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.

Click on photo to enlarge.

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!

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!

Putting Pink into Pinkerton

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the campus of Pinkerton Academy was ablaze with pink on Friday.

Two particularly pink-clad students deserve an award for most pink!

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 Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 and 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.

PSAT: Now What?

Free information on the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is available on Monday, October 27 from Revolution Prep.

PSAT: Now What? is a free webinar covering the steps to create a testing timeline, and breaking down the differences between the SAT and the ACT. It’s free of charge but limited in space, so please sign up as soon as possible. Sign up here!

Throughout the year, Revolution Prep  will offer a series of informative webinars open to all grades, covering subjects from the PSAT right through Advanced Placement Exams. Questions may be directed to Amanda Bruneau at

Volunteers of America

A baker's dozen local nonprofit organizations and services showed Pinkerton students the world of volunteering at the annual Volunteer Fair in Shepard Auditorium.

Hundreds of students spent part of their lunch periods talking with groups as diverse as Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Salvation Army, Go Green Derry and Beaver Lake Association, Community Alliance for Teen Safety, City Year and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry. (Click on each name to see them at the Volunteer Fair!)

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!

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.

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.

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.

Winter Sports Meetings Tues, 10/28

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

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


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