September 30, 2011

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Pingree School awards Highest Scholarship Bowls to students who finish the academic year with a combined final average of 95 or above. On Monday, September 26, bowls were awarded to students from last year’s freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. As Academic Dean Kristin Brown noted, what these students all have in common is consistent effort and engagement across the curriculum. For a complete list of bowl recipients, please click here. CONGRATULATIONS!

A Message from Board President Kirk Bishop

Every five years, the Pingree Board of Trustees maps out its mission-driven vision for the school to insure Pingree continues to be a vibrant education community on strong financial footing. This fall, the Board and our Head of School embark on a strategic planning process to develop Pingree’s next strategic plan to be implemented beginning in fall 2012. Read more >


A Message from Director of Admission Eric Stacey

This time of year is always exciting for those of us on campus, but never have I seen a school opening with such terrific energy and enthusiasm as fall 2011. Pingree is on the move and everything we have seen, from the unprecedented interest at our school fairs, to the number of families requesting admission materials, to the number of interviews already booked, promise that it is going to be a busy, busy admission season. Read more >


Please join us for annual Eleanor M. Dorsey '66 Memorial Nature Lecture on Thursday, October 6

Dan Gardoqui, co-founder and executive director of White Pine Programs, a non-profit educational organization in southern Maine that provides nature-based learning for all ages, will present the 2011 annual Eleanor M. Dorsey Memorial Lecture at Pingree School in South Hamilton on Thursday, October 6 at 9 a.m. in the school’s theater. The public is invited. To learn more about the lecture series and Mr. Gardoqui, please click here.

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Dinner at 6?

We at Pingree are very excited to continue a collaboration with the Family Dinner Project which began last spring in the Senior English class entitled "Food Writing." Students found close connections with the project's focus on the importance of family, healthy food and mindful conversation. Surveys designed by the class and distributed to the student body regarding their own family dinners reflected the same committed interest. This year, the Family Dinner Project will be working with the Pingree Parents Association and other affiliated groups to encourage family dinners and meaningful conversation. In addition, families are invited to participate in a study conducted by students at the Harvard School of Education. For more information about both initiatives, please click here to read a letter from the Family Dinner Project team.

Bidding Farewell to a Pingree Icon 

Paul Sampson, Pingree’s dining services manager, has accepted a new position in food management for Hobbs Brook Industrial Park in Wakefield. Paul, who officially works for Sodexo, food services provider for Pingree, has been a beloved member of the Pingree community for 11 years. Besides managing the daily rigors of providing meals for more than 400 people, he knows the names of most every student, is game to appear in a school production or play drums in a musical ensemble, and takes an avid interest in all that happens here.

In announcing his departure, Paul expressed how difficult the decision was but that the new position is a promotion for him. He promised to come back often to visit friends at school. Head of School Tim Johnson described Sampson as a Pingree icon who will be difficult to replace.

Sampson’s last day is Friday, October 7. Be sure to give him your best wishes in his new endeavor.

Special Olympics at Pingree THIS WEEKEND

Pingree will host one of the annual soccer assessments of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts this Sunday, October 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. We need volunteers to serve as Pingree team liaisons and field coordinators, and to help at registration, opening and awards ceremonies, and with overall logistical support.  Students can earn up to seven hours of community service. For more information about ways to become involved, please contact Rebecca Borden at or 978.468.4415 ext.255.


Calling all Francophiles! 

Have you ever wanted to host a foreign exchange student? Now is your chance! Ms. Richards is looking for host families for the French exchange students, who will be with us Friday, October 21 to Tuesday, November 1. If your family is interested in hosting, please fill out the family information form by clicking here and return it to Ms. Richards by Monday, October 4. Feel free to contact Ms. Richards with questions at or at 978.468.4415 ext. 355. Thank you!


Open Your Home and Talk Turkey with a Dane!

And stuffing, cranberries, mincemeat pies, mashed potatoes... 

Thanksgiving is a traditional time for welcoming friends -- new and old -- into your home, so don't miss this opportunity to share your family celebration and customs with a Danish exchange student! Our Danish visitors will arrive Tuesday, November 22 and depart on Friday, December 2. If you are interested in hosting a Danish student, please contact Linda May at or at 978.468.4415 ext. 368.


LAST CHANCE to go Museum-Hopping with Pingree Masters

Massachusetts is home to some of the best art museums in the country, so join us on Sunday, October 16 as we explore the museums in the western part of our state during the peak foliage season. During this day-long trip to Williamstown and North Adams, we'll visit the Clark Art Institute, the Williams College Museum of Art and MassMOCA. Space is limited to 14 participants. The tuition is $200 and includes $25 in admission fees and all transportation expenses. Register now online at


College Visits Next Week

Next week, Pingree will be hosting reps from the following schools:

Monday: St. Michael's at 8:30 a.m., Connecticut College at 10 a.m., Vassar at 10:45 a.m., and Johns Hopkins at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Sarah Lawrence at 8:30 a.m., Amherst at 10 a.m., Long Island University at 1 p.m., and Marlboro at 2 p.m.
Wednesday: Dickinson at 9:30 a.m., Colgate at 10:45 a.m., Muhlenberg at 11:30 a.m., Holy Cross at 1 p.m., and Goucher at 2 p.m.
Thursday: Stony Brook at 10 a.m., Fairfield at 10:45 a.m., U. Mass. Amherst at 11:30 a.m., Bryant at 1:30 p.m., and St. Andrews in Scotland at 2:15 p.m.

Friday: University of Richmond at 8:30 a.m., University of Denver at 9:15 a.m., Eckerd at 10 a.m., Carnegie Mellon at 11 a.m., and George Washington University at 11:45 a.m.

Seniors should sign up in the College Office for meetings and get permission from teachers at least 24 hours in advance to miss a class for a college rep visit.


Events of Community Interest

LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK ON OCTOBER 13: Ms. Brile’s advisory group is participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk on October 13 to raise money for blood cancer research. To join the team or to donate, go to  

WELLSPRING HOUSE HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT OCTOBER 13: Grammy award-winning artists Paula Cole and Shawn Colvin will perform in concert to benefit Wellspring House on Thursday, October 13 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

ANNUAL WALK FOR HOSPICE OF THE NORTH SHORE OCTOBER 16: This walk is a fundraiser for Hospice of the North Shore, a non-profit organization that helps terminally ill patients and supports families cope with the death of a loved one. Last year, nearly 30 Pingree students participated in the walk and raised significant funds. To join Team Pingree, contact Pingree students Michael White ( or Katlyn Oliver (

To read more about what's happening on campus, click here.

Mark Your Calendar


October 1: Reception for Christopher Hutchinson '06 Exhibit, 3:30-5 p.m., Bertolon Gallery


October 2: Special Olympics at Pingree, 8 a.m.-3p.m.


October 4: Pingree Parents Book Club, 8:30 a.m., Harte Room


October 5: Parent Workshop with Dr. Jennifer Bryan, Light Dinner at 6 p.m., Program from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Library


October 6: Eleanor M. Dorsey '66 Memorial Lecture, 9 a.m., Theater


October 7: Grandparents Day at Pingree


October 7: Online Booking for Freshman and Sophomore Conferences Ends


October 7: Yom Kippur Begins at sundown


October 10: Columbus Day - No School


For more details or to look ahead, visit Pingree's school calendar by clicking here.



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