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2020

News Archive

  • February

    The Alchemy of Community: 1+1 = 3

    Scott Allenby
    We have a responsibility as individuals to elevate the human experience of those around us, to pick our neighbor up when they fall, and, yet, too often we fail to do so. We willingly live in our own bubbles, with our own desires prioritized over that of the other. Read more thoughts HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Arts and Crafts

    European Art Classroom
    This is our last week at home before heading to Florence for the final trip. It’s a week of wrapping up personal works, finishing our term long book project, and enjoying the last cups of Chocolat Viennois from Le Festival, the café where we have Literature class. Read more from Euro HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia:

    Our day officially started at 1:30 pm when we met up at the aqueduct to head out to Madrid. We filled the bus for the hour-long drive we had all come to know well. We arrived and ate our bocadillos in the gardens in front of the Palacio Real. Read more from Proctor en Segovia HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Pace and Flow - Coaching the Game Within the Game

    Mike Henriques
    Sometimes you have to speed the game up, sometimes you have to slow it down. That’s one of the lessons that sports can teach: an awareness of the whole, the flow, and the requisite pace for a particular moment in a contest. Read the rest of Mike's Notes HERE.
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  • Proctor Drama Presents: Noises Off

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor's drama department presents its winter play: Noises Off Friday and Saturday evenings in the Wilkins Meeting House. Be sure to check out a complete review of the show HERE
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  • Academic Lens: A Week in the Life

    Scott Allenby
    Our Admissions Team often hears the question: What’s a typical day like for a Proctor student? Oh, where do we start. How do adequately explain no two days are the same. How do we succinctly articulate the breadth of experiences that could enter a “typical” day for our students? Read more HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Solos and Yosemite

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor's Mountain Classroom program continued their rambling journey, venturing through Yosemite National Park, dealing with wind evacuations, sickness, and unexpected challenges as they prepared for solos in Joshua Tree National Park. Read more HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Munich...NO...Belgium!

    European Art Classroom
    To be blunt…This week was kinda crazy. There we were, at home in Aix, giggling over our German lessons and researching cool things to do during our free time in Munich with little success to find anything better than an apparently sub-par aquarium when right under our nose, Storm Ciara was raging her way across northern Europe. Read more from Euro HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Seville in Our Hearts

    Proctor en Segovia
    Friday: After waking up from a nice 10 am sleep-in, I got up out of my bed and threw on the outfit I had planned the night before. With my full bag of clothes, and the yummy bocadillo (sandwich) that my mom made me, I headed for the bus station. The travel was long and included an hour bus ride to Madrid, a two-hour train ride to Seville, and lastly a thirty-minute walk to our hostel. Read more from Proctor en Segovia HERE
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  • Mike's Notes: Ah...Hubris

    Mike Henriques
    Proctor is not one of those schools that can afford to swagger. We have had to hustle as a school for a long time, and we will have to hustle for years to come. I hope we never lose the hustle. Hustling keeps you humble, It keeps you competitive. It keeps you evolving. It keeps you from slipping into hubris. Read more HERE
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  • Molly Mueller '20 - A Season for the Ages

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s USSA/FIS skiers compete at the highest levels around the country all winter, but due to the nature of the sport and remote competition locations, we rarely see their successes as a community. Senior Molly Mueller is putting together a season for the record books.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Questions for the Stars

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program enters its final month on the road as it meanders through California. Read more from their adventures on Catalina Island and in the Sonoran Desert, as well as learn all about the do's and don'ts of cooking on Mountain Classroom in this week's blog. Read more HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Varsity and JV Alpine Skiing

    Ben Rulli
    Proctor's jv and varsity alpine skiers had some great results at yesterday's NEPSAC Championships at Waterville Valley. Check out this week's team spotlight HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Painting and Picnics

    European Art Classroom
    Proctor's European Art Classroom art immersion program continues their adventures traveling throughout Europe creating art. Read more from Vienna '20 in this week's blog post HERE
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  • Stewarding Proctor in Our Own Ways

    Scott Allenby
    For each of us, our stewardship of Proctor takes different forms. We pick up trash on the walk to assembly, help clean dormitories, relentlessly sweep and vacuum sand from the entry ways of buildings, volunteer to serve food at Saturday night’s Proctor Ski Area Celebration, coach, teach, dorm parent, advisee. We each chip in in our own way, utilizing our own skill sets and our own resources. Read more thoughts from the weekend HERE
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  • Proctor en Monteverde: Rain Forest Adventures

    Proctor en Monteverde
    Proctor's five sophomores studying in Monteverd, Costa Rica this winter check in after a three day adventure in the Cloud Forest. Read more from this amazing off-campus experierence HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Appreciating the Process

    Mike Henriques
    My hope these days comes from an old adage, “think globally, act locally.” These days, the local seems more manageable. And I believe that if we keep true to our values and our ways, the lessons of what it means to be in an intentional and evolving community, respectful and responsible, might just migrate out and up into larger spheres. It needs to. Read the rest of Mike's blog HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Parents Welcome

    European Art Classroom
    This educational experience has created a new way of life for me. I never know what we are doing or where we are going, which is an idea that is tough to wrap my head around. Read more from Euro HERE!
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  • Mountain Classroom: The Harsh Beauty of the West

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program reached the harsh conditions of the southern California desert, only to be rewarded by a swim in the Pacific Ocean. Read more in this week's blog from Mountain Classroom HERE
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  • Bonus Weekend: The Power of Slow

    Scott Allenby
    When we slow down, we allow ourselves the opportunity to recenter: institutionally, as a community, as peer groups, as teams, and as individuals. So who in your life is encouraging you to slow down. We cannot do it alone. We are too easily swept up in the current and fall prey to the momentum of the masses. Read more thoughts on slowing down HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Barcelona and Catalonia Winter 2020

    Proctor en Segovia
    Traveling to Barcelona has always been a dream of mine, so I was incredibly excited on the days leading up to our excursion.The train flew through the Spanish countryside and about three hours later we were in Barcelona. After another sweltering hot, sauna-like metro ride, we were within walking distance to our hotel. Read more HERE.
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  • January

    The Days Are Long, but the Years Are Short

    Scott Allenby
    The month of January at boarding school in New England can feel similar to early days of parenthood. Each day brings with it different trials - cold weather, illness, long days, and little light - yet we look back on the last four weeks since students returned from Winter Break and marvel at the growth that has taken place within our community. Read more HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Paris 2020

    European Art Classroom
    Proctor's European Art Classroom shares an update from Paris. Read reflections from Blaine '20  and enjoy beautiful photos and video from the city lights HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Expanding Your Mindfulness Toolbox Through the Arts

    Scott Allenby
    More than a decade ago, Proctor experimented with an integrated arts course as a Freshman Seminar. Students were able to experiment in different arts disciplines within the context of self-exploration that sits at the core of our ninth grade wellness curriculum. Maybe we were onto something back then that current research is now reemphasizing: immersion in the arts and improved wellness are inextricably linked. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor Hockey: Navy SEAL Hockey Foundation

    Ben Rulli
    In what has become an annual fundraising event that impacts so many, Proctor's Boys’ Varsity Hockey team will be raising funds for the Navy SEAL Hockey Foundation Program. Read more for details on this year's fund raiser.
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  • Proctor en Monteverde: Transitions and Reflections

    Proctor in Costa Rica
    Proctor en Monteverde, Proctor's revitalized sophomore study abroad off-campus program in Costa Rica, welcomes five students to one of the most biodiverse regions of the world for a nine week term abroad. Read more from Costa Rica HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Grand Canyon and Arizona Climbing

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program has reconvened for the remainder of the Winter Term with back-to-back excursions hiking in the Grand Canyon and climbing at Mt. Lemmon. Read reflections from Lila '20 and Ben '20 below as Mountain Classroom provides a window into life on the road HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Boys' Varsity Basketball

    Scott Allenby
    Under the leadership of veteran head coach Gregor Makechnie ‘90 and first year assistant coach Ben Bartoldus ‘10, the boys’ basketball team is well on their way to reaching their team goals of helping one another maximize their potential, improve offensive and defensive execution each day, and playing the best basketball at the end of the season. Read more HERE.
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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations: Helping Bend the Arch Toward Justice

    Scott Allenby
    What if we, as an imperfect society, sought justice for the oppressed with the same conviction that those in power seek to stay in power? What if we, as individuals, made the conscious decision to choose love in our daily decisions? Would we accelerate the slow bending arch of history toward justice that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. promised more than fifty years ago? Read more from Monday's celebrations HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Gathering at the Table

    European Art Classroom
    Proctor's European Art Classroom program prepares for an excursion to Paris this week, but in the meantime reflects on the importance of spending time around the dinner table as a "family". Read more from European Art Classroom HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: A Day in the Life

    Proctor en Segovia
    This week's Proctor en Segovia blog takes us through a day in the life living and studying abroad. Read more HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: A Commitment to the Outdoors

    Mike Henriques
    It was only a little over a year ago that this center was simply an idea parked outside of “campaign” priorities, and today, tucked into the northwest corner of the Field House Parking lot sits twelve-thousand square feet of highly functional space that aligns with the ethos of the school and puts some of our critical outdoor programs front and center.  Read more in this week's Mike's Notes HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Hays Speaking Prize 2020

    Scott Allenby
    Named in honor of former Bowdoin College debate team standout and former Proctor Academy Board of Trustees Member, Bill Hays, this annual speaking competition among sophomore American Literature students remains a highlight of the Winter Term in its 21st year. Read excerpts of this year's finalist speeches HERE.
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  • Proctor Alumni: Where Are They Now?

    Ben Rulli
    With tonight's Hays Speaking Prize on all of our minds, we decided to check in with a few past winners of the prestigous sophomore speech contest in this alumni spotlight. Check it out HERE!
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  • Team Spotlight: Girls' Varsity Hockey 2020

    Ben Rulli
    Proctor Academy's girls' varsity hockey team has rebounded from a tough start to the season and is playing some of its best hockey to date. Read more in this week's team spotlight HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Up the Tete

    European Art Classroom
    European Art Classroom, Proctor's term-long art immersion program based in Aix-en-Provence, France enters their second week of living and creating abroad. Read Nikki's realistic mini-story and enjoy the photos taken by European Art Classroom co-director, Dave Fleming, and Kaley "Gwyneth - Lady Guinevere" '20. Read the rest of the group's blog HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Tending the Orchard

    Mike Henriques
    There’s no real easy way to do this, to make this announcement. I have wrestled it, spent time journaling, talked with a few folks in a very tight circle, but it simply comes down to this: the 2020-21 school year will be my last as Head of School at Proctor Academy. It is a decision that I have come to in consultation with the Board of Trustees, and it is a decision that I have moved towards over the last six months. It is not an easy decision, but I have made it with a full measure of pride in the accomplishments of this community and complete confidence that the school has the leadership and the wisdom to continue on with its current success. Read the rest of Mike's anncouncement HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Proctor Nordic 2020

    Ben Rulli
    Proctor Academy's Nordic team enjoyed the earliest snow of any venue in the region at the Proctor Ski Area, and recently returned from a training trip to Quebec. Read more about this dynamic group of students in this week's Team Spotlight HERE.
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  • Resolutions, Planning, and Untapped Potential

    Scott Allenby
    Regardless of how ambitious our resolutions, few of us arrive at the end of a year and feel we have met our goals. There is always space for improvement, always a feeling of falling short of the vision we laid out for our lives twelve months prior. And yet, often these perceived shortcomings have more to do with a constantly evolving landscape within our lives, and less to do with some failure on our part. Read more thoughts on the New Year HERE.
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