Classroom Spotlight

JROTC students simulated repair of the International Space Station, just one aspect of learning the mission, hazards, living conditions and purpose of the ISS program. Team members were assigned specific roles of mission control, communications, commander, inventory and equipment. Cadets had 25 minutes to collaborate and “fix” the ISS; their feet were on the ground, but cadets were tethered and wore bulky clothing as if they were in space.

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Tour Pinkerton Academy

Pinkerton Academy is distinguished among high schools for its modern and historic facilities. Click here for a virtual tour of Pinkerton.

If you require an in-person tour of Pinkerton, please email tours@

Where Do I Go? Who Do I See?

Parents and students may find it helpful to consult the chart linked here to learn Who to See and Where to Go for any given issue. This aid should help address most issues related to students and school.

Attention runners! Register now for our 5K race to be held on May 17, 2014. Runners and walkers are welcome. The first 100 registrants receive a race t-shirt!

Pinkerton Keeps On at The Granite State Challenge

Time for Pinkerton Academy to take on Dover High School in the Quarterfinals of the Granite State Challenge!

Starting on Saturday, April 19 at 6:00pm you can watch Pinkerton on New Hampshire Public Television. One of the schools (Pinkerton or Dover) will advance to the Semi-Finals against the winner of Keene and Plymouth.

Granite State Challenge airs Saturdays at 6:00pm, and re-airs as follows: NHPTV PRIME Sundays at 10:00am and 5:00pm; Tuesdays at 4:30pm; NHPTV EXPLORE Saturdays at 11:00pm and Fridays at 7:30am.(Scroll down to the right).

This game is TOUGH! Play it yourself here at NHPTV. (Scroll down to the right).

The Aliens Are (Still) Coming!

It'a true, even if it was in the tabloids: The Aliens Are Coming, The Aliens Are Coming!

Specifically, the faculty play The Aliens Are Coming, The Aliens Are Coming continues one more night: Friday, April 18 at 7:00pm in The Stockbridge Theatre.

Tickets to this out of this world experience are only $5 to benefit the senior scholarship fund.

Must Be Prom Season (2)

The clever and occasionally elaborate Prom-posal is reaching new heights in 2014. Recent example for the upcoming Junior Prom?

Kristin Crowell was called out of lunch to the Shepard Office, where an arrow and “Kristen” on the counter pointed towards the Mail Room. Opening the mail room door, Kristen discovered a waiting Bryson Pacocha.

Nice work, Bryson!

Next Stop: BOSTON

Four teachers from Pinkerton Academy are running the Boston Marathon on Monday, Patriots Day in Massachusetts.

Gathering outside the Hacker Gymnasium, Jon Alizio (Spanish), Amy Bernard (Science), Rebecca Noe (English) and Martha Pond (Science) gave each other best wishes.

Asked about a post-Marathon group photo, the foursome was quick to point out they would be finishing at “significantly different times.”

Still, running “Boston,” let alone finishing a 26.2 mile course is one heck of an accomplishment!

STILL The Best Mascot (in NH)

USA Today’s Best Mascot in high school sports got really competitive when voting moved up to a Northeast Regional Round.

You recall Pinkerton handily won Best High School Sports Mascot in New Hampshire: 2,017 votes for The Astros versus 13 votes for the Second Place Newmarket Mules. But then, much bigger states were in the mix which brought the final tally for Round Two to a respectable Third Place finish for Pinkerton:

Terryville, CT Kangaroos (38,491 votes)
Morse, ME Shipbuilders (33,746 votes)
Pinkerton Academy Astros (13,272 votes)

Author-Alum-Actress Returns to Pinkerton

Pinkerton and Harvard graduate Katie O’Brien returned to campus with a message of encouragement and enlightenment about succeeding in school and life.

Throughout Wednesday, O’Brien (class of 2000) and colleague Hunter Maats told Pinkerton students to give themselves credit and not to resign themselves with statements such as “I am not a Math person” or “I don’t have a head for Science,” etc.

O’Brien and Maats are co-authors of The Straight A Conspiracy, “Your Secret Guide to Ending The Stress of School.” This book demonstrates that anyone can learn anything.

O’Brien, Maats and a third colleague formed and run Overqualified Tutoring, an educational services company in New York and Los Angeles. O’Brien said The Straight A Conspiracy resulted from their shared experiences in consulting; they regularly heard students not giving themselves enough credit.

After speaking throughout the day with students and faculty, O’Brien and co-author Matts conducted a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Manchester. Now a resident of California, O’Brien had not been back to Pinkerton in a long time, but she hopes to return to the area in a month. After seeing former teachers and the campus again, O’Brien remarked on the substantial physical change at Pinkerton since her high school career.

It Must Be Prom Season

Prom Season brings out the creativity in students.

Click on the photo at left to see the oversized invitation a student issued for the Junior Prom at Pinkerton. This was spotted in the hall of The Shepard Building.

Students: Scroll down for details about the upcoming 2014 Junior Prom.

PA Prizes from Girls Tech Day

Girls Technology Day in Concord led to prizes for eight Pinkerton freshmen girls. Prize-winning participants had to compose essays following up the Technology Day.

Carlie Sedensky of Hampstead won the top prize of a Google Tablet for an essay on her experience at Girls Technology Day.

The essay titled Girls Can Do it Too! included “I was glad that I was open to new discoveries and that my preconceived notions were not correct. Most importantly, I felt reassured that I have the confidence to be a part of the technology world. This just proves that girls can do it too!” 

Seven other Pinkerton students winning prizes included:

* Rachel Wood: A Raspberry pi (the world’s smaller computer)
* Sara Agresti, Morgan Jaquith, Samantha Jones and Caroline Masessa won Sphero Robotics for use as a mobile app
* Katarina Kozicki and Chloe Pacocha won a Solidworks software package and College Bag of goodies

Pictured L-R:  Mrs. Untiet, Asst. CTE Director; Carlie Sedensky, Mrs. O’Connor, Science Dept. Chair and Mrs. Spinelli, Carlie’s science teacher.

Sophomore Class Officers

Attention Sophomores:

If you want to run for Class Office, you can pick up petitions from Ms. Canney in Room 434 or Mr. Barriere in Room 401 starting this Wednesday.

Forms are due back no later than Wednesday, 4/23.

The Junior Prom: Know Before You Go

The 2014 Junior Prom will be held on Saturday, May 17 in the Hackler Gymnasium.

Click here to read the process and requirements for getting a ticket to the Junior Prom.

Click here to read the rules that apply to the Junior Prom.

Click here if you would like to bring a friend/date who is not a Pinkerton student to the Junior Prom.

Click here to get the form students need completed to bring a friend/date who is not a Pinkerton student to the Junior Prom.

Coming Up At


Pinkerton Academy

Fri, 4/18: The Faculty Play The Aliens Are Coming, The Aliens Are Coming, 7:00 pm in the Stockbridge Theatre


Sat, 4/19: Pinkerton students begin trip to China


Sat, 4/19: Pinkerton students begin trip to Costa Rica


Sat, 4/19: Community Easter Egg Hunt, Shepard Auditorium, 10:00am - 2:00pm


Mon, 4/21: Social Studies Week begins across campus


Wed, 4/23: Spring Instrumental Concert, Stockbridge Theatre, 7:00pm


Fri, 4/25: Forms due for Athletic Leadership Council (see story to left)


Mon, 4/28: Spring Vacation begins; no classes


Sat, 5/3: DECA National Conference begins, Atlanta, GA


Mon, 5/3: Classes resume after Spring Vacation


Fri, 5/9: Deadline to register for the SAT at Pinkerton (to be held on 6/7). Visit for details


Parents may submit a Course Selection Waiver Form to have your student take a course other than what is listed on the Course and Contact Verification Sheet for the 2014-2015 school year.

To submit a course selection waiver: Go to the Pinkerton Academy Edline page; under the NEWS section, click on Course Waiver Form. Fill out all fields and cllick SUBMIT when finished. You will receive a confirmation email with a copy of the submitted Course Selection Waiver Form.


Click here for the most up-to-date schedule of COLLEGE VISITS to Pinkerton Academy. Seniors interested in going to a visit need a GOLD College Visit pass signed by the period teacher of the class they will be missing. Gold passes can be obtained in the Low Building Guidance Office, Senior Office, Shepard Office and Science Office.  If a student wants to attend a visit during their lunch period they do not need a pass.


Spring Sports Registration is now open. Click here for info and click here for a list of Try-out dates.

This fall, Pinkerton started a school year which marks the 200th anniversary of the Academy’s founding. Click here for a calendar of events.

Mike Morin '68 of Geiger has put together a collection of gifts and clothing to commemorate this event.

Shop now by clicking here!

5K at PA to be held on May 17, 2014. Click here to register now!

For access to the Student Planner, Course Catalog, The Crow newsletter and other Pinkerton materials, click Resources here or the Resources link at top right of this website. For reunion information, click here.

Vision Statement

Pinkerton Academy students will gain the critical knowledge, skills, and deeper understanding necessary to develop goals, become thinkers and communicators, and grow as responsible and productive citizens. While celebrating the strengths of our traditions, we encourage innovation in response to a changing world.

Mission Statement

As a unique, independent academy, Pinkerton Academy’s mission is to strive to ensure the growth of all students in a challenging, respectful, and collaborative environment. The Academy fosters a student-centered community with purposefully designed, interactive, and relevant learning opportunities.


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Derry, NH 03038

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