Capturing Oral History

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!

10 Test Anxiety Tips

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.

Mastering Cemetery Iconography

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.

A Celebration of the Arts: APH Hosts Its Spring Arts Festival

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.

Welcoming Spring with Community and Prayer

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.

APH Celebrates Return of Entire Student Body to Campus

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!

A Message On Recent Events

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.

Stronger Together: One Year Later

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.

Students Commemorate Racial Slavery with Own Memorials

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.

The Top Three Reasons to Transfer to Penguin Hall

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. 

A Prayer for Peace: Reflections from President Molly Martins

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.

Art as Activism: How APH Students Respond to the Climate Crises

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.”

Penguin Hall’s New Core Value: Respect

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.

Artwork Inspired by the Empresses of China’s Forbidden City

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.

Symposium Master Classes

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.

Symposium: How is an Exemplary Life Defined?

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.

Developmental Theory as Understood by Tracing Cultural Trends

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.

Amy Latimer, President of TD Garden, Offers Inspiring Advice

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.

Master Class Discussion of the Film Glory

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.

Olympian and Award-winning Filmmaker Mary Mazzio Visits APH

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.

Exchange Student from Guatemala Reflects on Her Time at APH

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!

Junior Class Service Project: Beach Clean-up Day

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.

Bringing Women’s Lives Out of the Shadows of History

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.

Fall 2018 Sports Season Recap

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.