Experience Gould...The Countdown to Giving Tuesday 2022

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Experience Gould…Countdown to Giving Tuesday!

Follow us here for the next two weeks as we count down 15 of our favorite Gould experiential learning experiences. 

Goal:  Raise $150,000 from 400 donors by November 29th, 2022

Matching Challenge: An anonymous donor has offered to match EVERY DOLLAR we raise. For example, your $50 donation will be worth $100 dollars! Every donation will have double the impact. 

Donor Challenge: For every 50 people who donate, an anonymous donor will unlock a $50,000 gift! $1000 per donor for a gift of any size! Please spread the word and encourage as many people as possible to donate. Let's get a record number of donors involved and unlock multiple $50,000 contributions. 

Impact:  Help ensure that many more students get to experience the programs that make a Gould education unique. Your support is how we are able to offer an exceptional experience for our students, year after year.

Timeline: Kick-off for Giving Tuesday is November 15th, and closes on Tuesday, November 29th.  

Why:  A contribution to the Gould Fund supports the programs, traditions, and experiences that matter to you. A contribution to the Bill and Ki Clough Fund for Experiential Learning ensures that signature programs, including Four Point, Farm and Forest, Orientation and Outdoor Adventures, remain an essential part of every Gould student experience. 

Action:  Please contribute to Gould today and share your favorite Gould experience on social media. We need your help to spread the word within your networks.

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Navigating the Winter Wilderness

#1. Junior Four Point 🧭

“I learned that it’s not just about being the loudest or who takes charge first. It’s also about leading by example...It’s so much more than a camping trip, it is an experience we will never forget.” 

– Abbie DeMello ’23

Every March, Gould Eleventh-Graders venture into the woods of Maine and New Hampshire for the eight-night winter camping excursion known as Junior Four Point.

Leading up to the big day, lots of students are filled with anxiety about the trip. By design, there are a lot of unknowns. Who will be in their group? Who will their trip leaders be? Where will they go? How cold will it get?

Read the full story of Navigating Junior Four Point

510 days ago by Greg Gilman
Shredding on Handmade Skis & Snowboards

#2. Ski & Snowboard Building ⛷ 🏂

Ski & Snowboard Building is quickly becoming one of the most popular classes at Gould. The high-performance center in the basement of Ordway features the new classroom and workshop, complete with a ski & snowboard press. More than 40 students have handmade their own skis and snowboards over the past few years, from tip to tail and start to finish. What would your design look like? 

511 days ago by Greg Gilman
Reaching New Heights in the White Mountains

#3. The Gould Outing Club 🧗

The Gould Outing Club is a co-curricular activity that does everything from paddling the Androscoggin River to learning Wilderness First Aid. The day we caught them they were out climbing rocks at Square Ledge in Pinkham Notch.

This was the first outing of its kind for a few of the students. Read their quotes below to see how transformative the experience was for them.

“I thought rock climbing was going to be hard and scary, but it ended up being really fun. My confidence level went through the roof when I slayed the first climb. The outing club group is really supportive.” - Bjorn ’27

“I was scared that I wasn’t going to be able to do it and it would be embarrassing. I ended up crushing it and learned a lot in the process.” - Maeve ’27

“I didn't think I’d make it up the climb...when I started I felt like I was struggling. People cheered me on which gave me a confidence boost and motivation.” - Liz ’27

512 days ago by Greg Gilman
Reinventing the Wheel

#4. E-Bikes in the Marlon Family IDEAS Center ⚡🚲

Students in the Robotics and Engineering class are learning to build e-bikes. The hands-on learning, critical thinking, and collaboration that goes on in the IDEAS Center empower students to solve problems in creative ways, and it fosters entrepreneurship.

“I’ve learned so much. Mostly about the iterative process. When something doesn’t work, or the math doesn’t come out right, you just start over and try again. Also, learning how to use the tools: the laser cutter, the 3D printer. I feel like I can come down here now and create anything I want. It’s wide open.”

– Zach Garfield ’27

513 days ago by Greg Gilman
Service Learning

#5. Service Opportunities with Maine Refugees 🌎 📚

For the past 15 years or so, World Language Department Chair Adam Leff has been bringing Gould students to Maine Immigrant & Refugee Services in Lewiston, Maine to work one-on-one with adults and children from Somalia and Afghanistan. Mentoring in English and helping them along the pathway to citizenship and community engagement gives Gould students a deepened understanding of the world around them, and teaches them about cultures and communities beyond their own.

514 days ago by Greg Gilman
Keeping it Clean in the Dining Hall

#6. Advisory Dish Duty! 🍽 🧽

Dish duty at Gould is a rite of passage. As you're cleaning up around the table with your family today, we hope you’ll give thanks to Gould for all the extraordinary opportunities we provide, even the ones that don't seem that extraordinary at the moment. 

“At Gould, all advisee groups take part in dish duty. This is a really great community moment...It grounds our students and they can do service for the school. It's just another piece of Gould life!”

– Director of Advising & Wellness Katie Stack

Happy Thanksgiving from Gould! 🦃

515 days ago by Greg Gilman
Lunch with a View

#7. Mountain Day ⛰ 🥾 🥪

“Mountain day is such an important tradition because it is something unique to Gould and a great way to connect with others in the community outside of school while releasing some academic stress!” – Fiona Keough ’25

Mountain Day is a cherished Gould tradition, and the entire community recognizes the grandeur and gravity of the day.

Read more on Mountain Day and see photos from Mountain Day 2022 here.

516 days ago by Greg Gilman
Skiing Above the Clouds

#8. U18 Alpine Training Camp in Austria ⛷ 🪂 🏔

“The farmer next door is taking his cows out for his daily morning walk as the sun breaks over the peaks, which means it’s time for our drive up to the mountain. I’m traveling with a group of alpine skiers and coaches from Gould in Austria, at Stubai glacier, on our annual training trip for the upcoming ski racing season.”

Alpine training trips are about much more than finding off-season snow. Enjoy this play-by-play look at Gould's recent U18 training trip to Austria by Hannah Smick ’23. Full story here. Photos by Gould fellow and ski coach Megan Ahearn.

517 days ago by Greg Gilman
Environmental Stewardship

2022 Bonnie Pooley Award Winners: Hannah Pierce ’22, Caleb Grammas ’22, and Hannah MacMillan

#9. Earth Day at Gould 🌎 🌲

“Learning about the natural world—and not incidentally falling in love with it—is unavoidable at Gould. It’s not just a one-off, Earth Day thing. In a broad sense, and in almost too many ways to list, developing a deep connection with the environment is an irreducible component of Gould Academy.”

While there is a robust day of programming and a break from regular classes each year on Earth Day at Gould, we know that for our students to become stewards of the environment the lessons and outdoor education have to be both frequent and consistent.

Read the full story from Kim Siebert MacPhail ’73, P’07, T’92-09, and discover why at Gould we celebrate Earth Day Every Day.

518 days ago by Greg Gilman
Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast

#10. Ski Patrol ⛑

“There’s something about helping others and being involved in the behind-the-scenes at Sunday River that is exciting and makes me feel like a part of a community. From running the green pack with the oxygen tanks to cleaning off a snowy trail sign, every job is important.” - Chelsea Duclos ’23

The Ski Patrol program at Gould is one-of-a-kind. The only high school program recognized by the National Ski Patrol, Gould students train with seasoned Sunday River patrollers and have the opportunity to become “jacketed” ski patrollers themselves after 80+ hours of work and testing at the mountain.

519 days ago by Greg Gilman
Music to our Ears

#11. The Bethel Community Band 🎻 🎹 🎺

“The collaboration has been a huge success, the community members and the students really enjoy rehearsing together. They are learning a lot from each other.” – Jim McLaughlin, Head of Performing Arts at Gould

Earlier this year the Mahoosuc Community Band joined forces with Gould's Concert Band! The orchestra now rehearses weekly in the Gould band room, and Jim McLaughlin has taken on the role of conductor. They will hold performances in Gould’s Bingham Auditorium, the first of which will be the group’s Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m.

“It's an opportunity to connect with people in Bethel that I wouldn't otherwise. They’re all very good musicians, so it’s also an opportunity to play really fun music. It has helped me better understand my instrument. It’s very gratifying.” – Nyla Scott ’24

520 days ago by Greg Gilman
Ninth Grade Ropes Course

#12. The Ninth Grade Ropes Course

Every fall Gould ninth graders leave their classes behind for a day to bond as a group at the high and low ropes course at Camp Kawanhee in Weld, Maine.

Watch the slideshow above to witness the joy students feel pushing their boundaries, trying new things, and learning to trust in each other. It's one of the first steps they take in forming an identity as a class at Gould Academy.

521 days ago by Greg Gilman
Raise the Roof!

#13. Farm & Forest 🥞 🍁

The Farm & Forest program is in the process of building a timber frame sugar shack at the Gould barn. The post and beam structure is being built using traditional joinery techniques and wooden pegs. All of the lumber and beams for the project have been milled using hemlock and maple from the Gould property on Pine Hill. Pretty sweet!

Jackie Yang is a senior from Shenzhen China:

“It’s my first year [in] farm and forest, and I’m really enjoying doing this because I love building things. I’m used to working in the IDEAS Center, where it’s very precise work. There you do many iterations and start over as much as you want. This is bigger…the stakes are higher at the barn. You need to be really careful because one mistake will cost you.”

522 days ago by Greg Gilman
The Harpswell Crab Lab

#14. Eighth Grade Science: Field Research 🦀

Recently eighth grade science students traveled to Harpswell neck on the coast of Maine for a field study on invasive crab species put forth by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

“Not only are hands-on experiences like this lab fun and engaging for students, but it’s also crucial for them to learn the skills for carrying out investigations, and then analyzing and interpreting the data they collect.”

– Eighth Grade Science Teacher Sarah Crockett

Get more of the story here, and see more stunning photos from the day here.

523 days ago by Greg Gilman
Experiential Learning Countdown! Kicking things off.

Over the next two weeks, we'll be counting down some of our favorite examples of experiential learning at Gould. Be sure to check in every day to follow the countdown and get a glimpse at what your gift will support!

Without further ado, we give you #15.

#15. Orientation Trips 🛶 🥾

“We all have that shared experience to reflect on. Looking back you’re like, ‘Wow, I got out of my comfort zone and survived. I thought this was going to be impossible, but I actually did it.’ It gives you a confidence boost going into the school year.” – Molly ’24

Visit the Gould website to read more about an intangible piece of Gould magic we call New Student Orientation, and see lots of photos from this year's trips here.

524 days ago by Greg Gilman

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