News

2022

  • Gould Earns Gold

    U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named Gould Academy a Gold-certified club, the highest honor that the professional organization can bestow upon a school or club.

    “This marks an important milestone for Gould Academy, and is an achievement that we can all take pride in,” says Gould Head of School Tao Smith ’90, P’23. “Gould has a long and storied history of ski and snowboard excellence, going back nearly 100 years. Congratulations to our current students and coaches, and to the generations of Gould alumni and former staff who so deservedly earned this recognition. Gould is a nationally recognized leader in the sports of ski and snowboard, and will continue to model our commitment to individual and team success as we grow and expand our diverse and exciting sports offerings for youth.”
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  • Hannah (right) and Quinn Jerome ’24 between runs during training

    Skiing Above the Clouds - An Alpine Training Trip to Austria

    Enjoy this play-by-play look at Gould's U18 training trip to Austria by Hannah Smick ’23

    It’s 6:00 am. The closest outlet is ten feet from my bed, which requires walking to silence my alarm. My roommate, Riley Jerome, and I get dressed and pack our boot bags for the day. We go to breakfast at the hotel and have the regular: eggs and bacon with bread and fruit. The food is delicious, they serve fresh eggs and local cheese. 
     
    The farmer next door is taking his cows out for his daily morning walk as the sun breaks over the peaks, which means it’s time for our drive up to the mountain. I’m traveling with a group of alpine skiers and coaches from Gould in Austria, at Stubai glacier, on our annual training trip for the upcoming ski racing season.
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  • November 8th: Doug Rawlings, Richard Blanco Reading Series

    The "Richard Blanco Reading Series" is hosted annually by Gould's English department. This year on November 8th, Maine resident, poet, and peace advocate Doug Rawlings will read from 7-8PM in Bingham Auditorium (required for all students and open to the public). The reading will be followed by a book signing and dessert reception in the Marlon Family IDEAS Center from 8-9PM (optional for students and open to the public). Reach out to your student's advisor or Courtney Eichacker with any questions.
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  • The Grandeur of Mountain Day

    Fall moves pretty fast at Gould. After Orientation, we hit the ground running at a spectacular pace.

    Classes begin. There are assemblies and formal dinners. Juniors and seniors are consumed with ACTs, SATs, college visits and applications. There is study hall every night, co-curricular activities and sports every afternoon, and most students are members of at least one on-campus club, if not more. There are even classes on some Saturdays. Not every minute of the day is scheduled, but sometimes it feels that way.

    There’s not a lot of down time, which makes Mountain Day even more special.
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  • Vaughn (center) getting acclimated to his surroundings and getting into the research

    Eighth Grade Science: The Harpswell Crab Lab

    Vaughn Ross ’27  took uncertain but methodical steps across the slippery algae-covered rocks during low tide at the bottom of Harpswell Neck, a finger of land that protrudes into the Gulf of Maine, just south of Brunswick. His eighth grade science class has been studying invasive crab species in the classroom, but today he’s about to encounter the real thing. A little nervous and not knowing what to expect, he lifted a greasy patch of seaweed, jumping back as he revealed a speedy and evasive green crab.
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  • North America’s Next Great Ski Towns

    As locals get priced out of Aspen, Stowe, and Whistler, here are the places ski bums are heading to next.

    To qualify as a proper ski town, a destination needs a few things. For starters, a decent ski hill. It doesn’t have to be a big, flashy resort—just a good-sized mountain and ample snowfall (and a lively bar at the base lodge always helps). Beyond that, it’s nice if there’s a downtown with some shops, cafés slinging quality food, and housing and lodging that real people with normal jobs can afford. If a town has those things, then chances are a close-knit community of mountain dwellers has formed. 

    Bethel is a small town, with around 2,600 living there full-time, but it’s a vibrant community ... Read more

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  • The Lore of Salem – American Lit on the Road

    English teacher Kersea Calhoun is new to Gould this year, although you’d never know it. She jumped in feet first from day one and has fully embraced Gould’s “learn-by-doing” teaching philosophy. Her American Literature class is currently reading the seasonally appropriate play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Ms. Calhoun, new to boarding school life and New England, used her first weekend duty* to bring a busload of students on a day trip to Salem, Massachusetts.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Thank you to everyone who attended Revisit Day 2022

    “When you're living and learning in a place like this, education takes on a new meaning.” - Head of School Tao Smith ’90, P’23
     
    We were thrilled to welcome families back to campus for Revisit Day! Thank you to everyone who came to visit. We hope you discovered why we love this place so much. #GouldLife 
     
    See more photos from Revisit Day 2022 here: SmugMug album
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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