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2021

News Archive

  • December

    The Journey: Strong Medicine

    Brian Thomas
    The People of Color Conference in independent schools started in Baltimore, MD, which has been held annually since 1986, allows students, faculty, staff, trustees, and parents to come together to understand how being in the presence of each other can be like medicine, a healing balm for what ails us. Every time we come together to better ourselves, we access powerful lessons that can truly transform and help us grow. Read more HERE
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  • The Off-Campus Experience

    Scott Allenby
    Proximate learning does not occur without risk, but it is in those moments where students are living their education alongside the issues they are studying that world views are transformed. Read more HERE
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  • November

    Proctor Athletics: USS/FIS Skiing in Panorama

    Scott Allenby
    As the snow guns blaze at the Proctor Ski Area in anticipation of our students returning to campus, Proctor’s USS/FIS Eastern Ski program continues their two week training camp at Panorama Resort in Panorama, British Columbia. Read more HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Individual Contribution to Community

    Scott Allenby
    We have the opportunity to choose how we lift others up - quietly, subtly, with dignity - and it is in this lifting of others that we not only move toward our intentions, but provide an example for others to follow. Our hope during this darkest month is that our individual lights, and in turn our collective light, will shine brightly both within this community and beyond. Read more HERE.
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  • With Gratitude From Our Family To Yours

    Scott Allenby
    Over the next week, we will press pause and spend time with our friends and family for Thanksgiving. We hope you are able to do the same. An email to the community last week provided an opportunity for students and employees to share notes of gratitude. Based on the replies below, we are a community filled with thankfulness and appreciation for each other. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! Read more HERE
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  • Ocean Classroom: A Voyage Complete

    Ocean Classroom
    The lessons of Ocean Classroom -- newfound confidence, independence, and perspective -- will accompany these students for the rest of their lives, and we will all benefit from their time at sea when they return to campus in December. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor en Segovia: A Final Thought

    Proctor en Segovia
    Proctor en Segovia completed their term abroad and have returned safely home after a nine week immersion experience. The power of living with a host family, exploring the city of Segovia, and learning about all aspects of the Spanish language and culture will continue to impact this group of ten students for years to come. Read more HERE
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  • The Journey: Affective Connection and Creating Relationships

    Brian Thomas
    Tonight marks the end of our first trimester. Our students feel like they have been through an important transformative time during these last few months. They came into the school masked and will leave having been “unmasked,” while deepening relationships with others and themselves. Read more HERE
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  • Academic Lens: Culminating Projects

    Scott Allenby
    The culmination of the Fall Term provides a rapid fire opportunity to see Proctor’s on-campus educational model in action. We regularly highlight the remarkable experience taking place on our off-campus programs, however, there is powerful experiential learning taking place daily on campus as well. Read more HERE.
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  • Introducing Proctor's New Director of Alumni Relations: Lauren Smith

    Scott Allenby
    With over 5,000 active alumni, Proctor’s Alumni Association is a powerful network that spans the globe. Helping facilitate connection with Proctor’s Alumni Association is Proctor’s new Director of Alumni Relations, Lauren Smith. Lauren joined the Proctor team in November and has hit the ground running at local alumni events and connecting virtually with alums. Read more about Lauren’s journey to Proctor and what she has already learned during her short time in the Proctor community!
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  • Ocean Classroom: Cumberland Island, Georgia

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program has entered the final week aboard the Harvey Gamage and its fall voyage along the eastern seaboard. While unfortunate weather patterns have impacted the student crew and their ability to sail into Caribbean waters, the learning taking place and adventures remain life-changing. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Athletics: NEPSAC Tournament Bids

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s fall varsity athletic teams combined for a 32-16-5 record, with both varsity girls soccer and varsity field hockey earning berths in the NEPSAC Class C Tournament. Read more HERE
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  • Stepping Boldly Into the Arena

    Scott Allenby
    This is what end of term art performances and Holderness Day are all about: boldly sharing our hearts and passions and souls with the world. In life, it is easy to avoid the arena, to stay on the sidelines, to avoid risking the emotional vulnerability that lives hand in hand with performing. Read more HERE
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  • Holderness Day: The Power of Rivalries

    Scott Allenby
    At high schools across the country, the final games of the fall athletic season often occur between the fiercest of rivals. Many of these rivalries date back well over a hundred years, evolving over time, but always keeping at the core a mutual respect and healthy competitiveness with the other school. Such is the Proctor // Holderness rivalry. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Alumni: Andrew Sandoe '94 | Hire Heroes USA

    Scott Allenby
    Andrew Sandoe '94 decided that Hire Heroes was a leadership position and a challenge worth taking. “I began as CEO in October 2020, in the midst of COVID-19, and yet it has been a phenomenal year. We’ve grown revenues by 37% (year-over-year) and assisted more than 10% of the service-members leaving the military during that time.” Read more about Andrew's story HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Boys' Varsity Soccer

    Scott Allenby
    After a stellar start to the season that saw the team jump out to a 5-2-2 record midway through October, the injury bug hit the Hornets hard. The last third of the season has been a challenge, but the silver lining of injuries and shuffled lineups is the opportunity to develop young players and provide chances for others to step in and make a difference. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Alumni: William Negley '02 | Veterans Helping Veterans

    Scott Allenby
    On June 9, 2017, William’s connection to his work with Sound Off and veteran mental health support became incredibly personal when his brother-in-law, Bill Mulder, and recently retired Navy SEAL, died by suicide. “Bill died as a byproduct of what I had been talking about for years. He had better access to mental health services than anyone in the military, but he was never going to jeopardize his reputation or career by seeking help. Here I was running around talking about this mission and it was happening in my own family.” Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Arts: An Identify-Forming Process of Discovery

    Scott Allenby
    When our students step into the studio, the wood shop, the forge, or on the stage, they shed the invisible weight of the world around them and immerse themselves in the identity-forming process of creating art. Read more HERE
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  • Ocean Classroom: Charleston and the Final Three Weeks

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program continues their journey south as they make their way to Charleston, SC. Despite a string of unfortunate weather delays, the student crew is well on their way to becoming Junior Officers and running the daily operations of the Harvey Gamage alongside the crew. Read more HERE
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  • The Journey: Proctor's Woodland Research Team

    Brian Thomas
    Asking what I thought were rudimentary questions about the group’s tools and processes, each person showed me their work and the data they were collecting. I enjoyed watching how focused and engaged everyone was, and just how much they all got done in a short amount of time. Real-life work. Read more of Brian's blog HERE
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Tips for Studying Abroad

    Proctor en Segovia
    Each term, Proctor en Segovia affords ten students the opportunity to study abroad in Segovia, Spain. Since 1974, this program has paired students with host families, immersing young people in an unparalleled language and cultural experience. This fall's Proctor en Segovia is quickly appreciating the impact of the their time abroad. Check out their tips for traveling abroad HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Varsity Field Hockey 2021

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor's Varsity Field Hockey Team boasts an 8-3 record heading into the final two weeks of their season. With a core group of seniors leading the way, the Hornets are poised for a NEPSAC postseason birth, but are cherishing each step of the journey along the way. Read more HERE
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  • Ocean Classroom: Heading to Warmer Waters

    Ocean Classroom
    Letters home from OC students recount the remarkable experiences they are having as they learn to crew a tall ship, all while taking Marine Science, Maritime Literature, Navigation and Seamanship classes. A once in a lifetime experience, Ocean Classroom is living up to its 28 year history as one of the most transformative high school programs in the world. The group is heading around Cape Hatteras for Charleston, SC right now. Read more HERE
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  • October

    The Journey: Water and Sustainability

    Brian Thomas
    Whatever we, as a society, decide to do to bring us from the brink, it all begins with an idea and planning. We can either observe the chaos or choose to take action. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Alumni: Max Cobb '83

    Scott Allenby
    Promoted to Executive Director of US Biathlon in 2006 and President and CEO in 2010, Max’s international sport career has blossomed over the past decade, serving as Chair of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Technical Committee and later on the Executive Board. Read the rest of Max's story HERE!
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  • What Boarding School Looks Like

    Scott Allenby
    As each family or student tours campus, they see Proctor in action on any given day. They see students in motion: classes, assembly, lunch, afternoon program, extra help sessions, study hall, weekend activities. What they don’t see, however, is any preconceived notion they might have had of what a boarding school should look like based on their watching of Dead Poets Society. Read more HERE
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  • Ocean Classroom: Through the Big Apple, and South

    Ocean Classroom
    A prolonged stay in Mystic, Connecticut to wait out unfavorable weather patterns was made up for by a majestic trip down the East River through Manhattan. Check out updates from the past two weeks aboard schooner Harvey Gamage in this update from Ocean Classroom Fall ‘21 HERE!
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  • Proctor en Segovia: A Day in the Life

    Proctor en Segovia
    Proctor en Segovia continues their exploration of their “home” town as they cross the midway point in their term studying abroad in Spain. Read about a typical day in Segovia in the journal entries below by Louisa ‘22, Jessica ‘22, Katie ‘23, Andrew ‘23, Lagan ‘23, and Annika ‘23 HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Proctor Crew

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s Crew Team has grown from a fledgling sport at Proctor with a few interested students six years ago to a robust program and almost 40 rowers this fall. Read more HERE
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  • The Journey: The Danger of a Single Story

    Brian Thomas
    Today’s offering for The Journey comes through the voices of John Around Him and Lori Patriaca ‘01, both of whom have served a critical role in helping our Proctor community connect with, understand, and become a part of the Lakota communities of South Dakota, continuing a legacy of connection first made by John’s father, John Around Him, and late faculty member George Emeny in the 1980s. Read more HERE
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  • Academic Lens: An Evolving Math Curriculum

    William O'Brien
    The Proctor Mathematics Department has begun a transition from a textbook-based curriculum to one that is centered around rich tasks that all students can access. We believe that everyone can learn mathematics, and feel that transitioning from textbooks will help us further our vision of equitable learning. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Andalucia and Cordoba

    Proctor en Segovia
    For nearly 50 years, Proctor students have studied abroad with host families in Spain. The 2021 edition of Proctor en Segovia is off to a great start following a recent excursion to Andalucia and Cordoba. Read more HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Girls' Varsity Soccer

    Scott Allenby
    Check out this week's Team Spotlight featuring the Girls' Varsity Soccer team. Loads of great insights from Head Coach Kyle Connolly and captain Brynne Makechnie '22 HERE
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  • The Journey: The Unclosing

    Brian Thomas
    This week at Proctor marks the period of settling. Just as the leaves in their autumnal colors change and fall, so, too, does our affective model of education begin to shift, unfold, and deepen as a storyline in a novel does. Every school where I have worked has a rhythm all its own. Read more HERE
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  • Ocean Classroom: Now THIS Is Sailing

    Ocean Classroom
    After a week of unexpected obstacles and quick pivots, Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program began their journey south with a high winds passage through the Cape Cod Canal as they sailed toward New Bedford, MA. Morale is high on board Harvey Gamage as students begin to fully appreciate and understand what it means to live and learn at sea. Read more HERE
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  • Growing Roots: 9th Grade Hike

    Scott Allenby
    The Class of 2025 will imperfectly navigate the maze that is adolescence over the next four years, but will emerge as resilient saplings ready for their post-Proctor life. The shallow roots of their 9th grade year will strengthen, deepen, and become interwoven with others in the Proctor network over time. Read HERE
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  • Cherish the Gold: Fall Family Weekend 2021

    Scott Allenby
    Days with bright blue skies, temperatures in the low-70s, no bugs, and a light breeze only happen so often in New England. Like peak foliage, adolescence comes and goes before we know it. Our challenge is to grant ourselves permission to just stop, close our eyes and let the warm October sun warm us as we enjoy these golden moments. Read more HERE.
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  • Ocean Classroom: Heading South

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program enters their fourth week at sea aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage. As students engage in classes, begin to get headrig clearance, and learn the ins and outs of life at sea, the crew prepares to head out of the waters of coastal Maine and begin their journey south where warmer weather and new adventures await! Read more HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Varsity Football

    Scott Allenby
    Opening wins over Portsmouth Abbey (31-7) and Canterbury School (19-17) have the Hornets off to a tremendous start to the season. Relying on veteran leadership and new talent, Head Coach Ben Rulli is optimistic about what this group of young people can do as they grow together both on and off the field. Read more HERE!
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  • September

    Fall Family Weekend 2021: Schedule

    Scott Allenby
    After a one year hiatus, Proctor’s Fall Family Weekend is back! We are excited to welcome parents and families to campus between October 7-9. Check out a complete schedule HERE. Contact Event Manager Debbie Krebs with any questions, and please register using THIS link. 
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  • Ocean Classroom: Exploring Maine

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor Academy’s Ocean Classroom voyage continues their exploration of the waters off the coast of Maine as students familiarize themselves with the tasks required of operating the Harvey Gamage. Students share daily voyage log reflections from the past week at sea. Read more HERE
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  • Visiting Artist Series: Songs of Eagle Pond

    John Bouton
    Proctor was blessed to have been neighbors to poets Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon for more than 40 years. Following Donald’s death in 2018, a local nonprofit, At Eagle Pond Inc., formed to preserve his ancestral home in Wilmot, offer public programs and events, and host a visiting artists’ series. Building a relationship with that organization, English faculty member John Bouton learned of an opportunity to participate in its inaugural visiting artists’ program through hosting them for a visit to campus on September 29th.
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  • Team Spotlight: Cross Country

    Scott Allenby
    After a year of mini-meets due to COVID-19, runners and coaches are thrilled to be back among the masses at this fall’s full league meets. With a Lakes Region meet Wednesday afternoon at the Proctor Ski Area, we caught up with senior Colin Shaver ‘22 and coaches Sarah Daney and Scott King to hear about this year’s squad and their goals for the season ahead. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Back in Spain

    Proctor en Segovia
    Proctor en Segovia has returned for the 2021-2022 school year under new directors Ellie and Luis Mendoza. After their first three weeks abroad, students have settled into a routine with their host families, in their Spanish, literature, and history classes, and recently completed an excursion to Basque Country. Read more HERE
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  • Academic Lens: Beyond the Textbook

    Scott Allenby
    As we begin the third week of classes, we remind ourselves that it is often that which we experience outside of the traditional classroom that has the greatest impact. This is what we seek to do at Proctor. To get proximate to our learning. To feel it with all five of our senses, and then to take that learning with us into our lives beyond the official end of the class block. Read more HERE
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  • A Tribute to Walter Wright '49

    Brian Thomas
    With a heavy heart, I share the sad news of the passing of Walter Wright '49. Throughout his lifetime, he remained committed to the growth and sustainability of Proctor. Read more HERE
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  • The Journey: False Peaks

    Brian Thomas
    On Saturday, September 11, Hunter Churchill and I gathered our seven Proctor students and their student leader, River De Vink '22, to hike on Day #4 of Wilderness Orientation. We had decided that morning that we would head up Mount Willey, a formidable 4,285 foot peak in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Read more HERE
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  • Ocean Classroom: Anchors Away and Gulf of Maine

    Ocean Classroom
    Each week, or as often as we are able, we will share a Ship’s Log from Harvey Gamage capturing the essence of Proctor’s Ocean Classroom program. Each student will take a day to share a brief journal entry highlighting the excitement of living and learning at sea. Check out the first week of journal entries below as Ocean Classroom 2021 begins their voyage. Read more HERE
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  • Grading for Transparency

    Derek Nussbaum Wagler
    The relationships Proctor faculty build with students have always gone beyond the transactional. Faculty work to truly learn who is in their classroom - as humans, not just students - and to meet each individual where they are. These relationships, and the compassion that goes along with them, are constantly balanced with holding students accountable to the work necessary for growth. Read more HERE.
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  • Ocean Classroom 2021 Sets Sail

    Scott Allenby
    Each of the 28 send-offs for Ocean Classroom has been different, each special in its own way. While final hugs between the twenty-one students and their families could not happen due to COVID-19 protocols, the excitement and anticipation of the voyage ahead was evident. Read more HERE
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  • New Beginnings: Imagining Who We Could Become

    Scott Allenby
    The ramp up to student arrival can feel prolonged, but when we finally have our entire community together for that first assembly of the school year, it is electric. Read more HERE
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  • When Individual Actions Impact Community

    Alan McIntyre
    We feel a little more settled entering this school year because our community has embraced the individual responsibilities required of addressing a global challenge. We have the same opportunity to teach individual responsibility as it relates to the pandemic of climate change and climate justice. Read more HERE.
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  • The Harvey Gamage Returns

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor Academy is delighted to announce a shift in fall 2021 Ocean Classroom programming aboard the Harvey Gamage of Sailing Ships Maine. For the past 28 years, Proctor’s term-long Ocean Classroom program has exposed high school students to the joys and challenges of life at sea, with the World Ocean School and its schooner Roseway serving as a key partner in providing the Ocean Classroom experience for the past seven years. Read more HERE.
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  • The Journey: In Memory

    Brian Thomas
    After a year of pandemic school, twenty years of divisive politics, and a great deal of grief (personal, national, and global), let us resolve to be different; to be better; to educate, celebrate, and infuse a sense of the whole from the many - e pluribus unum. Read more HERE.
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  • Learning to Fly

    Scott Allenby
    Each Registration Day, you can feel the rollercoaster of emotion as families arrive on campus and their Proctor experience begins in earnest. The theoretical idea of having a child attend boarding school becomes reality, and while much of everyone’s energy centers around excitement for what lies ahead, we acknowledge there is just enough anxiety and sense of loss to make the emotions of the day challenging. Read more HERE.
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  • The Journey: Our Intentional, Intergenerational Community

    Brian Thomas
    We, also, live as an intergenerational village, intentionally so, with elders and wee ones and everyone in between. We communicate what’s important about our shared mission and purpose while trying to refine and sharpen the knowledge of who we are, what we are, and why we exist. Wherever Proctor is, we gather in this wide range of ages translating our commitment to this place. Read more HERE.
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  • August

    Proctor Athletics: Online Apparel Stores

    Scott Allenby
    Online athletic apparel stores for the fall season will remain open this week at which point the stores will close. Team stores can be found at the links under the "read more" button with specific ordering instructions on the individual team stores. 
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  • Nurturing Independence: Being a Proctor Parent

    Scott Allenby
    Central to Proctor’s school culture, and wholly integrated into our curriculum, is the often under-appreciated skill of self-advocacy. Understanding where resources and support exist, and knowing how to ask for directions, clarification, or assistance are skills most high school students are not required to develop to the same degree as boarding school students. Read more HERE
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  • Meet Proctor's New Faculty and Staff

    Scott Allenby
    As Proctor prepares to welcome new and returning students to campus for the start of the academic year, our community also welcomes new faculty and staff to Andover. This group of educators has been working hard to get to know Proctor during new faculty orientation. Please welcome these new community members to Proctor. Read more HERE
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  • Sustaining Culture Through Generational Commitment

    Scott Allenby
    Nearly 200 hundred employees from their first year to their 41st in an unbroken circle, spending time acknowledging the individual work of each colleague in pursuit of our mission. This is how culture is sustained. Soon students will join this circle, assuming their essential role as stewards of the Proctor magic right alongside us. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor on Snow: Training in August

    Scott Allenby
    The relentless pursuit of training opportunities for athletes has yielded remarkable results on the hill each winter, but the on-snow training is just a small piece of the overall experience afforded these students. Team bonding, dry land training, and cultural immersion are equally important to why our coaches, Athletics Department, and parents support these ventures. Read more HERE
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  • Return to School Guidelines 2021

    Scott Allenby
    The Proctor community (all faculty, staff, students, and parents) embraces the shared responsibility necessary to keep our school and local community healthy. Proctor’s goal for the 2021-2022 school year is to create the healthiest school possible by doing our best to create an environment that allows our students and employees (and their families) to thrive.  Read more HERE
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  • Wilderness Orientation 2021: Why We Continue to Hike After 51 Years

    Scott Allenby
    While last year’s Orientation program had to be altered due to COVID-19, Proctor’s 118 new students are set to head into the wilderness of the White Mountains for five days once again. The experience that awaits them - the vastness of the wilderness, the challenges of hiking high peaks, and the relationships forged with classmates and faculty leaders - will lay the foundation for their Proctor journey. Read more HERE
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  • The Role of the Advisor at Proctor

    Scott Allenby
    We all have that person in our lives. The one who is our first call when a major life event happens. The one who we can call in the middle of the night without a second thought. The one whose hug is the best medicine. At Proctor, the advisor doesn’t seek to replace the parent or best friend, but becomes another person for each of our students. Read more HERE
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  • The Journey: Time and Place

    Brian Thomas
    We strive for each. Time and place. But it’s time and place that expands to fit and fill those who have come from all over the country or all over the world--soon again. It calls to them. Calls us back. Calls us to be great and grounded. When away from her, people tell me that they miss Proctor like the ferocity of missing a loved one or a cherished familiar. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Alumni: Max Corcoran '90 and the Tokyo Olympics

    Ben Rulli
    From an early age, Max was exposed to riding and the equestrian world in Manchester, Massachusetts. Max's experience at Proctor was one that many of our students encounter, gaining insights on how she learned through the support of talented educators, forging lifelong friendships with classmates, and having fun competing in multiple sports. Read more HERE
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  • Honoring Proctor's Past Through Our Work

    Scott Allenby
    Our challenge as we move into the year ahead: to honor Proctor’s history through our work as we move this school along its arc of existence. We each play a role regardless of our titles -- teachers, coaches, maintenance staff, housekeepers, our dining services team -- and we each shoulder a responsibility to simultaneously do the hard work of building and sustaining community. Read more HERE.
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  • July

    Lessons from Day Students at a Boarding School

    Scott Allenby
    While these day students  take part in evening study hall and extra help sessions, participate in all campus activities, and have access to all Proctor has to offer, incoming day students often feel apprehension about how they will balance being a day student at a boarding school. This year's Day Student Leaders Lilly Menard '22, Sasha Mackenzie '22, and Jake Allison '22 share their perspectives HERE
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  • What Our Kids Need To Do Their Best Work

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s gift to each family is that we seek to provide students with the time, space, freedom, experiences, and skills necessary to figure out who they are; not who we want them to be. It is in this space that we believe they will do their best work. Read more HERE.
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  • The Journey: Proctor's Riprap

    Brian Thomas
    How do I enter? That was always one of the questions I would ask the director when I worked in theater or TV? What is he (the character) thinking? What has just happened? I realize, at that moment, these are the questions that guide my current journey. These were also some of the meta-questions pinballing through my mind as I went out on my first official hike through the Proctor Woodlands. I had no idea where I was headed, and neither did I care. I was in great and confident hands. Read more HERE.
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  • Stepping into Community: Being Our Collective Best

    Scott Allenby
    We are incredibly excited about the year that is ahead. We know that with the unknowns of a lingering global pandemic, we will need to remain organizationally agile. We also know that the foundation on which our community is built and the people who stand on that foundation and allow our community to flourish, especially our students, are incredibly strong. Read more HERE.
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  • Almost a Half Century in Spain: An Update from Segovia

    Ryan Graumann
    For each new group of Proctor en Segovia students, their experience begins as a blank slate. They are immediately immersed in the language and culture, and their perspective begins to widen and their understanding Spain, its people, and the world beyond begins to deepen. They observe, compare, contrast, and challenge preconceived notions and ethnocentrism. They learn by doing — by speaking Spanish, navigating their way through big cities and small pueblos, and through immersion in host family life. Read more HERE
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  • Class of 2021: Pursuing Passions at the Next Level

    Scott Allenby
    The Class of 2021 was filled with talented students, each of whom will pursue their passions in college, professionally, or during a gap year. Check out these members of the class who will either play competitive athletics next year or study a specific art discipline in college and be sure to follow their careers in the years to come! Read more HERE
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  • The Road To Andover

    Brian Thomas
    Backcountry driving, just like backcountry anything, can reveal much to you. Like some divination tool, it tells you mostly where you are going by revealing where you’ve been. That’s what I tried to do when I drove halfway across the country to Proctor’s campus last weekend in great anticipation of the longer journey that awaited me as a member of the Proctor community. During this meandering drive from the midwest, I figured I could only focus on what lies ahead. Read more HERE
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  • Get Outside (Your Brain)

    Scott Allenby
    The turn of the calendar to July signifies for educators that powerful moment when we can finally take a deep breath. End of year meetings, letters to advisors, and many details are wrapped up, we have had a few weeks to unwind from the stress of the school year, and can start to begin to process the beautiful chaos in which we swam for the past ten months. Read more HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: The Art of Listening

    Mike Henriques
    So as I write my last Notes, get ready to turn in my keys after taking a last walk through the campus to visit soul corners, I leave with great assurance that the listening and the lessons of the talking stick continue. Read the rest of Mike's final Notes HERE
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  • June

    Keeping the Dream Alive: Support the Proctor Fund

    Scott Allenby
    Today we offer both a sincere thank you from all of us at Proctor to the donors who have already contributed to this year’s Proctor Fund this fiscal year and encourage those who have not yet jumped in, to do so before June 30. Read more about how to support Proctor HERE.
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  • Farewell to Departing Employees

    Scott Allenby
    When any two random Proctor alumni run into each other on the street, exploring in a National Park, or at a music venue, their shared experiences create an immediate bond that transcends their years spent in Andover. Central to these shared experiences are the faculty and staff who make Proctor, Proctor. Read more HERE
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  • Academic Lens: Summer Literacy Program

    Scott Allenby
    Understanding our students also need down time, summer jobs, time with family, and plenty of time to adventure, we limit summer academic expectations to three components each year: summer literacy, summer math review, and AP course/off-campus program specific reading requirements. Read more HERE
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  • Sociodicy and Human Goodness at Proctor

    Scott Allenby
    We do not exist alone. We are the product of our relationships with each other, and at Proctor, those relationships, our ability to empower our students and each other to be woven into a new kind of social network, serve at the core of our sociodicy. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor USSA/FIS: Laying the Foundation

    Scott Allenby
    Temperatures on campus over the last three days hit 90 degrees with a humidity percentage matching that of a tropical rainforest. The thought of skiing or spending time on snow was about as far from our minds as possible. But that was not the case for the 18 USSA/FIS athletes and four coaches spending ten days training on Mount Hood in Oregon right now. Read more HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Varsity Softball

    Led by the six members of the Class of 2021, this year's Varsity Softball team found success on the diamond and laid the foundation for the program's future. The coaching staff worked hard daily to teach fundamental skills, hard work, and what it takes to be a great teammate. Head Coach Erica Wheeler '00 shared her insights on the season HERE.
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  • May

    Mountain Classroom: ISGE Spring 2021

    Mountain Classroom
    Our return allowed me to reminisce on just how far our tight little group of nine students has come in a holistic sense. We went from dragging our heels on three mile hikes of flat terrain to tackling twelve miles of consistent elevation on the Boulder Mail Trail. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a unique and special experience. Read more HERE!
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  • The Final Moments: Express Fest, Senior Projects and More

    Scott Allenby
    The final days of the Spring Term consistently showcase the best of Proctor in action: creativity, art, music, pursuit of individual passions, and an appreciation for the work of others. Wednesday afternoon brought the entire community together one last time for Proctor’s Art Department Express Fest, Senior Project presentations, and AP Language Moth talks. Read more HERE
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  • Academic Lens: Innovation Night 2021

    Scott Allenby
    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast" - a refrain we hear over and over again in the business world, and one that always resonates with us at Proctor. Independent schools can develop strategic plans, hire consultants to help formulate branding strategies, and spend countless hours whiteboarding the future direction of the organization, but when a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship lives deep within the school, effective strategy will evolve organically and continue to drive the school forward. Read more HERE
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  • Euro/Southwest Art Classroom: Sante Fe Farewells

    European Art Classroom
    I can’t believe it’s already the last week, it seems like yesterday we just arrived at the airport and Dave forced us to take the most awkward picture next to a cactus. Dave assured us we’ll get the hang of it, and we did. Read final reflections from spring Euro/Southwest Art Classroom HERE
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  • Spring 2021 Athletics Awards

    Scott Allenby
    Athletic seasons do not just happen, especially during Covid-19. Teams navigate adversity, quarantines, injuries, and unexpected challenges. They fall short of goals one day and exceed them the next, and it is this built in uncertainty and the lessons therein that remind us the educational value of sport. Read more HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Girls' Varsity Lacrosse

    Ben Rulli
    Led by head coach Jill Jones Grotnes and assistants Kate Austin ‘01 and Karl Methven, the girls' varsity lacrosse team finished the season strong with three straight victories. Read more HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Varsity Baseball

    Ben Rulli
    Though the spring was not perfect, with a handful of games canceled due to Covid-19 protocols, the team took the positive approach to be thankful for playing games, and competing to the best of their ability, having fun, and being together, capped by a walk-off victory over Tilton in their final home game of the season. Read more HERE.
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  • Spring Musical: Mamma Mia!

    Scott Allenby
    Thirty days. After bouncing in and out of quarantine and waiting for a full cast and crew to finally be available, Proctor’s Drama Department had less than thirty days to rehearse for this spring’s production of Mamma Mia!. Read a full review of the show HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Finals Week

    European Art Classroom
    Sitting at the dining room table where we’ve eaten dinner together for the last two months, I can’t really think of a good way to end this. We aren’t actually at the end of our time together yet, but I can see and feel the end coming. There will be things that I miss, and also definitely things that I will not miss, and while I’m not yet sure if I can say these last eight weeks were the experience of my lifetime, as I’m not sure how much longer that life will last, I can confidently say they were a life changing experience. Read more HERE
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  • Mountain Classroom: Advice for Future Mountain Students

    Mountain Classroom
    As Mountain Classroom winds their way East to end the Spring Term, Emily '22 shares advice for future Mountain students based on her experiences to date. Read more HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: The Light of the Journey

    Mike Henriques
    Taking an early evening tour around campus Thursday in the spectacular light of a mid-May evening, I happened to pass the woodshop where Greg Allen holds “extra help” sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. The pool of light spilling out, the sound of the bandsaw and table saw, the hum of the vacuum system for dust mitigation, exerts a kind of gravitational pull. Read more HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Boys' Varsity Lacrosse 2021

    Ben Rulli
    Over 400 days later, the Proctor Boys’ Lacrosse team retook the field for the first time together. It has been a long-awaited season, but thankfully, the Hornets have been able to compete and reclaim their spring season. Read more HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Back from Sedona

    European Art Classroom
    The air is stale and the heat is unbearable. We drive through the main street of Sedona passing by an array of outdoor shops that all seem to sell the same five goods including palm readings, psychics, and crystals. Interspersed is a series of restaurants and cafes with prices that make airports seem cheap. Read more HERE.
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  • The Last Chapter: Senior Project 2021

    Scott Allenby
    Senior Project provides a culminating two and a half week immersive learning opportunity for seniors to design their own learning experience centered around their passions or areas of interest. Read more HERE
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  • Underclass Awards: Recognizing Excellence

    Scott Allenby
    During Monday's assembly we recognized underclass award recipients. While every student deserves considerable recognition for making it through a Covid-19 year, the students recognized today demonstrated consistent excellence in their respective disciplines. Read more HERE
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  • Mountain Classroom: Solo Reflections and Canyoneering

    Mountain Classroom
    After a week of solo adventures and visits from adjunct teachers Will Wamaru and former Mountain Classroom instructor Chris Farrell, this update from Mountain Classroom includes two blog posts: Solo Reflections from Camden '21 and North Wash Canyoneering by Cam '21. Read more HERE
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  • In Search of Identity: Understanding Your Roots

    Scott Allenby
    In twenty-two days, the Class of 2021 will walk across the stage at Proctor’s 173rd Commencement. To a person, they cannot wait for that moment. They are, understandably, eager to move on from Proctor and begin the next chapter of their lives. But in all of their excitement about “what’s next”, we also know there will always be a part of them that embraces the “I am” statement that ends with “a Proctor graduate.” Read more HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Sketchbook Reflections

    European Art Classroom
    A collection of memories and stories, laughter and light. Pages full of where you sat and who you met. And yes, the drawings are made up of scribbles and wonky lines. And yes, the colors blend in an unfavorable manner and the pencil smudges in lines across the page. To the eye of a stranger they are idle sketches, quite possibly a collection of nothingness...Each infantile sketch ignites a memory that would otherwise fade. Read more HERE.
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  • April

    Earth Day

    Lori Patriacca
    JR White Hat (2000) joined Proctor to celebrate Earth Day 2016.  Please enjoy Scott Allenby’s description of Earth Day and reflections from Mike Henriques in Mike’s Notes to get a taste of what we celebrated and what we are carrying forward.
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  • Dirty Hands, Full Hearts

    Scott Allenby
    We all share a responsibility to steward that which is before us, and today we carved out an entire day to do just that. We built bridges, replaced camping platforms, hiked, pruned, weeded, gardened, and explored. It rained. It was muddy. We got dirty. And it was glorious. Read more HERE.
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  • Change the Lens: Perspective and Positivity

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    When we use a lens that sees beyond the quarantines, beyond the disrupted athletics schedules, the wearing of masks, and the very real hardships our students have experienced, we see relationships forming and identities taking shape because of Proctor’s educational programming. And in the end, isn’t this our real work? Read more HERE.
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  • European Southwest Art Classroom: Our First Voyage

    European Art Classroom
    Sonoita. Historically, the word originates from the O’odham language and translates to “spring field”— an ironic assessment, seeing as none of us witnessed a drop of fresh water during our five-day excursion. Read more HERE
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  • Mountain Classroom: Boulder Mail Trail Spring Edition

    Mountain Classroom
    Mountain Classroom was jam packed with adventure, grit, perseverance, and pretty views this week as we successfully hiked the 30 mile Boulder Mail Trail in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. There’s no doubt that this was a week of immense growth for not only our individual selves, but also our group as a whole. Read more HERE
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  • Celebrating the Proctor Woodlands: A Stewardship Opportunity

    Scott Allenby
    Kicking off with today’s global celebration of Earth Day and culminating on Proctor’s celebration of Earth Day on April 29, this weeklong Woodlands Challenge will celebrate our connection to land, while generating support for a new educational center that will serve as a gateway to Proctor’s 2,500 acres of land. Read more HERE.
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  • Euro/Southwest Art Classroom: On to Scottsdale

    European Art Classroom
    We’re sitting across the kitchen island sketching each other’s portraits. It's 1:37 a.m. This is the first time I've had my portrait drawn. I’ve had a lot of firsts this past week. Read more HERE
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  • Mountain Classroom: Northern Arizona Adventures

    Mountain Classroom
    As our group has experienced these past few days, things don’t always go as planned. This past week we have experienced lots of mechanical issues with both our bus, Deb, and our trailer, Rocinante. Deb has taught us to be flexible with plans and make these times fun for ourselves. Read more from Mountain HERE.
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  • The Illusion of Control

    Scott Allenby
    Yesterday’s weather was just about perfect: sunshine, 70 degrees, no black flies. The only problem? We were in Phase 1 quarantine on campus due to a few diagnosed Covid-19 cases on campus. It has been a tough week in many ways, and yet at this point in the pandemic, we are refining our appreciation for stoic philosophy and becoming quite adept at identifying what lies in our control and what does not. Read more HERE
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  • Euro/Southwest Art Classroom: Exploring Our Area

    European Art Classroom
    European/Southwest Art Classroom checks in after week two of exploring Arizona and creating art. Read Stella's reflections from the group and her experience thus far HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Coyote Gulch

    Mountain Classroom
    After an exhilarating first week of exploration and acclimation, we found ourselves preparing for our first expedition in Utah at Coyote Gulch. The day leading up to this journey was filled with much excitement and organization. Before we were to head out, we had to pack up our backpacks with a variety of basic essentials, among them, group gear, clothing, a week’s worth of meals and WAG bags. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Athletics: Winter Award Recipients

    Ben Rulli
    As the temperatures continue to increase and the remanence of snow on campus and at the Proctor Ski Area slowly melt away, we reflect on the most unique winter athletic season we have experienced. With athletes donning masks to compete safely, and with the help of coaches, athletic trainers, athletic staff, ski area crew, and peer schools, the winter athletic season was nothing short of a success. Read more HERE.
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  • Euro/Southwest Art Classroom: Welcome to Spring 2021

    European Art Classroom
    Going with European (Southwest) Art program has been the best decision of my entire Proctor career so far. Ten of us, Beth, Caroline, Dave, Jules, Jen, Maeve, Maxx, Stella, Toby, and I, all live in a beautiful house where the magnificent landscape is right on our doorsteps. Despite the bumpy American Airline flight and the relentless Arizonian heat, all of us are immersed in art right from the get-go. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Launches New Winter Term Ocean Classroom Program

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s Ocean Classroom Winter 2022 program will include a focus on the history of involuntary servitude, inequality, and racism in America while working to deepen the leadership skills and training students will need moving forward as open minded, productive citizens. Read more HERE.
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  • March

    Interwoven Learning: Proctor's Academic Concentration Program

    Heidi Thoma
    The creative studies concentration provides added perspectives for students who are passionate about the arts by requiring them to engage in multiple artistic disciplines throughout their time at Proctor. Read more about Beth's '21 journey and capstone project HERE.
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  • The Power of Self-Talk and Our Covid-19 Legacy

    Scott Allenby
    Collaboration? Creative problem solving? Resiliency? These are the attributes that have defined our shared experience over the past twelve months, but from where does this resiliency originate? How do we teach it and not just expect it? Read more HERE.
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  • Reading the Stars: The Constellation of Proctor

    Scott Allenby
    While each student may first find Proctor for one of these reasons, it is the constellation of programs, sense of place, and people at Proctor that allows students to blossom. Read more HERE
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  • Mike's Notes: Standing Alongside Each Other

    Mike Henriques
    We share this note with you in hopes that we would each do our part to help assure our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander community members that Proctor stands alongside them and is working to be as welcoming a place as we possibly can be, while at the same time preparing our students to go out into the world as fierce advocates of our core values. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Admissions: Advice to Our Parents

    Scott Allenby
    Raising children has never been easy, but today’s world brings with it a level of complexity none of us, as parents, have encountered before. We all read the same articles on parenting. We do our best to reflect on our individual approaches to the most complex challenge we will ever face. We all share a desire to give our children the absolute best experience possible. Read more HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: When Community Cares

    Mike Henriques
    When caring scales up, the return compounds. And what was the return on the collective investment? We got a term. We got to put on a play, make art in Slocumb, write papers in the library, play hockey games in the Ted, ski race at the Proctor Ski Area, share meals in the Brown Dining Commons. We got to run off campus programs and share laughs with friends. We got to hike to the Bulkhead and skate on the pond. Because we cared in all of the caring ways, we got to have what we so often take for granted: a community. Read more HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: ISGE and Final Reflections

    Mountain Classroom
    Two months ago, a group of ten Proctor students and two instructors arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada to launch Proctor’s winter Mountain Classroom program during what would be the most challenging months of the Covid-19 global pandemic. The past eight weeks have been nothing short of life-changing for those ten students. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor Admissions: Write Your Next Chapter

    Scott Allenby
    We know that it is in freedom that adolescents will find themselves and begin to fully realize who they could become. This notion of a chapter yet to be written, a journey yet to unfold, sits at the heart of each acceptance letter mailed to our admitted students today. The blank page awaits, and we cannot wait to see it what exciting twists and turns and adventures each of our newest Hornets will take along the way. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor Drama Presents: Peter and the Star Catcher

    Scott Allenby
    For Proctor’s drama department, it has been exactly one year since students last took the stage. With the annual spring musical canceled due to Covid-19 last spring, director Jen Summers is thrilled her company will produce Peter and the Star Catcher this week for the community. Read more HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Final Reflections Winter 2021

    European Art Classroom
    My favorite day during the past few months was definitely when we went to White Sands National Park in New Mexico. The landscape seemed as if we were not on Earth, creating a space for us to escape reality. Relieving us from all the stress, anxiety, and worry in our minds and bodies, it allowed us to truly experience a moment of what life is supposed to be like. For a brief second in our young adult lives, we were truly able to be young and free. Read more HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: The Solo Experience

    Mountain Classroom
    Three nights in the wilderness in complete solitude. Upon being briefed, the room was filled with mixed emotions, some were excited to have some quality time to themselves to relax and others were anxious to be left alone in the wild with no one to talk to. I was somewhere in between. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Arts: Dance and Jazz/Rock Performances

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor thrives because our students have diverse talents and possess a willingness, and freedom, to pursue them all. Read more HERE
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  • February

    Team Spotlight: Girls' Varsity Hockey

    Owen Kreisler '23
    During a season unlike any other, Proctor's girls' varsity hockey team has been working hard, improving, and gearing up for its final three games of the season. Read more HERE
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  • Mike's Notes: Seeing the Unseen

    Mike Henriques
    On any given week, on any given day, in any given department, this kind of work is happening quietly, relentlessly, and effectively. I find myself at the end of this week not only with a deep appreciation for all who make this community happen, but also wanting to deepen my awareness of what typically goes unseen. Read more HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Understanding the Waste Stream

    Jaimes Southworth '21
    Proctor's AP Environmental Science class recently visited the Town of Andover Transfer Station to learn about our local waste stream. Read more through the eyes of one of our students, Jaimes '21, as she learns about an aspect of her hometown that had always remained a mystery HERE
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  • Proctor Alumni: John O'Connor '79

    Ben Rulli
    Proctor Alumni remain the greatest ambassadors of our mission. Read about John O'Connor '79 and his journey to, through, and beyond Proctor in this excerpt from the 2020 Proctor Magazine HERE
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  • Ocean Classroom: Living and Learning in the Islands

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor Academy's winter Ocean Classroom program continued its term abroad sailing the World Ocean School's 135 foot historic schooner Roseway out of a home base in St. Croix. Read student entries from the past two weeks at sea HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Boulder Mail Trail

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program completed a backcountry expedition hiking the Boulder Mail Trail. Read more about this trek and all the challenges that came with it HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: The Last Week at Home

    European Art Classroom
    Proctor Academy's European/Southwest Art Classroom completed their final week of working in their home studio in Arizona before hitting the road for a final excursion. Check out this week's blog from Emily '21 HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Boys' Varsity Hockey

    Owen Kreisler '23
    Head Boys’ Varsity Hockey Mike Walsh and Assistant Coach Ian Hamlet are back at the helm and ready to lead the team to another successful season. With nine seniors leading the way, the team is poised to make the most of a shortened season. Read more HERE!
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  • Ocean Classroom: Diving, Sailing, and Learning

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor's Ocean Classroom winter program continues their eight-week exploration of the Caribbean. Check out the past week's Ship's Logs to see what this crew of eight students has been up to HERE!
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  • Proctor Alumni: Dr. Hank Marks '71

    Ben Rulli
    The social unrest of the late 1960s and early 1970s had a significant impact on all-boys boarding schools like Proctor Academy. For Hank Marks '71, the relative stability found at Proctor during this harrowing time laid a foundation for a lifelong journey of learning, caring for others, and chasing his passion. Read more HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: The Great Mountain Bake-Off

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom Program continues their term-long adventure in southern Utah. Climbing in Moab, baking competitions with program director Patty Pond who was visiting with former Mountain Instructor Coco Loehr ‘07, studying water rights, a visit to Arches National Park, and so much more punctuated the last two weeks on the road. Read more HERE!
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  • European Art Classroom: From the Grand Canyon to Sedona

    European Art Classroom
    European Art Classroom travels to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Along the way they hike, visit with a professional artist, a gallery owner and a gallery director of fine arts. One academic week left and they end their time visiting Santa Fe. Read more HERE!
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  • Academic Lens: Hays Speaking Contest

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor hosted the 22nd Annual Hays Speaking Contest this week. Read more about this wonderful tradition that pushes our sophomore class to research and reflect on important issues in their lives HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: The Soul Corner of the Scene Shop

    Mike Henriques
    As educators we can lock into the silos of routine and immediacy: our classes, our department, our dorm, our team, our advisees. We need to step out and see the whole of the endeavor, and we never see the whole in the narrow confines of the beaten path. Read more HERE.
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  • Winter Ocean Classroom: Sailing the Caribbean

    Ocean Classroom
    When island hopping in the Caribbean, reliable internet access can sometimes hamper daily Ship's Logs being uploaded to the world wide web. Alas, this week's Ocean Classroom update features student writing and photos from over a week ago, and yet remain just as stunning as ever. Read more HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: A Week in the Life

    European Art Classroom
    After returning home from a week in Sonoita, we spent the week back home in Casa Grande. Monday was a normal day, with classes in the morning and studio time in the afternoon. On Tuesday, we spent the day in the Ironwood National Park, painting. Read more from Euro/Southwest Classroom HERE
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  • Mountain Classroom: Moab Adventures

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor's Mountain Classroom program continues its exploration of the American Southwest through place based learning, expeditions, and community living. Read more from Meg '22 in this week's blog HERE!
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  • Tradition Matters: Celebrating the Proctor Ski Area

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor is far from a traditional boarding school. Sure, we have traditions, but we are not driven by them. We thrive on evolutions and shifts and changes, recognizing that when we become stagnant as a community, we stop growing as individuals. And yet, now, more than ever, we need tradition. Read more HERE!
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  • Proctor Athletics: Hornets Back in Action!

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s athletic teams last took part in interscholastic competitions on November 14. For the past 82 days, our students and coaches have awaited this weekend’s first games and races of the winter athletic season. Check out a preview of this weekend’s games and races, as well as our first video team spotlight of the term HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Zion Explorations

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program returned from spending time in Zion National Park, hiking, studying, and exploring. Read more HERE.https://blogs.proctoracademy.org/mountain-classroom-zion-adventures
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  • European Art Classroom: The First Voyage

    European Art Classroom
    This week was our first 5 day trip away from our home, Casa Grande. On Monday the 25th we left for our adventure, loading up the van with our painting supplies, bags, crazy creeks, and Carnets (sketchbooks) in hand. Read more HERE!
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  • Proctor Alumni: Pam Steward-Martinez '87

    Ben Rulli
    The best way we know to communicate Proctor's mission is to interview our alumni, hear about their experience here, and see the good, good work they are doing in their communities. Check out this profile on Pam Stewart-Martinez '87 recently published in the 2020 Proctor Magazine HERE
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  • January

    Ocean Classroom: Dive Certified!

    Ocean Classroom
    After a second quarantine period, Proctor's Winter Ocean Classroom crew is aboard Roseway and sailing the Caribbean waters, all while learning navigation, maritime literature, and marine biology. Read more HERE!
     
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  • Fall 2020 Lakes Region All-Stars

    Athletics
    The Fall 2020 athletic season was certainly historic and one that will be remembered for a long time. Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, and trainers for making the season fun, competitive, and safe!
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  • Mike's Notes: Stop and Go Traffic

    Mike Henriques
    We have heard about the traffic stacking up in the Covid landscape, but it hasn't happened to us. At least not until now. But this week has been different. Every day has brought a jarring shift to the rhythm of the week as we have toggled into and out of phase one and phase two. It feels like we are stuck in first and second gear and can’t quite shift into third or fourth. Read more HERE
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  • Be Kind. Be Brave. Have Fun!

    Scott Allenby
    These stressors are real, and as we all know, stress impacts our interactions with others. It pushes us just the slightest bit further away from kindness and makes us hesitant to be as brave as we otherwise would be. We allow our shells to close around us, creating distance from ourselves and those moments of joy that energize us. Read more HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Art History and Cultural Context

    European Art Classroom
    Eight students, two faculty, a van, easels, and paint exploring the countryside, the urban landscapes, and investing their whole selves into this once in a lifetime experience of living in community. Read more HERE
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  • AVA Gallery and Student Art Work

    Ben Rulli
    The Alliance for the Visual Art is entering its 13th year celebrating young artists. The 2021 AVA Gallery High School Virtual Exhibition features ten Proctor students and works from eleven participating high schools in the local region. To be included in the exhibition, all students must be nominated by their art teacher. Read more HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Slot Canyons, Sand Dunes, and More

    Mountain Classroom
    After returning from quite the freezing but thrilling Paria River backpacking expedition where we spent four nights and five days venturing in some pretty ridiculously cool canyons, we ventured back to our home for the next week in the town of Kanab, Utah. Read more HERE
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  • Mike's Notes: The Network

    Mike Henriques
    Coming back to in-person gets the network humming. Yes, we can do a lot remotely, but we get to the “it “ of learning by being in the landscape, not simply observing it from the outside. Read more HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Paria River Expedition

    Mountain Classroom
    We learned a lot both about the skills needed for backcountry camping as well as a lot about each other. Only two weeks into this trip our group has bonded so well and learned so much. The Paria River expedition was a great one, and set the bar high for the ones to come. Read more HERE!
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  • European Art Classroom: Arizona Week 2

    European Art Classroom
    Dave takes us down unknown roads in hopes of finding hidden gems in the dry desert landscapes with towering Saguaro cacti, prickly pear, Organ Pipe Cacti, and so many others. Read more from the past week on European/Southwest Art Classroom HERE
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  • Mike's Notes: Why Skiing?

    Mike Henriques
    It’s part of who we are, part of our history, part of what we move forward. Scraps of the history can be found in the woods behind the football field, a wheel nailed to a maple tree signals the old rope tow. Stories swirl of slope improvement that involve students, dynamite, and a granite stater do-it-yourself mentality. Every institution has legacy, tradition, and it’s important in the current hustle to evolve and to become the new next, legacy is not forgotten. Read more HERE
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  • The Power of Words: Write Yourself Down

    Scott Allenby
    Words are used to build up and to tear down, to communicate the intricacies of self and to oversimplify the complexities of each other’s humanity. When we seek to use the words given to us by society, we fail to capture the whole of who we are in this moment, and who we must become. Today’s community celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, albeit virtual, provided a powerful reminder of the power of words and the intricacies of our interwoven stories. Read more HERE
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  • Mountain Classroom: Let the Adventure Begin

    Mountain Classroom
    When COVID-19 threatened to cancel Proctor’s Mountain Classroom program this winter, instructors Quinn Harper and Erica Hample partnered with program director Patty Pond and Proctor’s Health Center staff to create a quarantine and testing protocol that would allow the program to function, with modifications, and allow ten lucky students to experience a term of place-based learning and expeditions in the American Southwest. Read more HERE
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  • Ocean Classroom: New Beginnings in St. Croix

    Ocean Classroom
    For the past 27 years, Proctor students have spent the Fall Term studying aboard an historic tall ship, sailing the eastern seaboard of the United States. This coveted off-campus experience has always been limited to the Fall Term, however, COVID-19 forced us to creatively look at our off-campus offerings this winter. Enter Winter Ocean Classroom in St. Croix! Read more HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Welcome to the Southwest

    European Art Classroom
    Over the last decade, Proctor Academy's European Art Classroom program has provided hundreds of students the opportunity to immerse themselves in an art colony in the south of France. With COVID-19 shutting down international travel, program directors Dave and Jen Fleming reinvented the art immersion program stateside. Read more HERE
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  • Mike's Notes: Finding the Hope

    Mike Henriques
    I think about our students, this community, the impact of Wednesday’s events reverberating through the households. Many of us were glued to screens, locked in to news feeds. How, in all of this, do students find a context for hope? Read more HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: How a Beginner Makes You Better

    Scott Allenby
    COVID-19 has turned each of us into beginners. Novice mask wearers, social distancers, quarantiners, and remote educators. We stumbled our way through the first few months (and in many ways continue to stumble today). But we also are learning at an incredible rate, and just as infants must take risks as they learn to walk, we have much to gain from being a beginner once again. It's so good for us. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Alumni: Mike Smith '03 Solving World-Sized Problems

    Ben Rulli
    As the Associate Director at Moderna, Mike Smith '03, has spent this last year at the center of this work in a whirlwind of research, trials, hypotheses, 32-hour workdays, and sacrificing time spent with his wife and three young children. Read more about Mike's journey HERE
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  • A New Year of Hope: Let the Light In

    Scott Allenby
    If 2020 taught us anything, it is that there is always room for hope. Always. May we work hard each day to put aside our striving for perfection, and to simply find ways to let light into our students’ and each other’s lives. 
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