The Circle Voice

From Virtual Revisits to Webinars

J.Lin for the Circle Voice

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 Admission Instagram, webinars, and Choose Groton website all received excellent reviews; the office w...

Sanitizing the School

Courtesy of Groton School Website

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 dormitories, including rooms, and classroom surfaces like tables and cabinets.  According to Gro...

Update: How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Circle

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.

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 Allende-Ritcher announced in a joint email that the theater trip to Bali, the choir trip to Italy, and the cultural trip to India are being pos...

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 DC provides Mr. Maqubela with a recommendation for a fair course of punishment. It is comprised...

New Initiatives in the Library

New Initiatives in the Library

Katie Reveno '20, Assistant Features Editor

December 18, 2018

During the final week of fall term, library director Mark Melchior implemented two initiatives in the library: he sought both to create a more relaxing study environment by turning on the previously unused fireplace and to promote love of literature by displaying “Books for Break.” As a first-year...

New Environmental Initiatives on Campus

Evan Cheigh '22 and Jiacheng Kang '22

November 10, 2018

If the world is already producing more than one and a half times enough food to feed everyone on the planet, why are people still starving? According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one of the key factors contributing to world hunger is indeed food waste. The FAO reported tha...

Inclusion Initiative in the Admissions Office

Students carrying flags at Convocation.

Evan Cheigh '22, Chiara Nevard '21, and Addison Hyde '21

October 19, 2018

In order to promote diversity on the Circle, the Admission Office has worked tirelessly to discover capable students from all around the world, from learning about the best practices in the field through conferences to expanding Groton’s outreach programs. While Groton, like all institutions, cannot...

Vaping: A New Policy for a New Phenomenon

Vaping: A New Policy for a New Phenomenon

Abby Kirk '19, Assistant News Editor

October 19, 2018

Over the summer, Groton students received an email from dean of students Michael O’Donnell informing them of an updated vaping policy. The email stated that vaping would be considered a “violation of a major school rule,” which left many students questioning what exactly that meant. In the past,...

IT Office Rolling Out Network Security Upgrades

Rajit Khanna '19

January 19, 2018

Unbeknownst to most of the community, a series of changes have begun taking place around campus, changes which will improve every member of the Groton community’s technological safety. Groton’s Internet Technology (IT) Department is in the process of editing the layers of security, as Jeffrey Nelson ...

New additions to the 2017-18 Course Catalog

Laurie Sales teaches her elective, Public Speaking.

Christian Carson '18, Assistant News Editor

May 11, 2017

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...

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 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...

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,...

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...

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...