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Fall/Winter 2021 Georgian Available Online

In this issue, you also will find stories about George School innovations—from cross-disciplinary learning to our work for a bold new academic program for the 2022-2023 academic year—resulting from the strategic plan, from lessons learned in our professional development studies in educational neuroscience, and from our faculty’s ongoing commitment to do what is best for our students.

Bench Dedicated in Memory of “Everyone’s Mother,” Pam Machemer

On Tuesday, October 19 more than seventy alumni, faculty, and students gathered on campus to honor the life of beloved teacher, friend, and advisor Pam Machemer. During the ceremony, a bench was dedicated to Pam’s memory, a charge led by boys’ varsity soccer player, Bill Becker ’22.

Two Faculty Members Earn PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED

George School faculty members Meredith Baldi ’01 and Scott Seraydarian ’90 recently earned PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED. To earn this certification, Meredith and Scott demonstrated expertise in teaching students to think critically about their role as media consumers and creators and training other teachers to do so.

Shannon McGinnis ’17 Wins Multiple Athletic Awards

George School alum Shannon McGinnis ’17 was awarded the Smith College Pioneer Powerhouse Athlete of the Year award as well as being named to the Marly Pineda Team. While at George School, Shannon played varsity soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey.

Class of 2021 Commencement Highlights

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. George School celebrated the members of the Class of 2021 during the school’s one hundred and twenty-seventh Commencement Ceremony. Head of School Sam Houser welcomed the seniors and their friends and families.

George School Celebrates Virtual Alumni Weekend 2021

Over 600 alumni registered for Alumni Weekend 2021 from Thursday, April 29 – Sunday, May 2. This year’s event featured four days of virtual events and activities for classmates to reconnect and reminisce about their cherished George School memories.

Community Says Goodbye to Marion the Librarian

George School has had the honor of having a knowledgeable and skilled research librarian centered in the academic life of the school since 2014. Throughout her years of service, Marion helped maintain a collection of resources that serve the changing needs of George School’s academic program, while also overseeing and participating in all aspects of the school archives.

Bird Blind Being Developed in Late Student’s Memory

Maggie Popkin ’20 was first introduced to the hobby of birdwatching at the age of five, when her grandmother set up a telescope for her to watch a Great Blue Heron. According to Maggie’s mother, she was captivated by the feather patterns, and so began her interest.

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