A Triumphant Season

Apr 15, 2014

Congratulations to the chess team who are the South Shore Interscholastic Chess League (SSICL) champions this season. The team was undefeated, 8-0, and also came in 42-1-1 after playing 44 individual games over the course of eight interscholastic matches. Seven students participated at the varsity level including Max Sheerin ’17, Iain Sheerin ’17, Loring Lauretti ’17, Armen Festekjian ’15, William Wang ’16, Sam Davitt ’15 and Paulie Apostolicas ’18. 

Chemistry and Cuisine

Apr 14, 2014

What's in a Paper?

Apr 9, 2014

In the second semester of U.S. History, students in Class III hone in on their research skills and take a deeper look into a range of topics including the impact of security threats on major national and international events; the United States’ role as a global peacekeeper in Vietnam and Iraqi wars; and the effects of the current Great Recession. Learn more about the major assignment in a Q&A with history faculty member Oris Bryant. 

Going Global

Apr 1, 2014

In March, students, faculty and staff embarked on seven experiential learning and service trips throughout the world. A total of 111 students and 25 faculty and staff members traveled to Guatemala, Honduras, India, New Orleans, Paris, Romania and South Africa.


Do Different

Mar 11, 2014

Promote beauty products using a cadre of amateur enthusiasts? Sell athletic shoes by creating a community of artists? Monitor a patient’s level of insulin with a cutting-edge microdevice? Yes, yes and yes. When it comes to innovation, the game has changed—and these three graduates are playing to win.

Go Dawgs!

Mar 10, 2014

Competition remained fierce this winter athletic season in the Independent School League (ISL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), but Nobles athletes fought hard and earned another successful season. Highlights as follows:

It Can Wait

Mar 7, 2014

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic. George Sholley ’04 worked alongside director and legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog to produce From One Second to the Next, a short film on the dangers of texting and driving. 

Math Q&A with Agrawal '14

Mar 6, 2014

About 70 students take part each month in the 30-minute testing challenge of the New England Mathematics League (NEML). Students who participate receive a score and ranking for the month, as well as a cumulative score for the year. Akshat Agrawal ’14 is one of 13 students in New England who has a perfect cumulative score, as of February 2014. We caught Agrawal as he headed to take test number six, and asked him a few questions.

Read All About It!

Mar 5, 2014

In the April issue of the Parent's E-Newsletter, Head of Middle School John Gifford writes in tribute to former headmaster Mr. Gleason. Head of Upper School Ben Snyder writes about the experiences Nobles students faced during their trip to India.

Click here to read more.

Writer Haydu '01 Visits Campus

Feb 25, 2014

On February 21, Nobles welcomed writer Corey Ann Haydu ‘01 to campus. Haydu’s first stop was the assembly stage, where she read a passage from her young adult novel, OCD Love Story (2013), to faculty and students.

Finding Balance

Feb 20, 2014

Faculty member Tom Resor shares his coaching philosophy as the girls varsity hockey coach. He's coached hockey for 28 years at Nobles. He says, "At Nobles, we really do value the multi-sport kid." This season, the girls varsity hockey team is undefeated in the ISL. Click "more" to see a video.

The Studies Show: Love Letter to Google Docs

Feb 14, 2014

In a follow-up to the parent newsletter article, Learning Specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci tell us all the reasons why they love Google Docs. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Online Teaching

Feb 3, 2014

Modern language faculty member Ayako Anderson talks about her experience teaching an online course to students from around the world through Global Online Academy (GOA). GOA allows Nobles to experiment with online learning and teaching within the network of independent schools. The program is currently open to independent schools, representing states across the nation and six countries. 

Math League Students Excel

Feb 3, 2014

With 107 points, Nobles ranked 11th in all of New England - and first in the ISL - in the most recent New England Math League (NEML) competition.

Our very own Akshat Agrawal '14 is among 20 students in New England who are tied for individual first place with four perfect NEMLs. Lucas Hicks '14 is one of 11 students in New England who are only one point behind the leaders.

About 70 students to take part each month.  Contest #5 is Feb. 11. For more about the Math League, go to


Students Launch iPhone App

Jan 23, 2014

Carlo Abelli ’16 and Alex Yu ’16 introduced a Nobles app, now available in the Apple Store. The duo developed the app using Xcode and Objective-C, programming languages new to them both.

Castle Earns Gold LEED Certification

Jan 10, 2014

The Castle project, which included the renovation of existing space and the addition of 13,000 square feet, earned Gold certification from LEED, the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. The project was completed at Nobles in fall 2013.

Dance Studio Opens

Jan 9, 2014

Watch as Director of Dance Jillian Grunnah shows her students around the new space and leads their first class. This is certainly something to dance about!

Hong Named Principal Violinist, Performs at Benefit Concerts

Dec 23, 2013

Christine Hong ’15 has been named principal violinist in Massachusetts Music Educators (MMEA) Eastern District Ensembles this year. In addition to her position with the district orchestra, Hong performed in Boston Dec. 20 at a benefit concert for UNICEF. In November, she was the guest soloist “Mostly Mozart,” a benefit concert in Colorado for flood victims there—Hong’s first time performing for a cause.

In the Classroom: Students as Teachers

Dec 20, 2013

What happens when students get to be teachers? For two and a half weeks of History of the Human Community (HHC), faculty members Oris Bryant, Jenny Carlson and Sarah Plumb flipped the classroom, asking students to teach the Abrahamic religions curriculum. In groups of four or five, students taught their peers about Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

A Bird in the Hand

Dec 20, 2013

Earlier this semester, Deb Harrison’s AP environmental science students took a field trip to the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Before the center closed its nets and the birds headed south for the winter, students witnessed up close the object of their studies. After netting the birds, banders quickly collect data—such as the sex, weight and age of different species—before releasing birds back into the wild. Bird banding allows scientists to track migration patterns and the health of bird species over seasons and years. 

Happy Holidays!

Dec 20, 2013

Before students and faculty members leave for winter break, members of the community celebrated the end of the semester with the annual holiday assembly on Dec. 20. This year’s docket included a performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and The Power of Light, by middle school students and upper school students performed a rendition of John Lennon’s “So This is Christmas” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas.” 

Biochemistry Advanced Research Projects

Dec 12, 2013

On Dec. 9, biochemistry students shared findings from their advanced research projects with faculty, fellow students and parents. 

The Studies Show: A Review of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

Dec 3, 2013

Nobles Learning Specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci review the book Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.

Congrats, fall athletic teams!

Nov 21, 2013

Congratulations to all Nobles teams and coaches on a memorable fall season. Highlights as follows: After competing in the New England Class A Tournament with four overtimes to end in a 0–0 tie with number one seed Choate Rosemary Hall, girls varsity soccer earned the title as Class A Co-Champions. ISL co-champions girls varsity field hockey defeated New England powerhouse Greenwich Academy, 2–1. The team claimed the New England Class A Championship after two overtimes and strokes when captain Emily Ott ’14 ripped the fifth stroke past the Greenwich goalie.

Classical Music Prof Talks Stravinsky

Nov 20, 2013

Thomas Forrest Kelly, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University, spoke to students, faculty and staff at long assembly in Lawrence Auditorium on Nov. 20. His talk centered on Igor Stravinsky’s 1913 masterpiece "The Rite of Spring" and the dramatic story of its first performance in Paris—a performance that stimulated, according to some reports, rioting in the theater and in streets.