Monthly Archives: January 2011

Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Competition

Students at the Academy recently earned 33 awards in the 2011 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Competition. Portfolio awards will be announced next week.

Awards include 4 Gold Keys, 9 Silver Keys, and 20 Honorable Mentions. Below is a video of students working on Photoshop artwork before the competition, in addition to some still shots of final products.

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Check out the new blog posts on ‘The Grill’

Check out new interviews and photos on “The Grill.” Click image to visit the student blog.

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Acceptance presentations raise questions about bullying

By Katie Reilly ’11

This week, issues of acceptance seem to have had a strong presence on campus. In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we watched Children of Terezin, a play set during the Holocaust that peered into the lives of five children at a concentration camp. On Tuesday, we welcomed speaker John Halligan, whose son committed suicide at age 13 due to his experience with bullies at school. During both presentations, we were given real examples of the disastrous effects of exclusion and rejection.

Why the sudden focus on bullying? In fact, it’s not all that sudden. During the past year alone, there have been far too many examples of young adults who, after enduring bullying and harassment at school or at home, decided to take their own life. These cases have been publicized because of their tragic endings, but there are far more similar stories that go unnoticed until it is too late.

It would be naïve to think that harassment isn’t present on our campus or that our school is immune to its tragic consequences. Many Govs students would probably confess to having been bullied at some point during their lifetime and, as Mr. Halligan pointed out, both the bully and the bystander are responsible for that. At the very least, hopefully our community will become more cognizant of the language we use and the ways in which our actions affect others.

As the fight against bullying continues, it’s also important to recognize the triumphs. This past week, Chris Colfer, who plays an openly gay high school student on the TV show Glee, won Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes. As he concluded his acceptance speech, he addressed those teenagers who face bullies in their lives, much as his character does on the show.

“Most importantly, to all the amazing kids that watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates who are constantly told, ‘no’ by the people in their environments, by bullies at school that they can’t be who they are or have what they want because of you they are. Well, screw that, kids.” Well said.

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Being the mother of a senior is a funny thing

By Karen Gold, P’11, English, Dorm Parent, Coach

Being the mother of a senior is a funny thing. Not that I’m counting or anything, but Jeremy will become a college student seven months from today……….to be exact. As he can attest, every day I seem to remember something I’ve forgotten to tell him. From laundry tips: “You do know to separate the whites from the darks, right?” to how to drive through a car wash to my version of Life Skills: “It’s a good idea to memorize your Social Security number…….” suddenly, there’s a sense of urgency to figure out what I haven’t taught him, what life lessons I haven’t conveyed. And just as I recorded and measured every milestone his first year of life: first steps, first words, first haircut……….I am now beginning to mark every last of his final year of high school: last “first day of school”, last holiday concert, last semester…………….

Of course, his response now is very different from when he was a toddler. His first steps were towards me; now he can’t wait to jump in the car and drive………..away. The little boy who would call out, “Mama, are you watching?” now holds opinions and beliefs that have little to do with me or my approval. A colleague once remarked that the best years he has had have been the ones in which his children were students here. Certainly, that has been true for me. Sharing the life of the community with Jeremy has been ………well, fun. Although I can’t remember the last time he sat with us at dinner, I love being able to discuss a convocation, a class, a Morning Meeting video, and I know I will miss his company and conversation next year.

And so the countdown begins for the seniors…….and for the mammas.

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A Snowy Campus Slideshow

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Boys Varsity Hockey Team Skates Outside

The Varsity hockey team made the short trip to Tim Winslow’s house (class of 2010) to play its annual 3 vs. 3 tournament, also known as the ”Meatcutter classic”. The team of Tim Winslow, Greg Rooney and Drew Tallet took home the trophy this year.

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More Snow Day Coverage!

Photos by Director of Athletics & Afternoon Programs, Bert McLain and Admission Associate, Samantha Boulais

By Katie Reilly ’11

Take a note from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Shel Silverstein’s poem about little Peggy Ann McKay who “cannot go to school today.” There seems to be something special about the occasional, spontaneous day off from school. Yesterday’s snow day was no exception.

As Mrs. Gold already commented in her post below, we have only been back at school for a week and we only have a week to go before we enjoy a couple more days off during semester break. These vacations remain important, but snow days are a rarity at the Academy, which is what made yesterday’s mini holiday more memorable than most. The snow day was more exciting than those scheduled vacations to which we’ve been counting down for weeks because it was unexpected. The day harkened back to elementary school days, when (for those of us who grew up in the North East) we awoke to find blankets of white snow that were an automatic indication of a school-free day. Back then, I was elated to hear that I could spend the day at home, relaxing from what must have been grueling 2nd grade work. Despite being years older, I was just as appreciative yesterday to hear that I could take a day off from school.

To quote Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Yesterday’s snow day gave both students and faculty a chance to stop and look around, to sleep in, watch movies, go sledding and forget about the overwhelming number of imminent tests, quizzes and projects. It was a welcome and refreshing break that proved how beneficial this crazy New England weather can be.

We want to see your snow day pics & videos! E-mail them to communicationsoffice@govsacademy.org

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