Meet Bronte!

Name: Bronte 

Age: 17

Grade: 12

Hometown: Torrington, CT

Where do you live on campus?

Motter Hall

What is your dream job?

Baker, Doctor or Lawyer.

How did you hear about Cheshire Academy?

My former soccer coach started coaching for Cheshire Academy, and he recommended that my twin sister and I apply.

What are some of your extracurricular Activities?

Soccer, Basketball, Track, Proctor

What class or extracurricular activity means the most to you?

Soccer means a lot to me because it has helped me to grow as a leader. There are so many different skill levels on the team, so I feel like a mentor.

What are a few words you would use to describe Cheshire Academy?

Diverse but comfortable at the same time—everyone is friendly here. I enjoy being a part of the community, and everyone just wants to get to know one another.

What are the people like at Cheshire Academy? Students? Faculty?

The students are diverse, but you always have a friend in every group. There is always someone to relate to. The teachers are very helpful—my advisor is like my second mother!

How would you describe your classes? What is your favorite class? Does any specific project or lesson stand out in your mind?

Visual Arts is my favorite class. We recently did a portrait project on our favorite artist, and then did a self-portrait in the same style as that artist—that was really fun.

How have you grown most as a person during your time here?

I have definitely become more responsible and have learned time management. I think differently about things now—I’m more of a leader.

How do you usually spend your weekends at Cheshire Academy? What’s a favorite event you attended?

I love to watch movies with friends, and in the spring we go fishing in the back pond or play soccer on the turf.

What has surprised you most about being a student at CA?

The students weren’t stuck up like I imagined at a boarding school—it is such a caring environment, and I was surprised at how friendly everyone was.

What advice would you give prospective students about coming to CA?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t be shy.

The IB program gives you such a different perspective. It’s challenging, and I’ve had to learn how to manage my time. The classes are discussion based, very philosophical, and make you think outside of the box.

Anything else you’d like to share about your experiences here?

Bronte does Track. And Soccer. And IB. She’s awesome.

Summer Reading!

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Every June, our official ‘Summer Reading Committee’ selects a book that the whole school–students and faculty–will read in preparation for their return to campus in the fall, ready to discuss as a community. This is a great way to start off the school year on the same page (ideally, the last page!) so we can all engage in thoughtful discussion across academic departments and dining hall tables as we settle into the fall semester. This year’s selection is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer. In addition to the all-school reading selection, each grade is assigned additional reading to prepare for their English classwork. A complete list can be found here. Have you read any of these novels already? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. If not, get a head start on the academic year with us, and enjoy!

Imagine your homework…launched into Space

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That’s exactly what Cheshire Academy’s AP Physics class did this spring when they decided to design a platform that could attach to a weather balloon in order to collect images of the curvature of the Earth, as well as data on the effects of high altitude and radiation on specific biological samples—and in the words of Instructor Ray Cirmo, the project was “a screaming success!” NBC Connecticut also caught up with Mr. Cirmo and his class, and you catch the interview here.

After collecting the necessary government permissions, such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clearance, the class launched the balloon from Winchester, Connecticut, on the morning of May, 3rd, 2012. The platform, attached to the balloon, traveled to an altitude of 120,000 feet. Initially 6 feet in diameter, the sounding balloon expanded to nearly 30 feet in diameter at maximum altitude, collected atmospheric particles near space, and took photographs from two different cameras attached to the platform, as can be seen in the documentary. After a rapid 25 minute descent to earth via parachute, the weather balloon platform was retrieved from Killingworth, CT– about 55 miles away from the launch site.

According to Mr. Cirmo, “This was small potatoes–a trial run–compared to what I have in store for next year’s class.”

We can’t wait to see even more extraordinary images of space next spring! But for now, we’re still enjoying the views that AP Physics 2012 caught in this short documentary. You can, too:

Evidence that Cheshire Academy is out of this world…literally.

Welcome to Cheshire Academy!

Cheshire Academy is where YOU belong! Imagine a place where you engage in the discussions, you score the goal on the soccer field, you paint the image on the canvas, and you make a difference in a small, friendly, diverse community. If you would like to receive more information, you can request an admissions packet here or browse our website. We hope that our admissions blog will better help you to envision the many exciting opportunities that await you here at Cheshire Academy–because you are what makes this school great! Welcome!

Can you see yourself here? We can!

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