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2021

News Archive

  • May

    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

    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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