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.
by Meredith Gannon, Grade 4 homeroom and humanities teacher
In all aspects of our children’s lives, we want them to engage in new experiences. Our hope is that children will grasp new opportunities, build connections with peers and mentors, and diversify their skill sets. However, taking that first step is challenging.
Internationally recognized thought leader in K-12 education Grant Lichtman visited campus for the day to share his insights into today’s evolving K-12 landscape, addressing how parents and educators can support our students through change and innovation to best prepare for the future.
Grade 4 students visited the Google office in Cambridge on April 27. Led by Grade 4 teachers Laura Lande and Meredith Gannon and Science teacher Kelly Western, the excursion entailed meeting with a panel of Google software engineers working on Search, YouTube, Android, and corporate infrastructure.
It was an elegant evening of celebration for the Nashoba Brooks School community at the 2018 Spring Soirée: Champagne and Silhouettes on Saturday, April 28. More than 200 guests—including current and past parents, alumni, employees, member of the Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors—arrived in style to raise a glass to the many successes the School community enjoyed this year.
Thanks to the very generous support of a thoughtful donor, Nashoba Brooks School will be adding a fantastic new play structure to the Middle School outdoor space this spring. The climbing dome was designed specifically to promote and support inclusive engagement for students in Grades 4-8.
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.
On Saturday, February 24, Nashoba Brooks School joined members of The Robbins House to facilitate a powerful conversation with university students in the Rwandan group Resonate, an organization that strives to unlock the leadership potential of women and girls through confidence building workshops and storytelling.
Nashoba Brooks School welcomed current and prospective families as well as friends in the community for a festive roster of activities during Winter Weekend 2018: Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28.
Nashoba Brooks Middle School students participated in the the annual Collect and Sort for Cradles to Crayons at Nashoba Brooks School on Saturday, November 18. The event, organized and promoted by our fifth graders, was a huge success--and will provide needed items to more than 600 children in the Boson area.
On October 10, the School Safety committee welcomed current parents to a meeting on School Safety, which included a presentation by Michele Gay, Co-founder and Executive Director of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative.
On Friday, June 2, Massachusetts State Representatives Kay Kahn and Cory Atkins joined with representatives from C-SPAN and Comcast in celebrating Nashoba Brooks' six winning teams in the 2017 Middle School C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition.
Cathy Bass, Nashoba Brooks School’s Library and Transliteracy Integration Specialist, has been awarded a grant to participate in a National Endowment for Humanities workshop focusing on the artistic expressions of the Gullah.
C-SPAN has announced that Lauren Funk, Nashoba Brooks School’s Grades 7-8 Social Studies teacher and Grade 6-8 Team Leader, is one of 30 educators from across the nation selected to attend C-SPAN Classroom’s 2016 Educators’ Conference in Washington, DC, July 11-12, 2016.
Jake Davey, a Grade 3 teacher at Nashoba Brooks School, has been awarded a Klingenstein Summer Institute Fellowship for 2016. The Klingenstein Center is part of Teachers College at Columbia University.
The first of this year’s graduations was joyfully celebrated this morning when teachers, administrators, parents, relatives, and friends gathered to honor the 27 members of Nashoba Brooks School’s third grade.