Keeping Families Connected at a Boarding School: Who said it has to be stuffy?

Recently I wrote my annual piece on what to bring- and equally important- what not to bring to school. I always advise “ask your school; they publish a list what you need.”

While preparing the post, I came across Gould Academy’s handling of preparing, packing, and arriving- a five part series titled “Information for New Students and Parents.”

Gould has put their what you need/what you don’t need lists, forms, and what to expect in series of posts on the school’s admissions blog giving the communications a more informal, but direct tone.

Gould’s presentation also does a good job of conveying tone and feeling. ‘This is what you’ll be doing during the first few days of school and this is what it will feel like.’

Gould covers the requisite opening of school topics- summer reading, medical forms, school calendar, travel, arrival, the first week, what to bring, what not to bring, roommate, room, dress code…

My favorite part though is the installment on how Gould communicates. At a lot of schools communication happens, but I like the way Gould clearly lays it out.

Gould Academy Glog

For a sense of their approach and style, give this excerpt from a recent post a read:

Everyone loves a Top 10 List, so here is what I [Todd Ormiston] found while walking around campus this afternoon:

  • Get up early for Earn Your Turns…Mr. Hayward
  • Go shopping in Portland’s Old Port…Mrs. Chase
  • Get to know the international students…Mr. Kimball
  • Eat some of my bread…Mrs. Whittington
  • Participate in a Residential Rumble…Mr. Baker
  • Jump off the cliff at Frenchman’s Hole…Mr. Newell
  • Babysit a faculty child…Ms. Libby
  • See a moose…Mr. Whittington
  • Go to a Portland Pirates hockey game with Mr. Manning…Mrs. Donovan
  • Drink Moxie…Jeb Clarke ’12

If you’ve never had a Moxie…I’ll put this way…Moxie is a regional (Maine) soft drink that is….an acquired taste.

  • Guest

    Thanks for the post, Brian. I’m glad you found it valuable. – Tucker Kimball, director of communications

  • Thanks for the post, Brian!

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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