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Learning Theme Events

Each year, we center learning around a theme that connects to one of our core NMH principles. 

Throughout the year, that theme is woven into everything we do: classes, activities, athletics, special events. Guests who are engaged in work related to the theme come to campus to connect with students, speaking at all-school meetings, visiting classrooms, and joining small-group gatherings.


"Citizenship and Service”
is the theme for the 2022-23 academic year.




This year, our learning theme series kicked off with a visit from U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts’ 2nd Congressional District, chair of the House Rules Committee. McGovern, who has focused on human rights and food insecurity during his time in Congress, spoke about the importance of public service and connected with students about the issues that are important to them.

In November, Larry Spotted Crow Mann, author and citizen of the Nipmuc Tribe, shared about his work around cultural and environmental awareness, spirituality, and youth sobriety in the indigenous community. A traditional storyteller, tribal musician, and cultural educator, Mann is co-director of the Ohketeau (“place to grow”) Cultural Center in Ashfield, Massachusetts, which offers interdisciplinary education through workshops, dance, music, and art. In 2021, he received the NAACP’s Indigenous Peoples Award. “The most important thing you can learn about Native people is that they are still here — a living presence” Mann said. 


Themes from previous years: