Students Win Third Place in National Documentary Competition
Grade 8 students joined 2,300 6-12th graders from all across the country, creating short documentaries for CSPAN's StudentCam competition.
For more than five years, Nashoba Brooks School's eighth graders have been investigating current events, scheduling interviews, and producing five to six minute videos illuminating their chosen topic. Ms. Gatti, the Grade 8 social studies teacher, inherited and expanded upon her predecessor's curriculum for this engaging, national contest. This year three Nashoba Brooks students, Ava, Divi and Caroline, submitted a response called "Misinformation in the Voting System," which won a third place cash prize in the Middle School students division.
Ms. Gatti's unit starts with an introduction to government and its operations, and as her students discuss different aspects, they eventually agree on a focus area. This year's theme for StudentCam was "Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021," and Ms. Gatti's class decided to discover who is left out of the voting process and what that means for legislation. She explains how she urges students to think critically: "I respond, during their discussion, with counter arguments to encourage them to really prove to me why their topic is important." Students are then broken into groups, answering different parts of the question. Ms. Gatti was impressed by all the final videos: "The Grade 8 students showed incredible strength, collaboration, and dedication. I am so proud of their work!"
This week, Nashoba Brooks announced its “reVision Tuition Plan” to reduce tuition and provide parents with three years of visibility into annual tuition costs. The School’s plan will cut tuition by an average of 15% over the next three years, reducing costs for families by an average of 5% each year from current rates.
Building on the School's history of inspired education and innovation, we are excited to expand our offerings through this pilot program and a chance to reach new students beyond our School community. Whether you are looking to enrich your child’s learning with an engaging workshop or get some extra help with schoolwork, you will meet knowledgeable instructors who bring creativity, experience, and a warm, inclusive approach. Check out our various sessions, and meet our talented team of online instructors!
On October 28, Head of School Danielle Heard, Assistant Head of Lower School Tim Croft, School Counselor Liz Joyce, and Middle School Science Teacher Susan Lewis, presented at the National Coalition for Girls Schools’ Educating Girls Symposium on “Building Inclusive Anti-racist School Communities.”
Nashoba Brooks School’s social-emotional learning objectives are spread across disciplines and departments, and one of the most significant pieces for our middle school students is their health and wellness class. Guida Mattison, who has been helping young people navigate the world of personal development awareness since 2007, is continually modifying her curriculum while she learns alongside her students.
Tuesdays at Nashoba Brooks are half days for students, but for teachers, the afternoons are filled with professional development opportunities and much needed planning meetings. Now more than ever, with so much packed into a day, teachers are valuing a time to forget about sanitizing for a moment and enrich their love of the craft.
On August 27, 2020, as we got ready to open our doors to the new school year and the challenges of a hybrid learning model, bestselling author and expert on leadership development Rachel Simmons helped our parents to be thoughtful about supporting our students’ return to the classroom.
Had you asked Kaitlyn Giles McHugh as a Grade 5 student at Nashoba Brooks School what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have given three distinct answers—an architect, a lawyer, or a marine biologist.
Grade 8 students presented a summary of their Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) experience, sharing their newly acquired knowledge of the meaning and impact of philanthropy with parents, employees, and special guests from the Foundation for MetroWest, which sponsors the YIP program.
Alumna Elisabeth Reidy Denison ‘04 has immense gratitude for having the freedom during her formative years at Nashoba Brooks School to “write more or less what I wanted.” That rare and special time created the seedbed for her remarkable and prolific writing career.
Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, Massachusetts, Nashoba Brooks School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 3, and girls in Grades 4 through 8. Nashoba Brooks is an independent school designed to build community, character, and confidence in its students.