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Smiles and Bagels: Suki and her Motherly Wisdom

Elizabeth Wolfram '23, Online Columnist March 9, 2021

It’s been a rough week. You’ve had lots of majors and have skipped lunch multiple times to study. Whenever you do so, you always get a quick bagel from the cafe before heading back to the stacks. On...

Senior Prefects Pass the Torch

Christina Oelhafen ’21 and Sophia Wu ’21, Features Editors May 31, 2020

Grace Mastroianni ’20 and Lwazi Bululu ’20 led the school through one of the toughest times in recent years. The virus threw unimaginable challenges at them – as Grace said, “planning a virtual...

A Guide to Spring Classes: Elective Highlights

  There are many exciting electives in the spring term, and we find the ones displayed particularly unique. Some electives (such as advanced readings in a modern language) are advanced, term-courses...

Students celebrating Holi in the Dases backyard last spring.

Holi at Groton: A Burst of Color

Joon Whang '23 March 7, 2020

Warm weather this spring will breathe green back into the grass on the Circle and pink into the flowerbeds, but the biggest explosion of color will be in the Dases' backyard: teachers Nishad Das and Sravani...

Ethics students producing their podcast.

Ethics Students Produce Podcasts About Campus Issues

Gracie Mumford '21 December 20, 2019

The Daily, the Moth, Radiolab, and Hidden Brain — all well-known podcasts designed to inform listeners about global stories and issues. This fall for their final project, Ethics students created similar...

Results of All-School Survey

September 24, 2019

Click here to open the PDF of the results.

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...

Bread in the Dining Hall.

“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...

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...

Suki 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...

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...

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...

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...

Ms. Marks with her dog Darcy

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...

Mr. Bannard on JV Baseball in 1998

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,...

Elizabeth and Mary kickboxing.

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...


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...

LVs common room.

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...

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...

The 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...

Whats 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...

Ms. Hamlin meets with her prefects.

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...

The four students participating in the organometallics tutorial.

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,...

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...

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...

S. Conroy 19

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...

A Survival Guide to Groton

Alex Kogler '19 September 11, 2017

Welcome new and returning students to the Circle! For those unaccustomed to life at Groton School, this is a survival guide to help you familiarize yourself with your new home, traditions unique to Groton,...

Word on the Circle

Word on the Circle

Features Staff June 2, 2017

“My favorite memory this term has been delivering my chapel talk. Being able to openly reflect on my life experiences in that pulpit felt simply surreal. Even the process of writing it and preparing...

Afternoon Fun: Spring FSAs

Afternoon Fun: Spring FSA’s

Rohan Varkey '18 May 11, 2017

This term, the FSA, or Faculty Sponsored Activity, program is as popular as ever, allowing students to pursue an activity they are interested in as their afternoon activity. These FSAs span a wide array...

IMPACT impacts Sixth Form

IMPACT impacts Sixth Form

Ben Calmas '18 May 11, 2017

IMPACT, spelt in capital letters but not an acronym, is a self defense and situational awareness course. Many Sixth Formers oppose having to go through this school-required process, popularly known as...

Ella Anderson ‘17’s proposal for Charlie Vrattos ‘18.

Our top formal proposals

Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld, Assistant Features Editor January 27, 2017

The best Winter Formal proposals of all time comprise of a list of four courageous individuals. While there is nothing wrong with the subtle ask during conference, a grandiose performance at Roll Call...

Students, faculty celebrate diversity on first Cultural Day

Students, faculty celebrate diversity on first Cultural Day

Eunice Cho '20, Reporter January 27, 2017

On this coming Saturday, January 28th, the first Groton Cultural Day will be held in the Forum. In previous years, Groton hosted the Chinese New Year festival, where Ms. Jin put a whole evening together...

Layla McDermott ’18 rock climbing.

Mark your calendars: Upcoming SAC events

Layne McKeown , Reporter January 27, 2017

JANUARY 28TH Date Night Taxi, 3v3 Basketball Tourney, Groton Cultural Night Once again, the Date Night Taxi will be available this weekend. New to SAC this year, the taxi will take you, your friends,...

Graph Theory.

Brrr… Cool Winter Tutorials!

Rohan Varkey '18, Reporter January 27, 2017

As students get older at Groton, their options for courses get larger. Students can save some of their graduation requirements for later years, take electives, or take more courses in areas they are interested...

Boys’ Dorms Pop the Question

Boys’ Dorms Pop the Question

Gus Vrattos '19, Reporter October 21, 2016

As Groton swings into full gear in the month of October, dorm proposals, a particularly fascinating tradition of Groton, have already taken place. Together, brother/sister dorms share feeds, communal check-ins...

The Fab Lab is filled with many advanced tools.

Fab-Lab-ulous: Groton’s own engineering hub

Rohan Varkey '18, Assistant Features Editor October 21, 2016

Often while walking through the Forum, people will see the Fab Lab, a space filled with mysterious machines and seemingly incomprehensible projects. Despite the great resources the Fab Lab holds, not many...

Chloe White ‘19 picks up an order from the Cottage in Ayer.

Best bites around Groton

Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld ‘18, Assistant Features Editor October 21, 2016

With Parents’ Weekend here and St. Mark’s Day soon approaching, students and parents are faced with the annual opportunity of eating off campus. Eating food other than that of the dining hall is always...

More than a room

More than a room

Rohan Varkey '18 October 7, 2016

Here at Groton, dorms mostly contain the same type of rooms: normal, non-prefect singles, doubles, and triples that have the same amount of space and a similar setup. However, there are some rooms that...

The Curious George Store

Guide to “Surprise” Holiday

Min Shin '18, Assistant Features Editor September 13, 2016

As students and faculty return to the Circle after a long, well-spent summer vacation, there is no doubt that everyone is longing for the same day: Surprise Holiday. For those of you who are not aware,...

MasterChef: Groton Faculty Edition

Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld '18, Assistant Features Editor September 13, 2016

From dorm feeds to advisory dinners to class time rewards, teachers cook snacks for students throughout the school year. But a few teachers go above and beyond with regard to the quantity and quality of...

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