Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2017

Nobles Parents' Newsletter March 2017


"Transition" by Head of School Bob Henderson

One of the most pleasant responsibilities of a Nobles head of school is to get out on the road and visit with graduates doing fascinating things with their lives all around the country. This year so far I have spent time in California, Colorado and New York. One conversation, however, struck me with particular power and poignancy.


"Community Ties" by Head of the Upper School Michael Denning

As my AP European History class concluded on the Friday before Presidents’ Day Weekend, some students and I spent a few minutes sharing our excitement about the coming four-day break. Amid their talk of family trips and plans with friends, I offered how relaxing I thought it would be to spend several days in blue jeans and a sweatshirt, reading and spending time with family. 


"Stories as Pathways to Understanding" by Co-Dean of Diversity Erica Pernell

Beginning at the age of twelve, I spent every weekend of every summer traveling to play competitive fast-pitch softball. What I loved most about those car trips were my parents’ stories of neighborhood rock bands, sibling mischief, and schoolyard fights. They were suddenly people who existed previous to and separate from me.


"Just Keep Pedaling" by Director of Academic Support Gia Batty

I have recently started teaching indoor cycling (spin) classes here at Nobles—an early morning class for adults and one in the afternoon for students. During a recent mind-wandering moment while I was “pushing through the resistance” as I was instructed to do in a spin class I was taking, I started thinking about how so many of the instructions I give while I’m teaching on the bike (like having to push through resistance) can be applied to life off the bike.


"We're All In This Together" by Director of Counseling and Licensed Psychologist Jen Hamilton

I was recently talking to friend about her teenage daughter when she asked me to recommend a good book to help her navigate some parenting issues. As I sifted through my mind for useful titles, it dawned on me that often with parenting, as with many other important matters, the conventional wisdom is constantly in flux.

From the PA Co-Chairs

March is a relatively quiet month for the PA compared to the flurry of activity in February. A huge thank you to all the class reps and parent volunteers who organized surprise class lunches, coffees, and many other parent events. Parent volunteers are constantly working behind the scenes to bring us all together and it has been wonderful to see so many parents on campus attending events and strengthening our parent community. 


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class III Dean's Report

Since January, all students have been very busy with their many academic commitments, including the U.S. History Research Project, their involvement in sports, the theater, and other extracurricular activities. As you may know, many of our Class III students were involved in, and performed in the musical Shrek. We are sure that everyone is looking forward to vacation in order to relax and recharge for the final quarter of the year. To all of those traveling on Nobles spring break trips, we extend our best wishes for a safe and wonderful experience.


Chamber Music Concert March 8

Don't miss the beautiful music of our talented chamber musicians on Wednesday, March 8, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

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New Exhibition at Foster Gallery

Artist David Shannon-Lier explores mortality through his photographs of altered landscapes, showing in Foster Gallery through April 7.

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Rally Day 2017: Answer the Call!

The fourth annual Nobles Rally Day will take place on Friday, March 31. Click on the image of Mr. Baker to watch the video and "click for more" to find out more about Rally Day.

Rally Day 2017

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