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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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,”...

Ethics students producing their podcast.

Ethics Students Produce Podcasts About Campus Issues

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...

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

Students and Faculty Attend People of Color Conference

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...

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

Headmaster Denies Anthem Request

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mrs. Bannard teaching Public Speaking.

Speeches of Conviction Continue Under New Leadership

Jacinta Lopez '22 and Robin Huntington '22 December 18, 2018

Although Speeches of Conviction are the main projects of the winter and spring Public Speaking elective, they have become much more than a term grade: on the night of the speeches, the long line of eager...

New Joy Lane Gate

Liv Ting '20 November 10, 2018

Summer after summer, there is construction happening on campus. This summer, a project that cannot be ignored is the construction of a fourth campus entrance gate. The gate is located on Joy Lane, home...

Blueprint Conference attendees at Andover

Groton Learns from Peers Schools at Blueprint Conference

Katie Reveno '20, Assistant Features Editor November 10, 2018

Voice staff members attended Blueprint, an interscholastic journalism conference. The conference, which was presented by Phillips Academy Andover’s weekly newspaper, The Phillipian, allowed students...

Engineering Class Looks at Chapel Lines

Yumin Shivdasani '20, Assistant Opinions Editor November 10, 2018

Last month, the engineering class was assigned to identify an issue around campus that could be ameliorated using the skills they had been learning in class. One design team, comprised of Freddie Tobeason...

Groton Students Participate in Inter-School Debates

Groton Students Participate in Inter-School Debates

Afran Ali '20 October 19, 2018

On September 23rd, eight Groton students attended the annual Roxbury Latin parliamentary debate, four competing in the novice division and four in advanced. The Roxbury Latin debate was replete with interesting...

New Assistant Head Mrs. Harlan.

A New Assistant Head but a Familiar Face

Cara Chang '20, Assistant News Editor October 19, 2018

Megan Harlan is already well-known as the Director of College Counseling, but students will soon see her tackling yet another crucial role as the Assistant Head of External Affairs. As Assistant Head,...

Admissions Statistics for the 2018-19 School Year

Lily Cratsley '19, Editor-in-Chief September 13, 2018

Lily Cratsley '19

Peer counselors and lead prefects meet for training.

Wellness Hopes to Elevate Student Voices

Cara Chang '20, Assistant News Editor September 13, 2018

Groton School’s Wellness program is dedicated to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. To stay true to its central purpose, the Counseling Office will undergo a “rebuilding year” to update...

Groton Welcomes New Faculty to the Circle

Groton Welcomes New Faculty to the Circle

Abby Kirk '19, Assistant News Editor September 13, 2018

This year, Groton welcomes eight new faculty members to the Circle. While they are disciplined in a wide variety of subjects, all share a common commitment to academic depth and a passion for passing knowledge...

Two For the Price of One: Shared Chapel Talks

Two For the Price of One: Shared Chapel Talks

Liv Ting '20 September 13, 2018

For at least the past 40 years, the Groton community has traditionally met in the chapel before classes to listen to a speaker. The format and community’s expectations of these chapel talks have changed...

Students dance during a trip to Tanzania in 2016.

Groton Breaks the Bubble: Summer GEOs

Powers Trigg '20 June 2, 2018

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...

Ms. Van Gelder works with a student.

A Farewell to Familiar Faces: Departing Faculty

Eunice Cho '20 June 2, 2018

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...

Annie and Christian read The Circle Voice.

A Letter from Your Former Editors

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...

The Form of 2017 throw their boater hats after graduating.

Prize Day: Hats Off the the Class of 2018

Cara Chang '20 June 2, 2018

“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...

Changes, New Courses in the 2018-19 Course Catalog

Lily Cratsley '19, Assistant News Editor May 18, 2018

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...

For Many, Push for All-Gender Dorms Continues

Lily Cratsley '19 and Marianne Lu '19 April 23, 2018

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...

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