Spring/Summer Bulletin 2022
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Kirsten Kester ’01
Irene Todd GOVERNANCE CHAIR
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Matthew Burr TG’89
Elizabeth Garonzik ‘03
Kate Graham ‘98
Sophie Robart ‘09 Charlotte Whitmore
Alice Flint, TRUSTEE EMERITUS
W. Carl Kester, TRUSTEE EMERITUS
John Moriarty, TRUSTEE EMERITUS
Jason Robart, TRUSTEE EMERITUS
We act with honesty, sound judgment, and strong character to build a culture of trust.
We build partnerships, foster teamwork, and encourage camaraderie.
We celebrate and affirm all aspects of individual identity and global diversity.
We seek to understand the feelings of others, value multiple perspectives, build meaningful connections, and inspire ethical action.
We value persistence and pursue excellence through continuous learning and growth.
Discovering the catch during the Grade 6 trip to Mystic/Project Oceanology
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SPRING/SUMMER BULLETIN 2022 CONTENTS
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The Power of Integration Art and Science: Two Alumni Artists Reflect
of Observation The Pandemic President: A Thank You to, and from, Vince Lorusso A Note from the New President of the Board of Trustees,
Elton Sharing of Understanding and Values: Nashoba Brooks as Educational Thought Leaders Honoring Years of Dedicated Service Summer Concert Series Spring Sports Community News Class Notes Graduates Champions of Girls in STEAM Annual Giving
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Danielle Heard Head of School Aubrey Bourgeois Director of Marketing and Communications Quincey Katz Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Jevan Jammal Director of Development Amy Leahy Development Associate, Director of Annual Giving & Parent Engagement Tandy Bryant Alumni Engagement Coordinator Kirsta Davey Photography Kate Doherty Photography Porter Gifford Photography Joe Wallace Photography Nashoba Brooks School Archives
the Head of School
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“As a classroom community, our capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence.” bell hooks, Teaching To Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
The concept of Yes…And, borrowed from improv, invites us to accept ideas provided for us with an open mindset and a commitment to building upon them with developing skills and the addition of our own perspectives and experiences to create broader, deeper, and more meaningful engagement, learning, and growth. At Nashoba Brooks School, we have embraced this powerful concept as our theme for the year, celebrating principles that have been part of our school’s tradition for decades while also challenging ourselves to continue to innovate, evolve, and improve.
Whether founding a visionary school with a commitment to hands-on, integrated, discovery learning in 1928, merging Brooks School and Nashoba Country Day School in 1980, shifting successfully to remote learning in 2019, or launching entirely new hyFlex models for 20202022, Nashoba Brooks School has proven time and again that innovative thinking, creative problem solving, and pursuit of vigorous, joyful learning are not only possible but essential to our work. After three years of unpredictable circumstances, scenario planning, evolving routines, and constant iteration, we have been able to begin this year with a sense of excitement for what it means to be a part of Nashoba Brooks today.
Yes, the unparalleled academic, athletic and artistic programming that we have always offered remains our priority, and we are eager to explore new areas for collaboration and connection. For each of these areas, and for our community as a whole, throughout this Bulletin, you will clearly see how the collaborative spirit of “Yes...And” has been a part of our culture for many years. Our feature story focuses on how our educators routinely build upon ideas across departments to ensure a cohesive and comprehensive program for students where they can truly immerse themselves in their lessons. This interdisciplinary approach encourages students to think about their lessons beyond engagement in one classroom and to explore broader implications of their understanding of concepts and deeper application of their developing skills.
Yes, students…And alums!
The expansive mindset embraced by our students is carried forward through the work our alums pursue. For example, both E.B. Bartels ’02 and Meaghan Lueck ’06 learned the importance of digging deeper into an idea or an insight during their time at Nashoba Brooks, and this continues to aid their work as artists.
Yes, alums…And community!
Our leadership teams, from the Board of Trustees to our classroom educators, not only encourage students to expand their thinking but also model this concept through their own leadership. You’ll hear from outgoing Board President Vince Lorusso as well as incoming President Anne Elton about the foundation of collaborative thinking that has allowed Nashoba Brooks to adapt to new challenges creatively and experience how this is highlighted in our curriculum and practice by members of the Nashoba Brooks team who presented at the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools Global Forum in June.
Yes, community…And campus development!
We are also excited to be building physically! With a refresh of Middle School classrooms and the resurfacing of Noble Field, we also prepare to advance the next phases of The Campaign for Our Future with a focus on investment in the arts platform, Middle School co-Lab, Denault Library, and main entry. Renovation of these areas will create room for students to engage, learn, and grow.
It is an exciting time at Nashoba Brooks School. From intellectual engagement to philanthropic support, the momentum is palpable. I am grateful to each member of this community for your ongoing commitment to learning, leading, and growing with Nashoba Brooks School.
With gratitude, Danielle Heard Head of School
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THE POWER OF INTEGRATION
Through an in-depth study of bees, our Grade 1 students experience the impact, breadth, and depth of integrated curriculum, a hallmark of the Nashoba Brooks School experience at every level. From math to social studies to art, the curriculum weaves together a variety of skills, content, and learning experiences connected by the theme of bees. In science class, students learn how bees are imperative to the survival of different plant species, some of which provide food that people depend on around the globe. Science blends into social studies, as students learn why at-risk bee populations can affect human populations in significant ways. Moving from the macro to the micro, students also study the structure and functionality of bee hives by creating their own “bee houses” in art class. In the Shilling STEAM Lab, students take their hive designs and turn them into grid layouts. First graders learn how to program their BeeBot® (bee shaped robots) to move through their hives and interact with the queen. At the end of the unit, they have a bee celebration where Grade 1 teachers dress up and hand out honey sticks. "Students love the celebration," Nicole Williams, Grade 1 teacher explains.
By the end of the school year, students are verifiable scholars of these busy little pollinators. But unlike a
simple science lesson on bees, the Grade 1 bee project is all-encompassing, spanning across disciplines and skills as a framework for Grade 1 learning targets. Multifaceted projects like this one are also pathways to collaboration for teachers, and they are not unique to Grade 1. Each grade level in the School has distinct, integrated units, which often reflect the character of the teaching teams who design them.
Due to their iconic nature, these projects become symbols for the Nashoba Brooks experience year after year. When a group of Grade 8 students are asked what they remember most about each grade, they routinely respond with exclamations like, "Second grade? Oh yeah, that was the year of the poetry unit," or "I remember third grade when we studied everyday heroes." Grade 4 sparks memories as the "National Parks and Invention Convention year."
Though life is naturally integrated, often, learning at school is not. This is what makes the integrated learning experience at Nashoba Brooks so powerful–it mirrors how learning and the application of learning happens in the world beyond the classroom. Interdisciplinary study is at the core of our curriculum–helping students to draw
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stronger connections, understanding, and meaning from their work.
Sharings of Understanding (SOUs) are often a culminating celebration of learning and growth. "At the end of a big unit, we always share what we've learned," a Grade 8 student explains. These SOUs allow students to reflect on what they have done and highlight the many different disciplines involved.
The Information Services (IS) team, which supports integrated curriculum at every level, plays a particularly important role in Middle School. Hank Bryant, director of educational technology and innovation, helps teachers identify major units at each grade level and connect those to resources which can amplify student learning. Specialist teachers in the Lower School also collaborate with teachers to support and enhance each grade's curricula. These practices are a critical part of the School’s history, culture, and philosophy. Head of School Danielle Heard explains, "Integrated curriculum has been a hallmark of a Nashoba Brooks education from the very beginning. When students are able to see and explore meaningful connections in their learning, their natural curiosity, excitement, and joy shine through."
Grade 7 English teacher, Mac Stephens, who came to Nashoba Brooks after working at five other independent schools, reflects, "coming from a tradition of teaching in a silo, where I was expected to teach my subject in isolation, Nashoba was a happy shock." During his first year, Mr. Stephens was taken aback when Mr. Bryant, approached him, to talk about the big Grade 7 story project. "I thought, at first, that he was another English teacher I hadn't met yet." He soon learned that Mr. Bryant and all members of the IS team are well known in every classroom. The Twine Story Project, which includes the technology, library and English departments, is a collaborative coding unit, where students learn about Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey alongside game design, eventually creating a choice-based story game that is replete with images, audio, and countless plot twists to challenge the reader/player.
The iconic projects that anchor each grade's experience, and linger in the minds of graduates, exist deliberately. Ms. Heard explains how structural components are in place to support each teacher's passion while maintaining a common narrative year after year: "A number of projects have evolved over time, as new teachers arrive, update, and shape familiar themes and units with fresh perspectives. Extensive curriculum maps highlight essential skills and desired outcomes to
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keep them aligned with our learning targets and core values." Curriculum maps, shared across all grade levels are updated annually, with the common understanding that continuous improvement gives students the best experience possible. "I love that new teachers can come in and say 'I love what we have in place, but wouldn't it be great if we spun it this way or added that.' Our focus on integration allows teachers and students to have avenues available to them that might not have existed before," says Ms. Heard.
A wonderful example of this change is the recent Grade 3 Native Studies project. For years, third grade students have learned about people who lived in America before it was so named. As decades passed, the curriculum became more robust and more focused, but it still felt like an investigation of a time long gone, rather than connected to the present day. Grade 3 teachers Peggy Gaffny and Paige Keady worked over the summer to overhaul the Native Studies curriculum, creating a months-long project that explores the historic and contemporary experiences of Native Peoples. Ms. Gaffny and Ms. Keady leveraged the support of the STEAM
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Lab, science class, and library to design a multi-part, immersive experience. "We call it a jigsaw project. Each student brings a piece of the puzzle, and they help each other put all the learning together," Ms. Keady and Ms. Gaffny explain.
An integrated experience is not only advantageous for students, it's also an important part of having a positive impact in the world beyond Nashoba Brooks. In their culminating year, Grade 8 students take on the muchanticipated C-SPAN StudentCam project, stretching students to consider issues well beyond the Strawberry Hill campus. Facilitated by Grade 8 social studies teacher, Emily Gatti, the C-SPAN Documentary contest challenges students to compete with young people across the country to explore issues they find to be the most pressing and produce a short video documentary. Some of the issues students addressed this year included gun
control, the Patriot Act, and Title IX. Out of more than 3,000 documentaries, Nashoba Brooks’ Grade 8 videos have consistently placed in the top five percent, winning awards each year.
Each of the problems addressed by Grade 8 students require an understanding of integration and the importance of making connections. Unbeknownst to them, their understanding of complex connections in their learning is all by design. At Nashoba Brooks, this design begins the first day of Preschool and its effects continue long after graduation day.
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Grade 1 teachers Kate Noel and Nicole Williams at the Halloween Stroll
ART AND SCIENCE: TWO ALUMNI ARTISTS REFLECT ON THE POWER OF OBSERVATION
When they were students at Nashoba Brooks School, both E.B. Bartels ’02 and Meaghan Lueck ’06 learned the power of watching. Learning to be still and to focus is a practice very much at home on a campus only miles away from Walden Pond, and much like Thoreau, both Bartels and Lueck have shaped their lives with observation. As artists, they transform what they see into an experience that others can enjoy and participate in.
Bartels still appreciates a mantra that she learned first at Nashoba Brooks School: “You don’t have to come up with a story out of the blue; you can just look around you.” She explains how from a young age, she found a love for writing, and she felt she was good at it. “I don’t know how I remember this far back,” she says, “but I remember in fourth grade thinking that I had a talent for writing, and while my teachers encouraged me, they also taught me that there is no perfect piece of writing, but there's always a better one.” The quest to obtain the most perfect form of her writing was motivated by the details of the story. And to find details, she had to learn how to conduct research. “It’s interesting how when you begin to ask questions, like I did when I was writing my book, you uncover all these things people are doing. It makes you curious; you want to know more.” At Wellesley College, where Bartels was an undergraduate, her curiosity led her to an interest
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Meaghan Lueck mixing colors with Alejo in the Neiman Center Printshop, Columbia University, 2021
in Russia and Russian literature, so much so that she became a Russian major and traveled there to study the language.
She chronicled her journey in a blog called Dispatches from Abroad. “I spent a significant amount of time in the Motherland—a month living in a Siberian village on Lake Baikal, fourteen months in St. Petersburg, and a month studying in Moscow,” Bartels wrote in her 2015 essay “Freedom, Dear.” The tone of the essay dances between lighthearted comedy to scholarly historical investigation. Bartels, more often than not, uses herself as a source of humor, calling out her awkwardness, especially in bathhouses. The narrative moves from Russia to New York to Wellesley College, slowly building momentum toward the central purpose of the essay—to venerate spaces made just for women. The power of the essay comes through by the virtue of Bartels’ detailed anecdotes. She does this when she writes about her first experience with a space made for women: Nashoba Brooks School.
"The first women’s space I joined was not by choice: in third grade, my parents informed me that I would be attending an all-girls middle school starting the following year. My class was small — only thirty girls — and over time we became inseparable. Of course we fought too, but by the end of eighth grade, we were best friends and sisters. We grew physically comfortable with each other — sitting in a pile on the couch in our homeroom, sharing beds at sleepovers, holding hands when dumped by three-week boyfriends over Instant Messenger, comparing zits and greasy hair, relieved we weren’t alone in our uncomfortable preteen bodies. We grew up together and into each other."
In Russia, Bartels found that she enjoyed creative nonfiction, and how she could convey not just information but experience through words. After returning from the land of bathhouses, she graduated from Wellesley and then began a long list of jobs: administrative assistant, teaching fellow, letterpress intern, writing instructor. In 2012, Bartels was accepted into Columbia's MFA program, which happens to be in one of the most observable cities on the planet. The fodder for her writing was rich, and after graduating and taking a teaching position at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA, she kept working on her craft, even with her students: "I wanted to write, and of course, I couldn't tell my students to write if I wasn't writing beside them."
Meaghan Lueck, who would have been in third grade when Bartels graduated from Nashoba Brooks, tells her story with the canvas rather than the page. And while
this is a significant difference, both Bartels and Lueck's stories reveal an uncanny number of similarities. Lueck, who pays the bills with her independent graphic design work, creates "visual identities and sustainable strategies for brands making a difference." That "difference" part is important to her: "I grew up watching a mom make really beautiful children's books about being mindful of the earth and treading lightly." Like Bartels, she remembers an experience in science class at Nashoba Brooks in which she had to "take a little plot of land on campus and just watch it." She recalls that they had to return to their spot for weeks, cataloging all that was happening in a small patch of nature. "My spot had a stream and these two frogs, and, well, it taught me to pay attention," she explains. Both Bartels and Lueck discovered the importance of observation at Nashoba Brooks.
After completing her undergraduate work at Columbia University and a bit of dabbling in architecture, Lueck found herself working for a large London-based creative agency. She worked with well known professionals in the industry and was able to build experience and establish herself in the design world quickly. Lueck also realized that "ultimately, my job was to bring in money for my company," and working for large companies like Estée Lauder, she understood whatever message she helped convey would affect a large number of people. "I thought about my mom and that little patch, and I wanted to look closely and care for something that wasn't just sales,"
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E.B. Bartels with her dog
Lueck explains. When she went into business for herself, she decided to focus on projects that were purposeful. But she was still using her talents mostly as a source of income, rather than for art's sake. What eventually made Lueck return to Columbia, where she currently is acquiring an MFA, was self-observation. Instead of focusing on the details of the outside world, she looked inward: "I used author Julia Cameron's book, called The Artist's Way, which suggests that you ask yourself every morning; 'What are the things you're saying to yourself?'"
Lueck saw how every day she was avoiding a deeper level of creativity: "I wanted to go back to art-making, so I applied to Columbia for their MFA program." Now in starting the second year of the two-year program, Lueck is still taking on design projects to support herself, but she knows she made the right decision returning to a medium that frees observation and creation from revenue and marketing. Lueck explains how she is surrounded by creative minds who are also socially and environmentally conscious, similar to her mother. Recently, Lueck organized a trip to the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, bringing artists from her program to interact with scientists. An observatory seems a fitting place for two fields of study to see the similarities between their interests in truth and attention to detail. Lueck is interested in the connection of art to science and how art can be functional: "In my studio I'm practicing with algae and bio plastics. I've also been collaborating with a friend who's a sound artist. There's a lot I'm doing." Whether she is working on her MFA or working on her design career, Lueck moves forward by taking in what she sees and harnessing these observations.
book, which will be published in early August of this year. Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter is a culmination of a lifetime of loving and losing pets. In it, Bartels showcases her research skills, those borne out of her willingness to listen and observe. And through these observations, she uses unique, funny, and heartfelt anecdotes to bring the experiences of others to her readers. Similarly, Lueck works on the collection that she will present for her Master's. The pieces she is "collecting" are as diverse and detailed as Lueck's story. She continually seeks to see more in what she has seen already, which she describes on her website as, "exploring the relationship between our bodies and their ecological surroundings, growths and degradations." When her collection is complete, she will bring the connection of science and art into focus for her viewers.
Opening minds and keeping them open has always been an objective of a Nashoba Brooks education. Intrigue is built first through the narrowest of perspectives, literally. Building a habit of looking small, first, prepares Nashoba Brooks School's students to be critical observers of everwidening pictures. As Lueck sat still in the grass, peering into a small frame of the Strawberry Hill campus, she was practicing the same skill as Bartels who combed through an early piece of writing, observing the cadence, looking for a clearer path for her words. They learned to see, carefully, first, without knowing the joy and wonder they would bring to others as they grew and told the story of every detail seen.
1 Bartels E.B., "Freedom, My Dear." The Toast, 21 Jan. 2015, thetoast.net/2015/01/21/freedom-dear. Accessed 6 June 2022.
Bartels still wears many hats, but she has also found a more permanent position at her alma mater. The stability of her life at Wellesley has allowed her to complete her
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Meaghan Lueck in front of her Sisters of St. Joseph Leaf Mural
THE PANDEMIC PRESIDENT: A THANK YOU TO, AND FROM, VINCE LORUSSO
“I AM AS EXCITED ABOUT NASHOBA BROOKS TODAY AS I EVER WAS,” Vince Lorusso remarks at the end of a thoughtful conversation about his time serving on the Board of Trustees. Describing himself as “The Pandemic President,” Vince was elected as Board President in early 2020 and assumed the role that June. “It's hard for me not to reflect on those two years with complete awe for the educators at Nashoba Brooks, the parents, the children, and the community for the strength they displayed.” Though it was not an easy time for transition, Vince focused on maintaining the best possible experience for the students at Nashoba Brooks while also continuing the legacy of our resilient institution.
The backdrop for every project, initiative, and experience during Vince’s two years as president was COVID. Though there were many noteworthy accomplishments during his time in leadership, Vince comments that “the thing I am most proud of is that we cultivated a strong community amidst extreme and unusual circumstances.” There was already a foundation that emphasized the importance of coming together collaboratively, and the addition of COVID required a new level of collective willingness to be flexible, thoughtful, and trusting. There was a need to break down previously held norms around privacy and how connected we wished to be with other families. “I think a lot of people saw their relationship with the School as the most important one they had. We couldn't go to church or to work or see our families, but we had one another,” Vince remarks.
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Though many unexpected items popped up on the Board’s to-do list during Vince’s term, much of the planned work still needed to be done. Well into its third year, The Campaign for Our Future shifted into Phase 2 with the construction of the Sureau Family Discovery Barn. While this space was planned and funded before the pandemic, Vince notes, "there was such a thoughtfulness about making that space flexible and a gateway to the outdoors. This view toward being outside was a little ahead of its time because it ended up being such an important space and a critical part of the School during COVID.” He continues, “When you plan things with a lens of flexibility, as Nashoba Brooks so often aims to do, it's a benefit when you are faced with unforeseen circumstances.”
“Of course, we couldn't do all of the things that we wished to do,” Vince notes, “but we wanted to make sure the people who were in the building day-to-day felt that we had their backs. We knew it wouldn’t be the same, but the underpinning of what makes Nashoba Brooks was still there. So through every decision, all we could do was to ask ourselves, ‘When it comes to the children’s experience: are we proud of it?’” And while the students remained the most essential piece of the puzzle, the wellbeing of the educators was never far from Vince’s mind as he and the Nashoba Brooks leadership team determined the best ways to reimagine school. “Navigating how we brought educators back in, how we provided pauses and breaks for people, and making sure we brought empathy and recognition that everyone needed to take care of themselves and their families was vitally important,” he reflects.
Through all of the unexpected twists our “Pandemic President” was asked to take on, when pressed to pick a high and a low point of his journey, his deep appreciation for this community and commitment to its service is clear: “the defining moment of my tenure was making sure the community had the data, resources, and compassion that enabled us to get through that period.” And, having relocated to a different state during the pandemic, Vince remarks that one thing he will always regret is “not having the ability to say ‘Thank You’ in person.”
Another imperative was the launching of reVision Tuition. Following years of planning and preparation, the Board committed to reducing tuition by an average of 5% each year for three years, for a total average reduction of 15%. Aligning with our School's mission, this initiative truly embodies the Nashoba Brooks core values that Vince describes as “an inclusive and thoughtful strategy to make education more accessible.” Paired with the global hardship, the culmination of reVision Tuition planning highlights Nashoba Brooks School’s longstanding dedication to creating a welcoming environment for all.
While there is no substitute for a heartfelt, face-to-face show of appreciation, there is no doubt that the gratitude extends both ways.
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“It's hard for me not to reflect on those two years with complete awe for the educators at Nashoba Brooks, the parents, the children, and the community for the strength they displayed.”
- Vince Lorusso
ReVision Tuition plan
I am excited to be stepping into the role of President at this moment in time. Our community has been tested over the past two years and we have not merely endured, we have come through triumphantly. By my rubric, our community gets an A+ for maintaining an in-person program, taking precautions to keep COVID cases low enough to enable this, and preserving flexibility for families when needed. Now, with new protocols and more access to campus, there is a terrific energy in the air. A feeling of momentum is palpable in every space. For all of this, for the opportunity to help write our school’s next chapter, I am grateful for and inspired by the leadership of Head of School Danielle Heard, my predecessor Vince Lorusso, and all Board presidents whose legacy I intend to continue.
In the short term, I would like to welcome our entire community back to campus!
A NOTE FROM THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, ANNE ELTON
For our alums especially, this campus is a touchstone of many core memories and the origin story for so many treasured friendships, academic endeavors, and professional pathways. These young men and women know that wherever life takes them, their Nashoba Brooks family will always be there to cheer them on.
Looking ahead, my goal is to work with the Board to support Head of School Danielle Heard and her incredible team as they continue to deliver the best possible foundation for our students through the ineffable mix of curiosity, challenge, rigor, and joy that is so unique to the Nashoba Brooks experience. The Board will also spend time supporting Phase 3 of The Campaign for Our Future as we get ready for muchanticipated improvements to our art spaces. With our Strategic Directions launched in 2014 nearing the end of their 10-year trajectory, the Board will also begin laying the groundwork for a strategic planning process to be launched next year. As we enter the long-range planning process, we will engage the community in visioning the next chapter of the Nashoba Brooks story and the priorities we will set to meet our goals. Our work as a Board is to provide the head of school with the team, tools, and facilities to match and advance the transformational program and work being done every day to meet our mission—educating children for a life of continuous learning, accomplishment, and leadership in a diverse and changing world—a mission I am thrilled to be a part of and am more compelled by each day.
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I extend an open invitation to our marvelous alumni and dear friends—near and far, old and new—to join us for an event or find a time to swing by and say hello.
SCIENCE - TECHNOLOGY - ENGINEERING - ART - MATH
The Nashoba Brooks School STEAM Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship awarded annually to two Grade 4 students new to the School. Applicants must display a keen interest in STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics) and a commitment to our School’s core values of integrity, collaboration, inclusivity, empathy, and resilience. To be considered for the 2023-2024 school year, interested families must submit a completed admissions application and the STEAM Scholarship supplement by February 1, 2023. Recipients will be notified by March 10.
To learn more visit nashobabrooks.org/steamscholar or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SHARING OF UNDERSTANDING AND VALUES: NASHOBA BROOKS AS EDUCATIONAL THOUGHT LEADERS
Integrity. Collaboration. Inclusivity. Empathy. Resilience.
You may recognize these traits as the Core Values of Nashoba Brooks School. These words appear prominently around our school and on our website, and our educators and students can recite them by heart. But how can we truly determine if our community is internalizing the importance of living out these values? This year, several members of the Nashoba Brooks team had the opportunity to share presentations focused on ways to ensure school culture fully aligns with our mission at the Global Forum on Girls' Education.
The opportunity to present at this year's conference was especially meaningful as this gathering marked the organization's shift from the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS), which was started thirty years ago here in Concord, MA, by Whitty Ransome and Meg Moulton, to the International Coalition of Girls Schools (ICGS), serving more than 375 schools in 17 countries around the world. This update was undertaken as the Coalition actively sought to continue to build upon its own core principles of Community & Collaboration and Equity & Inclusion. In addition to this historic expansion, the conference was particularly special for the Nashoba Brooks community as Head of School Danielle Heard was inducted as the next president of the Board, making her the inaugural President under this new moniker.
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As the capstone to an 18-month ICGS fellowship, Nashoba Brooks School Counselor Liz Joyce presented her research on Strategies to Support Grade 6 English Students to Strengthen Collaboration and Relationship Skills. Modeling the collaboration she was hoping to develop in her students, Ms. Joyce partnered with Grade 6 teacher Kayleigh Wanzer to further push themes already interwoven in the curriculum, such as critical thinking, active listening, and self-reflection. "We were trying to build exposure to the topics and then guide the students into reflecting on how they might use these skills in their own lives and in conversations with their friends or families."
Another way Nashoba Brooks educators lead the charge on making the implicit values more explicit was shared during a session titled Integration with Intention: The Cascading Effects of Empowered Student Leadership. Curated by Guida Mattison, Kaitlyn McHugh, Elaine Rabb, and Mollie Surprenant, this was one of the few conference sessions led by classroom teachers and provided attendees with concrete examples of ways to embed school values in projects, curriculum, and opportunities for student advocacy. "Many people took our sample student government ballot as a starting point for their own schools," explained Ms. McHugh. This ballot encourages peers to consider potential student representatives' embodiment of the five core values of Nashoba Brooks rather than relying on personal feelings toward any one student.
The ICGS Global Forum on Girls' Education not only "created a moment where the next generation of girls'
schools could gain momentum to move toward similar directions and goals," as Ms. McHugh noted, but it also allowed Nashoba Brooks educators to fully embody the values we seek to embolden in our students. In our mission to help each student "find their way and their authentic self," as Ms. Joyce reminds us, we must also reflect on our own opportunities for integrity, collaboration, inclusivity, empathy, and resilience.
Though not a written core value at Nashoba Brooks, finding joy in learning and being continuously curious is the backbone of our programming. We encourage our students and faculty alike to dive deeply into topics that interest them, to stand up for their beliefs, and to connect with others of similar and different mindsets. Because of their experiences at this conference, our educators left with new ideas, spirits, and intentions about their practices. "I feel reinvigorated. It was a really magnificent experience getting to collaborate with colleagues all around the world," Ms. Joyce reflected. "It was inspiring to see so many educators come together who have similar focuses on topics like inclusivity, belonging, and student voice," Ms. McHugh added. We appreciate the opportunity to learn from and share our knowledge and expertise with fellow educators around the world as we embark on our shared mission of creating a more inclusive and empathetic world for the future generation of young women.
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HONORING YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE
Among the many moments of success, recognition, and accompaniment to celebrate this year, our appreciation for two retiring members of the Nashoba Brooks community was a highlight. The remarks below were delivered at the closing Annual Meeting to celebrate and highlight the work of these longtime Nashoba Brooks employees.
Betsy joined Nashoba Brooks following 17 years at The Barn Cooperative Nursery School in Concord. During her time here, Betsy has helped to develop curriculum units, successfully launch the multi-aged Preschool program, and prepare for program expansion and flexibility to allow for a third section of Preschool when needed. Though her contributions have been many and meaningful, it is likely that Betsy will be most remembered for the care and commitment she brought to developing the monarch butterfly unit. Whether capturing caterpillars, gathering milkweed, or traveling across the country to count butterflies during their migration, Betsy’s passion for this unit creates a
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magical experience for everyone involved. In addition to inspiring young learners through play-based instruction, Betsy has counseled parents and mentored colleagues in understanding the growth and development of young children. Her experience and wisdom have touched the lives of numerous students and families during her 19 years at Nashoba Brooks. There is no question that the School will hold her to her promise to come back as a guest speaker during the butterfly unit!
Maggie to complete a task before most people have had time to add it to their to-do lists. While finance people have a reputation for saying no, Maggie’s growth mindset and readiness to take action have made it possible for the School to strive beyond expectations time after time. No task has been too big or too small for Maggie, and she does it all with unflagging determination.
During her 26 years, Maggie has helped our School successfully navigate multiple construction projects, a recession, regional demographic shifts, and a global pandemic. In her role as director of finance and operations, Maggie has modernized the business office and managed countless tasks with stunning efficiency. Those who know her well, know that it is not unusual for
Maggie is known for her unwavering loyalty, humbling energy, competitive spirit, infectious laughter, and ability to maintain a sense of humor and optimism, especially in the face of difficult circumstances. Her impact on both the physical and fiscal health of the School are far beyond measure. They are deep, lasting, and—like Maggie—unstoppable.
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“In the deft, capable hands of Ms. Siebert, preschoolers received loving support to attempt new challenges, as she imbued them with the confidence to independently demonstrate their capacity.”
-Tim Croft, Assistant Head of Lower School
“Maggie is smart, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and so easy to work with… Always with a smile and a can-do attitude, she easily gets the job done.” - Patricia Satterthwaite, Trustee
WITH THE UMBRELLA ARTS CENTER
Culture, community, and connection. What better way to have combined these components than with a healthy dose of family-friendly fun at The Summer Concert Series at Nashoba Brooks School! In a series of six concerts ranging from a cappella to country and baritone saxophone to Latin folk, we celebrated all that is wonderful about a summer evening spent listening to live music.
As a result of our partnership with The Umbrella Arts Center and the generous support of all of our sponsors, we were able to offer the concerts free of charge.
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JUNIOR VARSITY LACROSSE
With so many players coming out for lacrosse this season, the junior varsity team represented all levels of talent and experience with the game. This led to a myriad of mentoring and growth opportunities for students. Captains Felicia C. (Grade 7) and Charlotte G. (Grade 8) led their team through victories and losses, always encouraging players to work their hardest. All could see how much the team grew as the season progressed. Some who had never picked up a lacrosse stick were passing, catching, and shooting on the run as May came to an end. More veteran players also developed their skills, especially by having the opportunity to swing up and play at the varsity level for the last three games of the season. All in all, it was a wonderful return to interscholastic lacrosse at Nashoba Brooks.
The Nashoba Brooks varsity lacrosse team had a wonderful season of growth this year. Players with a lot of lacrosse experience were able to serve as leaders, including captains, Alex S. (Grade 7) and Anika A. (Grade 8). There were also athletes who were relatively new to the game, who grew their skills tremendously, such as two fantastic goalies, Fiona G. (Grade 8) and Mariel S. (Grade 8). The season included some difficult losses, and some exciting wins. Many games were close and hard fought, where players left everything on the field with pride. The offensive and defensive play really came together in the last few games, and communication on the field improved greatly throughout the season. This group will go on to do great things, in lacrosse and beyond.
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What a great season! This was the first opportunity for each of the girls to play a spring sport at Nashoba Brooks, and they really took advantage of it! The majority of athletes had never played tennis before, but they stepped on to the courts with open minds and open hearts; and, as in any endeavor, this made all the difference. The team accomplished all of its goals this season—having fun, making new friends, bonding as a team, and learning and improving tennis skills. Congratulations to the students for all of their accomplishments this season, and thank you to the wonderfully supportive parents.
TRACK & FIELD
It was a small but mighty team this year. With many first year track and field athletes, the season was marked by growth and improvement. At each meet, athletes recorded personal bests in multiple events as the students improved their times and distances. The team created strong connections, supporting each other to do their best and working hard in practice to build up a fitness base and learn proper techniques for field events. There was also fun and adventures along the way—from camouflage in the woods and lost shoes in the mud, to flower collecting pollen-filled runs—everyday brought something new. Congratulations to all the athletes on a job well done!
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NASHOBA BROOKS POETS
TWO CLASS OF 2022 GRADUATES took the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Black in America and their incredible works were published.
Ananya R. and Mahali C.’s uplifting poems were recently published in a collection compiled by The Black Joy Project and 826 Boston. The book, To My Kin, celebrates black joy through the voices of twenty-six young writers, ranging from age 11 to age 20. Ananya was honored to be selected, mentioning that it was important for her to write about "what it means to be Black, have joy, and be happy." Mahali’s poem "What is Black Joy?" defines it as, "being yourself, celebrating your culture, no matter what."
Both students, now recent graduates, have continued to express their ideas through poetry and short fiction, and enjoy all opportunities to express their identities through the power of the written word.
Join us in celebrating Black Joy and recognizing these young writers by reading their poems on nashobabrooks.org.
STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
EVERY YEAR, THOUSANDS OF LATIN STUDENTS across the United States and the world take the National Latin Exam (NLE). The NLE is not meant to be a competition, but rather an opportunity for students "to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in their study of the Latin language and culture." Depending upon their score in relation to the national average, students may earn certificates, medals, and may even qualify for scholarships. This year, 26 Grade 7 students participated at the Introduction to Latin level. The national average this year was 30/40. All students showed great determination and effort, which resulted in 15 Grade 7 students receiving certificates, 7 of whom also received medals: 4 gold and 3 silver. One student even had the extraordinary honor of achieving a perfect score. Congratulations, Grade 7 Latin scholars!
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Published poets Ananya R. and Mahali C. Latin exam students with their certificates
HONORING CULTIVATION AND GROWTH
ON MAY 26, WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY to come together as a community for the naming of the Merry Long Garden. Members of the Board of Visitors, Board of Trustees, and employees alike celebrated the official naming of this very special place for Merry Long, who dedicated 40 years to the growth and development of young people at Nashoba Brooks School. It is fitting that a painting of the new garden was presented to Merry during the ceremony. The painting was created by alumnae and former student of Merry’s, Amy Sharma '19.
BROOKS BEAR BUSTLE
RUNNERS, TAKE YOUR MARK! GO! On June 5, Nashoba Brooks hosted the first in-person running of the Brooks Bear Bustle, a one mile race around campus and a dash across the field for the youngest of runners. This family fun run will continue to be an event we look forward to so that we might stretch our bodies and strengthen our community.
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Merry Long, Kirsta Davey, and Lisa Stanley at the garden dedication
Brooks Bear Bustle runners on the starting line
Spring Soiree featured firepits and an Airstream trailer bar
Tie-dye at Nashobapalooza
BELLA MARLAND-HALL ‘21 was granted a very special scholarship at BU Academy this year. The award is given to a female student in the rising tenth grade who demonstrates the characteristics of loyalty, friendship, and avid readership as exemplified by Haley Murphy Morrill, a member of BU Academy’s Class of 2010. Haley, who passed away prior to her high school graduation, was also a graduate of the Nashoba Brooks School Class of 2006, so the honor felt especially meaningful to Bella and her family. Bella “was really surprised and grateful to be honored by [her] School” and was able to meet Haley’s family at the award ceremony.
AMES SCOTT ‘19 is a STEM scholar and loves Latin and Greek. She will graduate next year from St. Mark's School with a Classics degree. Outside of the classroom, Ames has played on varsity squash, been a dorm prefect and advisor, and focused on music, following on her NBS experience on drum set in Jazz Band.
SHANNYN CORCORAN ‘17 will be attending Trinity College in Dublin in the fall. She will be majoring in Art History and English Literature. MEAGHAN CORCORAN ‘14 graduated in May from the William and Mary/St. Andrews Joint Degree Program and will be attending Stanford Law School in the fall. CAITLYN CORCORAN ‘12 now works for TJX as a Senior Allocation Analyst and is living in Boston.
DARLINE DESFORGE ‘18 graduated from Dana Hall School. She will join Suffolk University’s class of 2026 in the fall.
DANYELLE VEILLARD ‘18 graduated from John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Danyelle will be studying at Northeastern University this fall and plans to major in Bioengineering.
ISABEL DINARDO ‘17 has been working as a Range Management intern for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service this summer. Isabel’s day-to-day job involves riding the range on horseback or hiking to ensure that the allotments where ranchers are permitted to graze their livestock are healthy and being grazed responsibly. The range mainly has folks running sheep and cattle but also has a few permittees grazing horses and even buffalo! Isabel also helps monitor for invasive species like cheatgrass and ventenata, and recently completed a project where she surveyed fences impacted by wildfire. At the end of August, Isabel will move back to Arizona to start her sophomore year at the University of Arizona!
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Darline Desforge ‘18 at her Dana Hall graduation
Danyelle Veillard ‘18 with Nashoba Brooks employee, Kate Stone
Isabel DiNardo ‘17 riding her horse, Big Time, while out monitoring the grazing of some cow/calf pairs
ALLIE WINSTANLEY ‘15 is entering her senior year at Dartmouth College as the captain of the varsity soccer team. In addition to her efforts on the field, Allie is working hard this summer as an Investment Management Summer Analyst during an internship with Morgan Stanley in NYC.
EVA ELTON ‘14 recently finished her teaching experience at KIP Academy Nashville and plans to attend Harvard’s Graduate School of Education this fall to pursue her master’s degree.
BENJAMIN ANTUPIT TG’12 and his parents found time to reunite with some of his Nashoba Brooks teachers and former employees before settling into his sophomore year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
REILY SCOTT TG’12 is currently attending Kenyon College, which has great writing, theater, and film programs—his strongest areas of interest while attending Nashoba Brooks and subsequent schools. He will be spending his fall abroad in Ireland to attend University College Cork before returning to Kenyon after winter break.
KAITY GOODWIN ‘14 finished her senior year at Babson College strongly. She served as President of the Campus Activities Board and led over 100 events, doubling the amount in previous years. She also served as Babson’s mascot, Biz E. Beaver, for three years. Kaity takes her passion for creativity and event management to her new position in the Community and Players Relations department for the Boston Red Sox! She is excited to begin this next chapter of her life and remembers fondly her very first Sox game in 3rd grade sponsored by NBS and the time her 8th grade math class threw a retirement party for Mr. Lubin by taking him out to the ball game at Fenway Park.
ANDREW BLAU TG’14 finished his junior year at Concord-Carlisle High School, where he played Varsity Lacrosse.
RACHEL LAWRENCE ‘13 has received her Masters in Teaching from Clark University. She will be teaching a first grade class in Lawrence this fall. Rachel also had the opportunity to reunite with fellow Nashoba Brooks alumni, LAURA KAYE ‘13 and ELIZABETH CHIU ‘13 this summer!
LILY SCHEIBE ‘11 is pursuing a degree from Harvard Medical School after finishing her undergraduate degree from Yale University.
PETER BLAU JR. TG’10 finished up his junior year at Miami University of Ohio, where he is majoring in data analytics and minoring in sports management. Peter is also the student manager of the basketball team at Miami.
SOPHIE ROBART ‘09 was featured as the 2022 Bigelow Lecturer at Middlesex School where she is a member of the class of 2013. Sophie spoke about an active pursuit of justice in her role as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan.
EMMA SATTERTHWAITE MURESIANU ‘09 is in her second year as a resident at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where she continues her focus in pediatric medicine.
DR. SASHA KRAMER ’08 was awarded her Ph.D. in Marine Science from UC Santa Barbara. Following
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Benjamin Antupit TG’12
Kaity Goodwin ‘14 as Babson’s mascot
graduation, Sasha started as a postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. She was awarded a fellowship in Marine Microbial Ecology from the Simons Foundation to investigate the relationships between phytoplankton diversity, ecosystem productivity, and carbon export in the ocean.
JEVAN JAMMAL ‘02 finished her first year as the Director of Development at Nashoba Brooks by welcoming new baby, Hunter, with husband Ben Metcalf.
KIRSTEN KESTER ‘01 can add “mother” to her growing list of impressive titles as she and husband Evan welcomed a new baby to their family. Kristen not only serves as a Senior Vice President at Obsidian Therapeutics, but also volunteers her time as Treasurer of the Nashoba Brooks Board of Trustees.
JUSTINE [PARISI] BENSUSSEN ‘05 welcomed a new baby, Zander, this spring with husband, Seth. When not spending time with her family, Justine is busy at work as the Director of Corporate Counsel at Nuance Communications.
KATH MORIARTY ‘03 will be joined by classmate KELLEY JAMMAL ‘03 as returning Nashoba Brooks employees this fall. Kath will be Learning Specialist and Director of Academic Support for the Lower School, while Kelley will be returning as a Preschool teacher.
MARJORIE BANGS B’71 has been volunteering at the Belmont Media Center as the Gallery Coordinator for their art gallery, Gallery@BMC. The Belmont Media Center has reopened after being closed for the last two years. Marjorie is currently showing her own artwork in the gallery and is in the process of selling one of her collage pieces.
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Nashoba Brooks Community Red Sox Game
We had so much fun watching the Red Sox beat the
Dr. Sasha Kramer ’08
Zander Bensussen at 4 months
Marjorie Bangs B’71 artwork
Nashoba Brooks Community Red Sox Game
Mariners at Fenway Park this spring! It’s always a great time when our community of current families, alumni, employees and beyond come together for a joyful moment. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this year and we hope to see even more of you next season!
Alumni Induction Ceremony. Students were joined by alumni CHELSEY REMINGTON ‘81, KELSEY CALHOUN ‘96, MAGGIE SHILLING ‘10, and MAGGIE VAN DYNE ‘15 for a morning of yummy treats, reflection, and connection. Alumni Pen Pals who could not make the ceremony in person submitted thoughtful videos to the 8th graders, full of advice and well-wishes. Thank you to E.B. BARTELS ‘02, LEE CROSS ‘02, MEREDITH DAVIS ‘02, KATE HOWERTON ‘04, NATHALIE FADEL ‘04, SILVIA MANENT ‘04, LINDSAY NEWTON ‘07, PATRICIA MANENT ‘07, MEGHAN KILLIAN ‘07, SARA GLEASON ‘07, and SASHA KRAMER ‘08 for sharing your words of wisdom. Congratulations, Class of 2022!
Class of 2022 Alumni Induction
We welcomed 32 graduating 8th graders into the Alumni community on June 1 with the Annual
Class of 2022 Alumni Ice Cream Social Members of the Class of 2022 returned to campus in August to reconnect before heading off to their new schools. The group enjoyed ice cream from West Concord’s Reasons to be Cheerful “Chillwagon”, played a few fun yard games, and caught up with Nashoba Brooks employees.
Share your news!
Hey, alumni! Please share your news for the Class Notes section of the next issue of the Bulletin. Have you graduated or started a new job? Recently gotten engaged or married? Have you added to your family? Traveled to exotic places? Made an impact in your local community? Have you gotten together with Nashoba Brooks friends? We want to know. Drop us a line and be sure to share a photo! Send your news or update your contact information by emailing email@example.com.
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Class of 2022 at the Alumni Induction
Kelsey Calhoun ‘96, Maggie Van Dyne ‘15, Chelsey Remington ‘81, Maggie Shilling ‘10
Ice Cream Social Attendees
Class of 2022 Grade 3 graduates
GRADE 3 CLASS OF 2022 GRADUATES
Benjamin Beeson Noah Belmont Evelyn Crawford Eva Epstein Miller Junkin George Kirtland
Quentin Napoli Ada Noel Stewart Oblak Macie Pelletier Charlotte Sammarco Zach Silverman
Bennett Smigler Oliver Wells Colin White
Io Whiteside Cho Lily Williams Benjamin Woodard
Mark Day School
The Fenn School
The Pike School
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GRADE 8 CLASS OF 2022 GRADUATES
Felicidad Beleno Carney
Liliana Carman Mahali Cook-Wright Skye Davis
Grace Desrochers Anna Favero Julia Gerson
Fiona Giacalone Charlotte Goltra Mackenzie Gordan Avery Khetani Hannah Moreau Abby Nash Reese Noel Tessa Partridge
Acton Boxborough High School
Boston University Academy
Cambridge School of Weston
Choate Rosemary Hall
Concord Carlisle High School Dana Hall School
Hazel Patton Ananya Ravipati Phoebe Renyi Vittoria Rodenhiser Anna Rusconi Addison Sells Ella Sharma Bridgit Stevens
Mariel Stutz Angelina Tahn Eliza Todd Natalie Todd Zoe Wallace Lucy White Harper Williston Lilly Woodman
Green Mountain Valley School
Lincoln Sudbury High School
Littleton High School
Noble and Greenough School
Northfield Mount Hermon
St. George’s School
Seacrest Country Day School Tabor Academy
Walnut Hill for the Performing Arts
Class of 2022 Grade 8 graduates
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CHAMPIONS OF GIRLS IN STEAM
WHEN MEGAN PASQUINA ‘00 returned to Nashoba Brooks this year it was to bring her young son for his preschool interview. “He felt right at home, right away,” she laughs. “It reminded me how much time and detail Nashoba Brooks educators put into their craft—even when focusing on 2.5-year-olds.” Megan knew that a difficult, but worthy, part of her parenthood journey would be geared toward nurturing a child who was curious, creative, and hardworking. When she spoke with friends and reflected on her own schooling, she realized that the program at Nashoba Brooks provided unique opportunities to ask deep questions, cultivate her individual voice, and push herself to take risks. All of these factors encouraged her choice to enroll her own child in this learning environment.
Megan’s focus on a strong and well-rounded education was not only founded at School. The child of two MIT engineers, her parents also put an emphasis on education—specifically STEAM education for girls and women. “My mom was a first-generation college grad who studied engineering and she would tell me stories about being the only woman in her classes,” Megan relays. “One of the things I learned later in life was about how young women can often lose their voices, and I never experienced that due in large part to my mom. So I never questioned if I could be smart and educated. The all-girl experience was critical in the development of my confidence and self-esteem. It gave me a solid foundation for the rest of my education.”
This solid foundation was not just something that Megan’s parents wanted to provide for her though, their determination to usher more young women into the STEAM fields inspired them to support the vision for a Middle School Science Wing. “Both my parents believed that the earlier you received a strong education, the longer the impact it would have on your life. That’s one reason they wanted to donate to Nashoba Brooks, to create a longer runway for the next generation of learners.” And, for Megan, that early impact at Nashoba Brooks and her parents’ love of STEAM, led to the completion of degrees from several subsequent prestigious educational institutions, including her parent’s alma mater: MIT.
With the addition of the Science Wing and many other learning areas, the school has physically changed in many ways since Megan was a student. But she believes that the same core values and spirit will continue to influence not only her children but all those who walk the hallways at 200 Strawberry Hill Road. “I learned to put an emphasis on what I would call ‘a prioritization of empathic leadership’ that carried me through my education and into adulthood. We are so honored to provide another generation of Megan’s family with the opportunity to cultivate their voices and their love of learning.
Thank you to all those who helped us reach the monumental fundraising milestone of $1 million! This accomplishment belongs to each of the nearly 500 Nashoba Brooks Fund donors who invested in the future of Nashoba Brooks' students, educators, and community. The immense generosity not only created an immediate impact on our school community but also ensured we remain able to meet the evolving needs of each and every student.
WE REACHED $1M! THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT
DEAR MEMBERS OF THE NASHOBA BROOKS SCHOOL COMMUNITY,
2021-2022 will be a year remembered for all that we have accomplished in challenging times as well as the foundations established and momentum gained for the promising opportunities ahead. Despite numerous complex challenges of navigating the ever-evolving global pandemic and economic volatility, the Nashoba Brooks School community has achieved notable milestones in our program, enrollment, and fundraising.
Nashoba Brooks students, employees, and curriculum earned regional, national, and international recognition. Employees immersed themselves in professional development, modeling joyful, continuous learning for students. We expanded Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language services on campus, and launched the Summer Family Concert Series. Our community generously invested in Year 2 of our reVision Tuition initiative to support our mission and make Nashoba Brooks education more accessible and affordable. Grounded in our strategic directions launched in 2014, these commitments to creating exceptional programs to meet the needs of our students, families, and community have grown even more poignant in the context of rising inflation. Our commitment to innovation is clear, but some things remain constant: Nashoba Brooks School has been—and always will be—focused on our students, guided by our core values, and steadfast in our dedication to our mission.
The arrival of a new academic year brings renewed excitement, energy, optimism, and focus. In the year ahead we look forward to enjoying the recent renovation of Noble Field and enhancements made to several Lower School and Middle School classrooms as some of the latest developments in the The Campaign for Our Future. Phases 1 and 2 of the Campaign have allowed Nashoba Brooks School to secure commitments for more than $7M in pledges, making it possible to complete the construction of the flex classrooms, Shilling STEAM Lab, the Sureau Family Discovery Barn, and the Denault Library Courtyard. Phase 3 will raise the final $3M needed to complete the renovations of the arts platform, main entry, Middle School Co-Lab and Denault Library. Additionally, in FY22, the Nashoba Brooks Fund reached a peak level of just over $1M raised in annual giving to support the operating budget, including curriculum resources, professional development, and essential services needed to support healthy on-campus learning throughout the year. These resources, combined with our annual endowment draw and a modest increase in enrollment have placed us on firm footing as we celebrate the opening of a new school year.
Nashoba Brooks School owes our supporters and partners like you who have made this strength possible. As we report on the accomplishments of the past year and look toward the future, we express our heartfelt gratitude for this remarkable community. Thanks to you, Nashoba Brooks School can provide a space where students engage in learning that empowers them to connect with each other, find their voice, discover a lifelong love of learning, and become leaders who will shape our world in countless, powerful, and productive ways.
Sincerely, Vince Lorusso
Kirsten Kester President, Board of Trustees 2020-2022 Treasurer, Board of Trustees
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Nashoba Brooks School has ended the 2021-2022 school year in an extraordinary way by meeting and exceeding our goal for the Nashoba Brooks Fund and continuing to move forward on the Campaign for Our Future. The collective effort of our Nashoba Brooks community made it possible for our teachers and students to dig deeply into learning all year long. We cannot thank you enough for your support in making this happen.
Thank you for being part of an incredible community of families, trustees, Board of Visitors, alumni, employees, and friends who invest in Nashoba Brooks School. More than ever, we recognize how important it is for our community to work together as we endeavor to learn and to lead in a diverse and changing world.
Gifts listed include cumulative contributions between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. Lists are organized by The Nashoba Brooks Fund, The Campaign for Our Future, and gifts to the endowment. Donors are listed in alphabetical order by last and first name. We hope you will inform us of any errors so that we may correct our records. Thank you.
*10 years or more of consecutive giving **20 years or more of consecutive giving
Each year, Nashoba Brooks honors gifts to the School of $1,000 or more by designating the donors as members of the following Nashoba Brooks named Partnership Levels.
Founders Circle ($50,000 or more)
Anna and Peter Kolchinsky Christine and Tom Mazza Heads Circle ($25,000 to $49,999)
Mary Alice and Seth Betlyon Alice and Jonathan Flint** Lindsey and Zack Gund Rebecca McNeill Carol and John Moriarty** David and Emily Singer Adam and Melanie Sureau Chris and Irene Todd Charlotte Whitmore
($10,000 to $24,999)
Persis Barron Levy ‘84 and David Levy
Kevin Bitterman and Kristen Tahirak
Gail Burr and Matthew Burr TG'89 Barry Cohen Janet and Steven Correia* The Cowan Family Jennifer and Michael Desrochers Richard Engel Edward and Sophia Garmey Jay Graham and Kate Moriarty Graham '98* Joseph Lerner Kathryn and Vince Lorusso* Jodi and Mark Loughlin Fawn Hardison and David Mayer QiuHong Pan and ZhiXin Zou Greg and Kim Pappas* Huanmin Shen and Zaozao Zhang Drew and Kiki Shilling* Hilary and Langley Steinert* Carl and Nan Stutz
($5,000 to $9,999)
Cheryl and Rand Alexander** Barbara and William Boger Gary and Kimberley Broberg Maria and Richard Churchill Giuseppe and Natali Ciaramella Charles and Mary Crowley Frances Devitt* James and Karen Dwyer Anne and Jeffrey Elton* Alexis and Lynne Goltra
Elie and LuAnn Jammal Althea and David Kaemmer* Edward Kane and Martha Wallace** Gwen and Vic Khanna Jay and Sarah Khetani Cara and Michael Moreau John Moriarty TG'98 and Kathryn Moriarty '03 Michael and Tiffany Mountz Lydia and Tom Napoli Stephen and Tanya Oblak Margaret and Paul Parisi Caroline and Michael Partridge Chris and Eileen Pattinson Ruth and Thomas Piper Lydia Rheinfrank and Kyle Rusconi Scott Smigler and Shanna Theriault Andrew and Elizabeth Thut Adam Winstanley and Susie Winstanley ‘81** Jonathan and Patricia Woodard
($2,500 to $4,999)
Joe Alvarado and Margaret Sullivan Anonymous (2) Kristy and Michael Beauvais* Lindsay and Matthew Boger Kyle and Nicole Brookshire Jessie Cahill* John and Kerri Cahoy Ian Calhoun and Caroline Kester Calhoun '96
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Andrew and Colleen Callen
Ellen and Jeffrey Campbell* Kathleen and Robert Chartener Mukesh and Priti Chatter
Adam and Beth Cohen Michael and Nubia Costa Adeeva and Jay Fritz* Timothy Gasperoni and Isabelle Rosso Gordon Gund Insun Hong and Ricardo Rodriguez Judy and Steve Kaye** W. Carl Kester and Jane Manilych** Peter Kirkman*
Erin and Katharine Moran Andrea and Dick Patton* Brittany and Richard Pelletier Darren and Kendra Perry Jason and Sarah Robart* Joshua and Nancy Solomon Brian and Meghan Wells
In honor of the partnership of Nashoba Country Day and The Brooks School ($1,980 to $2,499)
Aram Adourian and Anna Ohanyan
Annie and Robert Drapeau* Michael Fay and Karisa Lorenz Elizabeth and John Franson John Muresianu and Patti Satterthwaite* Lamson and Sally Rheinfrank Genevieve and Jean Pierre Rosso John and Kate Skelly*
Blue, White and Green Partners ($1,000 to $1,979)
Olivia Achtmeyer Boger '95 and Andrew Boger Anonymous (2) Maggie Barbuto**
Karen Birmingham Aura and Jeff Bruce* Christine and Dennis Corkery E. Kay Cowan and William Potter** Jacqueline Deysher Marchand '01 and Luke Marchand* Gauri Dhavan and James Olesen Charles and Katharine Denault* Charles Floyd
Sarah Garland-Hoch and Roland Hoch
Moira and Salvatore Giacalone
Jessica Goyette Richard Hardy* André and Danielle Heard* Joseph and Ksenia Hill Kai-yuh Hsiao and Annie Wang Robert and Stephanie Keep Rachel and Robert Kramer** Ashish and Jerry Larivee
Amy Leahy Jon and Melissa Mattison Maeve and Patrick McWhinney Andrew and Carolyn Noble Kyle Smith and Joy Stark-Smith Anne and Willard Umphrey Jonathan and Sarah White Gifts Up to $999
Jonas Ahlgren TG’18 Stefan and Vanessa Ahlgren JoAnne Albright
Amy and Brian Amick Christine Anderson Chris and Sarah Andrysiak Kara Angeloni Williams and Eli Williams Anonymous (2) Amelia Armitage ‘07
Caroline Ashley Melanie and Sana Ata
Mary Frances Bannard Elizabeth Barron and William Barron Jr. TG’72* Gary Bartos and Micky Lee Christine and William Batalden Rachael Beare
Emily Beauvais Owen Beauvais Thor Benander and Juliana Farrell Viva Benander '28
Paul Benzaquin and Rebecca Magill*
Alexander Berlin TG’92* Chris and Holly Bernene Bret and Joan Bero Nikelle Biszantz and Nick Vercollone Addison Boger ‘20 Penn Boger TG’18
Gail Awad Bogle ‘70 and William Bogle** Lauren Borofsky Iain Boylan and Katharine Herrup-Boylan ‘96 Hooper Brooks TG’53
Tandy Bryant ‘06 Kristin Bullwinkel and William Schneider Paige Burr ‘28 Holden Burr TG’26 Margaret Burt* Jonathan Byrd Joan and Robert Calhoun Nina Callahan ‘12
Pamela and Peter Callahan Grace Campbell
Nancy and Patrick Carey Lydia and Myles Clancy Kevin Coakley and Pamela Senese ‘78
David and Erica Cohen Emily Cohen ‘98*
Emily and John Conte David and Marcia Cook Amy and Jermaine Cook-Wright Adrienne Correia ‘18
Jennifer Couture and Stephen Rodenhiser Eliza Cowan
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“I feel really lucky to have found Nashoba Brooks for both of my children.
It is a community that fosters a lifelong love of learning which transcends beyond the classroom.”
Brett and Mia Crawford
Lee Cross Yaksick ‘02
Christopher Damsgaard and Sana Ghafoor
Thomas Darling and Elizabeth Wang Darling ‘89**
Christopher and Kirsta Davey** Sara Davey Gillis ‘06
Esther Dechant and Marcus Favero*
Donna and Ronald Demsher** Anne and Stephen Dentino
Jeffrey and Marguerite Eberle*
Daniel Eder and Hannah Flint ‘97
Julie Ellenberger ‘01
Stephanie Emmet Mighty ‘06 and Roger Mighty Abigail and Robert Engel
Emily and Mario Gatti Mirko and Reshma Geffken Brian and Meredith Gerson
Ali Asad Gilani TG’25 Myda Gilani ‘25 Rehma Gilani ‘32
Zayna Gilani ‘23
Marnie Glassman Gale ‘94
Tony Godfrey and Virginia Litle ‘77 Joseph and Regina Goodwin Kaitlyn Goodwin ‘14
Patrick Gordan and Margot Hartunian John Grandbois
Carol Green '00
Daniel and Lisa Haines
Jennifer Haines Butler Benjamin Happ Daniel Hart and Ria Hart ‘90* Gretchen Herter
Adrienne Hoey Raminta Holden Catherine Howerton ‘04 Sarah Hsu ‘15
Andrew Jameson TG’90 and Minna Scholten Jevan Jammal '02 and Benjamin Metcalf* LeeEllen Jones and Robert Jones TG’74** Martha and Raymond Joumas Chris and Liz Joyce Angus and Jenny Junkin Fulgence Kalisa and Agnes Lubega Joel and Quincey Katz
Laura Kaye ‘13
Joan M. Kelly
Eric Kester TG’95 and Leigh Kester Kirsten Kester ‘01 and Evan O'Donnell*
Benjamin Little TG’56 York Lo and Rebecca Pearson Lo Meredyth Long Joshua and Zoe LoPresti Anne and Scott Lyman James and Tracy Lyne Caitlin Macy ‘84 Alexandra Mansfield ‘03 Anthony and Maria Marolda* Guida and Scott Mattison Joan and Paul McCarthy* Kaitlyn McHugh
Alison Millerick ‘93 and Chris Millerick
John and Sandy Millerick Maritere Mix
Cidalia and Hildeberto Moitoso Derek and Jennifer Moitoso Anne Montesano and Daniel Scheibe Alexander and Kristin Moody Sarah Morse TG’58
Allison Moss Thandiwe Muse Nicole Myers Hannah Nardi ‘06 Anna Newberg Justin Newberg TG’91* Jane Nitze ‘96 and Paul Nitze Regina Nixon*
Josh Epstein and Shana Kaplan
Anthony and Erin Escobedo
Charlotte Flint ‘10
Lindsay Flynn ‘01*
Patrick Flynn and Barbara Nash Whitney Flynn ‘05*
Charles and Joanne Forsberg**
Hilary Fournier and Sam Sturgis Rachel Frenkil ‘04*
Jonathan Keyes** Betty Ann and Michael Killian Matthew Killian TG’08 Meghan Killian ‘07 Ann and Henry Knoblock Sasha Kramer ‘08 Talya Kramer ‘10
Peter and Sarah Kuper Karl and Sarah Kussin Abigail Leahy-Happ ‘20 Charlie Leahy-Happ ‘25 Thomas Lee and Lisa Stanley*
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-Trustee Emeritus 22% of students receive financial assistance.
I am very proud of all of my girls, and I think some of that comes from Nashoba Brooks where they learned about leadership and how to speak up.”
Christine O'Neill and Philip Rossoni
Lincoln Pasquina and Megan Pasquina ‘00
Ginger Pearson ‘95
Michelle Perreault Lauren Piligian
Saly Pin-Riebe and Paul Tatelman
Edmund and Eleanor Polubinski Christopher and Patty Popov* Barbara and Kenneth Porter James and Kara Potter Elaine and Marcus Rabb Scott Randall and Diane Taubner Randall
Ivy Randall ‘20
Dennis and Jennifer Reed Chris and Kate Renyi Tessa Renyi ‘20
Timothy Reynolds TG’62*
Sophie Robart ‘09
Gilbert Roddy TG’04*
Kathryn Roddy ‘07*
Claire and Justin Schaeffer* Thomas and Tracy Schofield
Jeffery Schon and Joelle Schon ‘65
Christine and Douglas Schuster* Kaitlin Schuster ‘17
Kimberly Schuster ‘13
Allyn Seymour and Karen Seymour ‘72**
Conor and Elisabeth Shapiro
Kristen and Sean Sheehan**
Ellie Shilling ‘17
Maggie Shilling ‘10*
Reid Shilling TG’07*
Christine and Richard Siegrist
Alexander Signorovitch TG’19 Erica and Scott Silverman
Adam and Amy Simon Gregory and Michelle Singer Andrew and Anne Slugg Marin Smith ‘93
Elizabeth and Platt Staunton Katherine Steele Mac Stephens
David and Kerry Stevens*
Jeffrey and Lynne Stone Laura and Stuart Strong* Natalie Sullivan
Alexander Sureau TG’20 Carole and Jean-Claude Sureau Sophie Sureau ‘28 Sarah Thomsen
Andrew Todd Frank and Lisa Tursi Henry and Janet Vaillant Sonia and William Valentine Maggie-Molloy Van Dyne ‘15 Ellen Vannah
David Wadleigh TG'57 and Susan Wadleigh* Kayleigh Wanzer Jerry Ward
David White TG’52 Andrew and Heidi Williams* Ryan Wonsor Byron Woodman Robert and Amy Zidow
THE CAMPAIGN FOR OUR FUTURE
Thank you to the following donors and community leaders whose generosity helped make Phase 1 and 2 of The Campaign for Our Future possible.
Margaret Barbuto Kevin Bitterman and Kristen Tahirak Bettina and Craig Burr Gail Burr and Matthew Burr TG’89
Ian Calhoun and Caroline Kester Calhoun '96
Janet and Steven Correia
E. Kay Cowan and William Potter
Erin Daly and Konrad Lee
Charles and Katharine Denault
Jacqueline Deysher Marchand '01 and Luke Marchand
Annie and Robert Drapeau Neal Dunn and Rene Russo Anne and Jeffrey Elton Alice and Jonathan Flint Adeeva and Jay Fritz Kelly and Mike Gallivan
Timothy Gasperoni and Isabelle Rosso Jay Graham and Kate Moriarty Graham '98
Lindsey and Zack Gund Fawn Hardison and David Mayer
André and Danielle Heard Hathaway Jade
Fulgence Kalisa and Agnes Lubega
Chun Jen and Walter Kelt Holly Kimball and David Sharrow Anna and Peter Kolchinsky
Rachel and Robert Kramer
Stephen Lanzendorf and Ann Peterson
Kathryn and Vincent Lorusso Christine and Thomas Mazza Anne and John McCormack
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100% of employees participate in ongoing professional development. “A Nashoba Brooks education is priceless. We cannot imagine our child being at any other school.” -Current parent
Carol and John Moriarty
Michael and Tiffany Mountz
John Muresianu and Patti Satterthwaite Chau and Kim-An Nguyen Greg and Kim Pappas
Caroline and Michael Partridge Saly Pin-Riebe and Paul Tatelman
Elizabeth and Thomas Renyi
Florence Rosse Huanmin Shen and Zaozao Zhang
Andrew and Kirsten Shilling Karla and Sean Slade
Joshua and Nancy Solomon Hilary and Langley Steinert Adam and Melanie Sureau
Carole and Jean-Claude Sureau Andrew and Elizabeth Thut Suu T. Trieu
Charlotte Whitmore Byron and Monica Woodman
Thank you to the parents of the 2022 Grade 8 Class for contributing toward the creation of the Middle School Co-lab.
Melanie and Sana Ata Joann Calcagno Tahn and Albert Tahn
Elizabeth Chang and Joseph Wallace Amy and Jermaine Cook-Wright Esther Dechant and Marcus Favero Jennifer and Michael Desrochers Moira and Sal Giacalone Alexis and Lynne Goltra Jay and Sarah Khetani
Tong Liu and Kapil Sharma Cara and Michael Moreau
Andrea and Richard Patton
Lydia Rheinfrank and Kyle Rusconi
David and Kerry Stevens
Carl and Nan Stutz Chris and Irene Todd Byron and Monica Woodman
CORPORATE, FOUNDATIONS, AND MATCHING GIFTS
American Family Insurance Arcosa, Inc.
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
The Benvenuti Family Foundation Bessemer Trust
The Brenda Trust
Charles Schwab Charitable Fund
The Churchill Family Fund Clara Jeffery Charitable Trust
The Dau Family Foundation Davidson Holdings, Inc. Dell Technologies Fidelity Investments
The Haldeman Family Foundation
HCA Healthcare Foundation
Kane Wallace Foundation Olympus Corporation of the Americas
Teal Pond Foundation
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Vanguard Charitable Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated YourCause, LLC.
Special gifts were made to the following funds:
The Anne Deboalt Fund
Anne and John McCormack
Denault Library Fund
Charles and Katharine Denault Dorothy Denault
E. Kay Cowan Faculty Fund
Katherine Bair B’80 Memorial Fund
Kelly and Mike Gallivan
Rosse Family Scholarship Fund Florence Rosse
Service Learning Fund
The Benvenuti Family Foundation
The Huyen Truong Memorial Fund for Financial Assistance Chau and Kim-An Nguyen Suu T. Trieu
The Mikal R. Cohen Memorial Scholarship Fund Barry Cohen
Unrestricted Endowment Joshua and Nancy Solomon
YEARS OF SERVICE
Cheryl Alexander Richard H. Churchill
John J. Moriarty Katherine Steele
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“Getting involved with Nashoba Brooks isn't just nice for the school. It's good for you, too! You get to meet new people and you get to know you have made an impact on the next generation of leaders. Take a deep breath, dive in, and get involved today.” -Current Grandparent
WE'RE GROWING INTO P H A S E 3 !
We are renovating the artistic spaces at Nashoba Brooks to enhance our student's ever-expanding love of learning, their insatiable curiosity, their limitless creativity, and their vast potential. Join us as we bring a brilliant new season for Nashoba Brooks to life. To help push us through the completion of The Campaign for Our Future, please contact Director of Development, Jevan Jammal '02, at jjammal@ nashobabrooks.org or 978.369.4591 ext. 122.
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