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Politics Over Pumpkin Pie

By Craig Gemmell
Head of School

Thanksgiving is coming! Tuesday evening we had our Thanksgiving dinner: a priceless boarding school tradition.  We ate heartily and wrote thank you cards between courses.  What a sight to see my nine dinner companions hunched over and writing in earnest!  Then as we began our dessert, Haitham, a student from Oman, some 7000 miles away from Wolfeboro, spoke to the packed Estabrook in the latest installment of “senior speaks.” With pride and gratitude, he talked about Oman’s king Qaboos bin Said al Said, who has transformed Oman over the past five decades into a place of peace and prosperity by endlessly acting with love. In the wildly diverse crowd with students from 27 countries, even the most fidgety students were rapt. Politics over pumpkin pie. Continue reading “Politics Over Pumpkin Pie”

Privilege and Responsibilty

By Nancy Hughes
English Teacher

One of the many things I appreciate about living on Brewster’s campus is its proximity to town.  After two decades plus living in quasi-rural suburbia (yes, that’s a thing), I love being able to walk downtown with shopping bags in hand for a quick bit of marketing. Another thing I love about Wolfeboro is our handsome town hall, which was originally built with funds donated by the Academy’s very own John Brewster. This dignified brick edifice is a reminder to us all of John Brewster’s deep commitment to the town of Wolfeboro and his respect for civic life.  Continue reading “Privilege and Responsibilty”

Master Teacher Kris Kukul Engages Performing Arts Students

By Guinevere Hilton
Acting Teacher

On October 13 and 14 Brewster’s drama students and members of the community were treated to a master class and guest teaching by Kris Kukul. Kris is a New York City-based music director/composer/arranger/orchestrator and conductor. Kris graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (a classmate) where he currently teaches. He also has served as the music director of the Williamstown Theater for 10 seasons and has worked internationally in a variety of theaters, with HBO Films, and his work has debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. Continue reading “Master Teacher Kris Kukul Engages Performing Arts Students”

Cultivating Cultural Competency

I asked a few students to share their takeaways from Friday’s Cooper Series guest lecture. And, as if to support the speaker’s “thesis,” if you will, the students’ reflections are indicators of how their individual experiences and involvement within the Brewster community help form their own identities. Here the students share their impressions and takeaways of Dr. Derrick Gay’s message.
– Marcia Eldredge, Communications Director

Senior Evan Edmonds shared the following: one standout about Dr. Derrick Gay’s presentation this morning was the emphasis on our society and how it will look when we move on from Brewster. On a campus like ours, it’s easy to forget that there is a world outside of high school, but it’s there, waiting for us. Dr. Gay touched on many varying aspects of society that we may encounter in the coming future and the biggest connection to one of those changing factors we can make as Brewster students is the transition from the ‘cubical’ style of work toward collaborative and cooperative workplaces. Dr. Gay mentioned huge companies like Google and Yahoo have already switched to this method, and I believe the reason for that put simply is that it is more effective. Communicating with people and sharing ideas is a much more productive way of problem solving because there are multiple brains all working in their own unique ways for a solution. Because there is such high value in mastering collaboration, cooperation, communication, etc. it is important that we are learning these skills, which is why group-based skills are so emphasized in our everyday learning environment at Brewster. There is more reasoning to why we do STAD (Student Team Achievement Divisions) reviews than just giving teachers a break; it is absolutely crucial in today’s world to learn these skills, and I believe Dr. Gay wanted to punctuate that.
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Navigating Family Weekend

By Nancy Hughes
English Teacher

I can only conjure two memories from my Parents’ Weekends when I was in high school. The first is more vague than the second. My parents had arranged a dinner in Hartford, close to where we lived, for my friend and her parents who were from South Carolina. Two other girls whose parents were unable to attend the weekend joined us as well. I remember feeling happy that my parents were close and thus could be with me and proud that my parents were able to host a family from South Carolina, a place that seemed to me – someone who had never been to the South – almost a foreign land. (I also remember my mother’s commenting to me quietly after the meal about how awkwardly my friend held her fork.) Continue reading “Navigating Family Weekend”

Keeping Your Google Account Secure

Google states, “Ensuring that our customers’ data is safe, secure and always available to them is one of our top priorities.” This commitment on Google’s part is only a piece of the safety equation – the other piece falls to the end-user. Continue reading “Keeping Your Google Account Secure”

Be Aware of Phishing Attacks

Phishing is defined as the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial or personal information by posing as a legitimate company. Continue reading “Be Aware of Phishing Attacks”

Protecting Email through Encryption

As you may know, email isn’t as private as you might think. When you are sending email messages to other Brewster email addresses, your messages are protected and safe. But, when you send email messages outside of, it’s rather easy for thieves to intercept and read your messages.
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Prevent CrashPlan Backups from Taking Place on your Home Network

Prevent your backup from occurring on a home network. Note:  this must be completed when you can connect to your home network. Continue reading “Prevent CrashPlan Backups from Taking Place on your Home Network”

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