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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

Zoe Kaplan

Zoe Kaplan, Associate Editor

Zoe's favorite subject is English, and she loves to read. Outside of the newsroom, she loves to sing and hang out with friends.

All content by Zoe Kaplan
Student reflecting on alternative graduation attire. Illustration by Karly Hamilton 21.

Op-Ed: In 2021, Why Are We Still Graduating in All White?

April 28, 2021
Students should be wearing something they feel comfortable and confident in, regardless of their gender or other variables.
Women have the right to decide to be a mother of a child, pet (or neither), no matter what society dictates. Illustration by Karly Hamilton 21.

Op-Ed: Societal Standards Aren’t Everything

March 2, 2021
It is important to be aware of unrealistic expectations and acknowledge that no two people will live the same life.
Illustration by Tyler Stephanon 24.

Op-Ed: Mental Health During COVID-19

February 16, 2021
It is incredibly important to make mental health a priority during the pandemic.
Video conference. Men at monitor holds collective virtual meeting, remote work online chat, teleconference on screen vector concept. Education online on computer from home workplace

Outside Speakers Address Community Virtually

February 1, 2021
This year, events that were previously held in-person are being hosted virtually over Zoom.
Op-Ed: Giving Back to The Jimmy Fund

Op-Ed: Giving Back to The Jimmy Fund

January 11, 2021
This year has put a lot of things into perspective, and I want to give back to The Jimmy Fund.
Banners in the college counseling office. Gator file photo.

Op-Ed: COVID-19 Changes College Celebrations

December 4, 2020
The pandemic has changed how many students plan to celebrate.
Group of friends or family members giving thanks to God at festive turkey dinner table together. Thanksgiving celebration traditional dinner concept. Purchased at

Op-Ed: How COVID-19 Has Changed Family Gatherings

November 17, 2020
Holiday celebrations and gatherings will look different this year.
Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Q&A: Teachers on Hybrid Learning

November 11, 2020
Teachers share their thoughts on the new learning environment.
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Sitcom Review: The Good Place

November 9, 2020
The NBC sitcom's humor and creativity is unmatched.
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Op-Ed: Gender Reveals Gone Wrong

October 20, 2020
Gender reveals have become more of an event, but not in a good way.
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Op-Ed: How Therapy Has Helped Me

October 5, 2020
Different methods work for different people, and I'm glad to have a system that works for me.
Illustration by Ava Lockhart 21.

Op-Ed: Body Positivity During Quarantine

September 29, 2020
Social media can send multiple messages about self-love.
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School Spearheads Diversity Initiative

June 4, 2020
The program will help attract teachers of color.
Colorful ribbons on pink background, cancer awareness. Photo illustration purchased from

Op-Ed: My Diagnosis, Five Years Later

May 4, 2020
Reflecting on everything I've been through, I realized how strong I am.
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Op-Ed: My Passover in Quarantine

April 20, 2020
Family connections are important during COVID-19.
Op-Ed: Seventeen and Self-Quarantined

Op-Ed: Seventeen and Self-Quarantined

April 14, 2020
It might not have been the birthday this writer planned, but she made the most of her day.
Creative Arts Department Chair Bill Jacob plays guitar as Anja Westhues 19 sings during the 2019 Coffee House.

After 30 Years, Jacob Prepares for Sabbatical

March 4, 2020
After "Urinetown," he will head to Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City.
Op-Ed: Dont Trivialize Trauma

Op-Ed: Don’t Trivialize Trauma

February 6, 2020
It's time to stop joking about trauma.
“I want to continue to develop my abilities in the sport while working on my own curling skills. I want all the curlers to enjoy coming to curling everyday and improve along the way.” — Curling Co-Captain Samantha Estrada ’20

Player’s Insight on Winter Sports Season

December 10, 2019
How are teams shaping up?
Admissions Holds In-School Open House

Admissions Holds In-School Open House

November 7, 2019
Over 35 applicants and their families attended the event.
Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Op-Ed: Internet Addiction is Real

October 22, 2019
Facebook has over 3 billion users and counting, followed by Instagram with 1 billion and Twitter with 330 million. 
(L-R) Middle School Math and Science teacher Jared Smith, Middle and Upper School Spanish teacher Claudia Romero, Middle and Upper School History teacher Parker Curtis pose for a photo during their first faculty work day in August. Photo by Nicole DeCesare.

School Welcomes New Faculty

September 24, 2019
The community welcomed four new faculty members into the Middle and Upper Schools this year: Middle School Math and Science teacher Jared Smith, Middle and Upper School History teacher Parker Curtis, and  Associate Director of College Counseling and Director of Career Readiness Lisa Summergrad.   
Ms. Abodeely teaches students in the new classroom.

Faculty Profile: Cassie Abodeely

May 3, 2019
Learn about this teacher's background in criminal law.
Director of Innovation Kathryn Lee helps out Jaden Cheung 21 in the Maker Space.

Faculty Profile: Kathryn Lee

April 24, 2019
See how Lee is implementing innovation in the classroom.
Math teacher Peter Slaski teaching AP Calculus.

Faculty Profile: Pete Slaski

April 24, 2019
Get to know the person behind the teacher.
Dean of Students Paul Murray teaches his 9th grade English class. Photo by Noa Schabes 17.

Faculty Profile: Paul Murray

February 28, 2019
"Never take yourself too seriously," the Dean says.
Faculty Profile: Janeata Robinson

Faculty Profile: Janeata Robinson

February 7, 2019
The School's registrar once worked for the Boston City Counsel.
Debbie OMalley  hard at work with inventory. Photo by Caroline Champa 20.

Faculty Profile: Debbie O’Malley

February 6, 2019
Get the inside scoop on a 19-year faculty member.
School to Host MLK Day Discussions

School to Host MLK Day Discussions

January 22, 2019
The School is planning to host breakout discussions during assembly tomorrow.
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