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Weekly Newsletter · March 20th 2018

This Week's Calendar


Wednesday, March 21

8:45 am · Junior Palio

5:00 pm · Yoga Class · Phoenix Yoga Project · Library

Reminder · Spring Break is March 24th - April 9th. Monday April 9th is a professional development day for faculty. School will resume on Tuesday April 10th. Have a wonderful SPRING BREAK!
No Yoga class during second week of Spring Break, Wednesday, April 4

From the Head of School



The energy and excitement in the Joseph Becker Gymnasium at Roycemore last Friday night couldn’t have been much higher as the students performed for parents and guests their demonstrations of athletics, dance and tumbling during the 101st annual Palio. The concept of Palio in Siena, Italy, is that different contrada— what we would call districts or wards— compete for the honor of winning the Palio— which is a unique white banner that represents special effort and success. At Roycemore we also have our Palio Banner. From the beginning of the year all students have been encouraged to perfect their skills, to listen attentively to their teachers, and to cooperate with their classmates.

In order for Palio to be successful, it requires our students to demonstrate the 6th Habit of Highly Effective People— Synergize. Synergy is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When people work collaboratively they must value and respect their differences, and recognize how to build on the strengths of a group member or to compensate for another member’s weakness in order to end up with a result that is better for the combined efforts of several than one could do one one’s own. As we saw on Friday night, there were some participants in the tumbling routines who leapt off the springboard to fly through the air, while others had to balance on the legs of their classmates so that the student flying through the air could pass through their arms and legs. Each participant had an important role to play, whether doing flips, positioning the mats or holding a banner. Just one of those feats would not have been nearly as impressive and awe-inspiring as the combined effort of the group. In order to achieve what the students did, however, it took a lot of guidance, practice, a sense of adventure, and trust of their classmates. The synergy that resulted, however, created great excitement and energy, transforming the gymnasium into something akin to attending a Circque du Soleil performance!

Palio is just one of the opportunities for our students to learn the power of synergy. Daily classroom activities and projects allow our students to learn authentically that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

In partnership for our students,

Adrianne Finley Odell
Head of School

Adrianne Finley Odell Signature

Community Happenings

Family Action Network Event with Ted Dintersmith

Roycemore School is sponsoring this FAN Network event with Ted Dintersmith, co-author of the book and producer of the film Most Likely to Succeed that was recently shown at Roycemore and is serving as the catalyst for our NextGen Roycemore conversations. Please join us on

Thursday April 12 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
New Trier High School— Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd. Northfield, IL 60093

Special Feature

Roycemore Alum Spotlight — Dr. Terry Gdoutos '05

Dr. Terry Gdoutos is a Research Scientist in Aerospace at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, CA, where he designs, analyzes, and develops structural systems for lightweight spacecraft, designed to beam solar energy to Earth, providing limitless power to the planet. After graduating from Roycemore in 2005, he studied Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University, earning two BS degrees, and subsequently obtained his PhD in Aeronautics from Caltech.

When I remember my years at Roycemore, it is clear to me that Roycemore’s culture of excellence and individuality has positively shaped my life since graduation. Roycemore emphasized learning through discovery, critical thinking, and challenging oneself; values that have remained with me to this day. Outside the classroom, the opportunities to build friendships through the extracurricular activities offered also shaped my character and proved to be invaluable, particularly through soccer, baseball (which I had never played before), and scholastic bowl. Through my January Short Term projects, I learned and was inspired by the logic behind how computers operate, and went on to study Computer Science in college. I still remember how I learned to critically analyze film on another JST project. Roycemore provided me with a truly unique experience.

I was recently very excited to learn that Roycemore extended JST to Middle School through the P3 program. I was even more impressed when I experienced first-hand, as a mentor to a P3 student group, the inspiration of students to discover and research new fields; not only did students understand the basics of wing design, but also developed the intuition to propose novel solutions for performance improvement! I am excited and proud to experience firsthand how Roycemore is building on the programs that shaped my life as a student.

Featured Events

2018 Congressional Art Competition

Come and check out the artwork of seniors Rayanne Perez, Frank Xue, and Michael Xie at the 2018 congressional art competition!  Their work will be displayed at the Skokie Public Library from March 26 - April 14 with a reception Sat. April 14th at 10 am. The winner of the overall competition for the 9th District will have their art displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year, in addition to having the opportunity to travel to D.C. to take part in a special ceremony.

Clockwise from top left: Michael Xie, Portrait of BigSean, 9" x 12", watercolors on paper; Frank Xue, Pottery Room Table, 9" x 12", graphite pencil, Ray Perez, Running Down a Dream, 9" x 12", watercolors on paper.

College News

Acceptance Schools

Roycemore seniors are gaining acceptance into some wonderful institutions for college. Below is the current list of college acceptances for Class of 2018
(as of March 16, 2018)

Allegheny College
Augustana College
Beloit College
Bradley University
Butler University
Carthage College
Chapman University
Clark University
College of Charleston (Honors College)
College of Wooster
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Cornell College
Culinary Institute of America
DePaul University
Emerson College
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Illinois Institute of Technology (Mechanical Engg)
Kalamazoo College
Knox College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Loyola University Chicago
Macalaster College
Marquette University
Maryland School of Art and Design
Miami University (OH)
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological Institute
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Otis School of Art and Design
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University
Portland State University
Purdue University
Seattle University
Skidmore College
Skidmore College
Suffolk University
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Denver
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
University of Maine (Honors College)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of North Dakota
University of Oregon (Honors College)
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina (Honors College)
University of Vermont
University of Washington
Valparaiso University
Whitman College
Whitworth University

Total: Over $4 million/4 years (as of March 16, 2018)
21 of 23 (91%) have earned merit scholarships.

Important Reminders

Summer Camp Registration

Roycemore School's Two Excellent Summer Programs, Inspiration Factory (IF) and Camp Griffin information is on our website!
Also this year, Inspiration Factory will have an Extended Day Option to 6:00 pm. Registration is open!

Annual Scholarship Dinner & Auction

“A Night To Remember” is Only 7 weeks away!

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Roycemore's long-standing tradition continues with the Annual Dinner and Auction. Tickets are going fast, and we hope you will consider joining current Parents and Grandparents, Alumni and leaders from our community. Our silent auction is shaping up to include some incredible offerings from local businesses, Chicago specials, and teacher talents. Wouldn’t you love a class with Ruth Hecht to learn handbuilding? How about a bike tour of local breweries with the incredible Howard Stanley? The live auction will have opportunities for trips to Florida, Santa Fe and Africa! Don’t miss out. For more information contact Sara McGuire.

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