Parent Update: Feb. 8, 2018

Founder’s Day: Our Past Lasts

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the NMH community assembled in Memorial Chapel for the annual Founder's Day celebration. Originally started by D.L. Moody to celebrate his mother's birthday, (which he shared), NMH has continued to gather in late January or early February to honor its founder. At this time, we consider the school's core values that persist despite the ways NMH has changed to reflect its current student body and global realities.

In this year’s Founder's Day address, Jay Ward ’68, P’07 ’10, NMH registrar and science teacher, highlighted three elements of school life that he sees as consistent and authentic to NMH since its founding — the work program, singing together as a community, and our emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

In addition to Ward's memorable address, the NMH Concert Band performed “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor, Michael Patterson ’19 gave the Moment of Silence, Chaewon Carrie Kim ’18 shared her senior reflection, Heidi Leeds ’18 introduced Ward, and Interfaith Student Council members Fardsi Uddin ’18, Nashely Alvarez ’19, and Chris Haochen Zhao ’20 joined Chaplain Lee-Ellen Strawn to share thoughts and an NMH credo highlighting the community’s common spiritual values.

Read all the Founder’s Day speeches here.

All-Gender Dorms

The NMH Gender Inclusion Working Group continues to move toward opening all- gender dorms in fall 2018. The group has met with faculty, students, and trustees, and has received tremendous support from all groups. Most recently, Dean of Students Nicole Hager shared information with the NMH Parents Council and held an information session during winter Family Days. At both events she found thoughtful questions and supportive parents.

Two important milestones occurred in the last month. Both helped NMH to identify the dorms most likely to offer all-gender facility options. The first step was meeting with Plant and Property staff to explore adjustments to shower and toilet stalls needed to maximize privacy. The second step was conducting a preliminary survey of students.

The survey was anonymous and asked whether a student would consider applying for the all-gender dorm. Response options included: Yes — I need to live in an all-gender dorm for safety and comfort, Yes — for other reasons, and No.

Four hundred students took the survey, and 12 students indicated they need an all-gender dorm to feel safe. Another 90 students said they would consider applying for other reasons. While it is not expected that all of these students will ultimately apply, NMH feels confident that the student need will fill both North Farmhouse (eight beds) and Rikert (11 beds). Dorm heads of these residences are enthusiastically on board with this project.

Students who currently live in these dorms may apply for all-gender housing as well. Should they choose not to apply, or if they are not selected for this housing option, they will be given priority in their dorm choice for next year.

Please read the FAQs and be in touch with Nicole Hager with any additional questions.

Dance at NMH Is on Point

The NMH Dance Program recently welcomed internationally known choreographer Bill Evans to campus for a series of master classes. On Jan. 27 he taught modern and tap technique to dance company members and guests. View a video clip of Evans and NMH dancers in their element.

Evans is a performer, writer, movement analyst, and most importantly, a teacher. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Nearly 300 of Evans’ works have been performed by professional and pre-professional dance programs.

NMH Dance is also proud to announce that Emily Majewski ’19, Aissatou Thiam ’19, and Julia Chujun Zhao ’19 were recently inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. They join current chapter members Chianna Cohen ’18, Elyse Kassa ’18, and Anna Martin ’18.

Our Powerhouse Winter Athletic Teams

Our athletics teams are having a steller winter season! Most recently, two NMH athletes smashed school records. It is no wonder that they are the latest athletes of the week.

In girls’ varsity swimming, Salli Lubbe ’21 set a new NMH record in the 100 free, winning the event against Exeter Academy. Her time of 54.37 bested Arden Clapp’s ’05 record of 54.76 set in 2004. This was the first individual school record for this team in any event since 2004. Salli also had an impressive personal record in her 100 back, swimming to the eighth fastest time in New England this year.

Boys’ varsity basketball player Nate Laszewski ’18 became NMH's career leader in three-pointers, reached in Saturday's National Prep Invitational game versus St. Andrew's, with 213 points. Nate extended the record to 216 points in Sunday's win over Cheshire Academy. Nate has committed to play at the University of Notre Dame following graduation.

Other accolades for our winter teams include:

  • Girls’ varsity basketball is 14-4 and bested previously unbeaten and top-ranked Worcester Academy on Saturday.
  • Boys’ varsity basketball is 24-3, the best 27-game start in NMH history. The team is in the top five in the country and — for only the third time in NMH history — has been ranked #1 in the country during or at the end of a season.
  • Girls’ and boys’ Alpine ski teams are both at the top of their league.
  • Boys’ varsity hockey is in the top five among New England prep schools for the first time in roughly 20 years.
  • Five NMH wrestlers are 2018 Class A champions!
  • Girls’ JV basketball continues to be undefeated … again.

View photos of winter athletes in action.


Winter Family Days Photos Online: Family Days events were a huge success. We hosted nearly 700 guests, and the campus was buzzing with smiling faces and activities. See photos from the event.

Model UN Competes at UPenn: NMH sent six delegates to the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more.

Head-of-School Transition Update: Please read this important message from the NMH Board of Trustees regarding the head-of-school transition. Please email questions to

Lydia Keys Day: As we acknowledge NMH’s long tradition of being a diverse and inclusive school, we are renaming Diversity Day (Feb. 22) to honor early alumna Lydia Keys. Learn more about Lydia Keys, Class of 1884.

NMH’s Winter Olympics: While athletes compete in the Korean Olympic games, NMH is staging its very own contests Feb. 7–26. Students, faculty, and staff are enjoying an array of activities such as water polo, bubble soccer, a trivia contest, and a secret egg hunt. The NMH Olympic torch was lit at opening ceremonies Wednesday.

Dwight Night: On Saturday, Feb. 10, students will celebrate our founder's birthday with a dinner and dance with a rainbow unicorn theme. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Long-Range Academic Planning: Students begin the long-range academic planning process with their advisor this month. This includes early consideration about courses for next year. Applications for AP courses, the Rhodes Social Entrepreneurship program, and study abroad programs all are due before spring break. Encourage your student to watch for application information through email.

NMH Around the Globe: NMH is touring the Eastern Hemisphere! Join parents, alumni, and school leaders for events across Asia and Australia, including Melbourne (3/8), Bangkok (3/10), Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore (3/14), Taipei, Hong Kong (3/17), Seoul (3/23), and Tokyo. More dates will be announced soon; see right-hand column of this page.

Study Abroad in 2018–19: Applications are open for the Brazil sophomore (fall 2018) and New Zealand upperclass (spring 2019) interdisciplinary travel programs and for the Scots College Exchange program (spring 2019) in New Zealand. The application deadline is March 20.

Serving Dinner with a Local Lawmaker: NMH Community Meals volunteers recently served food to neighbors alongside Congressman Jim McGovern. Read local news coverage and see photos of the event.

Teacher’s Composition Gets World Premiere: NMH student vocalists joined the Da Camera Singers for the premiere of Performing Arts Teacher Craig Sandford’s “Hold,” a piece inspired by a poem by NMH alumna Anna Meek ’87. Read more and watch a video excerpt from “Hold.”

Second Debater Makes History: Debate Society member Ellery Halsey ’18 recently joined Patrick Rochford ’19 as the first two NMH students ever to qualify for the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships. They will take place this year in Cape Town, South Africa.

Upcoming Events

  • 2/7–26 NMH Olympics
  • 2/9–2/11 Closed weekend
  • 2/9 Admission class visit day
  • 2/9 Visual arts faculty art exhibition opens
  • 2/9 NMH bands showcase
  • 2/10 Test: ACT
  • 2/10 Dwight Night dinner-dance
  • 2/15–17 Student-directed plays

A bird's eye view