The Circle Voice

Hybrid Learning

Courtesy of Amelia Lee '22.

Emily Li '22, News Assistant Editor

September 13, 2020

With 61 of 384 students opting for online learning, what fall term at Groton will look like for remote learners is still largely unknown. Unlike last spring term, where all of the Groton community was online, the Circle during this fall will be separated into students on campus and those in remote learning....

Who Are the Covid-19 Decision Makers?

Courtesy of Julia Lin '22.

Isabel Cai '21, News Editor

September 13, 2020

The decision to reopen with a hybrid model this Fall is an ongoing cooperative effort of the headmaster, faculty, and trustees since March. Headmaster Temba Maqubela consulted two groups: the Task Force, who were to address the academic options, and the SOHAG (School Opening Health Advisory Group). Director...

Alumni Push for Change at Groton

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Brianna Zhang

September 13, 2020

On June 6th, one of the largest days of the Black Lives Matter movement, 500,000 demonstrators emerged onto the streets in 550 places, bearing homemade signs and chanting for social justice. At night, smaller scale rioting broke out, with buildings burned, looted, and graffitied. America was in an upro...

New Year, New School: Student Life Under Covid-19

The Schoolhouse in 2019. Courtesy of Groton Flickr.

Amelia Lee '22, Assistant News Editor

September 13, 2020

No dances, no off-campus trips, and no interscholastic games. Social distancing measures have eliminated the possibility of many activities we previously enjoyed. Students moving in on campus or preparing for school virtually are all wondering what activities the school will host.  Without a doubt...

“Prize Day” 2020

Courtesy of Amy Ma '23

Isabel Cai '21, News Editor

May 31, 2020

In light of the pandemic, Prize Day has been postponed to a future time on the circle when it is safe for the Form of 2020 and their families to return to campus. However, an Awarding of Prizes and Diplomas will happen virtually at the end of the school year. The ceremony will consist of the same proced...

Synchronous Classes: When Less is More

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld ’21, Editor in Chief

May 31, 2020

When Mr. Anderson dedicated his chapel talk to the interesting history of time zones across the world, nobody seated in the chapel that morning could have predicted that those very time zones would come to dictate our spring term schooling. As students left Groton and scattered across the globe, Gro...

From Virtual Revisits to Webinars

J.Lin for the Circle Voice

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

April 28, 2020

Faced with the cancellations of city receptions and Revisit Day, the Admission Office discovered new ways to reach Groton’s newly admitted applicants around the world. The virtual Revisit hosts, Groton Admission Instagram, webinars, and Choose Groton website all received excellent reviews; the office w...

Students Against COVID-19

Courtesy of E. Wolfram '23

Stanislas Robert '22

April 28, 2020

During this pandemic, Elizabeth Wolfram ’23 is wondering how her time in quarantine can be made more meaningful for her and her community: “I feel much more at ease knowing that I am doing something to try to help with everything that is going on.” While it’s easier to sit back and wait for t...

The Virtual Pulpit

H. Wise for the Circle Voice

Joon Whang '23, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Just as teachers have done their best to adapt to virtual classrooms, Reverend Gil Birney is striving to preserve a centerpiece of Groton's community: Chapel. This also means that Chapel Talks, milestones of many students' senior years, have also taken a place in the virtual spotlight.  Chapel is held ...

COVID-19 Changing College Process

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Annabel Kocks '20, Assistant News Editor

April 28, 2020

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the US, many upcoming college tours and standardized tests have been canceled or postponed until August. In the wake of this unprecedented tumult, many high school juniors fear that the coronavirus pandemic may disadvantage them in the upcoming college admissi...

Sanitizing the School

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Derek Hu '21, Assistant Features Editor

April 28, 2020

As students and teachers tackle online classes, Groton’s health experts and Buildings and Grounds (B&G) staff have worked together to thoroughly sanitize the campus. They focused on disinfecting dormitories, including rooms, and classroom surfaces like tables and cabinets.  According to Gro...

Update: How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Circle

The Chamber Orchestra performing in Sevillia, Spain on last summer's musical global education opportunity (GEO). This year, unfortunately, all GEOs have been postponed or cancelled.

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

March 8, 2020

Citing an “abundance of caution,” the Global Education Opportunities (GEO) program is rescheduling trips due to the surge of COVID-19. Headmaster Temba Maqubela and Groton School Physician Sophie Allende-Ritcher announced in a joint email that the theater trip to Bali, the choir trip to Italy, and the cultural trip to India are being pos...

Groton School Primary

March 8, 2020

As the Democratic nominee field continues to narrow, many students and teachers engage in political discussions inside and outside of the classroom. The geographical diversity of Groton’s student body is accompanied by a similarly wide range of backgrounds and opinions, which stimulate these dynamic d...

Mock Trial Advances to “Elite 8”

From left to right: Cam Nguyen '22, Emily Perez '22, Julia Trowbridge '22, Emily Li '22, Kaylie Keegan '21, Tatum Pike '20, Erin Dollard '20, Steven Pang '22.

Tyler Weisberg '22, Page Editor

March 7, 2020

Groton’s Mock Trial team, founded and coached this year by new Physics fellow Andrew Evans, will compete at the Massachusetts state tournament later this month. The team is one of 32 teams to make it to the first round of the tournament after beating Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, Lunenburg...

Poet’s Visit Echoes Across the Circle

Sally Bliumis-Dunn leads a fourth form poetry workshop.

Stanislas Robert ’22

March 7, 2020

Sally Bliumis-Dunn’s visit to the Circle impressed and inspired many Groton English students. On February 18, English teacher John Capen invited Ms. Bliumis-Dunn to spend a day at Groton to lead several workshops on her latest anthology, Echolocation.  The workshops began with Ms. Bliumis-Dunn's anal...

Holi at Groton: A Burst of Color

Students celebrating Holi in the Dases' backyard last spring.

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 Sen-Das will host the fifth annual Groton celebration of the Hindu festival Holi. For the many Hin...

Celebrating MLK Day: Julie Lythcott-Haims on Being a Real American

Celebrating MLK Day: Julie Lythcott-Haims on Being a Real American

Gracie Mumford '21

February 14, 2020

On January 20, the Groton community celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day. Rather than attending classes, students had the opportunity to watch student performances and listen to Julie Lythcott-Haims, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American: A Memoir. Follow...

Inside Look into the Speakers’ Committee

Annabel Kocks '20, Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2020

The Groton community welcomes speakers for one circle talk each term, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, and Global Education Day. For each occasion, speakers typically are selected by either the Speakers' Committee, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) faculty advisors partnered with Cultural Alliance heads or...

GRAIN: Making the Groton Education Accessible

Groton’s tuition increased rapidly from the 1980s to present day. The black dots represent the four years of tuition freeze under GRAIN.

Addison Hyde '21

February 12, 2020

In the 2014-15 school year, Groton’s tuition ranked the most expensive among 40 peer schools. Now, Groton’s tuition is ranked 39 out of the same 40 due to GRAIN, the Groton Affordability and Inclusion initiative.    Headmaster Temba Maqubela pushed for GRAIN upon his arrival to the Circle seven y...

New Faculty Housing to be Completed in 2020

New Faculty Housing to be Completed in 2020

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2020

Since October 2019, Groton School has been constructing a new faculty residence behind Hundred House. According to Andy Anderson, Associate Head of School, Groton is hoping to complete construction by next July. The goal of this building is to provide students with better access to their teachers w...

Award-Winning Author Elizabeth Kolbert Visits Circle

Award-Winning Author Elizabeth Kolbert Visits Circle

Annabel Kocks '20, Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2020

On February 4, Groton welcomed journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert. The content of Ms. Kolbert’s lecture focused primarily on the material outlined in her book: the five extinctions that have taken place over the course of millions of years a...

How Coronavirus Affects the Circle

Above: Dashy Rodriguez '19, who goes to NYU Shanghai. Below: Aaron Jin '19, who attends Tsinghua University, and his family.

Cara Chang '20, Editor in Chief

February 12, 2020

“Dear Groton Parents and Guardians,” the letter began, “As you are no doubt aware, world health experts have been working to contain the transmission of a novel strain of coronavirus… Groton School is monitoring the situation closely.” Headmaster Temba Maqubela and school physician Sophie Allende-Richter s...

Kolbert & Climate Change: Circle Talk Preview

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

February 3, 2020

“Really waking up, and not just dreaming to ourselves that things will be O.K., has become urgent — beyond urgent, in fact... The world is in danger, and we need to act immediately to survive,” wrote Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert in a piece for The New Yorker. On February 4, M...

Ethics Students Produce Podcasts About Campus Issues

Ethics students producing their podcast.

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 podcasts that pertained to a more local environment: Groton. Each student, either alone or in pai...

Students and Faculty Attend People of Color Conference

From left to right: Beatrice Agbi '21, Kamsi Onwochei '20, Hutshie Faugas '20, Aroon Sankoh '21, Leah Pothel '21

Evan Cheigh, Assistant News Editor

December 20, 2019

From December 4 to 7, seven Groton educators and six students attended the People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools, PoCC is a unique opportunity for students and educators to broaden their perspectives, build leadership skills, and sh...

Headmaster Denies Anthem Request

Groton Football at a home game against St. Paul's School.

Powers Trigg '20, Editor-in-Chief

October 15, 2019

On October 5, Groton’s Varsity Football and their opponent Roxbury Latin took a moment before opening kickoff in Roxbury to honor their country with the playing of the National Anthem. It made an impression on the Groton sideline. Following the Roxbury Latin game, several Groton team members became...

Groton Switches to New Security System

Groton Switches to New Security System

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

October 15, 2019

When students arrived on the Circle this fall, they were greeted not by keypads on their dormitory entrances, but by new smooth black pads with blinking white lights. Gone were the numbers; a pixelated circle replaced them. Instead of typing in a four-digit code, students pulled out their phones and gen...

Inside the Disciplinary Committee

Annabel Kocks '20, Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2019

Two weeks into the academic year, Associate Head of School Andy Anderson and Headmaster Temba Maqubela selected Alan Du ’20 to serve as the non-senior prefect on the Disciplinary Committee (DC).  The DC provides Mr. Maqubela with a recommendation for a fair course of punishment. It is comprised...

New Busts to Line Schoolroom

New Busts to Line Schoolroom

Gracie Mumford '21

October 13, 2019

Since 1904, the busts of George Washington, Aristotle, and other prominent historical figures have lined the walls of the Schoolroom. The busts originally reflected the all-male student body and served as role models for the boys working diligently at their desks below. However, although Groton admi...

The Circle Voice Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Circle Voice Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Cornelia Potter '21, Digital Editor

October 13, 2019

  During the 1960s and 1970s, amidst the Vietnam War, America bubbled with social change and civil unrest, as did Groton students. In 1969 students created The Circle Voice to serve as the student body’s own form of expression. Fifty issues later, we peer backwards to re-examine this rich ...

9/11: Born on a Day of Terror

Cara Chang '20, Editor in Chief

September 24, 2019

On September 11, 2001 at 9:01 a.m. on Long Island, Christine Mazza welcomed her son, Andrew Michael Mazza ’20, into the world. At 8:54 p.m. that same day in New York City, Thor and Melissa Thors held their first child, Gardner Dickinson Thors ’20, in their arms. But in those twelve interv...

Results of All-School Survey

September 24, 2019

Click here to open the PDF of the results.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Jiacheng Kang '22 and Emily Li '22

February 5, 2019

Bright lights streak across the night sky with dazzling brilliance, illuminating cities below. After a day of outdoor festivities, Chinese families are gathered in front of the television to watch the Spring Festival Gala, a famous national television show, and count down the minutes until the new year....

Elizabeth Turner Visits the Circle as Mudge Fellow

Elizabeth Turner Visits the Circle as Mudge Fellow

Abby Kirk '19, Assistant News Editor

February 5, 2019

Each year, one outstanding artist is offered the opportunity to spend a week on campus through the Mudge Fellowship, a one-week on-campus teaching experience. During their residence, the artist has the opportunity of an exhibition in the Dining Hall’s Brodigan Gallery, studio workshops, and interdisciplinary...

Groton Feminists and SAC Team Up to Host Film Festival

Groton Feminists and SAC Team Up to Host Film Festival

Katie Reveno '20, Assistant Features Editor

February 5, 2019

On February 16, the Student Activities Committee (SAC) and Groton Feminists will host LunaFest, a traveling film festival featuring women filmmakers. According to the LunaFest website, LunaFest’s mission is to create a platform for women’s stories to be shared and to support women in the film industry....

Circle Talk Series Features its First “Circle Film”

Circle Talk Series Features its First “Circle Film”

Kamsi Onwochei '20 and Richa Pillai '20

February 5, 2019

On Tuesday, January 8th, members of the Groton community gathered in the Campbell Performing Arts Center to watch “In Search of Greatness,” a sports documentary that explores the role of creativity in the careers of some of the world’s most notable athletes, with primary focus on Jerry Rice, Wayne...

Celebrating MLK Jr.: Groton Welcomes Rosa Clemente

Celebrating MLK Jr.: Groton Welcomes Rosa Clemente

Cara Chang '20, Assistant News Editor

February 5, 2019

On January 21, Groton School honored the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a day designed to foster compassion, diversity in thought, and active discussion on the Circle.  In place of a regular Monday schedule, the national holiday began with three student performances and a keyn...

Debate’s Winter Debut

Tyler Weisberg '22

December 18, 2018

Groton’s Debating Society made its debut this term at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (BB&N) on Sunday, December 2nd. Two novice and two advanced teams each consisting of two debaters attended the debate.  The BB&N debate, unlike previous debates this scholastic year, included a r...

Groton students and faculty at SDLC and PoCC.

Groton students and faculty at SDLC and PoCC.

Caleb Coleman

December 18, 2018

Every year, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) holds a Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and People of Color Conference (PoCC) concurrently. The former is for students ranging from ninth to twelfth grades and focuses on “self-reflecting, forming allies and building...

A Look into Groton’s Alumni Office

A Look into Groton's Alumni Office

Cara Chang '20, Assistant News Editor

December 18, 2018

The Alumni and Development Office significantly impacts life on and off the Circle––helping to provide internships, raising money for the School and more. Recently, the office has implemented a series of changes, the biggest of which is Give2Groton (G2G), and new opportunities for alumni engagement. The...