October/November 2021

Four Steps Forward for Groton's Iconic Schoolroom
Since 1904, Groton’s iconic Schoolroom has featured a pantheon of busts—all white men, from Shakespeare and George Washington to Socrates and Goethe.

On November 12, 2021, the Schoolroom welcomed four new faces with the installation of sculptures representing Eleanor Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Rosa Parks.
With these new busts, the Schoolroom—at the front of Groton’s central academic building, the 1899 Schoolhouse—now better reflects world history, the school’s commitment to inclusion, and the composition of Groton’s student body today. Continued
Join Us for the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Watch the livestream, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. at www.groton.org/lessonsandcarols.
Due to COVID protocols, we are welcoming only a limited number of alumni and parents to Lessons & Carols in person, on December 12 at 5:00 p.m. All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask. Please watch your email for more details.
Happy 137th Birthday
to Groton!
Groton School celebrated its 137th birthday on October 28 with a festive all-school dinner, cupcakes, and the traditional singing of "Blue Bottles," one of the school's most beloved and quirky traditions. Continued
Congratulations to Groton’s actors for their inspiring performances in Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka, a refugee story and an exploration of Homer’s “Odyssey.” See all photos
Esteemed Author and Professor Tiya Miles
Speaks at Groton Circle Talk
Slavery should be taught through the words of the enslaved, using primary sources rather than the incomplete or whitewashed textbooks that still show up too often in many classrooms around the U.S. today.
Author and Harvard professor Tiya Miles made that point in response to a student’s question during a Circle Talk for the Groton School community on Thursday, October 21. Continued
New Faculty for 2021-22
Meet the faculty who have joined the Groton community this year. They include a new English teacher and science teacher, a social worker in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, an interim art teacher, and four teaching fellows. Continued
Groton Welcomes Families to Parents Weekend
Groton School welcomed nearly three hundred families to Parents Weekend, October 29–31, the first in-person Parents Weekend since 2019.
The weekend was filled with a variety of activities, from student performances and parent receptions to the headmaster’s annual address. But central to the autumn gathering were Groton’s parent-faculty conferences. Continued
Congratulations to Groton's Division 1 Athletes!
Sixth Formers A.J. Colarusso, Sebastian El Hadj, Patrick Eldredge, and Aine Ley, along with recent graduate Cassidy Thibodeau ’21, formally celebrated their college athletic intentions on November 10, the day when many athletes sign National Letters of Intent.
A.J. and Patty both signed such letters of intent—A.J. to pitch for Boston College’s baseball team and Patty to play lacrosse at Colgate University. Aine and Sebastian both have committed to row, Aine at Dartmouth and Sebastian at Cornell. Cassidy will head to the field hockey turf at University of North Carolina. Continued
Alumni Circle Book Club:
On Juneteenth
The Circle Book Club discussed On Juneteenth, Annette Gordon-Reed’s much-lauded recent book, on Sunday, November 7. The 100-page read combines memoir and local history to trace the origins of the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Director of Diversity and Inclusion Sravani Sen-Das and Librarian Mark Melchior joined the conversation.
All In for Groton
Thank you to all who donated to Give2Groton, All In for Groton, in late October. We topped our goal of 500 donors, thanks to 768 generous participants who donated $450,230.

Did You Know?
Eight bells were installed in the Chapel tower on November 3, 1900, and they were rung for the first time on December 11 of that year. In 1962, however, the bells were returned to the foundry, broken up, and recast into the ten bells that our bell ringers ring today.
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Groton Trivia
When were students first granted a full day off for Thanksgiving?
A. 1884
B. 1904
C. 1942
D. 1965
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The six faculty advisors who have overseen debate since 1933 are Doc Irons, Warden Dilworth, Warren Myers, Maureen Beck, Andy Reyes, and Michael Gnozzio (the current advisor). Unfortunately, no one was able to name three of them.
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