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The Academy at Penguin Hall is an independent, college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12. Our mission it to educate, enlighten, and empower young women to live and to lead exemplary lives.

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Tension Table and Structural Design
This past semester, the students put their understanding of the fundamental engineering principles to use in their creation of a tension table - a table with no solid legs supported by the tension of chains. From planning the design, to...
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7 Ways to Visit Colleges Over Break
Traveling this Spring Break?  Staying in the area? Whatever you choose to do, this maybe the perfect time to visit a college either locally or on your travels. Here are 7 ways to visit colleges over break!
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An Interview with Hollywood Screenwriter, Olivia Krebs
It is a crisp, breezy Saturday afternoon in October in Greenwich, a small, eerily quiet Connecticut town. My interviewee, Ms. Olivia Krebs, and I, are brought together by both the circumstance of a family reunion and our mutual affinity for...
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School Hosts Veteran Women’s Rights Campaigner
Delpfine Welch of Boston Female Liberation visited The Academy at Penguin Hall — and her niece and student Elise Welch — for two days. This press release originally appeared in the Ipswich Local News on September 27, 2019.
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Fall Sports Wrap-Up at APH
Fall 2019 APH athletics came to a close this week! Our teams went out strong this season. This week, athletes also celebrated their class of '20 teammates.
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A Day of French Cooking
Recently, students from French IV, V and VI classes prepared meals at the French Cultural Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Out of the Shadows Class: Creating a Headstone
Recently Michael Updike visited our Out of the Shadows class. Mr.Updike is a slate artist out of Newbury, Massachusetts. He will be engraving the headstone we are installing to honor former Andover slave Lucy Foster. A headstone is the last...
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Dr. Renee Gosline: MIT ‘Iron Professor’ Visits APH
Recently the APH community welcomed Dr. Renée Richardson Gosline, a Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, to our Women in Leadership Speaker Series. Dr. Richardson Gosline has been named one of the World’s Top...
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Making Waves and Baskets
The season of basketball and swimming was an exciting one for The Academy’s athletics program The basketball team took the next step, playing a schedule that was split between half varsity opponents and half JV opponents. The team hung tough...
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How Fearless Girl Changed the World
APH had the honor and privilege of hosting, Dominica Ribiero, Head of North America Institutional Marketing at State Street Global Advisors. She visited APH as part of our Women in Leadership Speaker Series and in conjunction with International Women’s Day....
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APH Best Buddies
To kick off March, Best Buddies month, the APH Best Buddies Chapter held an assembly on the meaning of inclusion. The club President, Angela Mayes ‘20, opened up by explaining that “Best Buddies is an international, non-profit organization and global...
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Honoring the Life of Lucy Foster
Students from the Academy at Penguin Hall have been taking part in a history elective called “Out of the Shadows”. Throughout the course of this school year, as a class, we have been researching forgotten enslaved women in Early New...
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Amy Danforth: Women in Leadership Speaker Series
By Fiona Kelley ’19 Recently, the APH community welcomed Amy Danforth, currently executive vice president of Enterprise Services at Fidelity Investments as part of our Women in Leadership Speaker Series. Having attended a small all-girls high school herself, Ms. Danforth...
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Symposium Master Classes
On January 22nd, the first day of Intersession Symposium, students selected two of the following Master Classes taught by APH faculty and staff. These classes are designed for students to gain exposure to diverse topics and also to see how...
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Symposium: How is an Exemplary Life Defined?
The inaugural APH Intersession Symposium will take place on Tuesday through Friday, January 22nd-25th. This kind of event is critical to students' professional and personal growth. Making intentional time for learning beyond the classroom and to help students envision their...
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Master Class Discussion of the Film Glory
Recently, two faculty members hosted an interdisciplinary Master Class to discuss several scenes in the film Glory. Dr. Meditz in Humanities discussed the history of what it depicted in the film and Mr. Crowley in Theater and Film Studies helped...
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Olympian and Award-winning Filmmaker Mary Mazzio Visits APH
On Monday, December 10th, The Academy was honored to welcome Mary Mazzio as the second guest in our Women in Leadership Speaker Series. Ms. Mazzio’s inspiring body of work extends from athletics (an Olympic rower) to the arts (an accomplished...
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Junior Class Service Project: Beach Clean-up Day
Article by Juliette Chait '20 - On Thursday, November 15, the junior class was invited to eat at first lunch and then was excused from classes for the remainder of the afternoon. We all bundled up and took the vans...
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Bringing Women’s Lives Out of the Shadows of History
In a unique class called Out of the Shadows, students are learning about the lives of enslaved women in New England and the South. Under the guidance of faculty member Dr. Linda Meditz, the students are learning about several “hidden”...
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Fall 2018 Sports Season Recap
The Academy at Penguin Hall Athletics teams had a strong Fall 2018 season. All four teams (soccer, cross country, volleyball, and field hockey) made great strides throughout the season, with each team improving their skills and ability to play well...
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Writing Class Field Trip to “Peculiar Patriot” Play
Article by Molly Geaney '19 - On October 24th, Mr. Williams’ 12th grade Writing to Change the World class attended The Peculiar Patriot, a one-woman show playing at the Paramount Theatre in Boston. The play, starring and written by Liza...
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Expressing Creativity through Choreography
When you see a dancer performing with passion, it is truly mesmerizing. Each movement, gesture, and facial expression can convey so much. In Taunia Soderquist’s Choreography class, seven students are learning the power and grace of dancing individually and as...
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Programming Dancing Robots?!?
In Craig Gorton’s Robotics class, six students are hard at work writing code using a program called Arduino to control robots. After moving from simple tasks to more complicated maneuvers such as completing a maze, the girls completed their greatest...
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Celebrating the Life of a Poet Who Defied Convention
On an early, cool fall morning, eighteen students gathered to embark on a field trip to Steepletop, the home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Each girl had her own unique reasons for being willing to spend a whole Saturday...
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Meeting Peter the Great in His Own Language
Through Introduction to Russian Language and History, an elective course taught by Mary Richards, students are learning about the people and forces that have shaped Russian culture and daily life. After several classes where they explored the life of Peter...
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Upside Down Project in Ms. Lake’s Portfolio Art Class
Each week in Ms. Lake’s Portfolio class, students get to put down their books, put on music, and pick up a shading pencil or paintbrush. Her course is designed to support and encourage students who are interested in pursuing Art...
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Adventures in Geometry with Mr. Borzi
The students in Mr. Borzi's Geometry classes got to apply their understanding of the Segment Addition Postulate through an unusual, hands-on activity. Students acted as “building inspectors” and needed to determine the distance to the exit door from three different...
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Designer, Founder, and CEO Sara Campbell Visits APH
Sara Campbell, the designer, founder, and CEO of Sara Campbell Ltd., started this year’s Women in Leadership Speaker Series on a high note. She shared her story of professional and personal success and challenges as well as encouraging young women...
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8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Break
By Mary DeLorenzo, School Psychologist–Now that summer is in full swing, what will the rest of the summer break hold for you? Take time to relax, travel, create memories, and make an impact.
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The Honorable Chief Justice Paula M. Carey Visits APH
By APH Staff—The Honorable Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice of the Trial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shared words of wisdom with the APH community. She encouraged students to have their voices heard and dream of who they can...
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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
By Hannah Kimberley, Humanities—Last Saturday, a group of our students met me in Gloucester to help in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive,
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Environmental Studies Students Support Plastic Bag Ban
Environmental Science students and Art History students collaborated with organizers from Salem Sound Coastwatch and Tidal Shift, an organization creating community created public art installations on the North Shore to communicate the negative impact of plastic bag pollution in the...
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In the Classroom – Global Literature
By Bryon Williams, Humanities—Juniors in Global Literature are currently showcasing their culminating projects in their study of Americanah, the award-winning 2013 novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Students had already read Adichie’s short non-fiction book Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto...
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Six Ways to be Mindful in May
The weather is finally warmer and our calendars are full this month with all the end of school year activities. This is especially true for me as my four children graduate (a daughter from college and triplets from high school)...
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APH Students Take Part in Mock Berlin Conference
By Madeleine Mogavero '21 — Some auctioned off countries, while others made deals with opposing countries. The conference got heated at times, but the students learned the importance of diplomacy throughout the game.
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APH Students Participate in Student Government Day
By APH Staff–Kathryn Ward '18 and Lainey Turner '19 participated in the Student Government Day program held at the Massachusetts State House last Friday. On the train ride there both students exclaimed, “Thank you for bringing us, Ms. Zink. We...
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In the Classroom – Chemistry
Recently, Ms. Hewitt's Chemistry class investigated calorimetry by burning some of their favorite snack foods, like Doritos, Funyuns, and baked potato chips.
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The Art of Communicating With Your Daughter
One of our goals at APH is giving your daughters the opportunity to work things out and speak up for themselves. They don’t always get it right but it is all part of the learning process.
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Hank Phillippi Ryan Visits APH
The message Ms. Ryan brought to the community was an inspiration, centered on taking chances, never knowing what exactly lay around the next corner, pursuing dreams, acting on personal principles, and holding fast to one's values.  "If you can't own...
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Olympic Runner Abbey D’Agostino Visits APH
Olympic runner Abbey D'Agostino stopped by APH this week and gave a very interesting and inspiring talk to the school community about her experience as an athlete, her wins and also her losses. Her message was one of pursuing dreams,...
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Club Spotlight: Mock Trial
We really seemed to click and work together and we really just nailed the other team and caught them off guard. Two of our girls scored perfect 10s during this trial.
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Encouraging the Student Response to the Parkland Tragedy
Given the recent tragedy in Parkland Florida, I want to offer some resources to help your daughters process these difficult events.  As the nation’s long-running debate on gun rights continues, it has also sparked a youth-led gun control movement spearheaded...
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Winter 2017-2018 Athletic Season Boasts Growth
By Kate Reardon, Athletic Director—The Winter 2017-2018 season was another example of growth for the Penguin Athletics program, as each of our winter sports recognized new feats while continuing to display the teamwork and sportsmanship we expect of our student-athletes.
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New Noises Playwriting Festival
By APH Staff—This semester our 25 Play Production students will be participating in the New Noises Playwriting Festival at Boston Playwright’s Theatre of Boston University. Our students will be writing their own original 10 minute plays to be submitted for the festival.
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From Banned Books to Urban Planning to Russian Literature
At APH, we are always striving to expand the horizons of our students with new and interesting academic opportunities.  The second semester is seeing important growth in elective courses which diversify and expand the classroom experience at APH.  These courses...
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Maria Stephanos Inspires the APH Community
By APH Staff—"Find your way in life, never say no to opportunities, and don't let others say no to you. Kick down shut doors, and "be exactly who you are" to be successful and change the world." —Maria Stephanos
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The Verdict Is In!
APH came out with a win against Bishop Fenwick High School in the second of three meets on February 2nd, with the judge commenting that our APH students performed as well as any of the students he had taught at...
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APH, the ‘Light in Winter’ in Action
The young women in our Events and Traditions club organized an afternoon of reflection, an inspiration for service, and fun to help us to celebrate APH, the Light in Winter house service project.
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APH: A Light in Winter
By Brigid Beckman, Campus Minister—Many local agencies and organizations work hard to ease a wide array of needs in our communities. Yet sadly, they often struggle to balance an abundance of help at the holidays with being largely forgotten throughout the year....
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Faculty Spotlight: Taunia Soderquist
By APH Staff—We welcome Taunia and her breadth of musical talent and experience to our APH Community. She comes to us from Southern California where she was a Brass and Vocal Instructor.
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Fall Sports Review
By Kate Reardon—Many local agencies and organizations work hard to ease a wide array of needs in our communities. Yet sadly, they often struggle to balance an abundance of help at the holidays with being largely forgotten throughout the year....
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APH’s Critical Inquiry Class Wins Economics Video Prize
The challenge helped the students understand the topic better: “When I heard about the issue I was very pro-regulation: you have one planet and you have to save it. When you hear that these regulations affect someone’s livelihood, you realize...
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Getting Our Girls Through Transitions
“Transitions in life can offer opportunities for discovery, provided we are open to random encounters and serendipitous events.” – Robbie Shell Research shows that if you expect your child to succeed, she is much more likely to do so. We...
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Fall Sports Kickoff
The fall season is off to a great start for The Academy’s athletic program. Students have turned out in record numbers to play for the Penguins, especially the soccer team (which has doubled in size!). The soccer team has played...
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The Gift of Failure
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that...
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Sonia Weitz Holocaust Partner Visit
Mary Kiley from St. John’s Prep, visited the Academy on Wednesday to share the story of Sonia Schreiber Weitz, a Holocaust survivor who was born in Poland and emigrated to Peabody after World War II. Mary is Sonia’s Holocaust Legacy...
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APH Student Recognized in Georgetown Community
Kendelle Cooper, of Georgetown, created the work “Arctic Thaw” after discovering that Polar Bears may go extinct in her lifetime. Her work was honored at Endicott College High School Art Competition when she received The Dean’s Choice Award.
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Centerville School Writes Back
Students in the Voices in Literature Class went to visit a Kindergarten Class at Centerville School in Beverly. They went to see the spark of early literacy and what it means to begin a reading life and the kindergartners did...
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National Latin Exam
2017 National Latin Exam Recognition In March, more than 149,000 students in 50 states and 20 countries took the National Latin Exam- including 22 students from The Academy at Penguin Hall. All First Years are enrolled in Latin and additional...
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APH Participates in National Public Gardens Day
The Academy at Penguin Hall was invited to participate in a National Public Gardens Day event with our neighbors The Trustees. A number of girls visited Long Hill, a former family retreat that has been renowned for its gardens for almost a century. They were...
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From Central Africa to the North Shore
Students in Mrs. Billings’ World Humanities class had a chance to speak with Jordy Mukania who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Jordy visited APH for lunch on Thursday and chatted with students about what it was like to...
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APH Visits Mosque to Bridge Understanding
Recently, the students in Middle Eastern History and Voices in Literature traveled to Sharon, MA to visit the Islamic Center of New England (ICNE). Spirituality is one of our six core areas of study. We seek to create an understanding and...
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Mindful Campus
The Academy’s dining service was built with sustainability in mind. In hopes of reducing food waste and conserving water a tray-less approach was implemented from the start. These stations can be found throughout the building. It encourages students to reduce the...
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