Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

November 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter November 2016


"The Times Change, Yet in Critical Ways, They Remain the Same" by Head of School Bob Henderson

Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The anti-establishment folk musician who had a hit in 1964 with the song “The Times, They Are A Changin’” is now, over a half century later, receiving one of the ultimate recognitions of establishment honor (although, in his anti-establishment way, it seems Dylan may not show up to receive it). I am not sharing this observation based upon the merits of the award, but rather as an entry point to consideration of the nature of change. Trends and ideas synthesize over time, the illegitimate becomes legitimate and, as former Nobles board president Fred Clifford ’54 was fond of saying, “good begets good.” The only thing one can promise is that change is inevitable.


"Obligations of Citizenship" by Upper School Head Michael Denning and Associate Director of Academic Support Sara Masucci

What are we, as citizens, parents and educators, to do in an age of unprecedented incivility? We are privileged to teach history at Nobles because we believe in its mission to promote “leadership for the public good” and because we want to inspire our students to care for their communities and believe they can “create a more perfect union.” While remaining faithful to the timeless democratic principle that reasonable, ethical people can, will and should respectfully disagree, we champion the search for historical truths because of the ways in which history can powerfully inform a person’s view of our country’s greatness and potential, as well as its challenges.


"Co-Education and the Nobles Mission" by Director of Admission Brooke Asnis '90

Greetings from the Admission Office. This fall, our admission staff members are attending 25 school fairs, visiting dozens of individual schools and serving on numerous panels to talk to prospective families about applying to independent secondary schools (and specifically Nobles). We host an average of 45-50 families per week for tours and interviews. On October 15, we welcomed nearly 1,000 people to our Fall Open House. As admission professionals, we are grateful for the opportunity to represent Nobles and to interact daily with enthusiastic prospective families.


"This Week’s Top Picks: Top 5 School Skills Students Can Learn From Playing Fantasy Football" by Director of Academic Support Gia Batty

This month, I teamed up with Michael Hoe, our resident brain expert (and fantasy football guru), to examine how we can translate all of the cognitive skills that our kids are using to play fantasy football into actual school skills. Yes, I’m seriously writing about this. The bottom line is that if your kids are playing fantasy football, they are practicing and refining some of the key skills required to be successful in school.


"A Parent Guide to Service at Nobles: Not just getting it done, but finding meaningful opportunities" by Director of EXCEL Ben Snyder

At a recent meeting of local independent school leaders I discovered, much to my surprise, that Nobles was the standard bearer in terms of having a significant service requirement. “It isn’t really genuine ‘service’ if it’s required” said one administrator at another school. Someone else shared that their school “encouraged” students to become involved and that “many” did. I walked away simultaneously dismayed by the lack of commitment from peer schools yet proud of the long standing “culture of service” at Nobles and its direct connection to fulfilling our mission of “leadership for the public good.”

From the PA Co-Chairs

We would like to thank our wonderful PA Vice-Chairs, Isabelle Loring and Gina Doyle, and all of the Class Representatives and Event Co-Chairs who have done a superb job with all the socials and events so far this fall. Thank you also to everybody who has attended; we hope you are enjoying spending time with other parents in our Nobles community!


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class III Dean's Report

It has been a whirlwind of a first quarter to say the least. It is always a difficult transition to go from the freedoms offered by the summer months to the rigor of the school year. However, we have incredibly hard-working and engaged students who made this transition effortlessly. As deans, we continue to be in awe of the efforts of our Class III students and we are excited to see them grow and come together as the year progresses. 


Nobles Night this Saturday

Please join us this Saturday, November 5 for a festive evening to celebrate the school's sesquicentennial and Bob Henderson's 17-year headship. 

Nobles Night 2015

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Fall Dance Concert

The Fall Dance Concert showcases faculty and student choreography. Come one, come all to celebrate the body in motion!  

Nobles dance

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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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"New Works" by Bob Freeman

From November 4 through December 18, former longtime artist-in-residence, mentor and Nobles parent Robert Freeman will display his exhibition New Works at Adelson Galleries in Boston’s South End.

Bob Freeman New Works

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Auditions for "Shrek"

Auditions for the Nobles Theatre Collective's 2017 musical, SHREK, will be held November 16 and 17. 


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Foster Gallery Announcements

Find out about upcoming Foster Gallery shows and events for November and December. (Image by Artist-in-Residence Colleen Fitzgerald

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From the Green Team

With so many families driving to and from Nobles every day, and with the promise of colder temperatures arriving, November is a good time to point out the importance of limiting and eliminating idling whenever possible. Our campus is committed to fostering an idle-free environment, and we hope our community of families will consider limiting and eliminating idling in your travels beyond Nobles. Learn more...

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