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GRACE Turns Two: Progress, Pushback

GRACE Turns Two: Progress, Pushback

Lily Cratsley '19

September 11, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Picture this: you’ve just finished the final chapel service of the year, shaken the hands of all the faculty and are ready to move onto summer vacation. A three-month span, free of school’s strict scheduling and commitment – the world, as they say, is your oyster. And you don’t take a job or a...

Servire in Summer: Community Service Grants

Abby Kirk '19

September 11, 2017


Filed under News

Groton’s motto, Cui servire est regnare, is live and well during the year – planned days of service, weekly food pantry trips and other opportunities ensure that much. Some students, however, go further and pursue grants to support summer service projects. Four students were awarded monetary grants...

A Letter to the Editors From Your Former Assistants

A Letter to the Editors From Your Former Assistants

The 2016-17 Assistant Editors

June 2, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

There was no shortage of work to be done when Editors-in-Chief Hadley Callaway and Jack McLaughlin first stepped into their positions a bit more than a year ago. Despite the mountain of tasks that barraged them over the course of the year, Jack and Hadley handled their burdens with admirable poise and amp...

Welcome to the Circle!

Welcome to the Circle!

Eunice Cho '20

June 2, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Groton welcomed five exchange students to the Circle last month. Devang Ladha, Neharika Sharma, and Lakshita Jamwal are from India, while Sinyatti Laizer and Neema Mollel come from Tanzania. They are all in Fourth Form. When asked about her first impression of the Circle, Neharika replied, “when Mr...

Upcoming GEO’s

Upcoming GEO’s

Powers Trigg '20

June 2, 2017


Filed under News

The Christian theologian St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” The idea that travel broadens one's mind isn’t a revolutionary concept; it is a cornerstone of a Groton education.This summer, Groton is offering three Global Education Opportun...

Goodbye From the 2017 Editors-in-Chief

Goodbye From the 2017 Editors-in-Chief

Jack McLaughlin '17 and Hadley Callaway '17

June 2, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

When we first came to Groton in Second Form, writing for The Circle Voice gave us a deeper look into the workings behind our new school. It also gave us a whole new group of intelligent, informed, and motivated peers to look up to, like Hadley’s Third Form prefect Elizabeth Salisbury ’14 (Editor-in...

Life Beyond the Circle: Sabbaticals and Next Steps

Life Beyond the Circle: Sabbaticals and Next Steps

Marianne Lu '19

June 2, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

As the Prize Day tent looms on the Circle and teachers begin exam review, the reality of summer becomes tantalizingly close. After we return to the Circle from our well-deserved vacations, many things will be different, from new faces in the Senior section to different dorm arrangements. Next year, w...

Prize Day 2017: Hats Off to the Graduates

Prize Day 2017: Hats Off to the Graduates

Lily Cratsley '19

June 2, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

What do Varsity Crew, money, race, and Diversity & Inclusion have in common? They are among the number of topics students warned Prize Day speaker, Christopher Shays, to avoid talking about. Mr. Shays arrived over a week before the graduation ceremony to explore the Circle in preparation for his s...

Groton School places fifth at Deerfield debate

Groton School places fifth at Deerfield debate

Julia Kendall '19, Reporter

May 11, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

On April 30th, Deerfield hosted its annual parliamentary debate. While Andover won the debate, twelve representatives of Groton’s Debating Society managed a strong showing of fifth place out of nineteen schools. Eight of the twelve students who attended were in the novice division, making Groton’s pl...

To Europe and the Philippines: an update on sabbaticals

To Europe and the Philippines: an update on sabbaticals

Fran Saldivar '19, Reporter

May 11, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Every year, a few of our hardworking teachers get to take a yearlong break to experience life away from campus. This year, history teachers John Lyons and Jen Wallace took sabbatical leaves to travel, read, and prepare for another ten years at Groton. The Circle Voice contacted them for updates on th...

New additions to the 2017-18 Course Catalog

New additions to the 2017-18 Course Catalog

Christian Carson '18, Assistant News Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News, School Policy

As Sixth Formers begin to focus on their imminent departure from the school, the rest of the student body looks towards the next year – more specifically, towards their course selections. The 2017-2018 Course Catalog brings substantial changes to selections available for students. Confirmed course additi...

Prefects of all religions to lead daily chapel services

Prefects of all religions to lead daily chapel services

Eunice Cho '20, Reporter

May 11, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News, Showcase

In a significant change to the weekday chapel program, next year, prefects from all religious services will assist in running morning chapel. In addition, the voting   for the Class of 2018’s House and Senior Prefects took place a month earlier than normal, with the positions announced on April 28th....

Groton students join the March for Science

Groton students join the March for Science

Lily Cratsley '19, Assistant News Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Earth Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1970, after the Vietnam War, smoggy industrialization, and a massive oil spill off the coast of California incited a wave of environmentalism. Forty-seven years later, the holiday’s relevance remains as global scientists come to the conclusion th...

Cello Quartet comes to Groton

Daisy Fey '18, Reporter

January 27, 2017


Filed under Lectures and Events, News

On Sunday, January 8, the widely renowned Boston Cello Quartet came to Groton to give a concert, much to the delight of Groton residents who had come to see the performance. Director of Instrumental Music Mary Ann Lanier worked tirelessly to bring this performance to Groton; she booked the group two...

Reverend Whiteman ordained as priest in St. John’s Chapel

Reverend Whiteman ordained as priest in St. John’s Chapel

Julia Kendall '19, Reporter

January 27, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Many students may be surprised to learn that Groton’s Chaplain, Reverend Christopher Whiteman, was not yet a priest when he arrived on the Circle this fall – until recently, he was a deacon. On Sunday January 22nd, 2017, at Saint John’s Chapel, he became ordained into priesthood. A procession ...

Honoring MLK Day

Honoring MLK Day

Marianne Lu '19, Reporter

January 27, 2017


Filed under Lectures and Events, News

Every year, Martin Luther King Jr. and his rich legacy are celebrated at Groton with a weekend of activities that reflect his vision of social justice and equality. This year, community workshops, a keynote address from a distinguished speaker on social justice, and a one-act play on racial biases immers...

Groton joins Boston Women’s March

Groton joins Boston Women’s March

Lily Cratsley '19, Assistant News Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Lectures and Events, News

In President Trump’s inauguration speech he stated, “Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another… but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American people.” The following day, January 21st, fifty one students and faculty f...

Classics Department creates NLE prep book

Classics Department creates NLE prep book

Christian Carson '18, Assistant News Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

The Groton Classics Department, with the assistance of a group of seven students, plans to compile and print a book for Groton students to prepare for Latin standardized testing later this year. The book will include sections on both Roman culture and Latin grammar. Although the text is primarily int...

Community explores spirituality at Thursday compline

Community explores spirituality at Thursday compline

Alexandra Kogler ‘19

December 14, 2016


Filed under Lectures and Events, News

It is with silence, rather than noise, that the service of Compline begins. Succeeded by a hymn and ending with a short prayer, the service spans only fifteen minutes. Despite the brevity of the service, those who attend are immersed in space and time for relaxation and contemplation. “The compli...

The Wellness System, revisited

The Wellness System, revisited

Lily Cratsley '19

December 14, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

As winter term arrives, the impending lack of sunlight, warmth, and visible grass can send students into a funk. But, luckily for them, the Counseling and Wellness Office provides a variety of supports, the most notable being the peer counseling program. This school year, many changes were implemented i...

Trinity and tradition: Pyne speaker visits Circle

Trinity and tradition: Pyne speaker visits Circle

Eunice Cho ‘20

December 14, 2016


Filed under Lectures and Events, News

Every year, Groton hosts a Percy and Eben Pyne Speaker, a tradition that started in 1999 in order to bring guest speakers to Groton who exemplify moral courage, concern for humanity, and living conscience. The lecture is named after Percy R. Pyne and Eben W. Pyne, who were both graduates of Groton a...

Turbulent election Trumps unity on campus

Turbulent election Trumps unity on campus

Christian Carson '18, Assistant News Editor

December 14, 2016


Filed under News

In the midst of the United States’ current hyper polarized political climate, which reached its climax in the turbulent and often vitriolic presidential election season, people are feeling a range of emotions. Some are overjoyed, some are outraged, but few are indifferent. The Circle is no exception;...

Dr. Kriner Gives a Circle Talk

Dr. Kriner Gives a Circle Talk

Lilias Kim '18

October 21, 2016


Filed under Lectures and Events, News

In this of all years, it’s difficult to find an academic understanding of political campaigns and voter behavior –– the overwhelming majority of pundits have been proven wrong time and time again in both the primaries and the presidential race. And too often the mainstream media bases most of ...

Filmmaker Holly Gordon ‘89 revisits campus

Filmmaker Holly Gordon ‘89 revisits campus

Marianne Lu '19

October 20, 2016


Filed under Lectures and Events, News, Uncategorized

As the train horn sounded and the steel wheels came to a halt, Holly Gordon ‘89 listened to David, a Chinese government-sanctioned tour guide, share his truth. His truth was the story of Communist China, and Ms, Gordon listened “with [her] whole heart and [her] whole being.” While he talked about...

Cindy Pierce Visits The Circle

Cindy Pierce Visits The Circle

Paul Michaud '18

October 20, 2016


Filed under Lectures and Events, News

On Tuesday, October 18, Ms. Cindy Pierce, a speaker, author, and educator, visited the Circle to speak to the entire student body on the topic of social pressure regarding sexuality and technology. Ms. Pierce, a self-described “social sexuality educator,” hopes, in her own words, to “relieve th...

Roll Call Attendance Drops

Roll Call Attendance Drops

Christian Carson '18

October 20, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

The Schoolroom, in its stately timelessness, is illuminated by the Massachusetts morning sun. A bell signals the beginning of Roll Call, when all students and faculty are supposed to coalesce in the Schoolroom to hear any important announcements for the day. In theory, the room should be filled to th...

Parents Weekend Takes the Circle

Parents Weekend Takes the Circle

Eunice Cho '20 and Eliza Powers '20

October 20, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

On October 21st, families from around the globe gather on the Circle for Parents Weekend: new and returning parents alike come to meet with teachers, advisors, dorm heads, and other parents. They also have the opportunity to attend several events, including music recitals, athletic games, and faculty pre...

Campus continues to transform

Campus continues to transform

Eunice Cho '20 and Alexandra Kogler '19

October 7, 2016


Filed under News, School Policy

At Groton, one cannot help but notice change – new students trickle in, the dining hall silverware comes and goes, and the weather gets cooler as each day passes. Some of the most significant changes on the Circle this fall have been the creation of a new dormitory and the renovation of another. Minor...

Tech office goes apple picking

Tech office goes apple picking

October 7, 2016


Filed under News, School Policy

For the first time at Groton School, school-sanctioned silver MacBooks are mixing with the School’s usual black Dells in the Schoolhouse: the Technology Office is offering new students, who must participate in the laptop program, the choice between Dell computers and MacBooks. This change has been...

New teachers settle into campus life

New teachers settle into campus life

October 7, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

In the last few months, Groton has welcomed five new faculty members to the Circle: Abby Frantz, Genevieve Fowler, Christopher Whiteman, Joshua Duclos and Eric Spierer, all of whom will contribute new skills and interests to our community this year. Abby Frantz is the newest addition to the Counselling...

Groton welcomes British exchange students

Groton welcomes British exchange students

CLAUDIA OEI ’18 and MIN SHIN ’18

October 7, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Joining us on the Circle this month are two imports from Bedales School, England: Molly Graham and Richie Sweet. Both in the Fifth Form, Molly and Richie will stay in Dumont’s dorm and O’Donnell’s, respectively. Upon arrival, both Molly and Richie found the Circle to be impressive, yet a little...

Scudder’s and Dory’s reawaken

Scudder’s and Dory’s reawaken

Christian Carson '18

October 7, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News, Showcase

Longtime Groton favorites Scudder’s and Dory’s will receive a thorough overhaul this year, both physically and organizationally. Dory’s has moved to a new location, and a new menu is planned for Scudder’s. Both organizations will now be run with tighter fiscal accountability and greater responsibility...

Counseling office doubles down on wellness

Counseling office doubles down on wellness

Christian Carson '18

September 13, 2016


Filed under News, School Policy, Showcase

This year , the Counseling team plans to roll out a number of changes to the school’s Wellness system, including reformatting the Lower School co-curricular program, expanding the role of peer counselors, and the founding of an Active Minds chapter on campus. Additionally, the second floor of Hundr...

Sixth Formers ask for change, receive it

Sixth Formers ask for change, receive it

Lily Cratsley ‘19

September 13, 2016


Filed under News, School Policy, Showcase

Once students dispersed for summer, l ife on the Circle did not stop evolving. Top of the list of the new changes? A student-proposed, faculty-approved overhaul of the Intervisitation policy with the goal of fostering stronger inter-gender friendships, and new language in the handbook that more explicitly...

Fall Senior Tutorials

Fall  Senior  Tutorials

Alexandra Kogler '19, Reporter

September 13, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

With fewer course requirements, Sixth Formers have more flexibility in their schedules and may arrange personalized tutorials. Undoubtedly, Groton’s traditional curriculum cannot accommodate the wide range of interests of the diverse student body. Providing an opportunity to delve deeply into a topic...

From golf to the organ to Latin

From golf to the organ to Latin

Addie Newsome '18, Reporter

September 13, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Dan Herdiech ’18 and Claudia Oei ’18 will be going to Groton Dunstable Middle School to teach six to ten students Greco-Roman history and Latin. They will help these kids get a jump-start on learning Latin before high school. Their goal is to have the students translating sentences and passages by...

Groton Summer Grants

Groton Summer Grants

September 13, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News, Showcase

Each snapshot Becky Zhang ’18 captured shares the raw, unveiled story of an individual Hong Kong helper. Through the George H. P. Dwight 1945 Internship Fund granted by Groton, Becky initiated her project in mid-February, inspired by the “Humans of New York” Facebook page, to focus on disclosing ...

Rock Band Rocks the Circle

Rock Band Rocks the Circle

June 5, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

On one warm spring Saturday, six students and two faculty members joined forces to put on a concert which they named Rock the Circle, and rock they did; set on the front steps of the Schoolhouse, they played Hendrix, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Prince, Cream, and everything in between to an enthusias...

Prize Day 2016

Prize Day 2016

Aly Manjee '18, Reporter

June 5, 2016


Filed under Lectures and Events, News, Showcase

Prize Day--a day that the Seniors have been looking forward to since the start of their Groton careers. After a gruesome Fall filled with college applications, a cold and dark Winter, and Spring filled with relief and fans everywhere. Their final days on the Circle as students encroach the final push w...

2016 Editors Signing Off

2016 Editors Signing Off

Ethan Woo '16 and Varsha Harish '16

June 5, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

As we write this, Prize Day approaches rapidly, the eerie prospect of being thrown into a bigger and broader world now a far more terrifyingly concrete reality. There will be no more rough and rowdy CV meetings, no more late nights spent watching Ross weep over InDesign, none of that exhausted pride felt a...