Upper School students develop classification technique to research asteroids

For the past year, as part of the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) initiative run by the Lunar Planetary Institute, five Upper School students have been conducting a research project of their own design, in consultation with Dr. Caitlin Ahrens at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Upper School art students collaborate with alum Nate Dubuque ’07 on pattern design and printing

Longtime visual arts teacher Judy Novey discusses a project that started with “super humble little stamps” and kept multiplying, both literally and educationally…

The hybrid learning environment presented a challenge: how could I teach a printmaking class when kids weren’t in the studio? My solution was to use color stamp pads. We took a deep dive into pattern over the course of a month-and-a-half. Students made small stamps using Soft-Kut linoleum:

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Having spent their entire year “attending” school during a pandemic, our senior class is closing in on their final weeks at school, preparing to begin the next stage of their lives equipped with the values of optimism, curiosity, responsibility, and resiliency instilled in them by their teachers and advisors.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!


Cathie Connors notches 300th win

Last Saturday was a record-breaking day: Cathie Connors become the first coach of a Maine girl’s lacrosse team to cross the 300-win threshold. To add to the wonders of the day, it was Cathie’s daughter, Jess, who scored the winning goal against Gorham the day before that put the 300th win on the docket against Cheverus.

While winning is fun, what stuck out for me was the turnout of Cathie’s former players at the Fore River Fields and online to watch this historic moment. Cathie is a winning coach for sure, but she is also a transformational one for those who play on her teams. I watched Cathie mentor and guide my own daughter for four years. Cathie helped her gain a confidence and belief in herself that has made a profound difference. Cathie has done this for hundreds of girls during her tenure as a coach. In a year with so many disappointments, yesterday was a ray of sunshine for a truly deserving individual. Congrats Cathie!

Read Michael Hoffer’s recognition of this amazing moment

Cathie and daughter Jess ’22 share a moment following the victory. Photo: Ross Burdick