Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

May 2012

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter May 2012


Technology and Teaching by Bob Henderson, Head of School

When I tell my students that I went to college before the existence of the personal computer, they can hardly believe it. Most years, at some point in my AP European history class, we have a discussion about the late 20th-century pace of technological change, and I have my moment to come off as really old! I explain that when I was in college there were no cell phones, and that the only telephones in my college dormitory were payphones on each hallway.


10 Tips for Managing the End of the School Year by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

This year in my various parents’ newsletter pieces, I have focused on aspects of Nobles that I’ve been a part of or learned more about—and how they all fit with our broader mission. As we get ready to close the school year, however, it is important to get really practical about what the final weeks entail.

I get particularly concerned in the spring that students get "over-stretched" in their commitments just as we enter arguably the most important academic phase of the year—including preparation for final exams (which some of our students will never have seen before). So here are my "Top 10 Tips" to helping your son or daughter manage the last six weeks of school.


Second Chances by Bill Bussey, Provost

More than 30 years ago I was coaching varsity football in a private school in Maryland. One kid, in particular, drove me crazy. No matter what I told him he couldn’t quite get it right. In that regard, he had plenty of company, but he stood out from the rest by grinning at me whenever I focused in on him. At first I found it unsettling, but two weeks into the season I began taking it personally. One afternoon I found myself on the field barking at him nose to nose only to be met with his usual smirk. As my arteries began to pop, I angrily asked him just what exactly he found so funny. I never forgot what happened next.

From the PA Co-Chairs

It's hard to believe that the school year is almost over!  But before we get to June, we have a busy May with many opportunities for you to enjoy the Nobles community.


Class Notes

Find out what's going on and how to become involved with your student's class. Click to access your class:

Class Deans' Corner

Class I Deans' Report


From Community Service: National Stamp Out Hunger Drive- Sat., May 12, 12-3 p.m.

“Today, thousands of people in Massachusetts, and millions across the United States, experience hunger because they cannot afford adequate food. Local families are struggling even more this year to put food on the table because of the recent economic downturn and the high cost of living in the state..."


Follow the Nobles Blogs

Nobles has entered the blogosphere! This April, the school unveiled a series of blogs, ranging in topics and featuring posts from community members. Each day, several are featured on the Nobles homepage; you can also find the complete blog roll at

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Nobles Theatre Collective

This spring the NTC presents the musical, Hairspray, on Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Fifty performers, 20 technicians and a live band will bring this fun and colorful musical to life in Vinik Theatre. We hope you will join us.

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Save the Date—Nobles Movie Night

Join us for a screening of Beyond Belief (produced and directed by Beth Murphy) on Friday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., in Lawrence Auditorium. The evening is co-sponsored by the following student groups: Human Rights Club, Asian Culture Club, Calling All Crows, Multicultural Student Association and Community Service Board. This event is open to the public. A Q&A with Susan Retik will follow the movie.

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News from the Foster Gallery

Up next in Foster Gallery: Student Show 2012: Works from the AP Studios, will be on exhibit May 7-June 1, 2012. The annual student exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of creative endeavors explored by students enrolled in the AP photography, ceramics, and painting/drawing programs at Nobles.

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Purchase All-School and Class I Photos

The 2011-12 all-school photo—and Class I photo—are still available to purchase online. Either would make a great gift or memento, especially for a graduating Class I student or Class V student who will be stepping up this year.

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Nobles Cross-Country Teams Need Your Help!

On Friday, November 2, 2012, Nobles will host the ISL XC Championships involving all the boys and girls varsity and JV cross-country teams from 16 ISL schools. This is the first time Nobles has hosted the event. We are in need of extra volunteers...

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2012-2013 Event Save the Dates

Grandparents Day
Grandparents are invited to spend the day with their grandchildren
Friday, September 28, 2012
9:00 a.m.

Nobles Night at the Castle
A festive evening to celebrate Nobles and the Castle renovation
Saturday, November 17, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Please note: this is not a student event.

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