Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter October 2016


"Everything Works" by Provost Bill Bussey

I remember when Bob Henderson first arrived at Nobles. That first Saturday morning, following the opening of school, both of us were standing at the base of the ’56 Path looking across the emerald fields. We stared silently at a distant employee preparing the grass for future contests. No one else was within view. He seemed in awe of the expanse before him and was taking it all in as if he was staring at the Alps. And then he said aloud, more to himself, I suspect, than to me, “Everything works.” 


"Building Resilience In the Amazon" by Assistant Head of School and Head of the Middle School John Gifford

We took a relatively short flight from Quito (where, due to the altitude, a walk to the hotel elevator was like a trek up a mountainside) to Coca. From there we flung our bags on top of a bus which drove us for 30 minutes to the banks of a tributary of the Amazon River called the Rio Napo. 


"Tweeting from 10 Campus Drive" by Director of College Counseling Kate Boyle Ramsdell

Big news: We have joined the Twitter revolution – eagerly and with quiet nightly prayers for more followers. We are sharing both practical information (upcoming deadlines and events) and more philosophical musings (links to articles we think are worth your consideration). Follow us @Nobles_CC.


"Paying Attention" by Dean of Faculty Maura Sullivan

One of the things that I enjoy most about working at Nobles is that I am constantly learning. I know that many of my colleagues would echo this feeling. As teachers, we are charged with educating the students. We can be confident that a Nobles graduate will be well versed in how to write a good essay, support a thesis with evidence, communicate in another language, perform in front of an audience, analyze data, and appreciate art. But the real learning that happens at Nobles is not about content or skills. 

From the PA Co-Chairs

We hope you are all feeling settled into the routine of the new school year, and were able to enjoy some of the PA events in September. Thank you to everyone who organized, helped and attended!


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 eleven wonderful new students to the Class of 2018. Everyone seems to have adjusted well from the slower pace of the summer months to the quickened one of the school year. They did a wonderful job at the retreat, jumping right into the challenging day of team-building, innovation, and public speaking.


Grandparents Day 2016 Slideshow

More than 400 grandparents joined students in their classrooms on September 30. 

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Grandparents Day 2016 Portrait Information

Find out how to order portraits from Grandparents Day 2016.

Grandparents Day

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Upcoming Performing Arts Events

Please mark your calendars for Nobles' exciting fall productions. 

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7th Head of School Announced

On September 23, 2016, the Noble and Greenough School Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Catherine J. Hall as Nobles’ seventh head of school. Learn more and watch the welcome video.

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From the Green Team

More than half of Massachusetts is experiencing an extreme drought. What can we do?

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