Peabody Press September 2012

Novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus III presented Monday's Chapel Talk and met with English classes afterward, inspiring students to write honestly and capturing their attention with stories of his scrappy, troubled childhood.

"Bad writing is dishonest writing," he told students. "If you want to be a good writer, you must not lie." continued

From The Circle

Boys Cross Country's New Running High
The Groton boys cross country team ran hills as part of their preseason workout, lots of hills and a few mountains. Under the direction of the new head coach, English faculty member John Capen P'17, the team headed to the coast of Maine to take in the views and get some vertical miles under their belts. John took the reins of the program from longtime head coach and math teacher Bill "Fire" Maguire, who still serves as an occasional coach and head cheerleader for the team. continued

Groton Awards Two New Teaching Chairs
Congratulations to Classics Department Head Scott Giampetruzzi and science teacher David Prockop P' 15, '17, who recently were awarded teaching chairs at Groton School. The School's 20 endowed teaching chairs are esteemed positions for accomplished faculty; the positions open rarely, typically after a designee retires.

Dave Prockop was awarded the Lathrop Brown Chair, which was established in 1978 in memory of Lathrop Brown 1900 by his widow, Mrs. Helen Hooper Brown. Science teacher Hoyt W. Taylor, who recently retired after 28 years at Groton, had held this chair since 2003. continued

Cui Servire
Service Starts on Day One
The start of the school year means the restarting of Groton's active community service program. Having built a number of important relationships with community groups in and beyond the Town of Groton, Groton School students are welcomed back with open arms each fall. This year is no different. Seven Upper School students, who have opted to join the Community Service Faculty Sponsored Activity (FSA), leave the Circle three afternoons a week to travel to Lowell and the Lowell Community School. While there they help the charter school students with homework, tutoring, and just playing games. continued

Your Circle

June's Question
The photograph of the crew teams elicited many wonderful responses from the last "Where on the Circle."
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The most complete response came from Mathew Hudson '64, who correctly identified this picture as one of the Groton rowers who participated in the 1964 Henley Regatta. He also noted that it was the first time that the Groton boats used shovel blades on their oars, and that the boys used a Ratzeburg Rowing Club technique for their rigging. Nason Hamlin '64 pointed out that they rowed in using the "Italian" style...continued

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This Month's Question
This months' challenge is architectural. Where on the Circle will you find this water fountain?

The winner, chosen at random from correct entries, will receive a Groton T-shirt. Contact Julia Alling to submit your answer.

Fresh from the Farm
Besides the local farmers who supply Groton School's Dining Hall with super fresh fruits and vegetables, another group of gardeners has taken root right on campus, harvesting bushels of vine-ripened tomatoes, leafy Swiss chard, robust bulbs of garlic, and lots of other crops that go right from campus land onto student plates. continued

Annual Fund Update

First a deeply felt thank you to the members of the Groton family who supported the School with gifts to the Annual Fund last year. Together we raised over $3,132,000 to support Groton's programs and facilities. The support from the Groton family was broad and deep, 51 percent of Groton's alumni and 94 percent of Groton's current parents made gifts to the Annual Fund. Thank you.

Our 2012-2013 campaign in well-underway and already the Groton community is stepping up to support the School. The Annual Fund goal for this year is $3,200,000 representing 10 percent of the School's operating costs; we will need your help again this year. Please make a gift to Groton's Annual Fund today. You can give online using this link: Give to Groton.


The salutation read "Comrades." The email was sent from Russia by Paul Stewart '72 to a collection of people in his contact list. Paul had been hired by the Kontinental Hockey League of Russia to oversee, evaluate, and improve the officiating of Russian ice hockey referees. The trip from Massachusetts to Siberia was a long one that began in 1982 when Paul was at a professional and personal crossroads.

His NHL career had ended unceremoniously, he was without direction, without purpose; the ice had melted beneath his skates. continued


We invite members of
the Groton family to encourage outstanding educators to consider open faculty positions.
Please contact Assistant Head of School
Katherine Bradley if you have questions or a reference.

View the Openings


October 3, 2012
Groton's Boston Reception

October 11, 2012
Gammons Concert Series -
Kenji Kikuchi Quartet

October 12-15, 2012
Fall Long Weekend

October 15, 2012
Night School:
STEM Foundations

October 19-21, 2012
Parents Weekend

October 23, 2012
deMenil Gallery Talk: Rosamond Purcell

November 1, 2012
Groton's Chicago Reception

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Groton website for
more calendar information.


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