State of the School: An Evening of Innovation and Inspiration
The Nashoba Brooks School community--parents, employees, and members of the Board of Trustees--gathered in Wallace Dining Commons on Thursday, January 18, for the annual State of the School meeting.
Led by Head of School Danielle Heard and President of the Board of Trustees Jason Robart P'09 facilitated the meeting. Danielle opened the meeting with a welcome, thoughts on the School’s strength, key metrics, innovation, and the “possibilities” ahead. “As an institution, we are always moving, always innovating, always improving.”
Danielle then invited several members of the community to reflect on dashboard data related to the current state of the School from their perspectives as employees, committee members, and leaders of strategic initiatives at Nashoba Brooks. Danielle highlighted the #Concord_Portal as one initiative that has broadened student perspectives and enhanced their learning experiences by connecting our community with sites around the world. Attendees had the opportunity to experience the Portal before the start of the meeting with a connection to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Danielle asked Director of Educational Technology and Innovation Hank Bryant; current parent and member of the Board of Trustees Investment Subcommittee A.J. Sohn; Maggie Barbuto, Director of Finance and Operations; Jane O’Connor, Assistant Director of the Lower School; Regina Nixon, Director of Admission; Nicole Chan, Director of Annual Giving; and Director of External Programs Kerry Stevens to share insights from the perspective of their roles. Highlights included key metrics: growth in endowment (113% over 10 years), increase in annual giving (47% over 10 years), and increase in applications for admission year-to-date (more than 100% over the last three years).
Following the employee presentations, Jason Robart noted the strength of the program at Nashoba Brooks as a reflection of the School’s dedication to its strategic directions. Jason introduced the Design Thinking experience. Participants engaged in a hands-on exercise to envision future opportunities for education and innovation at Nashoba Brooks School.
The evening illustrated the strength of the School today, the positive momentum of the community, and the foundation for the future of Nashoba Brooks.
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
Rachel Simmons, best-selling author of Enough As She Is and Odd Girl Out, visited Nashoba Brooks School on Thursday night, February 7, for a raw and candid conversation on the challenges and mounting pressures facing adolescent girls and young women today.
The magnificent and colorful works of shark art lining the hallways of Grade 3 (a project led by art teacher Kara Angeloni-Williams) gives only a brief, but artistic, glimpse into all that transpired in a two-month unit of study on sharks.
In October 2017, Nashoba Brooks Alum Meghan Spring (‘90) became the youngest appointed judge in Massachusetts after Governor Charlie Baker nominated her to serve as Associate Justice in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court.
Culminating their integrated classroom unit on nighttime, Kindergarten students and their families gathered at Nashoba Brooks School for Kindergarten Night Magic, a beloved decades-long School tradition and an important part of the Kindergarten curriculum.