific summer reading, and your essay is expected to be submitted to your teacher on the first day of classes.
The English Department’s mission emphasizes both curiosity and empathy, and there is no shortage of evidence that reading is among the best ways to build those “muscles.” With that in mind, parents, we especially appreciate all the ways that you can and will encourage your son to spend time reading this summer.
The English Department
- General Fiction
- Mystery and Suspense
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Biography and Memoirs
- Outdoors and Adventure
- General Non-Fiction
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
- Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Bone Vault
by Linda Fairstein
- Ender’s Game
by Orson Scott Card
- Mystic River
by Dennis Lehane
by Bram Stoker
- The Alienist
by Caleb Carr
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
- And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
- The Little Friend
by Donna Tartt
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
by Frank Herbert
- The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
by Arthur Clarke
by William Gibson
- The Andromeda Strain
by Michael Crichton
- The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
by Philip Dick
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
- Fever Pitch
by Nick Hornby
- All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
by Michael Patrick MacDonald
- A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
- Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom
- What is the What
by David Eggers
- The Complete Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
- Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
by Richard Feynman
- Black Boy
by Richard Wright
- Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft by Thor Hyerdal
- Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
- The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey by Linda Greenlaw
- The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
- Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson
- Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
- Coming into the Country by John McPhee
- Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
- War by Sebastian Junger
- Call of the Wild by Jack London
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It
by Elizabeth Royte
- Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Change the World
by Jane McGonigal
- Faithful: Two Die-Hard Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season
by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven Levitt
- Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time
by Dava Sobel
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis
- Liar’s Poker
by Michael Lewis
- Consider the Lobster
by David Foster Wallace
by David Sedaris
|Academic Questions||Contact Information|
|College Counseling||Jonathan Crocker
Director of College Counseling
|Course Selections: Grades 9-10||Rob Whitty
|Student Life Questions||Contact Information|
Administrative Assistant to Associate Headmaster
|Health Center||Lenore Severni|
Director of Nursing
Dean of Students
|Student Bank & ATM||Sarah Wallace|
Accounts Receivable Coordinator
|Technology and Portal Questions||Contact Name|
Director of Information Technology
|Portal Logins/ Veracross||Sheila Albert|
|Hardware/Computer Resource||Peter Deckers|
Associate Director of Information Technology
- What is the dress code?
- What size is my bed?
- What can I bring into my dorm room?
- Are we allowed to have food in our dorm rooms? When can we order food for delivery?
- Where and when do I get my class supplies?
- If I am a day student, what should I bring to school every day?
- Do the weekend activities cost anything?
- How do I get my books?
- What happens if I get sick in the middle of the night?
- Is it mandatory for me to play three sports?
- How can I sign out to go home or leave for the day?
- How do we know what classes to sign up for?
- How will I know where to find my classes?
- When will I know who my roommate and advisor are?
- Where do I send my final transcript?
The dress-code has a few variations depending on the occasion.
- Classroom Dress - khakis or chinos, belt, button-up shirt, socks, dress shoes, tie, and a blazer. Classroom dress is to be worn during class days to morning meeting, class, and meals in the refectory.
- Smart Casual Dress - khakis or chinos, belt, button-up shirt, socks, and dress shoes. Smart Casual dress is to be worn during announced buffet meals and to Saturday events. A student is always notified beforehand when this dress is appropriate.
- Casual Dress - t-shirt, polo, jeans, sweatshirt, sweatpants, etc. Casual dress can be worn when classes and special events are not in session - usually a Saturday afternoon and all-day Sunday.
- Vespers Dress- Grey pants, black belt, black polished shoes, black socks, white button-up, school tie, school blazer This is the School Uniform which should be worn during very special ceremonies like graduation. Vespers can be purchased off campus at Men’s Warehouse, or on-campus when Formals by Antonio comes on campus to fit students who wish to purchase their ensemble on-campus during the opening of school.
- Boys typically wear their navy-blue school blazer most days, but are not required to do so, unless informed.
- Shorts are allowed with classroom dress and smart casual only when the weather permits, the school’s Provost will make announcements stating when shorts are allowed. Shorts cannot have cargo pockets.
You will begin your classes and then your teachers will make you aware of what you need to have for the year. Do not feel pressure to have any supplies when classes first start. All of the materials on your list will be in stock at the Hawk’s Nest School Store. You can also get supplies during school trips to Wal-Mart in the first week of school.
Each day student is assigned his own locker. We recommend that you keep a spare change of classroom dress in your locker at all times. You are also given a “laundry loop” upon which you can put your gym clothes after practices so that they are washed for the next day by our equipment manager. It is up to you to determine which books you need to bring back and forth between home and school.
Our Health Center is open:
- Weekdays from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Saturdays from 7 -11:30 a.m. and 6 - 7 p.m.
- Sundays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 6 p.m - 7 p.m.
No. You are required to participate in two competitive sports out of the three seasons that you are at Avon. However, there are several afternoon activities that fall under the category of “competitive sport” (Robotics, Independent Art Project, Drama, Team Manager). Freshmen are encouraged to participate in a competitive sport during the fall season, as being a part of a team is valuable when it comes to acclimating to a new community environment. Seniors are only required to participate in one competitive sport. AOF Strength does not count as a competitive sport, and is only open to grades 10, 11, 12 and PGs.
Boarders are not allowed to have cars on campus.
- Local leaves- Students are allowed to check out to town at appropriate times during the week. Any unauthorized leave from campus will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Students are not allowed to ride with any driver under the age of 23. Day students are never allowed to drive boarding students.
- Weekends- Weekend leaves begin when a student has fulfilled his last school commitment of the week. Leave slips may be obtained at the entrance to the Associate Headmaster’s Office and turned into the Dean of Students or the Administrator on Duty (AOD) when signing out. All overnight leaves must be cleared with the Associate Headmaster’s Office by after lunch on Friday except in the event of an emergency. Students may not leave for a weekend if they have Sunday work crew.
- 5 ½ Day Boarders- 5 ½ Day Boarding Status is a privilege which students who live within 1 hour of the school may earn. This privilege requires each student to be in good academic and social standing. Five-and-a-half day boarders do not have to fill out leave slips to go on a weekend leave. They must, however, sign out with the Dean of Students or the AOD before they leave campus and must return in time for Vespers on Sunday evening. They may not leave on Friday night. Students who fail to observe these rules will lose the privilege of being a 5 ½ day boarder. Five-and-a-half day boarders are only allowed to leave with their parents or guardians.
- Vacations-Students cannot leave school early or return late from any scheduled vacation period. Students are required to meet all commitments through their last scheduled class or activity before they may leave campus for a school break. Teachers often plan tests or other graded exercises at this time. If there is a graded exercise, test, or quiz and a student misses it, he will receive an F for that exercise. We ask that students and parents adhere strictly to the published school calendar when planning travel.
- Miscellaneous- Boarding students and 5 ½ day boarders are not allowed to leave campus during the week, including Friday evening, if it interferes with study hall or Saturday classes. Trips to concerts, movies, and sporting events during the week, including Friday, unless sponsored by the school, are forbidden. Special permission must be obtained from the Associate Headmaster at least one week in advance.
Our Academic Deans carefully review your transcripts from this past year and make decisions based upon what they see and your past teacher recommendations. Then, they will email you with a proposed class schedule. You can approve the schedule, or if you have issues with it, you are welcome to connect with them and they will work with you to place you accordingly. Even if you are worried about your placement level in a certain class, we have a 3 week add-drop period during which you will be able to truly determine whether you belong in a given class-level or not. If you think that the class rigor is too much or too little for you, your advisor and the Academic Dean will be able to move classes accordingly.
Everyone will be in the same boat during the first few days. The upperclassmen are there to help you, so ask them. If someone sees you looking around like you are lost, he or she will tell you where to go. Also, during orientation, your advisor will walk you to all of your classrooms. Do not be afraid to ask anyone for directions!
Our mission is to promote camaraderie and a sense of community among Avon families and friends and enhance the academic, athletic, and extracurricular experiences of the Men of Avon.
France and Spain Trip
March 8 - 18, 2018
The quality programs that enrich the lives of the young men at Avon Old Farms are made possible through gifts to the annual fund by parents, alumni, and friends of the school.