Students noticed something different the moment they emerged from the Chapel. A sculpture sat quietly, provocatively, under a tree, piquing curiosity and wonder.

New Haven-based artist Silas Finch was on campus recently, courtesy of Groton's artist-in-residency, the Mudge Fellowship. His exhibit, "Afloat," will be on display in the Brodigan Gallery throughout the Winter Term.

Much of Finch's work transforms found objects, what some might consider junk, into sculpture. continued

From The Circle

From the Desk of the English Chair - Sravani Sen-Das P'16
We began the year with a visit from acclaimed author Andre Dubus; our seniors had read his gritty memoir, Townie, over the summer. Dubus spoke to the community in Chapel and then went on to address our students—from the Second to the Fifth Forms—throughout the day, reminding them of the importance of words and writing and, through his compelling oratory, urging them to "come alive" by being true to themselves as writers.

The conversations he generated carried on in our classrooms and spilled over into the next week and then the next. continued

Lessons & Carols Tradition Continues
The tradition continued as Groton celebrated the holidays with the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The School presented three services: the first for the public, the second for parents and alumni, and the third for students and the internal Groton community.

If you missed Lessons & Carols, video is available. You can also find photos on our website's Live page.

When Martin Luther King, Jr. Spoke at Groton
Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Groton on February 4-5, 1963. Please mark your calendars for a special program commemorating the 50th anniversary of this important moment in Groton history. The event—held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013, from 1-3 p.m.—will include a panel of Grotonians involved in the civil rights movement. Groton students, faculty, and staff, will be there, and alumni and parents are welcome. Watch out for more information, coming to your postal mailbox soon.

Dominque Danco '13 Likes Hills
Dominique Danco '13 has gone through a few sets of tires this year—not for her car, but rather for her Cannondale.

Dominique caught the cycling bug in July of 2010 when she sat down with her dad to watch one of the stages of that year's Tour de France. She was hooked. "I started watching more stages, and it got more exciting with each one," she said. continued

Field Trips to the Romantic Era
Students in Romanticism and the Imagination, an upper-level history elective, recently traveled back in time via field trips to the homestead of poet William Cullen Bryant in Cummington, Massachusetts and the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. continued

Your Circle
October's Question
Last month's photograph stumped everyone. The picture was of dubious quality, which may have hindered guesses. Unfortunately, we don't know any more about it than you do.
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This Month's Question
This month we will ask a question: What is your best, funniest, most powerful memory of Lessons and Carols? We want to hear your stories.
The winner, chosen at random, will receive a Groton T-shirt. Contact Julia Alling to submit your answer.

Groton School Choir to sing Evensong
at St. Paul's Cathedral, London

On Tuesday, March 12 at 5 p.m., the Groton School Choir, in the midst of 10-day tour of England and Scotland, will sing the Evensong service at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Following the service, from 6-8 p.m., will be a reception and an opportunity to greet the members of the Choir in The Nelson Chamber, located in the Cathedral Crypt. continued

Groton School was well represented at the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language Conference in Philadelphia in mid-November. Spanish teacher and Dean of Faculty John Conner presented two workshops on "The Ideal Lesson Plan" and demonstrated the new iPad version of his Breaking the Spanish Barrier series. continued

Cui Servire
Month of Service Wrap-up
Groton's Month of Service was a success, with events large and small taking place across the country. The arrival of Hurricane Sandy to the Eastern seaboard and its devastating impact on Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey prevented a couple of the projects from going forward. continued

Annual Fund Update

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It was one of those moments when a professor you admire, in a class you enjoy, throws up his or her hands and says, "You can do better. You can be better."

For Mike O'Donnell, Groton's new dean of students, the moment was transformative. He sat among his Dartmouth College peers, in an Ancient History classroom, looking down at his midterm exam. The only comfort available, cold though it was, was that his classmates were looking at equally dispiriting grades. But it was his professor's disappointment that resonated; the professor's harangue focused on their privilege—the privilege of their intellects, the privilege of the education available to them—and his utter dismay at their squandering of these gifts. If they were not going to give their best effort, they were doing a disservice to themselves and the scores of young men and women who wanted to sit in those seats. What Mike took from that moment was that he needed to find a career that was meaningful, one that would honor the education he had received and the many teachers, mentors, and coaches who had supported him along the way.

An epiphany can be clarifying, but it doesn't always point the way to a career. continued


January 7, 2013
Students return to campus

January 21, 2013
Groton celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 23, 2013
Los Angeles Reception

January 24, 2013
San Francisco Reception

February 7, 2013
Winter Long Weekend begins - School Closes

February 11, 2013
Winter Long Weekend ends

February 11, 2013
Night School 7 p.m.

February 22, 23,
and 24, 2013

Winter musical: Urinetown

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Groton website for
more calendar information.


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