Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

December 2011

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter December 2011

Community Scholars

Kudos are in order for several members of the Nobles community. The achievements of faculty member Dave Ulrich, Class I student Felix Liang and recent graduate Jack Eisenmann '11 have been making headlines. Their work (and work ethic) has been showcased in a variety of media—including a well-respected academic journal, local broadcast television and tech-news websites, respectively. Read more and check out the links below for more information:

"Teaching the Text and Images: Reeds and Riches in Classical Literature and the Nile Mosaic of Palestrina," by Nobles Class IV dean and modern languages and classics teacher Dave Ulrich, was recently published in New England Classical Journal, Volume 384, November 2011. The article was inspired by his travels in Italy and developed in part through his time in the Pergammonmuseum in Berlin.

This fall, Class I student Felix Liang was selected as a WCVB-TV Channel 5 A+ Scholar and was featured on a segment that aired in late November. The A+ Scholar is “a signature NewsCenter 5 series that shines a spotlight on outstanding high school seniors who have overcome incredible odds.” Channel 5’s David Brown reported the story on location at 10 Campus Drive.

The camera crew shot footage of Felix in class and in the art studio, before Brown discussed Felix’s academic career at Steppingstone and Nobles. Felix credited his parents for instilling in him the values of hard work and respect for others. He also credited his Nobles teachers for supporting his success. Visit to view the clip.

This summer, Jack Eisenmann '11 designed and built the DUO Adept, an 8-bit computer, constructed from an old television, keyboard, lots of wire and 100 chips. He also developed the operating system. A Youtube video documenting the project has received more than 140,000 hits, and caught the attention of tech sites around the web. Click here for a piece published by AOL's engadget site.

Nobody Has a Monopoly on Suffering by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

On the first day of my "America and Genocide" elective, I write on the board “Nobody has a monopoly on suffering,” and ask my students what they think I mean by that. It usually takes awhile—and takes some prompting to tease out—but the point of the statement is that, tragically, many groups have been the victims of genocide, and it is pointless to try to debate which targeted group has suffered "the most."

I often think about this statement when I’m asked about the breadth of Nobles service programs. “Why,” someone will ask , “do we have Nobles kids travel halfway around the world when we have significant problems right in our own back yards, here in Boston?” This is a reasonable question that merits a thoughtful response.

One of the primary tenets of the Nobles mission statement is that we aim to develop leaders for the public good whose lives are characterized by service to others. What we don’t do in that mission is define "public good" or specify the particulars of a life of service to others. We don’t go to that level of detail because we recognize that there are infinite ways in which such leadership and lives of service can be manifested.

As a result, we develop service programs that provide a broad array of options aimed at helping students find a place of service that works for them and is not prescribed by Nobles. Our students make a positive impact in countless arenas very close to home. From pie and turkey drives to tutoring to working with the elderly or youth programs, Nobles students annually put thousands of hours into meaningful service in Greater Boston. Few schools in the country ask as much of their students as we do of ours, and few have the breadth of impact that Nobles has in its own neighborhood.

In addition, we know that in an increasingly interconnected world, Nobles students need a broader set of experiences that introduce them to people, places, problems and ideas that will open up their views of themselves and the world. To help our students become responsible, empathic, and skilled global citizens, we offer a variety of challenging domestic and international travel opportunities—many of which revolve around service. Our goal is to create and sustain long-term partnerships with organizations around the world where students and faculty share experiences that allow them to develop the conviction that individuals can make a difference in the world.

In graduate school, the most important book I read was Getting to Yes, written by authors at the Harvard Negotiation Project. There I was introduced to the concept of "both/and" vs. "either/or" thinking. The basic premise of this negotiating construct is that parties need to search for common ground and understanding to work towards solutions that satisfy all parties. Our conviction that Nobles should provide service-learning opportunities both in Greater Boston and around the country and the world is consistent with our mission and our belief that, no matter what path in life a Nobles graduate might choose, she or he can make a positive impact on the lives of others. Sadly, there is plenty of suffering nearby and far away and no one has a monopoly on it. Hopefully, Nobles will help students find their path to making a difference be it around the corner or around the world.

Class I Reps: (from left) Amy Reiner, Jane Rigoli and Lynda Macdonald

December 2011: Class I Notes

Dear Class I Families,

Welcome back from what was hopefully an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving holiday. Last month was an eventful one for Class I with the end of a very successful fall sports season and mainstage play. The Class I Parent dinner was a huge success with 90 parents enjoying a wonderful evening in the home of Kristen and Jim Atwood. Thank you also to the Ordonez and Brousseau families for providing the wine and beer for the evening. Finally a big congratulations to Meg and Pete Hamilton as they welcomed Henry Robert Hamilton into the world.

December is here and with it comes the countdown to the end of the first semester for Class I students. The final push is on for our children with first semester assessments and polishing college applications. We recognize that this can be a stressful time for everyone and we encourage our seniors to stay focused and strong.

Coming up for December:

Dec. 13-15: Snacks will be provided for Class I students in the conference room in the MAC. Students are welcome to stop by anytime for a quick bit or something to drink.

Looking ahead to January, please mark your calendars for the Class I Coffee on Thurs., Jan. 19. Invite to follow in January.

Please check the weekly Upper School parent email for more information and updates on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

This has been a terrific year to date for Class I and their families and we look for that to continue into the New Year. Our best wishes to all of you for a safe and happy holiday season!

Amy, Jane and Lynda

Middle School Reps: (from left) Leslie Del Col, Sarah Paglione, Brooke Sandford, Carol Taiclet

December 2011: Middle School Notes

In November, Middle School students enjoyed a field trip to the Museum of Science to experience the Pompeii exhibit.  In addition, students and many families were able to witness a real treat with the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats; their acrobatics were quite impressive.  Also, right before Thanksgiving, the Middle School community participated in the annual Thanksgiving Pie Drive. Three hundred pies were made by Middle Schoolers with the assistance of faculty members, Upper School mentors and parent volunteers.  One hundred pies were donated to Single Parent Family Outreach; more than 60 were donated to the Dedham Food Pantry and the Dedham Youth Commission; and the rest were sold to the Nobles community.  The total amount raised from this fundraiser, $2,460, will go to Rosie's Place.

Many thanks to Elizabeth Clarke and Sherri Athanasia for organizing this huge event and making everything run so smoothly.  Special thanks to all of the volunteers and everyone who donated items and purchased pies.  We would also like to thank the following orchards and vendors for their generous donations: Arcadian Farms, Bolton Orchards, Dowse Orchards, Roche Brothers, Shaw's and Stop & Shop.

December will be a short month with assessments, preparation by the Sixth Class for the annual Holiday Assembly and the start of the winter break. If you are looking for new opportunities to volunteer at Nobles, there will be plenty of chances in 2012, including MLK day of service (Jan.16), and the Round The World surprise lunch that will take place in the spring.

Important Dates for December:

  • Dec. 9—Choral Concert in Lawrence Auditorium at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 13-15—Varsity Athletic practices only-please plan to pick up your child after their last assessment each day.
  • Dec. 13-15—Assessments-more information will follow in the weekly Wednesday email
  • Dec. 16—No School, Comment Writing Day
  • Dec. 19—Holiday Assembly, 8 a.m.; mini-classes, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; individual Advisor Meetings, 12-3 p.m. (students are dismissed after their advisor meetings)
  • Dec. 20—Winter break begins
  • Jan. 3—School re-opens
  • Hold the Date: Mon., Jan. 16—MLK Day of Service

Happy holidays to all!

Class V Reps
Carol Taiclet,
Brooke Sandford,

Class VI Reps
Sarah Paglione,
Leslie Del Col,

Class IV Deans' Report

Class IV students returned to school from Thanksgiving break full of energy and excited to see their peers for the first time in five whole days! It was all we could do to get them out of the Alcoves, where they were catching up with friends, and into Assembly on Monday morning. This energy will be key to carry them through the end of the semester. The first semester comes to a rapid close in the next three weeks: there are roughly nine class meetings per subject, following which is a week of assessments. It is critical for all freshmen to understand the history and design of the assessment week.

Most teachers tend to close out the final unit of the semester with a test, and historically the last week of the semester was a regular class schedule full of tests and quizzes and essays. To make the schedule less demanding for students, Nobles decided to go to an exam schedule to ease the pressure of days with three or more assessments in them. However, the nature of the tests has not changed. They are unit tests, non-cumulative, and designed for an hour or so time period. To accommodate extended time, the exam blocks are two hours in length, but that does not signify the usual length of these tests. Please help teachers as they try to reduce anxiety around these tests and reiterate the fact that these are just unit tests spaced out to help kids with study time. The schedule for assessments can be found on the Nobles website and will vary based on your child’s classes.

We hope everything wraps up well, and kids are able to finish strong this quarter. Know that teachers and deans are there to support them along the way.

All the best wishes,
Dave Ulrich and Emily Parfit
Class IV Deans

2011-2012 PA Co-Chairs: Pam Notman (left) and Carolyn Harthun

Around this time of giving thanks, we would like to recognize all the hard work that parents have done this fall to bring the parent community together! We hope you found our events fun and informative and we look forward to the year ahead.

In lieu of a PA meeting in December; we invite you to two wonderful opportunities. Please join us on Sat., Dec. 10, at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) for the 10:30 a.m. matinee performance of The Snow Queen and on Sun., Dec. 11, for the evening performance of Three Pianos, at 7:30 p.m. Choose one or both to kick off your holiday season. Seats will go quickly, so please email Fran Oh at or call the A.R.T. box office directly to reserve your seats and let them know you are participating in the Nobles PA event. For more information please visit:

Remember to check out “A Community Art Project” in the Foster Gallery. This exhibit will be created on the afternoon of Dec. 8, as a collaborative art-making project with students from Nobles and Cook’s After School Program in Needham. The focus of this year’s event will be the idea of a tree as a symbol of outreach, community and connections to family and friends. The exhibit can be viewed on your way to the choral concert on Fri., Dec. 9.

Our monthly PA meetings will resume on Wed., Jan. 18. Michael Denning, director of college counseling, will speak and answer your questions regarding the college process. Please join us in the MAC at 8 a.m., for what promises to be an interesting and informative morning.

Finally, please save the morning of Feb. 3, for a coffee in the Foster Gallery. Photographs by Rania Matar will be on exhibit and the artist will be there to talk with us. The entire parent community is invited to attend this special event.

When looking for some winter fun, consider public skating on Sundays in the Omni rink. Check the web calendar for dates and details. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends!

Pam Notman and Carolyn Harthun
Parents’ Association Co-Chairs

Class IV Reps: Anna Abate (left) and Marca Katz

December 2011: Class IV Notes

Dear Class IV Parents and Guardians,

We hope that your holiday season has gotten off to a good start! A couple of key dates to be aware of in December:

  • Fri., Dec. 9—Choral Concert, 7 p.m., Lawrence Auditorium
  • Tues., Dec. 13-Thurs., Dec. 15—December Assessments
  • Fri., Fri. 16—No School, Comment Writing Day
  • Tues., Dec. 20—Winter Break Begins

On Wed., Jan. 18, we will host a second parent coffee in the MAC at 8:15 a.m. Please save the date. We would love to see many of you there to welcome the New Year together.

Shhhhh! Thurs., Feb. 16 will be the Class IV surprise lunch. Thanks to those of you who have volunteered to help. We will be sending out an email shortly about a kick-off planning meeting. If you did not get the chance to sign-up and would like to volunteer for this event, just let one of us know.

Wishing you all a relaxing and peaceful winter break! School resumes on Tues., Jan. 3.


Anna Abate,
Marca Katz,

Developing the Desire to "Do Right" by John Gifford, Head of Middle School

During the first week of school, students in my Civics class discussed the dark side of human nature. Using a quote by James Madison as a springboard for conversation, we decided that Madison did not have a great deal of faith in how men would behave if left to their own devices.

"But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary."

Students thought that Madison was suggesting that a greater external force (a responsible system of government) was an appropriate influence to help guide human behavior. At first, students in my class didn’t want to believe this. Most of us would like to have faith in people to do the right thing—simply because it is the right thing to do, and not because of external pressures. Still, after some discussion, most agreed that there were situations during which the temptation to do wrong was hard to resist. When the penalties seem low and the rewards seem high, people can make decisions that they would acknowledge are uncharitable, unfair or even wrong.

I have written before about how we hope to instill good decision-making skills in young people. A few of the past month’s more disturbing headlines, however, led me to think that again, it was a worthy topic to highlight.

Helping young people to have the strength to do the right thing, even when it is easy to benefit from doing wrong, is one of the many goals of the Nobles experience. Part of the work is simply to make expectations clear. Using varied language and from multiple mouthpieces, we call out actions that cause harm and praise desirable behavior.

While a small example, at the Middle School Pie Drive (in its own right: another example of the community reinforcing good behavior) I told the students that there were going to be “phantoms” roaming the service activities. Middle Schoolers would not know which adult was taking mental notes of who was most helpful, cooperative and engaged, but they knew that they were out there. During our "Blue and White" games, it was the excellent work of a group of apple-peeling boys that caught Ms.Glenn’s eye and drove the White team (Class VI) into the lead. Some might say that their good deeds are cheapened when there is a reward system in place. I believe that modeling what is “good” is a key component to developing students who choose the right path.

With that in mind, Nobles has long felt that the most important action that it takes to further its goal to build ethical decision-making in students is to hire well. For the first decade of life, parents and guardians provide the most impactful examples of behavior for young people. As students hit the Middle School years teachers and peers tend to gain sway. Peers won’t always make the best decisions so it puts pressure on the adults to set good examples as consistently as possible. Our commitment to hiring good classroom teachers who also invest in good mentoring relationships with students is vital.

The ultimate goal? As our mission states, we hope that our graduates will be, in some way, committed to “leadership for the public good.” But I understand that the Middle School steppingstone en route to that goal is for young people to focus on the impacts of their day-to-day actions. They should gain an understanding - through our messages, activities, classes and, most importantly through their substantive interactions with their teachers - about the best ways to conduct themselves. They should start, at least, to figure out how to “do right.”

Class II Reps: Pat Burns (left) and Kristi Geary

December 2011: Class II Notes

Holiday greetings, Class II parents,

It has been a terrific fall at Nobles with our kids cooking along in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in community service projects both on and off-campus. Class II seems to have stepped up nicely into the role of upper classmen and women—let's hope that continues!

It has been great to have had the opportunity for parents to connect at several Class II parent coffees as well as our Fall Social. If you haven't had an opportunity to attend any of these parent functions, don't worry—there are more to come! Our next Class II Parent coffee will be held on Thurs., Dec. 1, at 8:15 a.m., in the MAC conference room and will feature Noble and Greenough learning specialist, Gia Batty. We will be holding a "Burrito Blast" for our students on Tues., Dec. 6, in the MAC from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. If you are interested in helping, please email Pat Burns at Finally, plans are evolving for a Spring Parent Social—details to follow.

Here's hoping you and your students have a relaxing winter break!

Pat Burns & Kristi Geary
Class II Reps

From the PIN Reps

The Parents' Independent School Network (PIN) has an exciting year ahead, featuring a new program of webinars for the entire school community on issues that face Upper School parents, as well as the traditional educational meetings.

At the PIN meeting on November 18, 2011, a representative from Planned Parenthood spoke to the assembled reps about “Helping Our Teens Develop Healthy Emotional and Social Relationships.” Topics covered included:

The effects of social networking on relationships and self-image:
While social networking can help students build a strong network of friends, provides an outlet for creative expression and grants them access to valuable news and health information, it can also be a venue for cyber-bullying, lead to “hypertexting” (sending more than 120 texts a day), “sexting,” or “hypernetworking” (spending more than three hours a day on networking sites). “Facebook Depression” describes the mood swings and changes in appearance, diet and sleep patterns that often result from spending too much time on social media sites.

Social and emotional learning: a process for helping people develop the fundamental skills to handle ourselves, our relations and our decisions effectively and ethically. Skills include:
• Self-awareness: awareness of what makes us unique
• Self-management: expressing emotions appropriately
• Social awareness: understanding others
• Relationship skills: includes refusal skills, negotiation, and communication
• Responsible decisions making: making responsible, informed decisions

Ways to communicate:
• Passive: giving in and saying “yes” when you really don’t want to
• Confrontational: trying to get your way by using anger
• Assertive: giving an honest answer to things you want and don’t want

"CERTS" Modal of Healthy Relationships:
Young people should look for and evaluate the qualities of Consent, Equality, Respect, Trust and Safety in their relationships. Consent means two enthusiastic "yeses."

Teen dating violence: warning signs and prevention:
According to the CDC, one in every 10 teenagers has experienced some form of dating violence. Sudden changes in a teen’s attitude or behavior could be a sign of an unhealthy relationship.

Possible warning signs for parents include:
• failing grades/dropping out of activities
• difficulty making decisions
• unusually secretive
• avoiding spending time with friends
• significant changes in eating or sleeping habits
• avoiding eye contact or family conversation
Possible warning signs for teens include:
• unwanted physical contact
• jealousy or possessiveness
• controlling, bossing behavior
• frequently gets in fights, is violent with other people
• blames partner for his/her problems

A good resource is

The next live webinar broadcast is scheduled for Dec. 7, at 9 p.m. The topic will be “Students in the Digital Age: How Technology Influences the Developing Brain.”

Are boys and girls genetically predestined to excel in distinct fields? Today’s youth are bombarded with vibrant graphics, endless activities and nonstop social connections. How does technology use affect socialization and prefrontal cortex development? Can digital interactions undermine language acquisition and processing in the child’s brain’s dominant hemisphere? Our experts diagram and discuss the pubescent brain through cutting-edge research to illustrate the potential for detriment or benefit. Leave armed with proactive tips to mitigate the negative implications of technology’s offerings for children and teenagers.

Watch the webinars live and real-time ask questions. If you aren’t available at that time, you may log on later to watch them. Here's how to log on:


Complete the form with the following information and select “Register”:

  • Registration type: Parent
  • ?Enter your information (name, your personal user name, personal password, etc.)
  • ?Select Parents’ Independent School Network from the Institution list
  • ?Enter the Service Validation Code (SVC): 3LTLK5BH

PIN webinars are privileged information for staff and parents at PIN schools only. We appreciate your not sharing the password information with others.

If you encounter any difficulties, you may e-mail or call 888-773-7072 to access technical support staff.

Last month’s webinar, "Sugar and Spice vs. Puppy Dog Tails: How Boys and Girls Learn Differently," received strong reviews and we hope many saw it. If you didn’t, remember that these webinars are archived for three years, so you’ll have plenty of time to watch them at your leisure.

We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful educational resource and we welcome any feedback you have on the webinars.

Lee Rubin Collins (
Allison Matlack (
Nobles PIN Representatives, 2011-'12

Save the Dates!

Join the PA on Sat., Dec. 10, at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) for the 10:30 a.m. matinee performance of The Snow Queen and on Sun., Dec. 11, for the evening performance of Three Pianos, at 7:30 p.m. Choose one or both to kick off your holiday season.

Seats will go quickly, so please email Fran Oh at or call the A.R.T. box office directly to reserve your seats and let them know you are participating in the Nobles PA event. For more information please visit:

Percentages by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

Woody Allen said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up."  Thomas Edison asserted that "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration."  Henry Kissinger maintained that "Ninety percent of the politicians give the other 10 percent a bad reputation," and  Yogi Berra predictably mused that “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical."

I am not sure what our fascination is with making predictions or observations using percentages, but I am 100 percent certain that it will continue.  As we enter college acceptance season, our love/hate relationship with percentages only intensifies.  What high school senior would NOT want to be one of the few to be amidst that small percentage who defy the odds?  As parents you too want the percentages to work in the favor of your child, but the reality is that the percentages are small. Infinitesimally small.  So with the season of thanks and giving with us, I encourage you to work with your child through triumph or disappointment.  To that end, I offer  one of MY favorite percentage quotes:  “Ten percent of life is what happens to you; Ninety percent is how you react to it” (John W. Gardner). 

In 1987, Globe columnist (and former Nobles parent) David Nyhan wrote "The College Rejection Letter."  It has often been reprinted in early spring.  Times have changed and now so many of our students apply to colleges in the early decision timeframe, so I offer this exerpt below (followed by the link to the full article) to adjust to 2011 trends.  Remember, "90 percent of life is how you react to it."

Happy Holidays,
Erika Guy

The College Rejection Letter
By: David Nyhan

THE REJECTIONS arrive this time of year in thin, cheap envelopes, some with a crummy window for name and address, as if it were a bill, and none with the thick packet you'd hoped for.

Dear So-and-so:
The admissions committee gave full consideration . . . but I regret to inform you we will be unable to offer you a place in the Class of 2012." Lots of applicants, limited number of spaces, blah blah blah, good luck with your undergraduate career. Very truly yours, Assistant Dean Blowhard, rejection writer, Old Overshoe U.

This is the season of college acceptance letters. So it's also the time of rejection. You're in or you're out. Today is the day you learn how life is not like high school. To the Ins, who got where they wanted to go: Congrats, great, good luck, have a nice life, see you later. The rest of this is for the Outs.

You sort of felt it was coming. Your SAT scores weren't the greatest. Your transcript had some holes in it. You wondered what your teachers' recommendations would really say, or imply. And you can't help thinking about that essay you finished at 2 o'clock in the morning of the day you absolutely had to mail in your application, that essay which was, well, a little weird.
Maybe you could have pulled that C in sociology up to a B-minus. Maybe you shouldn't have quit soccer to get a job to pay for your gas. Maybe it was that down period during sophomore year when you had mono and didn't talk to your teachers for three months while you vegged out. What difference does it make what it was? It still hurts.

To read the full article, please click here.

From Community Service: 'Tis the Season

Holiday music started way too early this year for our taste. Linda and I were not yet ready for "chestnuts" and "open fires"; we were knee deep in pie boxes for Community Servings down in Southie at Leo's Pies. We were not alone, of course. Nobles teachers, staff, students and parents were there with us, and a few of our own family members joined us as well. The warehouse was windowless, but spotless, and Linda found ways to connect with the halfway house residents next door so that when we left, they could finish building the 5,000 boxes needed to deliver and sell the pies that finance Servings' year-round work. By the time our Thanksgiving break had arrived, we were ready to turn our attention to a new slew of service projects.

The service department is offering the community many ways to reach out and help in this holiday season. We know that participating will ensure that the values and priorities your family holds dear are kept in the forefront as winter break and the holiday season enfolds us all.

Dec. 1-Dec. 9—"Snowflake Project." Pick a snowflake off the tree outside Lawrence Auditorium and buy a toy for the child described there. Bring the toy back with the snowflake attached, and leave it under the tree. All children are from Self Help, Inc. on the south shore. Visit for more infomation about the organization.

Dec. 6—"A Thread of Hope." Eliza Strode brings beautiful Guatemalan weavings and a Mayan weaver to Nobles. The sale of these items sustains Mayan women by buying more yarn, and sending their children to school. This will be the agency's fourth visit to our school. They will be in Gleason Hall from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. All parents are welcome to stop by. Visit

Dec. 1-9—Gently-used coat drive, sponsored by the Nobles football program. Bring your coats to Lawrence Auditorium foyer and place them in the boxes. Football players and coaches will take them to Framingham Family Shelters on Dec. 9. All sizes welcome!

SAVE THE DATE! Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Mon., Jan. 16. You and your family can join Nobles faculty and students in local service either on sites or here at Nobles. More info and registration form to come next week via email. This is a wonderful way to serve alongside your children. We find the sites, bring the equipment, and provide the inspiration—you bring your commitment to living out the ideals of Dr. King.

We wish all the Nobles family a service-filled December!
Sandi MacQuinn and Linda Hurley

A Word of Thanks

The Middle School Pie Drive, just completing its ninth year, is happy to report a very successful effort. We donated 100 pies to the Single Parent Family Outreach Center and for the first time, we also donated pies to the Dedham Food Pantry/Dedham Youth Commission. Finally, we beat last year's dollar total with a $2,460 donation to Rosie's Place from pie sale proceeds.

Thank you for your purchases and support!

Nobles @ SDLC

On Wed., Nov. 30, eight Nobles students traveled to Philadelphia to participate in the National Association of Independent Schools' Student Diversity Leadership Conference. This three-day event brings together close to 1,500 independent high school students from across the country. These students, from myriad racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, and sexual-orientation backgrounds, all share a passion for diversity work in their schools. According to the official NAIS Conference program, the SDLC allows students the opportunity to "explore issues of social justice, practice authentic expression, stretch [their] thinking on self and society, and prepare for effective advocacy in independent schools."

Nobles students blogged about their experience while they're away—click here to read more.

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