Students in APH's Street Art class had the opportunity to hear from local artist Miguel Cruz aka Oka.Je. Miguel is one of the six artists who completed the incredible Black Lives Matter mural in Lynn this summer. His artwork can be seen throughout Salem and on murals across the country.
This week, the APH community took the time to reflect with a moment of silence as we remembered the 20th anniversary of September 11. Mr. Williams' Philosophy elective class, who will also be studying a novel centered on the events of 9/11, helped lead this remembrance.
On Wednesday, September 1, author Anita Diamant spoke with our APH students virtually about The Boston Girl, what inspired her to write Addie Baum’s story, and her advice to future writers!
Methuen 8th-Grader Named 2021 Ruby Boyer Miller Scholarship Winner
Neomi G., an eighth grader at Saint Patrick Academy, and Molly T. an eighth grader at St. Joseph's School were recently awarded a prestigious scholarship from The Academy at Penguin Hall, (APH).
The one-semester elective course Capturing Oral History introduced students to the techniques and practices of the oral history interview, including: the background research, drafting the interview questions, and planning the interview with awareness of the ethics and etiquette of oral history. APH students were tasked with discovering the history of a topic of their choosing, and conducting an interview with someone who shares an experience from that particular topic and presented their interviews during the Academic Showcase of APH’s Spring Symposium: Express Yourself!
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.
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.
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.
Before he became a science teacher at The Academy at Penguin Hall, Mr. Rivers worked as an EMT in Beverly, a role that has helped shape how he approaches life and work. Read more to learn about Mr. Rivers!
The Academy at Penguin Hall’s new Student Body President for 2020-21 is Nachelle D. ‘21, a spirited rising senior who describes herself as an “open book” and an aspiring surgeon. Read more to learn about Nachelle!
Dr. Gable’s passion for her dreams and goals is a quality that is characteristic of so many APH students and faculty. Read on to find out what fears Dr. Gable had to overcome to arrive at where she is today!
Rising Senior Adriana K. '21 of Lynnfield Ready to Lead APH JSU!
Meet recent APH graduate and alumnae Juliette C. '20, a multi-talented musician and writer who may have found her calling early in life!
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.
Diversity of the Girl is an art gallery highlighting the variety in women. Student Hannah V.' '20, the exhibit curator, assembled this collection to help defy the societal stereotypes we are presented with every day.
Meet Dr. Kimberley, a nature lover, dedicated educator, advocate for strong women and democracy — and so much more. Read on to find out how this Humanities Teacher stays grounded and connected to her community.
Meet APH Student Avery B. '22, who has a knack for finding silver linings in challenging times and unexpected opportunities along the way!
Read why APH Spanish Language Teacher Dr. Barozzi identifies as a global citizen, how she fell in love with languages, and her timeless advice for a life well-lived.
Meet APH Student Kayle W.'22, who shares what she misses most about the APH campus, her talent as a big sister, and much more!
This week, APH shines a spotlight on Mathematics Teacher Mr. Borzi, a man of many talents and a self-described "enigma". Read to find out why!
If you're a rising high school senior, the postponed SAT and ACT gives you more time for practice! APH's College Counselor gives tips on how to prep for both.
APH shares its top 5 tips for a more organized distance learning experience!
It's college admissions season for seniors, and APH College Counselor Mr. Delloro has some great tips on how to appeal your college financial aid award.
In the face of COVID-19, seniors are having to think outside the box when it comes to deciding on which college to attend in the fall (in lieu of the usual college visits). APH Director of College Counseling Mr. Delloro shares 4 ways that seniors can still learn which college may be the best fit for them!
Students at The Academy at Penguin Hall share 6 tips for students participating in distance learning.
Penguin Hall shares 5 tips for parents who have children participating in distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
APH Student Isabelle G. '22 shares her five favorite ways to handle uncertainty during the Coronavirus.
Penguin Hall's Basketball Coaches help unleash players' courage and compassion on the court — and more than just the APH community is paying attention.
Preparing to visit college campuses? Start with a plan. Director of College Counseling Carter Delloro gives advice on how to get the most from your campus visit.
Why an all-girls education at Penguin Hall? Freedom to speak ideas, try new things, and form authentic relationships are at the heart of our learning experience.
Penguin Hall's Symposium Week 2020 featured a variety of faculty- and student-led master classes, service treks, and inspiring guest speakers.
What kind of courage does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail? Sherry Cook, a former APH teacher, tells us in her inspiring Keynote Address during Symposium Week 2020.
The Academy at Penguin Hall's President and Co-Founder Molly Martins shares why advisory is part of a balanced education at APH.
Lila C., class of ‘20 and a member of the first cohort to complete all four years of high school at Penguin Hall, shares how one life-changing summer with Save a Child's Heart and the support of the APH community has helped form her vision for the future.
Director of College Counseling Carter Delloro shares how students can decide on their best fit college (hint: the social scene isn't everything, but it counts!)
Interested in learning Russian? Students at The Academy at Penguin Hall are offered the chance to take this unique elective course!
Earlier this week, coaches, students, parents, APH Leadership and staff came together to celebrate our fall athletes during our Fall Sports Celebration.
Shadow Days are a fantastic way for you to get a true feel for what it's like to be a student at The Academy at Penguin Hall!
Fall 2019 APH athletics came to a close this week! Our teams went out strong this season. This week, athletes also celebrated their class of '20 teammates.
Recently, students from French IV, V and VI classes prepared meals at the French Cultural Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Delpfine Welch, a women's rights activist with Boston Female Liberation, visited Academy at Penguin Hall students to discuss activism, art and literature.
Spanish Language Teacher Rosa Maria Maloney was not always comfortable with her name — until she recognized the strong cultural heritage and how it helped shape her identity.
Sometimes amazing opportunities arise when we least expect them. This September, Humanities Teacher Alick McLean was invited to Seoul, South Korea to share his expertise on city planning.
This is the height of college application season, so we want to share some easily digestible guidance around crucial elements of the application process.
To bring her Dream Big project to life, Morgan C.,’21 invited AAGPBL legend Barbara Parks of Brookline, Massachusetts to The Academy campus to speak to her Humanities class about her time with the league.
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Students in Studio Art and Introduction to Art classes were recently given a unique assignment. They had to create a piece of art inspired by items they had seen during a recent trip to the Empresses of China’s Forbidden City exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. They translated the knowledge they gained during the field trip into artwork that echoes Chinese history but with a modern twist.
On January 22nd, the first day of Intersession Symposium, students selected two of the following Master Classes taught by APH faculty and staff. These classes are designed for students to gain exposure to diverse topics and also to see how intellectual curiosity and passion for learning are important qualities they can develop throughout their lives. The full course descriptions highlight the range of subjects that will be taught.
The inaugural APH Intersession Symposium will take place on Tuesday through Friday, January 22nd-25th. This kind of event is critical to students' professional and personal growth. Making intentional time for learning beyond the classroom and to help students envision their future is in keeping with The Academy's mission: to educate, enlighten and empower young women to live and to lead exemplary lives.
To better understand Lev Vgotsky’s theory of the Zone of Proximal Development, students in Cultural Psychology chose a topic they were interested in and worked with a partner to trace the history of their topic over a 100 year span to understand the impact of time, place, and culture on that topic. Students studied the evolution of wide-ranging topics including music, makeup, toys, bathing suits, dyslexia, feminine hygiene products, and LGBTQ history.
The APH community recently hosted Amy Latimer, President of TD Garden as the first 2019 speaker for the Women in Leadership Speaker Series. During her high-energy talk, Ms. Latimer shared stories from her career, what she does in her role today, and advice she would give her high school self. Her great sense of humor, flair for sharing her story, and heartfelt advice were an outstanding way to begin the year.
Recently, two faculty members hosted an interdisciplinary Master Class to discuss several scenes in the film Glory. Dr. Meditz in Humanities discussed the history of what it depicted in the film and Mr. Crowley in Theater and Film Studies helped the students understand the challenges the actors faced in bringing the Civil War to life.Having the chance to discuss what they observed and to compare and contrast the reality with the film version of history was an illuminating experience for the students.
On Monday, December 10th, The Academy was honored to welcome Mary Mazzio as the second guest in our Women in Leadership Speaker Series. Ms. Mazzio’s inspiring body of work extends from athletics (an Olympic rower) to the arts (an accomplished documentary filmmaker). Ms. Mazzio’s inspiring words remind all of us how important it is to lift others up and to work hard to make a difference in the world both for ourselves and for those who come after us.
Each fall, an APH family hosts an exchange student from Guatemala and this year, we were delighted to welcome Claudia G. While she was with us during the past two months, Claudia did an excellent job of immersing herself in all elements of school life. On Friday, December 7th, her final day at APH, Claudia gave a presentation to the entire school during Morning Meeting. We miss her already and wish her all the best for her very bright future!
Article by Juliette Chait '20 - On Thursday, November 15, the junior class was invited to eat at first lunch and then was excused from classes for the remainder of the afternoon. We all bundled up and took the vans to Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester for our team-building class service project. Our mission was to collect all the trash we could find on the beach and keep track of everything on the paper for an organization called COASTSWEEP.
In a unique class called Out of the Shadows, students are learning about the lives of enslaved women in New England and the South. Under the guidance of faculty member Dr. Linda Meditz, the students are learning about several “hidden” women in Massachusetts including Lucy Foster who was enslaved in Andover. Their proposal to erect a gravestone in Lucy's honor has been approved by the Board of the South Church at Andover and is now moving forward.
The Academy at Penguin Hall Athletics teams had a strong Fall 2018 season. All four teams (soccer, cross country, volleyball, and field hockey) made great strides throughout the season, with each team improving their skills and ability to play well together. Coaches and athletes from other schools frequently commented on how our student-athletes are both competitive and kind.
Article by Molly Geaney '19 - On October 24th, Mr. Williams’ 12th grade Writing to Change the World class attended The Peculiar Patriot, a one-woman show playing at the Paramount Theatre in Boston. The play, starring and written by Liza Jessie Peterson, explores the impacts of mass incarceration on the lives and communities that it disrupts.