Parent Update: Feb. 6, 2019

Vaping 101 Webinar for Families
The nonprofit FCD Prevention Works invites all parents to take part in an important webinar about vaping’s physical, emotional, and social health risks to young people. The first step to preventing teen vaping is to educate ourselves and have health-based conversations with teens.
 
This free, 90-minute webinar, specifically tailored for families and caretakers, will be offered Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 pm EST. 

Presenters Stacey Wisniewski, a prevention specialist with FCD Prevention Works, and Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, professor, founder, and executive director of the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, will introduce you to the facts about vaping.

The webinar will cover what vaping is, how it affects young bodies and minds, what vaping addiction looks like, and how to talk about vaping with your student. You’ll learn how to prevent vaping before it starts, to identify and intervene after seeing warning signs of use, and to support teens who want to quit vaping. 

Register online or email schools@fcd.org for more information.

Green Cup Challenge Aims for 8% Energy Drop at NMH
What smells like french fries and has a tiny carbon footprint? The NMH steam power plant. Two boilers work 24 hours a day to keep campus buildings warm by burning used vegetable oil from Boston-area restaurants to make steam. In the meantime, electricity from the regional grid powers countless computers, phones, lights, laundry machines, refrigerators and other campus appliances. Every switch we flip incurs costs, both environmental and financial. 

During this chilly month of February, the NMH Ecoleaders have challenged campus residents and day-student homes to reduce their electric footprint by 8 percent. Every dorm meeting that goal by the end of the month will win the Green Cup Challenge and receive a prize to complement the victory. 

Day-student families can enter a similar competition. Students just submit an electric bill with two months of total electricity use, showing an 8 percent drop in total consumption from one month to the next, via campus mail (located above Blake Student Center) to Sustainability Director Becca Malloy. 


Space Pioneer Says, “Don’t Doubt. Dare.”
Dr. Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut, gave the keynote address for NMH’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Jemison was the first woman of color in space, and is the founder and president of two medical technology companies, and head of 100 Year Starship. That nonprofit aims to make human travel beyond our solar system a reality within the next century. Having accomplished a lot in her own life, Jemison encouraged her young audience to consider what they might accomplish. Read about, and see video clips from, her talk at NMH.

Founder’s Day Celebrations 
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the NMH community will gather in Memorial Chapel for its annual Founder's Day celebration. It is a time to learn more about the school's founder, Dwight L. Moody, and to celebrate NMH’s core values. 

This year, the Founder's Day address will be given by Kimberly Fillion, a faculty member in the religious studies and philosophy department and the head of Upper South Crossley dormitory. Kim will be introduced by Coy Tarbell ’19. 

In addition, the NMH Concert Band will perform, the moment of silence message will be given by Ayleen Cameron ’20, and the graduating student's reflection will be given by Alejandra Ladines Porras ’19. The program will also include the traditional “passing of the one-tined fork” from juniors to seniors. 


Announcements

Thanks to all who came to Family Days! Despite the chilly temperatures on campus, winter Family Days were brightened by NMH families with warm smiles and hot coffee (1,700 cups of it, according to dining services)! The weekend was filled with conferences, classes, Charlie’s Challenge, and great conversations. Thank you to all families that were able to attend. Enjoy the photo gallery and this video gallery from Family Days.

Re-enrollment for 2019–20 will open soon. In the next 10 days, you will receive an email from Head of School Charles A. Tierney III P’16, ’19, ’20 containing the instructions you’ll need to enroll your student for next year. 

Lunar new year celebrated: Feb. 5 marked the beginning of the year for countries whose months are coordinated with the moon’s cycles. Each year has a Chinese zodiac animal, and this year is a special one for NMH, since it is the year of the pig. The global engagement office hosts special lunar new year dinner Feb. 7 featuring dishes from an array of countries.

Dancers honored: Dances by three NMH choreographers were chosen for the National High School Dance Festival. Dancers will travel to the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA, in March to present their work. Congratulations to these performers and their families. 

Winter on the NMH farm: Life at the NMH farm hasn't slowed down much during the short days of winter. Students and farm staff have been busy splitting wood, shoveling a little snow, stocking the farm store, and (as always) caring for the school's cattle, horses, and pigs. The big project at the moment is getting ready for the upcoming maple sugaring season.

College counseling announcements: All NMH juniors have been assigned college counselors, and the college counseling office has an important message that all families, especially those of juniors, should read.

Dwight Night goes Caribbean: On Saturday, Feb. ​9​, students will mark our founder's birthday month with a formal dinner-dance​!​ This year’s event has a Caribbean theme that may make students forget it’s winter outside. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. 

Stage Band Showcase: On Feb. 8, NMH hosts the Stage Band Showcase in Heffernon Hall from 7 to 8pm. This event is sure to leave you tapping your foot and moving to the music.

Dancers update Antigone: This isn’t your grandparents’ version of Sophocles’ ancient Greek classic. The NMH Dance Companies are giving it a 1990s update that promises to be “tragically good” dance theater. Performances are Feb. 14–16 in Rhodes Arts Center. Order tickets online.

Cybersecurity expert speaks Feb. 11: Lawyer and international cybersecurity expert Deborah Housen-Couriel ’77 helps her clients outwit cyberthreats. On Feb. 11 at 6:45 pm in the Rhodes Room, she will address “Cybersecurity Today: The What, Why, How and Who.” The public lecture is part of the Wantman Family State of the the World Speaker Series. Read more. 

Apply now to study abroad: Applications for the sophomore interdisciplinary travel program in South Africa are due by March 25. Please contact Jensi Rovang with questions.

Athletes of the week: Congratulations to our most recent honorees, Jakob Curtiss ’20 (JV hockey) and Kaitlyn Gatza ’20 (varsity wrestling). Find out why each was selected.

New photos of NMH students: Additions to NMH’s Flickr site include videos and photos of winter athletics teams, and dancers, in action; Martin Luther King Jr. Week speakers; the Learning Through Action Summit; the faculty art show; International Carnival; and Shorty, the newest addition to the NMH farm. The latest news is aggregated on NMH Social.


Upcoming Events

2/​8 NMH Stage Band showcase
2/​9​ Test: ACT
2/​9 Dwight Night dinner-dance
​2/11 Wantman State of the World speaker, Deborah Housen-Couriel ’77
2/13 Founder’s Day program
2/14–16 NMH dance presents Antigone
2/18 Admission Class Visit Day​
2/21 Lydia Keys Day