Groton School Peabody Press January 2014
Groton Teacher Awarded
Top Archaeological Honor

Groton School congratulates longtime teacher and archaeologist Hugh Sackett for receiving the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)'s highest honor—the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement.

Mr. Sackett, who has taught at Groton since 1955, received the award on January 3, during the AIA's annual meeting, held in Chicago. The annual award recognizes a scholar who has made distinguished contributions to archaeology through fieldwork, publications, and/or teaching. continued

Emmett Till's Cousin Shares
Firsthand Account of Murder that Fueled Civil Rights Movement

In a gripping Martin Luther King, Jr. Day assembly, Wheeler Parker, Jr. spoke to the Groton community, describing the night in 1955 when two white men kidnapped his cousin, Emmett Till, from the Mississippi home where both boys were visiting relatives. Till was 14. His vicious murder is widely recognized as an important catalyst in the civil rights movement.

The men seized Till while Parker, then 16 years old, froze in terror nearby. "I just closed my eyes waiting to be shot," he told the crowd in the Campbell Performing Arts Center. The murderers, who later confessed to the killing in a magazine article, were tried and acquitted by an all-white jury. continued

More News

Civil War Expert Explains Lincoln-Douglass
Unlikely Friendship

Artists Explain Civil Rights Influences in
de Menil Gallery Talk

Winter Quarterly Coming Soon

Watch out for the winter issue of the Groton School Quarterly, landing in mailboxes soon. The cover story, "Recipes for Success," features alumni whose careers revolve around food. Did you know that a Grotonian opened the first cupcake-only bakery in the U.S., now a successful chain? Or that a graduate has been behind the scenes in some of NYC's most renowned restaurant kitchens?

You'll also find profiles; photos from the fall play, Romeo and Juliet; Chapel Talks; and everything else you expect in the Quarterly.

Frozen Fenway

Go to Groton's Flickr account to see photos from the Groton-St. Mark's hockey game at Fenway Park!

Read Zebra Tales, Groton's Student Blog

Your Circle Trivia
Congratulations to
Julie de Peyster '82 for answering last month's question correctly!
Q: In what decade were students first allowed to decorate the walls of their dorm rooms?
A: The 1960s

This Month's Question
Looking west from the Circle, what mountain range do you see? The winner, chosen at random from correct entries, will receive a Groton T-shirt. Submit your answer here.

Q&A with
Susan Fallon
Deans' Office
Administrative Assistant

What's your typical day like in the Deans' Office?
I'm not sure if there is a "typical" day, but my routine usually begins with a quick review of the Deans' Office voicemail and email, and a call to the Health Center to account for any students who may miss classes for the day. This information is communicated to faculty and updated throughout the day. After Chapel and Roll Call, I review morning Chapel attendance and enter any unexcused absences in the database. If students have been erroneously marked absent they have 48 hours to stop by our office to clear the demerits. Throughout the day I answer questions in person; take calls and answer emails from students, faculty, staff and parents; and work on any number of things that the deans may ask of me.

What do you do that might surprise us?
Although some aspects of my job are routine, there is always something new going on in the Schoolhouse. continued



Carrie Banwell, head of Groton's Parents Association, recently sent this letter outlining many of the highlights of Groton's website. Take a look—you might see some pages you've never seen before!

During 18 years teaching at Groton, Bob Gula became known for the General Knowledge Tests that he created and proctored each spring. Test your knowledge with questions from 1977:

1. Write 1977 in Roman numerals.

2. What does the anagram UNESCO stand for?

3. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" is one of the classic lines in the world of movies. From what movie does this line come?

4. How long is a marathon?

5. St. Jude is traditionally known as the patron saint of ____?

View Correct Answers


January 28, 2014
Los Angeles Reception

January 29, 2014
San Francisco Reception

February 2, 2014
Boston Service Day at

February 13, 2014
Gammons Concert Series

February 23, 2014
Jazz Ensemble at Ryles

February 28-March 1, 2014
Drama Musical: Hairspray

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