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A screenshot of the teacher login page to Veracross, which is Web-based, unlike the previous student information system.
Q&A: New Information System for New School Year
Cathy Wu, Executive Editor • September 27, 2023
Veracross acts as a repository for grade entries and attendance records, consolidating information and creating report cards.
Middle School English and Drama teacher Caitlin Johnson demonstrates how to use Apple Classroom (photo illustration).
Middle School's New iPad Monitoring Policy Sparks Controversy
Rachael Rosenberg, Journalist • September 27, 2023
A student petition was sent via School email before it was removed for containing false and misleading information.
Stephanie Altschul 25, Eli Lewis 25, and Abigail Jacobs 25 gather at a designated peer tutoring table to review material.
Juniors Revive Peer Tutoring Program
Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief • September 26, 2023
Juniors Eli Lewis and Conno Wagner are spearheading the effort.
New Science Teacher Nia Gipson teaches AP Biology.
New Faculty Profile: Nia Gipson, Science Teacher
Rachael Rosenberg, Journalist • September 19, 2023
Learn about Nia Gipson, the School's new Middle and Upper School Science Teacher.

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Middle Schoolers Spread Environmental Awareness
Charlotte Wolfstitch, Journalist • May 11, 2023
Increasing awareness about the negative effects of plastic and other pollutants in daily life.
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Location of where students board for this years prom, Rowes Wharf.
Q&A: Prom-goers to Seas the Night
Mary Wang, Journalist • May 9, 2023
Students will dance the night away in Great Gatsby glamour on the high seas.
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Jared Smith teaches Owen Williams 23 during chemistry.
The Legacy of Science Teacher Jared Smith
Mckinlee DePaola, Photojournalist • May 3, 2023
Students showed their appreciation for the beloved educator by naming him last year's senior honorary class member.
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Maddie Pogoda ’25 and Math Lab Tutor Stanley Szwartz discuss a problem.
Stanley Szwartz: The Man Behind the Math Lab
Mckinlee DePaola, Photojournalist • April 26, 2023
Several teachers work in the Math Lab, but Stanley Szwartz, who runs the program, is especially beloved.
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Police personnel stand outside the entrance to the New York Criminal Court during the arraignment of Former President Donald Trump. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Community Reacts to Trump’s Indictment
Edward Flint, Journalist • April 26, 2023
The news has no precedent in American history, Government Teacher David Cutler said.
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Even at larger School events like the Temple Fair, fewer students wear masks this year.
End of National COVID-19 Emergency
James Yu, Journalist • April 26, 2023
The announcement will not impact the School's operations, according to School Nurse Beth Escobar.
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Cat on a 15th century wall in Évora, Portugal.
Caleb Meranus: Turning Passion into Profit
Nolan Suraci, Multimedia Journalist • April 24, 2023
The upstart recently discovered his passion and has created a website and an Instagram account focused on showcasing his talent.
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A visual arts component of the Biomimicry Project.
Seventh-Graders Create Wearable, Recycled Animal Sculptures
Nolan Suraci and Caleb Meranus April 21, 2023
Students used their creativity to tackle the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
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Varsity Girls Lacrosse, which has 12 games this season, lost to Boston Trinity Academy last week in its season opener, 12-5. Boys Lacrosse has its season opener tomorrow against Gann Academy at 4:00 p.m., home.
This Spring, Fewer Games for Boys Baseball and Lacrosse
Brian Gamble, Outgoing Managing Editor • April 18, 2023
Varsity Girls Lacrosse is scheduled to play a total of 12 games, compared to just seven for the boys.
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Students last year making a mini-library with Artists with Humanity.
Students Collaborate with Artists for Humanity
Mary Wang, Journalist • April 16, 2023
The group is designing a set of lost-and-found bins, which will be placed around the School.
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Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Students, Faculty Gear Up for Worldwide Winterim Trips
Edward Flint, Journalist • March 3, 2023
In less than 48 hours, trips will begin in the long-awaited return to the Winterim global travel program.
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A former all-gender student bathroom is now locked and only open to faculty due to substance use concerns.
Faculty, Administrators Address Vaping at School
Meera Gandhi, Journalist • February 23, 2023
Administrators bring in in specialists like Will Slotnick, founder and director of Wellness Directive, to speak to students about drug use.
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Meet the next Editorial Board, a group of all-new student editors. Gator file photos.
Newsroom Announces 2023-2024 Editorial Board
Kate Hirschen, Outgoing Culture Editor • February 3, 2023
Introducing Amelia Bowman '25 as Editor-in-Chief, Cathy Wu '24 and Evan Michaeli '24 as Executive Editors, and Madeleine Pogoda '24 as Arts & Culture Editor.
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History and Journalism Teacher David Cutler demonstrates how AI can write essays. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn.
Teachers Debate AI in Education 
Evan Michaeli, Executive Editor • January 30, 2023
Now that ChatGPT has taken the world by storm, teachers here shared their thoughts on AI and its future in education.
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Science Teacher Matt Gallon leads a workshop.
18th Annual Bissell Grogan Symposium Returns
Cathy Wu, Executive Editor • January 23, 2023
The School’s 18th annual Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium launched last Wednesday with a speech and a wide range of workshops.
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Cole has been at Brimmer since 2021 and joined The Gator this freshman year. He enjoys many sports, such as soccer and skiing. He also enjoys reading and music.

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