News

2022

  • Husky Athletic Round-Up (9-26-22)

    A dispatch from the desk of Gould Athletic Director Ben Kamilewicz ’95

    Huskies—Charge!!!!

    Our pack went out hard-charging last week—and we're not about to stop. We are all so proud of what you accomplished this week! Keep having fun, being resilient, and being your best. Read on for a review of last week's competitions.
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  • Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will be leading a nine-lesson Healthy Sexuality program at Gould

    Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will be leading a nine-lesson Healthy Sexuality program at Gould the week of September 26th. This program will equip your students with the knowledge, resources, and decision-making skills to promote sexual & reproductive health for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Robust evidence suggests that comprehensive sex education helps young people engage in healthy relationships, avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases & unintended pregnancy, and lowers sexual risk-taking.  Read more 
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  • New Teachers, Coaches and Staff

    We are so humbly amazed by the people who make the Gould experience what it is. There's a new page on our website dedicated to employee profiles. Check it out to learn more about who is working at Gould this year.

    New teachers, coaches and staff members have joined our community, read more about these eighteen people here

    And congratulations to the ten staff members who have stepped up into new roles:
    • Nathaniel Blauss (he/him/his) | Chair of the Science Department
    • Beth Garfield P '20, '22, '26 (she/her/hers) | Dean of Students
    • Ben Kamilewicz ’95 (he/him/his) | Athletic Director 
    • Sarah Kamilewicz (she/her/hers) | Interim Davidson Dorm Head  
    • Adam Leff P ’15, ’17 (he/him/his) | Chair of World Language Department, Club and Civic Engagement Coordinator
    • Lolo Leff P ’15, ’17 (she/her/hers) | Assistant Dean of Students and French Teacher
    • Denise Manning P ’14 (she/her/hers) | Alumni Relations, Engagement Officer
    • Rob Manning P ’14 (he/him/his) | Chair of History Department
    • Abbey Quinn (she/her/hers) | Director of Residential Life
    • Marya Vincent (she/her/hers) | Assistant Dean of Students and Registrar
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  • Camping out with new found friends

    Into the Unknown: New Student Orientation at Gould

    Chris Hayward is seated at a wooden folding table on the Ordway Hall patio. It’s late summer and there’s not a cloud in sight. He’s activating the Garmin inReach handheld GPS communicators he will send out in a few days with the orientation trip leaders who will be traveling to remote areas without cell service.

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  • Back to School Coffee Chat Recording from August 23rd

    Back to School Coffee Chat
    Recording from August 23rd
    Access Passcode: HuskyPride!2022

    The first 10 minutes are spent introducing the staff members on the call, then the remaining time is spent introducing parents and answering questions from parents about new student orientation trips, ordering textbooks, shipping items to school, COVID guidelines, and more.

    Information about the upcoming session on 9/7 can be found here
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  • Back to School Coffee Chat Recording from August 18th

    Back to School Coffee Chat
    Recording from August 18th
    Access Passcode: HuskyPride!2022

    The first 10 minutes are spent introducing the staff members on the call, then the remaining time is spent introducing parents and answering questions from parents about orientation trips, packing lists, ordering textbooks, shipping items to school, when to bring skis, and more.

    Information about the upcoming session on 8/23 can be found here
    (MyGould login required)


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  • Back to School Coffee Chat recording from August 17th

    Back to School Coffee Chat
    Recording from August 17th
    Access Passcode: HuskyPride!2022

    The first 15 minutes are spent introducing the staff members on the call, then the remaining time is spent answering questions from parents about orientation trips, packing lists, registering for classes, ordering textbooks, and showing where to find online resources.

    Information about upcoming sessions on 8/18 and 8/23 can be found here
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  • School Updates from Head of School Tao Smith

    Dear Gould Families,

    The heat from the past few weeks appears to have passed, which brings welcome relief to our little corner of western Maine. It has been a good summer here in Bethel, one marked more by the mundane and routine than the previous two years. Gould faculty and staff have alternated between intense planning for the upcoming year and well-deserved rest and rejuvenation with family and friends. Graduation 2022 feels like years not months past, and yet mid-August has come upon us with lightning speed, hastening the return of faculty and students to campus.
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  • Tommy Lowell ’22 with his father and Adam Leff (right)

    Camden Conference Essay Winners

    Gould faculty and students have become a fixture at the annual Camden Conference, an annual summit centered on global issues in Camden, Maine.

    This past year, Tommy Lowell ’22 and Burke MacLeay ’22 won 2nd and 3rd place respectively for their essay submissions to the Bill Taylor Essay Contest. These prizes come with a monetary award and their papers have been published on the Camden Conference website.

    Read more from World Languages Department Chair Adam Leff:
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  • COVID updates

    Dear Gould Students, Parents and Employees:

    I hope you are all enjoying your summers!  Even with students on vacation, Gould has been a busy place with teachers getting ready for the upcoming school year.  In the Health Center, I have been keeping track of the latest COVID  guidance from the Maine CDC, and I am excited to share our plan to start the fall term.  Although we will continue to need to be aware of COVID’s presence in our community, I am hoping that these guidelines will keep Gould safe  and minimize disruptions to all of the wonderful things planned for the school year.

    Here is a link to our updated COVID website with updated guidelines, but a summary of the biggest guideline changes can be found below.

    Return to Campus
    • All students and employees should return to campus with documentation of TWO negative COVID tests taken 24 hours apart.  The first test should be taken the day before arriving on campus, and the second test should be taken the morning of arrival. 
    • Home tests are acceptable. Please provide a photo with the individual's name and the date/time the test was taken.  
    • For students, negative test results will be verified by the Health Center.  Please bring proof of negative test results to the Health Center prior to moving into the dorm (or participating in registration).  
    Masking 
    • Masking requirements will be based on the COVID Community Level. As of today, August 10, 2022, Oxford County is designated as “Low Transmission.”
      • Low Transmission (Green):  Indoor and outdoor masking is optional.
      • Medium Transmission (Yellow):  Indoor and outdoor masking is optional
      • High Transmission (Orange):  Indoor masking is required. Outdoor masking is optional.
    • Regardless of the level of community spread, indoor masking will continue for:
    • Masking may be required if there is a noted increase in cases or outbreak of COVID in the Gould community.  
    Testing
    • Testing will be available in the health center for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID.
    • It is essential that all Gould students and employees access the free COVID tests that are available from the US Government. The tests will be sent to your home and can be used for any reason (including for intake testing).  
    Thank you, and I’ll see you all in a few short weeks.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    Joanna Brown, RN, P'23, '25
    Health Services Director
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  • Our 8th grade program is growing!

    Gould is thrilled and excited that our 8th grade program is growing!  We are projecting that our enrollment will double this coming year. Gould is increasing our commitment to 8th graders and winter term student-athletes by formalizing learning spaces, growing the faculty, and providing unique age specific programming. Led again this year by Middle School Coordinator and teacher Nancy Barstow, what was once held in one large classroom has expanded to several classrooms occupying the entire first floor of Park Mason. Additional boarding space in Gehring and Davidson are now committed to this group. Several new faculty members have been hired to support the program, including additional humanities, math, science and language teachers. New age-specific programming is being added, especially related to GPS, orientation, and advisory.
     
    If you’re the parent of an incoming 8th grade student, feel free to reach out to Nancy Barstow with any questions. Or speak with Greg or Marcy in Admissions if you know any students who are thinking about becoming Huskies in the future!
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  • Transition in our Director of College Counseling position

    We are planning for a transition in our Director of College Counseling position next year. Our Director of College Counseling Brooke Libby is moving on to a new position in college advising. We will be posting the Director of College Counseling position nationwide in the fall and we hope to have a new Director join us by the spring term to start to work with the junior class. To aid in the transition in the office, Brooke will continue to work in person in a more limited capacity at Gould through the end of December and then will be working remotely to support her seniors in the college process through the end of February. Brooke will actively help us network the search process for a new Director in the fall, work directly with her seniors in the college process, and continue to support and lead her team of Maggie Davis and Dan Pfistner.

    Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning Brad Clarke says "I am very excited about Brooke’s opportunity and the next steps in her career. The College Counseling office has made remarkable strides in the breadth and depth of its programming under her leadership since 2008. Furthermore, Brooke has been a staunch advocate at Gould for diversity, equity and inclusion, for Gould's academic integrity and reputation, for the arts, and for Gould’s mission to fully support all students here at school. She has been both a mentor and close friend to me in my time here at Gould, and I know she will do great things to connect young people and their dreams in higher education in the future. Her future students will be very lucky to have her in their life! Please join me in congratulating Brooke and know that she will help us steer Gould through this important transition."
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  • About Gould's New Dean of Students and Student Life Team

    As part of a commitment to continually improving the student experience, Gould has promoted Beth Garfield P'20, '22, '26 to the role of Dean of Students. 
     
    Over the past three years, she has served in a variety of roles within the Development and Admission departments at Gould, where she focused on attracting prospective families and connecting with alumni. With her previous experience working as a school counselor in New Hampshire and Vermont, she is skilled in learning styles and adolescent behavior. She previously worked at Dothan Brook Elementary School in White River Junction, Vermont, where she was instrumental in designing and implementing a nationally recognized comprehensive school counseling program to improve achievement, attendance, and discipline and close achievement and opportunity gaps. She has worked as a Positive Behavioral Instructional Practice (PBIS) coach, high school counselor, class advisor, teacher mentor, kindergarten teacher, and Yogakids instructor. She also holds a Vermont Level II Professional Educator’s License Endorsement for K-12 School Counselors. This experience, along with her role as a parent of three past and present Gould students, stands to serve the Gould community well.
     
    Along with the promotion of Beth Garfield, the Dean of Students role has been redefined to oversee a team of people including the newly created positions of Director of Residential Life (now filled by Abbey Quinn ’09) and Assistant Dean of Students (now filled by Marya Vincent). In addition to incorporating restorative approaches in response to student behavior, the team will focus on developing a process for continually evaluating and improving the student experience. This year they will focus on finding additional ways to incorporate restorative practices and principles by working with the community to revise the Community Guide and review Gould’s Code of Conduct and Policies, and school-wide norms and expectations. They will also lead the creation of a new student center in Bingham with an area dedicated to day students, as well as an additional common area for all students.
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  • New Athletic Director: Ben Kamilewicz

    Gould is proud to announce the promotion of Ben Kamilewicz ’95 to Athletic Director. An alum with a unique set of interests and skills, he brings both passion and technical expertise to the role.
    He has previously worked at Gould as the registrar, English, history & IDEAS Center teacher, dorm parent, nordic ski director, and high-performance coach, as well as assisting with the implementation of a new school-wide database system last year. 
     
    Ben’s previous experiences in leadership and business will help Gould continue to drive its athletic programming. He served as an Infantry Team Leader in the Vermont Army National Guard from 2001-2009 with the 3-172nd Mountain Infantry, including a combat tour in Ramadi, Iraq in 2005-2006. He skied on the National Guard Biathlon Team and USBA (Europa Cup Team) where he met his wife Sarah who earned positions on the U.S. National Team, the World Championship Team, and was named the alternate for the 2006 United States Olympic Team for Torino. In addition, Ben’s business experience includes managing information systems and large teams for international retailers.
     
    As Athletic Director, he will oversee Gould’s athletic strategy, philosophy, facilities, and coaching staff. He will also further local partnerships with Sunday River, Mt. Abram, Bethel Inn, Mahoosuc Kids, Maine West Project Play and others while engaging and establishing new partnerships throughout New England. Ben’s knowledge of high-level sport, athlete development, high-performance programming, and Gould’s culture will help our athletics program reach new heights. 
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  • Bethel Community Partners Open House August 24th

    To our Bethel community partners: Please join us for Gould's annual open house on August 24th from 4-6pm in Ordway Dining Hall. Join us to celebrate the opening of the 187th year of Gould! Meet our employees and learn about what's new on campus. Food and drinks will be served. RSVP by August 20th
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  • Music Without Borders Piano Festival

    Directed by Tamara Poddubnaya, The Music Without Borders Piano Festival is back at Gould! This year we are joined by student pianists from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. 🎹
    For additional information and special program announcements visit musicwoborders.com
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  • Gould alum offers the best hot dog

    Craving a hot dog this summer and searching for one of the best in the U.S.? Look no further than The Thirsty Pig in Portland, Maine where you can find “Spicy McFirepants,” the namesake of owner Allison Stevens ’99! To be frank, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better dog anywhere! 🌭🌭🌭

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  • Juniors exchange trip to France

    Gould juniors recently returned from a two-week exchange with the Lycée Marguerite de Valois school in Angoulême, France. Students lived with families for a week and attended classes, then explored the country with Mr. Adam Leff and Madame Lolo Leff P'15, '17. Looking forward to next January when the French students visit the U.S.! #GouldLife 🇫🇷

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  • Vive la France!

    Gould juniors participated in a two-week exchange in the company of correspondents from the Lycée Marguerite de Valois in Angoulême, France. Our students lived with families for a week in which they attended classes, toured Angoulême, Cognac, Royan, and spent two wonderful days in Bordeaux!
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  • Alpine team trains in France

    Alpine U16/U19 Camp underway this month at Les 2 Alpes in France! 🇫🇷🏔
    📸 Photo credit to Coach Cathy Fisher P'18
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  • Highlights from Gould’s Class of 2022 Commencement

    Gould Academy presented diplomas to 59 seniors at its 186th commencement exercises on a beautiful Saturday morning over the Memorial Day weekend.
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  • Gould Presents 2022 Underclass Awards

    Gould Academy held its annual Underclass Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 18 in Bingham Auditorium. Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning Dr. Brad Clarke presided over the evening.
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  • Two Gould Snowboarders Named to The U.S. Snowboard Team

    The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team’s Snowboard Team nominations for the 2022-2023 season include an unprecedented two current Gould student-athletes, senior Tyler Hamel ’22 will continue his term joined by sophomore Brianna “Bri” Schnorrbusch ’24. Schnorrbusch is one of the latest additions to the U.S. Snowboard Team, announced on May 13 in Park City, Utah. Schnorrbush will join the U.S. Snowboard Development Group for Snowboardcross (SBX) and take the next step in what she hopes will be a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milano Cortina, Italy.
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  • Welcoming Desirée Plata '99 to Commencement

    This year’s commencement ceremony speaker will be Desirée Plata ’99. She is passionate about protecting the quality of the air, water and soil, and educating the next generation of engineers, especially with regard to the influence of their designs on the natural world. She has recently been named to our Board of Trustees and also serves on our Strategic Design Committee. Learn more about her in this GAzette article published in 2020
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  • Spring Concert

    Thanks for joining our first in-person Spring Concert in 2 years! Visit the SmugMug album to view more photos from this evening spent with Gould Performing Arts 🎤🎷🎺🎸🎻 🎹
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  • Gould Band Performs at Six Flags

    The Band recently traveled to Six Flags New England for the Music in the Parks festival. A great opportunity to perform in front of their peers, and a great excuse to hit a few rides! 
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  • Richard Blanco Writers Series: M Soledad Caballero

    The Richard Blanco Writers Series resumes this evening at Gould. Author and Allegheny College English Professor M Soledad Caballero is reading at 7 p.m. tonight in Bingham Auditorium, followed by a book signing and reception in Ordway Hall at 8 p.m.
    Today she is joining English classes for writing workshops.
    Tonight's reading is free and open to the public. Masks are required in Bingham Auditorium.
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  • High Honors and Honor Roll - Winter Term

    Congratulations to all the students who achieved High Honors and Honor Roll.  The list can be found here.  Way to go Huskies!

    Winter Term 21-22

    Fall Term 21
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  • Student Leader Selections

    It is again that time of year when we select student leaders for next year. There are four leadership opportunities available:
     
    • Prefects: 23-25 Juniors and Seniors. Roles include constituency leaders, representing the dorms and day students, community building, and duty during study hall hours.
    • Judiciary Committee Members: 8-10 Juniors and Seniors. These students serve on JCs and work on education around the Community Guide and school expectations.
    • Campus Activities Board: 15-18 Students (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors). Responsibilities include helping to plan major school events (Spring Fling, Winter Carnival, etc.), working with clubs to bring opportunities to campus, create opportunities for community service and weekend planning.
    • Student Voice: 8-10 Juniors and Seniors. The core of the student voice committee is the AAA's: Acknowledge: Acknowledge the ideas that were brought to us. Assess: Assess the information and data. Act: Based on the data we are given, we will develop a plan of action and act. Additionally, the group helps create a mutual understanding between Students, Faculty, and Administration, represents and advocates for the needs of the Student Body, and builds respect and trust within the Gould Community.
     
    Students opt-in to the selection process using a letter of intent and writing prompts. Information needs to be submitted to Mrs. Quinn by May 6th. Selections are made using a hybrid of students, constituency groups, and faculty input.
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  • Photos from Spring Family Weekend

    Another Spring Family Weekend in the books! Photos are available at gouldacademy1836.smugmug.com/Photos-2021-22/Spring-Family-Weekend-2022/ 
    Thank you to all who visited campus and supported the Gould Huskies!🐺
    Big thank you to Coaching Fellow Megan Ahearn for capturing these moments! 📷
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  • Celebrating Earth Day

    Happy Earth Day 🌎🌍🌏
    Today students rolled up their sleeves and got to work! Programming included opportunities to:
    🌲 Plant trees for new growth in the Bethel Community Forest with Inland Woods + Trails and One Tree Planted
    🌱 Transplant seedlings
    🪴 Build raised beds for the campus garden
    🌾 Visit to Morning Glory Farm and Flat Road Farm
    🛶 Explore the Sunday River Watershed
    🍃 Tour Spruce Mountain wind turbines
    🌻 Learn about + help install solar panels on the Admission’s Barn roof
    🌳 Explore the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
    🔋 Campus Energy Tour
    ♻️ Tour the UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond
    🚛 Tour Bethel’s Wastewater Facility
    🥬 Visit the Alan Day Community Garden in Norway
    🌿Climate Justice workshops
    💧Thank you to Keynote Guest Speaker Luke Sekera Flanders, Co-founder of Community Water Justice
    💚 And a special thank you to all those involved in making today possible!
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  • Telling Your Story in a College Application: essays, extracurriculars, interviews, and more

    Gould's college counselors hosted a Zoom session this week called "Telling Your Story in a College Application: essays, extracurriculars, interviews, and more." While it was focused on 11th graders, 10th graders and their families were also invited. The meeting recording can be found here - Access Passcode: fN^d6Lvj - link expires May 18, 2022.
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  • Gould students head to Chicago for national quiz tournament

    Gould is the only Maine school and 1 of just 4 in New England competing! Good luck in Chicago Huskies!
    Maxim Epstein '22
    Peyton Hadfield '22
    Quade Walls '22
    Mark Brown '23
    Matthew Eggert '23
    Kyra Shankar '23
    Jack Wellehan '23
    Baylen Williams '23
     
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  • Fleece by Reese sparks unique look for Maine skiers

    We're beaming with Husky Pride over this great article on the philanthropic and entrepreneurial Reese Furneaux ’25 from the Sun Journal.

    Fleece by Reese sparks unique look for Maine skiers
    Gould Academy freshman gives back to ski community and her school by donating handmade fleece headbands and neck warmers.

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  • Covid update: Mask and testing optional

    As promised, this past Monday Gould’s COVID strategy moved to mask optional and test optional based on the current CDC county categorization. This important milestone marked a transition as our community learns to live with a terrible disease that appears will be with us for a long while.
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  • How we got here: A letter from Phyllis Gardiner, Board President and Tao Smith, Head of School

    The Board of Trustees is tremendously grateful for the amazing job that teachers, coaches, administrators, housekeeping staff, the health center team, and maintenance and kitchen staff have done for nearly two years now to keep everyone safe and well. We also appreciate the confidence that Gould families have placed in our team by keeping their students in school with us. The health challenges continue, but it is now time to begin lifting our gaze from the daily tasks of coping with the pandemic and look to the future.
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  • Charlotte Lambert ’24 qualified for U16 Nationals

    Lambert ’24 Qualifies for U16 Nationals

    Gould tenth-grader Charlotte Lambert from Bethel, Maine qualified for the U16 Nationals at Sugarloaf after an exceptional season and showing at the U16 Eastern Championships in Burke, VT. Nationals are being held from April 2–6 where Charlotte will compete in Super G (SG), Giant Slalom (GS), Slalom (SL), Skills Quest, and Dual Panel Slalom.
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  • Announcing the appointment of a Strategic Design Team

    Gould is proud to announce the appointment of a Strategic Design Team comprised of trustees, faculty and staff, parents, students, and alumni. Leading the team as co-chairs are: trustee Rick Foyston ’75, P’14, who also chairs the Board’s Futures Task Force, and faculty member and Director of Innovation at Gould, Sara Shifrin ’88, P’19, P’23, who has been practicing and training others in design thinking for many years. One of the team's first tasks will be working with GLP on a survey to solicit input from all sectors of the Gould community.
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  • Express Yourself - Tenth-Grade Four Point Art Workshops

    This week during Four Point, tenth-grade students joined their choice of two art workshops run by visiting artists. By gaining exposure to new tools and learning time-tested techniques the students gain confidence, and potentially discover and develop a new creative talent they didn't know they possessed. They also have the added privilege of witnessing master artists at work.
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  • Ninth Graders Travel to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona

    Gould Ninth-Graders are currently exploring the Sonoran Desert near the Mexican border in Arizona on their Four Point trips. They are learning about indigenous cultures within our own country while visiting border towns and national parks.
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  • Planning session to discuss the upcoming survey and distribution methods

    Today GLP hosted a meeting with Gould leadership about the upcoming survey and distribution methods.  The survey will be completed by students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and families.
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  • Coffee Chat - recording from 3/2 and upcoming schedule

    During the March Head of School Coffee Chat on Wednesday, Mr. Smith introduced Karen Burns, our new Director of Development, and also presented updates on things the school is currently working on. The recording of Wednesday's session will be available for 30 days

    The next Head of School chat will be hosted on April 6th. We usually host a Faculty Coffee Chat on the second Wednesday of the month but there won’t be one in March due to vacation.
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  • New dining hall menu items

    A new option is now being offered in our dining hall. The station is labeled “BeWell” and offers options that are trans-fat free, are made with minimally-processed ingredients, mindful of added sodium and portion size, and may also be made with plant-based ingredients, healthy fat, lean or plant-based protein, limited added sugar, and high fiber or probiotic ingredients.

    From our food service provider: “Food is a powerful influence on student success in and out of the classroom, but regularly making the right food choices can be a challenge. By bringing nutritious food to the table and shaping the dining environment to influence the healthy choice, our BeWell wellness approach will help your students make the best food decisions to fuel them throughout the day and build lifelong, healthy eating habits.”

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  • New Director of Development: Karen Burns

    We are so excited for each of you to get to know Karen Burns, Gould’s new Director of Development. She joins Gould with a terrific background in fundraising, nonprofit management, and teaching. In addition to her outstanding skill set, she is personable, thoughtful, and has an inspiring “can-do” attitude. 

    Karen’s most recent position was Chief Leadership Officer at the Island Institute and she lived with her family on Vinalhaven. Karen and her husband Bruce have a son named Brandon in the 8th grade and a daughter named Natalie in the 5th grade - they will be relocating to Bethel at the end of the school year. Karen is a graduate of Amherst College and has a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Maine. She taught English for six years, served on several nonprofit boards, and has extensive experience managing a portfolio of major gifts prospects. 

    Bethel, Gould, and Sunday River are not new to the Burns Family - they have a condo at the mountain. As avid skiers, her family, like so many, began to transition from “a ski family” to a “Sunday River Family” to a “Bethel Family” and we are absolutely thrilled they are now a “Gould Family”. 

    Karen has so much to offer our community and we are so excited to have her on the team to help us grow the future of our school. 
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  • Nordic NEPSAC Championships

    The Nordic NEPSAC Championships were held at our own Pine Hill this past weekend. It was a bluebird day and the results were fantastic (Boys' 1st Overall, Girls’ 2nd Overall), but more than that, the sportsmanship and camaraderie on display between the teams was something to behold. A glorious event on all fronts! Congrats, Huskies!   ❄️
    See over a hundred more photos here
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  • Student DEIB discussion led by Lexi Stewart '15

    Students convened last Thursday night for a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) discussion led by Lexi Stewart ’15 in response to a recent GAzette article. The conversation centered around where we are as a community with our DEIB work and where we need to be in the future. While Lexi has been supporting Gould's DEIB efforts and meeting with students via Zoom calls, this was her first trip back to campus and Maine since she graduated seven years ago.
     
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  • Varsity Basketball Senior Night

    On Friday night, Gould honored the seniors on the varsity basketball team before their home game versus Hebron. Gould engineered an exciting comeback in the second half and held on for a big win. Lots of families and students in attendance made for an awesome evening of Husky spirit! Congrats, seniors!  

    Not pictured with the seniors but sorely missed were Caroline ’22 and Todd Siekman!
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  • Robert Shetterly, “Americans Who Tell the Truth” painter visits Gould

    Robert Shetterly, the painter of the acclaimed and provocative portrait series Americans Who Tell the Truth paid a visit to Gould this week. Robert joined classes to examine the significance of his subjects, and explore his process with art students.
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  • Zack Schmolka ’22 earns ski patrol jacket

    “Thank you very much, and I hope I don't see you on the mountain!” - Zack Schmolka ’22 as he addressed the school after being awarded with his jacket ⛷⛑

    Doug Alford presented Zack with his ski patrol jacket yesterday at assembly to a standing ovation. We are so proud of Zack for this accomplishment and for taking full advantage of every opportunity that came his way during his four years at Gould. From rescuing baby owls to his strong leadership in Davidson. He welcomes every challenge with enthusiasm.

    You're a Husky at heart, and we're grateful that you will be representing Gould everywhere you go. Congrats, Zack!
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  • No snow days at Gould!

    Appreciation post for all the Gould students both current and former who have never had classes canceled for a snow day.* ❄️ #GouldLife
    More snowy photos from campus can be seen on SmugMug
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  • Holding Difficult Conversations About Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Gould Academy

    As seen in the Winter 21-22 issue of The GAzette magazine:

    When College Guidance Counselor Maggie Davis undertook the role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force Coordinator in the spring of 2020, she had already heard certain stories from Gould’s past. But Davis rightly suspected these stories were only the tip of a much larger iceberg.

    May 2020 had become an inflection point. George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement were prompting Gould alumni to share long-suppressed sentiments and relate painful, formative experiences. Davis determined that she would embark on a “listening tour,” intended to provide a platform for these stories. From them, the Gould community could learn and begin to understand.

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  • College Counseling at Gould: Assessing Academic Fit

    This coming spring, tenth graders will spend four weeks meeting with the college counselors -- Ms. Davis, Mr. Pfistner, and Ms. Libby -- beginning to build vocabulary and understanding about the college process, developing resumes, and taking some practice tests.
    As part of this education, an online discussion was held Wednesday evening on the topic of "Assessing Academic Fit" in college research. Jon Boeckenstedt, an admissions veteran and data wiz who oversees admission and enrollment at Oregon State University, offered helpful advice and tips to families. The recording is available here

    If you're interested in learning more, please check out Jon's blogs and amazing data visualization on Higher Ed Data Stories and Admitting Things.
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  • Paw Prints: Caroline Murphy, English teacher, Advisor, Freeride Ski Coach, Junior Four Point Trip Leader, and Student Organization Coordinator

    Caroline Murphy wears a lot of hats. And not just the ones featured in these photos. She is an English teacher, an advisor, a freeride ski coach, Junior Four Point trip leader, and the Student Organization Coordinator helping all of the clubs at Gould to flourish. Even with her busy schedule, she still finds time to get out on the river and cast whenever she can.
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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Gould

    Students gathered in advisory groups for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to watch intentionally chosen films including Selma, Moonlight, and One Night in Miami, that celebrate Black excellence, but also invite students to grapple with complex issues. After viewing the films each group engaged in rich discussions about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, (DEIB) and talked about how the concepts apply to their daily life.
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  • Gould Faculty Members Explore Implicit Bias

    This fall, the foundation was set to begin training the Gould community about various concepts under the DEI umbrella. This week, scheduled training and structured conversations began. All faculty members participated in a thirty minute session about implicit bias on Monday. Instructions were to watch a training video, do guided self-reflection, and then discuss in both small and large groups. The goal was to provide a context within which people could operate, and encourage and demonstrate what DEI looks like from an everyday perspective.  
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  • Paw Prints: Emerson Sistare

    Emerson Sistare is in his first year but has already taken on many roles at Gould. He is a history teacher, head coach of the basketball team, and the head of Holden Hall. One senior-level elective he teaches is a course on The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. In his own words, the epic “enables a rich study of concepts as wide-ranging as nationalism, ecology, industrialism, feminism, and theology.”
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  • Paw Prints: About Marya Vincent, Administrative Assistant to Academics, Student Life, and College Counseling

    “Being a Bethel native, I have wanted to work at Gould since moving back home after living in Vermont for seven years. It has been a staple of this town my whole life. I wanted to be able to work in and give back to my community in a meaningful way and I enjoy interacting with students on a daily basis. Everyone here has been welcoming, friendly, and willing to help in any way needed! Plus, now I don't have to sneak into Formal Dinner!” - Marya Vincent
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Gould is a small, co-ed, independent boarding school for grades 8-PG.  We are passionate about preparing academically motivated students for college, helping them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.