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2019

News Archive

  • December

    Team Spotlight: Boys' Varsity Hockey 2019-2020

    Ben Rulli
    With eight seniors on the roster, Proctor's boys' varsity hockey team has its sights set on a Lakes Region Championship and birth in the NEPSAC tournament, but they know they have a long road ahead of them. Read more in this week's spotlight HERE.
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  • Value a Journey That Is Truly Your Own

    Scott Allenby
    Families often visit schools and look at the paths laid out for them by the school. This approach works for many students and feels "right" to families who value a tidy outcome from their child's high school years, but Proctor tends to attract students (and families) who thrive on the unbroken path and prefer a blank canvas to a map. Read more thoughts in THIS BLOG POST
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  • Mike's Notes: The Breakfast Lesson

    Mike Henriques
    We want our learners to be collaborative. We want them to be able to function in teams, to be able to leverage the talents of those around them. It’s a skill, a necessary one. Read more in this week's Mike's Notes HERE
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  • New Beginnings and the Power of Momentum

    Scott Allenby
    Grade books are blank, attendance points reset to zero, and thirty "new" faces return to campus. We hit reset on community expectations like dress code, Boardingware, and technology use in classrooms. We recenter ourselves around who we want to be, and take the first steps toward being that person in the term ahead. Read more thoughts on the start of the Winter Term HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Pursuing Our Best Selves

    Scott Allenby
    As we continue professional development conversations centered on how we can be our best selves, we must remember what our students need most: connection, action, and choice. We must continue to boldly step forward with confidence, and maybe just a little bit of recklessness. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • Ocean Classroom 2019: Final Reflections

    Ocean Classroom
    Ocean Classroom 2019 is complete, but the memories and friendships will carry on. While the crew of 21 Proctor students has now been home for just over a week, and will be welcomed by a fresh foot of snow on campus when they return Tuesday evening for the Winter Term, they will have these blog posts, Ship's Logs, and thousands of photos to bring them back to the Caribbean waters of Puerto Rico, St. John, and St. Croix. Read more HERE.
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  • November

    A Note of Thanksgiving: Appreciating Each Other's Work

    Scott Allenby
    Faculty and staff share appreciation for those who make a difference in their daily life at Proctor. We encourage you to take time out of your busy life to do the same for those who live and work in your sphere. Happy Thanksgiving from Proctor. Read more words of gratitude HERE.
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  • Academic Concentrations Program: A Synthesis of Learning

    Scott Allenby
    With a mission to provide students the support and opportunity to design an individualized program combining coursework, extra-curricular programs, and off-campus experiences, the Academic Concentrations Program has just begun to tap into the power of interdisciplinary learning at Proctor. Read more HERE.
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  • USSA/FIS Skiers Head to Panorama

    Scott Allenby
    As the majority of students and faculty retreat to family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday, 38 USSA/FIS skiers and six coaches depart for Panorama, British Columbia this afternoon for a two week training camp. 
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  • Academic Lens: Innovation Night 2019

    Scott Allenby
    At the heart of Proctor’s educational model is the belief adolescents learn most deeply when they engage hands-on with their learning. Five years ago, Proctor launched a biannual Innovation Night to elevate the great work happening in our classrooms. Each fall and spring, we gather as a community to not only celebrate the work of our students, but to learn about the important issues they are wrestling with in their classes. Read more HERE.
     
     
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  • Ocean Classroom 2019: Land Ho!

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor's Ocean Classroom program has arrived in St. Croix after a more than 10 day passage across the open ocean. Read more from their journey HERE!
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  • Proctor Alumni: Charles (CC) Callaway '85

    Scott Allenby
    For Charles Callaway ‘85, a native New Yorker, he saw an opportunity to work at WE ACT for Environmental Justice as a way to address multiple needs in his neighborhood: climate education, environmental health, and the production of good jobs to meet changing demand in the workforce. Read CC's story HERE.
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  • Depth of Identity: Celebrating the Arts at Proctor

    Scott Allenby
    We are a relatively small school, 370 students and 90 teachers, where we call each other by our first name. We always say hi as we pass on walkways between classes. We think we know each other. But how often do we merely assign an identity to others based on a first impression of their outward projection of self? Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: The Province Left Untouched

    Proctor en Segovia
    Thursday morning we began our long journey to the province of Andalucía in Southern Spain. A bus, metro, and train ride later we got to the city of Granada. We had just enough time to shower and change before being thrown into the Andalucían culture in one of the most traditional ways, a flamenco performance. Read more HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Education - A Product or Process?

    Mike Henriques
    The real grail in high school (I think learning it in college is too late) is all about grasping process. Finding out how to contextualize learning on multiple levels - subject matter, community, spiritual - unlocks life and doesn’t age out. Ultimately, it’s about the process. Read the rest of Mike's Notes blog HERE.
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  • New England Bowl Bound: Proctor Football

    Scott Allenby
    The 2019 varsity football team received word Proctor earned an appearance in a New England Bowl game (it’s fifth in the storied history of the program). On Saturday, November 16, the Hornets will host a New England title game for the first time in school history when it welcomes Pingree School (7-1) to campus for a 1:00 PM kickoff. Read more HERE.
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  • Daring Greatly: Holderness Day 2019

    Scott Allenby
    This is what Holderness Day - what Proctor - is all about. It’s about being vulnerable when we feel least able. It’s about sharing our hearts and talents and souls despite that internal fear begging us to hold back. It’s about giving your all on the field with the chance your team may not be victorious. It’s about unwavering support and respect for those who step into the arena to give their all. Read more HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Patiently Finding Voice

    Scott Allenby
    “Voice can take a long time to come all the way out, brother.” Bobby said. “Be patient.” These words jumped off the page of Tommy Orange’s There There as John Around Him discussed the book with Proctor’s American Literature students. Read more about the impact of John's visit on our students and faculty HERE.
     
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  • The Impact of a Rivalry: Holderness Day 2019

    Scott Allenby
    Each season we split into our teams and afternoon activities. We work hard to cultivate a culture within that group. For the past eleven weeks, we have operated in our own sphere, cognizant of that which orbits around us, but largely focused on our team. Until now. Read more about Holderness Weekend HERE.
     
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  • Ocean Classroom 2019: Preparing for Transit

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program is midway through their nearly two week transit across the open ocean to St. Croix. Read their most recent Ship's Logs HERE.
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  • Advisory Dinners: The Power of Intentional Moments

    Karin Clough
    Small moments create a big impact with our students. Assistant Head of School Karin Clough shares why advisory dinners are one of the most important pieces of our wellness curriculum in THIS blog post. 
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  • Mike's Notes: The Cancel Culture and Community

    Mike Henriques
    I am not a social media user, but I like to stay somewhat connected to that nether world, and this week I have become more aware of a phenomena that I had only been vaguely aware of: the cancel culture. In an age of hypersensitivity, the cancel culture has taken off. In an age of fractured communities, I find it worrisome. Read the rest of Mike's blog post HERE.
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  • October

    Academic Lens: Chasing Our Why

    Scott Allenby
    Is this not our why? To teach young people the tools they need to identify their emotions, to embrace them, to reach for the broader context in which those emotions live, and to walk through the varied terrain life lays before us? Read more thoughts on Proctor's why HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Varsity Football 2019

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor Academy's varsity football program is off to a 5-1 start with two remaining games on their schedule. With a big match-up against New Hampton School Friday night under the lights of Farrell Field, varsity football is this week's Team Spotlight. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Not Your Average Trip to Catalonia

    Proctor en Segovia
    Our trip to Barcelona commenced on a sunny Wednesday morning. Once we arrived in Madrid, the crowded and confusing metro brought us to the train station. The journey to Barcelona was easy, although we were all slightly anxious about what lay ahead. Read more from Segovia HERE.
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  • Ocean Classroom 2019: The Gulf Stream to Savannah

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program enters the final third of their journey down the eastern seaboard to the US Virgin Islands. Their most recent stop stop in Savannah came after a harrowing sail around the Outer Banks. Read more HERE
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  • Special Olympics Fun Day 2019: Cast Aside Inhibition and Love

    Scott Allenby
    With the help of our friends at Special Olympics New Hampshire, we cast inhibition aside in our willingness to see others for their abilities, rather than their disabilities. We learned to love a little more freely, something the world so desperately needs. Read more about Proctor's partnership with Special Olympics New Hampshire HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Sports and The Planting of Hope

    Mike Henriques
    There is something that happens in sports that is not temporary. There is something permanent, if delicate. In those transient moments of clarity, everything clicks into place and the universe coalesces into something cogent and cohesive. And that we can carry forward long after the games have ended. Read the rest of Mike's Notes HERE
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  • Team Spotlight: Girls' Varsity Soccer

    Ben Rulli
    Proctor’s girls’ varsity soccer team boasts a 6-3-2 record as they head into Wednesday afternoon’s home game versus a talented Berwick Academy squad. Under first-year head coach Kyle Connolly, the team is looking to continue their strong play, individual skill development, and teamwork as they enter the back half of the season. Read more HERE!
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  • Introducing The Stories of Proctor Podcast

    Hitch Graham '20
    We love when our students take the lead in telling the Proctor story. We are excited to introduce the Stories of Proctor Podcast. Read more and listen to the podcast HERE.
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  • Ocean Classroom 2019: Norfolk Bound

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program continues their journey south along the eastern seaboard. Their most recent stop saw the crew stationed in Norfolk, Virignia for a few days. Read their most recent ship's logs HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Crew 2019

    Scott Allenby
    Begun in the fall of 2014 by Ilyena Kozain '10, Proctor's crew team enters its fifth season on the water. With twenty students involved in the program, Proctor's boats are rowing as fast as ever. The cold waters of Lake Sunapee, the team's home training venue, and countless blisters are a price worth paying for the beautiful scenery, wildlife encounters, and endless supply of stories that emerge as the season unfolds. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: This is Our Town

    Proctor en Segovia
    Proctor en Segovia students travel to Madrid, the capital of Spain, for the first time to begin to understand its history and experience a Real Madrid soccer match in person. Then, students welcomed visiting parents to their city, Segovia, and introduced them to its culture and history. Read their full blog post HERE.
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  • Fall Family Weekend Information

    Scott Allenby
    Fall Family Weekend is just around the corner! Click HERE for a complete guide to the weekend ahead. 
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  • Independent Schools, Privilege, and the Conversations We Need to Be Having

    Scott Allenby
    The classes that ask the tough questions about race, equality, inclusion, privilege and our community here at Proctor. The conversations with visitors like Reverend Yearwood. The adults who push us to be uncomfortable as we collectively and individually confront, acknowledge, and become more aware of our privilege. These moments are where our work begins, but not where it ends. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • Ocean Classroom 2019: The Chesapeake and Mid-Atlantic

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor's Ocean Classroom program continues their journey down the eastern seaboard with their most recent stop in Baltimore. Read their most recent blog post HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Food and the Pursuit of a Healthier Mindscape

    Mike Henriques
    The choices can be difficult. Trays of those oatmeal chocolate chip cookies still disappear at lunch, but so do the spinach salads and the microgreens and bowls of fruit. Yes, the occasional white bread, American cheese, nothing else lunch plate can still be spotted, but much more frequently than even a handful of years ago plates are piled high with leafy greens. The trend is in the right direction, and maybe - just maybe - it is impacting us as a whole. Read the rest of Mike's Notes blog HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Cross Country Running 2019

    Ben Rulli
    After graduating the team's top runners last spring, Head Coach Sarah Daney and her coaching staff are centering their philosophy around how to approach training intelligently and how to become stronger all-around athletes as they build a foundation of fitness around their group of young runners. Read the full spotlight HERE
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  • Planners and Dreamers: Crafting the Proctor Experience

    Scott Allenby
    Adolescents are designed to change. Proctor is the school that will evolve alongside their child. We know when to push, when to pull, when to simply listen. We help the dreamers plan, and the planners dream knowing the beauty of a student’s high school years lies in the “what could be”, not the what is. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • Ocean Classroom: Through the Big Apple and Beyond

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program sailed through New York City en route to the Chesapeake Bay. Read more from their adventure at sea HERE
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  • Proctor en Segovia: To the End of the Earth

    Proctor en Segovia
    Proctor en Segovia walked part of the Camino de Santiago, a little under forty miles to be exact. Some people do journey across Spain as a physical challenge and/or to take time to reflect on an aspect of their lives, but, traditionally, the Camino de Santiago is walked as a religious pilgrimage. Read more HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Who Keeps It Going?

    Mike Henriques
    Trustees volunteer their time. They give it away. There is no remuneration for their efforts other than the satisfaction they glean from helping a community become the best it can be in the present while evolving to meet the future. They are passionate about Proctor and a critical part of our root structure. Like so much of the unseen at Proctor, they deserve our gratitude. Read more HERE.
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  • Layers of Leadership: Student Engagement and Empowerment

    Scott Allenby
    We thrive when our entire body is healthy, when blood pumps through every vein and we tune into the interconnectedness of individual parts as we operate the whole. The same goes for communities. We are only healthy when every layer of our community feels engaged, heard, and empowered to effect change. Read more HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Varsity Field Hockey 2019

    Ben Rulli
    After a challenging 2018 season that saw Proctor’s Varsity Field Hockey team struggle to a 1-14 record, the 2019 version of the team sits with a 2-1-2 record as they enter the month of October. The squad is proving a long-term impacts of a foundation of hard work, determination, and positivity forged through the hardships 2018 season. Read more HERE.
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  • September

    Academic Lens: Aporia as a Way of Life

    Mark Tremblay
    I think back on my middle-school days as the worst part of my youth. My school (like most middle-schools I’m sure) was a sea of insecurity. Kids combatted their fears of exclusion by labeling and othering. These categories created a sense of security and belonging for some, and a sense of loneliness and longing for others. Read more reflections on philosophy, aporia, and life at Proctor from English teacher Mark Tremblay HERE.
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  • Ocean Classroom 2019: Nine Days at Sea

    Ocean Classroom
    Proctor's Ocean Classroom program checks in from New Bedford, MA after nine days at sea. Read daily Ship's Logs from students and check out photos HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: What's the Score? The Real Score?

    Mike Henriques
    Games played fiercely and well are pure and good. They uplift. We see the better side of character, the potential of a group, a reflection of the community. We are teammates and opponents in the contests of sport, but more importantly we are humans. We cannot just cast the other - opponent or referee - as evil to be vanquished. Read more thoughts on Sportsmanship HERE.
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  • The Partnership of Education: Students and Teachers Together

    Scott Allenby
    We teach because we love it. We love our subject. We love sharing our expertise with students. We love the feeling of watching a student question, wrestle with, and then come to an individual understanding of a concept. We love the rhythm of a school year (even this post-honeymoon reality check as we hit the month in time frame), and we love the imperfections of a community built around adolescents. Read more HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Boys' Varsity Soccer

    Ben Rulli
    Proctor's boys' varsity soccer team graduated eleven players off of last year's roster, and have reloaded with talented guys who understand the importance of team chemistry to success on the field. Read more in this week's Team Spotlight HERE!
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  • Proctor en Segovia: First Impressions

    Proctor en Seogvia
    Living with a host family. Exploring a new country. Meeting new friends. Being immersed in the Spanish culture. This is the power of Proctor en Segovia! Read more in the group's first blog post of the term HERE.
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  • Ocean Classroom 2019: Fair Winds and Following Seas

    Scott Allenby
    Going to sea is not easy. It never has been. The twenty-one Proctor students aboard Ocean Classroom will soon experience first hand the bonds forged at sea. Read more HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Seeing the World, Seeking Change

    Mike Henriques
    The first light frost dappled significant sections of campus Thursday morning, the apple trees bow heavy with fruit, and the sugar maples are starting to catch fire with fall colors. One might be forgiven for believing the climate is good, species are healthy, and balance is being maintained. Hard to believe there is actually anything going on, right? Not really. Read this week's Mike's Notes HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: 2019 Mountain Biking

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor Academy's 2019 Mountain Biking team boasts 34 riders ranging from expert to novice. The team hosted the leagues first race of the season Wednesday! Read more HERE
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  • Symptoms of Disconnect

    Scott Allenby
    The constant pressure of social comparisons and curating our own digital reality weighs on us. As we work to build a healthy environment for adolescents to thrive, we must look beyond seeing technology as a cause of anxiety and instead view it as a symptom of the underlying struggle so many of us face today: true connection and meaning. Read more HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: I Got This, I Got This

    Mike Henriques
    I have three walking sticks in my office, each with a slightly different meaning, each reminding me of the support needed to navigate different aspects of the life journey. I talk about the life journey and Proctor journey and the challenges that will come at the start of every year. I bring a walking stick to make the point. We like to believe in the myth of “I got this,” that we can do it alone, that we are self contained (or should be), an independent collection of consciousness sailing through time. Totally self reliant. And the truth is that we’re not and we need others on the journey. Read Mike's Notes HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Metacognition and the Adolescent Brain

    Annie Mackenzie
    Intuitively, I feel my students’ experiences, reflections, and actions influence who they are and what they do. However, the more I learn about neuroscience, the more research released on brain plasticity and metacognition, the more I realize these intuitions that have guided my work over the past twenty years as a Learning Specialist, and Proctor’s work over the past seventy, are based in scientific fact. Read more HERE!
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  • Writing the Next Chapter: New Beginnings

    Scott Allenby
    Adolescents are designed to change. The students who arrived on campus on Registration Day were not the same who came out of the woods with their Orientation groups on Sunday afternoon, and they will not be the same that walk across the graduation stage. As we find the rhythm of a new academic year, we embark on a journey of self-discovery alongside our students. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Paring it Down

    Mike Henriques
    There is something wonderful and freeing in the elemental stretch of time that is Wilderness Orientation, and something tremendously focusing about being out in the wilds when the weather turns. You have to lock in, focus, and have it dialed when the rain comes and the temperature drops. Read more in this week's Mike's Notes HERE.
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  • Sports Camp 2019: Building the Foundation

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor's annual preseason Sports Camp welcomes fall athletic teams for a four day, intensive pre-season camp. With the goal of knocking off the summer's rust, establishing a baseline of fitness, team bonding, and installing offensive and defensive concepts, Sports Camp is a high school athlete's dream come true. Read more HERE
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  • Lessons from the Trail: Wilderness Orientation

    Scott Allenby
    For 49 years, Proctor’s faculty have organized and executed this backpacking trip for new students. Faculty leaders have seen every type of weather imaginable. They have helped students with no outdoors experience learn to hang their tarp, keep their boots dry, and cook on a camp stove, and year after year we hear the same message from our students as they emerge from the woods, “That was amazing!”. Read more HERE
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  • The Contradictions of Parenting: Trusting Love

    Scott Allenby
    The daily dichotomy of parenthood we experience pales in comparison to the emotions our incoming families experience on Registration Day. Even when you know Proctor is the right school for your child, saying goodbye is far from easy. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • August

    Diversity and Inclusion at Proctor: Vision and Leadership

    Scott Allenby
    For the 2019-2020 school year, Lori Patriacca '01 steps into the role of Multicultural Coordinator, bringing a deep connection to Proctor's Native American Program and the Proctor community into her new position. Lori shares her Proctor story and vision for diversity and inclusion at Proctor HERE
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  • Fall 2019: Athletic Apparel

    Scott Allenby
    Online athletic apparel stores for the fall season will remain open until September 4 at which point the store will close. Click read more below to access links to individual team stores with specific ordering instructions. 
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  • Welcome New Faculty and Staff for 2019-2020

    Ben Rulli
    As our students arrive on campus, they will be greeted by a group of outstanding educators new to the Proctor community. For the past few days, new faculty have gone through their own orientation learning about Proctor and all of the systems and structures. Please welcome these new faculty and staff members to Proctor and learn more about them HERE!
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  • Continuity of Culture: Wilderness Orientation

    Scott Allenby
    How does the culture of an organization sustain over time? Is it the people? Is it the mission? Is it the programs offered? What is it that allows Proctor’s unique culture to thrive year after year? How do we cultivate continuity when we welcome new faculty, staff, and students to Proctor’s community each year? Read more about the importance of Wilderness Orientation HERE.
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  • An Open Letter from a Proctor Advisor

    Scott Allenby
    Comprehending the complexity of the role the advisor plays within Proctor’s educational model can only be understood once a family has experienced the relationship first hand. Read more thoughts on the advisor relationship HERE.
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  • The Search for Something When You Thought You Had Everything

    Scott Allenby
    As Generation Z comes to age in front of our eyes, we must think critically about young people’s ability to connect with each other and how Proctor can nurture in these adolescents a love for learning, for experiencing, for risking failure, for persevering, and for each other. Read more on how we can support Generation Z HERE
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  • Reflections from Rosebud 2019

    Scott Allenby
    We build connection one relationship at a time, one day at a time, one conversation at a time. Throughout our lives, some of these relationships flourish as we nurture them, while others become overgrown with the weeds of busyness and inattention. Proctor's relationship with the Lakota Sioux on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota is one of those cherished relationships to which we have attended regularly over the last thirty-five years. Read reflections from this summer's service trip to Rosebud HERE.
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  • The Turn into August

    Scott Allenby
    Unless we take the opportunity to see things through a different lens, we will continue to focus on the same issues , rather than seeing ourselves within the context of our whole. Read more thoughts from the first day of August HERE.
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  • July

    Living with a Roommate: The Greatest Gift

    Scott Allenby
    Sharing a room with a roommate can feel like one of the most stressful parts of starting at a new boarding school. Some of your fears may be valid (your roommate will probably be different than you and that is ok!), but we want to reassure you the opportunity for personal growth and the formation of deep friendships makes having a roommate one of the most valuable experiences you will have at Proctor. Read more thoughts from our boarding students HERE
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  • Generalization vs Specialization: Threats to the Boarding School Model

    Scott Allenby
    We hear often the value of being a generalist, of embracing different pursuits and being well-rounded individuals. Yet, time and again, specialists are rewarded for being the best at what they do. The mixed messages our children receive as they discover who they are and what passions live within them are not only unhealthy, but have created an unsustainable environment for our schools. Read more thoughts HERE
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  • Advice for Being a Day Student at Boarding School

    Scott Allenby
    We recognize incoming day students often feel apprehension about how they will balance being a day student at a boarding school, so we asked some of our rising senior day students about their experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Their responses HERE
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  • Preserving Our Independence of Thought

    Scott Allenby
    One of the hidden joys of living in a learning community like Proctor is the constant intellectual stimulation by coworkers. Emails and texts fly back and forth, even during the deepest doldrums of summer, sharing innovative perspectives on education, learning, and our collective work at Proctor. READ MORE HERE
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  • The Responsibility of Independence

    Scott Allenby
    We love the way Andover celebrates Independence Day, but one cannot help but acknowledge how our little bubble of Americana stands in stark contrast to the actual experience of so many living in this country. The freedom we champion as an American ideal is clearly still a work in progress. Read more HERE
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  • June

    The Independent School Challenge: Balancing Disruption and Vision

    Scott Allenby
    Disruption and vision: they are two forces that often pull our schools in opposite directions. We work with our Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students to develop a vision, a road map for the future, where we design and implement the best version of ourselves. At the same time, disruptions in the market pull us in the opposite direction. We compromise vision as we allow the churn around us to knock us off course. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • The Why: Watching Our Students Grow

    Scott Allenby
    For teachers, the rhythm of the calendar year is inextricably tied to the cycle of the academic calendar. Boarding school life amplifies those rhythms: when we are on, we are ON, and when we are off, we try to unplug and recharge. As we prepare to turn the calendar to July, we are still in the early phases of recharging, but cannot help but feel the emptiness of campus this time of year. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • Making the Magic Possible: Proctor Fund Update

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s financial model is complex, and while our primary perception of ourself is as a school, we are also a business that has thousands of customers and a $22,000,000 a year budget. Operating on a June 30 fiscal year, the month of June is one of the busiest of the year for our Development Office. Read more abvout the impact of the Proctor Fund HERE.
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  • Understanding Well-Being: A Natural Connection

    Scott Allenby
    It has been an incredibly rainy spring and early summer, but even in the rain, there is such beauty surrounding us. We need to get outside and enjoy that beauty. We need to prioritize our connection to nature, and in doing so, we will find ourselves trending toward happier, healthier, more balanced individuals. Read more HERE
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  • Pursuing the Arts: Class of 2019

    Scott Allenby
    The Class of 2019 graced us with their artistic talents over the past four years. Every graduating student is required to take three art courses at Proctor, however, many choose to dive far deeper into their artistic pursuits. The graduates below will be studying art in college next year - be sure to keep an eye out for their work in the future! Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor Athletics Hall of Fame Inductions

    Scott Allenby
    During Alumni Reunion 2019, we had the honor of inducting five new members to the Proctor Athletics Hall of Fame and recognize two recipients with the Proctor Alumni Award. Read more about this year's award recipients and inductees HERE
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  • Proctor Alumni: Reunion 2019

    Scott Allenby
    As you nurture the relationships closest to you, you create a safety net that will sustain you when life gets tough. Too often we gather with those we love at weddings and funerals. That's not enough. Thank you to each of our alumni for showing us what it means to prioritize friends and family in your life. We miss you already. Relive Reunion 2019 HERE.
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  • May

    Celebrating the Class of 2019

    Scott Allenby
    A slight breeze, blue skies, and temperatures in the low-70s; Saturday was only the sixth or seventh sunny day we’ve had since March. For once this spring, the weather matched the occasion (it snowed at Prom a few weeks ago), and as the 115 members of the Class of 2019 gathered in Alice’s Garden prior to Commencement, every face was wearing a smile. Read about highlights from Commencement weekend HERE.
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  • Class of 2019: Competing at the Next Level

    Scott Allenby
    Each year approximately 20% of the Proctor Academy's graduating class goes on to compete in collegiate athletics. The Class of 2019 is no exception as 31 members of the class (of 113 students) are pursuing careers at the next level, including seven NCAA Division 1 athletes! Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Lessons Learned Abroad

    Proctor en Segovia
    There is a place about halfway up the Calle Real where a stone wall overlooks the city and the wind is ripe with nostalgia. The cute Segovian homes are scattered in all directions, weaving an incredible maze of streets and alleyways and tile roofs. To the right, the sea of buildings suddenly turns to a field of emerald green grass. And to the left, there is a scarlet mountain range topped with snow. Read more final reflections from Proctor en Segovia HERE.
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  • Taking Those Final Steps

    Scott Allenby
    Hours remain until we can official begin celebrating the Class of 2019 with Senior Dinner and Senior Recognition Night. Commencement will follow in the morning, and then campus will be empty. An eery quiet will descend upon campus for the summer, a quiet we simultaneously crave and fear as we feel the energy of our students leave us until September. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Best of Us

    Scott Allenby
    We never want to become a school where isolated pockets of academic novelty trump the whole of the work done in our classrooms. We simply want to be who we are, to be who we have always been, long before buzzwords like innovation, maker-spaces, and collaboration saturated our lexicon. We want to be a school where these buzzwords happen naturally through the work we do with our students. Read more about Innovation Night 2019 here.
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  • 2019 Spring Athletic Award Recipients

    Scott Allenby
    The spring athletic season in Northern New England is not for the faint of heart. It snowed on May 14th this year, and rained nearly every day throughout the months of April and May. Even though the weather did not cooperate, the lessons our athletes learned on the playing fields this spring undoubtedly will last a lifetime, as will the relationships built within teams. Read more about spring athletics award recipients HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Portugal and Farewell

    European Art Classroom
    As we finished our last week in Vauvenargues and Aix we are starting to realize that the term is coming to an end. A scary thought appeared in our minds and reality slapped us in the face: Even though we as a group are still going to talk, we are not going to see each other everyday. Read the group's full blog post HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: The Soul Corner of The Norris Family Theater

    Mike Henriques
    The Norris Theater with its paneling, the wooden beams that hold up the grid, the scene shop. It’s one of those spaces that invites lingering. It’s calming and energizing. It’s a place of music, of singing, of acting and set magic, of students making birthday announcements and game recaps. It’s a place of laughter and sometimes somber talks. It’s one of those places that makes Proctor…well, Proctor. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor Presents: Once On This Island

    Neal Shivakumar '19
    As the year winds down, things are just heating up in Proctor’s Drama department. Opening night of the spring musical is fast approaching (Friday at 7:00 PM is the first show), and the hard work that students and faculty have put into this show will finally be on display. Read a complete preview of the show HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: A New Approach to World Languages

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s World Language Department continues to pioneer a rethinking of the traditional approach to assessing and evaluating student development used by most high schools. Read the full article on this exciting evolution HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: A Day in the Life

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor's Spring 2019 Mountain Classroom group is nearing the end of their nine-week road trip across America, and share a window into the daily operations and roles that allow the group to function on the road. Read Maura's '20 description of a day in the life of Mountain Classroom and Bella's '20 Top 10 gear necessities for future Mountain students HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Senior Projects 2019

    Neal Shivakumar '19
    For the final three and a half weeks of the school year, many of our seniors take part in Senior Project. Check out an in depth look at some of their adventures from from around the globe HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Keeping Sportsmanship Alive

    Mike Henriques
    How do we renew our faith? Being up at the courts on Wednesday was a reminder, just as Trey Mancini's tip of the cap to JBJ was a reminder: games are still being played at a higher level of sportsmanship and skill. We need more of that, not less. When you see sportsmanship, it doesn't just restore faith in the game, it restores faith in fundamental decency. Read Mke's full blog post HERE.
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  • Proctor in Costa Rica: Soaking in the Cloud Forest

    Proctor in Costa Rica
    Proctor in Costa Rica affords sophomores the opportunity to study abroad in one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. Read more about this spring's group of Proctor students living with host families and learning at The Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Costa Rica HERE.
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  • Remove the Disconnect: Earth Day 2019

    Scott Allenby
    We have never been more connected to each other (digitally), yet we have never been more disconnected from the world around us. Whether it is the food we consume, the natural world, the fuel we consume, or the waste stream we leave behind, it has become far too easy to glaze over the externalities we create as someone else’s problem. Read more reflections from Earth Day 2019 HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Memories Like These

    Proctor en Segovia
    Let beautiful student writing and photography transport you to Spain’s Catalonia region. This post also contains several photos from our family weekend that included a visit from a surprise visitor! Read the rest of this week's blog post HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Belgium and a Visitor

    European Art Classroom
    As mid-term quietly passes, we had a special  guest coming from Proctor-- Jill! As Dave jokes “New Hampshire people always bring New Hampshire weather with them…” Jill arrived on a cloudy day in Provence. Read more from European Art Classroom's past week HERE.
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  • Nurturing Our Soul: Honesty

    Scott Allenby
    We have a choice as an independent school:
    1. Create a facade that we are a perfect school community in order to attract prospective families and hope they don’t see our flaws too soon. OR 
    2. Present openly the challenges that accompany educating 370 adolescents in a boarding school setting within an incredibly competitive boarding school market.
    Daily, we choose the latter. Read more thoughts on the importance of nurturing the soul of our community through honesty HERE
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  • Mike's Notes: Bits and Pieces

    Mike Henriques
    The trick is to not go backwards, to push the change forward, and this week a 14 page article in National Geographic pushed me in a good way. It’s not just about picking up trash, it’s about generating less. The bits and pieces add up. Read more from this week's Mike's Notes HERE.
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  • April

    Academic Lens: Who We Could Become

    Scott Allenby
    Society's obsession with categorizing us encourages others to place us in a box, a binary statement of being this or that, crippling the fluid development of our own identity. Our mission is help students move beyond who they believe they are, and to begin to visioning who they could become. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor Athletics: Whitewater Slalom Team Spotlight

    Mikel Timm '19
    Proctor is not your average high school, and whitewater slalom kayaking is not your average afternoon activity. Read this week's team spotlight on one of Proctor's most underappreciated sports HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Spain is Different

    Proctor en Segovia
    Proctor en Segovia checks in after an amazing three weeks of living and learning abroad. Now midway through their trimester in Spain, this group is realizing just how different this program is. Read the rest of the group's blog HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Baseball, Extra Help, and Hustle

    Mike Henriques
    On a Thursday night when the game was knotted up and students went off to extra help, I thought to myself, “Good. Good for them. They are working hard, maybe unlocking passions, and certainly prioritizing in a way we celebrate at Proctor." Me, I stayed for the end of the game. Read the rest of Mike's blog HERE.
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  • Proctor Athletics: Varsity Baseball 2019 Spotlight

    Mikel Timm '19
    "From our oldest to our youngest players we are all like family. We have two captains on our team, but there are so many guys who step up and hold big roles on the team even though they may not have the title of captain. We trust each other both off and on the field, and that is key to our success." Read more about the varsity baseball team in this week's spotlight HERE.
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  • Proctor Athletics: USSA/FIS Season in Review

    Scott Allenby
    Known as the school on skis throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Proctor’s commitment to snow sports has never been more prominent than it is today. Across all on-snow programs, the quality of coaching, access to a privately owned and operated training/race venue, and flexibility of support within Proctor’s academic curriculum has opened doors to experiences past generations of Proctor students could only dream of having at their fingertips. Read a season update from Proctor's USSA/FIS ski team HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Great Sand Dunes and Moab 2019

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor's Mountain Classroom program continues to wind their way through the American southwest with recent stops in Moab, Utah and Great Sand Dunes National Park. Read reflections from Audrey '19 and Bella '20 in this week's Mountain Classroom blog HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Finding the Sweet Spot

    Mike Henriques
    It’s a good time of year to re-read the Robert Frost poem Two Tramps In Mud Time. You know the one. The narrator splitting wood in his yard, the blocks of straight grained beech falling “spinterless as a cloven rock.” You know the poem. It speaks of April in northern New England and is a good reminder this time of year. Read the rest of Mike's Notes HERE.
     
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  • Team Spotlight: Varsity Softball

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s Varsity Softball team has battled cold temperatures, persistent snow, and plenty of rain this spring, but are finally in action. After graduating two seniors off of last year's Lakes Region Championship team, the remaining pieces are back and a some new talent has made this squad an immediate contender for a repeat title. Read the full team spotlight HERE.
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  • Spring Family Weekend 2019: Ultimate Guid

    Scott Allenby
    The first half of the Spring Term has flown by, and we are thrilled to welcome families to campus this weekend to discuss student growth, share future direction for Proctor Academy, and celebrate the hard work that has gone into the school year thus far. Get all your details HERE
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  • Proctor Alumni: Meredith (Donaldson) Amen

    Scott Allenby
    We love seeing the varying paths our alumni choose as they navigate life at Proctor. Check out Meredith (Donaldson) Amenkhienan's '02 journey to being a female entrepreneur and owner of her own boutique lingerie shop in Boston HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Vienna in Spring

    European Art Classroom
    Chloe '20 shares this week's European Art Classroom blog after the group's journey to Vienna, Austria over the past week. Enjoy photos, reflections, and some short video clips of Proctor's off-campus programs in action HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Tight Spaces in Capitol Reef

    Mountain Classroom
    Asher '19 writes from Capitol Reef National Park as his Mountain Classroom group navigated tight spaces canyoneering and climbing through one of southern Utah's most beautiful parks. Check out Mountain Classroom's most recent blog post HERE
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  • 35,000 Opportunities to Make a Difference

    Scott Allenby
    Someone left small, anonymous notes of appreciation across campus today. No more than a sentence or two, these notes left an oversized impact on our community. Thank you to whomever chose to use one of his/her 35,000 decisions to embark on this project and fundamentally change hundreds of people’s days. Read more thoughts on the daily decisions we make and how we need to support our students HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Girls' Lacrosse 2019

    Mikel Timm '19
    Sports Information intern, Mikel Timm ‘19, is hard at work this spring researching, interviewing, and writing Team Spotlights for our website. Check out this week's Team Spotlight on the girls' varsity lacrosse team HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Getting Comfortable

    European Art Classroom
    Proctor's European Art Classroom has gotten comfortable living and learning Aix-en-Provence. Read Ingrid's '20 most recent blog post from across the pond HERE
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  • Mountain Classroom: Escalante 2019

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program continues to wind its way east as the spring term unfolds with a recent backpacking adventure near Escalante, Utah. Read more from the student group HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Boys' Varsity Lacrosse

    Mikel Timm '19
    Sports Information intern Mikel Timm '19 shares this spring's first team spotlight featuring the boys' varsity lacrosse team, their new coach, and their goals for the season ahead. Read the full spotlight HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: The Appeals Process and Ownership

    Mike Henriques
    It’s hard to know exactly when second chances should end. Compassion matters, but so, too, do boundaries. Our community, any community, cannot survive without them, and this dance of the appeals will always be delicate, imperfect, and essential. Read this week's Mike's Notes HERE.
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  • The Power of Real: Chasing Imperfection

    Scott Allenby
    How can we best show visiting families the power of a Proctor education during Revisit Days? Our approach: show visiting families the real Proctor. The perfect school does not exist, so stop trying to be one. Be yourself. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Welcome Spring 2019

    European Art Classroom
    Proctor's European Art Classroom program is off and running again this spring as eight students and two faculty members strive to create an art colony in Aix-en-Provence, studying art history and European culture, the French language, and traveling throughout Europe. Sound like high school to you? It is for this group. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: We're Not in Kansas Anymore!

    Proctor en Segovia
    Proctor en Segovia shares their first blog post of the Spring Term. Check out reflections from Johnny '20 and Will '19, beautiful photography and a quick video of their time abroad thus far. Read more HERE.
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  • March

    Mike's Notes: Shutting Down Winter and Honoring Garry

    Mike Henriques
    There are many people who make the Proctor engine churn. Mac, Steele, Adam and so many others on our staff make the gears turn, but Garry George, when he slips into the cab of the Cat at 3:00 a.m. or hauls the snow making hoses across the hill at midnight, he sets the tone. So as the winter season shuts down across the valley and those white ribbons of snow finally melt away, the one thing that remains a constant is our collective gratitude for the work of Garry George. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor Admissions: A Message for Our Parents

    Scott Allenby
    Our unabashed goal is to present the best of Proctor, and at the same time we have the deepest desire for each visiting family to experience the authentic Proctor. This blog is for those visiting parents. It is a message as their family makes the very, very difficult decision about where they want to spend their high school years. Read our message HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Cling to Your Inner Child

    Mountain Classroom
    Mountain Classroom Spring 2019 is off and climbing in Red Rocks, Nevada. Emily '19 shares a moving reflection on her pursuit of her inner child and the role Mountain Classroom has already played this spring in a much needed rebirth in her own spirit. This is the power of Mountain Classroom. Read their post HERE
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  • Academic Lens: New Term, Same Mission

    Scott Allenby
    Mother Nature probably has one more snow storm in her, but our sights are firmly set on spring. As we prepare to turn the calendar to April, we are reminded of the rebirth that takes place this time of year and the opportunity for a fresh start for each of our students. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • Project Period 2019: The Value of Immersion

    Scott Allenby
    We are in the midst of Project Period, our five day immersion learning program that kicks off each Spring Term. So why do we allocate 10% of our spring to this program? Read our "why" in THIS blog post.
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  • Women's History Month: Jennifer Fletcher P'18, '21, '21

    Kelly Griffin-Brown
    Throughout the month of March, we will profile different female faculty and staff members in celebration of Women's History month. Thank you to faculty member Kelly Griffin-Brown for spearheading this project. Read this week's profile on Jennifer Fletcher P'18, '21, '21 HERE.
     
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  • Preparing for Revisit Days: Dare to be Different

    Scott Allenby
    Dozens of families have already submitted their contracts for next year; Proctor was their #1 choice and the fit between their son or daughter and our school was perfect. For the vast majority of our accepted students, the decision is not that easy. So how does Proctor stand out from the crowd? How do we ensure prospective families fully appreciate and understand the depth of the Proctor experience when weighing their options? Read our thoughts on Revisit Days HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Hasta luego, not adiós

    Proctor en Segovia
    Right now I am walking on a long empty road, forty minutes of solitude, just walking by the sea. I have not seen a single soul in this entire time except a black cat that has crossed my path. Read more final reflections from Winter 2019 Proctor en Segovia HERE.
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  • Winter Athletic Award Recipients

    Scott Allenby
    After three months of games, races, and competitions, a few individuals stood out for their contributions to their teams. Check out a full list of this winter's athletic award recipients HERE
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  • Admissions Decisions 2019: You ARE Ready!

    Scott Allenby
    Within this world of insatiable, ever present content, we forget the feeling of excitement and anticipation that accompanies awaiting. Delayed gratification is a good thing! For the roughly 175 students who have been admitted, the waiting is over! Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor Athletics: Spring Training Trips

    Scott Allenby
    As most of students enjoy Spring Break, more than 100 students and coaches are taking advantage of this break in academic schedule for training trips and competition. USSA/FIS skiers will continue to train and compete through the end of the month, while our freeride skiers and snowboarders are currently training in Big Sky Montana, and our a group of Nordic skiers are training in Norway, while four of our spring sports teams have headed to warmer weather for a preseason training trip as well. Check out a preview of each of the trips HERE!
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  • Teamwork: Appreciating the Intangibles

    Scott Allenby
    We all deserve to experience what it is like to be a part of a great team at some point in our lives. Great teams know themselves. They understand who they are. They know their strengths, their weaknesses, and individuals understand the importance of individual roles within the group. Read more about how we seek to appreciate the intangibles of team at Proctor HERE
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  • February

    Mike's Notes: A Future Gateway to the Proctor Woodlands

    Mike Henriques
    We have carried a different community energy this year, an energy that is still positive, still Proctor, but different. We carry the loss of Dave Pilla from the summer. We miss his cheer, his laughter, his grace, and his generosity. The Woodlands Office has been quieter this year, the woodstove cold for much of the winter. Next door, the Wilson Building sits empty and unused; it carries a heavy energy. We haven’t wanted to remove the building too quickly, partly because of all those positive memories, but enough time has passed. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor Athletics: Spring Sports Apparel

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor’s spring athletic season is just around the corner! As we anxiously anticipate the snow melting off our fields, spring athletes should get ready for the season ahead by visiting Proctor’s sport-specific online apparel store. Click the link below for your sport, and be sure to place your orders before March 4, 2019. Question? Reach out to Director of Athletics Gregor Makechnie ‘90 via email.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Joshua Tree and the ISGE

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor's Mountain Classroom group shares a final blog of the Winter Term as Timmy '20 reflects on their student planned and led expedition to Joshua Tree National Park. Read Timmy's reflections in their final blog post HERE
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  • 2019 NEPSAC Tournament Preview

    Scott Allenby
    In high school athletics, the most talented team does not always win, but the most cohesive, balanced, and disciplined often does. Proctor’s girls’ basketball team (#1 seed in Class C) and boys’ hockey team (#2 seed in Small School Division) check both boxes as their talent and team chemistry have been core to their success all winter. Read more about their first round NEPSAC tournament match-ups HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Art Snippets

    European Art Classroom
    As we spent our last week in Aix-en-Provence and our beautiful cozy house in Vauvenargues, we enjoyed the sunshine, the picnics, the broken dryer, the excursions, and the art that we are proud to have created. Read more HERE
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Under the Sevilla Sun

    Proctor en Segovia
    "Although I arrived a day late and missed an exciting day in the Roman ruins of Itálica on Saturday, I can say without doubt that the weekend excursion to Sevilla was my favorite thing that we have done in Spain so far." Read the rest of the group's blog post HERE.
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  • Proctor Arts: Winter Play 2019

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor Academy's theater department will show Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Wilkins Meeting House. Check out a preview of the winter play HERE and be sure to reserve your tickets. 
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  • Hailey's '19 Wisdom: Dandelions

    Hailey Lapointe '19
    Hailey '19, a two year senior from Rosebud, South Dakota, shared a powerful speech on her life, her people, and the work she feels called to do as a young Lakota woman. Read Hailey's profound words HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Tour de Espana

    European Art Classroom
    Proctor's European Art Classroom program toured Spain and met up with Proctor en Segovia over the past week. Check out their most recent blog post of their study abroad adventures HERE.
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  • Proctor Athletics: Girls' Basketball Spotlight

    Ben Beinner '21 and Scott Allenby
    Proctor's girls' varsity basketball team enters the final week of the regular season with a remarkable 18-5 record and their eyes set on both a Lakes Region title and a run at a NEPSAC title. Read this week's full team spotlight HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: Tarde de Fútbol and Visitors from Across the Pyrenees

    Proctor en Segovia
    Proctor en Segovia has had an incredibly busy week traveling, studying, and meeting up with Proctor's European Art Classroom program. Read the group's full blog post, including amazing photography and student writing, HERE.
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  • Proctor in Costa Rica: Home Stays 2019

    Costa Rica
    At the core of the study abroad experience in Costa Rica is the home stay where our students are immersed in the Spanish language and develop relationships that last a lifetime. Read more about the power of the home stay experience HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: In the Zone

    European Art Classroom
    This week has been anything but short of entertaining. We started off with a sleep-in on Monday morning in attempts to rejuvenate our minds after a late night watching the Super Bowl until 4am our time. However, once we all did manage to crawl out of bed, we were greeted by freshly cooked pancakes courtesy of our pancake master, Annie. Read the group's full blog HERE.
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  • Proctor Announces $3M Gift to Build New Outdoor Center

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor Academy is excited to announce the planned construction of a new Outdoor Center on the west end of campus after an anonymous gift of $3,000,000 catalyzed the project. Long committed to outdoor sports, the construction of the Proctor Outdoor Center reaffirms our institutional belief in the benefits of year-round outdoor activities. Read more about this exciting news HERE.
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  • A Weekend of Celebrations: Ski Area, Ribbon Cutting, and Trustees

    Scott Allenby
    On one of the busiest weekends of the winter, our Board of Trustees met to discuss the 2019-2020 budget, tuition rates, and the greater landscape of independent school market place, celebrated the opening of Phase 3 of the Farrell Field House renovation, hosted six home games, and capped the night with the 12th Annual Proctor Ski Area Celebration. Read more HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Solos and Superstition Wildnerness

    Mountain Classroom
    After four day solos in the Arizona desert, the group planned and executed a week long backpacking trip through the Superstition Wilderness, Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program enters the final two weeks of their term-long expedition throughout the American Southwest. Check out reflections from Vienna '20 and Jane '20 in this week's Mountain Classroom blog HERE!
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  • Mike's Notes: Soul Grit

    Mike Henriques
    I love these weeks in February. They are the New England character test weeks. They are the weeks that set out ice traps, puddle traps, chill traps, mood traps. They just make you have to find a different inner grit, a different kind of soul traction. Read Mike's Notes HERE
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  • Academic Lens: Scaffolding the Proctor Experience

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor does not simply offer an academic support program, it immerses your child in an academic support CULTURE. Read more about Proctor's Learning Skills culture and the scaffolding of the Proctor experience HERE.
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  • Team Spotlight: Girls' Varsity Hockey

    Ben Beinner '21
    Proctor's girls' varsity hockey team has begun to turn a corner with great results versus Lakes Region foes Kimball Union Academy and Brewster Academy this week. Check out this week's team spotlight HERE.
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  • A Quiet Threat to Community: Individualism

    Scott Allenby
    We want to graduate individuals who understand their individualism is only made possible through their relationship with others, their relationship to our community, and to the world around them. Read more HERE.
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  • European Art Classroom: Family Weekend 2019

    European Art Classroom
    In a week where the south of France saw many more rainy days then it usually does, our European Art Classroom crew continued to make the most out of every day.  Our Mondays and Thursdays here in Aix-En-Provence, are our only days where we truly have a set schedule. We begin the day with French class, followed by a well informed art history class by Dave. Read more HERE
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  • Mountain Classroom: Conchise Stronghold 2019

    Mountain Classroom
    "Staring up the face of a cliff, the only thought in my head is, "How am I going to climb this thing?" It’s 50 feet tall and practically flat. What little hand holds there are can only be held by the tips of my fingers and foot holds require my feet to be 90 degrees to the side to even have a chance to stand." Read more from Marshall '19 and the Mountain Classroom group in their most recent blog HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: The Polarization of Awareness

    Mike Henriques
    These are tricky times to navigate. As much as progress moves us forward to more inclusion and more awareness, there also appears to be greater polarization. Fissures seem to be opening at a greater rate. In a paradoxical way we seem to be experiencing both greater awareness and greater distance. Read the rest of this week's Mike's Notes HERE.
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  • January

    Alumni in Athletics: The Holy Cross Connetion

    Scott Allenby
    Roughly 20% of each graduating class has continued their athletic career at the NCAA Division 1, 2, 3 or club level. Occasionally, Proctor teammates have the opportunity to be collegiate teammates, but rarely do we see a confluence of Proctor athletic talent at the same institution like we have at College of the Holy Cross this year with seven former Hornets playing Division 1 varsity sports for the Crusaders this year. Read more HERE!
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  • Conservation Ecology: Connecting Students to Nature

    Scott Allenby
    Perhaps the most powerful lesson courses like Conservation Ecology teach us is that we are part of a greater whole, something larger than ourselves. In a society driven by a focus on the individual, we must actively work to understand and accept our responsibility to work for the greater good of those around us, our environment. Read more HERE.
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  • Proctor en Segovia: The Adventure Begins

    Proctor en Segovia
    The first weeks of Proctor en Segovia are in the books! Getting adjusted to the Spanish way of life has been thrilling. Segovia’s culture is so rich, and it seems every step I take, I learn something new about this historic city. From creative writing with a croissant in Café Colonial to Spanish class on the streets of Segovia, it's hard to imagine ever having to go back to regular high school class. Read more HERE!
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  • European Art Classroom: Paris 2019

    European Art Classroom
    Proctor Academy's European Art Classroom spent the past week exploring a snowy Paris. Ride along on their adventure in this week's blog post. Read more HERE!
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  • Recommitting to the WHY of Education

    Scott Allenby
    Why have we dedicated our life to education? Why have we chosen Proctor as the fertile ground into which we will sow our seeds of hope for the next generation? Read our WHY in today's Academic Lens POST.
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  • Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Scott Allenby
    While most public schools have the day off to observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Proctor chooses to suspend regular classes in order to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King as a community through special programming. The production of Sweat by our drama department added a depth to the conversations on campus we have not experienced before. Enjoy THIS recap of the day.  
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  • European Art Classroom: In the Groove

    European Art Classroom
    European Art Classroom is in the groove after their first three weeks abroad. Check out their most recent blog post from Aix-en-Provence as they settle into a routine and prepare for their first major excursion to Paris! read more HERE.
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  • Mountain Classroom: Border Perspectives

    Mountain Classroom
    Lulu '19 and Sean '20 share remarkable insights into their experience at the border, offering each of us a human window into what has become a largely dehumanized struggle in our Nation. Check out this week's Mountain Classroom blog post HERE.
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  • Academic Lens: Hays Speaking Prize 2019

    Scott Allenby
    Thursday evening provided the Proctor community an opportunity to hear seven sophomores share speeches during the 20th annual Hay's Speaking Contest. The Winter Term affords all sophomore English classes the opportunity to embark on a speech writing process that explores personal journeys, influential moments, or social commentary using research for support. Read more HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Affinity Spaces

    Mike Henriques
    Head of School Mike Henriques shares thoughts on affinity spaces, those places where those who share a common cultural or ethnic background can gather, rejuvenate, and simply be without being the “other.” These are important spaces, especially at independent schools. Read this week's Mike's Notes HERE
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  • Proctor in Costa Rica: Mid-Term Update

    Proctor in Costa Rica
    Proctor in Costa Rica provides a unique opportunity for tenth graders to study abroad with host families, continue in their regular sophomore year courses at the Cloud Forest School, and earn an entire year's worth of Spanish credit. Learn more about this winter's Proctor in Costa Rica program and their mid-term update HERE.
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  • The Art of Listening

    Scott Allenby
    The foundation of any community rests in an appreciation and understanding of each other. Conversely, we undermine the communities in which we live the moment we allow our own limited experiences to inform our understanding of others. We must actively listen to each other's stories as we work to shape our own narrative. Read more HERE
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  • European Art Classroom: Winter 2019 Bienvenue!

    European Art Classroom
    European Art Classroom has landed in Aix-en-Provence and has settled into their live in France; studying art, getting to know the lay of the land, hiking, picnicking, and enjoying life on the road. Read more about their first week abroad HERE
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  • Mountain Classroom: Big Bend 2019

    Mountain Classroom
    Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom winter 2019 reunited in Texas after the winter holiday break. Kicking off the New Year, this intrepid group of ten students and two faculty instructors set out on a six-day river trip on the Rio Grand through Big Bend National Park. Read Charlotte's '19 account of their adventure below. Read Mountain's full blog post HERE
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  • Proctor Athletics: Varsity Basketball Team Spotlight

    Ben Beinner '21
    Sports Information intern Ben Beinner '21 interviewed captains of the boys' varsity basketball team after week of three hard fought losses. Read this week's team spotlight HERE.
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  • Mike's Notes: Off-Campus Reunions

    Mike Henriques
    Those who feel the distant pulse of the off campus programs with the greatest poignancy are likely those who were off campus in the fall. They have left pitching decks and strolls across the plaza in Segovia for the icy, huddled, hunching runs across campus. That bond they felt, those adventures they were living, where did they go? Read this week's Mike's Notes HERE
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  • Under Construction: The Adolescent Brain

    Scott Allenby
    The beauty of the life we have the privilege of living lies in the never-ending problems available for us to troubleshoot. We must develop a resiliency in our community that leans into the interminable complications of life rather than running from them. We must teach our students the skills they need to navigate life, while reminding them it is ok to be under construction, for it is through this construction we become better versions of ourselves as both individuals and a community. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • Cycles of Life: The Proctor Pond

    Scott Allenby
    Life at an academic institution synchronizes you to nature’s cycles that create inseparable associations: fall foliage/Fall Family Weekend, first snow/Holderness Weekend, Thanksgiving Break/snow guns blowing at the Proctor Ski Area, frigid cold of January/pond hockey. This winter, a disruption to this cycle occurred when Proctor made the decision to dredge the Proctor Pond in order to restore the aquatic ecosystem at the center of campus. Read more HERE
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  • Mike's Notes: The Question of Football

    Mike Henriques
    Rumors on campus swirled, snippets of gossip coalesced into definitive opinions about what decision the school would make around a program that has seen regional numbers decline, our own numbers half from a high-water of 50 student athletes in 2013 to the lean squad of 25 this past season, and growing concerns around health issues. I heard rumors the school was going to axe the program. That football was over. Well…not yet. Not at Proctor. Read Head of School Mike's full post HERE.
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  • Life Groups and the Heart of a Teacher

    Scott Allenby
    Sustaining and stewarding a school's culture through generations is the responsibility of each of us. Wednesday's inservice day for faculty took a non-traditional approach to professional development; one that will undoubtedly have a significant impact on student learning. Read more thoughts HERE.
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  • Proctor Recognized as High Performance Club

    Scott Allenby
    Proctor Academy and the Proctor Ski Area has been recognized as a High Performance Club by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association. Check out a complete press release on this exciting news HERE
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Located in  Andover, NH,  Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 912. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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