Read the March Parents' Association Newsletter

Read the March Parents' Association Newsletter

Not long now until spring break! Read about social media and the young brain, coping with anxiety, the potential of a new admission season, and making the most of what Nobles offers.

You will also read about upcoming events and important dates to remember.



In this year's jumping, jiving musical, Cry-Baby's pastel-clad quartet and tattooed drapes faced off while their leaders fell in love. 

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Gold Leaf and Ostrich Feathers

Gold Leaf and Ostrich Feathers

Robert Freeman, former artist-in-residence at Nobles for 27 years, will contribute 12 paintings to the upcoming Adelson Galleries exhibition Mardi Gras Indians. The joint exhibition, also featuring photography by Max Stern, celebrates Mardi Gras Indians parading through the streets of New Orleans on “Super Sunday,” the third Sunday in March.

Alasdair MacKenzie '15: Putting the Growl in “Gargantua”

Alasdair MacKenzie '15: Putting the Growl in “Gargantua”

Alasdair MacKenzie ’15 jokes that he learned to play music around the time he started to move his limbs. Now at Harvard, he returned to Nobles this winter to compose music for the middle school play, “Gargantua.”

Balancing History: A Conversation with Clint Smith

Balancing History: A Conversation with Clint Smith

Poet, teacher and scholar Clint Smith spoke to the Nobles community in Lawrence Auditorium on February 7 about the need for grounding conversations about race and equality in a fuller historical context. 


Number Theory

Total Team TriviaStudents competed in wacky challenges, dance offs and music trivia in assembly this morning for Total Team Trivia.

Coloring Outside the Lines

Coloring Outside the LinesA group of Class II students performs the pop song “Coloring Outside the Lines” by MisterWives in assembly.


Foster Natalie Blake-2Foster Gallery’s new show “Elementals: Rhythms of the Earth”, featuring the ceramic work of Natalie Blake, opens this evening. Be sure to stop by the gallery at some point this month to take in this beautiful collection.

Beach Ultimate

Beach UltimateClass I students enjoy their afternoon off by playing a pickup game of ultimate on the beach. There are only two weeks left for the beach in its current configuration. The fence has gone up around the old Putnam Library and it will be demolished during spring break, making way for an expanded green space in the center of campus.

Beyond the Arc

Three BallMichael Edgerley ’19 drains a three during the JV basketball game versus Milton Academy on Friday.

Gear Up

Gear DriveThe Gear Drive bins in the MAC are overflowing. Afternoon program teams and groups have been collecting gently used clothes and shoes to sort and donate to our partners in South Africa and Rwanda during the spring break EXCEL trips.

Doughnut Day

DoughnutsThrowback to a couple weeks ago when the middle school cooking club baked old fashioned and apple cider doughnuts.

Raise the Roof

Jeff RamseyMusic faculty member Paul Lieberman brought his band to long assembly this morning for a concert of R&B, jazz, soul and funk hits from the ’70s to today. Since it was early in the morning after a four day weekend, lead singer Jeff Ramsey had to get the get the crowd moving with some concert calisthenics.

Bravo, Booth

021518_assembly-2050Assembly is the heartbeat of life at Nobles. More than 700 of us come together four mornings a week for a shared experience of student performances and stories, announcements and guest lectures. But the behind-the-scenes Booth crew that makes assembly hum doesn’t always get the kudos they deserve. They arrive early to set up a/v equipment, lighting, play awesome music, and organize content and presenters and if all goes smoothly, no one thinks about it. Thanks, Booth! (Left to right, Veronica Kao, Wyatt Sullivan, Henry Dolgoff and Cate MacDonald, all 19.)

Rise Up

Ava Neal '23 and Jackie Zhang '23 perform "Rise Up."

Ava Neal ’23 and Jackie Zhang ’23

This morning in assembly, Sixies Jackie Zhang (on piano) and Ava Neal (vocals) performed Andra Day’s inspirational anthem, “Rise Up.” Neal encouraged other middle schoolers to perform in the future. The duo received a warm standing O.

Surprise Serenade

VDay2018-1937One of Nobles’ favorite Valentine’s Day traditions is a serenade in assembly by the Nobleonians (our boys’ a cappella group). Today, they brought an unsuspecting Miki Martin 19 onstage, where they regaled her with roses and sang Michael Jackson’s “PYT”. Another time-honored tradition, Campuses Against Cancer’s rose sale, gives everyone a chance to send roses for friendship and appreciation while also supporting medical research.

Squeaky Clean

Cry-Baby in AssemblyThe Whiffles perform a preview of “Squeaky Clean” from the musical Cry-Baby which opens in Vinik Theatre on Thursday at 6:30 pm. You can buy tickets at this link.

Getting in the Olympics Spirit

SkiingIf you can’t make it to Pyeonchang, you better get to Nashoba Valley in the next couple weeks to catch the Nobles ski team in action.

Baby Steps

Cry Baby RehearsalThe Nobles Theatre Collective runs through a rehearsal of their winter musical Cry-Baby. Six performances are scheduled between February 15 and 23. Advance tickets are available for purchase at this link.


GargantuaDespite the weather, the middle school production of Carl Grose’s play Gargantua will still open tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Towles Auditorium. The story involves a giant baby that terrorizes London.


180201_Noble-and-Greenough_Library_0083 1This January, the new academic center opened its doors to the Nobles community. The space includes areas for collaborative work, a quiet study area, a reading room, and, of course, the Putnam Library. (photo: Leah LaRiccia Photography)

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