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
The Massachusetts Drum Corp and Music Educators has enshrined Glen Urquhart School Band Director Ray Novack into its Hall Of Fame. Ray Novack was a Beverly Public Schools music teacher from 1977-2012. He led the BHS Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands for 26 years before retiring in 2012. The Massachusetts Drum Corp and Music Educator’s Hall of Fame states that it is devoted to honoring those who have made “outstanding contributions through inspiring achievement in both... Read More
The 3rd grade unit on the Middle Ages ended with a display of their hand-made puppets, and a medieval performance and procession. As part of their study, students immersed themselves in the life and times of the medieval period and researched roles such as, king, queen, monk, scribe, and falconer. They kicked off the morning with their oral presentation in character and played a medieval tune, “Hymn to St. John,” on the recorder, which incorporates... Read More
Young adult author Gary Schmidt is coming to GUS to discuss his many books and his views on the writing process with the upper school students.
Gary Schmidt is the author of the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars, National Book Award finalist Okay For Now, and other young adult novels. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Seventh grade English class... Read More
Last week, as the culmination of our year-long study of the sea, the fourth grade made our annual visit to Mystic Seaport, the largest maritime museum in the United States. Students, teachers, and parent chaperones spent two nights “tween decks,” bunking on the Joseph Conrad, a fully rigged, 100-year-old sailing ship. During the day, we were immersed in life in a 19th century whaling village. Our lessons were mostly hands on and... Read More
GUS sixth grade student Christopher Foraste from North Andover, Massachusetts, was honored as one of the brightest young students at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).
Christopher, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, was recognized for scoring exceptionally high on the School and College Ability Test. This is a rigorous, above-grade-level test that can reveal a true capacity for learning.
“We congratulate all of... Read More
Anthony Atamanuik ’90 might very well be on his way to becoming one of Glen Urquhart School’s most famous alumni. The GUS grad is the creator and star of the recently debuted The President Show on Comedy Central, and he’s been writing, performing, and producing comedy for over twenty years.
Anthony came to GUS in the seventh grade, which he claims was a difficult age to change schools. He previously attended a... Read More
A few years ago, inspired by an advisee’s love of all things Potter, I came across this quote from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I always think of it at this time of year: “It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.”
As spring begins, the skies are gray and everywhere is damp and muddy. Too quickly, March break seems long ago and students start... Read More
The biennial art show at GUS is always a highlight of the school year. Featuring 2D and 3D pieces, the artwork on display is made by all the students from kindergarten through 7th grade. Families enjoyed touring the buildings and viewing the artwork with their children and commented on the quality, complexity, and sophistication of the work. Artwork in the lower school is mostly based around an animal theme, including “Animal Wildlife Photography” by... Read More
Experience matters. We all know that. And there is a reason school doesn’t last forever: the real world is the best teacher. At some point, we move beyond the basics, then beyond abstraction and theory, textbook and lecture, and out into the world. There, we test what we think we know against what we see and feel and experience, and we work to reconcile the differences and make sense of it all.
At Glen Urquhart School, our spiraling, theme-based curriculum is designed with those... Read More