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Hunchback of Notre Dame

Audiences greeted The Gunnery Drama Society’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with great acclaim. The musical by James Lapine and Peter Parnell was the first theatrical production to take the stage in the Tisch Family Auditorium in February, and transported theatergoers to 15th century Paris and the Notre Dame Cathedral with its visual imagery, costumes, sets and song.

Girls Varsity Basketball Celebrating their Semifinal Win

Girls Varsity Basketball pushed past #6 seed Montrose School 59‒38 to win the NEPSAC Class D Girls Basketball Quarterfinal at home on March 4.  The Highlanders, the #3 seed, will take on #2 seed Vermont Academy in the NEPSAC Semifinals at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at Vermont Academy.

Boys Varsity Hockey

Based on their successes during the regular season, two Gunnery teams, Girls Varsity Basketball and Boys Varsity Hockey teams, earned invitations to the New England playoffs. Both teams will participate in quarterfinal playoff games at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4.

Gunnery Gears going through inspection at Woodstock Academy

The Gunnery Gears Team 6811 will be among 39 high school teams participating in the FIRST® Robotics Competition this weekend at Woodstock Academy, 57 Academy Road, Woodstock, Connecticut. The Northern Connecticut District event is organized by NE FIRST®, the operational partner of FIRST Robotics in the six New England states. The Gunnery team will participate in a second New England district event March 6‒8 at Wilby High School in Waterbury.

Chris Kukk on stage

The Gunnery welcomed Christopher Kukk, Ph.D., a professor of political science/social science at Western Connecticut State University and the HarperCollins author of “The Compassionate Achiever,” to campus February 14 as part of the 2020 Speaker Series.

Grace McEneaney competing on Bolero

Grace McEneaney '20 earned top equestrian awards from the Connecticut Hunter and Jumper Association (CHJA) this month. The Newtown resident received a first-place ribbon in the Junior Hunter Division for Connecticut, and a first-place ribbon and trophy in the same division for New England. The honors were presented at CHJA’s 50th anniversary awards banquet, held February 1 at The Riverview in Simsbury.

Student Earns Six Scholastic Art Awards

Charlotte Xu '20 was honored this month at the 30th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. Five of Xu’s photographs and one painting were selected by a blue ribbon panel of professional artists and university art faculty to be included in a statewide exhibition in the University of Hartford’s Silpe Gallery from January 13 through February 1.

Gunnery Girls Varsity Hockey Supports LoveYourBrain

The Girls Varsity Hockey Team successfully raised $3,291 for the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury through programs that build community and foster resilience.”

Students and Faculty Celebrate Opening of Arts and Community Center

The Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center was officially opened to students and faculty on Monday, January 6, when the first School Meeting of 2020 was held in the Tisch Family Auditorium. Head of School Peter Becker inaugurated the new building by welcoming students back from winter break and acknowledging that they are the first generation of students who have the opportunity to live the school's Vision for the Arts.

Drama Society to Present “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in the Tisch Family Auditorium

The Gunnery Drama Society is proud to present “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a musical by James Lapine and Peter Parnell, on Thursday, February 27, Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29, in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. All performances begin at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend and admission is free. Registration is required. Please call (860) 350-0177.

Remembering Charles Finnemore

Charles Finnemore, a cherished member of The Gunnery community for 35 years, passed away on December 20. A dedicated and hardworking member of the school’s Maintenance Department, Finnemore was remembered by friends and colleagues this week for his friendly nature, vast knowledge of the trees, flowers and shrubs he tended on the school’s grounds, for his expert carpentry skills, and can-do attitude. Finnemore’s friendliness was contagious and he embodied the community-mindedness of our small school through his daily interactions.

The Gunnery Announces Appointment of New Board Chair

The Gunnery Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Dorton '86 as its new Board Chair. A Washington, D.C., strategy expert with extensive experience in corporate, financial, public policy, and political strategy and messaging, Dorton has served as a Gunnery Trustee since 2008. He previously served as Vice Chairman and as Treasurer, and as a member of multiple committees of the Board focused on financial and strategic planning in support of the school's mission and vision.

Search for the Stray Shot Begins Anew

The hunt is on! Less than a week before fall exams, Jack Gleason '21, Adam Feldman '21 and Josh Novick '21 sought to engage students in a new search for the Stray Shot on campus. Their first clue? “​When a taste all too common is apparent, the next move is transparent. Under the deal, you will find the next clue with zeal.”

Outdoor Stewardship Takes Students to the White Mountains

Six students from the Outdoor Stewardship program completed a challenging, three-day field trip to Mount Washington in November. They were accompanied by Rebecca Leclerc, Director of Outdoor Programs, and Christopher Bernard, Co-Director of College Counseling, who have led Outdoor Stewardship, a co-curricular program offered during the fall term, for the past two years.