The Circle Voice

Results of All-School Survey

September 24, 2019

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International Experience at the Dining Hall

Angela Wei '21

February 11, 2019

Food mirrors culture, especially at Groton. Here, food makes up a large part of the Groton experience: students often look forward to meals as a way to spend time away from the rigorous academics and to catch up with peers. But Groton’s culture is predominantly American. Thus, the food may not always...

“Let’s Get This Bread!”

“Let’s Get This Bread!”

Annabel Kocks '20

February 5, 2019

As temperatures drop, students seek warmth through mugs of hot chocolate, large winter coats, or the Dining Hall’s fresh bread. In the coldest winter months, the Dining Hall staff prepares various styles of warm bread every day at lunch to satisfy student cravings.  The origin of this tradition is unclear. In fa...

A History of Sunday Bell Ringing

A History of Sunday Bell Ringing

Wally Capen '22, Jack Sperling '22

February 5, 2019

Bell ringing at Groton began shortly after the chapel was built in 1900, and a club was soon established for the activity. The Bell Ringing Club has fluctuated in membership in recent years and disappeared for two years after the heads graduated in 2016. Last year, John Rogers ’22, Robin Huntington...

A New Face at the Bagel Cafe

A New Face at the Bagel Cafe

Eunice Cho '20 and Julia Lin '22

February 5, 2019

Since the departure of Cheryl, who was endearingly known as the “bagel lady,” Suki Johnson has taken over at the Schoolhouse cafe, and is quickly mastering the art of running the bagel stand. Since the cafe in the Forum opened four years ago, students in all forms have been taking advantage of this...

Word on the Circle

Finn Lynch '19, Photographer

November 10, 2018

“I love exercising! The fresh air helps me clear my mind to prepare for the upcoming challenges.” - Lucy Gund ’19 “Ordering food and hanging out with my friends as well as occasionally watching movies,” - Wally Capen ’22 “Destressing a stress ball!” - Derek Hu ’22...

Recap of Fall Spirit Week

Recap of Fall Spirit Week

Allison Jiang '22

November 10, 2018

Spirit Week brought in its wake red, black, and white in the schoolroom, zebra stripes around the circle, and strange, impressive, and witty costumes throughout Groton’s hallways. This fall, Spirit Week was packed with energy and enthusiasm building up to St. Mark’s Day, which honors Groton’s lo...

Counseling’s New Yoga Initiative

Julia Lin '22

November 10, 2018

As the yellow light of the side room in the wellness center turned off, eight people sat cross-legged on soft blocks, breathing softly while stretching their hands over their heads. Groton held its first yoga and meditation session of the year on October 24. As the calendar turns its page to November, ...

Friendly Puppers Roam the Circle

Friendly Puppers Roam the Circle

Eunice Cho '20, Assistant Features Editor

November 10, 2018

Whether energetic poodles or nervous Havanese, dogs are a familiar sight at Groton. Many Groton students have come to appreciate these on-campus dogs, since merely seeing them can be comforting during a tough day. Paula Marks has always had dogs in her family, and Darcy is her third dog. She commented...

A Refreshing Boarding School Perspective

A Refreshing Boarding School Perspective

Sophia Wu '21

November 10, 2018

Boarding school is an interesting concept. A few hundred teenagers are thrown onto a campus, often in the middle of nowhere, who are then expected to make friends with everyone else, get enough sleep, and excel in all their classes and sports. Boarding schools have existed for hundreds of years, and...

Upper Schoolers Tackle Fall FSAs

Upper Schoolers Tackle Fall FSAs

Sammy Agrawal '21

October 19, 2018

Golf Andrej Klema ’21, a long time golfer, spends his afternoons improving his technique at the Groton Country Club. He hopes that this experience will aid him in setting a new personal record. Golfing also provides a distraction from work related anxiety, he said, adding that golfing is a “m...

Halloweekend

Annabel Kocks '20

October 19, 2018

As the trees change from green to red and pumpkin spice lattés make a reappearance, teens all over America begin to shift their attention to Halloween. Typically, most Americans spend the eerie night showcasing their costumes and going door to door trick-or-treating at houses decked out with spiderwebs,...

Prefects Have Fun with Dorm Themes

Prefects Have Fun with Dorm Themes

Amelia Lee '22

October 19, 2018

From Greek mythology to carnivals, Groton’s dorm themes this year bring a combination of creativity, humor, and inspiration to the living spaces on the Circle. While some adopt a more serious focus of empowering their residents, others aim to provide a temporary distraction from the notorious Groton...

Spotlight on Dining Hall Members

Sophia Wu '21 and Elena Junkala '21

October 19, 2018

Groton students are all familiar with the sight of apron-clad dining hall staff bustling in and out of the kitchen, yet most students walk up the spiral stairs, eat, and leave without a word to these members of our community. Though it is difficult to pull time out of our hectic schedules to get to know...

Meet Your New Senior and House Prefects

Meet Your New Senior and House Prefects

Katie Reveno '20, Assistant Features Editor

September 13, 2018

As we return for another year on the Circle, we are confronted with a version of Groton that is identical to and yet changed from the one we left in June. The physical features are all here, but the senior class, a defining feature of the Groton student body, has been filled with a fresh set of face...

What’s in Store for the SAC

What’s in Store for the SAC

Eleanor Dunn '20

September 13, 2018

As we enter this coming school year, it’s easy for anxiety to bring back memories of work imposed all-nighters, early Saturday mornings, and painful exams. However, let me suggest that instead your attention is turned to the many fun events planned for this fall. Groton’s Student Activities Committee, o...

Spotlight on New Dorm Heads

Spotlight on New Dorm Heads

Eunice Cho '20, Assistant Features Editor

September 13, 2018

Every spring, Groton students look forward to finding out the dorm arrangements for the coming year. Due to teachers either returning from sabbatical or leaving, many dorm buildings will acquire new leadership and accompanying names in the following school year. For this school year, there were a number of...

Seniors Take on Fall Tutorials

Seniors Take on Fall Tutorials

Robin Huntington '22

September 13, 2018

Tutorials are student-led, in-depth courses that allow sixth formers to explore an area not usually offered by the school without the constraints of a larger class size or a rigid syllabus. This fall, three sixth form groups will pursue tutorials of varying topics: organometallics, solo acting, and special relati...

A History of Senior Pranks

A History of Senior Pranks

Robin Huntington '22 and Amelia Lee '22

June 2, 2018

As Prize Day looms near, seniors indulge in the infamous “senior spring,” where they have less work, and therefore more time to dwell on their upcoming departures. What better way to make the last few weeks special than to pull off an unforgettable prank? Senior pranks generally happen in mid to lat...

Students Tackle Ovid, Molecular Modeling in Tutorials

Abby Kirk '19

May 30, 2018

Differential Equations: Ben Cardinal ’18 and Catherine Qiao ’18 meet with math teacher Jon Creamer every week and work with complex math equations involving derivatives of functions. Infinite Jest: A revolutionary novel published by David Foster Wallace in 1996, Infinite Jest – called “still a challen...

From Botswana to Thailand for Summer Grant Recipients

From Botswana to Thailand for Summer Grant Recipients

Karla Sanford '19

May 30, 2018

Every summer, Groton gives students the opportunity to apply for various grants directed towards service projects. These grants—the Lawrence Fund, the Dwight Fund, the (Groton Opportunity for Leadership Development) G.O.L.D. Fund, and the Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN) Grant—are all a...

With 17 Days Until Prize Day, Seniors Reflect

Alex Kogler '19

May 30, 2018

Alex Waxman ’18 Now a senior, Alex Waxman ’18 has a wide plethora of accomplishments under his belt. Whether as an actor in the latest play, or as a member of the crew team, Alex is an active member of the community. Reflecting on his four years at Groton, Alex says that his favorite aspect ab...

Hospital to Horseback Riding: Spring FSAs

May 30, 2018

Rugby: One of Groton’s longest lasting and most popular FSA’s, the rugby FSA treats the sport like any other Groton sport, with daily practices and the occasional match. Madame Stanton sponsors Greg Segal ‘18, Faiz Malik ‘19, Sammy Malhotra ‘18, Filip Engstrom ‘20, Yan Davidoff ‘18, Theo...

Zebra Unmasked: Behind Groton’s New Athletic Logo

Alex Kogler '19

May 30, 2018

Recently, after a lengthy March break, a familiar yet unknown face greeted students returning back to campus. Whether in the school store, in classrooms, or on the athletic field, a new zebra logo, with sharp mane and pensive eyes, can be spotted throughout the school. The question on everyone’s mi...

What to Look Forward to in Spring

Karla Sanford '19

May 30, 2018

Spring Fling One of the students’ most anticipated events of the spring term is Spring Fling. This school-wide competition pits all dorms against each other. Prizes include the title of best girls dorm or best boys dorm with the promise of feeds. Planned by the fifth-form Events Committee, Sprin...

The Traditions We Left Behind

Elizabeth Girian '20 and Caroline Wilcox '20

March 2, 2018

When thinking of Groton, the traditions that come to mind include  Roll Call, Parlor, Chapel, and surprise holiday. These are the constants in our Groton careers – but what were the traditions before our time? How have Groton traditions changed over the decades?   For one, there were chapel talks given from ...

Greece to the Ganges: 2018 Global Education Trips

Karla Sanford '19

March 2, 2018

This year, the Global Education program will run trips to India, Greece, China, and Tanzania. The majority of travel opportunities will happen this spring break, with Tanzania being the only summer trip.   From March 4 to March 19, faculty members Tom Lamont and Monika Andersson will lead...

A History of Groton’s Model UN Club

Alex Kogler '19

March 2, 2018

This year, on January 25, twelve students departed for a three-day conference in Boston, to attend the Harvard Model United Nations Conference. Since its founding in 1986, this event annually attracts students from regions as far away as South America and Africa. The conference, run entirely by current Harvard...

The Social Significance of Cabaret

The Social Significance of Cabaret

Karla Sanford '19

March 2, 2018

This winter, Groton’s theater program will be producing Cabaret. The show follows Sally Bowles (Lily Cratsley ‘19), an ignorant expatriate, on her quest for fame in the tawdry Kit Kat Klub as well as her relationship with Cliff Bradshaw (Christian Carson ‘18), a visiting American novelist. Mea...

Breaking the Other Barrier: Students with English as a Second Language

Breaking the Other Barrier: Students with English as a Second Language

Cara Chang '20

March 2, 2018

For many students, the transition to Groton and boarding school life is uniquely challenging. New friends, teachers, subjects, and surroundings on the Circle are daunting, even to the most outgoing student. Some students have yet another variable to juggle: language.   Approximately eight percent of the student b...

The Return of the Lower School Play

Karla Sanford '19

January 19, 2018

The Lower School play is based on the book “Just So Stories” by Rudyard Kipling. The show will be directed by Nicole Harris, stage managed by Rose Gil ‘18 and musically directed by Lilias Kim ‘19. Ms. Harris first started working at Groton through the dance program with her non-profit Monkey Hous...

Music to Micro-Turbines: Winter FSAs

Music to Micro-Turbines: Winter FSAs

Karla Sanford '19

January 19, 2018

This winter students are pursuing Faculty Sponsored Activities (FSAs) in a variety of areas. Music FSAs are as popular as ever, but students are also committing to art, science, and humanities activities as well.   Candilla Park: Classical Piano   Candilla Park ‘18, who is well-kn...

Getting to Know Ed

Getting to Know Ed

Alex Kogler '19

January 19, 2018

Does the name Ed Wetterwald ring a bell? For many students, he is the mysterious man behind the weekly menu emails. However, what most of us aren’t familiar with are the aspects of this Groton chef outside of Groton. Oftentimes in the Groton bubble, we forget about the others around us, only getting ...

What Happens to Teacher Evaluations?

What Happens to Teacher Evaluations?

Abby Kirk '19

January 19, 2018

Teacher evaluations seem to play very small roles in students’ lives. We get the pieces of paper with a couple of generic questions about the course we took, we scribble down some answers, turn them in, and forget about them. But what happens after we hand in the evaluations? Who looks at them? Ar...

Changing Places: Experiences on Exchange

Changing Places: Experiences on Exchange

Max Steinert '20

October 26, 2017

Even putting aside this year’s new students, Groton has seen some new faces – and accents – around the Circle. Groton has hosted four exchange students this term: Simon Oates, Freya Coull and Scarlett Watkins from England; and Charlie Yates from Bishops College in Africa. In turn, Andrew Porter ...

Inside Ten to Twelve

Inside Ten to Twelve

Karla Sanford '19

October 26, 2017

While students are still acclimating to the new school year, something else lingers in seniors’ minds: when does 10-12 start? Every year this privilege is highly anticipated, evidenced by the excited screams of seniors heard on the first night of 10-12. In many ways, 10-12 embodies what it means to...

How to Get into Groton

Alex Kogler '19

October 26, 2017

March 10 holds a special place in the minds of many prospective students: it is the day on which the School releases admission decisions. Envelopes arrive, and the online portal opens. The endless pages of questions, hours spent writing essays, and standardized tests have led up to this moment. To an ou...

Groton Games, Finally Explained

Elizabeth Girian '20

October 6, 2017

On the first Sunday of the school year, new and returning students participated in an afternoon of games on the Circle. Every dorm on campus showed enthusiasm and dorm spirit as they tried to beat other dorms in kickball and a Hunger Games-modeled competition. Similar in scope to Spring Fling, the traditio...

Staying Connected: Groton’s Social Media

Staying Connected: Groton’s Social Media

Alex Kogler '19

October 6, 2017

Likes. Comments. Shares. We mention these words daily, if not hourly. Technology use is expected for the average Groton student. From getting assignments on MyGroton to posting about Dorm Olympics on our Snapchat stories, captioning “Beat St. Marks!” under Instagram posts or checking Facebook for ...

Inside the Wellness Center

Inside the Wellness Center

Karla Sanford '19

October 6, 2017

This year marks the formal opening of the Wellness Center. Inside the suite are fluffy cushions for relaxing, board games, meditation pillows, yoga mats, and prayer books, courtesy of Chaplain Christopher Whiteman. In addition, students may use “decompression rooms” to chat with peer counselors, e...