Parent Update: April 4, 2019
Q: Who are three-time NMH parents whose family has been invested in the NMH community for 20 years?
A: Head of School Charlie Tierney and Gina Onushco P’16, ’19, ’20!
So when Charlie told me he wanted to make a “splash” (think cannonball into Forslund Gym pool!) in support of the NMH Parents Fund this school year, the parent resources office immediately jumped on board. I knew NMH parents would enthusiastically join a project in support of their students, especially since their students also are participating.
The end of the school year is approaching, and I hope you will make a participatory gift to the NMH Parents Fund today. You could make it in honor of an NMH faculty member who has made a difference in your student’s life, in honor of your student, or even in honor of Charlie’s service to NMH. Your participation means a lot to the NMH school community.
Watch Charlie tell us why he supports the NMH Parents Fund and the difference your participation makes.
As you are planning for the summer, researching camps, and thinking about a relaxing family vacation, open a new tab in your browser and make a gift to NMH. It will take only a minute or two of your time, yet will have a lasting impact on this great education. Show the NMH community that NMH parents are all in!
And thank you to all the NMH parents who already have participated in Charlie’s Challenge!
Director of Parent Resources
Spring Long Weekend Starts April 13
NMH’s third and final long weekend of the year begins April 13 as soon as students’ athletic, arts, and workjob commitments are completed. Students who have no Saturday obligations may leave on Friday after meeting all commitments. There are no classes on Monday, April 15, and classes resume on Tuesday, April 16.
Boarding students are expected to return to campus between 2 and 7:30 pm on Monday, April 15. There is a return charter bus service available from Boston and New York on Monday. If your student will be late returning to campus, please call the duty phone in your student’s dorm after 7 pm, or call the duty dean at 413-498-3326. If your student’s plans change during the weekend (later departure, earlier return), parents must notify the duty dean.
Dorms remain open during the long weekend. Whether they are staying or leaving, students must complete an online travel form by midnight on Wednesday, April 10, indicating their plans. If your student is not going to be with you off campus, you must contact your student’s dorm head to grant permission for their travel plans. Activities will be available for students who remain on campus. Information about the activities and Alumni Hall hours will be posted in the “Students” Google group (for student viewing), at various locations throughout campus, and on the NMH calendar.
Some of the exciting and enriching opportunities offered by NMH are found nowhere near campus! This winter, a group of NMH students, who were enrolled in history, English, and environmental science, explored New Zealand’s North Island for three weeks.
While that interdisciplinary travel program was academically focused, students left their class materials behind, carrying only their journals on the trip. Their main focus was to engage fully in activities such as hiking the Tongariro crossing, helping in a garden at the Pakihara community, or learning how to row a waka (traditional Maori canoe). The connections students made with community leaders and teenagers on this trip added real-life perspective that affected their academics after returning to campus, and added to each student’s life at NMH and beyond.
Meanwhile, another group of NMH students practiced their health-screening skills during spring break by conducting home health care visits in Belize. Linked with a winter term co-curricular class, these students trained with trip leaders, including health center nurse Gail Powers P’17, in preparation for their visit. In between holding elementary school health workshops on topics including oral health (shown above), hand washing, nutrition, and lice, NMH students hiked the Mayan archeological site of Caracol and learned how to make corn tortillas from scratch. The students returned to NMH with a wider view of the the health care field and with plans to form a Student Strategic Advisory Group focused on peer advising, to aid the global engagement office (GEO) in planning future trips abroad.
Whether New Zealand, Belize, or the upcoming trip to Ghana, students often return from NMH study-abroad programs with new perspectives and an expanded worldview. Traveling opens students to experiences outside of their comfort zone, which helps shape them into adaptable, flexible, and self-aware global leaders. To learn which programs your student is eligible to join, see the GEO web page or contact the global engagement office.
Dancers’ Work Chosen for Regional Festival
During spring break, 11 NMH dancers traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, for the Regional High School Dance Festival. Three original works choreographed by NMH students were selected to be performed at the event.
These pieces debuted in the NMH fall dance concert, the theme of which was “Power & Powerlessness.” The festival selected only 10 pieces from more than 100 student works for the student choreography showcase. We’re proud that two came from NMH, choreographed by Aïssatou Thiam ’19 and Via Schatz-Allison ’21. The showcase is adjudicated by a panel of choreographers and faculty from various college dance programs.
Thiam’s piece, “Administration,” is a quintet that uses elements from hip-hop and the Horton technique, and is an artistic representation and reflection of society today. It draws from the stories of big companies and industries controlling the public's thoughts and actions via technology. Schatz-Allison presented “Equilibrium,” a modern quartet that explores power dynamics in relationships. The movement draws on the force within dancers to move rhythmically through fluidity and power, connecting dancers to self and to a community.
In addition, the festival presented 12 pieces by student choreographers from around the country in an informal concert. This included the tap trio piece “Subject to Exposure” choreographed by Ella Bathory-Peeler ’20. It dives into vulnerability, and uses feet as an instrument, playing with “Little Niles” by Randy Weston.
Congratulations to the NMH dance program and to the choreographers and dancers who performed and presented their original works.
Choreography: Aïssatou Thiam
Music: “Shortline” by RY X
Dancers: Maia Castro-Santos ’20, Natalie Foster ’20, Amelia Hong ’21, Via Schatz Allison, Aïssatou Thiam
Choreography: Via Schatz-Allison
Music: “Blackbird” by Nina Simone
Dancers: Maia Castro-Santos, Amelia Hong, Via Schatz-Allison, Julia (Chujun) Zhao ’19
Costume design: Emily Pham ’20
“Subject to Exposure”
Choreography: Ella Bathory-Peeler
Music: “Little Niles” by Randy Weston
Dancers: Ella Bathory-Peeler, Natalie Foster ’20, Aïssatou Thiam
Commencement eve dinner reservations: Reservations for the May 25, 2019, Commencement eve dinner can be made here. Reservations are required, and the deadline is May 19. The dinner is held in Alumni Hall from 6:30 to 8 pm. Commencement 2019 is on May 26; details can be found here.
Re-enrollment: All re-enrollment forms for the 2019–20 school year and a tuition deposit are due this Friday, April 5, so your student may participate in course selection and room draw. Please complete all forms if you haven’t done so. Thank you to those who have submitted their forms.
Meet the incoming head of school: We enjoyed seeing many NMH parents at the Boston event welcoming Head of School Designate Brian Hargrove to the NMH community. Enjoy these photographs from the event. We hope to see more of you at the events on April 9 (in San Francisco) and April 25 (in New York City). Please email any questions.
Film festival comes to NMH: Thanks to the generosity of an NMH family, Mountainfilm is coming to NMH on Friday, April 5. This collection of documentaries celebrates the indomitable human spirit and the outdoors with films ranging in length from three to 20 minutes. See more details here.
More from the health center about vaping/Juuling: As you have read in past issues of Parent Update, vaping numbers are on the rise. Read this new message from NMH Director of Medicine Sara Rourke, MD ’94.
New photos and videos of students: Among the recent additions to our Flickr galleries are images of students gathering sap and making maple syrup on the NMH farm, lacrosse players, and Intensive Studio Art class. Our social-media posts are aggregated on NMH Social.
May exam schedule: With spring upon us, the end of the academic year is sight … and that includes exams. Students are expected to be on campus through the end of the last final-exam period. Each course will include a culminating assessment or experience that students are expected to complete or attend.
Congressman visits NMH: The Wantman State of the World Speaker Series will welcome Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) on April 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Rhodes Room of Beveridge Hall. The event is open to the public, and NMH parents are invited to attend.
Students vote on summer reading: The NMH library is in full competition mode with another year of "March Madness: Battle of the Books." See which books are vying to be chosen.
Follow NMH athletics this spring: Stay up to date by syncing your favorite team’s schedule from the athletics calendar to your personal calendar, by following our NMH social media accounts, checking results on the team pages (see left-hand column), and by catching a variety of varsity games on NMHlive. Go NMH!
College counseling update: Spring is a busy time for the college counseling office and our seniors and PGs. Here is an important message from director Peter Jenkins.
4/5 Re-enrollment due for 2019-20
4/5 Admission: Envision NMH Day for 9th grade
4/4–4/6 Student-directed play
4/5–5/5 Student art exhibition
4/8 Admission: Envision NMH Day for 10th grade, 11th grade, and PGs
4/9 Welcome celebration for Linda and Brian Hargrove in San Francisco
4/10 Course registration
4/13 ACT test
4/13–15 Long weekend
4/25 Welcome celebration for Linda and Brian Hargrove in New York City
4/28 2019–20 Room draw