The Circle Voice

Dr. Kriner Gives a Circle Talk

Dr. Kriner Gives a Circle Talk

Lilias Kim '18

October 21, 2016

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

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

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

Phoebe Shi '19

Christian Carson '18

October 20, 2016

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

Groton School cross country v. Rivers, Milton, Lawrence Academy.
Jon Chase photo, From the CV Files

Eunice Cho '20 and Eliza Powers '20

October 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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...

New handbook readdresses Intervis, highlights LGBT students

Lily Cratsley '19

September 13, 2016

Once students dispersed for summer, life on the Circle did not stop evolving. Top of the list of 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 student-parent handbook that mo...

Counseling office doubles down on wellness

Peer counselors undergo training in the new Wellness
Center as apart of their early return to campus.

Christian Carson '18

September 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Band rocks the Circle.

June 5, 2016

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

The graduating class of 2015 gathers next to the chapel on last year’s Prize Day.

Aly Manjee '18, Reporter

June 5, 2016

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

Ethan and Varsha prepare to leave the Circle.

Ethan Woo '16 and Varsha Harish '16

June 5, 2016

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

Ms. Klose will be one of those saying goodbye to the Circle this year.

Eunice Cho '20, Reporter

June 5, 2016

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

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

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...

The All-New Lead Prefect

Students enjoying time with their peer counselors under the current system.

May 13, 2016

It is spring term once again. The flowers are blooming, and the weather is gradually improving. Soon the current Sixth Formers will leave the Circle, and the Fifth Formers will finally step up to fill their absence. Fifth Formers are even busier than normal as they deal with standardized testing,...

Top Journalists Visit the Circle

Students chat with the journalists about media and politics following the all-school lecture.

May 13, 2016

As Obama pointed out at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, journalism is a “dogged pursuit”— a job that aims to disclose transparent information to the public. It’s also a business: a business that, as Obama said, at times “incentivizes speed over depth, and when controversy...

Upcoming Day of Service

Jamie Jiang '18 volunteers at Rivercourt Residences.

May 13, 2016

Grotonians will soon have another chance to exemplify our school motto. The first Community Day of Service in 2016 will take place on Saturday, May 14. The Day of Service, as usual, will be organized by the Groton Community Engagement (GCE) and will be an all-school event. Although the community has...

New Exchange Student: Advait from India

Advait Ganapathy plays tennis after school.

Rajit Khanna '19

May 13, 2016

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

Anna Cardy laughs with friends after a meal in the Dining Hall.

May 13, 2016

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

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 is slated to serve as Groton’s next assistant head, starting in the 2016-17 school year.

Hadley Callaway '17, Assistant News Editor

April 22, 2016

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...

Student Center Undergoes Extensive Renovation

Foosball tables and furniture have been installed around the Student Center.

Jack McLaughlin '17, Assistant Features Editor

April 22, 2016

Since returning from Spring Break, students may have noticed a fresh coat of paint in the Student Center. This new paint job is part of an ongoing plan to breathe new life into the Student Center, a space that many say has begun to show its age. The $250,000 renovation project is the result of continued...

Welcoming Future Grotonians: Revisit Day, 2016

A panel of Sixth Formers spoke the night before Revisit Day.

Millie Kim '17 and Isabella Yang '17

April 22, 2016

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...

2016 REJOICE Gospelfest Held at Groton

Students sing at the 15th annual REJOICE Gospelfest.

Rohan Varkey '18

April 22, 2016

On April 2, Groton hosted the 15th Annual REJOICE Gospelfest, welcoming gospel choirs from the Greater Boston area for gospel workshops that culminate in a concert. Since the event’s inception in 2002 at Concord Academy, many different schools have hosted it. The Groton Gospel Choir and the six other...

The Chapel Conundrum

The drastic increase in the number of students attending Sangha have led people to wonder what has caused the shift.

Christian Carson '18, Copy Editor

February 9, 2016

The numbers don’t lie: this year is the first where sangha attendance has surpassed that of chapel, and no one is quite sure why. According to registration sheets, the number of students attending the Buddhist sangha service has increased more than 300 percent in the past three years from 34 to 104....

Restoration in the Gardner Room

Restoration of the Gardner Room has been in the works since the beginning of Winter Term.

Ella Anderson '17, Assistant Arts Editor

February 9, 2016

Over the course of the past several weeks, the Gardner Room has received a much needed facelift. At the end of the cleaning process, a secret chamber was discovered behind the shelves. For those cleaning the Gardner Room in the future, it may be worth keeping an eye out for an adjacent pocket tucked...

Wes Moore Visits the Circle

Author Wes Moore engages the school during his lecture.

Lilias Kim '18

February 9, 2016

In 2013, author Wes Moore introduced himself to the Groton community through his bestselling book The Other Wes Moore, the 2013 allschool read. In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, Groton invited Moore to the Circle, where he reiterated his heartfelt message of empowerment and the ...

MLK Day Activities

Nina Norton '18

February 9, 2016

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Groton community spent the weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and his mission. On Monday morning, two outside speakers visited our campus. In chapel, Kenyan scholar and preacher Elizabeth Siwo-Okundi spoke about students having responsibilities to...

When Dr. King Visited the Circle

Zara Ali '18 and Min Shin '18

February 9, 2016

"America is essentially a dream. A dream yet unfulfilled."

Groton Students Take Yale

Groton’s Model UN team on the last day of YMUN.

Millie Kim '17, Assistant News Editor

February 9, 2016

“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...

Speeches and Spring Rolls: Global Education Day at Groton

Cambodian human-rights activist Loung Ung visits Groton.

Christian Carson '18 and Roselle Lovell-Smith '18

October 31, 2015

On Tuesday, October 15th, Groton celebrated its second annual Global Education Day. The first day (in the 2014 to 2015 school year), was originally created as a way to promote cultural awareness and expose students to the opportunities for travel and service available to them. The day began with a...

Maqubelas Take Asia to Establish New Initiative

Layne McKeown '18 and Claudia Oei '18

October 31, 2015

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...