Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

September 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter September 2013


The Emergence of EXCEL

This year a faculty committee led by Head of Upper School Ben Snyder and Science Department Chair Jen Craft will be working on the development of the EXCEL program and requirement at Nobles.  EXCEL is the acronym for “Experiential and Community-Engaged Learning.” This work is following up on a study and discussion by the board of trustees that extended over much of the previous two school years.  Before explaining the emergence of EXCEL, however, a bit of history is in order.


Starting the year – Outcome goals? Process goals? Or both?

I love the first few days of a new school year. The students return well rested and with stories to tell such as tales of a a tough boss at their first job, the friends and family they visited, or a good experience they had somewhere out there, in the world. Teachers have reshaped curriculum, recharged their batteries, and are excited about meeting a new group of students as well as reconnecting with advisees and others they’ve worked with in prior years. 

Bite the Bullet

During my first year at Nobles, I ran into a Class I girl at a local convenience store. I had gotten to know her well, and we chatted amicably at the counter. As we parted ways, she said, "So, you're not going to bust me?" I didn't know what she was talking about until I realized that she was off-campus during the academic day without permission. I paused and replied, "Um, yes, I am afraid I do have to bust you." And she looked at me dead in the eye and said, "I thought you were cool." I responded the only way I could: "No, I'm not cool." I'd be lying if I said that admission didn't kill my young ego a little bit. Yet, I was also experienced enough to know that if I was to have any credibility among the student body and my peers, whether I wanted to or not, I had to do what I had to do.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome to the 2013-14 school year! 
We hope you’ll join us as we kick off the school year on Saturday, September 7, with a Parents’ Back-to-School Social. The social is a casual and relaxing way for new and returning parents to meet one another and a great way to reacquaint with old friends. It is sure to be a spirited evening.

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


Greetings from the Service Office

As summer draws to a close, many of us are using the last days before classes begin to make sure that all is ready for your sons and daughters to return and begin the year. 


Read the Latest Issue of Nobles Magazine on Your iPad.

The latest issue of Nobles magazine is now available. 

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Foster Gallery Opens with "Many Windows" Exhibition

Foster Gallery welcomes Boston-based painter Cheryl Warrick to start the 2013-2014 gallery season with the exhibition “Many Windows.’ 

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Save the Date - Nobles Yard Sale for Scholarships

The countdown begins. The Nobles Yard Sale for Scholarships will be held October 18-19. All proceeds from the Nobles Yard Sale will go towards Nobles scholarships. All leftover items will be donated to local charities. 
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Mark Your Calendar: Grandparents Day, Friday, September 27

Volunteers are needed to participate in Grandparents Day on Friday, September 27.

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Photo of the Day

Check out the Photo of the Day. While you're there, you can review photos from the last couple of months and see what the summer is like here at Nobles. 

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Congratulations to the Winner of the 2013 Cora Hidalgo Holland Award

Congratulations to Human Resources Manager Dianne Balfour. She is the 2013 recipient of the Cora Hidalgo Holland Award.

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