Category Archives: character

How to Care—and Not Care Too Much

Acclaimed psychologist, speaker and author Wendy Mogel will speak to Nobles faculty and parents next week. Her book The Blessing of a B- posits that we have become a nation of over-parenters: We are so focused on protecting and promoting … Continue reading

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Navigating the Uncharted Path

The following piece by Provost Bill Bussey was first published in the Sept. 2011 edition of the parent newsletter. It has since become a community favorite both for its wisdom and good humor. About six months after my wife Nan … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On Social Media Use by Jen Hamilton, School Psychologist

In recent months, I have observed an increased use of social media (Instagram and Snapchat have skyrocketed!) Some kids are talking with me about connecting with other kids that they don’t know to offer (and seek) support when they are … Continue reading

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Community Service in Action

The Boston Globe recently featured several local teenagers who are making a difference in their communities. Among the teens profiled is Nobles junior Jonathan Bloch ’14, who has volunteered for Wellspring since he was 11 years old.  To read the … Continue reading

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Do Good Work: An Opportunity for You by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

On Fri., March 8, Nobles is collaborating with Project Zero to host a conference for educators from around the country called “Developing Responsible, Caring & Balanced Youth.” The conference will feature internationally notable educators and social entrepreneurs including Howard Gardner, … Continue reading

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Building Relational Capital by Rick Wilson, Consulting Psychologist

My oldest daughter just presented a very elaborate, creative and well-delivered Power Point presentation…of her Christmas list. Fancy dissolves, rotating cubes and a thumping sound track pulled me in like a tractor beam. I was impressed, to say the least. … Continue reading

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The Value of Vulnerability by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

Author and Nobles graduate Amor Towles, Class of ’83, was our most recent Assembly speaker. While he could have spent 60 minutes discussing his current best-selling novel, Rules of Civility, he chose rather to speak about “living a life filled … Continue reading

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Since when do kids rule the roost?

If you can get past the confrontational title of Elizabeth Kolbert’s New Yorker article “Spoiled Rotten: Why Do Kids Rule the Roost?”, you will discover why this article has been generating a great deal of buzz over the last couple … Continue reading

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Relationships over Championships by Director of Athletics Alex Gallagher ’90

When you walk into the Rappaport gymnasium and look at the large Independent School League (ISL) and New England Championship banners on the walls you cannot help but be struck by the remarkable athletic success that our school has enjoyed … Continue reading

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The Incessant Echo of What We Do and Say by Dean of Students Erika Guy

In 1993 there was a very heated and public exchange between professional basketball players Karl Malone and Charles Barkley. Barkley’s assertion in a Nike ad that “I am not a role model” prompted Malone to write an essay for Sports … Continue reading

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