Together in Our Independence

September 2018
Waynflete School tenth graders in the White Mountains during Outdoor Experience--
four days before the start of school when  Upper School students 
and faculty participate in outdoor education or service activities.
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September 2018
25 Supporting Queer Students, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

October 2018
2 Maine Independent School Law Seminar, Stage Neck Inn, York, ME

2-3 New England Town Academy Conference, Stage Neck Inn, York, ME

30 New Hampshire Independent School Law Conference, Manchester Country Club, Bedford, NH

November 2018
8-9 Fall Heads Conference, Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, NH
September 2018
Hello ISANNE friends!

Ready or not, fall is here! As we enter a new year, on behalf of our members, I want welcome all of our new heads. We are pleased to introduce them below and we look forward to meeting them at our fall events. 

We have many informative events planned throughout the year for our school leaders including the upcoming workshop  "Supporting Queer Students"  September 25th  at Philips Exeter Academy. The Town Academy conference  October 2-3  will feature a speaker from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) and focus on "Building Environments to Support Emotional Wellness" and include guided round table discussions on politics on campus, student safety and student voice. The theme for the Fall Heads conference  November 8-9  in Portsmouth, NH is "Developing Leaders & Fostering Culture  in our Schools." A luncheon and round table discussion is planned for Assistant Heads on  October 11th  at Berwick Academy. Planning is well underway for our Business Officers conference and Corporate Partner showcase  January 8-9  in Portsmouth and for the first time the Admissions, Advancement and Communications will join forces  May 6-7  for a combined extravaganza  at the Omni Mt. Washington  Hotel. 

We have over 25 events planned and stay tuned for more announcements during the year. See the ISANNE calendar of events here and mark the dates. Also check out our new Corporate Partners below.

Here's to a productive year ahead as our school communities engage with students to create meaningful life experiences. 

Great things ahead,


Laurie Hurd
Executive Director,  ISANNE
Together in Our Independence

ISANNE unites, supports and promotes its diverse member schools in a changing world.
Welcome to the New ISANNE Heads
We would like to welcome the new Heads joining our ISANNE schools this year:

Berwick Academy - Jim Hamilton
Gould Academy -  Chistopher Gorycki 
Heronfield Academy - Betsy Kelly
Kimball Union Academy - Pam Clarke 
Lee Academy - Butch Arthers
Lincoln Academy -  Nancy Starmer 
Phillips Exeter Academy - Bill Rawson 
Pinkerton Academy - Tim Powers 
St. Pauls School - Amy Richards 
The White Mountain School - Tom Reid 
Waterville Valley Academy - Tory Amorello

We look forward to meeting you all in person and introducing you to the ISANNE network at the Fall Heads Conference in Portsmouth.

ISANNE Member Views - "Imagine"
Michael Livingston, Head of School, The Sharon Academy
This month's Member View comes to us from Michael Livingston, Head at The Sharon Academy in Sharon, Vermont.


We live in a world of diminished resources. In rural New England our student population is shrinking - rapidly. As a result, competition for students has risen dramatically, even within the public school sector. Our major donors are increasingly pressed by a larger and larger pool of worthy applicants for a finite sum of money. The response of many schools is to circle their proverbial wagons. Maybe, they wonder, we can wait it out?

No they can't. No we can't. They key to our sustainability is a total commitment, at all levels, to the cultivation of imagination.  Read More

Stepping Stones: The First Five Years of Sant Bani School
Congratulations to ISANNE's own Kent Bicknell for completing the founding story of Sant Bani School!  Stepping Stones: The First Five Years of Sant Bani School  narrates the fascinating history of Sant Bani School and its rapid growth into a dynamic educational day program in central New Hampshire. The book has already received great reviews including Richard Hawley, former head of school and author of The Headmaster's Papers  who wrote, "Stepping Stones should be an inspiration for school leaders and faculties looking to deepen their practice as well as for anyone considering starting a school."  Michael Brosnan, former editor-in-chief of Independent School Magazine commented, "What fascinates me is the way SBS anticipated both what brain science now tells us about how we learn best and what schools everywhere are embracing in the name of 21st century education ...  Through daily practice of improving the process of educating children for mind, body, spirit, and community, the school has evolved, day by day, year by year, into a truly excellent school with much to offer our divid ed world."  

The book can be found on Amazon Here or contact Kent Bicknell ( if you would like to order multiple copies. 

Welcome to Our New Corporate Partners
We are happy to announce we have two new Corporate Partners! Our Corporate Partners
represent a range of services used by our schools. If you are going out to bid or need help in a
specific area, please check our website. For the full list and for more information on how to contact
our partners visit our website.

Competitive Energy Services -  Competitive Energy Services ("CES") provides strategic energy consulting services to commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers throughout the United States and Canada. CES manages energy procurement activities on behalf of clients for electricity, natural gas, oil, propane and biomass using unparalleled market insight and a powerful, multi-supplier competitive bid system. 

CES advises clients on sustainability issues such as: greenhouse gas accounting and management; climate action planning; renewable energy procurement; energy efficiency evaluations; carbon offset procurement; and, onsite heat and power due diligence. Click here to visit their website.

Sunday River Skiway - Sunday River is a year round resort. Offering Conference Space, Lodging and Recreational Activities. Sunday River handles everything from Conferences, Corporate Events, Meeting for 15 guests up, Ski Packages, Golf Packages, Proms, Weddings, Project Graduations and Ski Team or Clubs. Click here to visit their website.

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