We all have that person in our lives. The one who is our first call when a major life event happens. The one who we can wake in the middle of the night without a second thought. For many of us, our parents or our best friend serve as that person. At Proctor, the advisor doesn’t seek to replace the parent or best friend, but becomes another person for each of our students. Read more HERE.
On Saturday, our calendar will flip to August, our summer routines well-rutted in our lives. And yet in the midst of these blue skied, puffy clouded July days, a longing for a change of pace has begun to percolate. Read more HERE.
Making the decision to reopen in September for face-to-face learning has been and must continue to be a deliberative, not reactive process. Reopening for in person learning is a decision that takes into consideration our unique geography, the data within the state, the health and wellbeing of our faculty and staff, and our belief that we can collectively do the work of establishing and maintaining a healthy community. Read more HERE.
During this most challenging summer, the collaboration among independent schools in Northern New England has been powerful. Whether it is Heads of School spending hours each week coordinating return to school plans and holding each other accountable, Athletic Directors working together to evaluate the ability to return to interscholastic competition, or Health Directors sharing resources, testing options and planning protocols, our schools are stronger because of our shared commitment to the safety of our school communities. Read more HERE.
This land, gradually acquired over the school’s 173 year history, has served as the ultimate classroom for Proctor students for generations; its biodiversity a perfect laboratory for the natural sciences, its serenity a retreat for the humanities, its terrain a mountain biker's and trail runner’s dream. Read more HERE.
Central to Proctor’s mission and Profile of a Proctor Graduate is the belief that collaboration sits at the core of all we do. Knowing how to work alongside peers, to share expertise, to work toward a common goal, these skills will serve our students well beyond their high school years. Read more HERE.
In a polarized America, we must objectively look at our lives and the lives of those around us to identify any misalignment between our ideals and our actions as we seek to move closer to a collective experience that mirrors our beliefs. Read more HERE.
Education is not simply the act of becoming aware. It is about the capacity to take knowledge that comes with expanded awareness and evolving it into action and meaningful changes that are value driven, rooted in decency and hope. I look forward to continuing this work and doing more together. Read more HERE.
At a place like Proctor, our human interactions with our colleagues and mentors are woven across all facets of our life. We live alongside these coworkers, and in doing so, form bonds that transcend the average workplace. It's why we love working at Proctor, and why it is so hard each summer to say goodbye to a cohort of our friends who off on new adventures. Read more HERE.
The Proctor Magic permeates every conversation a teacher has with students at extra help sessions, is present at every Sunday night dorm meeting, and inspires the pre-game pep talk each Wednesday afternoon.It is also a magic that does not just "happen", but requires investment from those who believe in its power. Read more HERE.
Our hope is that Juneteenth will become a celebration of independence across America and in our schools not just this year, but every year into the future. We must actively help rebuild and reshape a society that works toward freedom without delay, without exceptions, without excuses. Read more HERE.
Proctor remains forever grateful not only for Jim’s generosity to the school, but for his incredibly kind spirit and unrelenting commitment to the diversity of learners who have always, and will always, make up the Proctor community. Read more HERE.
Born out of our belief that our deepest learning comes from a synthesis of all aspects of the Proctor experience, the Academic Concentration Program affords students an opportunity to weave content, independent research, internships, off-campus programs, and on-campus courses into a cohesive learning experience. Read more HERE.
Each graduating class from Proctor possesses a unique personality, fueled by their diverse passions and talents. For the six graduates interviewed below, their experiences with the arts at Proctor laid a foundation for future studies and a lifetime of enjoyment through the arts. Read more HERE.
When we are asked by prospective families why invest in a Proctor education, all we need to do is point them to our graduates. Have a conversation with the Class of 2020, the most resilient, positive, dynamic teenagers you will ever encounter, and see for yourself what is possible at Proctor, what it means to Live to Learn, and Learn to Live. Read more HERE.
Proctor's Journalism class produced one final edition of the Hornet's Nest for the 2019-2020 school year. This edition features a special tribute to our graduating seniors and departing faculty/staff. Read more HERE.
Usually, we gather in the Wilkins Meeting House before the spring musical to peruse artwork created by our students. We gently run our hands over the sculptures, woodworking pieces, and marvel at the creativity of our students across disciplines. But like everything else this spring, our celebration of student artwork must take a slightly different form. Explore our virtual art show HERE!
The landscape of Proctor, in all of its forms, holds and steadies us as we stand on the cusp of summer. The solace of these spaces, even as we leave them behind, is that we carry them with us as steadying companions. Read more of this week's Mike's Notes HERE.
Proctor alum Jed Hinkley '99, a former Olympian in his own right, was named Sport Director of US Nordic. Growing his responsibilities as development dirctor for US Nordic in recent years, Jed will now oversee all operations for the sports of ski jumping and Nordic combined in America. Learn more about Jed's appointment HERE.
The role of School Leader at Proctor takes many forms: serving as the voice of the student body, sitting on discipline committees, acting as a voting member during faculty meetings, and so much more. Following campus-wide elections last week, we are thrilled to announce Proctor's 2020-2021 School Leaders Kingsley Palmer '21 and Nate Murawski '21! Read Kingsley's and Nate's thoughts about stepping into their new roles in the fall HERE.
I teach because I love the human connection of it. Teaching through a computer screen and camera is no replacement for the real thing, but it is enough to make me yearn for the days when we will be back in a classroom together. Humanity is what makes the Proctor community; I am thankful that we have maintained a high standard for what really matters most. Read reflections from our teachers HERE.
For me the bricks are a starting point, the beginning of the commencement that is now just two weeks away, and I know I am fortunate to be on campus to witness the placement. All sorts of rituals surround graduations, moments freighted with emotions and the bricks are beginning at Proctor. But what does it mean to not be on campus? Read the rest of Mike's Notes HERE.
Like everything else this spring, Proctor's Senior Project program had to shift in response to coronavirus-induced remote learning. The two and a half-week immersion program serves as a capstone experience for the majority of seniors each spring, with activities ranging from internships in metropolitan areas to wood working projects to cross country adventures. Read more HERE.
We feed off the human connection we share - on the sidelines, in the dorm, in classes, in advisory - and when that natural flow of connection is interrupted, we must recalibrate as individuals and as a community to fill the void. Read more thoughts HERE.
This may still be the greatest challenge Spain has faced since the Spanish Civil War, dictatorship, and transition to democracy. We have confidence, however, that the Segovians and the Proctor community will get through this challenging period as before, with community support and perseverance. Read the rest of Ryan's reflections HERE.
We are at this inflexion point where we are simultaneously affirming the rich learning environment that is (and has been) Proctor’s educational model, and looking to future opportunities presenting themselves during this period of rapid change. How do we intentionally evolve while nurturing that which has made us, us? Read more thoughts HERE.
In a cacophonous world, in a time when it can feel like whoever is the most persistent, is the last one talking out the other voices to claim the narrative, the truth, the facts, the mute button has something to teach us. Read more in this week's Mike's Notes HERE.
You know your school is doing something right when your National Honor Society Inductees have studied off-campus multiple times, are elite varsity athletes, actors, dancers, musicians, and artists. There is no such thing as a "typical" Proctor student and we could not be happier about that reality! Congratulations to our newest inductees from the Class of 2021. Read more in THIS Academic Lens post.
In this time of remote learning and social distancing, we know questions abound. Tonight, we invite parents and the greater Proctor community to join Mike and Assistant Head of School Karin Clough for an open forum discussing Proctor, the challenges COVID-19 has introduced, and the opportunities that exist to continue to evolve our response. Learn more about Proctor's virtual Town Hall forums HERE.
Like all classes this spring, Peter Southworth’s Journalism students have shifted their approach to publishing their school newspaper, The Hornet’s Nest. Learn more about the collaboration process required of this project and read stories in The Hornet's Nest HERE.
The Proctor Athletic Department is excited to sponsor two virtual panel discussions featuring Proctor alums who will share their experience participating in college athletics. Each of these sessions will provide invaluable advice and counsel to current Proctor students who aspire to participate in college athletics. Read more HERE.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Conceived in the midst of social, political, and racial upheaval of 1970 when 22 million Americans took to the street to voice their concern about the way our species was treating the natural world, this celebration continues to recenter us each year on our connection with our living earth. Read more HERE.
In dealing with dissonance we commonly rely on a skill called radical acceptance. Radical acceptance, as a therapeutic term, is not to be confused with a passive state of contentment. Rather, it is learning to come to terms with circumstances that are beyond our control; learning to proactively accept allows for an increase in the tolerance of distress. Read more HERE.
It’s not easy finding the community fix these days. It’s not easy for faculty, not easy for staff, not easy for students. The virtual get-together gets you maybe half way there, but there’s nothing quite like the face to face. So we find it where and when we can, and I am fortunate enough to be able to duck into the kitchen now and again. Read the rest of Mike's Notes HERE.
Journalism students share perspectives from life on quarantine and the often unexpected lessons they are learning as they encounter new challenges (and opportunities) in a forced slower pace of life. Read reflections from our students HERE.
We are all first year teachers in this new landscape, and while this may feel intimidating, it has been equally liberating and has inspired incredible collaboration among our faculty, newfound creativity, and a critical rethinking of how and why we teach the way we teach that will most certainly impact Proctor’s educational model post-COVID-19. Read more HERE.
We encourage each prospective student to ask themselves “Who could you become?” They arrive with one perception of self and quickly realize their self-imposed, artificial confines of identity need not apply here. Institutionally, we are facing our own “Who could we become?” moment. What can we learn from this COVID-19 induced remote experience this spring? How can online or a hybrid learning model work at Proctor? Read more thoughts HERE.
How do you know if the school is going to be right, if it’s all going to click? If the faculty are going to understand your child, if the peer group is going to be right, if the whole thing is going to take? For those of us who may be a little ahead of you on the journey, perhaps there is some wisdom to share. Read the rest of Mike's Notes HERE.
As the global situation related to COVID-19 continues to evolve and Proctor has made the decision to assess through Pass/Fail grades during the spring trimester. This decision has sparked valuable conversation related to how we assess, equity of assessment, and our priority needing to remain on the connection to and wellness of our students. Read more thoughts from our College Counseling Team HERE.
At Proctor, we really are in it Together. We always have been. We firmly believe students need to be challenged and they need to routinely leave their “comfort zones”. So, too, are we faculty asked, pulled, prodded to learn new skills and leave our comfort zones. It is what we do, charging into the unknown, together, knowing that to have light we need shadows. Read more from Dave and Jen's journey in quarantine this spring HERE.
We have been able to embrace a shift from “what could have been” to “what is”. We are not on our path of choice this spring, but we are forging ahead toward that familiar destination of student connection and growth and encountering unforeseen beauty along the way. Read more thoughts HERE.
Rarely have we seen a class with your kind of spirit, and if we have to go through a disruption like this current one, I can’t think of a better class to step up to the challenge than the class of 2020. Read more thoughts from Mike HERE.
We know this spring will feel different, but unanticipated benefits await us. New forms of connection discovered. New teaching strategies unearthed. We will come out the other side of COVID-19 as a stronger, more agile, more vibrant school that values our community more than ever before. Read more HERE.
This time of pause will not last forever. We will be together again as a school community. Use this gift of time to reset, to mourn what is lost without sacrificing the “what could be”. Now, more than ever, we must be willing to dream. Read more thoughts on this topic HERE.
Let us walk forward into the unknown that lies ahead of us with confidence and a sense of purpose. Let us fill the void we feel with outreach to others. We are all in this together, and must be there for each other. Read more thoughts on diving into distance learning at Proctor HERE.
We talk often to our students about their need to be flexible, agile in their approach to their learning and unexpected hurdles that may enter their lives. The rapidly changing landscape related to COVID-19 has allowed us to practice what we preach as we prepare to host Proctor's first Virtual Revisit Day experience on March 31 and April 7. Read more on Proctor's Virtual Revisit Days HERE!
Spring Break on Proctor’s campus is always quiet as faculty scatter to warmer climates, students disperse around the globe, and the overall pace for our staff lessens. But, never has it been quite the ghost town we are experiencing right now. Read more thoughts HERE.
With each hard thing we accomplish, we grow stronger. We gain confidence in ourselves. We realize we are capable of so much more than we thought possible. We appreciate the critical role others play in our success: advisors, Learning Specialists, dorm parents, coaches. And perhaps most importantly, we recognize we have the capacity to play that same role in the lives of others. Read more HERE!
To clear headspace and find balance - which we need more than ever in the Coronavirus landscape - sometimes just walking out the back door for a twenty or thirty minute stroll down by the Blackwater is helpful. The river has its own flow, its own metronome ticking of swirls and eddies to soothe. Read more thoughts from Mike HERE.
As we enter Spring Break, students and coaches from five different teams are taking advantage of a pause in the academic schedule for training trips and competitions. As we have communicated to parents and students, each of these trips and their planning remains fluid as we monitor the COVID-19 situation. Check out a preview of each of the trips HERE.
Proctor en Segovia Winter 2020 is complete, but not before we get one final window into their study abroad experience in Spain. Enjoy this final blog post from this amazing group of world travelers. Read more HERE.
"Creating is powerful; however, what I’ve found even more important is harnessing the empty moments. These are moments where I am not creating, but instead simply observing or reflecting." Read more from European Art Classroom HERE.
Proctor girls’ varsity basketball team earning a NEPSAC Tournament bid has become an annual tradition in Andover. After winning back to back titles in 2016 and 2017, and making subsequent appearances in the NEPSAC finals and semifinals in 2018 and 2019, this year’s squad is looking to add to the rich history of the girls’ varsity basketball program.
Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program nears the final stages of its ten-week adventure across the United States. As the group enters full circle and the independent student guided expedition, the growth of this group comes is palpable. Read more from this week's update HERE.
As an independent high school offering experiential learning both on and off campus, by necessity Proctor is unavoidably in the business of managing risk. The COVID-19 virus is presenting us with a novel challenge with regard to our need to be remain institutionally agile. Read more HERE.
Athletic seasons do not just happen. Athletes and coaches do not simply show up and perform on game days, but instead spend countless hours watching film, working on strength in the fitness center, and refining both tactical and technical skills during practice. Read more about winter athletic award recipients HERE.
We have a responsibility as individuals to elevate the human experience of those around us, to pick our neighbor up when they fall, and, yet, too often we fail to do so. We willingly live in our own bubbles, with our own desires prioritized over that of the other. Read more thoughts HERE.
This is our last week at home before heading to Florence for the final trip. It’s a week of wrapping up personal works, finishing our term long book project, and enjoying the last cups of Chocolat Viennois from Le Festival, the café where we have Literature class. Read more from Euro HERE.
Our day officially started at 1:30 pm when we met up at the aqueduct to head out to Madrid. We filled the bus for the hour-long drive we had all come to know well. We arrived and ate our bocadillos in the gardens in front of the Palacio Real. Read more from Proctor en Segovia HERE.
Sometimes you have to speed the game up, sometimes you have to slow it down. That’s one of the lessons that sports can teach: an awareness of the whole, the flow, and the requisite pace for a particular moment in a contest. Read the rest of Mike's Notes HERE.
Our Admissions Team often hears the question: What’s a typical day like for a Proctor student? Oh, where do we start. How do adequately explain no two days are the same. How do we succinctly articulate the breadth of experiences that could enter a “typical” day for our students? Read more HERE.
Proctor's Mountain Classroom program continued their rambling journey, venturing through Yosemite National Park, dealing with wind evacuations, sickness, and unexpected challenges as they prepared for solos in Joshua Tree National Park. Read more HERE.
To be blunt…This week was kinda crazy. There we were, at home in Aix, giggling over our German lessons and researching cool things to do during our free time in Munich with little success to find anything better than an apparently sub-par aquarium when right under our nose, Storm Ciara was raging her way across northern Europe. Read more from Euro HERE.
Friday: After waking up from a nice 10 am sleep-in, I got up out of my bed and threw on the outfit I had planned the night before. With my full bag of clothes, and the yummy bocadillo (sandwich) that my mom made me, I headed for the bus station. The travel was long and included an hour bus ride to Madrid, a two-hour train ride to Seville, and lastly a thirty-minute walk to our hostel. Read more from Proctor en Segovia HERE.
Proctor is not one of those schools that can afford to swagger. We have had to hustle as a school for a long time, and we will have to hustle for years to come. I hope we never lose the hustle. Hustling keeps you humble, It keeps you competitive. It keeps you evolving. It keeps you from slipping into hubris. Read more HERE.
Proctor’s USSA/FIS skiers compete at the highest levels around the country all winter, but due to the nature of the sport and remote competition locations, we rarely see their successes as a community. Senior Molly Mueller is putting together a season for the record books.
Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program enters its final month on the road as it meanders through California. Read more from their adventures on Catalina Island and in the Sonoran Desert, as well as learn all about the do's and don'ts of cooking on Mountain Classroom in this week's blog. Read more HERE.
For each of us, our stewardship of Proctor takes different forms. We pick up trash on the walk to assembly, help clean dormitories, relentlessly sweep and vacuum sand from the entry ways of buildings, volunteer to serve food at Saturday night’s Proctor Ski Area Celebration, coach, teach, dorm parent, advisee. We each chip in in our own way, utilizing our own skill sets and our own resources. Read more thoughts from the weekend HERE.
My hope these days comes from an old adage, “think globally, act locally.” These days, the local seems more manageable. And I believe that if we keep true to our values and our ways, the lessons of what it means to be in an intentional and evolving community, respectful and responsible, might just migrate out and up into larger spheres. It needs to. Read the rest of Mike's blog HERE.
Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program reached the harsh conditions of the southern California desert, only to be rewarded by a swim in the Pacific Ocean. Read more in this week's blog from Mountain Classroom HERE.
When we slow down, we allow ourselves the opportunity to recenter: institutionally, as a community, as peer groups, as teams, and as individuals. So who in your life is encouraging you to slow down. We cannot do it alone. We are too easily swept up in the current and fall prey to the momentum of the masses. Read more thoughts on slowing down HERE.
Traveling to Barcelona has always been a dream of mine, so I was incredibly excited on the days leading up to our excursion.The train flew through the Spanish countryside and about three hours later we were in Barcelona. After another sweltering hot, sauna-like metro ride, we were within walking distance to our hotel. Read more HERE.
The month of January at boarding school in New England can feel similar to early days of parenthood. Each day brings with it different trials - cold weather, illness, long days, and little light - yet we look back on the last four weeks since students returned from Winter Break and marvel at the growth that has taken place within our community. Read more HERE.
More than a decade ago, Proctor experimented with an integrated arts course as a Freshman Seminar. Students were able to experiment in different arts disciplines within the context of self-exploration that sits at the core of our ninth grade wellness curriculum. Maybe we were onto something back then that current research is now reemphasizing: immersion in the arts and improved wellness are inextricably linked. Read more HERE.
In what has become an annual fundraising event that impacts so many, Proctor's Boys’ Varsity Hockey team will be raising funds for the Navy SEAL Hockey Foundation Program. Read more for details on this year's fund raiser.
Proctor en Monteverde, Proctor's revitalized sophomore study abroad off-campus program in Costa Rica, welcomes five students to one of the most biodiverse regions of the world for a nine week term abroad. Read more from Costa Rica HERE.
Proctor Academy's Mountain Classroom program has reconvened for the remainder of the Winter Term with back-to-back excursions hiking in the Grand Canyon and climbing at Mt. Lemmon. Read reflections from Lila '20 and Ben '20 below as Mountain Classroom provides a window into life on the road HERE.
Under the leadership of veteran head coach Gregor Makechnie ‘90 and first year assistant coach Ben Bartoldus ‘10, the boys’ basketball team is well on their way to reaching their team goals of helping one another maximize their potential, improve offensive and defensive execution each day, and playing the best basketball at the end of the season. Read more HERE.
What if we, as an imperfect society, sought justice for the oppressed with the same conviction that those in power seek to stay in power? What if we, as individuals, made the conscious decision to choose love in our daily decisions? Would we accelerate the slow bending arch of history toward justice that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. promised more than fifty years ago? Read more from Monday's celebrations HERE.
Proctor's European Art Classroom program prepares for an excursion to Paris this week, but in the meantime reflects on the importance of spending time around the dinner table as a "family". Read more from European Art Classroom HERE.
It was only a little over a year ago that this center was simply an idea parked outside of “campaign” priorities, and today, tucked into the northwest corner of the Field House Parking lot sits twelve-thousand square feet of highly functional space that aligns with the ethos of the school and puts some of our critical outdoor programs front and center. Read more in this week's Mike's Notes HERE.
Named in honor of former Bowdoin College debate team standout and former Proctor Academy Board of Trustees Member, Bill Hays, this annual speaking competition among sophomore American Literature students remains a highlight of the Winter Term in its 21st year. Read excerpts of this year's finalist speechesHERE.
European Art Classroom, Proctor's term-long art immersion program based in Aix-en-Provence, France enters their second week of living and creating abroad. Read Nikki's realistic mini-story and enjoy the photos taken by European Art Classroom co-director, Dave Fleming, and Kaley "Gwyneth - Lady Guinevere" '20. Read the rest of the group's blog HERE.
There’s no real easy way to do this, to make this announcement. I have wrestled it, spent time journaling, talked with a few folks in a very tight circle, but it simply comes down to this: the 2020-21 school year will be my last as Head of School at Proctor Academy. It is a decision that I have come to in consultation with the Board of Trustees, and it is a decision that I have moved towards over the last six months. It is not an easy decision, but I have made it with a full measure of pride in the accomplishments of this community and complete confidence that the school has the leadership and the wisdom to continue on with its current success. Read the rest of Mike's anncouncement HERE.
Proctor Academy's Nordic team enjoyed the earliest snow of any venue in the region at the Proctor Ski Area, and recently returned from a training trip to Quebec. Read more about this dynamic group of students in this week's Team Spotlight HERE.
Regardless of how ambitious our resolutions, few of us arrive at the end of a year and feel we have met our goals. There is always space for improvement, always a feeling of falling short of the vision we laid out for our lives twelve months prior. And yet, often these perceived shortcomings have more to do with a constantly evolving landscape within our lives, and less to do with some failure on our part. Read more thoughts on the New Year HERE.
Located in Andover, NH, Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 9–12. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.