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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 
    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.

    Read more on the Sun Journal website
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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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  • 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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  • Celebrating Gould's Academic QuizBowl Team

    Gould Academy’s Academic QuizBowl Team has qualified for the Small School National Academic Quiz Tournament to be held in Chicago from April 22-24. 

    Advisor Mr. Adam Leff says "I am so proud of all our students who practice for these competitions on a weekly basis,
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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.