The Circle Voice

“The Pandemic’s Frontlines” Circle Talk

Alisa Gulyansky '24 and Amelia Barnum '24, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

The most recent Circle Talk united us on something we all have in common: the devastating ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the name, “The Pandemic’s Frontlines,” suggests, the talk featured...

Groton’s Scholastic Awards

Amelia Lee , Assistant News March 9, 2021

For Groton students, the Covid-19 pandemic has limited important outlets of social interaction and travel. But it has certainly not limited their artistic abilities. As students have created meaningful...

Courtesy of Amy Ma '23

Update on the New Schoolroom Busts

David Wang '23 and Amy Ma '23, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

Walk inside the schoolroom and you’ll find a range of dignified historic men, perched on mahogany staring back at you. From Caesar to Washington, these 17 busts stood as esteemed role-models for the...

Courtesy of Steven Pang '22

A Fantastic Year for Debate

Steven Pang '22, Online Columnist March 9, 2021

Although most sports this year have suffered because of Covid-19, Groton’s Debating Society has had a fantastic year. Not only has Groton’s Debate team emerged as one of the top teams in our league,...

Photo courtesy of C. Temerson

Yet Another Major Snowstorm!

Jacques Dy '25 February 14, 2021

 Once again, another winter storm is impacting the USA in what seems to be an extremely active February for storms. Time: On Sunday and Monday, snow showers that may or may not be associated with this...

Primary source excerpt from Groton Town Diaries.

How Groton Handled the Spanish Flu

Derek Hu '21, Editor in Chief February 8, 2021

History teaches us many lessons, and those lessons can help us deal with current circumstances, particularly, the Covid-19 pandemic. In 1918, Groton confronted the Spanish Flu, a deadly virus that killed...

Courtesy of Amy Ma '23.

Fighting for Sustainability at Groton

Amy Ma '23, News Assistant Editor February 8, 2021

The Sustainability Committee, founded in 2018, targets environmental issues which have become increasingly prominent and urgent on our campus. Unfortunately, aesthetics, limited control, and recent Covid-19...

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Virtual MLK Day

Jiacheng Kang '22, News Editor February 8, 2021

On January 18th, students will experience an unusual MLK Day. Typically, the event begins with student performances, followed by an outside speaker, and concludes with various student-run discussion groups...

Courtesy of Angela Wei '21.

COVID Rules at Other Schools

Alisa Gulyansky '24, News Assistant Editor February 8, 2021

“I hate the term ‘unprecedented times’ but I feel like it’s the only way to describe the fall term… unexpected, unparalleled, yet somehow, we all made it work out,” said Choate student Isabella...

Courtesy of Hannah Wise '21.

Coping in a Crisis

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld '21 December 16, 2020

“Fall term was like the thunderstorm of thunderstorms: occasionally terrifying, pretty destructive, but sometimes fun to play in,” said Caroline Drapeau ’21, when asked to describe her experiences. For...

Courtesy of Amelia Lee '22

An Optimistic Future for US-China Relations

Harry Liao '21 December 16, 2020

At first glance, Biden’s victory is good news because it offers the US-China relationship a fresh start. However, to accurately predict what the President will do, one must analyze his foreign policy...

Courtesy of Amy Ma '23

Groton’s Secret to Fall Success

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant Opinions Editor December 16, 2020

This fall, the Groton community accomplished something truly special: zero cases of COVID-19 among students and school staff. So who and what was behind this remarkable feat? And now, as we enter an unpredictable...

Courtesy of Chloe Zheng '23

International Students Stranded by Shut Embassies

Isabel Cai '21, News Editor December 16, 2020

While most students had the choice of returning to campus this Fall, some international students were unable to obtain a visa to enter the United States during the pandemic. For anyone who wishes to engage...

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Finding Space and Time for D&I

Emily Li '22, Assistant News Editor December 15, 2020

"And everyone single one of you, every single one of you, has been the catalyst for a lollipop," said Drew Dudley, a leadership speaker. During the last Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) gathering of fall...

Courtesy of Amelia Lee '22

D&I: What Next?

Amelia Lee '22 November 4, 2020

From the Coronavirus outbreak to the Black Lives Matter protests, we have witnessed a drastic and rapid change in the political and social climate of the United States. The upcoming U.S. presidential election...

Courtesy of Amy Ma '23.

Sustainable Investing: The Path Forward

Amy Ma '23 November 4, 2020

From solar panels to the Waste Not Initiative, Groton students have led many environmental initiatives on campus. Over the past few months, the Sustainability Committee heads have been meeting with the...

Courtesy of Noemi Iwasaki '22

Remote Learner Check-In

Emily Li '22 and Eric Ge '24 November 4, 2020

With two more weeks of school remaining,  a lot has occurred for both students on the Circle, as well as students in remote learning. The recent hybrid teaching model has been a unique experience for...

Courtesy of Amelia Lee '22.

Hybrid Learning

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...

Courtesy of Julia Lin '22.

Who Are the Covid-19 Decision Makers?

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,...

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Alumni Push for Change at Groton

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,...

The Schoolhouse in 2019. Courtesy of Groton Flickr.

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

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...

Courtesy of Amy Ma '23

“Prize Day” 2020

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...

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...

J.Lin for the Circle Voice

From Virtual Revisits to Webinars

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...

Courtesy of E. Wolfram '23

Students Against COVID-19

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...

H. Wise for the Circle Voice

The Virtual Pulpit

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...

Courtesy of S. Deng for the Circle Voice

COVID-19 Changing College Process

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...

Courtesy of Groton School Website

Sanitizing the School

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...

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.

Update: How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Circle

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...

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...

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.

Mock Trial Advances to “Elite 8”

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...

Sally Bliumis-Dunn leads a fourth form poetry workshop.

Poet’s Visit Echoes Across the Circle

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...

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...

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,...

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'...

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

GRAIN: Making the Groton Education Accessible

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...

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...

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...

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

How Coronavirus Affects the Circle

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...

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,”...

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