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A Survival Guide to Groton

Alex Kogler '19

September 11, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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, popular places to eat, and things to do. Cutting the Circle: Don’t At Groton, our li...

Word on the Circle

Word on the Circle

Features Staff

June 2, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Features

“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 for its delivery was incredibly fulfilling. I cried as I typed out its final sentences.” – Mike Ad...

Afternoon Fun: Spring FSA’s

Afternoon Fun: Spring FSA’s

Rohan Varkey '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Features, Showcase

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 of activities, including: Horseback Riding: This term, Sandra Redjali ’19 is doing a horseback riding FSA with ...

IMPACT impacts Sixth Form

IMPACT impacts Sixth Form

Ben Calmas '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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 “model mugging.” Until going to the event, many view IMPACT as a waste of precious spring time, ...

Our top formal proposals

Our top formal proposals

Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld, Assistant Features Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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 or check-in is sure to garner the respect and admiration of your peers. #4: Tilly Brooks ‘19 Proposal to Mik...

Students, faculty celebrate diversity on first Cultural Day

Students, faculty celebrate diversity on first Cultural Day

Eunice Cho '20, Reporter

January 27, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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 in the Forum with a themed dinner and various activities, including dance performances and games. Fa...

Mark your calendars: Upcoming SAC events

Mark your calendars: Upcoming SAC events

Layne McKeown, Reporter

January 27, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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, or that special someone out for good food and good times. By emailing the “taxi drivers” the siz...

Brrr… Cool Winter Tutorials!

Brrr… Cool Winter Tutorials!

Rohan Varkey '18, Reporter

January 27, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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 in. In Sixth Form, students are allowed to apply for a tutorial, which allows them to do ch...

Boys’ Dorms Pop the Question

Boys’ Dorms Pop the Question

Gus Vrattos '19, Reporter

October 21, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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 and fun activities. While typically a boy’s dorm proposes to girl’s dorm, dorm proposals...

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

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

Rohan Varkey '18, Assistant Features Editor

October 21, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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 students besides those in Engineering tutorials and classes know exactly what engineering at Groton...

Best bites around Groton

Best bites around Groton

Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld ‘18, Assistant Features Editor

October 21, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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 one of the most exciting prospects of Parents’ Weekend, and there are are plenty of restaurants...

More than a room

More than a room

Rohan Varkey '18

October 7, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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 break this mold. These rooms can have more space, an interesting setup, or a distinguishing feature...

Guide to “Surprise” Holiday

Guide to “Surprise” Holiday

Min Shin '18, Assistant Features Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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, once a term the Deans and the Headmaster give students and faculty a day off to relax or head into...

MasterChef: Groton Faculty Edition

Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld '18, Assistant Features Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

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 their meals. These delicious treats comprise this list. Mrs. LeRoy’s Monkey Bread Mrs. LeRoy is v...

A History of Senior Shenanigans

A History of Senior Shenanigans

June 5, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

Pranks. Pranks. Pranks. What to do without pranks? A Groton without pranks is like a rainforest without rain, a peanut-butter and jelly without the jelly. Recently, graduates who returned to the Circle began conversations asking, "So, what kind of pranks are you kids up to nowadays?" Groton has a lon...

Spring FSAs: Training and Translating

Spring FSAs: Training and Translating

Millie Kim '17, Assistant News Editor

May 13, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

Tackling the Fields: Rugby FSA Groton’s Rugby Team, formed three years ago, has returned to the fields this year with new players—Dowey Tran ‘17, Ben Cardinal ‘18, Sammy Malhotra ’18, Owen Duggan ‘17, George Altshuler ‘18, and Rohan Varkey ’18— with original players Marco McGavick ...

A GRACEful Summer Experience

A GRACEful Summer Experience

Victor Liu '17, Assistant News and Online Editor

April 22, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

This upcoming summer, Groton’s administration will launch the Groton Accelerate Challenge Enrich (GRACE) Scholars pilot program, a new initiative started in the hopes of creating new academic opportunity for students. Set to run this summer from July 3 to July 30, GRACE was established to prepare...

007 ON THE CIRCLE

007 ON THE CIRCLE

Lilias Kim '18

April 22, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

As he walked into the Sackett Forum, silence hung in the air. In front of the students stood a man who once breathed the same air as Al-Qaeda. Victoria Wahba ’17 invited Mike Morell as the third speaker in her lecture series, “Understanding the Middle East.” Mr. Morell, worked within the Centeral...

Paul Barrett Triggers Thoughtful Discussion on Gun Control

Paul Barrett Triggers Thoughtful Discussion on Gun Control

Jack McLaughlin '17, Assistant Features Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

Paul M. Barrett, author of “New York Times” bestseller “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun,” led a discussion January 10 on the use and control of guns in America. The event was hosted by Groton’s Young Democrats and Young Republicans clubs. Barrett last visited the Circle in 2013, when...

Sports Supplements: Get Swole

Eunice Cho '20

February 9, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

A sports drink may technically be a supplement, as are multi-vitamins. Drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, and NOS are also used as supplements. However, Mr. Cheeks suggests consuming supplements through healthy eating. Here are some of the best ones and where you can find them: 1. Protein – Protein is t...

Scudder’s Reopens After Extended Closure

Scudder’s Reopens After Extended Closure

Victor Liu '17, Assistant News and Online Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Features

During the first half of this school year, a longtime fixture on the Circle was missing: Scudder’s Grill. Over the years, students have spent countless nights in the popular grill filled with the sounds of music, chatter, and laughter. Scudder’s offers a wide array of food options, ranging from...

The Perfect Pronoun

The Perfect Pronoun

Anna Reilly '16, Assistant Features Editor

October 31, 2015


Filed under Campus Life, Features

As seniors poured out of the forum, minds racing from writing college essays and Juniors stumbled out of the Athletic Center, brains aching from taking the PSAT, every student was ready to relax. However, the members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee had the opportunity to attend a workshop...

The Peanut Butter Petition

The Peanut Butter Petition

Olivia Potter '18

October 31, 2015


Filed under Campus Life, Features

Macy Lipkin ’18 recently submitted a petition to the Dining Hall for the addition of natural peanut butter to the Skippy Creamy selection currently being offered. According to the student, “natural peanut butter is Skippy’s healthier, more sophisticated older brother.” Although the petition...

Blue Bottles: A Tradition

Blue Bottles: A Tradition

Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld '18, Copy Editor

October 31, 2015


Filed under Campus Life, Features, School History and Policy

Last Monday, we celebrated Groton’s 131st birthday at sit down dinner. After a meal of mashed potatoes and steak, the Dining Hall was slowly filled as students from the Webb Marshall Room filed in around the tables in anticipation of the famous “Blue Bottles.” The sixth form then stood up in the...