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Keeping Informed

Tools and Resources to Navigate Through the Avon Old Farms School Year

Avon Old Farms has several ways of keeping parents informed about all the amazing things happening on and off campus. Throughout the school year, you will receive scheduled communications from the school that will help you be aware of key events and information. As always, you can also reach out to our faculty and staff with questions; individual email addresses and phone numbers can be found on our faculty directory.

Regular Communications From The School

Type of Communication How When
2 Week Rundown: A quick-grab overview of important information that is happening at the School. You may access previous versions on the Parents Page. Email Every two weeks
News, Calendar, and Athletic Feeds: Sign up for email or text alerts and calendar feeds via our website. Website Ongoing
Parents Page Announcements: Sign up to receive email or text alerts for important news. You can also bookmark the Parents Page on your mobile device! Website Ongoing
Academic Information: You may access the student portal at any time. Academic deans and/or advisors will communicate to you via email as needed. Portal; Email Ongoing
Student Outreach Events: Subscribe to the calendar feed on the Avon Outreach website page. Website Ongoing
Social Media: We post engaging stories and photos on our social media channels almost daily! Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Ongoing

Terms & Lingo

Being a student at Avon Old Farms means participating in community-building events and routines. The history and tradition built into the foundation of daily life is what helps the school thrive with connection. To better come alongside your Avon Old Farms student, we have devised a guide to terms and lingo used in his daily life.

Avon Old Farms Lingo

Dress Code

Vespers Dress

  • gray slacks
  • navy blue blazer with the Avon Old Farms patch
  • pressed white shirt
  • school tie
  • dress socks
  • shined black shoes
Vespers Dress is worn by students on Sunday evenings during Vespers Service in the chapel. On occasion, students will be required to wear Vespers Dress during the day to class. Students who participate in admissions service, chorale, honors chorale, or Riddlers are required to wear Vespers Dress during concerts or events.

Classroom Dress

  • dress pants or shorts (shorts may be worn certain times of the year based on the the decision of school leadership)
  • blazer
  • button down long sleeved collared shirt
  • tie
  • socks
  • dress shoes
Classroom Dress is the normal dress code at Avon Old Farms. Classroom Dress is worn during the school day, at sit-down dinners, and during morning meeting or chapel.

Smart Casual Dress

  • dress pants or shorts (shorts may be worn certain times of the year based on the the decision of school leadership)
  • button down long sleeved collared shirt
  • socks
  • dress shoes

Smart Casual Dress is the dress-down of Avon Old Farms. Smart Casual Dress is only worn during buffet meals and certain school functions.

Meetings

Morning Meeting

Students and faculty gather together before the school day to give and receive information and for a brief inspirational message from school leadership.

Chapel

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Morning Meeting is held in the chapel for the majority of students. During this meeting, either a student or faculty member will give an inspirational story relevant to his or her life.

Vespers Service: On Sunday evenings, Vespers service is held in the chapel for boarding students. Students listen to an inspirational message from a non-religious standpoint.


Enrichment

Enrichment is one of the unique academic advantages Avon Old Farms provides students. After dinner from 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, teachers are available in their offices to answer questions and give students extra help. In order to balance student and teacher availability, Monday and Wednesday nights are reserved for the teachers in the Science and English departments and Tuesday and Thursday are reserved for History and Mathematics.

Events

Boars Head

Boars Head is our annual holiday celebration that includes a scripted, interactive play and a sit-down feast.

Intersession

Intersession begins after students come back from winter break and involves students taking classes that are atypical to regular school-year classes. Intersession lasts a week and a half and has courses ranging from fly fishing to building the perfect March Madness bracket. Students often take field trips pertaining to their course.

Learn More About Intersession

Headmaster and Founder's Day

Headmaster Day is a spontaneous day off from class twice a year given by the Headmaster. The date of the holiday is unknown to the students and faculty until morning meeting on the day when the headmaster reveals a red tie at the end of the meeting. Similarly, the date of Founders Day is also unknown to the student body and is spontaneously initiated by the Headmaster. However, on Founders Day, students are required to stay on campus and enjoy the beauty that Avon Old Farms has to offer. The Founders Day tradition was written in the deed of trust by our founder, Theodate Pope Riddle.

Campus

Visit the different categories of this interactive map for the names of the buildings and points of interest on campus.

I have a question, who do I contact?

School Directory

Faculty and Staff

Quick Contacts

Quick Contacts


Academic Questions Contact Information
College CounselingJonathan Crocker
Director of College Counseling
crockerj@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4221

Course Selections: Grades 9-10Rob Whitty
Academic Dean
whittyr@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4624

  • Course Selections: Grades 11, 12, and PG
  • Language Placement
Graham Callaghan
Academic Dean
callaghang@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4651

Student Life Questions Contact Information
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Packing List
  • Dress Code
  • Student Permissions
Jill Craft
Administrative Assistant to Associate Headmaster
craftj@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4242

Facilities

Cindy Tartaglia
Facilities Coordinator
tartagliac@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4193

Health Center

Lenore Severni
Director of Nursing
healthcenter@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4234

Dorm Room Assignments/Policies

Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
doyleb@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4218

Student Bank & ATM

Sarah Wallace
Accounts Receivable Coordinator
wallaces@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4219

Athletics Questions Contact Name
  • Teams
  • Requirements
  • Impact Testing

John Bourgault
Director of Athletics
bourgaultj@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4228

Technology and Portal Questions Contact Name
Technology

Deb Case
Director of Information Technology
cased@avonoldfarms.com

860-404-4205

Portal Logins/ VeracrossSheila Albert
Database Administrator
alberts@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4216

Hardware/Computer ResourcePeter Deckers
Associate Director of Information Technology
deckersp@avonoldfarms.com
860-404-4251