American Sign Language students place an iPad in a locker, turn on the camera and record their signing. ASL teacher Beth Hudson says “This will transform ASL;  we’ve never been able to do this easily. The feedback is immediate and extremely reinforcing!”

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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.

Celebrate Your Student's Success!

Celebrate your student's success with a custom Ad in The Critic yearbook! It's all done on-line here. Order by December 6. Beat the rush!

PA Honored at Film Fest

Pinkerton Video 2 students’ winning film in the 2014 New Hampshire Film Festival has been screened at the Music Hall in Portsmouth for New Hampshire Day of the Festival. Fragaria was the work of Noah Levin and Nick Auger as writer-directors; the film started and included a musical score by Colvin Coviello.

Levin, PA 2014, attended (2nd from right, on stage). If you wonder what the recent graduate looks like now, click here.

Video 2 teacher Chris Lord says the event was exciting for students who received VIP artist passes to watch independent movies, meet and mingle with celebrities and film makers; producers from Breaking Bad, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mike O’Malley from Glee and others. 

Fragaria will screen next at the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film) Festival in Concord in November. Want to watch it now? Click here.

Showtime: Sunday!

Hairspray, Shrek and more are part of the annual  Musical Theatre Show by the Pinkerton Chorus on Sunday, October 26  at 2:30 pm  in the Stockbridge Theatre.

This show is produced, choreographed, directed and performed by the students in the Treble Singers, Academy Chorus, the Chorale and the Select Choir.

The production includes selections from Hairspray, Mulan, Matilda, Chicago, Sweet Charity, Jersey Boys and Shrek.

Tickets are only $7.00 and can be purchased at the door.  Please help the choral students’ fundraising efforts  by attending a highly entertaining  afternoon of singing, dancing and comedy.

Voter Registration

Some of New Hampshire’s newest voters registered at Pinkerton Academy during a visit by Supervisor of the Checklist. The next election is November 4th!

Represented in the Senior Cafeteria were voter personnel from Chester, Derry and Hampstead. (Auburn and Hooksett have younger students at Pinkerton at this time; they can sign up on-campus in a couple of years.)

The Voter Registration Drive at Pinkerton was sponsored by the Citizenship Committee.

Teen Read Week Is Strong

Teen Read Week contests at Pinkerton drew 681 entries!

Here are the winners from contests in both the Saltmarsh Library and the Media Center:


Banned Book Display
1. Travis Fischer
2. Nicole Stokley
3. Meaghan Silverman


Candy Count (181)
Emma Davis (178)

Pumpkin Coloring Contest
1. Amanda Gladysz (That’s her entry, shown at left!)
2. Jonathan Mack
3. Sam Day

Pumpkin Coloring Entry Drawing
1. Austin Field
2. Marshall Halpin
3. Shealyn Nault


Banned Book Display
1. Sigourney Lavoie
2. Sara Metzger
3. Maison D’Amelia

Candy Count (180)
Taylor Couture (175)

Pumpkin Coloring Contest
1. Kennedy Matthews
2. Haley Krafton
3. Hailey Dimambro

Pumpkin Coloring Entry Drawing
1. Abby Thomas
2. Ashlee Dubois
3. Jacob Bourassa

Coloring winners may be found on the Saltmarsh Library Facebook page.

Siege Day: Ancient Times Meet Modern Times

Siege Day at Pinkerton Academy featured home-made catapults and ballistics analysis

Students in classes of teachers Chris Kozura and Jenna Reynolds used wood, bungee cords and other materials to build medieval devices once used for warfare.

After three weeks of design and construction, dozens of catapults and trebuchets were in use at the Shepard Auditorium.

Students launched tennis balls at a target, needing to hit the center of a circle. A roll of the dice determined the distance to cover, and students were graded for accuracy.

First "After Hours Cooking Class" of Year: Thursday!

The popular After Hours Cooking Class series resumes this week at Pinkerton Academy: On Thursday, the public may join a hands-on culinary experience!

On the menu and course syllabus: Smoked Chicken and Corn Chowder.

You may sign up for one or both of two sessions, 3:00-5:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. For $18, participants are supplied with recipes, guided instruction by the chef and culinary students, a tasting, and the quart of soup that they create to bring home.

If interested, reservations can be made via email to either or

The After Hours Cooking Class series is produced by the Culinary Arts program within Career and Technical Education (CTE) department.

Athletes Of The Week

Olivia Mathieu Junior: Girls Volleyball
Olivia has played strong for the Astros all season. This past week she had 15 kills against the Goffstown Grizzlies and 16 kills against the Bishop Guertin Cardinals.

Owen Clark Senior: Boys Cross Country
Owen led the way for the Astros at the Catholic Memorial Invitational Meet, placing 8th with a time of 16:37, a 31 second Personal Record from last year’s race.

Walk For Breast Cancer Awareness: Success!

Great success at The Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness at the Pinkerton track over the weekend: over $1,700 was raised!

The Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness was produced by FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) and Marketing students of DECA (Distributed Education Clubs of America).

* 119 people participated!
* Kyle Cantalupo won the "Most Pink" award!
* Jack Potvin won the "Most Donated" with $110!

Click here to see the entire crew from the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness!
Click here to see the walkers on the move!
Click here to see students having fun and doing good!
Click here to see more students having more fun and doing more good!

The Great Flamingo Contest

The Great Flamingo Contest continues Breast Cancer Awareness Week! Each day at Pinkerton from October 20th to 24th, the Student Council will place a pink lawn flamingo somewhere on campus. Pinkerton students are challenged to find it and take a selfie with it!

Student who post the picture on Twitter (@AstrosStuco) or emails to will be entered to win a Dunkin Donuts gift card and a "mystery prize."

A hint will be given as to the flamingo's location each morning on the Council Twitter page.

Capping off the Great Flamingo Challenge, all Pinkerton students are encouraged to wear pink on Pink Friday, the last day of the contest. On Pink Friday, the Student Council will collecting donations for Breast Cancer Research and handing out pink ribbons. All donations will go to the NH Breast Cancer Coalition.

Random Acts of Kindness: Toby Frank

Toby Frank, Spanish teacher, 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.

Josee Frenette, French teacher, nominated Toby as he swapped his automatic vehicle with her manual  car while her fractured right wrist healed. Josee says Toby’s generosity helped her through a challenging time and saved her from renting a car.

News for Athletes - Serious AND Fun

1. Want to join the Ski Club? Registration is open via the Pinkerton website. Click here for more information, register here AND see the Calendar in the right hand column >>>>

2. College Sports Night is Thursday, 10/23 at  the Derryfield School in Manchester. Thinking about sports and college? Click here for more information AND see the Calendar in the right hand column >>>>

3. Winter Sports meetings are on Tuesday, 10/28. Click here for more information AND see the Calendar in the right hand column >>>>

Halloween Blood Drive

Registration starts this week for the Halloween Blood Drive at Pinkerton. On Friday, October 31, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) will conduct the first of two drives on campus for the school year.*  Blood is always in great demand.

The Halloween Blood Drive will be held in the Shepard Auditorium on Friday, October 31 from 7:30am to 1:00pm. In lunch periods now through Wednesday, 10/22, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Faculty and Staff can sign up to donate blood.  

Everyone who shows up to donate can win one of twenty (20!) prizes, all $10.00 (!) gift certificates for:

*** Billy’s Frozen Yogurt
*** Dunkin Donuts
*** Gas
*** iTunes
*** Panera

These great raffle prizes are due to the generous sponsorship of the Pinkerton Academy Alumni Association.

Mark your calendar for the Halloween Blood Drive!

* The spring HOSA Blood Drive is traditionally held in May. Stay tuned for details…but give blood this month! People are counting on you!

Be Prepared To Be Amazed

Slapstick Sonata, a human circus from Prague, Czech Republic will AMAZE you the night before Halloween at The Stockbridge Theatre.

It’s physical comedy + contemporary circus + acrobatics + visual poetry when a collection of warehouse workers break from their overnight routine into an explosion of color, humor, movement, and silliness.

Prague’s Cirk La Putyka is one of Europe’s most pioneering physical theater companies. You’ll be thorough entertained by this troupe of dancers, actors, mimes, and comediennes. They’ve performed all over the world and they now hit the Pinkerton Academy campus!

Slapstick Sonata is on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00pm. For more info and tickets, click here!

Parents: Enterovirus D-68 Information Sheet Available

In an effort to keep our Pinkerton Community educated on the EV-D68 virus, we are releasing the latest parent information sheet issued by the NH Department of Health and Human Services.  A key point to remember is that this is one of more than 100 types of non-polio enteroviruses and was first discovered in 1962.
Please take the time to review this handout with your family as it clearly identifies how to minimize risk of infection. Also remember that should your child have a temp of 100 or higher, they may not return to school until fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Should your child be diagnosed through lab confirmation, we would also ask that you notify your child’s attendance office so that we may keep track of any new trends here on campus. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact the health office with any questions or concerns you may have.    

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. Click here for a list of the most current College Visits.

Seniors interested in a visit need a Gold College Visit pass signed by the teacher of class they will miss. Passes are in in the Low Building Guidance Office, Senior Office, Shepard Main Office and Science Office. Students do not need a Gold pass if visiting during lunch. Seniors may sign up for a college visit through their Naviance accounts.  


Ski Club signups are underway, running through Sun, 11/2. Register here


Sat, 10/25: Pinkerton hosts Quiz Bowl Tournament, 10:00am-12:30pm, Academy Building


Sunday, 10/26: Chorus Musical Theatre Show by Pinkerton Chorus students, Stockbridge Theatre 2:30pm


Tues, 10/28: Winter Sports Organizational Meetings, Click here for a list of which Winter sports meet where and when


Tues, 10/28: Future Farmers of American national conference, Indianapolis, IN


Thurs, 10/30: Slapstick Sonata, Stockbridge Theatre, 7:00pm


Fri, 10/31: Halloween Blood Drive, Shepard Auditorium, 8:00am – 1:00pm


Fri, 10/31: Hackapalooza, Dyn, Manchester, 7:30am-5:00pm


Now Open: On-line Registration for Fall Sports Click here to register

Pinkerton Academy Weather

Local conditions and forecast provided by the WeatherBug station in the Ek Science Center at Pinkerton Academy.

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. For information on the Critic yearbook, 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.


Pinkerton Academy

5 Pinkerton St.

Derry, NH 03038

Main Office - (603) 437-5200