Algebra 2 students dropped a ball; others threw them down, or up before hitting the ground and timed the events with phones. Which ball hits the ground fastest? What happens to the height of the ball? This exercise outside the classroom makes real the concept of graphing and illustrating math concepts.

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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 Field Hockey Up For State Title: Sunday

Pinkerton Field Hockey has the state championship on the line this Sunday!

The big game vs. Winnacunnet is at Noon on Sunday at Bedford High School. Support your Astros!

This is PA’s 3rd year in a row playing for Division 1 Field Hockey title. We lost to Exeter last year in OT but beat Winnacunnet the year before that.

We’re due!

Cupcake Wars Winners Announced!

Advanced Foods students, under the direction of instructor Miss Brown, had a total of 20 minutes to create a cupcake masterpiece. Teams of students put their culinary knowledge to use to create a unique, tasty, and eye-catching cupcake.

The lucky panel of judges who sampled the assortment included Headmaster Morse, CTE Assistant Director Mrs. Untiet, and School to Career Coordinator Mr. Cullen.

Jill Moore and Alyssa Cicale won the competition with their Twixted cupcake (chocolate cake with an Oreo, caramel filling, buttercream frosting and topped with Twix crumbs and a pretzel)!

Refunds Issued to Partner Schools

Pinkerton Academy has announced that the sending towns of Auburn, Chester, Derry, and Hampstead will receive refunds following the school’s audit of the 2013-2014 budget.  Per contracts with partner schools, Pinkerton Academy returns tuition collected from school districts but not spent.­

For the 2013-14 school year, refunds have been calculated at $4,729.18 for Auburn; $12,607.38 for Chester; $54,620.66 for Derry; and $931.50 for Hampstead.  The refunds are applied as a credit to the tuition payment for the current year. The four named towns contracted with Pinkerton Academy for high school education in 2013-2014.  Superintendents of each district have been notified of the refund.

The refunds of tuition from the 2013-2014 school year mark the 13th time Pinkerton Academy has issued refunds to partner schools in the past 14 years.

Glenn Neagle, Finance Administrator, Pinkerton Academy, attributes the refund to solid projections of costs one year in advance of actual expense, as well as stringent expense control by all departments. “Departments at Pinkerton are very careful to request truly-needed expenses and they stick to their budgets.” Neagle also notes Pinkerton Academy has been successful in controlling utility usage and pricing.

Guidance Counselors Count Cash

Guidance counselors in Greater Derry learned in Guidance Connections from Accounting students about the language of business, analysis of business transactions, and how to prepare and analyze financial documents.

The event was the latest in the Guidance Connections series of after-school briefings on various subjects within the Career and Technical Education program. To-date, Guidance Counselors from Derry, Hampstead and Chester have enjoyed presentations by CTE students on Computer Programming, Video Production, Engineering, and Automotive Systems.

In this latest edition, Accounting Lab students showed Guidance Counselors how they’ve learned to count money with a money counter, reconcile club tally sheets, verify completed deposits and communicate with advisors. Last year, the Lab processed $1.2 million dollars collected from 100+ extra-curricular clubs, sports teams and organizations including on- campus businesses such as Campus Corner, Astro Café, Astro Style and Pet Palace.

Remaining in the Guidance Connections series are presentations on Woodworking and Architecture and Design.

Athletes of the Week

Ariel Vaillancourt Junior: Girls Cross Country
Ariel ran the second fastest time for a Pinkerton Junior on the Derryfield course. She placed 3rd overall with a time of 19:25.

Thomas Hanlon Junior: Boys Cross Country
Tom helped the Boys Cross Country team achieve its second consecutive State Championship by placing 7th overall with a time of 16:22.


That’s two in a row, with Pinkerton’s Boys Varsity Cross Country team decisively taking the NHIAA Division 1 State Championship!

Last time the Long Red Line repeated was 25 years ago (1989).

The Astros recorded 56 points; second-place Timberlane had 100 points.

*** For this state title, Pinkerton placed 5 runners in the Top 20!

Nico Sevilla: 16:17.1 (4th place)

Tom Hanlon: 16:22.8 (7th)

Owen Clark: 16:36.0 (11th and a Personal Record)

Austin Smith: 16:43.9 (14th and a Personal Record)

Sam Lanternier: 16:58.0 (20th)

Go Astros!

Girls XC Places 2nd AND 3rd at States

Two Astros were in the top three finishers in the Girls Division 1 Cross Country championship race:

Pinkerton's Morgan Sansing (pictured) placed 2nd and Arielle Vaillancourt was right behind her for 3rd place.

Overall, the Astros Girls Cross Country team placed 4th.

Go Astros!

Ski Club Wants You

Snow's a-comin'! So, sign up for The Ski Club!

Registration for The Ski Club is open via the Pinkerton website. Click here for more information, register here AND see the October Calendar listing in the right hand column >>>>.

Ski Club is a BLAST!

Trick...or Can?

Halloween night has two opportunities to help food pantries in New Hampshire:

1. Student Council will collect cans of non-perishable food during the Friday night (Halloween) Varsity Football game at Pinkerton vs. Merrimack High School. Students, parents and the general public may donate a can and get $1 off the game ticket!

2. Student Council will be “trick-or-canning” in select neighborhoods in Auburn, Chester, Derry and Hampstead for nonperishable food donations during those towns’ Trick-or-Treating hours. That’s right: instead of asking for candy, the Student Council wants to collect food for the needy.

All cans and other collected items benefit The New Hampshire Food Bank and are VERY much appreciated.

Pinkerton's Got Talent - You Do, Too!

Pinkerton's Got Talent is coming; what’s your talent?

Auditions are Wednesday, October 29. If you can dance, play an instrument, juggle, or have any other talent to perform, you simply have to show us what you’ve got!

Come to Mr. Smith’s room (5-225 in the Low Building) right after school on Tuesday or Wednesday. Make sure you bring all the props, music, player, etc. that your act needs.

Pinkerton’s Got Talent is sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America.

DO NOT MISS Slapstick Sonata - Thursday!

A human circus invades Pinkerton from from Prague, Czech Republic on the 30th ((the night before Halloween) at The Stockbridge Theatre.

Slapstick Sonata will blow your mind.

Read what the Union Leader says about Slapstick Sonata!

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

Halloween Blood Drive - PRIZES

Students, Faculty AND Staff at Pinkerton are invited, requested and encouraged to donate at the Halloween Blood Drive. When? Why, next Friday, of course: Halloween!

The American Red Cross will be in the Shepard Auditorium from 7:30am to 1:00pm.

Sign up for a convenient time slot in the Shepard and Senior cafeterias during lunches or write or

Everyone who shows for an appointment is automatically entered into a raffle for $10 gift certificates, courtesy of the Pinkerton Academy Alumni Association, to each of the following:


  • Billy’s Frozen Yogurt
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Gasoline
  • iTunes
  • Panera


Thank you in advance for donating!

NaNoWriMo Is Coming!

NaNoWriMo is the time to get that idea for a novel out of your head and onto the screen (or paper)!

November is National Novel Writing Month and NaNoWriMo is coming to Pinkerton.

To support budding novelists, the Saltmarsh Library is creating a writing group. Stop by the Library or email for information.

College, Freshman and Pizza

Freshman year is a great time to begin thinking about careers and college. Join the Pinkerton Academy Guidance Department on Thursday, November 6 for “Life. Bring it.”, a free presentation originating from NHHEAF* and presented by PA Guidance.

“Life. Bring it.” is in the Academy Building Café from 5:30-7:00 pm. Pizza will be served and space is limited to 200 people. Click here for information about registration.

*New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation

College, Seniors and Persistence

Seniors, even if you have a college application on file, keep at it!

There’s a lot more you can do.

Click here for important information about resources for financial aid, scholarships and other resources.

Go forward!

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


Wed, 10/29: Pinkerton's Got Talent auditions, Room 5-225 at 2:15pm (see story to left)


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