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Prize Day: An Evolving Tradition

May 19, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Choate’s school year wraps up each spring with an awards ceremony known as Prize Day, which celebrates the achievements of exemplary students in all four forms. This year, Prize Day will take place on Friday, April 26, two days before Commencement — which was not always the case. Prize DayRead More

Decoding the i.d. Lab

Decoding the i.d. Lab

May 19, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

  The i.d. Lab is full of resources that are open to students and faculty alike. Many students are unaware of the endless possibilities that lie within the two floors that the lab encompasses, with tools and equipment, including wood cutters, 3D printers, sewing machines, circuit boards, book-making materials, andRead More

Assessing the Grading System

Assessing the Grading System

May 19, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

At Choate, grades can have a great impact on students’ lives and wellbeing. Every class at Choate is required to give a letter grade measuring student achievement, but how do teachers — and students — view the grading system? English teacher Mr. David Loeb believes that grading can be productiveRead More

Raised on Campus, Faculty Children Reflect

May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

The average Choate student remains on campus for four years. For faculty children, the duration can be much longer — living in Wallingford for, say, eighteen years before leaving the Choate community. Because of their many years on campus, faculty children have an evolving perspective on Choate as a community,Read More

Students Push for Change at People’s Climate March

Students Push for Change at People’s Climate March

May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Many enjoyed the hot, sunny day on Saturday, April 29, while the People’s Climate March surged in Washington D.C. Held on the hundredth day of President Donald Trump’s presidency, the protest voiced against the Trump administration’s many controversial environmental policies including the defunding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AtRead More

Inside Mr. Ventre’s Office

Inside Mr. Ventre’s Office

May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

  Mr. Phil Ventre, a music teacher and conductor of the Choate Symphony Orchestra and the Wallingford Orchestra, has inspired myriad students in his 47 years at Choate. His office, tucked away in the basement of the Paul Mellon Arts Center (PMAC), displays nuanced details of a vibrant legacy. TheRead More

Morris Ecology Video Challenge Highlights Ecological Disruptions

May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

After several weeks of ecological research, students in Choate’s Biology 400 program culminated their work through the Morris Ecology Video Challenge. The competition, taking place during the last few weeks of winter term, required students to create a 12-minute video about an ecological disruption that interests them. Each video wasRead More

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Meet Max, the Science Center Snake

April 21, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

For six years, Mr. Benjamin Small, Head of the Science Department, has courageously lived in the same quarters as a corn snake, a pet not usually seen around campus. Mr. Small’s snake, named Max, has inhabited the Science Center for six years. Last week, Mr. Small agreed to comment onRead More

Students frequently pass the Science Center Pond between classes, unaware of the life within.

The Depths of the Science Center Pond

April 21, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Imagine crossing the bridge from the Lanphier Center to the Science Center. On the right side, you see several turtles sunbathing on a log; on the left, you see a giant koi splashing water in its wake. This is only a sample of the many organisms that live in theRead More