Parent Update: Oct. 5, 2017

Join Us at a Head-of-the-Charles Event

NMH's future is bright: Two projects on the horizon have the potential to transform our school for generations. Join fellow NMH parents and alumni on Oct. 21 at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA, to celebrate plans for a new NMH boathouse and the Gilder Center for Integrative Math and Science Education. Hear from Head of School Peter B. Fayroian and faculty members and coaches Kate Hoff Shutta and David Reeder. Register at

Testing, Testing ...

While it sounds a bit ominous, testing day prepares NMH students to do well on college-entrance exams. Below are the details for testing day, Oct. 11.

• Freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9, a shorter version of the PSAT with questions geared to eighth and ninth graders. Ninth graders will meet at 7:30 am in Beveridge Hall.

• Sophomores will take a practice PSAT in a classroom setting. We keep this introduction to test taking low-key. Results will identify areas to focus on in the future. Sophomores will meet in Beveridge classrooms at 7:30 am.

• Juniors will take the PSAT in a typical standardized-test-taking setting. They should arrive at Forsund Gym at 7:30 am, and will finish about 12:30 pm. This test is not used in college admission, but it is used to determine National Merit Scholarships. It is also a good indicator of how students may do on the SAT.

• Seniors and PGs have two choices. Many will report to Alumni Hall at 9 am to work (with faculty help) on their college applications, essays, portfolios or audition tapes. Alternatively, seniors can extend their long weekend to visit colleges. Athletes who have contests should plan to play their games that day.

Important Note: The College Board has issued new regulations that expressly forbid smart phones or smart watches in the testing venue. Scores will be canceled if you don’t follow these rules. Get the details of this policy.

Wantman Family State of the World Speaker Series
Dartmouth professor Nicholas Reo, of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of the Chippewa Indians, will speak on indigenous environmental stewardship as our first speaker in the 2017–18 Wantman State of the World Speaker Series. We welcome family and friends to this event on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 pm in the Rhodes Room of Beveridge Hall. Reo is an assistant professor of Native American and environmental studies at Dartmouth College whose focus is on ecological stewardship of indigenous lands.
The Wantman Family State of the World Speaker Series was created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to generate thoughtful and broad-ranging dialogues about contemporary developments in world affairs. The series brings noted scholars, theologians, activists, and writers to speak about relevant topics. It was established in 2008 by Charles Wantman ’59 in memory of his sister, Joan Abarbanel ’56, a long­time resident of Israel, and brother Mayer E. Wantman ’57, a long­time resident of London. Additionally, this gift honors the memory of their uncle Morrie Wantman, who was deeply involved in international education.

Academic-Subject Tutoring
Tutoring services for students are coordinated by the Center for Academic Strategies and Achievement (CASA). Advisors work with teachers to understand an individual’s situation and to ensure that the student is taking full advantage of extra-help opportunities such as meeting with a teacher, extra studying with peers, and/or attending the faculty-staffed extra-help sessions held most evenings during study hall.
If tutoring is appropriate, the advisor will contact you to secure permission for tutoring and discuss a plan. There are no additional fees for extra-help options; however, tutoring services cost $50 per hour for an adult tutor and $10 per hour for a student tutor. This Tutoring at NMH link has details on identifying a need for tutoring, engaging the tutor, staying informed about progress, and billing, including financial-aid support. Questions? Please contact David Schochet, coordinator of subject-specific tutor services, or Margaret van Baaren, CASA director.

Happy with NMH? Recommend It to Friends
Parents’ support of our admission effort is integral to bringing a strong and diverse group of students to be a part of your student's experience. While the admission team lays the groundwork for the next group of incoming students, parents can help keep the positive momentum going by recommending NMH to strong candidates. Over the next six months, we will hold many events for applicant families and give campus tours to more than 1,400 interested students. The first event is the Oct. 16 class visit day, followed by the Oct. 28 open house. Please recommend these events to your friends so they can take a closer look at the power of an NMH education. Share with friends why you are glad that your student is attending NMH. (The admission staff welcomes hearing these comments, too.)

New Parent-Giving Chairs Named
We give a warm welcome to this year’s new parent-giving chairs, David Franklin and Ann Laquerre, parents of Sogee ’19. Active volunteers and fundraisers for NMH and for other educational organizations, they know well the importance of the NMH Fund and all it supports. They are deeply invested in NMH’s mission, community, and ongoing excellence. You’ll be hearing from David and Ann shortly! Thank you to all our returning parents; last year you contributed $628,000 to the NMH Fund, the fifth straight increase over the previous year. The goal for fiscal year 2018 is $650,000.

Mountain Day!
Dressed as D.L. Moody and riding in the horse-drawn carriage once owned by Moody, Head of School Peter Fayroian announced Mountain Day, a tradition dating back to 1881. Each fall, students anxiously await the announcement of Mountain Day, a surprise holiday when classes are canceled and students and faculty head for the hills to enjoy the fall. On Sept. 28, seniors and postgraduates climbed to the summit of the 3,165-foot Mount Monadnock, a rite of passage for the graduating class. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen hiked a three-mile section of the New England National Scenic Trail, formerly known as the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. See photo galleries of the underclass and senior hikes.


Students Get Improvisational: NMH theater students had a taste of improvisational theater by working with Yale’s student-run improv group, The Purple Crayon of Yale University. Read more.

Long-Weekend Reminders: Following fall family days, there are no classes on Monday or Tuesday, Oct. 9 and 10. It is largely a homework-free break. (Teachers may give one-night assignments due on Thursday, Oct. 12.) The dormitories and dining hall will remain open, and student activities will take place throughout the weekend. Students leaving campus for the weekend should return between 2 and 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Read more.

Spring-Break Trip Sign-Up Extended: Interested in traveling to Belize this March? You have two options: a trip focused on healthcare, development, and service or a trip focused on music, culture, and service. The application deadline is Oct. 9. Please contact Jensi Rovang with questions.

What Is the NMH Fund?: It’s an essential component of the school’s operations. Comprising generous contributions from our parents, alumni, and friends, it provides support for academics, the arts, athletics, financial aid, the library, and more. The NMH Fund is vital to every aspect of the school, and affects nearly all facets of campus life. Please make your gift today!

Charging Electric Vehicles: You may use NMH’s two EV charging stations in the Alumni Hall parking lot. (Use a ChargePoint card or app to unlock the station; there is no charge for electricity.) Please move your car when it’s charged so others may use it. Call 413-498-3244 or 413-498-3544 with questions.

Congratulations, Athletes of the Week: Read about recent standout players Kaitlin Broda ’19 (varsity field hockey), Marcus Kinney ’20 (JV soccer), Ashlin Spitzer ’21 (varsity volleyball), and Aiden Schoellkopf ’18 (varsity soccer).

Upcoming Events

10/5 College counseling meeting for junior parents
10/6-7 Fall family days
10/7 SAT testing
10/7-10 Fall long weekend
10/11 Testing day
10/12 Speaker Nicholas Reo
10/13 Children’s concert
10/13-15 Diversity summit
10/15 Rope pull
10/19 Faculty recital
10/21–22 Head of the Charles
10/21 Growing Strong. Building Big.

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