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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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Farewell and See You Soon, Faculty

Farewell and See You Soon, Faculty

Eunice Cho '20, Reporter

June 5, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News, Showcase

The school year is almost coming to an end. While this thought makes many people smile, we should appreciate the rest of our time at Groton this year since we won’t be seeing some familiar faces next year. Mr. Hansen came to Groton this year as a physics teacher and coached cross country in the fal...

Summer Global Education Programs

June 5, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Enjoying the baguettes in France, wild rice in China, and black beans in Peru, Groton students are given the opportunity to explore the world through the global education program. Each year students are able to travel to China, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Tanzania, and Uganda. Groton aims ...

To the Graduating Staff: From Your Former Assistants

The 2016-17 CV Staff

June 5, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Prize Day is an especially bittersweet day for The Circle Voice staff, which must say goodbye to the Sixth Formers who have lent their guidance and expertise to the paper for the past year. As the new staff settles into place, we look back on the hard work of the 2015-2016 Editorial Board and hope to e...

New Exchange Student: Advait from India

New Exchange Student: Advait from India

Rajit Khanna '19

May 13, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Three weeks ago, Advait Ganapathy arrived on the Circle with heavy aspirations. He had been chosen by his school to embark on the journey across the Atlantic. “I accepted the offer as soon as I got it,” he said, “since I had heard of Groton in India and I knew that the experience would be a memorable...

New Exchange Student: Anna from New Zealand

New Exchange Student: Anna from New Zealand

May 13, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

In America, Anna Cardy loves surplus water, her three hundred year old rental house, and Dining Hall food. In New Zealand, she loves acting, her three older siblings, and “balls” (the New Zealand equivalent of prom). For the rest of the school year, Anna will be taking Fifth Form classes, playing...

Different From Doon: An Op-Ed by Advait

Advait Ganapathy '17

May 13, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

The quote above truly encompasses my experience at Groton so far. From the infamous summer heat of Mumbai to the cool breeze beside the pristine Nashua, coming to Groton has exposed me to a completely alien way of life and has given me the opportunity to actually experience it. My first hurdle...

Sr. Anderson Named Next Assistant Head

Sr. Anderson Named Next Assistant Head

Hadley Callaway '17, Assistant News Editor

April 22, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

Groton’s next assistant head will be Spanish teacher and crew coach Andy Anderson, Mr. Maqubela announced on March 7. In June, he will replace Katherine Bradley, who announced last November her appointment to be the next Head of Dana Hall School. Mr. Anderson first came to Groton in 1980 as the...

Welcoming Future Grotonians: Revisit Day, 2016

Welcoming Future Grotonians: Revisit Day, 2016

Millie Kim '17 and Isabella Yang '17

April 22, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

The Chapel was instantly filled with laughter as Rose Lovy ’16 recalled a particularly memorable experience at Groton. Parents, revisiting students, faculty, and students sat in attentive silence as Rose delivered her chapel talk on the morning of March 31, the first Revisit Day of 2016. On this day...

Groton Students Take Yale

Groton Students Take Yale

Millie Kim '17, Assistant News Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

“Learn Today. Lead Tomorrow.” Over the course of four days, ten Groton students explored the world of debate and diplomacy at the 42nd Yale Model United Nations (YMUN) conference in New Haven, Connecticut. The event invited 1,500 delegates from around the globe to discuss global issues specific...

Maqubelas Take Asia to Establish New Initiative

Layne McKeown '18 and Claudia Oei '18

October 31, 2015


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

One trip. Two goals. Three cities. Four flights. Five days. Mr. Maqubela and Mrs. Harlan recently took a trip to Beijing, Hong Kong, and Seoul, where they held receptions and talked to numerous parents, alumni, and students. There were two main objectives in this trip: to educate the parents on the college...

New Clubs on Campus

Eunice Cho '20 and Isabella Yang '17

October 31, 2015


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

New clubs have sprouted on the Circle this fall. They introduced themselves to the community at their Fall Jam tables. If students still do not know much about the new faces among the community’s clubs, here is a good chance to take a closer look. Coding Club Groton Coding Club, also known as GC...

Groton Novices Try Their Hands at Debate

Victor Liu '17, Assistant News and Online Editor

October 31, 2015


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

On Saturday, October 11th, eight Groton students competed in an interscholastic debate hosted by St. Sebastian’s School. This tournament was unique in that all of its participants were novices. Accordingly, our school’s debating society was represented by Second, Third, and Fourth Formers who...

Norton Digs Deep into French Archaeology

Norton Digs Deep into French Archaeology

Jack McLaughlin '17, Assistant Features Editor

October 31, 2015


Filed under Faculty and Student News, News

What, one might wonder, did Will Norton ’17 learn by spending a month living under a rock? Norton worked as part of an archaeological excavation in Arago Cave, a dig site in southern France. Excavation of the cave began in 1964 under the direction of famed French archaeologist Henry de Lumley, and...