The Circle Voice

Groton Breaks the Bubble: Summer GEOs

Groton Breaks the Bubble: Summer GEOs

Powers Trigg '20

June 2, 2018


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

At the turn of the twentieth century, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) concluded his studies on the Circle. In the decades that followed, FDR became one of America’s great presidents, often ranked in the same presidential assemblage as Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. What was it that placed FDR on...

A Farewell to Familiar Faces: Departing Faculty

A Farewell to Familiar Faces: Departing Faculty

Eunice Cho '20

June 2, 2018


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

As the end of the school year approaches, the Groton community will bid farewell to fourteen faculty members. Two are heading off on year-long sabbaticals, five are moving on from the Circle, and six will be retiring. They will be missed by colleagues and students alike. Physics intern Sonia Cwik described her...

A Letter from Your Former Editors

A Letter from Your Former Editors

Christian Carson '18 and Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld '18

June 2, 2018


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

At first glance, it’s hard to figure out why anyone would want to be editor-in-chief of The Circle Voice. Editors spend the last year of their bucolic days at Groton herding thirty-odd people, dedicating hours and hours to reading over every section for typos, and playing lengthy matches of article pi...

Prize Day: Hats Off the the Class of 2018

Prize Day: Hats Off the the Class of 2018

Cara Chang '20

June 2, 2018


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News, Showcase

“Dare to be all you can be.” “Life is just one, big improvisation.” “Fall forward.” “Make good art.” “Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken.” “Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.” “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” It has been years si...

It’s Time for Groton to Pay Its Fair Share

It’s Time for Groton to Pay Its Fair Share

Leo McMahon '20

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

Today, Groton School, with its princely $380 million endowment, pays zero property taxes to the town. This state of affairs exists because the School, as a nonprofit, is exempted by the federal government from paying tax. Therefore, as many other educational facilities, Groton gives a relatively small...

Why the Dress Code Isn’t Working

Why the Dress Code Isn’t Working

Katie Reveno '20

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

Few topics at Groton are mired in more controversy than the Dress Code. At a recent Groton Feminists meeting, students discussed the implications of the Dress Code in our everyday lives and reviewed the official rules. Though members had varying experiences and thoughts about Dress Code, the overall c...

With the Year Almost Out, Advice From a Departing Senior

Andrew Rasetti '18

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

It has only just now hit me how little time I have left on the Circle. Now that the end is finally here, it is hard not to reflect on my four years here and think about what I could have done differently for a better-lived Groton life. After much thought, I am going to give all of you some advice abo...

Battling Groton’s Big Brother: Give Students Trust

Battling Groton’s Big Brother: Give Students Trust

Julia Kendall '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

Shock. Excitement. Shock again. Nervousness. Shock once more. These were the emotions that ran through my head on the morning of April 17th—my first actually surprising Surprise Holiday. Once the shock had subsided, several friends and I decided to take the early bus into Boston, and, afterwards, hea...

Movement for Female Busts Gains Momentum

Movement for Female Busts Gains Momentum

Marianne Lu '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

Newton. Milton. Shakespeare. Franklin. Hawthorne. Emerson. Hamilton. Lincoln. Washington. Homer. Grant. Demosthenes. Caesar. Socrates. Dante. Goethe. Scott. Christopher Columbus. These are the busts on display in the Schoolroom. All of them are men, and all are Western. As part of a larger chapel talk...

Students Take Independent School Health Survey

Students Take Independent School Health Survey

Katie Reveno '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

On April 23, 2018, Groton students in the second through sixth forms took an online survey about topics ranging from mental health, to drugs and alcohol, to academic pressures. The biannual Independent School Health Check survey was first administered at Groton in 2016. While the Groton community gene...

Student-Led Sustainability Committee Hopes to Make Groton Greener

Student-Led Sustainability Committee Hopes to Make Groton Greener

Afran Ali and Olivia Ting ’20

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

Starting April 12, 2018, daily emails full of environmental-minded memes and tips to go green began to come to the inboxes of Groton students and faculty. These emails were sent by the Sustainability Committee, a new group of environmentally-minded students and faculty established by Sandra Redjali, Lucy Gund, Ishana ...

Changes, New Courses in the 2018-19 Course Catalog

Lily Cratsley '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

As one school year draws ever closer to summer break, another hovers in the horizon. For seniors, this means new adventures after Groton. For underformers, this means a brand new load of classes, which they will determine from the new Course Catalog. The 2018-19 Course Catalog marks the arrival of ne...

With Freeman-Coppadge Departing, GCE Looks Towards Next Year

Cara Chang '20

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

On Prize Day, in addition to the 84 graduating seniors, Groton School will bid farewell to English teacher and Director of Community Engagement Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge.  Mr. Freeman-Coppadge, his husband Darren, and their son Langston will return to their family community in Maryland, where Mr. Freeman-...

Middlebury Environmental Science Professor to Deliver Circle Talk

Cara Chang '20

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

Middlebury professor Jonathan Isham will deliver the spring Circle Talk scheduled for April 24, 2018. He will speak on how young people and their allies can help accelerate the goal of clean energy for all.   Passionate about both climate change and youth advocacy, Mr. Isham teaches in the Envir...

For Many, Push for All-Gender Dorms Continues

May 30, 2018


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One of the hallmarks of boarding school life is residence halls, with boys’ residence halls separated from girls’ . Some students, though, believe that these gender-divided dormitories are in sore need of an update. Many individuals on campus are pushing for the implementation of a gender-inclusive...

Student Preachers Take the Pulpit on Holy Days

Leo McMahon '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

On two important days in the Christian Advent season, students who attended chapel services were preached to not by a minister but rather by their peers. Chaplain Christopher Whiteman decided to create a new opportunity for Groton students to expand their religious experience by asking students to deliver s...

Groton Attends Its First AAFC

Eunice Cho ’20

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

On Sunday, April 8, seven Groton students attended the annual Asian-American Footsteps Conference, or AAFC, at Deerfield Academy. The conference invites Asian, Asian-American, and mixed-heritage Asian students attending independent secondary schools in New England for a day filled with workshops, ac...

Finding Community at Students of Color Conference

Lily Cratsley '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under News

Every year, the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) holds a High School Students of Color Conference. Groton School has been attending the conference for several years, previously organized and chaperoned by Assistant Director of Admissions, Cultural Alliance leader, and Director o...

Throngs of Students, Updates Come to Revisit Day

Marianne Lu '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under News, Uncategorized

Whether it’s third formers excitedly checking their mailboxes to see if they’ve been assigned a revisiting student, the huge crowd gathering on the Forum steps at conference, or people waiting in a lunch line reaching the Webb-Marshall Room, Revisit Day sweeps the community into a whirlwind of a...

Student Lawyers, Justices Tackle Obergefell v. Hodges in Lively Mock Court

March 2, 2018


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William Howard Taft, the only person to have served as both President of the United States and as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, once declared, “Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.” Taft’s quote is reflected in the enduring popularity of the two Court and...

Senators and Subcommittees: Groton Takes Model Congress

Senators and Subcommittees: Groton Takes Model Congress

Eunice Cho '20

March 2, 2018


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From February 22, 2018 to February 25, 2018, Groton students attended the Harvard Model Congress conference in Boston. The group, which consisted of eight boys and four girls, attended the conference held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, along with about 1500 students from other schools. Model Congress i...

Groton Email to Pivot from Outlook to Gmail

Lily Cratsley '19

March 2, 2018


Filed under News

Spring break this year will not only mark a change in the weather on the Circle, but also a shift away from the school’s long working relationship with Microsoft Outlook – the School will change its email provider to Google Mail. On February 2 – Groundhog Day – Chief Technology Office Elizabe...

Groton’s Flu Season Takes No Prisoners

Groton’s Flu Season Takes No Prisoners

Marianne Lu '19

March 2, 2018


Filed under News

48 states. 63 pediatric deaths nationwide. 15 Groton students. 150 on-campus vaccinations.   This flu season rivals that of the 2009 “swine flu” virus.  While it is normal for the flu virus to vary in severity from year to year, Health Center Nurse Lynn Pittsinger said that “the flu...

Groton Alum Tackles Mental Health in a Prep School setting

March 2, 2018


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On Tuesday, January 23, Mitzi Brockman ‘83 and Kristy Hommel came to Groton to speak about their experiences with mental health. The two are part of the In Your Own Voice initiative started by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). They, along with others involved in the organization, travel to ...

Groton’s Steps Toward Sustainability, Revisited

Marianne Lu '19

March 2, 2018


Filed under News

In the third issue of this year, The Circle Voice ran an article on Groton’s sustainability, pointing to many of the strides the School has taken in pursuit of an eco-friendlier campus. While that article’s information was factual, the Circle still has a considerable way to go in reducing its enviro...

Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin Comes to the Circle

Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin Comes to the Circle

Leo McMahon '19

March 2, 2018


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On Friday, January 26, master storyteller Odds Bodkin presented his adapted rendition of Book I of the Iliad in the Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC), accompanied by his harp and his 12-string guitar.   Based in New England, Mr. Bodkin performs his versions of a variety of folktales...

GRAIN Reaches $50 Million: A Retrospective

GRAIN Reaches $50 Million: A Retrospective

Julia Kendall '19

March 2, 2018


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Headmaster Temba Maqubela’s tenure at Groton has made diversity and inclusion a priority. One particular step that Groton has taken to further these ideals is instituting the Groton Affordability and Inclusion (GRAIN) initiative, which aims to make Groton affordable for all. With the help of a lar...

Success, Changes for Second Annual Cultural Day

Success, Changes for Second Annual Cultural Day

Marianne Lu '19

March 2, 2018


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Eight percent of Groton’s student body is international, and the vibrant cultures of the fourteen different countries from which they come converged when Groton held its second annual Cultural Day on the last Saturday of January.   The idea for Cultural Day formed when Director of Student Activi...

IT Office Rolling Out Network Security Upgrades

Rajit Khanna '19

January 19, 2018


Filed under News, School Policy

Unbeknownst to most of the community, a series of changes have begun taking place around campus, changes which will improve every member of the Groton community’s technological safety. Groton’s Internet Technology (IT) Department is in the process of editing the layers of security, as Jeffrey Nelson ...

Groton Alumnus Named Crimson President

Groton Alumnus Named Crimson President

Lilias Kim '19

January 19, 2018


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Former Circle Voice Editor-in-Chief Derek Xiao ‘15 has been named next year’s President of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University’s daily student newspaper.   To Derek, The Circle Voice and The Crimson have very similar missions: “to hold the powerful accountable, giving a voice to those t...

New Fall Sport Captains Named at Banquet

New Fall Sport Captains Named at Banquet

January 19, 2018


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Every term, varsity athletes and coaches gather to celebrate the school’s athletic performance throughout the season. This year’s fall athletic banquet, held in the dining hall November 30, continued the tradition of announcing team records, awarding individual athletes, and announcing next year’s ca...

Hugh McGlade ‘13 Digs Into Groton’s Past

Hugh McGlade ‘13 Digs Into Groton’s Past

Lilias Kim '19

January 19, 2018


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Since August 1, Hugh McGlade ’13 has been on the Circle digging into Groton’s rich history. With guidance from a working committee of trustees and faculty, which includes his former advisor Dr. John Tyler, Hugh currently works as a research assistant for the third volume of the Groton School history volume...

Students Explore Passions in Winter Tutorials

Students Explore Passions in Winter Tutorials

Max Steinert '20

January 19, 2018


Filed under News

This winter, five tutorials are underway in subjects from poetry to quantum theory.  A tutorial is a small (generally one- or two-student) class through which subjects outside of Groton’s traditional course offering can be explored. Students who wish to take tutorials work closely with the academic ...

Groton Opts for Electronic Bulletin Boards

Groton Opts for Electronic Bulletin Boards

Lily Cratsly '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under News

When students and faculty return to campus every year, they are greeted by a number of changes in technology and communication policies. This year, these changes included new group email names, increased MyGroton utilization, and most visibly, four new television screens serving as electronic bulletin ...

New and Changing Clubs on Campus

Eliza Lord '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under News

There has been an increase in club activity this fall on the Circle. While old clubs are beginning to meet more often, the number of new clubs on campus has also increased. Last year the School yearbook listed 36 clubs, whereas this year boasts 47. Latin teacher Preston Bannard has noticed this trend – he said...

Rosetta Lee Confronts Microaggressions

Rosetta Lee Confronts Microaggressions

Abby Kirk '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under News

Rosetta Lee delivered a Diversity and Inclusion Circle Talk on October 9. In it, she discussed how we should identify and address microaggressions and their perpetrators. While she talked for much of the hour, she left much time for students to talk to one another and practice the methods she taught...

Jonathan Waxman: The Life of a Chef

Jonathan Waxman: The Life of a Chef

Rajit Khanna '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under News

Father of Alex Waxman ‘18 and Foster Waxman ‘21, Jonathan Waxman is a pioneer of California cuisine and founder of many restaraunts. On October 2, he captured the attention of Groton students in a Circle Talk that was both witty and informative. Through his Circle Talk, he raised students’ awa...

By The Numbers: The Health Center

By The Numbers: The Health Center

James Hovet '18

October 26, 2017


Filed under News

https://jameshovet.github.io/CV/HealthCenter/

Amid Health Center Changes, Concerns Arise

Lily Crastley '19

October 3, 2017


Filed under News

Students are now swallowing their medication under nurses’ supervision and attending clinic hours to receive treatment. These are only a few of the changes that Groton’s  Health Center has undergone this year due to the retirement of Health Center director Nancy Foster, who worked in that position for...

Signing Out Goes Digital

Signing Out Goes Digital

Sammy Agrawal '21

October 3, 2017


Filed under News

This year, Groton has implemented a new sign-out system through REACH Boarding School Platform, an Australian company specializing in automated student management systems for boarding schools. Previously, students who wished to leave campus had to return to their dorms and write details of the sign-o...