Parent Update: March 7, 2019

Join Your Student in Charlie’s Challenge
On Feb. 11, Head of School Charlie Tierney P’16, ’19, ’20 stood before a raucous student body in Memorial Chapel and issued a challenge: join him, along with all NMH employees and NMH parents, in strengthening NMH's exceptional educational mission by giving to the NMH Fund.

Students have been given miniature bowties, the image that represents Charlie and this challenge. The students have begun to make their mark, with the Class of 2019 at 55 percent participation! Your gift to the NMH Fund provides important resources for the entire NMH community, and all students benefit from your generosity every day of the year. If you haven't made a gift to the NMH Fund yet, this is a great time to do so. Make your mark before spring break! Give today.  

Planning for Commencement 2019
With recent snowfall and the ground still frozen, May seems like a distant hope of warm, sunny skies. But really, it is not that far away. We are busy planning for Commencement 2019 and we hope you are, too. 

Here are the events to plan around as you look ahead.

  • Baccalaureate: Sunday, May 19, 11 am, Memorial Chapel. Members of the Class of 2019 join the faculty for reflection, song, and the salutatory address. The community honors retiring teachers. Families and guests are welcome, but not expected, to attend.
  • Commencement Rehearsal: Saturday, May 25, 10:30 am–noon, Memorial Chapel. Required for the Class of 2019 only.
  • Class Day Exercises: May 25, 5–6:30 pm, Memorial Chapel. Faculty and staff join the Class of 2019 and their guests for the graduate awards ceremony and valedictory address.
  • Commencement Eve Dinner: May 25, 6:30–8 pm, Alumni Hall and tent next to Alumni. A special-occasion dinner for the Class of 2019, their families, guests, and NMH faculty. Reservations are required; information on making reservations will be emailed to families in April.
  • Class of 2019 Breakfast: Sunday, May 26, 8:30 am, Alumni Hall. Class of 2019 only.
  • Class of 2019 Head of School’s Gathering: Sunday, May 26, 10:15 am, Memorial Chapel. Class of 2019 only.
  • Commencement: Sunday, May 26, 11 am, Thorndike Field. (Please note that student commitments begin at 8:30 am.) Diplomas are awarded to the Class of 2019.
  • Commencement Lunch: May 26, 1 pm. Complimentary buffet lunch for students, their families, and guests. This is a fun, low-key meal, but it is full of celebration and emotion since it is the last meal graduates share before moving off campus.

To celebrate this special event, you may wish to purchase a congratulatory postcard and rose to honor your graduate. Cards and flowers will be delivered to graduates the morning of Commencement, before the ceremony. You also can purchase cards to thank faculty and staff who have played an important role during your student's time at NMH.

If your student is not a senior but wishes to remain on campus for Commencement weekend, you should know that all students must attend the weekend’s activities, including Class Day and Commencement. All events require special-occasion dress. Non-senior day students are not permitted to spend the night in the dorms, and no sleepovers between dorms will be allowed. Dorm check-in for non-graduating students is 9 pm on both Friday and Saturday. They will be asked to work in the dormitory on Saturday and may be asked to help with the Commencement eve dinner. They should have their rooms ready for check-out by Saturday at noon and must leave campus no later than 3 pm on Sunday, May 26.

Students Attend Social Enterprise Conference
For the third consecutive year, NMH sent a delegation of 12 students to the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference (SECON). The two-day conference hosted by Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government gave students the opportunity to engage with a variety of people working in the social enterprise field, including professors, graduate and undergraduate students, and professionals. Our two senior and 10 junior Rhodes Fellows were the only high school students who attended. 

Mona Zhang ’19 wrote, “SECON effectively reiterates what social entrepreneurship could look like beyond our experiences at NMH. From when we first got off the bus, we were with a community of passionate individuals, each with bold ideas for changing the world.”

The conference opened with a keynote address from author Anand Giridharadas, who was receiving the Harvard Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Culture. In addition to the opening lecture, students selected six sessions to attend. Those included “MIT Solve: Lightning Solveathon,” “Beyond Woke Capitalism,” “Innovations in Criminal Justice,” and “Impact Investing to End the Racial Wealth Divide.”


Mountainfilm comes to NMH: NMH parents Travis and Alison Spitzer ’87, P’21 are bringing the Telluride-based film festival Mountainfilm to campus, and you’re invited!

NMH Weekly Update: Find out the campus news this week and every week by watching the latest edition of NMH Weekly Update, a student-run video broadcast.

Re-enrollment for 2019–20: Thank you to those who have submitted their re-enrollment forms for the 2019–20 school year. All re-enrollment forms are due April 5. The tuition deposit and re-enrollment agreement were due March 1, and are now past due. Please submit these immediately. 

Apply now to study abroad: Applications for the 2020 sophomore interdisciplinary travel program in South Africa are due by March 25. Please contact Jensi Rovang with questions.

New photos/videos of students: Our latest Flickr galleries include images of ceramics class, winter-term athletes, campus speakers, the theater production Cabaret, an instrumental music concert, Lydia Keys Day, Dwight Night, and scenic winter photos. Our most recent social-media posts are always found on NMH Social.

College-counseling reminder: Is your student ready for the May 4 SAT? If not, here is a great opportunity to prep!

Spring break reminders: Spring break is upon us, and there are some important details to remember. Here's a refresher on dorm closing and opening times and transportation options. 

Celebrate NMH’s 140th year and incoming head of school: Please join alumni, parents, and friends of NMH from coast to coast this spring as we welcome our incoming head of school and toast 140 years of educating the head, heart, and hand. Read event details.

Athletes of the Week: Congratulations to recent athletics honorees Max Lorca-Lloyd ’19 (varsity basketball), Salli Lubbe ’21 (varsity swimming), Bella Ceseretti ’19 (varsity basketball), Kelly Cao ’20 (varsity swimming), and Alex Minickiello ’22 (varsity swimming). Find out why each was selected. 

NMH hosts speaking tournament: On Sunday, March 31, NMH will host its third annual speaking tournament; around 10 schools are expected to attend. Learn more about the special guidelines for this event and view the schedule.

Winter athletes honored: NMH athletes were honored during the winter athletics banquet on March 1. Read the keynote address by Silke Milliman ’19 and see the list of award recipients and pictures from the event here.

Service trip leaves for Belize: On March 9, students on the new health care, development, and service trip will depart for Belize. Students prepared by taking a co-curricular course to learn about global health issues, basic clinical skills (such as taking vital signs), and about Belize. This group of students and faculty will will work in community clinics, teach health-education classes in elementary schools, and engage in fun activities.

Boys’ basketball has record-breaking season: The NMH boys’ basketball team are the 2019 NEPSAC Class AAA champions. They returned to the National Prep Championship for the 10th consecutive year and brought with them a six-year streak of final four appearances and back-to-back championship game appearances. They fell to Scotland Campus in the National Prep quarterfinals, but finished the season with a record-breaking 32-6 win-loss tally.

Summer Session at NMH: Space is still available for NMH Summer Session. Don’t miss this enriching opportunity.

Upcoming Events

3/8 Spring break begins
3/9 Dorms close; charter buses leave NMH
3/9–17 Service-learning trip to Belize
3/25 Students return from spring break 
3/26 Classes resume
3/28 Welcome celebration for Brian and Linda Hargrove in Boston
3/29 Admission Envision NMH Day,  9th grade 
3/31 Speaking tournament
4/2 Admission Envision NMH Day,  9th and 10th grade 
4/4 Student-directed plays
4/5 Mountainfilm festival
4/5 Admission Envision NMH Day,  9th grade 
4/9 Welcome celebration for Brian and Linda Hargrove in the Bay Area


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