Author Archives: heatherringwaltsullivan

Remembering 9/11

Head of School Bob Henderson shared these remarks in assembly Sept. 11, 2014: Many in this audience have no memory of September of 2001, although I think images in the media are familiar to us all. Those of us who … Continue reading

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Thoughts to Open a New School Year

The following remarks were shared with faculty on Aug. 29, 2014: When I gave my speech at commencement last May, my focus was on the skill sets that our graduates will need to actually fulfill the mission of the school … Continue reading

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Reflections on Columbus Day

A week from today you have a holiday, a long weekend, by any measure a good thing.  If you are like me, you probably do not reflect sufficiently on the meaning of the holiday, content instead simply to be grateful … Continue reading

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Skiing and Scuba

As the summer winds down, I find myself ruminating on vacations. Very soon the pace of the school year will resume and, as much as I love the sense of purpose and engagement of the academic calendar, I admit to … Continue reading

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Thanks and Goodbye, Erika Guy

 This morning I have the honor of expressing the profound gratitude of everyone in this room toward a woman who has been the critical force in envisioning, building and sustaining this community.  She has had various titles assigned by different … Continue reading

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Dance Takes the Next Steps

Dance teacher Jillian Grunnah has an even bigger smile than usual these days. She will be able to teach in a brand new facility by this time next year, accommodating a growing program and rooting dance in a fully dedicated … Continue reading

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Hope and Anxiety

“The popular media reflect a cultural and psychological landscape,” argues Pat Bassett, president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in a March online newsletter article. Bassett says that the movies and TV shows that are made and consumed … Continue reading

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Why Teach?

Every head of school at Nobles has been a classroom teacher. Every one. Teaching has been an important part of the personal and professional identities of each leader. Former headmaster Dick Baker, in fact, continues to teach at Nobles, working … Continue reading

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Break a Leg?

A great deal of snow dumped on the mountains of Maine in late December of this year, and the ski conditions were ideal.  There have not been a lot of great ski days over the holidays over the last few … Continue reading

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Mid-Year Reflections

Every school year is shaped by a unique combination of salient external and internal influences. As I reflect at the end of the first semester, I am struck that these six months have been successful in most ways, and I … Continue reading

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