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Back To School

The Back to School Back Campus Picnic gave a growing student body, along with their parents, a chance to say their goodbyes, some of them perhaps until Thanksgiving or longer, but also hellos to friends they haven't seen for several months. The faculty had a chance to say hello as well, in some cases for the first time to new students but in other cases a reacquaintance after what seems now a short summer.

All enjoyed the sunshine, food and drink, and the company of friends and family on the Dining Hall terrace.

Sunday night, an almost full Benade Hall Auditorium hosted parents for the beginning of the Back to School Night Program. Parents followed their children's schedule, from an opening chapel service by Chaplain Barry Halterman, to a visit to each of their children's classrooms for a brief presentation by the teacher.

Judging from the increased numbers and the bright smiles, 2014-2015 promises to be another great year!



Spanish Exchange 2015

Back by popular demand, the ANC Spanish classes are repeating the exchange with La Purísimsa school in Valencia, Spain. ANC students and teachers will travel to Valencia over spring break 2015 to live with host families, attend classes and tour Valencia as well as spend a weekend in Barcelona. ANC students will be in Valencia during preparations for the region’s biggest festival of the year: Las Fallas. They will get to experience the daily fireworks, numerous parades and gigantic ninots - huge paper-mache statues that commemorate and satirize the past year. In Barcelona, students will visit Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia cathedral and Casa Mila La Pedrera as well as Las Ramblas and Montjuic Mountain.

The Spanish students will be coming to ANC March 20-30, 2015 to stay with host families, attend ANC classes and also take day trips to surrounding points of interest. On March 30th, they will depart by bus for New York City, leaving directly from there to return to Spain on the first of April.

The trip is open to Spanish students of all levels. For the exact itinerary and prices, please see “Spanish Exchange VALENCIA (pdf).” There is a limited amount of financial aid available. Please contact Profesora Sarah Waelchli for more information or with any questions you may have.


Textbook List for New School Year Updated

For the 2014-2015 school year, families will continue to make private arrangements for trading or purchasing books, or shop at online sites such as,,, and
There is also a Facebook page called "ANC Books" on which ANC students and families buy and sell textbooks and required reading material. It is not affiliated with the school.

Use the Textbook List to see which texts are required in each course. Required textbooks (or class or lab packet) rented or purchased from the teacher will be billed via the TADS system. More about this new, convenient method for collecting required fees will be forthcoming in future communications.



Her Teaching Career Spanned 7 Decades

Morna Hyatt's name is synonymous with the Academy. In a career that spanned seven decades, she filled any number of teaching and administrative rolls -- always smiling, always helpful, always thoughtful. From the Reverend Eric Carswell's memorial statement:

"Morna’s decades of service to the Academy of the New Church and commitment to New Church education is a significant part of the history of this institution. During her career she taught subjects that were her strength and also helped out when needed by teaching subjects well removed from her main competency.

"She started out teaching Physical Education (much to the amusement of her siblings) and English. During her career she also taught Geography, French, Latin, Biology, Human Body, General Science, and early on focused on her primary strength Mathematics."



Congratulations to the Class of Fourteen

The Class of 2014 is looking forward to a fun summer and then it will be on to the next step of life. On a beautiful Saturday morning in June, the school community came together to mark their commencement.

Enjoy pictures of:

  • the Pre-ceremony,
  • the Ceremony,
  • the Girls School Graduates,
  • the Boys School Graduates
  • and the Celebration.
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