The Pelican Scoop is a podcast about life at Loomis Chaffee — the many interesting and exciting things that happen here and the people who live and learn on the Island.

Featured Episodes

Dang Phan '79 Naturalization Ceremony Speech

In this episode, we share the remarks delivered by Dang Phan '79, at the naturalization ceremony that was held here on campus on October 22, 2019.

English at Loomis Chaffee

In this episode, English faculty Steve Colgate and Jessica Hsieh discuss the goals of the English program and provide insight into what's happening in their classrooms.   

Webb Trenchard Convocation

In this episode, we share the remarks delivered to the school community by Associate Head of School Webb Trenchard during the opening convocation.

Recipes from the Past

In this episode, School Archivist Karen Parsons stopped by the studio to tell us how the students received these recipes from the past.

Keith Scribner ’80

In this episode, English teacher and Director of Writing Initiatives Sally Knight chats with author and alumnus Keith Scribner ’80. 

Writing at Loomis Chaffee

In this episode, we hear pieces from a variety of voices on campus. Writing Studio faculty member Sally Knight then discusses the pieces and what writing means here at Loomis.

Financial Aid

Director of Admission and Financial Aid Nancy Cleary speaks with our Dean of Enrollment Amy Thompson about financial aid at Loomis Chaffee.

Book Chat: How Not to be Wrong

Senior Nina and Math Department Head Joe Cleary reflect on their book chat, and the experiences at Loomis and beyond, that Nina brought to the discussion.

Guided Research Projects

Erica Gerace speaks with us about the Science Department's Guided Research Projects, one of Loomis Chaffee's distinctive programs for advanced science students.

Mathematics at Loomis: No Limits

Joe Cleary, chair of the mathematics department, discuss opportunities for students with a passion for the subject.

Pearse Hub for Innovation, PHI

Scott MacClintic and Jen Solomon, Director and Associate Director of Innovation respectively, on the Pearse Hub for Innovation, the PHI, which is currently under construction as part of Loomis Chaffee’s new campus center.

Aarman's Watch

Student Aarman tells his math teacher about an interesting — and impromptu — math problem he solved while an audience member at his younger brother's spelling bee.

Students Loren & Simone

Loren and Simone—who come from opposite ends of the United States and quickly became good friends in Cutler Hall last fall—reflect on how they met, their first year at Loomis, and their hopes for the future.

Artist Mohamad Hafez

Mohamad Hafez's work reflects the inherent conflict between the influences of East and West that are part of his identity, and echoes the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint, and scrap metal.

George P. Shultz '38

Former U.S. secretary of state George P. Shultz '38 paid a return visit to the Island for a question-and-answer session with Head of School Sheila Culbert in front of an all-school audience on October 27, 2017.

Campus Center Architect Sam Olshin

We hear a conversation among Sam Olshin, the architect for the new campus center; Student Council vice president Sarah Bennett; and Pelican Scoop director Keller Glass.

Science and the Common Good

Science teacher Neil Chaudhary '05 presented his lecture “Science and the Common Good” to members of Loomis Chaffee’s Class of 2021 gathered for a special Freshman Seminar class on January 30.

Dark Matter

Loomis Science teacher James Sainz talks to visiting researcher Alissa Monte about dark matter, scientific inquiry, and her work with the international research project, "The Darkside Collaborative."

Who was Nancy Toney?

We sit down with Archives Director, Karen Parsons, to talk about a fascinating painting by one of Loomis Chaffee's founders.

Sand Mandala

Pelican Scoop director Keller Glass shares audio he recorded of Tibetan monks preparing a traditional sand mandala in Founders Chapel.

Arabic Program

Faculty member Ludmila Zamah and senior Anika Bhargava drop by to talk about Loomis' innovative Arabic program.

Genuine Admissions with Amy Thompson

Learn more about Loomis Chaffee with Amy Thompson, dean of enrollment, and her guests.

Featured Episodes

The Academic Program


In this podcast, Dean of Enrollment Amy Thompson speaks with Director of Studies Tim Lawrence and Dean of Faculty Andrew Matlack about the inspiring and exciting opportunities offered by Loomis Chaffee’s academic program.

A Conversation with Head of School Sheila Culbert


In this podcast, Dean of Enrollment Amy Thompson speaks with Head of School Sheila Culbert about Sheila’s hopes and dreams for the 2021–22 school year as well as our interdisciplinary programs; Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: new programming in digital and computational learning; and the soon-to-open Nichols Center for Theater and Dance.  

Senior Reflections


This past May, Amy Thompson sat down with seniors Kendall, Harry, Grace, and Max who took time to reflect on their four years at Loomis just days before they graduated. Their conversation provides wonderful insight into the student experience at Loomis.

Building Community Through Advising


Dean of Enrollment Amy Thompson sits down with Dean of Student Life Jessica Matzkin and Science Faculty member Ed Pond.