Artwork by Morgan Brown, 7th Grade
GUS has maintained two honey bee hives adjacent to the greenhouse for a decade. I think of those bees and their hive like school. Busy with purposeful activity, rooted on this beautiful campus, and taking regular forays to explore the environs and ecosystems of the North Shore, GUS students are busy bees! Their treasure is much more than the sweet liquid gold we’ll harvest next week. It’s the lifelong richness of learning. GUS is a safe place... Read More
Glen Urquhart School, the independent, K-8 school in Beverly Farms, welcomes the community to a free screening of “Beyond Measure,” the documentary follow-up to the award-winning “Race to Nowhere.” The event will be held at the GUS campus, in the upper school, on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. “Beyond Measure” follows public schools across the country as they take matters into their own hands, innovating from the inside. By spotlighting success stories... Read More
Celebrating both the International Day of Peace and the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, Head of School David Liebmann led our community of students and teachers in embracing peace within oneself by sharing a moment of mindful silence. We followed this reflective moment by singing and signing John Lennon’s iconic peace anthem “Imagine.”
Throughout this past week, students created pinwheels for peace. Led by upper school teacher Christine... Read More
This week in la clase de español, lower school students learned about la paz, or peace. We learned how to say the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace: respeto, seguridad, y dignidad para todos (respect, safety, and dignity for all). We talked about how each of these ideas promotes peace, and we defined what peace means for each of us.
I wanted to highlight for families and friends of lower school students our discussion about dignidad, dignity, for all. I defined... Read More
Glen Urquhart School will hold its 17th Annual Wild Boar Classic Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the renowned, Donald Ross-designed, Essex County Club in Manchester. Alumni, parents (both past and present), and friends are all welcome! Proceeds from the tournament support Glen Urquhart School’s hands-on, theme-based curriculum and our talented faculty, as well as our diversity and inclusion initiatives. Of course, the real beneficiaries of the tournament... Read More
The 2017–2018 school year marks the 40th anniversary of Glen Urquhart School. Originally founded by Lynne Warren as the North Shore Middle School in 1977, the fledgling enterprise moved to our permanent home in 1982 and soon thereafter became Glen Urquhart School. GUS has inhabited our campus since then, transforming into a school what had been the Spaulding brothers’ formal gardens (1907–1916), the Burrage greenhouses (1916–1939), and the Halifax Garden Company’s... Read More
I met an alumna in early May from the class of 1986. She remembers the days when Glen Urquhart School was the fledgling North Shore Middle School in a church basement. Her daughter will be ready for kindergarten in another two years, and she stopped by to find out if GUS was still GUS. “This was the best school I ever attended,” she remarked, “and that was true for my sister, too.” Another alumnus from the class of 1990 wrote me from Tennessee. He was considering a move... Read More
Thirty-two eighth graders received their diplomas on June 15 at a commencement ceremony replete with GUS traditions of bagpipe playing, Tussy Mussies, choral music, alumni speeches, and personal tributes from the head of school. The night before, the soon-to-be-grads shared their remarkable "This I Believe" reflective narratives with an audience of parents and faculty at the annual Evening With the Graduates.
Congratulations to our 2017 graduates who are off to a variety of... Read More
This year, Glen Urquhart School made the conscious decision to make its campus pesticide and herbicide free. With nature trails winding through its 23-acre campus, Glen Urquhart has always focused on the natural world. According to Head of School David Liebmann, “GUS is committed to addressing many of today’s most challenging environmental issues, including that of pesticide and herbicide use, and reducing the school’s overall carbon footprint. We want to be good stewards of... Read More
After 25 years of dedicated service to Glen Urquhart School, Leslie Marchessault has announced her retirement at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Leslie's profound impact on the school since 1992 as a classroom teacher, director of summer programs, admission director, and founder of GAIN@GUS has influenced the lives of every GUS child and family and every faculty and staff member in countless positive ways, seen and unseen.
Leslie began her... Read More