Visiting Morning with the Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees
This year’s Annual Meeting of the Nashoba Brooks School Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees Visiting Day took place on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
The Nashoba Brooks School community enjoyed reconnecting with this extraordinary group of friends, visionaries, and stewards of the School. Board of Visitors Chair John McClellan opened the meeting by acknowledging the common thread that united everyone in the room. “This remarkable School has done something transformative for someone in our lives,” John stated. He went on to reflect on the impact the School has had on his daughters, accomplished alumnae of Nashoba Brooks, and on the leadership and vision of Head of School Danielle Heard.
Danielle updated the members on the state of the School, providing profiles of the student body, teaching employees, Grade 8 next school placement, and School finances—including the ten-year growth in the endowment by +147 percent.
Following the presentations, members of the Board of Visitors and trustees had an opportunity to spend time with some of our students. Music teachers Paul Benzaquin and Christel Michaud led students in choral and advanced ensemble performances. Visitors also enjoyed interacting with third, fourth, and eighth grade students one-on-one as they explained various projects they had recently completed.
The morning concluded with a “disruption” exercise led by Board of Trustees President Jason Robart who invited attendees to think about how to best prepare for a future that is vastly unknown. He referenced brands such as AirBNB, Lyft, and Uber that disrupted industries using existing capacity in the market. “We need to be open for change, be prepared for it...to build skills now for what is different in the future.” Many ideas emerged from the exercise including ways to think beyond the walls of our campus to offer more transformational opportunities to more students and approaches to better prepare students to lead in the 21st century.
It was a morning of inspiration and we look forward to welcoming our Board of Visitors members back to campus soon.
Nashoba Brooks School officially unveiled the new Shilling STEAM Lab, an innovation hub “where learning comes together” to advance the School’s ongoing commitment to the strategic directions of innovation, inclusivity, and impact.
Nashoba Brooks School employees and parents gathered at Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Center yesterday for a powerful and timely presentation focused on understanding and managing anxiety by author Lynn Lyons, LICSW: Beyond Calming Down: Shifting the Anxiety Paradigm from Avoidance to Action.
This spring, the Grade 7 class at Nashoba Brooks School traveled up to Camp Takodah in New Hampshire for a two-day experience filled with team building activities and opportunities to push beyond their comfort zone.
On Tuesday, June 4, members of the Nashoba Brooks community came to campus In celebration of Merry Long and her 40 years at Nashoba Brooks School. It was a pleasure to welcome back many familiar faces, past and present, which included current and past parents, alumni, employees, friends, and family.
Throughout April and May, Nashoba Brooks School students in Grades 2 through 5 volunteered their time to the Read for Seeds fundraiser at Gaining Ground, a non-profit organic farm in Concord that helps those in need by donating all of their produce to meal programs and food pantries in the area.
On Saturday, May 19, the Nashoba Brooks School track and field team had a successful and winning meet at the Hillside School in Marlborough. Six runners from Nashoba Brooks had outstanding accomplishments.
Under the direction of Nashoba Brooks School employees, Lisa Stanley, art teacher, and, Kendra Aber-Ferri, library director and transliteracy integration specialist, Grade 8 students picked historic events that occurred during their lifetime, researched the event, and presented the rationale behind why the event needed to be memorialized