On Friday, June 11, Penguin Hall welcomed family members, friends, current students, faculty, staff and trustees to its 5th annual Commencement Ceremony celebrating the Class of 2021.
Penguin Hall's Symposium Week 2021 featured a variety of faculty- and student-led master classes, documentary viewing, and academic showcase.
Author Kate Klise Shares Her New Documentary, Borderland: The Life and Times of Blanche (Ames) Ames with APH
APH had the privilege of being one of the first groups to view a brand new documentary titled Borderland: The Life and Times of Blanche (Ames) Ames. After the viewing, the creator and narrator of the film, Kate Klise joined our community virtually for a Q&A session.
This past semester, students in Mr. McLean’s Art of Diversity class looked at the many ways artists communicate diversity, and then created their own virtual art exhibits exploring the concept.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, causes of test anxiety may include a fear of failure, lack of adequate prep time, or bad experiences taking tests in the past. You're not alone! Here's what you can do to stay calm in the days leading up to and during your test.
For Symposium Week 2021, Ms. Healy offered a Master Class titled “Cemetery Iconography,” which was a two-hour course that would take place off-campus. The master class drove north to the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich, MA. It was established in 1634 and is one of the oldest cemeteries in North America.
On Friday, May 21, the South Lawn transformed into an oasis for the arts. Weeks of preparation included building a stage complete with lights, curtains and microphones for the three-act extravaganza. Our tent housed carefully curated artworks created by students. Early Friday evening, the sun began to slip into golden hour and filled the campus with its glow--a spotlight on what would be Penguin Hall’s first spring production in a year.
Two students, Fleurianne (Fleur) N. ‘22 and Ashlyn G. ‘22 have been selected as two of twelve members statewide of the Inter-ethnic Youth Advisory Board at one of the most nationally recognized hospitals in Massachusetts, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH).
Each year, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) sponsors a student video contest. This year, they held the "Democracy Challenge" Student Video Contest. The league asked high school students in Massachusetts to create 30-second videos answering the question "What did you learn about our democracy in 2020?" And what a year for our democracy!
The Academy at Penguin Hall announces the following honorees on the 2021 National Latin Exam.
Caitlin D. ‘24 is just beginning her journey at APH. As she remembers when she first walked through the spider-web doors of Penguin Hall she notes that who she was eight months ago has grown and changes today.
At Penguin Hall, we believe that there is a place for you here--no matter your beliefs. To be truly empowered to live and lead exemplary lives, the students at Penguin Hall are invited to grow in inner wisdom as well as intellect and learn to navigate their unique inner truth. Students held an Interfaith Spring Prayer Service during Morning Meeting, which was also a celebration of the diverse religions held by many members of the APH community.
On Monday, March 22, Penguin Hall welcomed its entire student body back to campus for fully in-person classes for the first time since March 2020--marking almost a full year. This was a momentous occasion and cause for celebration! While the first week back was a time of becoming reacquainted with the classwork after two weeks of Spring vacation, students were able to take time out of their rigorous academic schedules for some good, old-fashioned fun!
In our Civics class with Dr. Hannah Kimberley and Dr. Alick McLean, offers such practice and for students, it’s a golden opportunity to make their voices heard--hopefully to the ears of the President of the United States.
We are deeply saddened by the tragic events in the Atlanta, Georgia area in which eight people, six who identified as Asian American, were senselessly murdered. This violent act is the latest in a series of brutal attacks on members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in our country.
What was unthinkable to us a year ago has become all too familiar. The ring of a Zoom call signaling the start of class, the sting of hand sanitizer over a small papercut, the adjustment of a mask as it slips off the nose. March 2020 marked the beginning of these daily routines not only for the community at APH, but the world.
Yesterday, Penguin Hall welcomed Dr. Nerissa Kreher as a guest speaker for our Women in Leadership Speaker Series. Dr. Kreher is an accomplished physician executive and pediatric endocrinologist with strong biotech experience in Clinical Development and Medical Affairs.
For their culminating project, Dr. Kimberley invited students to create memorials that commemorate the history of racial slavery. She tasked students with understanding the concept of historical memory; exploring the complex decision making processes behind designing a memorial; examining the role of memorials in shaping historical memory of racial slavery; and using diverse forms of expression to memorialize racial slavery.
APH 9th graders in World Humanities read the first play of the trilogy, "Agamemnon", together and then broke into groups for a creative assignment. Each group put their own spin on the tragic play and presented it in a totally different style, from a rap video to a reality TV show!
February 3 is a day of observance and celebration for the positive impact that sports have on girls and women. This is a special day for The Academy at Penguin Hall as we recognize the advancement of three of our own outstanding athletes.
As the first semester came to a close, APH decided it needed a day dedicated to pure, good, old-fashioned fun! Thus, Winter Fest was created--a time of games, community, fun, and treats for the entire campus, staff and teachers included!
If you had the opportunity to invest in a non-profit, which would you choose? For students in Ms. Healy’s Contemporary Ethics Class, that’s exactly what they want you to do!
Change is not always easy and starting something new is full of unknowns. But more often than not, change is worth it and can open the door to greater opportunities! At APH, you have the ability to blaze your own trail. During this time of great uncertainty for schools, parents and students need an academic institution they can rely on--one that prioritizes engaging education, health and safety, and the overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being for students.
Our country is in the midst of two pandemics. One has taken hold of us for over a year. And the other pandemic has had its roots in our nation for far longer than it should: racism. As I searched for words to share with you this morning, I was reminded of a sermon of Peace and Hope given by the Late Honorable John Lewis of Georgia on January 17, 1999 at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.
Civil Discourse: Celebrating, Not Excluding, Diverse Voices: A Reflection From Humanities Teacher, Alick McLean
Let’s invite one another to talk about these and other events that trouble us. Not only peaceful marching makes a difference. We can make a difference in the very act of inviting discussion, and, super important, in how we engage in discussion. Embrace, even celebrate, the diversity of points of view that make up our community.
We’ve heard this called 'an assault on our democracy.' The United States has prided itself on being a country that by definition does not have a king or a ruler, but has a government of the people in which citizens have a voice in choosing their own representatives--a democracy.
Have you ever become so enraptured by a book that you forget where you are? You look up, blink and can’t tell how much time has passed. It feels as though the very words in the pages you’ve read were happening in reality--that you became part of the story itself. For Penguin Hall juniors, that’s exactly what happened in Mr. Williams’ Global Literature class.
Just steps from the Great Hall you can walk into one of APH’s Student Art Galleries. Once you enter the Gallery you will see this message on the wall: “Climate change is one of the most pressing issues worldwide, as the clock towards irreversible global warming and unfixable worldwide change ticks down by the day. However, there are millions of people worldwide protesting, researching, and reaching out to make change as much and as quickly as possible. Climate change is a real current issue, affecting everyone--but there is still time to stop it.”
We’ve all felt it in some way or another. Spending hours and hours inside quarantining can take its toll. That’s why it’s important to keep our minds and bodies healthy by going outside for socially distant activities. It’s also a wonderful way to relieve stress, get some fresh air, and stay active. Lily M. ‘24 and her mom knew they needed to get out of the house.
Last week, the APH community was lucky enough to chat with Professor Sanyin Siang as part of our Women in Leadership speaker series. Over the course of an hour, students were able to ask questions to the Thinkers50 2019 #1 Coach in the World about everything from leadership techniques to her teenage years.
With a new school year comes a new amazing lineup for our Women In Leadership Speaker Series! On Thursday, October 1, we welcomed Dr. Diane Ryan virtually as our first speaker of the new academic year. Speaking with our community, Dr. Ryan shared her incredible journey and life’s work while also answering very thoughtful questions from our students.
Everyone can agree that hybrid learning is hard, but here are some tips to help you with our new normal from a student's perspective.
Leadership has always been a core tenet of our curriculum, so when Julie Carrier approached us to partner together for a course in leadership, it was without hesitation that we said “Let’s do this!” Julie is recognized as the “#1 Coach for Young Women” by Leading Global Coaches/Thinkers 50 and is a trusted authority on leadership development and confidence for girls and young women worldwide.
At Convocation on September 8, all students gathered on the South Lawn to welcome in the new academic year. Campus Minister Brigid Beckman, opened with prayer and some of our students prepared special music to open and close the ceremony.