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“At GA, we develop confident young women for a life of purpose.”—Molly King, Head of School

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When your daughter joins our Lower School, she gets the benefit of hundreds of big sisters to look up to and aspire to be.

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In Middle School, GA girls cultivate meaningful friendships, see their futures as boundless, and are inspired to make a positive impact in the world.

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In the Upper School, students discover that there’s almost nothing they cannot do. Teachers believe in them, classmates cheer them on, learning and ambition know no bounds.

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Character and sportsmanship are foundational to GA’s powerhouse athletics program.

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GA strives to engage girls from a broad range of backgrounds and one third of students identify as people of color.

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A small-school setting allows our outstanding faculty to give students the commitment and attention they need. A GA education begins and ends with relationships.

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GA’s unique Coordination program with Brunswick makes for big-school opportunities within our small-school setting.

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Families across the economic spectrum benefit from GA’s expansive tuition assistance program.

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Our innovative Career Resource Center connects students and alumnae to jobs and internships—more than 200 in the last year.

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We are a community, with girls from all divisions leading, learning, and growing with each other.

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GA’s attributes dovetail into a single compelling statistic: Almost every member of the class of 2019 is attending one of her top three college preferences.

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 “From a young age, we want GA girls to understand that they can look at any question many different ways. We want them to feel comfortable testing their own ideas and hypotheses as a way of learning.”

SpotlightSTEAM at GA

GA was an early member of Maker Nation, opening the Engineering & Design lab in 2013. Naturally, we were full-STEAM ahead and today “making” is an integral part of our curriculum in all divisions. 

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Middle School Community Service Day
Asha Marsh

Citizenship, friendship, and school spirit are the hallmarks of the Middle School’s annual Community Service Day. 
 
In the week leading up to today’s Community Service Day, the girls brought in donations of canned food, toiletries, and school supplies to be delivered to local nonprofits including Caritas food pantry in Port Chester, Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. Students also made monetary donations in support of HeadKnowles, a foundation that helps manage operations and funds for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.
 
This morning, Middle School students and faculty gathered in Young Assembly Hall for a Community Service Day kick-off and pep rally led by the Group VIII Student Leadership Council members. The girls discussed the relief efforts underway in the Bahamas and their own personal and family experiences with community service. Group XII Community Service President Izzy Kalb talked to the girls about her interest and efforts in community service which began with an eighth grade school assignment that prompted her to research early childhood education in the Town of Greenwich. Since then she has devoted countless hours to assisting with and working to improve these programs in our town. 
 
The Middle School girls (and a few of their teachers) closed out the rally with a spirited group dance, performing the Just Dance-choreographed version of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” Energized and inspired, students in Groups VI-VIII headed out to community service assignments throughout Port Chester and Greenwich.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Visits Lower School
Asha Marsh

Girls in PC through Group II spent last week’s assembly time enjoying a menagerie that included everything from a bald eagle to a blue whale. 
 
Animalia, a one-man show presented by master puppeteer Hobey Ford, featured his meticulously crafted rod puppets. The girls squealed with delight as a gator made his way through Young Assembly Hall. They watched with fascination as a seal pup chased after a school of fish. They leapt from the floor to get a better look at the frog as he hopped through the crowd of students. And they were completely captivated by the main event—the story of a caterpillar’s transformation to a butterfly. The show began with a small caterpillar munching on milkweed. Over time, the caterpillar bulked up, as Ford deftly transitioned through different sized caterpillar puppets, before spinning her own chrysalis. The girls watched in amazement as the monarch butterfly emerged, spread her wings, and fluttered through the room. 
 
At the show’s conclusion, Ford gave the girls a short science lesson about monarch butterflies, explaining how their consumption of milkweed protects them from predators—not only does it make the monarchs taste bad, but it can also be lethal to predators. 
 
Animalia brought the beauty and majesty of the animal kingdom to the Young stage and left the girls eager to learn more about the world around them.

Emanuel Survivors Share Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness
Asha Marsh

Last Wednesday the Noble Room was packed with GA and Brunswick students opting to forgo eating lunch with friends and instead hear from “Miss Polly” Sheppard and Rose Simmons, two members of Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, SC.

On the evening of June 17, 2015, a white supremacist walked into a bible study at Emanuel Church and murdered nine African Americans. Miss Polly was one of three survivors. Simmons’ father, the Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons Sr., was one of those killed at the church. Both women were in the Connecticut area to present the documentary, Emanuel: The Untold Story of Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting, and to share their story of faith, healing, and forgiveness.

Students were visibly moved as they watched the first 20 minutes of the documentary and then heard the women discuss their experiences on that night and in the aftermath of the shooting. “Forgiveness is a process,” Miss Polly told the students, who found it incomprehensible that these women were able to forgive the shooter for what he had done to them and their community. They also said that they have been able to rebuild and strengthen their community through initiatives like the Illumination Project which was designed to bring together people from all parts of the community—citizens, academia, business leaders, faith-based organizations, police officers, elected officials, and media—in an effort to create a safe, open, and respectful environment. 

Students took advantage of their time with Simmons and Miss Polly to ask about their thoughts on everything from gun control to how they were able to maintain their faith after enduring such a horrific event. One student admitted that with mass shootings occurring almost daily in the U.S., she had become somewhat desensitized to the events. Miss Polly empathized, noting that “becoming desensitized to these events is the tragedy of something that is repeated over and over again.” When asked how we fix the problems of hate crimes and gun violence, Simmons said, “We must find a way to communicate with one another across racial lines, across social and economic boundaries. We need to look up from our phones and learn to speak to the person next to us. We need to vote and change laws. Then, we being to make some changes.”

There’s no doubt that Simmons and Miss Polly are doing their part to make a difference. 

Nine GA Seniors Named 2020 National Merit Semifinalists
Asha Marsh

On September 11, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among this year’s semifinalists were nine Greenwich Academy seniors: Isabel Allard, Grace Austin, Holland Ferguson, Laura Kapp, Sophia Klein, Megan Meyerson, Sophia Moore, Sydney Pittignano, and Hanna Tulchinsky.

These girls qualified as semifinalists by scoring in the top one percent on the 2018 preliminary SAT (PSAT). Head of School Molly King congratulated the girls and noted that, “At GA, we are fortunate to be part of a community of achievers—to have 10 percent of our senior class recognized as National Merit semifinalists speaks to the depth of our senior class. We are immensely proud of these bright young women.”

To become a finalist, each girl must submit a detailed scholarship application in which she provides information about her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors or awards received. Finalists will go on to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Congratulations girls, and good luck!
 

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