Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

September 2017

Nobles Parents' Newsletter September 2017


"A Fresh Sense of Purpose" by Head of School Catherine J. Hall, Ph.D.

As our students and teachers return this week to our hallways and fields, there is a tremendous energy and renewed sense of purpose and opportunity that has filled the school. The students are the center of our work, and it is so great to have everyone streaming back to start what will be a fantastic year.


"Learning From (and Living Like) a Genius" by Head of the Upper School Michael Denning

As I awaited the solar eclipse that dominated the imaginations of so many this summer, I became immersed in Walter Isaacson’s magnificent biography of Albert Einstein, Einstein: His Life and Universe. As I worked my way through this book, however, I found myself focusing on not only Einstein’s amazing ideas, but also Isaacson’s descriptions of Einstein’s character and what we can learn from the habits of heart and mind of Time magazine’s “Person of the Century.”


"Learning to Listen" by Dean of Students Mark Spence

Inside and outside of Nobles, a lot has transpired this summer. On campus, our new head of school has joined our community alongside new faculty, staff and students. Beyond Nobles, national and international events have challenged us all in uncomfortable ways, leaving us searching for explanations and a way forward.


"Afraid of Being 'Found Out'" by Director of Counseling Jen Hamilton

We all likely have vivid recollections of the last time we started a new school, even if it was decades ago. For many of us, there may be visceral memories of the excitement and nervousness we felt. Yet there is one extremely common experience that students are much more hesitant to mention: The fear that we may be in way over our heads.


"A Nobles Parent Guide to EXCEL" or "What Does EXCEL Stand For, Anyway?" from Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

Since Nobles adopted “EXCEL” as the moniker to describe the broad variety of experiential programs the school offers, I have gotten all sorts of attempts at what EXCEL stands for. Most people get the “experiential” right, but after that, all bets are what does EXCEL stand for?

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome, parents, to the 2017-2018 school year! As this year’s co-chairs of the Nobles Parents’ Association, we are excited for the new school year, and we would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family.


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

From the Class I Deans

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 2018. This class is special in so many ways, and we’re honored to serve as the Class I Deans.


Volunteer in the Library?

Tower Collection, Nobles Library

As we amp up to move into our beautiful new library space this winter, we would love your help!

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Save the Date: Nobles Night

A special evening of celebration for adults in the Nobles community 

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Foster Gallery: Artist in Residence

We are pleased to announce that Boston-based photographer Tommy Matthews will be our artist-in-residence for 2017.

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Save the Date: Grandparents Day

Please join us Friday, May 4, 2018!

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