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Fall Family Weekend

Gould Family Weekend - Fall 2022

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  • October 13 - October 15, 2022

    See for yourself what makes Gould great. Family Weekend is an annual tradition with time for connection and celebration on the athletic fields, in the classrooms, and outdoors among the beautiful foliage in Maine. We're so excited to spend the weekend with you.

Schedule

Thursday Evening, October 13th

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  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Family Dessert Reception  

    The Millbrook Tavern, Bethel Inn (more)
    Start the weekend by connecting with other parents and Gould faculty members for delicious desserts and drinks at the Bethel Inn. Hear from the Head of School Tao Smith, meet your student’s teachers and coaches and enter to win Gould gear as door prizes! 
    *Reception is for Adults-only

    Will you be able to join us? 
    Let us know, RSVP here!

Can't make it to campus?

We know many of our international and long-distance families won't be able to come to campus for this event.
💻 Options are noted throughout the schedule for families who would like to watch live online. Links to the event recordings will be published here when they're available.

Friday, October 14th: See students in action!

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  • 7:15 - 8:00 am | Breakfast

    Clough Dining Room, Ordway Hall
    Families are invited to eat with students. Some outdoor seating will also be available on the patio.
  • 8:30 - 12:00 pm | Registration Welcome Area

    Outside Bingham Auditorium
    Please let us know you're on campus and pick up information that will guide you through the weekend.
  • 9:15 - 9:30 am | Assembly

    Bingham Auditorium
    Families are invited to experience a Friday morning assembly with students and staff. The student-led presentation includes weekend activities and announcements.

    💻 This session will be live-streamed, the link will be posted here soon. The recording will be published here after the event.

  • 9:40 - 10:45 am | Student-centered Programming Panel Discussion

    Bingham Auditorium
    Learn more about Gould programming, ask questions, and engage with our community.
    • Wellness and Counseling program leaders Tighe Blackadar and Katie Stack
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Director Stephanie Montgomery P '00
    • Navigate Digital Gould with Director of Technology Jason Chase P '20, '24
    • Student Leadership with Dean of Students and Director of Residential life, Beth Garfield P '20, '22, '26 and Abbey Quinn '09
    • Student Voices with Coordinator of Civic Engagement, Adam Leff P '15, '17

    💻 This session will be live-streamed, the link will be posted here soon. The recording will be published here after the event.

    Students will attend their GPS class during this time.
  • 10:55 - 12:00 pm | Attend a class with your student: DOT 5

    Classrooms
    Staff will be available to direct adults to class locations if needed.
  • 12:00 - 1:15 pm | Lunch

    Clough Dining Room, Ordway Hall
    Families are invited to eat with students. Some outdoor seating will also be available on the patio.
  • 1:00 - 3:20 pm | Attend a class with your student: DOT 6 & 7

    Classrooms
    Staff will be available to direct adults to class locations if needed.
  • 4:30 - 5:30 pm | College Counseling Meet and Greet for Senior Families

    College Counseling Office in Hanscom, 2nd Floor
    Drop-in for a meet and greet with the college counselors Brooke Libby, Maggie Davis and Dan Pfistner. Light refreshments will be served. This session is for adults only.
  • 5:00 pm | Varsity Girls Soccer Game

    Bowhay Field and Anderson Field
    Under the lights!
    💻 This game may be live-streamed, the link will be posted here soon if we are able to do it. The recording will be published here after the event.
  • 5:30 - 7:30 pm | Community Dinner

    Clough Dining Room, Ordway Hall
    Families are invited to eat in the dining hall with students. Some outdoor seating will also be available on the patio. Music and firepits.
  • 7:00 pm | Varsity Boys Soccer Game

    Bowhay Field and Anderson Field
    Under the lights!
    💻 This game may be live-streamed, the link will be posted here soon if we are able to do it. The recording will be published here after the event.
  • 7:00 - 10:00 pm | Live music, field games and desserts

    Ordway Lobby, Patio and Alumni Field
    "Late for Assembly" (a popular band featuring Gould teachers) will play live music. Chocolate fountain in the Ordway lobby. Fire pits will be lit. Glow-themed field games in the dark including glow kickball, glow cornhole, glow spike ball, and giant jenga. And create a personal souvenir from the weekend in the photo booth!

Saturday, October 13th

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  • 7:15 - 8:00 am | Breakfast

    Clough Dining Room, Ordway Hall
    Families are invited to eat with students. Some outdoor seating will also be available on the patio.
  • 8:00 - 10:00 am | Registration Welcome Area

    Outside Bingham Auditorium
    If you didn’t register on Friday, please let us know you're on campus and pick up information that will guide you through the weekend.
  • 8:30 - 9:00 am | Parents Assembly

    Bingham Auditorium
    Welcome to campus! During this assembly for families, Head of School Tao Smith will speak, a slideshow from the first few weeks of school will be shown, and music will be performed by students. The focus will be on adults, and students are also invited to attend.

    💻 This session will be live-streamed, the link will be posted here soon. The recording will be published here after the event. 
  • 8:00 - 11:15 am | Coffee Service

    Bingham Auditorium Patio
    *Please note food and open-top drinks are not allowed inside the theater
  • 9:05 - 9:40 am | About Four Point

    Bingham Auditorium
    Gould’s Four Point Program is a 40-year-old tradition that starts in the ninth grade and ends upon graduation. Every year, just before spring break, students in each class embark on a journey of self-discovery. Chris Hayward, Director of Experiential Learning, will talk about plans for Four Point this year and answer questions.

    💻 This session will be live-streamed, the link will be posted here soon. The recording will be published here after the event. 
  • 9:45 - 10:45 am | Winter Competition Program Overview

    Bingham Auditorium
    Ben Kamilewicz, Athletic Director, and Deb Costello, Competition Program Manager, will talk with families about Freestyle, Alpine, Nordic, Ski Cross, and Snowboard camps, training, travel, competitions, and IAMPS.

    💻 This session will be live-streamed, the link will be posted here soon. The recording will be published here after the event.
  • 10:50 - 12:00 pm | Gould's Strategic Plan Q&A

    Sanborn Family Library
    Learn about strategic planning and why Gould is creating one. After the introduction, families will move into other rooms to discuss the process with Tao Smith and participate in a focus group with Gould leaders to give us your feedback.

    💻 The introduction and Q&A portions may be live-streamed, if so, the link will be posted here soon. The recording would be published here after the event.
  • 11:30 - 1:00 pm | Lunch

    Clough Dining Room, Ordway Hall
    Families are invited to eat with students.  Some outdoor seating will also be available on the patio.
  • 12:30 - 3:30 pm | Student Athletic Games and Competitions

    Field Hockey vs. Kents Hill at 12:30 pm | Schroy Turf Field
    JV Soccer vs. Kents Hill at 2:00 pm | Soccer Fields
    XC Running vs. Kents Hill at 3 pm (Alumni Field & Lower field course
    Mountain Biking vs. Hebron & Kents Hill at 3:00 pm | Pine Hill

    💻 At least one of these events will hopefully be live-streamed, probably Field Hockey. If so, the link will be posted here soon. The recording would be published here after the event.
  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm | Dinner

    Clough Dining Room, Ordway Hall
    Families are invited to eat with students.  Some outdoor seating will also be available on the patio.

Family Meetings with Advisors and College Counselors

All families are encouraged to meet with their student's advisor this weekend. You can expect to hear from your advisor to schedule this conference either in person or virtually.

College counselors will reach out individually to make appointments with families of Seniors to help meet November 1 college application deadlines. Additional appointments may be available for families of Juniors if time allows.

Visit the school store

Open Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12:30pm & 2pm-5

Be sure to stop by and see what's new! Located on the lower level of Hanscom. 

Or shop online

Leaving campus

Gould students are expected to remain on campus until their final athletic or academic commitment.

Boarding students are required to check out of campus with the AOD by Saturday night at 7pm. Find the AOD on the Ordway Patio from 3:00 - 5:00 on Friday and Noon - 7:00 pm on Saturday.

All students must plan to be off campus by 7pm Saturday, returning Wednesday, October 19th between 1-7:30 pm unless other arrangements have been made with the student's advisor or coach.

Boarding Students Leaving With Families
If boarding students leave campus with their families for the day or overnight, they must notify the AOD and complete the required off-campus request forms.

On-Going and Self-Directed Explorations

We also encourage families to explore these options:

Student Art Walk-Through | Owen Art Cottage
Check out some student work in progress.
Open Friday 11:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm

Farm Experience | Gould Barn
Visit Gould Farm, home to Belted Galloway Cattle, Romney Sheep, and a mixed flock of hens.
Open Friday 11:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm

                          
IDEAS Center | Lower Level of Hanscom
Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Science. Flexible maker space, 3D printer, wide format printer, recording studio, robotics area.
See student projects on display during DOT 5 & 6 on Friday.
Open Friday 11:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm

                                                      
High Performance Center | Lower level of Ordway
Stop by to see how the space is being used for our winter and mountain bike teams.  Read more about it here
Open Friday 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Saturday TBA

Ski Building Classroom | High Performance Center
See student projects on display in the classroom (but the classroom is in use during DOT 5 & 7).

Scholar Shelf book display | Sanborn Library, Hanscom Hall
The Scholar Shelf recognizes student curiosity, inquiry, and scholarship by honoring students with a chosen title that enhances the library collection and amplifies an important school-wide initiative.   
Learn more about last year's winners
Families are also welcome to use the library wifi, the network name is GA Guest.

Farnsworth Field House
Check out the trampoline room, two indoor skateparks, weight room, basketball court, day rooms, training room and offices for athletic staff. 

Community Explorations
Touch the moon at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum - Gould parents receive a reduced admission rate of $10 on Friday and Saturday ($5 off the normal adult admission price)
Bird Walk or Pollinator Garden at Valentine Farm

Husky Hikes 
Long Mountain 
Albany Mountain
Bethel Community Forest

Keeping Our Community Healthy

The Gould Community is delighted to welcome families to campus for Family Weekend. We ask that everyone who visits campus will take a moment to review our latest COVID guidelines.

Gould takes great pride in our compassionate and successful response to the pandemic. Constant vigilance is tough but the joy shines through as we celebrate with in-person learning and carry on school traditions.

We expect anyone who attends Family Weekend will arrive on campus feeling healthy and that those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID or other communicable illnesses will remain home. If you are able, we strongly suggest that you take a rapid antigen COVID test before visiting our community. Tests are available at the Gould Health Center. 
Gould is a small, co-ed, independent boarding school for grades 8-PG.  We are passionate about preparing academically motivated students for college, helping them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.