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2015 Graduation Video

Aug 19, 2015

With summer winding down and Nobles' recent graduates heading off to college, take a look back at the graduation of the 149th class with this bonus video. Click "More" to watch video.

Faculty Member Considers Cognitive Science, Implications for Teaching

Jul 17, 2015

History faculty member Mike Kalin is a regular contributor to WBUR's Cognoscenti. In July 2015, Cognoscenti featured his piece, "Changing Minds: Disocveries in Cognitive Science Can Reshape the Way We Teach."

"New data casts doubt on the efficacy of a common teaching technique that dates back thousands of years to the first European universities: the lecture," writes Kalin." A landmark study published in 2014 found that undergraduate students in a class with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that used active learning techniques."

Read the full piece here.

Congratulations, Class of 2015

May 29, 2015

Class I Ending the Year with Class I Projects

May 27, 2015

On Tuesday, May 27, Class I students demonstrated to faculty, staff, parents and students the culmination of their final year at Nobles. 

Art Street and Holi

May 26, 2015

Every year, students look forward to Art Street, a time to try their hand at all things artistic, while benefiting numerous non-profit organizations. This year's fundraising efforts also included aid for the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal, as part of a larger effort that has raised more than $1,300 to date. 

18th Annual Freeman Legacy Dinner

May 22, 2015

May 20th marked the 18th  Annual Freeman Legacy Dinner, honoring beloved longtime arts faculty member Bob Freeman and his wife Betty. While at Nobles, they provided support for all students and and also were steadfast supporters of the school's increasing diversity. During a year punctuated by many difficulty instances of racial tension and conflict across the nation, Dean of Diversity Initiatives Steven Tejada expressed his appreciation for the celebratory and positive tone of the event.

Here Comes the Sun

May 13, 2015

On May 13—as one of the final rites of passage in the middle school—Class V students took their science skills to the races for the 16th annual solar car race day. Working in pairs, students developed strategies for using the sun to power miniature cars made of a variety of materials, including soda cans, wire, Styrofoam and even Band-Aids. 

Reunion 2015

May 11, 2015

Read the newest Parents' Association newsletter.

May 1, 2015

With the last day of school fast-approaching, there is a lot going on at Nobles. Catch up on the latest and learn about upcoming events and important dates to remember.

Journeys Around the World

Apr 28, 2015

Class VI students debuted their ’Round the World (RTW) projects on April 29 in the Morrison Forum to their parents, fellow students and faculty members. Students set up stations in which they featured the details of this months-long project for which they chose a country to visit, planned the details of their trip and documented their experiences. 

The Value of Travel

Apr 17, 2015

Students at Nobles learn by doing. It’s the driving force for the EXCEL (experiential learning) program that has long been at the core of the school’s educational philosophy. This spring, during March break, 112 students and 18 faculty traveled domestically and abroad for service, language and cultural immersion, and adventure. Destinations included Guatemala, Cambodia/Vietnam, New Orleans, China and South Africa.

Common Fire Celebrates Service

Apr 16, 2015

On April 14, 2015, Nobles celebrated an all-school, day-long community service effort—Common Fire, named for the book, Common Fire: Lives of Commitment in a Complex World. The school came  together to serve at 65 sites from Dedham to Boston and beyond. 

2015 Cambodia and Vietnam Trip

Apr 2, 2015

During the March break, many Nobles students as well as faculty and staff participated in Nobles-sponsored trips around the world. Watch the video of those who journeyed on bicycles through Cambodia and Vietnam.

 

Spring is here and so is the April Parents' Association Newsletter.

Apr 1, 2015

Fringe Fest 2015

Mar 25, 2015

Each year, the Nobles community looks forward to the annual Fringe Festival. It's an entertainment-filled assembly where students and faculty share their talents. 

Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Mar 9, 2015

At Assembly on March 9, students who represented Nobles at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in December shared their takeaways from the summit. Although each student addressed a different facet of identity, the unified message was one of appreciation, advocacy and empathy.

Nobles Theatre Collective

Mar 9, 2015

Vinik Theatre became a fairy forest and actors morphed into sprites and Athenians for the original romantic comedy, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by faculty member Todd Morton. 

 

Until Proven Innocent

Feb 25, 2015

On February 25, Nobles welcomed two compelling speakers from The New England Innocence Project (NEIP), a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Students heard from NEIP Executive Director Denise McWilliams and exoneree Dennis Maher.

Nobles Theatre Collective

Feb 19, 2015

As part of the Nobles Theatre Collective, the Middle School presented "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon"on both February 11 and 12.      

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EUI Recognizes History Teacher for Master's Thesis

Feb 19, 2015

The European University Institute (EUI) has selected history teacher Hannah Puckett's thesis, “Narrating the Nation: Nationalist Discourse on the Muslim Presence in Bulgaria” for the prestigious Marc Bloch Prize, “awarded to the author of the best new Master’s thesis in early modern or modern European history and in the history of Europe in the world.” Puckett will travel to Florence, Italy, in April to receive the prize and present a talk to EUI faculty.

Snowy Slideshow

Feb 18, 2015

While the arctic vortex pummels New England with snow this winter, and presents Buildings and Grounds with a herculean challenge, it has made for some picturesque moments at Nobles.

"The Studies Show" Podcast

Jan 22, 2015

Nobles' learning specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci record a monthly podcast, "The Studies Show", where they share educational research, organizational skills and study tips. In this month's podcast, they discuss how mind wandering, commonly referred to negatively as day dreaming or zoning out, can be an effective practice for creative thinking. Listen to the new podcast here to see what the studies show.

Honoring Dr. King

Jan 20, 2015

On January 20, the Multicultural Student Association (MSA) at Nobles presented a richly layered program honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The special assembly was made up of multimedia historical presentations, performances by the string ensemble and Imani, and a modern dance interpretation of the ongoing struggle to overcome the barriers to freedom and dignity Dr. King fought so hard to break down.

Wood Transfer Workshop

Jan 19, 2015

In conjunction with Pratt 108 (the collective visual arts faculty show currently on exhibit), faculty member and artist David Roane held the Foster Gallery's first ever TGIF OPS (Thank Goodness It's Friday-Open Painting Studio)-sponsored workshop.

Nobles Magazine Available Online

Jan 16, 2015

The Winter 2015 issue of Nobles—the official magazine for Noble and Greenough School—is now available online.