Cadets in Junior ROTC maintain a steady schedule of activities in addition to learning principals of aviation. A typical recent week includes Exhibition Drill Team practice, Color Guard practice (pictured), a competitive Drill Meet against other high schools and Seniors presenting PowerPoint briefings to instructors. Also, cadets meet with next year’s freshmen on Information Day to explain the opportunities of JROTC.

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Tour Pinkerton Academy

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

If you are considering attending Pinkerton Academy and would like to schedule a tour of campus, 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.

Course Selection is Underway

Course Selection is officially underway for the 2015-2016 school year at Pinkerton Academy. See story to right describing the process and documents for Course Selection.

A Light In The dark

Thodos Dance Chicago conducted a Master Class with Pinkerton dance students early in the day, prior to the Company’s performance of A Light in the Dark at the Stockbridge Theatre. In workshops, dance students learned technique from a professional member of the Thodos Dance Company.

A Light in the Dark tells the story of Helen Keller who achieved fame as a writer and activist despite being deaf and blind. Attending the event were students from the Perkins School for the Blind; through headsets, the Perkins group heard an interpretation of the dance.  

The show and educational benefits were made possible by a $5,000 grant received by Pinkerton in collaboration with other northern New England schools.

Pinkerton was awarded a grant of $5,000 by the New England Foundation for the Arts to support one of the shows we have coming in next year.  This marks the second consecutive year in which Pinkerton has received funding from NEFA. 

Student Council Hits D.C.

Members of the Student Council from Pinkerton Academy are in Washington, D.C. learning the structre of federal government.

The Pinkerton contingent received a warm welcome from Kelly Ayotte, one of New Hampshire's two United States Senators.

Course Night is Right Around the Corner

Choosing courses is a big deal but Course Night makes it easier!

On Wednesday, February 4, teachers, departments and Guidance will be on-hand in the Stockbridge Theatre and Senior Cafeteria from 5:30 - 8:30 pm to talk about all the courses available at Pinkerton Academy -- and that's a lot of them. PA has almost 320 courses, more than any other public secondary school in New Hampshire.

Course Night is for all current Pinkerton students and the incoming students (current 8th graders) who want to look into the wealth of opportunities available.

The following Course Night Schedule is also available on the Pinkerton website under Resources:

2015-16 Course Night Schedule (for current and incoming students)


The Sign Language Club at Pinkerton Academy is selling “Balloon-O-Grams” for delivery on Friday, February 13 -- the day before Valentine’s Day.

A Balloon-o-Gram  consists of 1,2,3, or 4 balloons attached to a take-out box with a homemade cupcake and your personal message. Gluten-free cupcakes are available.

Interested? Click here for an order form.

Haiku Competition

To mark National Haiku Month in February, the Saltmarsh Library is sponsoring a haiku writing competition.

During the month of February, students can submit up to three haikus to the library.

The entries will be judged by Pinkerton faculty members for our local competition.

Additionally, all student haikus will be submitted to a national student competition sponsored by the Haiku Society of America, whose winners will be published in a professional journal.

Haiku can be fun;
You create clever phrasings
in the right pattern.

Summer & Gap Year Fairs: SUNDAY!

Summer sounds pretty nice after the snow pounding this week, and Philips Andover Academy will hold its annual Summer Opportunities Fair on Sunday, February 1st.

Bonus: Philips Andover will also hold a "Gap Year" Fair to help students consider what they'll do upon graduating from high school.

The Fairs will explore travel and adventure, language, sports, academic enrichment, internships and much more.

The Summer Opportunities Fair is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Viaje a la Ciudad de Nueva York

In March, students of Spanish will be taking a weekend trip to New York City -- and the deadline for signing up is Friday, February 6.

This exciting trip from March 20 - 22 (with Friday from school excused) costs approximately $475 but can only accommodate 40 students.

Activities include a Latin percussion workshop, private Salsa dance class, Cuban and Dominican restaurant dinners, tour of Spanish Harlem, and so much more.

See Mrs. Farley or Mr. Rosado in room 50 for a permission form.

Registration is OPEN: Summer Credit Advancement

Registration is now open for the Summer Credit Advancement program at Pinkerton Academy. Registration opened at 7:00am on Monday, January 26.

Click here to register on-line for Summer Credit Advancement. (Password: Astros)

Registration will be available through Friday, February 6, 2015 – subject to courses filling up.

Five courses will be taught in Summer Credit Advancement: Physical Education 1, Physical Education 2, Computer Applications, Introduction to the World of Business & Finance, and Health Education.

For full details on Summer Credit Advancement, click here.

LAST CHANCE @ $1,000 !

The Boston Red Sox organization has $1,000 scholarships available to New Hampshire high school seniors...but you cannot win if you do not play!

Check it out here at the Red Sox website.

Friday, January 30th is the deadline to apply for a scholarship from the Red Sox Foundation.

Athletes Of The Week

Matthew Robinson: Boys Indoor Track
Matt came in first place in the 3000-meter run at UNH on Sunday. He came in with a time of 9:07.80. Matt led the way for his teammates coming in 2nd and 3rd right behind him!

Kylie Muzerall: Gymnastics
Kylie won the vault and beam at Sunday’s meet. Kylie showed determination and drive as she overcame a previously tough vault in competition, and rose to the occasion this week to take first in this event.

SENIORS: The Academy Plan Gets You In OR Out

Seniors: Want “in” on The Academy Plan?

Under The Academy Plan, qualifying seniors, if their schedule allows, may apply for late arrival OR early dismissal. SOUND GOOD SO FAR?

Check out these links to Academy Plan Guidelines and the Academy Plan Agreement. Meanwhile, here are only some specifics of the Academy Plan:

1. Students must already have a period A or period H study in their schedule. 

2. Students will complete and sign the Agreement, as does a parent/guardian (even if the student is 18) Forms are due to Guidance by Wednesday, Feb. 18.

3. There’s academic criteria (minimum requirement).

4. Mr. Dannible and Mrs. Clute will meet with students who qualify after checking attendance and conduct.

Random Acts of Kindness

Matt Cassidy, Electrician, is recognized at Pinkerton Academy for Random Acts of Kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness is a monthly acknowledgment of those who quietly and selflessly support a student or colleague.

Jo Welch, Administrative Support in the Senior Office, nominated Matt for helping a student whose car key had broken off in the ignition, after school and on a Friday.

College Fair Date Announced at Pinkerton

The annual College Fair 2015 at Pinkerton Academy will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm. NOTE this is a slightly rescheduled date from one previously published.

Students: Mark your calendars for an exciting evening in the Hackler Gymnasium with representatives of dozens of colleges and other post-secondary institutions. You have so many opportunities.

Feel free to print this out as a reminder!

Destination: College!

Registration opens on February 5th for Destination College, the program at which New Hampshire colleges and universities get together so interested students and parents can check them out!

This event sells out fast; mark your calendar so you don’t miss out. Print out this poster as a reminder!

Destination College rotates each year between southern and northern NH locations. This year, it’s at Plymouth State University, on Saturday, March 14th.

High school seniors can win $1,000 and be the keynote speaker. For details on this opportunity and all-things-Destination College, visit the NHHEAF website.

By the way, when it is time to register: registration is required by both the parent(s) and student who will be attending.

Coming Up For


Pinkerton Academy

COLLEGE VISITS: The Guidance Department regularly updates its list of visits to campus by colleges and other post-secondary institutions. A winter-spring list of college visits will be posted on this website when available.


Through February 8: The Scholastic Art Awards display is open to the public, in the Stockbridge Theatre foyer, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Exhibit will remain open for viewing during school day and public events at the Stockbridge Theatre)


Sat, 1/31: NH Theatre Awards, Stockbridge Theatre, 7:00 pm

Tues, 2/3: Winter Spirit Week
Tues, 2/3: German Honors students visit Gilbert Hood School, 7:00 - 10:00 am
Tues, 2/3: Football Banquet, Academy Building Cafe, 6:00 pm
Wed, 2/4: Course Night, Stockbridge Theatre and Senior Café, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Thurs, 2/5– Sat 2/7: Jazz All-State Festival hosted at Pinkerton Academy
Fri, 2/6: Winter Pep Rally, Hackler Gym, Period H
Sat, 2/7: Quiz Bowl competition, Portsmouth Christian Academy, Dover
Sat, 2/7: Winter Dance, Academy Building Café, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Sun, 2/8: Pancake Breakfast to benefit The March of Dimes, at Applebee's of Derry, 8:00 - 10:00 am, sponsored by Future Business Leaders of America
Tues, 2/10: Course Night Snow Date
Tues, 2/10: Parent FAFSA appointments with Guidance, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed, 2/11: Scholastic Art Awards Show, Stockbridge Theatre, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed, 2/11: US History Classes attend Rhapsody in Black as part of Black History Month, Stockbridge Theatre, 10:00 am
Wed, 2/11: Rhapsody in Black, Stockbridge Theatre, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
Wed 2/11: Performing Arts Recital, Stockbridge Theatre 7:00 pm
Thurs 2/12: Early Release Day, Classes end 12:30 pm; buses leave 12:45 pm
Thurs, 2/12: Smoke & Mystery Tour by Nelson Illusions, Stockbridge Theatre, 7:00 pm
Monday, 2/16: Honors Ensemble Concert: Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Select Choir, Stockbridge Theatre, 7:00 pm
Tues, 2/17: CTE Region 17 (Derry and Salem) Strategic Executive Board meeting, Astro Cafe, 7:30 - 9:00 am
Thurs 2/19: Milli Vanilli Performance, Stockbridge Theatre, 6:30 pm
Thurs, 2/19: Latin students to Italy and Greece through 3/1
Thurs, 2/19: Johnson & Wales visits Digital Media and Graphic Design classes
Sat 2/21: Foreign Language students to Yucatan Peninsula through 3/1
Mon, 2/23 through Fri, 2/27: Winter Vacation


Sat, 2/28: VEX Robotics State Championships NHTI in Concord NH
Tues, 3/3: College Overview for Juniors, Stockbridge Theatre, 6:30 pm
Thurs, 3/5: Mr. Pinkerton performance Stockbridge Theatre, 6:30 pm


Pinkerton Academy Weather

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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.


Pinkerton Academy

5 Pinkerton St.

Derry, NH 03038

Main Office - (603) 437-5200