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

The Gator

Some private schools have made changes to combat grade inflation, now including here.
School Moves to Remove A+ From Grading System
Marlie Kass, Arts Editor • September 28, 2022
Effective immediately, the School is shifting away from this previous academic norm and will no longer include A+s in its grading system.
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."
Leni Hicks-Dutt 23 starts a new 12th-grade tradition at the School.
Leni Hicks-Dutt '23 Leads Community Mural Painting
Edan Zinn, Editor-in-Chief • September 21, 2022
Over several months, Leni Hicks-Dutt '23 planned and painted the inaugural 12th-grade mural.
Brian Gamble 23, a Gator-Aide mentor, poses for the camera. Photo courtesy of Nicole DeCesare.
Gator-Aide Mentorship Program Enters Year Two
Grace Papas, Executive Editor • September 20, 2022
A new year of the Gator-Aide Mentorship Program is underway, and mentors and mentees report success so far.

10th-grade students enjoy the outdoors.
Upper School Camp Returns
Edan Zinn, Editor-in-Chief • September 12, 2022
Members of the Upper School community report an enjoyable Camp experience.
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Members of the Class of 2023 pose at Camp in 2019. This year will mark the classs first time back at Camp since COVID-19 hit.
Upper School Camp to Kick Off 2022-2023 Year
Natalie Kozhemiakin, Editor-in-Chief • September 7, 2022
As the school year begins, the Upper School prepares to head off to camp Wingate*Kirkland.
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Students created ribbon pins during break.
Photos: Tejada '23 Starts Gun Violence Awareness Initiative
Edan Zinn, Editor-in-Chief • June 7, 2022
Following the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, the Community Service Club leader wanted to spread awareness in the community.
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Jeff Gates teaches a physical education class in the late 1990s.
After Nearly Three Decades, Athletic Director Jeff Gates Retires
Grace Papas, Executive Editor • May 31, 2022
Past and current students, teachers, and peers share reflections on a man who dedicated his career to education and scholastic athletics.
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A student poses in front of the Taj Mahal during Winterim 2019. Photo courtesy of the School.
Winterim to Return After COVID-19 Hiatus
Nico Jaffer, Sports Editor • May 31, 2022
The School has plans to relaunch Winterim next year after the pandemic halted the signature program.
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Photos courtesy of Brimmer and May School.
Kassim '24, Williams '23, Altschul '25 Elected to Senate E-Board
Kate Hirschen, Culture Editor • May 23, 2022
The new Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer discuss their plans for next year.
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Kumar 22 hits the studio for recording. Photo courtesy of Kumars Instagram
Spotlight: Neel Kumar '22 is 'MasalaKing'
Conno Wagner, Journalist • May 19, 2022
Kumar is passionate about making music, specifically rap and hip-hop, having already released several singles.
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Zoe Hicks-Dutt 24 and Lei Hicks-Dutt 23 study outside.
What's New in the Course Catalog for 2022-2023?
Kate Hirschen, Culture Editor • May 3, 2022
Learn about Social Justice Through Photography, Digital Photography, Piano and Guitar, Pop Culture and Jewish Immigration, Short Stories, and Asking the Big Questions.
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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
Face masks will remain optional, though the CRT urges vigilance. “I think that our community is still very proactive and safe,” School Nurse Beth Escobar said.
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Sexual assault awareness month image purchased at BigStock.com
Statistics: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Haleigh Jacobs, Multimedia Journalist • April 26, 2022
Though disturbing, it's important to help make people aware of statistics relating to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape. Also, find and connect with helpful resources.
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Upper School Head Joshua Neudel and Class of 2022 homeroom teachers decided to shutdown the senior lounge Thursday, after students routinely leave behind a mess.
With Mess, Senior Lounge Loses Furniture
Zakkai Mares-Van Praag, Journalist • April 22, 2022
After months of sustained uncleanliness, Upper School Head Joshua Neudel and homeroom teachers ordered the removal of the Senior Lounge's furniture.
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The Admissions team poses to welcome admitted students. Photo courtesy of Brimmer Admissions.
Admission Applications at School See Pandemic Boom
Nicholas Kozhemiakin, Journalist • April 22, 2022
"Applications are up 17 percent over the average of the previous three years," Director of Enrollment Brian Beale said.
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Digital Cinema Teacher to Premiere War Film
Digital Cinema Teacher to Premiere War Film
Marlie Kass, Arts Editor • April 13, 2022
The feature documentary will premiere as part of the Boston International Film Festival. Tickets available for Sunday at 3:00 p.m. showing.
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Image courtesy of Brimmer and May School.
Q&A: Brett Kelly, Incoming Athletic Director
Kate Hirschen, Culture Editor • April 6, 2022
Meet Brett Kelly, who will begin work at the School on July 1.
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The New England Aquarium is located on the Central Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts.
Before Spring Break, School Gears Up for Exploration Week
Martin Maynard, Journalist • March 9, 2022
Friday, the Upper School will go to the Natick Mall for Level 99, an "escape room-esque" experience.
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Kate Hirschen
Kate Hirschen
Culture Editor

Kate has been a member of The Gator since freshman year and enjoys writing news stories and reviews. Outside of the newsroom, she enjoys spending time with friends and playing tennis.

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