The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School
Harrisburg Academy experience was the most formative and enriching period
of my education. I have had the pleasure of speaking on this topic
with so many alumni and we all collectively agree about the quality of
the education and preparation we received while students at the Academy.
I want to be sure
that the school is able to continue to deliver a similar caliber of
experience, adapted for the times. It gives me deep satisfaction to
be a part of making that happen. I also see a robust and dynamic
academic program that is always changing, but steeped in tradition.
It makes me extremely
proud of the experience I had, but even prouder of what the school has
become. I invite all alumni to get involved and create new
experiences that enrich the lives and character of the school, and all
that are in it.
Relations Mission Statement
Alumni Relations program works to extend the advantages of an Academy
education beyond graduation. We are committed to expanding our
global network of alumni, enriching Academy alumni relationships, and
galvanizing the philanthropic support of current and future alumni for
the school's mission and operations.
Your Calendars for Alumni Weekend 2016
sure to do just that and mark you calendars for Alumni Weekend 2016, to
be held Friday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Oct. 1. The schedule of events
is coming together nicely, so stay tuned for the full list of activities
for the weekend, including the 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony.
Call for Nominations!
alumni are invited to submit a nomination for the 2016 Alumni Achievement
Awards, to be held in September. Nominations are also being
accepted for the Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which, starting
during the 2016-17 academic year, will be hosted during the Upper School
Athletics Banquet in the spring.
Nominate a fellow
alumnus or alumna doing exceptional work or nominate yourself! The
Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony and Athletics Hall of Fame have become
important traditions to the Academy community and are the perfect time to
recognize alumni accomplishments.
Visit our website to submit a nomination, and mark your calendar for
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 to join us for the Alumni Achievement Awards
Ceremony! Questions? Please contact Michael LaRue.
$50,000 Raised by "Gala in the Garden"!
you to Academy parents, alumni, and friends for generously supporting the
"Gala in the Garden" Spring Benefit. This sold-out event was a
wonderful celebration and we raised over $50,000 for our school! So much
enthusiasm was on display as many proudly raised their paddles to show
their Spartan pride.
sure to stay tuned for the announcement of next year's benefit -- we
would love to include alumni in this annual celebration of the Academy
community! If you would be interested in sponsoring or donating an
item to the auction, please contact Beth Zak.
Every gift helps to meet the Academy Fund goal, so make your gift today. Your generosity directly
impacts the Academy learning experience.
Our students are
our purpose. You are our partners!
Questions? Please contact Beth Zak in the Development Office.
Community Blood Drive: Thursday, April 28
life -- donate blood! Please help Harrisburg Academy support the Central
Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) by participating in our annual Blood Drive tomorrow, Thursday, April 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
All are encouraged to participate, not just Academy families! The event
is sponsored by the Academy's National Honor Society chapter and is being
coordinated by Jonathon
The Blood Drive is
another example of the Academy's commitment to building ties with and
giving back to the greater Harrisburg community. Everyone in the Academy
community and the greater Harrisburg area is invited to participate as
long as they are older than age 16 (parental consent form required for 16-year-olds!) and
meet the CPBB requirements for donating.
You Tom Banks, You Will Be Missed!
Banks, current head of Middle and Upper Schools, was recently selected as
West Nottingham Academy's new head of school. Tom will assume his
responsibilities on July 1, 2016.
Founded in 1744, West Nottingham Academy (WNA), located in Colora,
Maryland, is the oldest day and boarding school in the United States for
students in 9th through 12th grade. The school conducted an extensive national
search for its head of school position, whittling down a field of 40
candidates to the one who met the school's vision for experience,
institutional commitment, philosophical fit, and eagerness to serve.
Tom joined the Harrisburg Academy community 15 years ago, coming to us
from Milton Hershey School. He has served successfully as the Academy's
assistant head of school, head of the Middle and Upper Schools, and
International Baccalaureate coordinator. During his time here, Tom has
created strong working relationships with his faculty, which has led to
creative and engaging academic programs, and an environment in which
students enjoy learning and feel secure.
We greatly appreciate Tom's hard work and commitment to the students and
families at Harrisburg Academy.
Please join us in congratulating Tom on his success! Questions? Please
the 2016 Annual Progress Report
Suite New Construction
construction of our new music suite, funded by the Bold Ambition campaign, started during Spring Break
and will be ongoing through the summer. Students are already
looking forward to coming back for school in the fall to two large
instruction rooms, smaller practice rooms, and much-needed space for
Be sure to connect
with Harrisburg Academy online in the places that you visit and engage
most. Through our postings on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, and our blog you can take a peek into the daily
happenings at the Academy, both in and out of the classroom. For
Academy alumni updates and events, be sure to follow us on Facebook and