Going The Extra Mile

Going The Extra Mile

When John Szijjarto ’21 opened an email from College Board on Aug. 29, he was disappointed to find out that his SAT exam had been canceled for the fifth time. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, test centers across the country have canceled standardized tests multiple times since March. “It is painful to have my SAT […]

Brookshire to replace Slattery as Upper School Dean

In an email to her junior students, soon-to-be Head of Upper School Beth Slattery said Director of Admission at Brandeis University Sara Brookshire will replace her as an Upper School Dean next year. Brookshire was graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Marketing Communication and later attended Lesley University, where she […]

Slattery appointed as Head of Upper School

President and Head of School Rick Commons announced Thursday that Upper School Deans Department Head Beth Slattery will become Head of Upper School effective July 1, 2020. Laura Ross, who currently serves in the position, will become Associate Head of the school on the same date. Commons said in an email that Slattery’s expertise distinguished […]

College Board sends scores late, almost misses deadline

The College Board was delayed in sending many seniors’ SAT, SAT Subject Test, and AP exam scores to colleges by Nov. 1, the early application deadline of most colleges, causing extra stress during the college application process. The situation resolved itself as almost all colleges extended their deadlines since the delay was not the students’ […]

Deans warn about drawbacks of overshooting early application process

Upper school deans Beth Slattery and Kyle Graham gave a presentation to seniors and their parents entitled “The Opportunity Cost of Aiming Too High in the Early Application Process” at Senior College Night Sept. 15. The talk was one of nine special interest sessions available at the event, and it addressed the possible cons of […]

College Board to redesign SAT, deans not expecting changes in prep

The College Board announced plans to redesign the SAT by spring of 2016. The new format will return to a 1,600 point scale, 800 for math and 800 for “Evidence-Based Reading.” The essay will become optional and graded separately, and the guessing penalty will be eliminated. “I think that people feel that probably a lot […]

Deans open signups for spring college tours

Juniors must turn in their tour preference form and a signed set of the college tour rules by Dec. 10 if they chose sign up for the east coast college tours. Both tours will take place over the first week of spring break to give juniors a feel for many colleges. Each trip costs $2,495. […]

Online Common Application technology faces glitches

Technological problems with the new Common Application, released online Aug. 1, are beginning to affect students and deans as early application deadlines approach. “We are pretty frustrated with its functionality,” Dean Beth Slattery said. “We are quite concerned about these problems, especially the technological ones. We are, however, confident that, with our connections to colleges, […]

Deans, teachers rebuke attempted senior food fight

Deans and teachers shut down an attempted food fight seniors tried to hold as a final senior prank on the last day of school, May 29. They confiscated water balloons, water guns, silly string and food in efforts to stop the fight. “None of the students I confronted really put up an argument,” science teacher […]

Alumna to lead weekly ‘Girl Talk’ on stress

Jessica Furie ’03 led a discussion group called “Girl Talk” on March 4 which will continue to meet every Monday during activities period. Upper school dean Beth Slattery and Assistant to the Head of the Upper School Michelle Bracken initiated the discussion, which will be open to all girls after spring break. “I think it […]