Head of Fenn School Jerry Ward is the 2018 Ellis Lecture Guest Speaker
On Tuesday, April 3, Nashoba Brooks School hosted its annual Ellis Lecture with guest speaker Jerry Ward, Headmaster at The Fenn School. Jerry addressed School employees and recounted lessons learned during his long and distinguished career in education and two and a half decades at Fenn. His words shed light on the education of boys, the shared missions of both institutions, and the contributions of his wife Lorraine--his partner in life and at Fenn--who passed away last year.
Jerry talked about the importance of teaching, the at-times “arduous” profession of shaping lives. Comparing teaching to the challenging role of parenting, he pointed out that with teaching it takes faith to know that one’s efforts are indeed making a difference even when the effects are not yet known.
Jerry also talked about the benefits of a single-sex education. “In a single sex school we get to understand in greater depth who these boys and girls are,” he said. This perspective is one he shared with his late wife Lorraine, a former class dean at Wellesley College. Single sex schools give both boys and girlsthe chance to take time out from each other.
Employees enjoyed listening to Jerry talk about the emotional complexity and distinguishing characteristics of boys: their physical energy, delight in being comrades, appetite for competition, eagerness to help in urgent situations, their quickness to move on from slight or injury, and of course, their delight in and thirst for what is fun and funny.
Forty years into his career as an educator, Jerry Ward continues to engage and inspire educators.
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.