Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

January 2017

Nobles Parents' Newsletter January 2017


"What Matters Most" by Head of School Bob Henderson

For me, the point of teaching high school history is not the mastery of information. In the age of the Internet and instantaneous access to information, the need to pound in details seems quaintly obsolete. Instead, my goal as a history teacher is to impart broader understanding of the world and humanity.


"Everybody Flubs" by Head of the Upper School Michael Denning

Itzhak Perlman and Josef Federman have built international reputations in their respective fields, music and journalism. Perlman is perhaps the most recognized and celebrated violinist living today while Federman is the longtime Associated Press (AP) Bureau Chief in Jerusalem. Last spring, they met on the occasion of the announcement of Perlman as the winner of The Genesis Prize, an award for lifetime achievement that is often referred to as Israel’s Nobel Prize.


"Decoding 2016's Education Buzzwords" by Director of Academic Support Gia Batty

From Analog Learning to STEAM, 2016 was definitely the year of the education buzzword. Whether you were reading a blog, listening to the radio, chatting on the sidelines, or making small talk at a dinner party, it’s likely you’ve heard at least one of these terms this year. 


"A Second Home" by Dean of Students Mark Spence

I love the winter holidays. It’s a time where I return home to Montréal to spend time with my family and friends. There is no better feeling than crossing the Champlain Bridge into downtown Montréal. The view of the Montréal skyline from the bridge is stunning, invariably stirring within me memories of family, friends and holidays past.


"The Reality of Secondary School Admission" by Director of Admission Brooke Asnis

My first job after graduating from college was as an Admission Officer at Harvard College. I spent each fall traveling throughout the southeast and midwest, visiting schools and speaking with prospective students about Harvard. For a young person who had never left the country, it was a thrill to explore new places from Mobile, Alabama to Green Bay, Wisconsin in my limited spare time on the road.

From the PA Co-Chairs

We warmly welcome all families back on campus as we begin the second semester of the year. We hope everyone had a relaxing and restorative holiday break.


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class I Dean's Report

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 that spirit, we wanted to share with you some of the annual advice and unique opportunities we offer our seniors as we encourage them to take full advantage of their last semester.


Concert Calendar: Save the Date

It's concert season for our choral groups and wind/string/orchestra performers.


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Visual Arts Faculty Show at Foster Gallery

"Object, Image, Space," the biennial showcase of works by the Visual Arts Department faculty, opens January 12 and runs through February 10. 

Betsy Vanoot

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Mandatory March Trip Meeting

Is your child going on a March EXCEL trip? Mark your calendar for the mandatory meeting for travelers and parents in January.

South Africa EXCEL

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