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The Gator

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

The Gator

The COVID-19 Pandemic

Zak Adler 23, who recently recovered from COVID-19, returns to school with a mask on. Masks are more a common sight in the hallways this week.
'Alive and Well in the Community': COVID-19 Cases Continue
Kate Hirschen, Culture Editor • September 22, 2022
Although the uptick has kept some students and teachers at home, School Nurse Beth Escobar stresses that "this does not mean it's rampant."
Prices have fluctuated on online shopping sites like Amazon. Photo purchased at
Op-Ed: The Supply Chain Crisis is Not Over
Nicholas Kozhemiakin, Journalist • June 3, 2022
School Nurse Beth Escobar takes care of students and adults alike here. She hands a COVID-19 test to second grade teacher Angela Park.
School Sees Uptick in COVID-19 Cases
Marlie Kass, Arts Editor • May 2, 2022
Zak Adler 23 and Alison Rimas 23 walk down a one-way hallway last year, one of many health restrictions we have moved past since the start of the pandemic.
March 12: A Day to Define Our Generation
Gator Editorial Board March 12, 2022
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Op-Ed: COVID-19's Impact on Teenagers is Deeper Than You Think
Marlie Kass, Arts Editor • March 12, 2022
In March 2020, customers cleared grocery store shelves as the pandemics supply chain crisis escalated.
Op-Ed: An End to COVID-19's Consumer Supply Shortages?
Nicholas Kozhemiakin, Journalist • March 3, 2022


How It All Started 

When COVID-19 makes landfall in Massachusetts in March, the School responds with expedited action to keep the community safe.

Gator file photo.
GNN: Students React to COVID-19
Gator Nation News April 11, 2020
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Coronavirus: Chinese Students Worry About Home
Caroline Champa February 13, 2020
A Boston city street is deserted.
Photo Essay: Boston Goes Dark
March 24, 2020
Op-Ed: Stop Hoarding
Op-Ed: Stop Hoarding
March 20, 2020
Op-Ed: Do Your Part to Save Lives, Stop Gathering!
Op-Ed: Do Your Part to Save Lives, Stop Gathering!
March 16, 2020
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Editorial: School Takes Safety Measures
March 13, 2020
School Responds to Coronavirus
School Responds to Coronavirus
March 10, 2020

Classrooms Reimagined

The School moves to remote learning using Zoom, a videoconferencing platform, for a semester like no other.
Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.
Teachers and Students Address Zoom Fatigue
Brian Gamble, Managing Editor • May 8, 2020
History teacher David Cutlers young son makes a mess in the kitchen while dad and mom, also a teacher, Zoom with students. The picture speaks for itself.
GNN: Teaching with Toddler Tornadoes at Home
Gator Nation News May 7, 2020
Exam sheet. Photo illustration purchased from
College Board Adjusts AP Exams
May 16, 2020
illustration of student confused and frustrated with online learning. Image purchased from
Op-Ed: No Matter How It's Done, Remote Learning Isn't as Good
May 11, 2020
Photo Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.
Zoom Raises Questions of Online Privacy, Security
May 8, 2020
Teacher hosting online class using video conference. Purchased from
Editorial: Teachers Deserve Praise For Remote Learning
April 27, 2020
The parking lot was empty at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday morning, when most students typically arrive. Photo by David Cutler.
School Begins Remote Learning
April 1, 2020

Helping Others in a Time of Need

Essential workers, front line fighters, and volunteers within the community show that #BrimmerCares during COVID-19.
Lower School students show off their craft hearts.
Community Supports #BrimmerCares Initiative
Kate Hirschen, Culture Editor • June 6, 2020
An array of masks made by Avery Alperin 21.
Alperin '21 Starts Community Mask Initiative
Michael Young, Journalist • May 1, 2020
Healthcare workers thank the Kids Clothes Club for their mask donations. Photo courtesy of Faith Michaels.
Nonprofit Delivers Masks to Hospitals
May 15, 2020
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Faculty, Staff Provide Health and Wellness Resources
May 6, 2020
Humanities Department Co-Chair Donald Reese captured his cats exhaustion.
Senate President Makes Videos
May 4, 2020
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Op-Ed: How it Feels with Parents on the Front Line
April 16, 2020

A Changing Spring

While physically apart, the community finds unique ways to come together during a spring of loss, change, and hope.

The Class of 2020.
Seniors Reflect on Loss, Change, and Hope
Dessie Bell-Kamen, Writer • April 27, 2020
Signs direct traffic away from campus, which has been closed since March 13.
COVID-19 Disrupts 2019-2020 School Year
Edan Zinn, Editor-in-Chief • April 22, 2020
Payroll Protection Program application. Photo illustration purchased from
School Receives Federal Loan Amid National Controversy
May 29, 2020
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Op-Ed: Are We Really Staying Connected?
May 6, 2020
Jordan Minor 19 interned with Athletic Director Jeff Gates for his Senior Project, helping in a Lower School gym class.
COVID-19 Forces Senior Project Restructuring
May 6, 2020
Sita Alomran 19 hugs math teacher Rupa Houndelga before last years graduation ceremony. These final embraces will be missed this spring.
School Modifies Major Spring Events
April 26, 2020

Back on Campus

For the first time in months, the School convenes for in-person learning—six feet apart and wearing masks.

Head of School Judith Guild greets a student on the first day of school last September.
Brimmer in the Age of COVID-19
Sophia Spring, Multimedia Manager • September 22, 2020
Students and faculty enter the Hastings Center on the first day of school.
Photo Essay: Students Return to Campus
Edan Zinn, Editor-in-Chief • September 16, 2020
Photo Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.
Schedule Restructured to Ensure Safety
October 1, 2020
Gator file photo.
School Continues with Reopening
September 29, 2020
A classroom is set up with desks placed six feet apart. Photo Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.
Campus Reopens for the Fall
September 25, 2020
Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.
Editorial: Community Members Mask Up for School
September 17, 2020
Students Remark on First Day of School
Students Remark on First Day of School
September 17, 2020
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