Groton School Peabody Press November 2018
Unveiling Life in the
"Republic of Imagination"

Before author Azar Nafisi took the stage at the Campbell Performing Arts Center Monday, November 5, a video showed fun-loving young Iranians posing and dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy," reinforcing the sense that they shared the free-spirited optimism and vitality of contemporaries worldwide.

Within hours after that video was released in Iran, the seemingly carefree dancers had been arrested by the theocratic state that has ruled Nafisi's homeland for four decades. continued

Keeping Exam Week in Perspective

Meet the new members of our Counseling staff! To ease tensions during exam week, students were invited to the Sackett Forum for a little dog therapy, courtesy of student and faculty dogs Briggz, Koda, Dia, Diego, and Mookie.

Groton's Wellness Center also offered a stress-busting yoga/meditation class this week, a chance to make a stress ball in the Dillon Art Center (simple recipe: put flour inside balloons and decorate), and a game of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" in which students played games against Wellness Coordinator Barbara Cheeks' fifth grader, Cullen.

Best stress-buster of all? Thanksgiving break!

The Mousetrap

See photos from The Mousetrap,
Groton's fall theater production, November 2-3.

Consider Holiday Gifts from Groton

Better Late than Never: Surprise!

Expectations were high on November 1, and students were confident—perhaps overconfident. With the term soon drawing to a close and Spirit Week coming up, they were expecting to see the traditional green jacket, signaling that today was Surprise Holiday. continued

Groton Social

» Gammons '63 Receives NEPSAC Award

» Studying by the Fire

» First Snowfall on the Circle

» Fall Sports Gallery

» Varsity Football's 28–0 Win over St. Mark's

» XC at New England Championships

» Meet Groton's 2018-19 Instagram Prefects

» Dog Therapy

» SAAG Celebrates Diwali

» Sam Waterston '58 Surprises Voters

» Varley-Barrett '15 and BU Patriot League Champs

» Girls Varsity Cross Country Team Cheer

» Faculty Children Celebrate Halloween

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Groton Trivia

This Month's Question
Which two Groton headmasters are also alumni?

Submit your answer here. The first correct answer will receive a Groton T-shirt.

Last Month's Question
Congratulations to Thomas W. Miller '78, who knew that George Rublee was Groton's very first graduate in 1886.

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We Beat St. Mark's!

It was a win for Groton on St. Mark's Day, November 10! Varsity football tromped the Lions 28–0, varsity and JV boys soccer won 2–0, and JV girls and thirds boys soccer won 1–0. Varsity field hockey was a nail-biter-a 1–0 loss in overtime. Other hard-fought losses included girls varsity soccer 4–2; varsity field hockey 1–0, and JV field hockey 2–1.

Spirit Week competitions revved up the energy for St. Mark's Day. Here's a snapshot of some of the conference period competitions.


Watch Lessons and Carols live online:
December 18, 7:00 pm at


Read Zebra Tales,
Groton's Student Blog

Where Are They Now?

Gussie Johns
Bannard P'01, '03

Trustee 2003–15
Classics, College Counseling 1977–89

David Bannard P'01, '03
Mathematics 1972–89

What keeps you busy now?

Gussie: The 2018 school year began much as the last few years have begun, with David, having met all his classes [at Collegiate School in Richmond, VA], announcing over dinner that he might just teach a "couple more years." With a recent award from Collegiate in his pocket for further exploration of innovative teaching methods, he could be starting his second decade in the profession instead of his sixth. Yes, some of us have given up on a post-retirement adventure. Our adventure is right here in Richmond, VA, and I couldn't be happier or more proud. continued


November 17-28, 2018
Thanksgiving Vacation

December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Lessons & Carols service open to the public

December 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Lessons & Carols
service for parents and alumni

December 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Lessons & Carols service for students/faculty/staff, plus public livestream

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