Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

September 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter September 2016

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"Schools and Parenting in a More Complex Digital Age" by Head of School Bob Henderson

As the tenure of my headship enters its closing year, people ask me with greater frequency what has changed most about school leadership over the more than two decades I have been a head and over the more than three decades I have been a senior administrator. The answer is quite straightforward: these institutions are vastly more complicated enterprises than early in my career. 

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"My Teacher, My Friend" by Head of the Upper School Michael Denning

Marlies Stueart is my teacher. I met Frau Stueart in the fall of 1981 when I entered her German I class as a new ninth grader. My memories of my first days with Frau Stueart are clearer than those of most other events of the past 35 years. As my school’s only German instructor, Frau Stueart had to endure my adolescent self five days a week from 1981 to 1985. Her burden was my good fortune.

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"Influencing an Adolescent's Core" by Dean of Students Mark Spence

A lot has happened within the country and the world over the last three months. In many ways, it has been a difficult summer. Many issues have been in the spotlight. Whether it be gun control, race, terrorism, political correctness, immigration, human rights, police/community relations, employment or religion; these complex issues have taken their place in the forefront of our lives.

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"A Healthy Net of Support" by Director of Counseling, Jen Hamilton, Licensed Psychologist

Every time I get asked by a new acquaintance what I do for a living, I feel proud to tell them that I work at Noble and Greenough School. There is usually a follow-up question to find out more about Nobles. What makes it special, or how is it different from other independent schools? I explain that while Nobles is top-notch for academic rigor, we also have an unsurpassed level of student support. 

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“Safety First: An EXCEL Global/Immersion Mantra" by Director of the Cabot/Anderson Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

Whenever I get close to construction sites, I am continually struck by the prominence of the often ubiquitous “safety first” message. On t-shirts and signage the message is clear — above and beyond all else, safety is the primary concern. The same message applies directly to all Nobles global/immersion experiences, and is our highest priority as we build programs for Nobles students. Given the current global and domestic environments, it is important for parents to know the measures we take to insure the health and safety of all Nobles travelers.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome, parents, to the 2016-2017 school year! As this year’s co-chairs of the Nobles Parents’ Association, we are excited for the new school year, and would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family.

 
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Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class I Dean's Report

Welcome back! We hope you and your family had a fantastic summer. We’re excited about the beginning of the new school year and are especially looking forward to working with the wonderful class of 2017. This class is special in so many ways, and we’re honored to serve as the Class I deans.


News

Save the Date: Grandparents' Day

Grandparents Day will be on Friday, Sept. 30 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:35 p.m.

Grandparents Day at Nobles

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Volunteer Opportunity in the Putnam Library

Would you like to volunteer in the Putnam Library at Nobles?

Tower Collection, Nobles Library

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Foster Gallery Welcomes Artist-in-Residence Colleen Fitzgerald

Nobles welcomes New England-based visual artist and educator Colleen Fitzgerald as our 2016 Artist-in-Residence. Her show, and over again, will open the 2016-17 Foster Gallery season on September 12.  

Colleen Fitzgerald

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Save the Date: Nobles Night

A festive evening to celebrate Nobles' sesquicentennial will be held Saturday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: This is not a student event.

Nobles Night 2015

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