Life Lessons in Music Class
When was the last time you challenged yourself to take a risk?
The other day I had the opportunity to observe our Grade 8 students in music class during a mini-lesson involving the impromptu performance of an acapella avant-garde composition. This is a tall ask for anyone of any age, but our students didn’t miss a beat. This exchange stood out for me as they asked to reflect on their experience:
Visiting Teacher: How did that feel? Was it a little weird?
Student 1: Oh, this is Nashoba Brooks. Most of us have been together since preschool. We do weird stuff all the time.
Student 2: [With graceful redirect] Yes, we are comfortable taking risks together, because we trust each other.
What a gift to work in a school where students enjoy taking health risks together, finding joy in trying something new, and knowing they can count on each other to support them as they do. This may not be what you remember from your own middle school experience, but this is what we do at Nashoba Brooks School every day. We believe that middle school can and should be an opportunity to dig deep, embrace new challenges, explore new ideas, and stretch. Sometimes leaning into something “a little weird” provides a new opportunity to stretch and grow. When was the last time you challenged yourself to take a risk? What will you do today to stretch and grow? Who do you count on to support you as you do?
Alongside the book fair and poetry month, April has been a wonderful time for literature at Nashoba Brooks School. Sharon Draper and Jen Campbell, two celebrated authors, left their mark on the community over the past few weeks.
More than 75 parents responded to this year’s annual School survey and numbers were well balanced across all grade levels. The results of the survey are impressive and the feedback the parents offer to the School is glowing.
As Black History Month comes to a close, students and faculty alike celebrate diversity, acknowledging that a school is not only classrooms, gymnasiums, and fields, but also the people within these walls. Each year and at every grade level our students contemplate the presence and importance of different backgrounds, experiences and beliefs. And this month provides community members with an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Black in America.
Rachel Adams graduated from Nashoba Brooks School in 2001. She went on to study at Lawrence Academy followed by Maine College of Art and Design. Now living in Portland as a successful artist, textile designer, entrepreneur, wife and mother of two, Rachel shares her journey from student to full time artist.
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Nashoba Brooks' school counselor, Liz Joyce, was accepted as a 2021-2022 fellow by The National Coalition of Girls' Schools' Global Action Research Collaborative. NCGS is an advocacy group that helps connect schools and organizations that educate and empower girls.
On Wednesday, October 20, the School held a dedication event to officially name the Sureau Family Discovery Barn. While the pandemic limited the size of the event, the community looks forward to a larger spring celebration of this compelling new addition to our campus facilities.
This year our students celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by investigating a myriad of Hispanic and Latinx scholars, writers, and activists. In the first half of the month, students explored fifteen impactful individuals and events, selected by the Inclusivity Leadership Team (ILT).
Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, Massachusetts, Nashoba Brooks School enrolls all genders in Preschool through Grade 3, and students identifying as girls in Grades 4 through 8. Nashoba Brooks is an independent school designed to build community, character, and confidence in its students.