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Holderness News

2018

  • September

    Announcing the Elevating Academics Campaign

    Holderness School is pleased to announce the public launch of a $25 million capital campaign intended to expand and transform the learning spaces on the 600 acre campus. Not surprisingly, the name of the campaign is Elevating Academics.
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  • Mountain Day 1950

    The Tradition of Mountain Day

    Emily Magnus
    Mountain Day at Holderness has been a tradition born not just out of a desire to explore and pursue adventures in our backyard mountains, but also to seek spiritual connections to and appreciation for the natural world. With the help of Director of the Outdoor Programs Erik Thatcher and Chaplain Joshua Hill, Mountain Day is back at Holderness after a two decade long hiatus.
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  • 2018 All-School Read: One Question Colloquium

    The Holderness All-School Read is an annual tradition where students, parents, faculty, staff, and some alumni read a selected book over the summer and then at the start of the school year, many classes have discussions and build learning moments around the book. This past summer, our All-School Read selection was Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing. This selection integrates with this year’s Equity and Inclusion theme on race. The entire school gathered together for a colloquium on the novel. This video shares some of the moments from that colloquium. 
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  • What is the Chapel Program?

    The Rev. Joshua A. Hill
    In Rev. Joshua Hill's first Chapel talk to the school, he speaks about the Chapel program is and is not, as well as the difference between the Chapel program and the Church.
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  • Double Vision: Grandeur Discovery Despair Hope, Paintings and Poems of our NH Mountains

    Holderness School is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit that features the collaboration of poet Timothy Muskat’s and artist Kathryn Field’s creative depiction of the glory and beauty of the White Mountains. While well-timed as the National Forest Service marks the 100th birthday of the 800,000 acres since President Woodrow Wilson signed the executive order in 1918 that created the White Mountain National Forest, the exhibit offers a dance of interpretation and honors a long-standing collaboration.
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  • Bryce Murdick '16 excels for Hamilton Men's Cross Country

    Chrissy Lushefski
    Bryce Murdick '16 finished in 3rd place at the 2018 Hamilton College Short Course Invitational this past Saturday morning, helping his team capture the title at the meet.

    Congratulations Bryce!

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  • A Good Beginning -- Community, Character, and Curiosity

    Suzanne Dewey
    Holderness School’s 140th year began with the joy of welcoming 100 new students into our community. Our student leaders set the tone by wildly greeting the new students and their families. Possessions were unpacked, dorm rooms located, lunch enjoyed, a chapel welcome, and then the new students were off into the White Mountains to enjoy our beautiful environs with new friends. This describes the start of building community. Enjoy a slideshow with fun moments from new student day.
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  • Opening Thoughts: Jesus Interrogates The Rabbis

    Peter Durnan
    Honoring our Episcopal roots, Academic Dean Peter Durnan treated the school community to a detailed explanation of how to “interrogate the rabbis.” Evoking feelings from his own adolescence and an important passage from the King James’ version of the Bible, Mr. Durnan outlined an approach toward curiosity that if followed, will likely set one’s academic passion on fire.
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  • Values and Rules

    John Lin
    Educators know that role modeling, setting clear expectations, and providing clarity are often the ingredients for a positive learning environment. Dean of Students John Lin talked about our school values and the notion of honor and integrity in his Values and Rules talk shared with the entire school. Thank you Mr. Lin for delineating what character looks like.
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  • Choose Power, Love, and Self-Discipline

    Phil Peck
    To kick off the first official day of classes, Head of School Phil Peck addressed the students in morning Convocation. In his speech, Mr. Peck references a passage on the stained glass window that students see as they enter Chapel that reads "God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and self-discipline". His message focused on community and the values of the school that help us build a strong community. 
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  • August

    Advice To Our New Students

    Welcome new students to the 2018-19 academic year at Holderness School. We are very excited to have you join our community! We thought you might appreciate some advice as you begin your Holderness experience. A few members of the Class of 2018, our youngest alumni, have some thoughts for you in this video.
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  • New Faculty Join Holderness Community

    Suzanne Dewey
    New community members help a school thrive with energy, ideas, and new ways to engage with one another. As Head of School Phil Peck often states, “teaching is messy work.” The work can be messy because it involves lots of inputs, considerable variables, new connection points, deep dives, and spans various learning venues. Holderness welcomes new faculty members to the community for the 2018-19 academic year recognizing that these new members will blend and connect with existing faculty and our students to foster new, perhaps messy, learning. We are thrilled to add nine new members to our instructional staff. Two are alumni, some are married to returning faculty or are married to each other, one was born in Alaska, one serves in the National Guard, one is Chinese, two are Puerto Rican, two have PhDs, one is an EMT, one is an intern, eight have taught prior to coming to Holderness and seven have a master’s degree. Below are brief biographies to introduce these individuals who will be working with our students in the classroom, in the dormitories, on the playing fields and in the health center:
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  • Summer Reflections in The Lamp

    For many, the new year on January 1 is a time of reflection, an opportunity to pause, remember, and reflect upon the events of the past year. In the life of a teacher, however, the long summer months are even better. With distance from the classroom and students, teachers can step back, assess what their students are learning, and prepare for the new year—vowing to do better, to teach kids more. But sometimes, the lessons learned are not necessarily learned by students. In three articles in The Lamp (Holderness School’s online forum for reflecting on teaching and learning), Holderness faculty took the time this summer to share their reflections—about the precious lives of the children in our midst, about taking a chance and finding love, and about optimism for the future.
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  • Joseph Michael Hayes: Honoring 50 years of Service to Holderness

    Emily Magnus
    It’s unusual these days to have an employee who remains in the same job for 50 years. Joseph has not only remained at Holderness for all these years but very rarely has he even missed a day of work. We are grateful for his hard work, his positive energy, and most of all his friendship.
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  • Like-minded Organizations

    We are most fortunate to have Matt Storey, director of the boys' Camp Dudley in New York's Adirondacks as a current parent and Holderness trustee. For almost as long as Holderness has been working with young people and teaching them about other-centeredness and service leadership, Camp Dudley has provided camp experiences that emphasize outdoor exploration, the arts, athletics, and spirituality. Camp Dudley's motto is "The Other Fellow First." Our own chaplain, The Rev. Joshua Hill wanted to learn more about Camp Dudley and was invited to spend a few days and speak at one of Camp Dudley's chapel service. In this video of that sermon, Joshua speaks to the 500 assembled about dairy products and love.
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  • July

    Testing the Limits

    Emily Magnus
    Summer days are long and leave us with plenty of time for adventuring. It’s been great fun watching news come in from all over the world and learning about the athletic accomplishments of our fellow Bulls. Here’s just a short list of the Bulls we know about.
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  • 2018 Summer Reads

    The sublime pleasure of reading takes many forms. Summer breezes and often a sandy beach sound the siren song to read, read, read. Finished with the All-School Read? Looking for some ideas? Below are the books that some Holderness employees are reading this summer beckoning from bedside tables:
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  • More Fun and More Money for the 2018 Holderness Fund

    The 2018 fiscal year ended on June 30th, 2018. What follows is a note of gratitude from our Advancement Office.
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  • Class of 2018 Bulls Advancing Athletically

    Chrissy Lushefski
    A significant amount of 2018 Bulls will continue their respective sports beyond Holderness athletics. See where they are off to and look to follow them in their athletic careers next year!  
     
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  • Promoting Learning in Professional Community: A Reflection on Holderness LEARNS

    Nigel Furlonge
    What makes a good school? How do teachers continue to stay in the forefront of the art and science of teaching? A simple answer would be that schools and teachers must be learners themselves. Taking that statement at face value makes intuitive sense. But there is much more to being a learner and growing as a teacher and as a place where teaching and learning are the primary operating functions. Former Associate Head of School Nigel Furlonge reflects on the recent inaugural launch of Holderness LEARNS. Nigel discusses this learning adventure that Holderness School embarked upon. We are thankful to both Nigel for his reflection and to Nicole Furlonge, PhD for designing this learning endeavor. We will miss them greatly in our daily business but know they will be friends and advisors with Holderness for many years to come. (Today's post is from The Lamp, an online Holderness journal committed to critical reflection.)
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  • June

    All-School Reads: Past and Present

    Emily Magnus
    The summer tradition continues! It’s time to get out that beach chair, put on your sunglasses and dig deep into this year’s All-School Read selection Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jasmyn Ward. We’ll be sharing some conversations about the book later this summer, but in the meantime, here’s a flashback to last year’s All-School Read.
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  • Fourth Quarter Honor Roll Announced

    The Honor Roll recognizes and commends outstanding achievement and effort in the academic program. Holderness School recognizes that each student's growth and progress is complex. Quarterly comments written by faculty better reflect the unique path traveled by each student, and the Honor Roll and Effort Honor Roll are simplified but significant markers of the engagement of our students in the most recent marking interval.

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  • Reunion Memories: Catching Up with Classmates

    Emily Magnus '88
    Hugs of surprise and delight. Long conversations on the Quad. Memorial services for treasured classmates. Reunion is both a weekend to rejoice and celebrate as well as to remember and reflect. With over 100 alumni returning, some for the first time since graduating, it was a joy to see so many friends of Holderness on campus for Reunion Weekend. The festivities began on Friday night with a welcoming reception at Biderman's Deli in downtown Plymouth and continued on Saturday with convocation and several opportunities to learn more about the school's current plans and future goals. On Saturday afternoon, while some alumni played golf, hiked the nearby mountains, and visited the brewery of a local alumnus, others chose to stay on campus, catching up with classmates and former teachers. Of course, the highlight of the weekend was dinner in Weld Hall with all alumni present! While we weren't able to be in all places, photographer Gus Noffke captured many special moments. His photos can be found in the Holderness Smugmug Gallery.
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  • Tom McIlvain ‘63 Presented With Distinguished Service Award

    The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an alumnus/a in a reunion class, who through his or her devotion and dedicated service has significantly and positively affected the health and well-being of the School.
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  • What It Means to be an Alumnus of Holderness School

    Rick Eccleston '92
    Athletic Director, Math Teacher and Alumnus Rick Eccleston addressed the class of 2018 at the Alumni Pinning Ceremony. Read his speech below:
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  • Spring Athletic Assembly Award Winners

    The following article is a summary of what some of our spring athletes accomplished. To view pictures from the awards ceremony, click here
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  • May

    In Memoriam: Donald Hector Henderson

    Rick Carey
    Donald Hector Henderson died peacefully at home in Fairlee, Vermont on May 24, 2018. A Holderness icon who taught generations of students, fellow teachers and coaches, and all who knew him how to live life well. We are thankful that he left his mark at the Holderness community and will miss him dearly.
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  • Commencement Memories: What Will We Do Without You?

    It's impossible to capture all the special moments that occurred during Commencement Weekend. From Chapel Talks to Open Mic Night, from the last walk past Niles and Webster to the handing out of diplomas, the memories are countless and precious. We are grateful to all who participated and shared in this momentous occasion! Put to the music of Will Harker '18 and Keegan Penny '18, here are just a few of our favorite moments!
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  • 2018 Baccalaureate Sermon

    The Rev. Canon Randolph K. Dales
    The Rev. Canon Randolph K. Dales delivered the Baccalaureate Sermon at 2018 Commencement. Read his sermon below:
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  • Commencement Speech to the Class of 2018

    William D. “Bro” Adams
    William D. “Bro” Adams graduated from Holderness in 1965, He served as the commencement speaker for the Class of 2018. A Vietnam veteran as well as service for various educational organizations, Bro is the former president of Colby College and the former director of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Now serving as a Senior Fellow at the Mellon Foundation, it is easy to say that Bro has had a transformative effect on the American educational and intellectual landscape. Read Bro's address to the class of 2018 below:
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  • Bro Adams '65 to Speak at Holderness School’s 139th Commencement

    Holderness School is very proud of our alumni. As we celebrate a new class becoming alumni, we are pleased and honored to have William D. “Bro” Adams ‘65 addressing the Class of 2018 at the 139th commencement. Bro Adams is currently a senior fellow at the Mellon Foundation; he recently served as the president of Colby College and was the director of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The information included below predominately comes from the Spring issue of Holderness School Today’s article on Bro “What Is Best In America” written by Rick Carey.
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  • Senior Thesis 2018

    After a year of researching, interviewing, and participating in experiential learning opportunities, the twelfth-graders will be sharing what they have learned with the school community. From the structural design of surfboards to the effective treatments of anxiety, from the effects of adrenaline on the brain to the economic and moral implication of artificial intelligence, the students in the Class of 2018 have done their homework and are now ready to show their mastery of their chosen topics. Follow this link to the students' posters and literature reviews! For more information on our Senior Thesis program click here

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  • Stones Chapel Talk May 14, 2018

    Nicole Furlonge
    Each year departing seniors arrive for one last service at Outdoor Chapel. Each student brings with them a decorated stone to add to the collection of stones of seniors before them. This year at stones chapel, Dr. Nicole Furlonge spoke to the seniors about leaving Holderness.
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  • Two Chapels Marking Different Experiences

    Suzanne Dewey
    The first chapel of the school year for new students is held in the Trinity Chapel on Route 175 across from the main campus of school. Four years later (for those who entered as ninth-graders) the soon-to-graduate twelfth-graders have a closing service in Trinity Chapel. They invite a faculty member to address the class. Trinity Chapel was the original chapel for Holderness School at its 1879 opening. This year, science faculty member Annie McClements was invited to share her reflections with the Class of 2018.

    In the Chapel of the Holy Cross, the rising classes also gathered to hear remarks from the new student leaders.
     
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  • Who Packed Your Parachute?

    Annie McClements
    Science Faculty member Annie McClements shares her reflections with the class of 2018 at Trinity Chapel. 

    Excerpts below of the Chapel Talk or listen to the podcast.
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  • When was the last time you did something that you regret?

    Kristen Fischer
    Holderness Languages Depart Chair Kristen Fischer gave a Chapel talk at the Holderness Episcopal Confirmation about regret. Not just the things you regret doing, but the things you regret NOT doing. 
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  • Spring Concert Showcases Talent of Holderness Band and Chorus

    Emily Magnus
    Last weekend the Chorus and Band, led by Music Director Alec Sisco, shared their talent and passion for music on the Hagerman stage. From jazz to a capella to modern and classic rock, the students poured their energy into their performances and produced a memorable evening for all.
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  • "Leadership is Not a Title or Position but a Behavior"

    Phil Peck
    Last weekend I was fortunate to be in New York at an event at the Museum of Natural History to honor the retirement of Pearl Kane, who led the Klingenstein Program at Columbia University for almost 40 years. The Klingenstein Program is a premier leadership development program for independent school educators, and many of our colleagues have benefitted from that program and Dr. Kane’ mentoring.  The event at the Museum of Natural History was also a wonderful moment for Holderness because Pearl Kane’s successor, our Director of Teaching and Learning Nicole Furlonge, PhD, was announced. We heard from several renown speakers, and a constant theme was, “Leadership is not a title or position, leadership is a behavior.”
     
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  • Leadership Is About What You Do

    Suzanne Dewey
    Leadership by many is considered a position, often a sought-after role, i.e president of the United States or president of a school -- a specific role. At Holderness, we see leadership differently. We see it as a behavior and work to intentionally integrate leadership and service into all aspects of our educational program.
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  • What It Means To Be A Leader

    Nick Grammas '18 and Ben Jerome '18
    President Nick Grammas '18 and Vice President Ben Jerome '18 share their final thoughts to the school in the following Chapel Talk
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  • Theater Magic: The Making of All Shook Up

    “Many students think plays just magically come together,” says Director Monique Devine-Robichaud. ”And there is always an element of magic, but it also takes a lot of work. Being a part of a production gives students practical experience in problem-solving and what it takes to make long-term projects successful.”
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  • April

    Standing Up and Giving Voice

    Suzanne Dewey
    Meaningful participation in the Holderness community begins with the sense of belonging. The daily fabric of our school is based on respect and understanding for others. As an academic institution, opportunities to express and learn from others, to perhaps see things differently through examination and integration of ideas, is a central focus. We’ve seen national examples of student voices rising up recently, and we are a better country for those voices and movements especially when we listen and contemplate.
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  • Holderness Fights Back Against Cancer

    Emily Magnus
    Every two years, Holderness hosts a Relay for Life event on the Upper Fields. While the main goal is to raise money for the American Cancer Society, faculty leader Kathy Weymouth and student leader Audrey Simonson '18 also made a point of educating the community about cancer. They also wove plenty of fun into the event as well!
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  • Looking For A Good Book To Read?

    Suzanne Dewey
    Are you one of those people who have no idea of what to read? Or maybe you stand in front of library shelves or an independent bookstore seeking a tidbit about this book or that book so you can then more seriously scan one or two and consider the selection for your bedside table. Or, do you keep a running list on your mobile phone so the next time you want to download an e-book, you’ll have a ready list of recommendations? 
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  • What I Learned Along the Way

    Nigel Furlonge
    Associate Head of School Nigel Furlonge provides a thoughtful reflection on formative lessons in "What I Learned Along the Way." He discusses childhood and growing-up events that create a widening perspective of "God's plan." Some of his vignettes share what Mr. Furlonge learned about inquiry, testing limits, how to make mistakes, understanding that very often others are there looking out for him and to listen and learn from challenges offered.

    Excerpts below of the Chapel Talk or listen to the podcast.

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  • Collecting Beauty, Giving Joy — Art as Inspiration: The Swift Collection

    Franz Nicolay and Suzanne Dewey
    The last exhibit of the year will feature the works from the collection of John '62 and Gretchen Swift. These are works that give excitement, peace, and joy created from a variety of techniques. Read more about the exhibit below:
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  • Kathy Liech '18 in Kenya during March Experience

    Senior Thesis 2018

    The Senior Thesis program at Holderness is a year-long investigation for twelfth graders. After spending the fall and early winter researching topics of their own choice, students embark on self-designed experiences in March. From interviews to internships to travel to hands-on construction projects, our students use the month of March to apply what they have learned and deepen their practical knowledge. Each year the projects are as unique as the students who design them. Below is just a sampling of essential questions that students hope to answer this year! By the way, twelfth graders will present what they have learned on May 18 and 19. Stay tuned for more details!
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  • Winter Athletic Award Winners

    Emily Magnus
    It was a great winter for Holderness athletics; even now many snow sports athletes continue to compete in post-season events! In the regular season, both the boys' and girls' Nordic teams were victorious in the NEPSAC Championship race at Proctor, and the girls' varsity basketball team won the Class D NEPSAC Championship! We had a chance to recognize a few individual achievements of our winter athletes during our Winter Sports Assembly in March. Below are short write-ups on the student-athletes who were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments! Photos of individuals receiving their awards can be found in the Holderness Smugmug Gallery!
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  • Teaching and Learning at Holderness

    Students learn best when they develop deep relationships; not just through literature, language, science and the arts, but through the transformative relationships with their teachers and their peers. Our size allows deep, meaningful academic relationships through rigorous coursework, collaborative projects, mutual inquiry, and experiential programs. We pride ourselves in a relational alchemy that provides insight into each individual’s strengths and helps teachers guide students in finding intellectual excellence and scholarship within themselves. This video offers perspectives on the teaching and learning process at Holderness.
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  • March

    Third Quarter Honor Roll Announced

    The Honor Roll recognizes and commends outstanding achievement and effort in the academic program. Holderness School recognizes that each student's growth and progress is complex. Quarterly comments written by faculty better reflect the unique path traveled by each student, and the Honor Roll and Effort Honor Roll are simplified but significant markers of the engagement of our students in the most recent marking interval.

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  • Erik guiding

    The Day You Stop Learning Is The Day That You Die

    Erik Thatcher, '08, Director of Outdoor Programs
    A trained mountain guide, Director of Outdoor Programs Erik Thatcher ‘08 reflects on the need for both humility and critical reflection in learning to be an ice instructor. In his case, learning for safety’s sake but he draws the parallel with the overall learning process.
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  • Bionic Man Hugh Herr: Resilience Personified

    Suzanne Dewey
    After suffering from a terrible accident at the age of 17, Hugh Herr, PhD is now the head of the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab. A modern-era bionic man, Dr. Herr is an associate professor in MIT’s Program in Media Arts and Sciences and in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. His impact on the field of bionics and providing hope for those who suffer from amputations and degenerative disease is growing every day. Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to have Dr. Herr speak at Assembly.
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  • Artistic Exploration Through Music

    Songwriting, a magical blend of lyrics and a melody fused together, takes commitment, patience, and certainly creativity. During the experiential Artward Bound program, our 10th graders under the guidance of singer/songwriter Grace Rapetti endeavored to create their own music. Sometimes with Grace and sometimes in a larger collaboration, the following are musical clips of their artistic exploration:
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  • Holderness Special Programs 2018

    Sam Jackel, an improv teacher in our Artward Bound program, told students that when they are doing improv, if someone asks them a question, the answer should always be "yes." The students in this year's March programs have had to live up to that call every day for the last ten days. 
     
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  • #Enough

    Holderness students' voices were strong as they joined with other students across the nation to protest gun violence. #Enough. This video depicts the walkout ceremony, during which the students observed 17 seconds of silence and read the names of the individuals slain in the Parkland, FL shooting. They also sang our “National Anthem” and “Amazing Grace” and burned paper notes that contained “the pebbles in their shoes,” those fears, anxieties, regrets, and troubles that cause them pain and make them feel alone.
     
    Please Note: Holderness School students are currently participating in our experiential programs, so only our tenth graders are on campus.
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  • Artward Bound Students Share the Evolution of a Painting

    Artward Bound at Holderness is a chance for all tenth graders to work with resident artists for ten days and discover their voices through creative expression. Directed and edited by artist Marlene White in conjunction with Holderness students, as well as teachers and other resident artists, this video shares the ideas and passions of the Holderness community.
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  • Basketball Champs!

    Suzanne Dewey
    The Girls Varsity Basketball team earned the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class D championship.
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  • Snow Sports Athletes Compete for the Podium in Post Season Events

    Emily Magnus
    Snow sports athletes don’t always get the attention they deserve. Imagine training in the dead of winter, on the coldest and windiest days, often on the edges of darkness. They are a tough breed. They also travel a great deal, both for training and races; plane rides across the country are common and most weekend races involve missing classes and sleeping in hotels all over New England. On top of their rigorous academics, these athletes train long hard hours, get up early on weekends to compete, and relentlessly pursue ways to drop fractions of a second to pull ahead of their competitors.
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  • Art Students Featured at AVA Gallery Art Exhibition

    Holderness art students were recently featured at the Ava Gallery's "Best of the Upper Valley High School" exhibition. Mina Nguyen '19 won Best in Show for Digital Photography and will be included in another exhibition in May of all the award winners. Alden Sawyer '20 received an Honorable Mention in Sculpture. The show will run until March 9, 2018 at the AVA Gallery & Art Center in Lebanon, NH.

    View the student's featured art below:
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  • February

    Celebrating Holderness School's International Students

    For a week in February we had a chance to step outside the Holderness bubble and experience the sounds and tastes of other countries. With the help of English teachers Marilee Lin and Jini Sparkman, the Holderness international students and the Multicultural Club organized several events on campus that focussed on the cultures and traditions of the 13 different countries from which our students travel. 
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  • A highlight reel from the Cheri Walsh Eastern Cup Race at Holderness School

    Despite the rain, on February 11, hundreds of racers, fans, and volunteers gathered at Holderness School for the annual Cheri Walsh/Eastern Cup Race. From Lollipop kids to Master's racers, the competition was fierce but light-hearted. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out! Here's a highlight reel from the day:
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  • Tiger Woman

    Jullia Tran '18
    Jullia Tran spoke in Chapel about her experiences balancing her life at home in Vietnam with her life here in America during our international festival.
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  • On Your Mark, Get Ready for Day of Giving!

    This year's Day of Giving is on Tuesday, February 20th. Money raised on the Day of Giving (DoG) goes to the Holderness Fund. The Holderness Fund pays for 10% of the school’s operating costs.

    This year we have two goals on the Day of Giving:
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  • What It’s Like to Be an International Student at Holderness

    Ly Cao ‘18
    Ly Cao ’18 is a reporter for the student-run newspaper, The Picador. She is also an international student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The New England Scholastic Press Association recently recognized Ly’s article on “What It’s Like to Be an International Student at Holderness” We salute Ly for this award and also thank her for helping us develop a greater perspective on how difficult it is to attend a boarding school in another country.

    Read the article here.
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  • Experiential Learning: New Hampshire Prep School Meets Poetry Out Loud

    Suzanne Dewey
    Does poetry matter? In this age of technology, speed, hacks, and brevity that tends to de-emphasize creative thought and expression, you might be surprised.
     
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  • Cheri, bottom left, with her Out Back group

    Remembering Cheri Walsh '88

    Emily Magnus
    The Cheri Walsh Memorial Race is Sunday, February 11, 2018

    Classmate and friend, Emily Magnus '88, writes about Cheri Walsh as we celebrate Cheri with the annual Nordic ski race in her honor. This is the final race of the Nordic Eastern Cup's regular race season. A fun winter tradition for almost three decades, young and old participate. At the end of the race, 48 male and female athletes will be named to this year's Junior National Championships.
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  • Innovating Assessment with Visual and Written Literacy

    English teacher Jini Sparkman shares a class project that focussed on the students' growth and knowledge of their learning strategies in the video below. 
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  • January

    Grow Down

    Bruce Barton
    Excerpts below of the Chapel Talk or listen to the podcast.

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  • Students Adventure with Outdoor Education

    Emily Magnus
    LLBean encourages their customers to “Be an Outsider.” REI has an Instagram challenge, #OptOutside. Countless schools and environmental preservation organizations dedicate pages of their websites to outdoor activities, encouraging their readers to choose an adventure.
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  • KC Carter ‘19 Scores Her 1000th Basketball Point

    Suzanne Dewey
    We are so proud of KC and her accomplishment of scoring her 1000th point while playing for Holderness. She hit the mark on our home court against Vermont Academy on January 17. For those who don’t know, scoring 1,000 basketball points is a significant feat for a high schooler and even more impressive as an eleventh grader. KC might be the first to indicate that hitting such a goal was the result of hard work, consistency, and the support of her coach and teammates.
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  • Raising Next Gen Adventurers

    Usually, Chris Davenport '89 is in the news because he's ripping new tracks or summiting another impressive peak. This month, however, in an article on REI's website, he shares his perspective on getting kids outside and keeping the adventures fun. Also included in the article, which focuses on raising adventurous kids, is some great advice from ultrarunner Anita Ortiz, who also happens to be the mom of Holderness Chinese teacher and running coach Amelia Ortiz.

    You can access the article here.
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  • Fall Student Art Projects

    Emily Magnus
    This fall Carpenter once again came alive with the creative developments of our students. From ceramics to paints, photography to sculpture, students not only revealed their artistic skills but also their intellectual reflections. Here is just a small selection of some of their work.
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  • A Personal Story in Honor of MLK Day

    Nicole Furlonge, PhD
    Holderness School gathered for a final program in our two-day celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Director of Teaching and Learning Nicole Furlonge, PhD, shared a personal story about herself, identity, race, class, and family.

    We concluded our time together with these words of learning from our two days of reflection and celebration of Dr. King:
    • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
    • All it takes for evil to win out is for good people to do nothing.
    • Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about things that matter.
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  • Honoring MLK: A Teach-In

    Holderness School honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But what does it mean to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Director of Equity and Inclusion, Jini Sparkman answers the question of how we honor Dr. King: “It means service. It means education. It means actively and intentionally working towards making our world a more equitable and inclusive place.”
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  • Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m mentally ill

    Liesl Magnus ‘17
    Last week, one of America’s leading speakers on mental health, Mike Veny, spent a couple days on campus, speaking to students in both large and small groups. He paid particular attention to the boys on campus, acknowledging that when we do speak about mental health, it is often from the female perspective; Mike understands from personal experience how important the conversation about mental health from the male perspective is. Later Mike spoke to the whole school, and alumna Liesl Magnus ‘17 had this to report.
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  • The Rev. Josh Hill at the annual Blessing of the Pets

    Lean On Me

    The Rev. Joshua A. Hill
    The Holderness community gathered together in the chapel on the first week back at school in the new year. Rev. Hill provided us with a brief explanation of why it is still Christmas and then shared from his own personal experience over the holiday season.
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  • Holderness Nordic Ski Team Braves the Cold to Train in Quebec

    Emily Magnus
    While the end of break was chilly in New Hampshire, it was nothing compared to the temperatures in Quebec! For the last five days of their vacation, the Holderness nordic team traveled to Mount Saint Anne in Quebec for double sessions of training, with temperatures hovering around zero for the duration.  
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  • Margery Thomas-Mueller to Display Work in Edwards Art Gallery

    Emily Magnus
    “Landscape is a metaphor for life inside and out,” explains Margery Thomas-Mueller in the opening of her artist statement for the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery. “It is where we walk, view, embrace our daily experiences of existence…The complexity that confronts our world daily, trying to uncover the dream beyond, that is the thicket I work at on paper.”
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