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Parent Update: Oct. 4, 2018

NMH Names Next Head of School 
The Northfield Mount Hermon Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Brian H. Hargrove as NMH’s 12th head of school, effective July 1, 2019. Charles A. Tierney III will continue as head of school until that time, then resume his post as associate head of school. The announcement follows a national search launched in February 2018. 

Hargrove is currently assistant head of school for advancement and communications at Mercersburg Academy, a coed boarding and day school in Pennsylvania with about 440 students. 

“I am honored by the appointment and committed to serving NMH with the kind of devotion, optimism, and love that shaped the school for nearly 140 years,” said Hargrove. “NMH stands as one of the great schools in our nation. Its mission, history, and promise for the future afford all of us a remarkable opportunity at this important moment in the life of our school. We will serve our students in ways true to our character and, in doing so, raise the bar for all schools. How could I not be excited by this bold endeavor?”

“In Brian, we have found a true educational leader for our entire community,” said Mariah Draper Calagione ’89, P’18, ’20, chair of the NMH Board of Trustees. “He understands the rich, strong culture of NMH and embodies excellence, humanity, and purpose. He appreciates the work our dedicated and passionate teachers do to help students extend themselves intellectually. He’s a collaborative leader who brings people together, and a positive, solution-oriented person.”

Jay Kaplan ’72, head of the search committee, said the group sought “people who shared the values so important to NMH and had the leadership qualities needed to embrace the school’s strengths and challenges in an ever-changing world.” The committee of trustees, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni, along with a professional consulting firm, considered nearly 60 candidates before selecting Hargrove.

“Brian demonstrated that he understood what makes NMH unique and that he wanted to be the person to take NMH into the future,” said Kaplan. “He will be a visible and visionary educational leader, a strategic thinker, and a skillful manager who can mobilize and direct the passion and commitment of the NMH community.”

Over the past two decades, Hargrove has successfully held leadership roles both in education and in the private sector. He has worked in advancement since 1995, leading two of the largest day- and boarding-school fundraising campaigns on record. He headed team efforts that brought in $110 million while he was director of development at St. Mark’s School of Texas, and then generated $300 million for Mercersburg Academy. Hargrove began his advancement career at Gettysburg College, his undergraduate alma mater. He also has business experience, including at the data company PCI in Dallas, and as vice president and partner at Heyman Associates in New York City.

Hargrove holds a master’s degree in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Texas State University. He is also active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and co-founded ISLG, a CASE-sponsored consortium of leading independent school advancement programs.

Hargrove will move to NMH with his wife Linda — a lawyer — and their four children.

More information is available here.

Register Today for Fall Family Days! 
We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at Family Days on Oct. 19 and 20. If you plan to attend Family Days but have not registered, please use this registration link. Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your teacher conferences.

Registration closes on Oct. 10, and conference scheduling closes Oct. 14. Even if you are not registered, you are welcome to join us at the last minute. Please visit the walk-in table in Alumni Hall when you arrive on campus.

On Friday, Oct. 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 am, Dr. Suniya Luthar will present “Helping Our Students Thrive,” sharing the results of two years’ research on the health and wellbeing of NMH students. You can read more in the story below.

View the Family Days schedule for details on activities and events, and review the Family Days tip sheet, which has information about how to get the most from your visit. For more information, please contact Julia Farmer.

There are no classes on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 23. Classes resume on Wednesday morning, Oct. 24. No students will have homework due on Wednesday Oct. 24.

Boarding students are expected to return to campus between 2 and 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The NMH charter bus stops have changed for the 2018–19 school year. Please note that, due to low use, we have taken away the New Haven stop; in its place, we have added a stop in the Bronx. Students (not parents) are asked to complete an online form to sign up for the charter bus. Charter bus reservations may be made between Oct. 5 and midnight on Oct. 16; any reservations made after that time will incur a $10 late fee. 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 (413-498-3326). If your student’s plans change during the weekend (later departure, earlier return), parents must notify the duty dean. 

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. Dorms remain open during the long weekend. Students, whether they are staying or leaving, will be asked to complete an online travel form between Oct. 5 and midnight on Oct. 16, indicating their plans. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the travel form.

Researcher to Share Results on Student Wellbeing
For the past two years, NMH has partnered with Dr. Suniya Luthar to study the health and wellness of the NMH student body, and now we are ready to share the results with all NMH parents during Family Days.

Luthar is a professor at Arizona State University and has been a senior professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College and a research scientist at Yale University. Her work is focused on understanding and addressing the emotional needs of adolescents in high-achieving schools; we have engaged her to work with us to understand our students better and to explore ways of promoting positive youth development. 

Please join us for this important presentation and conversation on Friday, Oct. 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 am in Raymond Hall at the Rhodes Arts Center. 

If you have a conference planned during that time and would like to change it, please log in to Pickatime, go to the top, and click “Your Schedule.” A drop-down list of your appointments should appear with options to cancel, edit, or change time.

If you have questions, please contact Nicole Hager, dean of students, or Johanna Callard, director of counseling.

Families Invest in NMH Rowing 
This year NMH rowing received incredible support from current NMH families. They saw the impact of NMH and the rowing program on their children and invested in the program’s success, the student-rower experience, and the school. We are grateful for their support and are excited to share the following:

  • Shifting to fours — This spring, NMH will shift within the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) league from racing eights (8+) to racing fours (4+). The shift will provide NMH the opportunity to be more competitive given the size of the student body. It also will offer opportunities for students to discover and excel in the sport of rowing. NMH will continue to use eights (8+) to support athlete development.
  • New racing fleet — To support the success of a fours (4+) program, an NMH family partnered with the school to purchase a fleet of 10 new racing shells for this spring season, transforming NMH rowing into an elite fours program. 
  • New docks — Thanks to the gifts of many people, NMH partnered with Connect-a-Dock, the official dock of USRowing, to install new docks ahead of this fall season. The new docks increase river access by more than 50 percent and improve team safety when moving to and from the water. 
  • Coaching excellence — An NMH family also generously funded a new rowing coordinator position to provide necessary support to athletes and coaches, and to allow coaches more time to focus on coaching and developing NMH student-rowers. 
  • Coaching launches — NMH purchased two new coaching launches thanks to gifts from NMH families. These two boats increase the fleet, allow each coach to get on the water, and improve athlete safety and NMH’s ability to host home races. 

Every year, it’s thanks to parents like you. In the course of NMH’s long history, parents have come to play an important role in ensuring a transformational experience for all students by supporting the academic and cocurricular programs at the school. Thank you.


Teaching About Racist Language without Harm: The NMH English, history, and religion departments will participate in a workshop led by Dr. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor on how to teach about harmful language, such as the “n-word,” without doing harm. Learn more.

The Gemini 2018-19: You can order the NMH yearbook, the Gemini, now. It is free to seniors, but must be purchased by other students. Books will be distributed in May. Orders and ads are due Nov. 30, 2018. 

Athletes of the Week: Congratulations to our most recent athletes of the week, Richard Sturtevant ’19 (cross-country) Isabel May ’20 (cross-country), Maria Echezarreta Fernandez ’20 (soccer), and Do Hoon Kim ’21 (soccer)! Find out why each was selected for this honor.

College Counseling Reminder on ACT Test Prep: Summit Educational Group's test-prep classes for students taking the Dec. 8 ACT start Oct. 14. Schedule and registration information is available here

Age Requirements for Travel: As you plan travel for long weekend and winter break, please check the age requirements for travel by unaccompanied minors for bus, train, or air travel.

WNMH Radio: Did you know that NMH has had a radio station broadcasting since 1940? Read more about the radio station, listen, and see an calendar of upcoming shows. 

Pie Race: This year marks the 128th anniversary of the Bemis-Forslund Pie Race. Join us on campus to celebrate this storied tradition! Run, walk, or even push a stroller, on Monday, Nov. 12, at 3 pm. 

Teacher’s Playwriting Enhances Teaching: Writing is solitary and interior. Teaching is collaborative and public. But Jared Eberlein — a playwright and director of theater programs at NMH — finds that each role enhances the other. Read more.

Travel to West Africa this Summer: Applications are open for this summer’s arts and culture trip in Ghana! NMH students are introduced to a wide range of topics related to African culture, philosophy, and daily life through varied artistic mediums. Contact Jensi Rovang for more details.

Schauffler Scholar Series Starts: The series lets the NMH community hear about the pursuits of faculty and staff outside of the classroom. On Oct. 10 at 7 pm, Math Teacher Abby Ross will share her research on media coverage of the 2016 presidential election with a focus on gendered and biased language. 

NMH Rowing at the Head of the Charles: Please come cheer on both the boys’ and girls’ fours at the Head of the Charles Regatta. NMH will be racing in the Men’s Youth Four and Women’s Youth Four events on Sunday, Oct. 21. See the race schedule for event times.

Upcoming Events

10/5 Admission Class Visit Day
10/10 Rope Pull
10/13 Admission Open House (Exeter Day)
10/19–20 Fall Family Days
10/19 Dr. Suniya Luthar presents research findings to parents (10:30 am)
10/23 Students return (2–7:30 pm)
10/24 Classes resume
10/26 Admission Class Visit Day
10/26–28 Diversity Summit
10/27 Halloween dance
11/1–3 NMH Board of Trustees meeting
11/2 HUM II Brazil program departs

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