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The student news site of Brimmer and May School | Chestnut Hill, MA

The Gator

The student news site of Brimmer and May School | Chestnut Hill, MA

The Gator


Head of School Judith Guild supervises a science class.

With Omicron Surge, ‘All-Hands-On-Deck’ For Teacher Absences

Kate Hirschen, Journalist January 21, 2022
After testing positive for COVID-19, several teachers are back to Zoom. Uncommon substitute teachers are stepping in to supervise classrooms.
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Upper School students are required to take rapid tests twice each week.
Photo illustration by Edan Zinn

Quarantined Students Face Make-Up Work

Kate Hirschen, Journalist January 20, 2022
Without concurrent learning, some students here report worrying that a positive COVID-19 test could affect their academics. 
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COVID Response Team Chair Addresses Omicron Variant

Sophia Spring and Brian Gamble January 14, 2022
“I feel really good about the mitigation strategies that we have in place,” Chair Carl Rapisarda-Vallely said.
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How can we travel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic? Photo illustration courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Anti-Maskers Make Traveling During COVID-19 Stressful

Talia Hammer, Journalist January 14, 2022
My Winter Break trip to Florida presented unexpected challenges thanks to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, conflicting public health guidelines, and anti-maskers.
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Temperatures dipped below 10 °F on campus today. Faculty and staff are encouraged to keep windows open to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Comic: It’s Cold Inside

Jackson Ostrowski, Cartoonist January 11, 2022
With temperatures dropping, windows remain open to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
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COVID-19 cases are surging in schools across Massachusetts, causing staffing issues and emptying classrooms.

Op-Ed: I’m Nervous About Being Back on Campus

Zakkai Mares-Van Praag, Journalist January 11, 2022
With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 surging in Massachusetts, I can't help but wonder if in-person schooling is the right call.
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Basketball players Raymond Baez 24, Jackson Ostrowski 22, Theo Johnson 22, and David Kaplansky 22, huddle with their coaches during timeout.

Mask Mandate, Gym Closures Impact Winter Sports

Cathy Wu, Journalist January 7, 2022
Student-athletes here are adapting to new COVID-19 guidelines for winter sports. "We will do what we have to do to stay safe," Jarrel Okorugo '22 said.
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Students attend the 2020 Yale Model United Nations conference, which was held in person before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Model United Nations Club Prepares For Virtual Conference

Kate Hirschen, Journalist January 6, 2022
From January 20-23, the Model United Nations club will attend a virtual conference held by Yale University.
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Anja Westhues 20 sings at Coffee House 2019 with her father, Jukka Westhues.

Omicron Variant Derails Return to In-Person Coffee House

Marlie Kass, Senior Arts Journalist January 5, 2022
Only performers will be allowed to attend for a live-streamed event.
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Photo courtesy of Nicole DeCesare.

Rapid Tests, New Masks: Winter Reopening Updates

Edan Zinn, Editor-in-Chief January 3, 2022
With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 causing a surge in Massachusetts cases, the School's COVID Response Team has updated several health and safety policies.
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Alison Rimas 23 comes out of the hack. Photo courtesy of Paul Murray.

After a Season Away, Curling Hits the Ice this Winter

Brian Gamble, Managing Editor December 10, 2021
After a lost 2020 season due to the pandemic, the return of the curling season has been exciting for many.
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Last year, students in fitness utilize spin bikes as part of their training.

Winter Sports Kickoff Brings Excitement

Talia Hammer, Journalist November 19, 2021
After a year without games in any winter sports, athletes report eagerness to get back to playing.
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