Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2015

Nobles Parents' Newsletter October 2015


'How Was Your Day?' by Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School John Gifford

I had a group of Class V students in my office last week and they were being ruthless.  Merciless. They were unforgiving as they discussed a parent activity that they simply hated. With unanimity they detested being asked: “How was your day?”  I tried to get at what was behind their passion but their responses were not particularly sophisticated. “It is just so annoying!” said one. “I just put in headphones,” said another.


The College Essay I Never Wrote by Director of College Counseling Kate Ramsdell

When I applied to college in the fall of 1992, I had one rather unhelpful visit with my high school guidance counselor, four college visits, two SAT scores and one typewriter-produced college application under my belt. Actually, make that two. I screwed up on the first one, and my mother told me I could not submit an application with Wite-Out on it. So, I had to start over. Shockingly, at least to me, it has been almost 25 years since I have written a college essay as I help this year’s Class I students put the finishing touches on theirs.


The Usual Suspects Revisited by Provost Bill Bussey

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher Mr. Brooks announced to the class that he wanted to ask each of us a question in private. He stated that he would be waiting outside in the hallway, and with no more explanation, he left the room and closed the door behind him.  Was he trying to find out who hid the school’s piano in the gym’s storage room? I knew there had been a growing concern among adults about foul language being used during recess. Maybe that. Were they trying to track down who nailed Mrs. York’s Cadillac with a snowball the previous morning? I thought I was going to throw up.


EXCEL: A Culture of Partnership by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

When queried on our mission, Nobles students reliably respond “to be leaders for the public good.” While an audacious and highly aspirational goal, we are serious about our commitment to building a culture where the expectation for every member of the community is to make meaningful contributions to the world around us: in our neighborhood and city, across the country and/or around the world. EXCEL (Experiential and Community Engaged Learning) programs at Nobles (including service, travel immersion programs, applied learning and Achieve and Upward Bound) embody much of the Nobles mission to develop leadership for the public good.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Happy early fall! We hope you have all settled into the school routine and were able to enjoy some of the PA events in September. 


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class II Dean's Report

The school year is off to an excellent start. First of all we have welcomed three wonderful new students to the Class of 2017. From the first day of the retreat, everyone seems to have adjusted well from the slower pace of the summer months to the quickened one of the school year. 


Performing Arts Events: Save the Date

Get your culture on this fall, from dance to vocal and instrumental performances, and of course, theater. At the end of October, NTC will première the theatrical adaptation of OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu '01.

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Grandparents Day 2015 Slideshow

More than 400 grandparents joined students in their classrooms on September 25. View the slideshow

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Save the Date: Nobles Night

A festive evening to celebrate Nobles will be held Thursday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: This is not a student event.

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Upcoming Foster Gallery Events

Don't miss the work of Nobles grad Sam Kaplan '03 at the Foster Gallery, now through October 8. Sam is a commercial photographer based in New York. His work has been on the cover of The New York Times MagazineFortuneGolf DigestPopular Science and others. And mark your calendar for upcoming events!

Sam Kaplan N'03

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Fall Open House for Nobles Day Camp

On Sunday, October 18, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Nobles Day Camp welcomes you to our fall festival.

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