537 Highland Street South Hamilton MA 01982 (978) 468-4415
October 21, 2011
Video of the Week
Students Kenny Adinkra, Jerome Cappadona and Nick Antenucci talk with Salem News sports editor Phil Stacey about Pingree's winning streak and tonight's big game against New Hampton. Click to watch!
A Message from History Department Chair Carolyn Paczkowska
Raking the Mud: Looking for Pearls
I don’t know about you, but our recent warm weekend -- a glorious final whisper of summer -- proved a much welcome pause. The start of the academic year is always a whirlwind: brimming with optimism, we all embrace the opportunity to start over once again and engage in the academic dance with enthusiasm. By mid-October, it can start to feel as if the honeymoon is over. For teachers, grading piles up; for students, the work becomes more challenging; and for parents, supporting our children through this can be exhausting. I found serendipitous insight on the clam flats of Chatham: toiling away in the autumn sun, waist deep in the sea, it occurred to me that clamming is a metaphor for teaching, learning, and in particular, for what we are trying to achieve in our history program. Read more >
Concord Day, Homecoming, and Open House TOMORROW
We hope to see you this Saturday for Concord-Pingree Day, Open House and Homecoming! We guarantee a fantastic afternoon of sporting competition! Football will be away on Friday (see Video of the Week), but boys and girls soccer, field hockey, cross country, and volleyball will be hosting Concord Academy on Saturday in this annual event that dates back to 1990. The schools compete for the Chandler Bowl, named in honor of former Pingree Head of School John Chandler. Every contest on the day counts toward winning the bowl (currently in Pingree’s possession!) The day will feature one of our most stirring traditions, the procession of athletes. Our teams, led by a bagpiper and drummer, will process two-by-two in a silent march out to the fields. The march will take place at about 2:15 p.m. and the games will start at 3 p.m. You don’t want to miss this event! Free admission! Free parking!
Our kitchen staff will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs after the games in front of the school, and each class is asked to bring in an item to round-out the menu. Please drop off your items at your class tent between 2 and 4 p.m.
Individual bags of chips
Water and Gatorade
Brownies and bars
Melon slices and apples
Who is playing where on Saturday?
Varsity and JV Volleyball
JV Boys Soccer
JV Girls Soccer
Varsity Boys Soccer
Varsity Girls Soccer
Varsity Field Hockey
Boy's and Girl's Cross Country
Athletic Shed behind Field #3
Tom Stoppard's Absurd World Coming to Pingree
What do the physical antics of silent film star Buster Keaton, pogo-sticking, trombone and hammered dulcimer playing, coin flipping, and junkyards have in common?
They’re all part of this fall’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tony Award-winning British playwright Tom Stoppard. A group of 20 student actors and technicians are working feverishly to bring Stoppard’s dense and tragic-comic text to life, learning about the multiplicity of influences (Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” and, of course, Shakespeare’s Hamlet) Stoppard brings to bear upon the world of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Stoppard takes two minor Shakespearean characters from Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and plunges them into a world of the absurd where they are not quite sure of the dividing line between chance and fate, or time and action. Regular rules of logic suspend in the play with characters from Hamlet interweaving throughout the unsettled and shifting world of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Fifteen Minute Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will be on stage at Pingree on November 4and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and November 6 at 2:30 p.m. Call 978-468-2194 to make reservations or click here to reserve your seats online.
Have you logged in to P3?
P3, our new Pingree parent portal, is now live! Last week, you should have received an e-mail with your P3 username and password from Pingree's Director of Technology Tammy Conrad. Please check your inbox, then visit www.pingree.org. You will notice a new P3 logo in the left hand navigation on the website's homepage. Please click it to enter P3.
Once you've spent some time getting to know P3 and Veracross, please feel free to contact us if you need anything. Questions about:
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. Please click here to read an update on this process from Board Member Joan Sullivan P'12, P'14.
Pingree Parents Book Club
Please join us for the next meeting of the Pingree Parents Book Club on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Harte Room of the Library. The book we'll be discussing (as voted upon by members) is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book. For more information, email Audrey Furkart-Miller at email@example.com. - Audrey Furkart-Miller and Meg O'Neill
Class of 2014 Mini-Sagas Now Available as e-Book
Last spring, the entire sophomore class participated in a mini-saga writing contest, and their work is now available for your e-reader device. More than 100 50-word stories fill an e-book almost 50 pages long. For the first time, authors’ names and, where applicable, their awards are listed with their mini-sagas. Download the collection and send your literary friends and family members! All the bibliophiles in your life will thank you!
We have two versions of the e-Book -- a .mobi version for Kindles and an .epub version for a variety of devices, including the iBook app on the iPad. Please visit http://sophsaga2011.blogspot.com/ to download your e-book. Happy reading, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the second annual Pingree School Sophomore Class Mini-Saga Contest!
Only Three Chances Left!
We now have only three Danish students to place with host families! Don't miss this opportunity to join in the fun, to build an international friendship, and to get to know a great Dane! Host a Danish student Tuesday, November 22 through Friday, December 2, 2011. Please contact Linda May at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up as a host family.
Celebrate your Senior
Senior Parents! Celebrate your senior and his or her accomplishments, and help support the 2012 yearbook by purchasing a parent "ad," to be included in this year's Gadfly.
In order to place an ad, please go to www.yearbookforever.com, enter the school's name, and create your own personal message. You may also choose to represent your business by being a Gadfly sponsor.
Please email Yearbook Advisor Liz Taft at email@example.com or call 978-564-0662 if you have any questions. The 2012 Gadfly staff appreciates your generosity!
News from the College Office
The following colleges will be visiting Pingree next week. Students should sign up in the College Office if interested in meeting with one of these representatives and must get permission from teachers at least 24 hours in advance to miss a class for a college rep visit.
Monday: Bowdoin at 9:30 a.m., Springfield at 10:45 a.m., Fairleigh Dickinson at 12, and Western New England at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday: Lynchburg at 8:30 a.m., Brandeis at 11:45 a.m., University of Limerick at 1:15 p.m., and Florida Institute of Technology at 2 p.m. Wednesday: Mt. Holyoke at 10:15 a.m., Trinity at 11:45 a.m., Hartwick at 1 p.m., and Becker at 2 p.m. Thursday: Elon at 10 a.m., Ursinus at 11:30 a.m., and Suffolk at 2 p.m. Friday: Ithaca at 1:30 p.m.
Pingree's Rink Rodeo Star
Congratulations to Pingree's Rink Manager, Dean DeCoste, who took first place in a competition sponsored by the Northeast Ice Skating Managers Association at Gallo Arena in Bourne. Dean beat out nine other competitors in the Ice Resurfacing Rodeo Competition with his obstacle course. This was his first year participating in the event.
To read more about what's happening on campus, click here.
Mark Your Calendar
October 22: Fall Open House, Homecoming, and Concord Day
October 25: Coffee House, 5:30-7 p.m., Library
October 25: Sophomore Potluck, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Commons
October 26: Diwali; No Major Assessments
October 27: Athletics, Arts and Access Campaign Information Session, 6-7 p.m., Library
October 28: Monster Mash School Dance, 7-9:30 p.m.
For more details or to look ahead, visit Pingree's school calendar by clicking here.