From Groton to Jordan:
An Ancient Temple's Story

A recently published archaeology book about a remote ancient temple is infused with the efforts of several Grotonians.

A Gem of a Small Nabataean Temple was co-written by Hannah Wellman '08, designed by Hanna Kim '17, and translated into Arabic by a Diana Sayegh '14. Over several years, Classics teacher Andres Reyes '80 helped survey Khirbet et-Tannur, the religious sanctuary where the Nabataean temple was unearthed, about forty-five miles from Petra, Jordan. His work was supported in part by Groton's Dillon Fund. continued

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Groton Tops St. Mark's in
Young Alumni Challenge

Earlier this month, young alumni from Groton and St. Mark's went head-to-head in an annual fund participation challenge. The challenge, over three and a half days, ended at halftime of the Groton vs. St. Mark's varsity football game on Saturday, November 12.

Groton was victorious with 184 gifts, which meant that both Headmaster Maqubela and St. Mark's Head of School John Warren wore Groton hats for a photo and video.

During the challenge, videos encouraged young alumni to give: they featured the student Spirit Heads, former Headmaster Rick Commons, and even the Fab Lab's laser saw.

A special thank you to our top participants, the Forms of 2008, 2012, and 2016, for their enthusiasm and generosity.

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Groton Trivia

This Month's Question
In what decade did Parents House become faculty housing? Submit your answer here. The first correct guess will receive a Groton T-shirt.

Last Month's Question
Mike Nickson '88 correctly identified the three Groton graduates currently serving in the U.S. Congress: Jim Cooper '72 (D-TN), George Holding '86 (R-NC), and Bobby Scott '65 (D-VA). We're happy to say that all three retained their seats in this month's election.

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Daily Fun for
Spirit Week

Dress-up days and silly mid-morning contests generated Groton spirit throughout the week of November 7, building enthusiasm for the contest against longtime rival St. Mark's School that Saturday. continued


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Where Are They Now?

This feature honors the powerful and formative impact that Groton teachers have on the student experience.

Fred Cadeau

Former French Teacher

What are you doing now?

I have taught English at Institution Saint Martin, in Angers, France, for four years, since I came back from the U.S. I teach English at the junior high and high school. It is a great place to work because the students are really nice and interested, and it is in the middle of the city of Angers, in the Loire Valley.

This year, I also started to teach at the university level, at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers (my alma mater). I teach international relations in English for undergraduates. I miss Groton and the Boston area very much—so much that I started an... continued


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November 20-30, 2016
Thanksgiving Vacation

December 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Pyne Lecture: Brian McLaren

December 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Lessons & Carols service open to the public

December 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Lessons & Carols
service for parents and alumni

December 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Public livestream of
Lessons & Carols service for students/faculty/staff

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