Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

January 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter January 2016


"Rules of Engagement" by Head of School Bob Henderson

Two students were sitting on the bench outside my office the other day having a discussion. At first I thought it was just two friends gossiping, albeit with notable energy and animation. Sometimes students forget I am sitting just across the hall because, although my door is open to the corridor, they can’t see me just around the corner at my desk. Although it is not my intention, I occasionally overhear some remarkable things!


"A Dickensian Holiday: Conversations with my Grandmother and Spirits of the Past, the Present and the Better Days Yet to Come" by Michael Denning

Over the past couple of weeks, I have found myself thinking about my paternal grandmother, Aida Denning. While I never knew my paternal grandfather, Martin—sadly, he died when my dad was a teenager—my grandmother supported her five children, grandchildren and communities well into her tenth decade. For nearly 40 years, Aida was an important source of perspective and inspiration for me; she has been gone for more than ten years, but I can still recall (and, in many respects, hear) her words of love, wisdom, encouragement and hope.


"Getting Them There" by Dean of Students Marcela Maldonado

I am a huge fan of TED Talks. I spend far too much time looking for the latest or most interesting ones online, and they often and quickly become what I will turn to when procrastinating about things that need to get done. I find these talks inspiring, even mesmerizing, and relish the minutes I spend absorbed in someone else’s world or line of thinking. Indeed few presentations have impacted me more than Chimamanda Adichie’s highly acclaimed “The Danger of a Single Story.” Hers is a cautionary tale about our incessant need to create a single story about the “other.” Adichie shares “show a people as one thing, as only one thing over and over again, and that is what they become.”


"You're More Creative Than You Think You Are" by Director of Academic Support Gia Batty

Sara Masucci and I recently recorded an episode for our Studies Show podcast about some interesting new research on creativity. The bottom line is that we’ve got it all wrong. We tend to think about creativity as something bestowed on a chosen few at birth, that creative thinking is this innate characteristic that we either have or don’t. We think that those who are creative can draw and paint and post things on Pinterest. Those who deem themselves “not creative” steer clear of creative activities, and see creativity as something they can live without. Students, especially, live in this binary and also tend to see creativity as something that belongs solely in the arts.


"Achieve & Upward Bound: Embodying Nobles’ Commitment to Leadership for the Public Good" by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

The Nobles’ mission could hardly be more aspirational given the commitment to “inspiring leadership for the public good.” Nobles is well known for the challenge of its academic program; the creative and inspirational pedagogy of the faculty; and the breadth and depth of service, travel and study away programs. Less well known, however, are the ways in which Nobles has been steadily and effectively serving the public good through two programs that benefit low income students from Boston and Lawrence to help them realize the advantages of higher education through our Achieve and Upward Bound programs - both part of EXCEL at Nobles.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Happy 2016! We hope that everyone had a relaxing winter break. It is hard to believe that a new year has begun and with that a new semester for students and many activities for parents.


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class I Deans' Report

Greetings and Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that one semester is already gone, and the seniors are now heading down the homestretch of their time at Nobles. We hope that as graduation nears, seniors will find time to reflect upon and appreciate their experience at Nobles. In the hope that Class I takes full advantage of this last semester, we wanted to tell you about some of the annual advice and unique opportunities that we will share with the seniors at our class meeting.


Achieve - Bruins

On Tuesday, February 2 as the Boston Bruins take on the Maple Leafs, the Achieve program will be the featured charity of the 50/50 Raffle at the TD Garden! 

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Grandparents Day 2015 Portrait Information

Grandparents Day portraits are available to view and purchase online through February 3, 2016. Click through to find out more.

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