Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2014

Nobles Parents' Newsletter October 2014


More than the Moral Rationale for Honesty (and Vampire Bats) by John Gifford, Assistant Head of School; Head of Middle School

Evolutionary biology is fascinating. I know that researchers can attribute the inheritance of behaviors in a way that is probably over the top, but there are times when it makes intuitive sense to me.  There is something nice about knowing that I get my hearty head of hair from my father and my attached earlobes from my mother. Those are the traits that are easy to see but there are other better-veiled traits that humans have inherited – not only from their parents but also from ancestors far further up the evolutionary path.


The Future of Education by Kate Ramsdell, Director of College Counseling

When my August issue of The Atlantic arrived, its cover taunted, “Is College Doomed?” Having just made what I hoped would be a long-term career move back to college counseling following a 3-month maternity leave and a yearlong detour in the Dean of Students office, I wondered if I should just pack up my office and cut my losses. As serendipity would have it, a month into my new gig, I found myself sitting across from one of the August issue’s most controversial subjects: a representative from the Minerva Project. Minerva is a newly launched for-profit university backed by, among others, former Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey, Larry Summers, and the Keck Graduate Institute. If you’re interested in reading more, look here.


A Unique Morning Assembly by Bill Bussey, Provost

Many Nobles community members past and present would maintain that morning assemblies are the heart and soul of their Nobles experience. At the very least morning assemblies offer a keen reflection of the school’s current tone and culture, if not in what is presented onstage but how each presentation is received. Long assemblies allow us the time for greater access and insight into the world beyond our walls. To that end, on November 12, we will hold an assembly that will examine the recent events in the Gaza Strip.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Happy early fall!

We hope you are all feeling settled into the school routine, and were able to enjoy some of the PA events in September. 


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 II Dean's Report


From the Community Service Office

There are a wide array of community service initiatives happening in October. Be sure to mark some of these important dates on your calendar.


Don't Miss the Fall Open House for Nobles Day Camp!

On Sunday, October 19 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Nobles Day Camp welcomes you to our fall festival.

Nobles Day Camp

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"The Arts” at Nobles

The Fall Season is a busy one and promises to deliver many evenings of enjoyment. We look forward to seeing you at the performances.

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Save the Date: Nobles Night

A festive evening to celebrate Nobles - Thursday, November 13, 6:30 p.m.

Please note: This is not a student event.

2013 Nobles Night

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