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Nantucket New School & Strong Wings

Q u a r t e r l y N e w s l e t t e r • D e c e m b e r 2 01 2

INSIDE:

• Spotlight on Board Members • Our NNS Journey

• State of Strong Wings • Merit Scholar Award • Student Reflections • Event Photos

www.nantucketnewschool.org • www.strongwings.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Thank you for your support of Nantucket New School and Strong Wings

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a

Happy New Year!

Board Members Carol Evens, President Tish Emerson, Vice President Rachel Hobart, Vice President Johanna Richard, Treasurer Criss Troast, Treasurer Alan Forster, Assistant Treasurer Jennifer Cohen, Clerk Sarah Alger, Trustee Emerita John Beni Jason Bridges Josh Brown Prentice Claflin Cecil Barron Jensen Bill Liddle Courtney McKechnie Sarah Monaco Gerald Vento

GETTING THE WORD OUT Jonathan Alden, Head of Nantucket New School and Executive Director of Strong Wings Welcome to the first issue of Quarterboard, the quarterly newsletter from Nantucket New School and Strong Wings. Since my arrival on Jonathan Alden island, I have enjoyed getting to know the community of Nantucket New School and Strong Wings – from the faculty and parents, to the Board of Trustees, and especially the wonderful children. I feel privileged to have joined a school community that fits my leadership style and educational philosophy so well. Plato wrote: “The direction in which education starts a person will

determine his future in life.” As an educator, I have made this statement my credo. The students at Nantucket New School and Strong Wings are developing the skills to be independent, critical thinkers and learning to be understanding and tolerant of different points of view. They are learning how to be productive in today’s diverse community, to understand the value of cooperation, and to be part of a global society where technology will shape the nature of knowledge acquisition and employment. Education at both of our schools fosters partnerships among educators, students, parents, and the community. It is our shared responsibility to prepare lifelong learners, who will become self-disciplined, creative, and confident individuals. I look at every student as an individual, eager to gain knowledge and to

Jonathan Alden Head of NNS, Strong Wings Exec. Director Chris Getoor Strong Wings Program Director Lori Corry Business Manager Laura Raimo Director of Development Moira Parsons Administrative Assistant

be successful. All children have talents, and our schools hold the responsibility for creating an atmosphere where they can excel.

We opened school with 145 students, 26 employees and a full complement of Board members – all of whom add strength to our sense of community. If you have been away from our community for some time, we encourage you to reconnect with us. Come by and experience some of what makes Nantucket New School and Strong Wings unique on Nantucket - moments such as heartfelt second grade presentations at morning meeting, kids conquering the rock wall at Strong Wings, or a presentation of the Fifth Grade play. I am hopeful that Quarterboard will serve as the vehicle for our friends to stay abreast of happenings at Nantucket New School and Strong Wings. I look forward to meeting you in person the next time you are on campus.


Message from the President

HARVEST BASH

Dear Friends and Families,

It is with great pleasure that I greet you on behalf of the Board of Trustees. We are energized by the promising start to the current school year and we celebrate having completed a successful Head of School transition. Jon Alden, the new Head of Nantucket New School and Executive Director of Strong Wings, is fully engaged in moving the organization forward and his wonderful family is now a part of the fabric of our community. For almost thirty years, Nantucket New School has occupied a position of prominence on the educational landscape of the Island. We are a leader among island schools, having attained the distinction of being the only accredited independent school on Nantucket. Through our collaborative work with the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), we have charted a course for the future based on current innovation and time-tested best practices among peer schools. By aligning ourselves with a broad professional and educational network, we resist the danger of ideological isolation that can characterize schools within small communities.

Joern & Michelle Tittel and Joni & Pedro Amaral

We are proud of the partnership between Nantucket New School and Strong Wings Adventure School and continue to explore further opportunity to bring additional resources to bear on the lives of our students. On an island with an abundance of non-profit organizations, we have found an important way to share resources and galvanize our institutional strength through collaboration. There is synergy in the relationship between the respective missions of Nantucket New School and Strong Wings, and there is strength in the broad educational foundation afforded by the merged entity.

Our families and friends represent the true strength of our schools. Through the meaningful participation and generosity of families and friends, and through the coordinated effort and strong communication between home and school, we ensure not only the quality of our students’ education but also the very permanence and sustainability of Nantucket New School and Strong Wings. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I offer my deep thanks for your continued effort, participation, and support.

The Nantucket New School’s 9th Annual Harvest Bash, entitled “Rock the Casbah,” took place on November 3, 2012. The school was transformed into a festive Moroccan venue with gorgeous satin fabrics draped throughout the great hall. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by Simply with Style followed by an auction with fabulous packages and dancing. Many thanks to our co-chairs Nina Liddle and Carol Evens, the committee and our sponsors – Daily Construction, Inc., Maury People Sothebys International Realty, Nantucket Island Resorts, Margaret & Gerald Vento, Albert G. Brock Insurance, Gerald & Healy Cosay, Don Allen Ford, Ernst Land Design, Alan & Nancy Forster, The Juice Bar, Nantucket Pharmacy, Nantucket Lightshop, The Tile Room, American Seasons, BPC Architecture, Carroll Advertising, Core, Madaket Marine, Visco Pumping and The Water Closet.

Jennifer & Khaled Hashem and Joyce & Mark Goldweitz

Sincerely, Carol Evens Board President

SPOTLIGHT ON

Nantucket New School & Strong Wings Board Members

Carol Evens spent most of her summers here on Nantucket since she was 13. Carol has lived year-round on Nantucket since graduating from Boston College. She is married and works as a property manager. Carol and her husband, Erik, have two children, Cole (3rd grade) and Hannah (1st grade). While looking at Nantucket New School as a preschool for Cole, they fell in love with the school and the feeling of everyone being a part of the NNS community. After her son was enrolled in the preschool, Carol quickly got involved at NNS. Carol joined the board four years ago and has been actively involved in fundraising, event planning, and other volunteer activities. Carol is the current board president.

Debbie & Bill Tornovish

Carrie & Luke Thornewill

Amanda Tosch & Bill Liddle

Andrew & Jill Viselli

Al Forster came to Nantucket with a corporate finance background having retired as Vice President & Treasurer of The Interpublic Group of Companies, then the world's largest advertising and marketing communications company. He and his wife Nancy first came to Nantucket in 1979 and retired to the island in 1999. He claims that immediately after stepping off the boat post retirement, he was conscripted by a past board president, which led to his becoming treasurer, a post he held for about twelve years before passing the baton to Criss Troast and Johanna Richard. He says that the school drew his attention by providing an opportunity to help kids and become immersed in the island community. Rachel Hobart, a summer resident of the Island since 1968, moved to Nantucket year round in 1987 to join her husband, Edward Toole, and to practice law. Rachel took a break from the law to raise Sam (22), Henry, (20), and Maggie (14), all proud NNS graduates. She is currently the Project Manager at ReMain Nantucket. Rachel’s involvement with NNS began during its transition from the Surfside Road campus to the current location and she joined the Board of Trustees in 1999. Rachel served on three different search committees for the Head of School, most recently as the chair and led two Capital Campaigns. Rachel is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful School's history and continued growth.

Photos Courtesy of Nantucket Pix


SUMMER EVENT

The Nantucket New School and Strong Wings summer event “An Evening with Shawn Colvin” was a collaboration with the newly reopened Dreamland Theater on July 7, 2012.. Following a dinner and auction emceed by Kevin Flynn, Shawn Colvin performed to a full theater downstairs at the Dreamland. It was a beautiful summer night filled with gorgeous music, delicious food and great friends to NNS and SW. Many thanks to our co-chairs Jennifer Cohen, Nina Liddle and Carol Evens and our generous sponsors – ReMain Nantucket, Daily Construction, Inc., J. Brown Builders, Inc., Jim and Kim Pallotta, Boston Private Bank & Trust, J. Christopher Burch, Great Point Properties, Inc., Nantucket Island Resorts, Core, Ian & Isabelle Loring, Pi Pizzeria, The Water Closet, The Tile Room and Nantucket Lightshop.

Jocelyn & Craig Beni

Greg & Courtney McKechnie

Allison Janney, Rachel Hobart, Jen Cohen & Melissa Murphy

Erik & Carol Evens

Wendy Schmidt, Gordon & Gretchen Cooney

NNS BEGINNINGS

Linda Zola Founding Teacher

A Look Back at How it All Began...

Nantucket New School first became a thought some thirty years ago. I’d previously had an upper school on the Island, and had been involved with the start of Children’s House. It seemed logical that parents of primary school students should have a choice on Nantucket, and at that time only the public school was available. Patti and Prenny Claflin, who owned Bookworks at that time, knew of me through the books I’d ordered for the upper school, and got in touch with me. Patti was succinct: “I have a son, and I have a basement,” she said. So, we started the school in 1985, with six children in an absolutely beautiful space that they had had renovated for us. Although it was technically a basement, it had big windows and French doors that opened out on Patti’s lovely gardens. I couldn’t, and still can’t imagine a more gracious or accommodating space in which to house a tiny, incipient school.

Top: Ned Claflin and Lucy Van Arsdale play in gym class at the first school, held at the

Claflin's house, 1987; Bottom left: The floor is used as creative work space at Old Spouter; Enrollment grew and eventually we Students gather outside the 45 Surfside Road school. landed in our current building which has far more classrooms and ample space for recess. The school was able to construct such a building due to some very dedicated and generous board members, parents, and community members, and particularly Lucile Hays, for whose sister the building is named.

In 2010 the Board voted to hire a Head of School, freeing me to concentrate on teaching. Dave Provost, our second head of school, hired and retained a most spectacular faculty and staff, and as most of you know, the Strong Wings building is now a part of our campus, so that brings us up to date, and up to Jon. I expect that Nantucket is likely to see the New School continue to grow stronger and more stable; it’s interesting to think of what the next twenty-five-or-so years will bring!

Merit Scholar Award In 2012, Nantucket New School inaugurated a Merit Scholar Program for incoming 6th and 7th grade students (new students only). NNS merit scholars receive a one year scholarship equal to 50% of the current tuition. Incoming 6th and 7th grade students who are interested in the NNS Merit Scholar program must complete the standard NNS admissions application, sit for a merit test given by NNS, provide peer and teacher recommendations, a transcript from their current school and be interviewed by the head of school and faculty members. The Hentz Family

Carol & Bernie Coffin

Photos Courtesy of Pixel Perfect Images

Interested students and families should contact Head of School Jonathan K. Alden at (508) 228-8569 or jalden@nantucketnewschool.org or visit the school’s website at www.nantucketnewschool.org.


APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Upper School Annual Fall Trip

Each year the collaboration between Nantucket New School and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) affords our students an incredible opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills and to forge strong upper-school bonds early in the school year.

STRONG WINGS, GROWING STRONGER

Chris Getoor, Director of Programs, Strong Wings Adventure School Strong Wings designs and implements outdoor adventure programming and teambuilding curriculum for children of all ages, abilities, needs and backgrounds in grades K through 12. The partnership between Strong Wings and Nantucket New School allows us to strengthen the quality and depth of our programming and further our important mission. Our outdoor adventure programming promotes active lifestyles, physical fitness, confidence, and character, fosters new friendships, and encourages respect and appreciation for nature.

School has allowed us to expand our programming, streamline our administrative functions, and continue to serve the children of Nantucket in creative, focused and meaningful ways. During the school year Strong Wings offers a wide variety of programs to address the diverse needs of the Island’s schools a dynamic, outdoor-based PE program for Nantucket New School and an alternative outdoor education and social development program for Nantucket Elementary School and Cyrus Pierce Middle School.

“Strong Wings creates programs that help young people realize The alternative program their full potential.” at the public schools

Strong Wings plays a vital role in the development of Nantucket’s youth by creating programs and curriculum that help young people discover and realize their full potential. Our partnership with the Nantucket New

benefits students who are struggling with socialemotional, academic, and behavioral issues. This program has had a significant, positive, and lasting impact on a great number of children and currently serves over

Every year we hike new trails and experience new accommodations thus ensuring that each student has an enriching and unique experience. This year, we traveled to the Highland Center (Crawford Notch) and hiked through the White Mountains up to the Mizpah backcountry hut to spend two nights. 70 children. Our after school program is enjoying record enrollment. Strong Wings recently concluded its 26th summer camp season and it was an excellent summer. We added to our staff and programming this year most notably, hiring an aquatics director to oversee all water related activities including swim testing and lessons for our students. In addition to our ropes course, rock climbing, kayaking, and biking programming, we began offering fishing as a daily activity. I am proud to say that Strong Wings was able to extend over $55,000 in financial aid and scholarships to families this summer. We are looking forward to many exciting adventures on the horizon.

The trip was enormously successful, and we are already looking forward to next year’s trip and programming with the AMC.

Upper School students at the summit of Mount Pierce

5th Graders at the base lodge on Mount Pierce

Reflections from our students…

“I learned a lot about myself on this trip, before this trip I doubted my physical ability to do this.

We did the hike before in 5th grade and that was very hard, but on this trip I was surprised at how I was actually leading the group up the mountain, I was genuinely proud of myself.”

Gwen Malcolm

“Something that I learned about myself, is that I have a lot of patience, while some people are struggling. I found out that it makes you be more mindful and be more of a role model, when you’re with kids younger than yourself.” Fernando Young

“On this trip I learned things about myself and also about nature; from plants down to my

thoughts and positivity. One thing that I learned about myself was that I can do anything my

mind is set on, as long as my thoughts are positive while doing it. I enjoyed every second of it!” Max Duce

Higland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch, Bretton Woods, NH


APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Upper School Annual Fall Trip

Each year the collaboration between Nantucket New School and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) affords our students an incredible opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills and to forge strong upper-school bonds early in the school year.

STRONG WINGS, GROWING STRONGER

Chris Getoor, Director of Programs, Strong Wings Adventure School Strong Wings designs and implements outdoor adventure programming and teambuilding curriculum for children of all ages, abilities, needs and backgrounds in grades K through 12. The partnership between Strong Wings and Nantucket New School allows us to strengthen the quality and depth of our programming and further our important mission. Our outdoor adventure programming promotes active lifestyles, physical fitness, confidence, and character, fosters new friendships, and encourages respect and appreciation for nature.

School has allowed us to expand our programming, streamline our administrative functions, and continue to serve the children of Nantucket in creative, focused and meaningful ways. During the school year Strong Wings offers a wide variety of programs to address the diverse needs of the Island’s schools a dynamic, outdoor-based PE program for Nantucket New School and an alternative outdoor education and social development program for Nantucket Elementary School and Cyrus Pierce Middle School.

“Strong Wings creates programs that help young people realize The alternative program their full potential.” at the public schools

Strong Wings plays a vital role in the development of Nantucket’s youth by creating programs and curriculum that help young people discover and realize their full potential. Our partnership with the Nantucket New

benefits students who are struggling with socialemotional, academic, and behavioral issues. This program has had a significant, positive, and lasting impact on a great number of children and currently serves over

Every year we hike new trails and experience new accommodations thus ensuring that each student has an enriching and unique experience. This year, we traveled to the Highland Center (Crawford Notch) and hiked through the White Mountains up to the Mizpah backcountry hut to spend two nights. 70 children. Our after school program is enjoying record enrollment. Strong Wings recently concluded its 26th summer camp season and it was an excellent summer. We added to our staff and programming this year most notably, hiring an aquatics director to oversee all water related activities including swim testing and lessons for our students. In addition to our ropes course, rock climbing, kayaking, and biking programming, we began offering fishing as a daily activity. I am proud to say that Strong Wings was able to extend over $55,000 in financial aid and scholarships to families this summer. We are looking forward to many exciting adventures on the horizon.

The trip was enormously successful, and we are already looking forward to next year’s trip and programming with the AMC.

Upper School students at the summit of Mount Pierce

5th Graders at the base lodge on Mount Pierce

Reflections from our students…

“I learned a lot about myself on this trip, before this trip I doubted my physical ability to do this.

We did the hike before in 5th grade and that was very hard, but on this trip I was surprised at how I was actually leading the group up the mountain, I was genuinely proud of myself.”

Gwen Malcolm

“Something that I learned about myself, is that I have a lot of patience, while some people are struggling. I found out that it makes you be more mindful and be more of a role model, when you’re with kids younger than yourself.” Fernando Young

“On this trip I learned things about myself and also about nature; from plants down to my

thoughts and positivity. One thing that I learned about myself was that I can do anything my

mind is set on, as long as my thoughts are positive while doing it. I enjoyed every second of it!” Max Duce

Higland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch, Bretton Woods, NH


SUMMER EVENT

The Nantucket New School and Strong Wings summer event “An Evening with Shawn Colvin” was a collaboration with the newly reopened Dreamland Theater on July 7, 2012.. Following a dinner and auction emceed by Kevin Flynn, Shawn Colvin performed to a full theater downstairs at the Dreamland. It was a beautiful summer night filled with gorgeous music, delicious food and great friends to NNS and SW. Many thanks to our co-chairs Jennifer Cohen, Nina Liddle and Carol Evens and our generous sponsors – ReMain Nantucket, Daily Construction, Inc., J. Brown Builders, Inc., Jim and Kim Pallotta, Boston Private Bank & Trust, J. Christopher Burch, Great Point Properties, Inc., Nantucket Island Resorts, Core, Ian & Isabelle Loring, Pi Pizzeria, The Water Closet, The Tile Room and Nantucket Lightshop.

Jocelyn & Craig Beni

Greg & Courtney McKechnie

Allison Janney, Rachel Hobart, Jen Cohen & Melissa Murphy

Erik & Carol Evens

Wendy Schmidt, Gordon & Gretchen Cooney

NNS BEGINNINGS

Linda Zola Founding Teacher

A Look Back at How it All Began...

Nantucket New School first became a thought some thirty years ago. I’d previously had an upper school on the Island, and had been involved with the start of Children’s House. It seemed logical that parents of primary school students should have a choice on Nantucket, and at that time only the public school was available. Patti and Prenny Claflin, who owned Bookworks at that time, knew of me through the books I’d ordered for the upper school, and got in touch with me. Patti was succinct: “I have a son, and I have a basement,” she said. So, we started the school in 1985, with six children in an absolutely beautiful space that they had had renovated for us. Although it was technically a basement, it had big windows and French doors that opened out on Patti’s lovely gardens. I couldn’t, and still can’t imagine a more gracious or accommodating space in which to house a tiny, incipient school.

Top: Ned Claflin and Lucy Van Arsdale play in gym class at the first school, held at the

Claflin's house, 1987; Bottom left: The floor is used as creative work space at Old Spouter; Enrollment grew and eventually we Students gather outside the 45 Surfside Road school. landed in our current building which has far more classrooms and ample space for recess. The school was able to construct such a building due to some very dedicated and generous board members, parents, and community members, and particularly Lucile Hays, for whose sister the building is named.

In 2010 the Board voted to hire a Head of School, freeing me to concentrate on teaching. Dave Provost, our second head of school, hired and retained a most spectacular faculty and staff, and as most of you know, the Strong Wings building is now a part of our campus, so that brings us up to date, and up to Jon. I expect that Nantucket is likely to see the New School continue to grow stronger and more stable; it’s interesting to think of what the next twenty-five-or-so years will bring!

Merit Scholar Award In 2012, Nantucket New School inaugurated a Merit Scholar Program for incoming 6th and 7th grade students (new students only). NNS merit scholars receive a one year scholarship equal to 50% of the current tuition. Incoming 6th and 7th grade students who are interested in the NNS Merit Scholar program must complete the standard NNS admissions application, sit for a merit test given by NNS, provide peer and teacher recommendations, a transcript from their current school and be interviewed by the head of school and faculty members. The Hentz Family

Carol & Bernie Coffin

Photos Courtesy of Pixel Perfect Images

Interested students and families should contact Head of School Jonathan K. Alden at (508) 228-8569 or jalden@nantucketnewschool.org or visit the school’s website at www.nantucketnewschool.org.


Message from the President

HARVEST BASH

Dear Friends and Families,

It is with great pleasure that I greet you on behalf of the Board of Trustees. We are energized by the promising start to the current school year and we celebrate having completed a successful Head of School transition. Jon Alden, the new Head of Nantucket New School and Executive Director of Strong Wings, is fully engaged in moving the organization forward and his wonderful family is now a part of the fabric of our community. For almost thirty years, Nantucket New School has occupied a position of prominence on the educational landscape of the Island. We are a leader among island schools, having attained the distinction of being the only accredited independent school on Nantucket. Through our collaborative work with the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), we have charted a course for the future based on current innovation and time-tested best practices among peer schools. By aligning ourselves with a broad professional and educational network, we resist the danger of ideological isolation that can characterize schools within small communities.

Joern & Michelle Tittel and Joni & Pedro Amaral

We are proud of the partnership between Nantucket New School and Strong Wings Adventure School and continue to explore further opportunity to bring additional resources to bear on the lives of our students. On an island with an abundance of non-profit organizations, we have found an important way to share resources and galvanize our institutional strength through collaboration. There is synergy in the relationship between the respective missions of Nantucket New School and Strong Wings, and there is strength in the broad educational foundation afforded by the merged entity.

Our families and friends represent the true strength of our schools. Through the meaningful participation and generosity of families and friends, and through the coordinated effort and strong communication between home and school, we ensure not only the quality of our students’ education but also the very permanence and sustainability of Nantucket New School and Strong Wings. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I offer my deep thanks for your continued effort, participation, and support.

The Nantucket New School’s 9th Annual Harvest Bash, entitled “Rock the Casbah,” took place on November 3, 2012. The school was transformed into a festive Moroccan venue with gorgeous satin fabrics draped throughout the great hall. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by Simply with Style followed by an auction with fabulous packages and dancing. Many thanks to our co-chairs Nina Liddle and Carol Evens, the committee and our sponsors – Daily Construction, Inc., Maury People Sothebys International Realty, Nantucket Island Resorts, Margaret & Gerald Vento, Albert G. Brock Insurance, Gerald & Healy Cosay, Don Allen Ford, Ernst Land Design, Alan & Nancy Forster, The Juice Bar, Nantucket Pharmacy, Nantucket Lightshop, The Tile Room, American Seasons, BPC Architecture, Carroll Advertising, Core, Madaket Marine, Visco Pumping and The Water Closet.

Jennifer & Khaled Hashem and Joyce & Mark Goldweitz

Sincerely, Carol Evens Board President

SPOTLIGHT ON

Nantucket New School & Strong Wings Board Members

Carol Evens spent most of her summers here on Nantucket since she was 13. Carol has lived year-round on Nantucket since graduating from Boston College. She is married and works as a property manager. Carol and her husband, Erik, have two children, Cole (3rd grade) and Hannah (1st grade). While looking at Nantucket New School as a preschool for Cole, they fell in love with the school and the feeling of everyone being a part of the NNS community. After her son was enrolled in the preschool, Carol quickly got involved at NNS. Carol joined the board four years ago and has been actively involved in fundraising, event planning, and other volunteer activities. Carol is the current board president.

Debbie & Bill Tornovish

Carrie & Luke Thornewill

Amanda Tosch & Bill Liddle

Andrew & Jill Viselli

Al Forster came to Nantucket with a corporate finance background having retired as Vice President & Treasurer of The Interpublic Group of Companies, then the world's largest advertising and marketing communications company. He and his wife Nancy first came to Nantucket in 1979 and retired to the island in 1999. He claims that immediately after stepping off the boat post retirement, he was conscripted by a past board president, which led to his becoming treasurer, a post he held for about twelve years before passing the baton to Criss Troast and Johanna Richard. He says that the school drew his attention by providing an opportunity to help kids and become immersed in the island community. Rachel Hobart, a summer resident of the Island since 1968, moved to Nantucket year round in 1987 to join her husband, Edward Toole, and to practice law. Rachel took a break from the law to raise Sam (22), Henry, (20), and Maggie (14), all proud NNS graduates. She is currently the Project Manager at ReMain Nantucket. Rachel’s involvement with NNS began during its transition from the Surfside Road campus to the current location and she joined the Board of Trustees in 1999. Rachel served on three different search committees for the Head of School, most recently as the chair and led two Capital Campaigns. Rachel is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful School's history and continued growth.

Photos Courtesy of Nantucket Pix


Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit #62 Nantucket, MA

15 Nobadeer Farm Road Nantucket, MA 02554 508-228-8569 NNS 508-228-1769 SW

Nantucket New School & Strong Wings

Q u a r t e r l y N e w s l e t t e r • D e c e m b e r 2 01 2

INSIDE:

• Spotlight on Board Members • Our NNS Journey

• State of Strong Wings • Merit Scholar Award • Student Reflections • Event Photos

www.nantucketnewschool.org • www.strongwings.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Thank you for your support of Nantucket New School and Strong Wings

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a

Happy New Year!

Board Members Carol Evens, President Tish Emerson, Vice President Rachel Hobart, Vice President Johanna Richard, Treasurer Criss Troast, Treasurer Alan Forster, Assistant Treasurer Jennifer Cohen, Clerk Sarah Alger, Trustee Emerita John Beni Jason Bridges Josh Brown Prentice Claflin Cecil Barron Jensen Bill Liddle Courtney McKechnie Sarah Monaco Gerald Vento

GETTING THE WORD OUT Jonathan Alden, Head of Nantucket New School and Executive Director of Strong Wings Welcome to the first issue of Quarterboard, the quarterly newsletter from Nantucket New School and Strong Wings. Since my arrival on Jonathan Alden island, I have enjoyed getting to know the community of Nantucket New School and Strong Wings – from the faculty and parents, to the Board of Trustees, and especially the wonderful children. I feel privileged to have joined a school community that fits my leadership style and educational philosophy so well. Plato wrote: “The direction in which education starts a person will

determine his future in life.” As an educator, I have made this statement my credo. The students at Nantucket New School and Strong Wings are developing the skills to be independent, critical thinkers and learning to be understanding and tolerant of different points of view. They are learning how to be productive in today’s diverse community, to understand the value of cooperation, and to be part of a global society where technology will shape the nature of knowledge acquisition and employment. Education at both of our schools fosters partnerships among educators, students, parents, and the community. It is our shared responsibility to prepare lifelong learners, who will become self-disciplined, creative, and confident individuals. I look at every student as an individual, eager to gain knowledge and to

Jonathan Alden Head of NNS, Strong Wings Exec. Director Chris Getoor Strong Wings Program Director Lori Corry Business Manager Laura Raimo Director of Development Moira Parsons Administrative Assistant

be successful. All children have talents, and our schools hold the responsibility for creating an atmosphere where they can excel.

We opened school with 145 students, 26 employees and a full complement of Board members – all of whom add strength to our sense of community. If you have been away from our community for some time, we encourage you to reconnect with us. Come by and experience some of what makes Nantucket New School and Strong Wings unique on Nantucket - moments such as heartfelt second grade presentations at morning meeting, kids conquering the rock wall at Strong Wings, or a presentation of the Fifth Grade play. I am hopeful that Quarterboard will serve as the vehicle for our friends to stay abreast of happenings at Nantucket New School and Strong Wings. I look forward to meeting you in person the next time you are on campus.


Quarterboard