Around the Green

Hats off to Blake and Lehner

John Blake '19 and Nathan Lehner '19 are four-year seniors at Forman School and have contributed a lot to the school.  

John Blake '19 and Nathan Lehner '19 are four-year seniors at Forman School and have contributed a lot to the school. At the heart of their time at Forman, however, is their status as four year soccer players. 

Athletic Director and varsity soccer coach Scott McCarty '76 has seen it all when it comes to Forman athletes and holds Blake and Lehner in high regard. So does the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association who named the pair to the 2018 All State Prep S-M Team. McCarty, Blake, and Lehner attended the banquet at Aqua Turf in Plantsville, CT on February 10 to celebrate with the state's best high school soccer players. 

"Nate Lehner is my Tasmanian devil on the soccer field. He's passionate, plays hard, and has an admirable work ethic." says McCarty. "He was a good captain, he led the team in scoring, and gave me his all. I could play him anywhere and he'd never complain."

"John Blake is a gifted athlete, hard worker, and a wonderful soccer player." says McCarty. "I could put him on the other team's best player and John would shut him down. Like Nate, wherever I put him, he'd just work his hardest without a word of complaint.

"Both John and Nate took on a lot this year as the program is in transition. They really stepped it up." Coach McCarty doesn't vote for these awards; the other coaches in the league do. It says a lot about John and Nate to win this honor, on a team that only won five games.  

Students Attend Model UN

The Model UN Delegation from Forman had a successful trip to the 45th Yale Model United Nations Conference from January 17-20. 

The Model UN Delegation from Forman had a successful trip to the 45th Yale Model United Nations Conference from January 17-20. After arriving in New Haven on Thursday afternoon, students joined nearly 2,000 other participants from around the world for the Opening Ceremony before attending their first committee meeting that lasted well into the night.

On Friday, students participated in Yale Day, attending admissions talks, hearing lectures from Yale professors, and watching performances from some of the university's most talented and unique groups. Committee offerings for this year's YMUN did not disappoint.

First time participant, Landon Phipps '22, learned the ropes in the UNHCR Committee specifically for new delegates. Robert Goodwin '20 represented Nigeria in the Social, Humanitarian, and Culture Committee's discussion of obesity and ebola, and Nick Campos '20 spoke for Vietnam on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Students attended a total of seven committee meetings over the four days.

YMUN was Forman's second and final Model UN conference for the year. Students are looking forward to our return to Providence next fall.

Jazz and Pizza at Sasso's Coal Fired

Music teacher Jerrod Cattey played a gig in the greater Litchfield area with his jazz band at Sasso's Coal Fired Pizza in Torrington.

Music teacher Jerrod Cattey often plays gigs in the greater Litchfield area with his jazz band. On the night of January 16, Cattey and his band played at Sasso's Coal Fired Pizza in Torrington.

Cattey invited Meredith Sherburne '19, Ahlon Harkness '19, and Emme Woolley '20 to sit in with his group. During the break between sets, the crowd at Sasso's listened to a 15-minute selection of songs by Forman's Instrumental Ensemble.

The Forman Instrumental Ensemble consisted of Henry Lautch '19 on trumpet, Meredith Sherburne '19 and Baird Atwood '19 alternating on percussion, Reid Korde '21 on bass, and Clayton Tichy '19 on guitar. Vocalists were Emme Woolley '20 and Ahlon Harkness '19.

Highlights included instrumentals "Song for my Father," "Blue Bossa," and "Watermelon Man." Woolley sang "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," and "Stars Fell on Alabama" and Harkness sang "Smile."

Student Receives Photography Award

Brian Blum '20 won a Gold Key award in photography at the 2019 Scholastic Arts Awards Exhibition at the Hartford Art School.

The arts are a very important part of an education at Forman. So it is always gratifying for the entire community when a  student is singled out for recognition.

Brian Blum '20 won a Gold Key award in photography at the 2019 Scholastic Arts Awards Exhibition at the Hartford Art School. "The entire Art Department is very proud of Brian's achievement," says photography teacher Carter Walker.

Brian's photograph will be on view till February 1 at the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford ArtSchool of Hartford University.

Teaching with Gratitude

Paolamantina Grullon-Livingstone, who is in her second year teaching Spanish at Forman School, took an interesting path to Litchfield. 

Paolamantina Grullon-Livingstone, who is in her second year teaching Spanish at Forman School, took an interesting path to Litchfield. Along the way, she learned English and gained considerable experience in boarding school life. 

Born and raised in the city of Santiago in the Dominican Republic, Paola came to the United States at 17. She enrolled at The Canterbury School in New Milford, CT as a postgraduate student and her main goal was to learn English which she did well enough to gain acceptance to Ohio-Wesleyan University. 

While in college, she met and married her husband, Edmund, who was one year ahead of Paola. Upon graduation, Edmund got a teaching job at The Greenhill School in Addison, Texas where the couple moved. After transitioning from a student visa to a residency card, Paola began to teach in an adjunct role at Greenhill in 2010 as well. 

After a year teaching, Paola went on to complete her college education at the University of North Texas and finished in 2012 with a major in psychology while also studying speech and language pathology and language development in children. 

For family reasons, the couple desired a move to the northeast in 2015. Edmund got a job at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia and Paola transitioned back from a stay at home mom and really went to work.

"I was teaching Spanish to 230 students between two schools," says Paloa. "I was at Frankford Friends School and also at Lansdowne Friends. Then in 2016, I switched Frankford Friends to Haverford Friends for an easier commute but kept two jobs. I was teaching from pre-K all the way to eighth grade. I had ten classes to prepare at each school."

While their careers were progressing, Edmund and Paola began their family. Anabella was born in 2012, Sebastián arrived in 2014, and Máximo joined the clan in 2017. 

In the fall of 2017, Edmund moved to support Paola's career and the family settled into Dobbins as Paola started teaching Spanish at Forman. Balancing a family with dorm parenting and teaching is not easy but it's a much better than having twenty preps. "I couldn't do it without Edmund's support, says Paola. "He has really helped me and we are a good team." 

Caring for her children as well as the students in her dorm has turned out to be a mutually beneficial relationship. "Dorm life has helped my children grow socially," she says. "Though they are still young, they have learned to respect the students' privacy and to knock on doors before entering. The students have also learned to be quiet and sensitive when one of my kids is sick. They are careful not to slam doors, things like that. The kids humanize me for the students." 

In addition to dorm life, teaching at Forman is meaningful to Paola. She tells all of her classes about her journey to Forman. She learned a second language as a teenager at a boarding school and the kids feel a connection. "Because this is high school, I can go beyond teaching basic conversational vocabulary and grammar," she says. "We talk in class about much more than colors, animals, and the items found in a house. We learn through stories about real life and culture and what we have in common. In Spanish of course! I'd say that teaching at Forman allows me to be the teacher I always wanted to be and to give back to the country that allowed me to flourish."