News Archive

2018

  • May

    Storm King Poetry Festival Features Three Gunnery Students

    Three students from The Gunnery, Gwendolyn Brown ’20, Ariel Wen ’21 and Rachel Cohen ’18, were selected as finalists in the Second Annual Storm King School Poetry Festival held April 28 in Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York. The Gunnery students were among 19 poets representing nine independent schools who were chosen as finalists by Storm King alumnus and poet Steve Hirsch ’77 and Hudson Valley poet laureate Robert Milby. Organizers of the festival received more than 125 poetry submissions from students around the region this year.
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  • It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the International Space Station!

    Science Department Chair Steve Bailey and about 30 students at The Gunnery caught sight of the International Space Station moving fast across the sky on Wednesday, May 23 at about 8:43 p.m.
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  • The Gunnery to Celebrate 168th Commencement

    On Monday, May 28, 2018, The Gunnery will graduate 82 students, representing 11 states and 13 countries, who comprise the Class of 2018. This will be the 168th Commencement of the school, which was founded in 1850 by abolitionist, individualist and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn.
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  • 10th Annual Memorial Run for ALS

    The 10th annual Memorial Run for ALS will be held at The Gunnery on Saturday, May 26 to benefit The Angel Fund for ALS Research, an independent, non-profit charity dedicated to supporting ALS investigations at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical Center.
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  • Alumni Network Offers Guidance and a Chance to Give Back

    At this year’s Alumni Career Day event, several Gunnery alumni encouraged current students to seek advice, ask questions and find mentors to guide them in their careers and in life. The value of mentoring, for both young professionals and established alumni, was also the inspiration behind one of the Alumni & Development Office’s newest initiatives with the Alumni Association: the establishment of an Alumni Network.
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  • Young Entrepreneurs Swim with “Sharks”

    Mr. Wonderful, you missed out. Students in The Gunnery’s Entrepreneurship Class had a chance to pitch their ideas for new businesses and products on May 15 in a setting modeled after the popular ABC-TV reality show “Shark Tank.”
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  • Creators and Makers Honored at Arts & Letters Luncheon

    The Gunnery honored students for their accomplishments in music, creative writing and the visual arts at the annual Arts & Letters Luncheon held May 1. Upon arriving at Solley Dining Hall, faculty and students were treated to an impressive exhibit of student artwork on display in the main hallway.
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  • The Gunnery Holds Inaugural “Rooted Research Conference”

    On Sunday, April 29, The Gunnery sponsored an inaugural “Rooted Research Conference: An Exploration of Heritage and History,” featuring illustrated, place-based and primary-sourced history papers about the local area. There were four talks as well as a luncheon roundtable presented by “Witness Stones” of Guilford, Connecticut.
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  • To Recite or Not to Recite, That is the Question

    It’s a favorite month and night of the year! The Gunnery’s celebration of National Poetry Month started off with a bang with the slam poetry of Taylor Mali, and on April 26, the English Department hosted its annual poetry recitation competition, complete with a birthday cake for William Shakespeare. Each English class enters its best contestant and anyone else from the school community – young, old, teacher, student, faculty child – is welcome to compete. The best in each class can then choose whether to recite, or not to recite their poem during a School Meeting.
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  • The Gunnery Hosts 59th Annual Founder’s Day Regatta

    On Sunday, May 6, 2018 The Gunnery will host the 59th Annual Founder’s Day Regatta at Lake Waramaug. Twenty-one high school teams, with more than 1,000 student-athletes, are scheduled to participate.
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  • April

    Alumni Career Day: Advice and Lessons from the Real World

    The Gunnery welcomed 16 distinguished alumni back to campus on April 25 for Alumni Career Day. The event provided current students with a unique opportunity to talk with alumni, ask questions and learn more about where their career paths have taken them.
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  • What Did FDR Know about Pearl Harbor?

    Students in The Gunnery’s AP U.S. History and AP Government classes recently visited the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York with History Department Chair Bart McMann. Students toured the museum and were granted special access to documents pertaining to the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
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  • From Wheel to Table: Art Students to Aid Empty Bowls Project

    Students in The Gunnery’s ceramics classes are donating their hand-thrown ceramic bowls to an Empty Bowls Project Dinner to benefit New Milford Food Bank. The dinner will be held Saturday, April 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road, New Milford. Tickets are $20 per person.
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  • AP Economics Takes Students to Harvard and Wall Street

    Four students in The Gunnery’s AP Economics class participated in the 2018 Harvard Pre-Collegiate Economics Challenge, held April 14 at historic Harvard Yard. The Gunnery’s team, composed of Mark Choi ’18, Anthony Cochrane ’18, Lynn Wang ’18 and Jean Fang ’20, competed against more than 40 teams of high school students – and beat the team from Phillips Exeter Academy in a quiz bowl round. They also had the opportunity to meet Greg Mankiw, the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush.
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  • Soaking Up Lessons in Sustainability

    Today is officially Earth Day but The Gunnery organized its own “Earth Day” celebration earlier this month, engaging students in field trips and hands-on activities to promote sustainability and generate greater awareness of the natural world.
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  • Four Students Win Awards at “Emerging Artists” Expo

    “Emerging Artists,” a juried exposition that opened April 14 at Hunt Hill Farm’s Henderson Gallery in New Milford, features works by 15 students at The Gunnery. Of those, four received awards at the opening on April 14: Jean Fang ’19 won for best painting, Jenna Sittler ’18 won for illustration, Zoe Davis-Bowers ’18 won for collage, and Talia Zabit ’19 won Best in Show.
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  • The Gunnery to Hold Inaugural “Rooted Research Conference”

    On Sunday, April 29, The Gunnery will sponsor an inaugural “Rooted Research Conference” featuring illustrated, place-based and primary-sourced history papers about the local area. A call for papers was issued in January to local schools, museums, and historical entities. There will be four lectures as well as a luncheon round table presented by “Witness Stones” of Guilford, Connecticut, that will show the development of lost histories with the help of regional gravestones.
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  • Author and Journalist David Owen Traces the Colorado River

    On April 10, as part of the 2017-2018 Speaker Series, Gunnery neighbor, author and journalist David Owen, spoke to the school about his latest book, “Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River,” in which he chose to illustrate the environmental issues facing the 21st century.  Published in April 2017, the book began as a New Yorker article and provides “an eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes.”
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  • Taylor Mali Kicks Off Poetry Month at The Gunnery

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  • March

    New Exhibit Features Works on an Environmental Theme by Artist and Visual Arts Chair Andrew Richards

    A reception will be held in Tisch Schoolhouse on Friday, April 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to celebrate an exhibit of new works by artist Andrew Richards P’20, Chair of the Visual Arts Department. The exhibit will remain on view through the spring.
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  • Registration Now Open for 2018 Summer Camps

    Looking for a great way to spend the summer? Come to summer camp at The Gunnery! This year, the school will offer rowing, field hockey and soccer camps, and we are welcoming Litchfield Jazz Camp to our campus. Registration is now open for these programs:
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  • Students Compete in World Language Olympics

    Students put their world language skills to the test March 19 during The Gunnery’s second annual World Language Olympics. All students who take a world language class participated in the one-hour event, in which 18 teams competed for points based on their correct answers to trivia questions about language and culture. Points were also awarded for the most team spirit.
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  • Nepal and More at the North American Invitational Model UN

    More than 100 schools and some 3,300 students joined The Gunnery’s delegation of 16 students and two chaperones at the Washington Hilton in the District of Columbia for the North American Invitational Model UN hosted by the Georgetown University International Relations Association February 15-18. The event is “one of the largest and oldest UN simulations for high school students in North America and the world.”
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  • Speaker Series Brings Noted Professors of Science and History to The Gunnery

    As part of its ongoing Speaker Series, The Gunnery welcomed Martin Speight, D.Phil, Emeritus Professor in Zoology at the University of Oxford, England on February 7, and James Nolan, Ph.D., Washington Gladden 1859 Professor of Sociology at Williams College, on February 15.
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  • Kent Art Association Features Work of Gunnery Students

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  • NASA Awards Grant to Robotics Team at The Gunnery

    NASA has awarded a $6,000 grant to The Gunnery for its robotics team, which is entering a robotics competition for the first time. The Gunnery was the only school in Connecticut to receive a Program Growth Grant from the NASA Robotics Alliance Project for the 2018 season. Two other high schools in the state received Sustaining Grants from NASA for their veteran robotics teams.
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  • February

    The Gunnery Welcomes Litchfield Jazz Camp

    The Gunnery will welcome the students and faculty of Litchfield Jazz Camp to its campus in Washington, Connecticut, for the first time this summer. This exciting new partnership will bring 50 to 100 boarding and day students to The Gunnery each week during the month of July. Students can enroll for one or more sessions, which will be offered, July 1 – 6, July 8 – 13, July 15 – 20, and July 22 – 27.
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  • Gunnery Faculty Members Rise to Challenge of Steep Rock Trail Series

    Not to be outdone by the winning ways of The Gunnery’s cross country student athletes, members of the faculty challenged themselves on the beautiful trails of the Steep Rock Association this fall.
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  • The Gunnery Drama Society Presents “Rent: School Edition”

    The winter musical at The Gunnery, “Rent: School Edition,” will be presented by The Gunnery Drama Society in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center February 22, 23, and 24 at 7 p.m. The public is cordially invited and admission is free.
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  • January

    Professors Martin Speight and James Nolan to Visit The Gunnery in February as Part of Speaker Series

    As part of its ongoing Speaker Series, The Gunnery is proud to present Martin Speight, D.Phil, Emeritus Professor in Zoology at the University of Oxford, England on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. and James Nolan, Ph.D., Washington Gladden 1859 Professor of Sociology at Williams College, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. Both speakers will present in the Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center, Lower Gym and the community is invited to attend. Admission is free. 
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  • Gunnery Students Participate in 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

    In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, hundreds of students from The Gunnery participated in community service activities in Washington and surrounding towns and cities, including Waterbury, New Britain, Torrington, Litchfield, Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport.
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  • International Fair Takes Students on a Virtual Trip Around the World

    Lithuanian tree cake, French crepes and spicy Korean noodles were among the big hits at The Gunnery’s annual International Fair, which attracted more than 100 students and faculty to Virginia Hamilton Solley Hall on January 16. The event featured international cuisine, costumes, music and displays reflecting the school’s culturally diverse community. Gunnery students currently hail from 22 countries, and the fair provided many of them with an opportunity to highlight what makes them and their countries’ cultures unique.
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  • Gunnery students and faculty attend national conference focused on diversity

    Two Gunnery students and two faculty members were among 6,000 students and educators who attended the 2017 People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference  sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools, November 30 through December 2 in Anaheim, California.
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  • English IV Classes Dive into Poetry

    During the brief period between Thanksgiving and Winter Break, seniors in The Gunnery’s English IV classes completed a poetry unit, which resulted from a unique collaboration among five members of the English Department faculty.
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  • The Gunnery welcomes David Hinton, poet, essayist and translator of Chinese poetry

    In his introduction of David Hinton, the internationally recognized poet, essayist and award-winning translator of classical Chinese poetry and philosophy, Dr. Nick Benson cited the statistic that, of the 600,000 books published annually in the U.S. less than three percent are translated and, of those, less than one percent are literary. And yet, when asked to cite favorite reads, folk, more often than not, offer translated titles.
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2018

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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.