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Commencement Week 2022

Commencement Week

Congratulations to the Classes of 2022, 2026, 2029, and 2030! See below for highlights from this week’s graduation ceremonies Commencement – June 9, 2022 While rainy weather led this year’s graduation to take place inside the Waughtel-Howe Field House, nothing could dampen the exuberant and resilient spirit of this enthusiastic graduating class, capping their MB...

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Celebrating Matt Glendinning & Our New Lower School

Community

The MB community turned out after school on Friday, May 20 to celebrate Head of School Matt Glendinning and the completion of the Lower School Expansion & Renovation. Thank you to everyone who came, from near and far! The entire community gathered together to commemorate the final piece of MB Believes, the campaign for learning,...

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Nursery presents a Bug Bonanza

Academic Highlights

Nursery students showcased their knowledge during a Bug Bonanza presentation yesterday, with songs and dances that shared facts about the variety of insects they have studied. Fourth graders helped by designing flowers in science class which the nursery “bugs” traveled around to pollinate before the presentation came to a close.

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Eighth Grade Takes On The Rube Goldberg Challenge

Academic Highlights

“When life gives you Rube Goldberg, make lemonade” The Sinclair Room on the afternoon of June 1 was a riotous scene of ricocheting marbles, mouse traps galore, and glue, paint, and sticky stuff from left to right, from glue to cotton candy. The event was not a school carnival gone awry, but the semi-annual Rube...

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Go, Quakers! Spring Sports Recap (and ongoing play)

Athletics

Here is a recap of MB’s spring season and what is on the docket this final week for all teams. BASEBALL We had another incredibly young varsity baseball team this year graduating only 3 seniors. With a 4-14 league record, for only the third time in 21 years, MB did not go to postseason play....

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From Matt: A Few of My Favorite (MB) Things

Head of School

Dear Moses Brown Community, This is my last Head’s letter of the year and the last of my tenure at Moses Brown. I’m in the midst of a series of “lasts,” in fact – last Board meeting, last concerts, last visit to classrooms – which has put me in a somewhat reflective mood, as you...

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Third Grade Presents National Parks Research

Academic Highlights

Throughout the spring semester, third graders worked in partnerships to research U.S. National Parks in depth. Through cross-curricular work, they created informative slideshows and posters, made art pieces of flora and fauna native to their park, created dioramas of famous park features, created public service posters to educate park visitors about a problem and encourage...

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Class of 2022 Matriculation

Class of 2022

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 on their destinations for next year! One or more members of Moses Brown’s graduating class will attend the following (as of May 31, 2022): American University Babson College Barnard College Bates College Berklee College of Music Boston College Boston University Brandeis University Brown University Bryant University Carnegie Mellon University...

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A Runway to Remember

Arts

Fashion show spotlights upper school textiles students and the tenure of teacher Kristin Street The spotlights of the Woodman Center were on the students of Kristin Street’s Upper School textile classes on Monday, May 9 as the young designers took their original looks to the runway for a fashion show modeled by none other than...

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Reunion 2022

Alumni View

It was a pleasure to welcome so many alumni back to campus early this May for Reunion. Thank you to all who joined in! Members of our 2/7 classes, and friends, joined together at MB’s first in-person Reunion since 2019. The Moses Brown Alumni Association recognized Hyun Kim ’97 (25th Reunion Achievement Award), Paul Maeder...

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Memory Box

Arts

For graduating seniors, whether the MB journey encompasses 4 years or 14, it’s hard to sum it all up or put all those experiences, feelings, and lessons into one neat box – but at MB, seniors are asked to. In a 6×6 inch clay tile box, to be exact. With some bumps in the annual...

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Moved for MB

Alumni View

Dr. Keith Monchik ’90 Squash team captain, Model UN representative, volunteer, parent, board member, student and assistant trainer … orthopaedic surgeon Keith Monchik has played many roles over the years at Moses Brown. He’s been on campus in one way or another since he joined Moses Brown in 1983, as a new sixth grader. Keith...

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From Matt: Celebrating Bruce, Randy, Kristin, Tom, and Kevin

Community

Dear Moses Brown Community, As I near the end of my tenure as Head of School, it has been immensely gratifying to reflect with many of you on the stories, memories and accomplishments of the past 13 years — and I look forward to sharing more in person at our community celebration on May 20....

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MB’s Fitness Center is Open for Business

Athletics

MB’s new Taleghani Family Community Fitness Center opened on April 25 — a 3,300 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that provides a wide range of fitness and strength training equipment for everyone across all ages and activity levels. Senior Zane Z., a member of the Student Senate sub committee that helped develop plans for the fitness...

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Lessons from Immersive Learning

Academic Highlights

Upper School Immersion took place April 4-7. During this week, students are given the opportunity to become fully engrossed in one activity or project. These activities are very different from what they experience on a typical school day. Exploring cheese, calligraphy, designing escape rooms or electric vehicles, rock climbing, understanding the science behind cooking, making...

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MB Theatre presents “Chicago: Teen Edition” May 19-22

Arts

May 19-22 | Woodman Center | Buy Tickets Updated showtimes: Thurs. 5/19 – 7:30 | Saturday 5/21 – 7:30 | Sunday 5/22 – 1:00 & 7:30. The Moses Brown Theatre Department is proud to present its Upper School spring musical, Chicago: Teen Edition. Set in the height of the jazz age, we follow the story...

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From the Head of Upper School: Immersive Learning

Academic Highlights

During Upper School Immersion, I had the pleasure of assisting with the Filmmaking and Photography course. Fourteen students worked together to document Immersion. When we first met, we brainstormed questions to guide our work: *What are the benefits to learning outside the classroom? *In what ways can these activities or learnings or experiences further help...

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So good to be MB Back Together

Community

What an incredible evening for MB on April 23! Thank you to the 300+ guests who came to the Woodman Family & Community Performance Center for MB Back Together this past Saturday to build community and raise money for scholarship support. The Woodman Center was festive and beautiful, with great food, conversations and laughter that...

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From the Head of Lower School: Broader Perspectives

Academic Highlights

As we know from our own lives and experiences, it’s important sometimes to pause our regular routines, open our minds, and focus on something new. Facilitating and encouraging a broader, global perspective is one of the pillars of the Moses Brown education; we believe in bringing the world to our classrooms and our classrooms to...

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MB Student Named 2022 National Merit Scholar

Academic Highlights

Congratulations to senior Eli W. for being selected as a 2022 National Merit Scholarship winner! Eli was chosen from 15,000 outstanding finalists and will receive a scholarship. The nationwide pool of finalists represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. The journey to National Merit Scholar starts when over 1.5 million juniors...

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Earth Week at MB: Tending a Garden and Appreciating Trees

Academic Highlights

For Earth Week, Upper School Environmental Council students partnered with lower schoolers on activities which celebrated and increased student understanding of our planet and why it’s important to protect it. Monday offered a great, sunny morning to be out in our community garden. The EC members guided first graders in cleaning up and preparing peas...

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Author/Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka to Present at MB on May 3

Community

Public Welcome Moses Brown is pleased to welcome author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka – author of the Lunch Lady series and the National Book Award finalist, Hey, Kiddo – to campus on Tuesday, May 3, 6-7:00pm, to read and present in the Woodman Center. The presentation is part of a two-day visit that will see Jarrett...

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Falcons, Hawks, and Owls: Oh My!

Academic Highlights

Sixth graders got a hoot out of some very special visitors to Moses Brown. Students in English and science classes have recently been studying a unit on birds, and to conclude their courses, the students were able to visit with real birds of prey and experience two exciting presentations that brought their studies to life....

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Celebrating Moses Brown’s Rich History

Alumni View

Dedication of Odell Archives & Reading Room – May 7 at 10 a.m. (Reunion)  Moses Brown School has a rich archive, a carefully conserved trove of historic materials dating back to the founding of the school in 1784. These carefully conserved artifacts document the many generations of people who have formed its community and the...

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MBAA Inducts New Members Into Athletic Hall of Fame

Athletics

May 2022 Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that several new members have joined the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame at Reunion this May: Marcus Battle ’77 was a noted track and field athlete at Moses Brown, holding school records in long and triple jumps and named All-American in both sports, in addition to...

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Field Observation of Birds Inspires and Reinforces Learning

Academic Highlights

Students in our upper school Ornithology class (the study of birds) recently had the opportunity to visit Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge in South Kingstown and Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown. Their teacher Eric Aaronian shares that “despite chilly, windy, and foggy conditions, the class had a great day, seeing 45 different species.”...

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Care for People

Athletics

Congratulations to Joyce Champlin Freeman, recipient of this year’s Faculty/Staff Member of the Year Award from the Moses Brown Alumni Association. MB’s certified Athletic Trainer, Joyce has been a member of the Athletics department for many years and will receive her award at Reunion this May. Joyce joined MB in 1990, with her freshly-minted M.Ed....

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MBAA Recognizes Award Recipients at Reunion 2022

Alumni View

Congratulations! MB Alumni Association Recognizes Alumni Award Winners at 2022 Reunion Hyun Kim ’97 25th Reunion Achievement Award Years before embarking on his career in global politics, Hyun’s role on Student Senate at MB gave him his first experience working with others for the greater good. Hyun attended MB from seventh to twelfth grades as...

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Obertones visit MB for an exchange of music

Academic Highlights

Moses Brown was lucky enough to host the Obertones on campus on April 6 for a collaborative music session with Lower School Chorus. The Obertones are a successful traveling men’s and nonbinary a capella group from Oberlin College in Ohio. We’re fortunate that Lower School Music Instructor Chad Putka is an Oberlin graduate and was...

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Arbor Day at the Moses Brown Arboretum

Campus

Friday, April 29 3:15 – 4:30 pm To help celebrate the accreditation of Moses Brown’s campus as an official arboretum, we invite community members to join us in celebrating the wonderful trees and woody plants found on our historic campus on Arbor Day this year. On Friday, April 29, after school, faculty member Tom Andrew...

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A Play Festival with Lower, Middle and Upper School Collaborators!

Academic Highlights

The upcoming Nursery and Pre-Primary Play Festivals are a true collaboration from across our school. The creation began with 8th grade drama students working with Nursery and Pre-Primary students through an interview process to develop story ideas. Afterward, ideas from the meetings were turned into completed plays by the 8th graders. With the plays now...

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MB Camps: where best friends are born

Summer Camp

Moses Brown has offered rewarding and exciting camp programs for more than 50 years! Each year is a chance to create new memories with different offerings and new friends. Children enjoy the use of all Moses Brown facilities, including the state-of-the-art artificial turf field, soccer field, softball diamond, wood shop, ceramic studio, computer labs, Y-lab,...

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Neil Beranbaum ’86 Comes Full Circle

Alumni View

Neil Beranbaum ’86 P ’22’24’28 brought his MB experience full circle recently when he came back to the classroom to speak to Upper School students in Tara Tsakraklides’ two AP Environmental Science classes. Neil is certainly at home here at MB – as an alumnus, current parent, former Trustee and former Clerk of the Moses...

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Life Drawing Lessons

Arts

Upper school Painting and Drawing and AP Art classes this year have had the exciting opportunity to experience drawing sessions with live models. During the sessions, students form a circle around a model who poses in various positions for set durations, determined by visual arts instructors Kristin Street and Dominique Avila ‘11. “Drawing is the...

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Renaissance Teacher

World-Class Teachers

“Buon Giorno,” greets Dr. Chandra Harris, as upper school students enter her Friends Hall classroom. “Come stai?” What kind of day are you having? “Così così,” one student responds. It’s early in the day, so “so so” may yet improve. It’s a February early in the spring semester in Chandra’s Seminar in Italian Language and...

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Molly Bliss ’86 to Speak at Commencement 2022

Alumni View

Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that Dr. Molly Bliss ’86 will be our 2022 Commencement speaker on June 9. “It is such an honor to be speaking at Moses Brown,” says Molly, a recipient of the MBAA’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (2006). Molly is perhaps best known to many at MB for leading...

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Exploring 100, Through Counting and Service

Academic Highlights

MB’s Kindergarten found a creative way to connect their study of the number 100 to a collection effort for Camp Street Ministries. The project began as a countdown to 100 days of school; they wanted to visually explore the number 100 in concrete ways as well. To that end, along with other lower school classes,...

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MB’s New Community Fitness Center Is Getting In Shape

Athletics

Who’s ready to get back to “The Box,” soon to be known as our new Community Fitness Center? MB’s beloved fitness center is undergoing a big upgrade and a location change (to the space previously known as “The Box”) and Athletic Director AJ Kizekai has some exciting things to preview! Progress on the renovation has been...

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A fun glimpse of Middle School’s “Into The Woods Jr”

Arts

This winter’s Middle School musical production was Into the Woods Jr., wonderfully staged in the Woodman Center in late February. The musical, by composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and playwright James Lapine, is a groundbreaking musical fairytale featuring a retelling of Brothers Grimm stories.

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Four MB seniors named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Academic Highlights

Congratulations to four MB seniors who have been named Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program: Kevin L., Casey L., Eli W. and Nathan X. They are now in a pool of roughly 15,000 finalists from which 7,500 scholarship winners will be selected. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding academic achievement! To learn more...

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What a Winter! Quakers Find Postseason Success

Athletics

MB student-athletes have performed at a consistently high level this year. Our winter teams sustained the record of success that has had every fall and winter team qualify for post-season competition. A whopping 52 MB winter athletes were honored with end of season awards! There were 32 All-Division selections, 13 All-Class selections and 7 All-State...

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From Jared Schott: Babies, Taxes, and Personal Finances

Academic Highlights

It’s 7:55 a.m. on Tuesday morning. An 8th grader leans into my office door to ask if my advisee has arrived at school because they have to go “get the baby.” A few minutes later, Katie Goldman “delivers” a baby for another one of my advisees who is running a few minutes late. Raising children...

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What Lights You Up?

Arts

Student spotlight: Emmett L. ’28 The lights are low and the spotlight is on center stage as middle school performers line up to rehearse their next musical number in the Woodman Center on a Thursday afternoon. In the audience, two shadow figures behind the glow of computer screens are orchestrating the perfect ambience to set...

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Senator Whitehouse Thanks MB’s Third Grade

Academic Highlights

Third Grade students have studied whales and the challenges they face in Science class. After learning about the North-Atlantic Right Whales, which are one of the most endangered of all large whales, each of them wrote a letter to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse advocating for their protection. Senator Whitehouse nicely responded to the students with...

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Meaningful Reading

Academic Highlights

Tucked up under the eaves of third floor Ross House, a story is unfolding by the windows overlooking the Front Circle of campus. English faculty member Samantha Kravitz is reading The Diary of Anne Frank with her sixth grade class. They recently had a week of “history,” learning about the Holocaust — genocide, antisemitism, the...

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Five Students Named Presidential Scholar Candidates

Academic Highlights

February 2022 Five Moses Brown seniors have been named candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program. Congratulations to: Wyatt H. Meredith J. Kevin L. Casey L. Eli W. Congratulations to these members of the class of 2022. The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and...

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MB Student Named RI Poetry Ambassador

Arts

Senior Lourdes N. has been named Rhode Island’s new Youth Poetry Ambassador which was announced by the state’s Poet Laureate Tina Cane and the Rhode Island Center for the Book on February 3. Lourdes serves as editor in chief of MB’s literary magazine, Omnia. She shares that her goal as ambassador is to “create an...

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Upper School Ensembles Showcased in Winter Concerts

Arts

Two fantastic Upper School winter concerts were presented in the Woodman Center featuring the Chorus, Versatones, String Orchestra (January 26) with a second performance featuring the Jazz, Percussion, and Wind Ensembles (January 31). These shows had limited audiences, but recordings are available here for you to enjoy!

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Alumnus Perspective: Bob Samors ’77, Moses Brown Alumni Association

Alumni View

Why I Got Involved with the MBAA Robert Samors ’77 has been a member of the Moses Brown Alumni Association board since 2019 and is now the clerk for the MBAA’s national programs. Bob now calls Silver Spring, Maryland home, where he works as a science policy consultant, after stints in Rome, Geneva and across...

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Middle School Heading “Into the Woods” This February

Arts

Stamping feet, a high energy warm-up is filling the stage and the air of Woodman one midwinter afternoon as a dozen middle schoolers shake off the school day and tackle preliminary work for Into The Woods, coming to stage at the end of February. If you enter the Woodman Center after school, you’ll most likely...

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Alumni Leadership Bettering MB

Alumni View

Alumni involvement integral to Moses Brown When alumni were students at Moses Brown, they may not have always been aware of the leadership behind the scenes of the school. In addition to the school’s administrative team, the school is joined by an extensive array of community members, joining in leadership on the school’s Board of...

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Alum entrepreneur shares life and business wisdom with students

Alumni View

Staying true to your vision, sharing authentic customer stories, and never giving up were some of the core bits of wisdom shared with MB students by Nick Gilson ’07, co-founder and CEO of Gilson Snow, a globally-known manufacturer of skis and snowboards. Nick discussed his growing innovative and values-driven company during a Zoom with students...

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From Jared Schott: Finding Their Voice

Academic Highlights

We often use the phrase “finding one’s voice” to describe an important development process for Middle School students. Each year in all three grade levels, teachers nurture this process. In eighth grade, the academic skills, personal confidence, and communication abilities coalesce for most students. Recently English teacher Maureen Nagle and history teacher Jon Gold challenged...

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Blizzard Memories

Campus

MB Remembers the Blizzard of ’78 This weekend’s blizzard, with 20+ inches across Providence and Rhode Island, led many at MB to recall past snowstorms — in particular, the historic blizzard of 1978 which hit Hope and Lloyd on February 6, 1978 and closed the campus for several days. When it was over, after 33...

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MB Celebrates Lunar New Year with a Dragon Dance

Community

This week, MB classes marked the beginning of the Lunar New Year, an important holiday for billions of people in east and southeast Asia and around the world. The holiday’s two-week celebration began today, February 1. This year, the celebration brought together students in Qiong Waters’ Upper School Mandarin class and our Kindergarteners. They collaborated...

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The Physics of Sledding

Academic Highlights

What better method to learn physics than flying down a hill on a sled! Upper School students in Tara Tsakraklides’ science class took advantage of the recent major snowfall for a hands-on activity called “The Physics of Sledding.” The goal was to use data collected from the field to find the coefficient of friction of...

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Moses Brown Volunteers, Contributors Celebrated During Week of Events

Community

From January 24-28, Moses Brown School celebrated all those in our community who are True Blue – our volunteer leaders and loyal donors and contributors. Our school thrived last year because so many people contributed in so many ways: volunteering time, sharing expertise, and supporting the school philanthropically. MB students, volunteers, and members of the...

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Lion King Gratitude

Arts

Thanks to the students, teachers, and production team who gave so much creativity and time toward making our Lower School production of Lion King KIDS such a tremendous success on January 20! Thanks also to the parent volunteers who helped with costume design and dance rehearsals. It was a true testament to the power of...

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MS Teacher Maureen Nagle Awarded NETA’s Public Media Award

Faculty View

Moses Brown is excited to share that Middle School English Teacher Maureen Nagle has received a Public Media Award from The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) for the project “Evening for Educators,” which she has led for Read Across Rhode Island, a community reading program of the Rhode Island Center for the Book. NETA announced...

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Writing Journeys: Grade 4

Lower School

One chilly day this January, the distractions of the new year settle to a minimum inside one lower school classroom. Fourth grade is focused on bringing their notes on immigration to the next step in their writing journey. Students type away, busily tap, tap, tapping on keyboards. It’s nearly completely quiet; students are so focused...

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Put Your Thinking Caps On!

Academic Highlights

Seventh grade students had a hands (and heads) on experience in Caitlin Kelly’s science class this past week. After a unit of studying brain anatomy and physiology, students put their own brains to the test (literally), using swim caps to learn about the different parts of the human brain. Before the fun could begin, Caitlin...

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Stepping Up to the Plate

Expert Thinking

The “Shark Tank” Comes to Woodman It’s Wednesday afternoon in the Woodman Family Community & Performing Arts Center. The lights dim, spotlights swirl, a familiar yet ominous theme song plays. There’s no turning back. You’re in the Shark Tank. Anyone would be intimidated facing these sharks and their larger than life personas – tech entrepreneur...

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A Little ‘Dose of Happiness’

Community

Could you use a little Dose of Happiness? That’s the title of an e-newsletter shared with the junior class by Ty A.’23. Ty has been publishing the newsletter for the past few years and recently started sharing it with the whole upper school. “The Dose of Happiness is all about finding the light in the...

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MB Alum Jeff Sparr Featured In Creativity And Mental Health Documentary

Alumni View

The inspiring short documentary PeaceLove’ Healing Workshop highlights Jeff Sparr’s ’81 P’19 personal story, and explores the power creativity has to improve people’s lives by supporting emotional wellbeing through expression. Jeff is the co-founder of PeaceLove studios based in Pawtucket where much of the piece was filmed, as well as other Providence locations including Moses...

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Friendship at the Corner of Hope & Lloyd

Community

“We challenge and inspire each other, which I think is a key to long-lasting friendships.” Upper school faculty member Abby Phyfe has maintained a connection to Amy Newbold in Vermont and Samara Estroff in Minnesota, since they all started teaching together at MB in the early 2000s. Moses Brown’s stately elms have not only witnessed...

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Middle School Day of Service Honors Dr. King 

Service

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   This week, students across...

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Inspired to Action: Lower School Looks at the Legacy of Dr. King

Service

MB’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continued this week in the Lower School. Across grades, students focused on MLK and his legacy. In third grade, students watched a video of King’s I Have a Dream speech and looked at the words Dr. King  shared during his life. They discussed phrases that resonated with...

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Back to the Future with Kevin Perry

Campus

Staff Spotlight: Kevin Perry, Plant Manager Since starting at MB in 1997, Kevin Perry has been a part of countless projects that have transformed the campus, including the renovation of Middle House, construction of the Woodman Center, and now the renovation and expansion of the lower school. Overseeing and maintaining the physical plant of one...

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From the Head of Upper School: Seeking Joy

Community

I hope this finds you well as we ride this next wave of Covid. This past week and a half has been a challenging one for our community, of which I am sure you have a sense and perhaps have felt personally as well. I want to open with gratitude for teachers and advisors who...

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Alumna Perspective: Mia Rotondi Puddington ’09, MBAA

Alumni View

Mia Rotondi Puddington ’09 has been a member of the Moses Brown Alumni Association board since 2018 and is the Local Committee Clerk. Mia attended Connecticut College after MB, then worked in marketing in Boston before deciding to pursue her passion for teaching. She completed her master’s degree at Brown and recently taught English at...

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Third Graders Find a Bridge To Learning

Academic Highlights

A solid lesson plan starts with a good base. Elizabeth Grumbach, Lower School science teacher, is exploring a popular subject with third grade: bridges. Students have memories of crossing interesting bridges while traveling, and they use their own experiences to help dissect bridge construction in detail; it’s part of their study of civil engineering, design...

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New Fitness Center to Debut this Spring

Athletics

“The Box” gets an upgrade The Waughtel-Howe Field House is the home of MB’s many athletic teams and hosts lower- and middle-school Physical Education activities all year. This past year, MB took a close look at its fitness offerings and embarked on plans to offer a new upgraded Fitness Center which will be relocated to...

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Art Helps Bring Student Heroes to Life

Academic Highlights

Their work is on display through January 14 in the Sinclair Room as part of the All-School Art Show Three second grade artists with work on display in the art show visited the gallery in the Sinclair Room to explain the inspiration behind the pieces. These projects were part of a multi-disciplinary unit involving elements...

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First Time at the Wheel

Arts

Slow down, watch your wheel speed, take your time and restart if you need to. No, it’s not a driver’s ed class for this class of sophomores, but the final days of Intro to Ceramics 101, an Upper School art elective taught by new faculty member Lawrence Timmins. Though this is Lawrence’s first MB semester,...

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Student Visual Artwork Showcased Through January 14

Arts

The Visual Arts faculty welcome the community to come and celebrate our K-12 art maker culture at the Winter All School Art Show in the Sinclair Room. Parents are invited to visit during the day or with your child right after school. A closing event, including art faculty, will be held on January 14 from...

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Middle School Musicians Take the Lead

Arts

It’s Tuesday morning, 10:15, and the middle school Wind Ensemble is warming up. A clarinet is running scales. The bass drum booms as a percussionist loosens his arms. Trumpet bells are covered in black fabric, a pandemic accommodation, while sun streams through the Ross House windows, shimmering off French horns, saxophones, and xylophones. Amidst it...

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MB and Friendship: The Class of 1982

Alumni View

With MB’s return to coeducation in 1976, the 1980s was the decade when students joined together as classmates and friends in the school’s first full decade of coeducation in 50 years. Students forged bonds quickly. “At one point or another, every person in our class shared a class, was on the same team or in...

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A Tale of Two Choruses

Arts

Similarities and differences between youth and adult vocal groups Chad Putka is Lower School’s indispensable Music Director – working with students nursery through 5th grade in music classes, directing the Lower School Chorus and guiding musical productions (Lion King will be presented in January!). He’s not just great at directing music, he’s also adept at...

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Pitch Perfecting

Expert Thinking

This fall, Burnham House has been the center of operations for an upper school economics class – led by MB’s own CFO, Vickie Monta. The elective math class, Economics of Business, has explored a range of finance topics with students not only focused on the bottom line but big dreams, as they prepare to pitch...

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MB Hockey Plays at the Dunk for Epilepsy Awareness

Athletics

This December, the MB boys hockey team played Portsmouth Abbey at the Dunkin Donuts Center in downtown Providence. The game was a special one: MB played to raise awareness for epilepsy, a condition that affects millions and hits close to home for the team. Tickets for the game included admission to the Providence Bruins vs....

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The Runci Barbershop Quartet

Alumni View

The Runci family’s bond is grounded in their education at Moses Brown: three generations in 70 years. In many families, the generations share a common passion, enjoyed together. Love for the arts, the natural world, or a sport, can help to connect us to parents and grandparents, as we mature and grow. The Runci family’s...

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It’s Alive!

Y-Lab

Right before winter break, young visitors from the lower school got to see some amazing robot animals come to life in Dave Wasser’s seventh grade technology workshop. Middle school students have been working in the Y-Lab this fall, using robotics technology to create animals that respond to human interaction – and young visitors from lower...

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The Class of 1948’s Legacy of Friendship

Alumni View

The annual Class of 1948 Awards represent one of the most significant gestures of friendship on behalf of alumni to the school. This historic class created the ’48 Awards in 1998 in celebration of their 50th reunion. Amanda Harter Fogle-Donmoyer ’99 was the first recipient of a ’48 award, which she used to undertake a...

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Alumni Leaders, Past and Present, Join Together

Alumni View

Dave Murphy ’91 P’27 is the new clerk of the Moses Brown Alumni Association. Dave is grateful for his Moses Brown experience and credits faculty/coaches like the late Paul Donovan as significant influences in his life. He has given back to Moses Brown in many capacities and is a longtime member of the Alumni Association...

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Moses Brown Board of Trustees 2021-22

Community

New Leadership, New Members The Moses Brown Board of Trustees welcomed several new trustees this year (left to right): Alex Egan, Yvonne Rogers, David Murphy, Amy Larkin, Keith Monchik and Laura Whiteley. (Zona Douthit also joined the board this year.) Moses Brown also welcomed Jane Ritson-Parsons P’17 ’21 and Reza Taleghani ’90 P’21 ’23 as...

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Matt Glendinning Heading to Hopkins School

Community

Alumni at the Center of What’s Next for MB Last week Matt Glendinning, Head of School since July 2009, announced that he will be stepping down at the conclusion of the 2021–2022 school year to take on the leadership of Hopkins School in New Haven. Matt will leave an incredible legacy of growth and innovation,...

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Friends, Indeed

Alumni View

Maija Hallsmith ’11 and Dominique Avila ’11 Summer/Fall 2021 Cupola In Quakerism, the use of the term “Friend” is meant to signify respect and equality, a mutual recognition of the presence of the Inner Light in one another. Dominique Avila and Maija Hallsmith, both members of the Class of 2011, are two friends in both...

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How is the history of civilization told through art?

Academic Highlights

The Humanities and Visual Arts departments recently partnered, having Art History students not only study ancient works of art, but attempt to recreate them. Miranda Balrain’s AP Art History were tasked with recreating works they studied for their Ancient Greece unit using one or a combination of three mediums: clay, paint, or sculpting. After visual...

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What Are You Thankful For, MB?

Community

November 23, 2021 What are we thankful for? That was the question considered this week as Moses Brown School prepares to leave for Thanksgiving break. Many here expressed appreciation for our community, reflecting gratitude for the students at MB and the colleagues we work with every day, a sentiment reflected by both new and veteran...

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Student Learning Empowered By Choice (From the Head of Middle School)

Academic Highlights

While making my rounds through the classrooms last week, a group of 6th grade students, without any prompting, excitedly shared their newly completed science project. This was a clear indication to me that the Human Systems project, a combined research, science and art unit, had met our student engagement standards! Science teacher Tony McClellan, with...

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Four MB senior athletes sign college letters of intent

Athletics

Congratulations to Moses Brown’s four senior athletes who have signed letters of intent for college sports: Campbell Crane (Eastern Michigan University Lacrosse), Mia Stilley (Providence College Field Hockey), Caroline Powell (Queens University Field Hockey) and Emma Wymes (Bryant University Lacrosse). A celebration with their families and coaches took place in the Woodman Center on November...

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A Sense Of Community (From the Head of Upper School)

Community

I spent much of Friday, November 11th out on the Friends Hall deck greeting many parents as you came to campus for advisor conferences. It was wonderful to have the chance to say hello, help you find your way to conferences, and tour some of you around the building. Never has Friends Hall felt so...

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MBinRep fall productions inspired by collaboration

Arts

MBinRep’s Fall 2021 productions of Hamlet (tickets and information) and Sense and Sensibility (tickets and information) will be presented Nov. 11-14 in the Woodman Center. These two fantastic shows have been enriched by collaborations with a number of visiting artists who have added enormously to the shows and the learning experiences of the students. Jeff...

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For the Honor of Truth: Timely Support for a Timeless Mission

Alumni View

Class of ’65 Launches For the Honor of Truth Initiative In celebration of their 55th reunion, the Class of 1965 established an enduring legacy centered on the principle that truth is an intrinsic good and the continual search for truth is part of an exemplary life. Using the school’s motto for inspiration, the Class of...

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1784-Minute Challenge Gets the Community Pulse

Community

Embodying this year’s theme of togetherness, hundreds of members of our Moses Brown community came together November 2 and 3 for the most successful 1784-Minute Challenge in the event’s four-year history. Friends of Moses Brown broke records in both number of gifts and amount contributed, making 543 gifts totaling $94,250. Together with $62,484 in matching...

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From the Head of School: A Day in the Life

Head of School

One of the things I love most about Moses Brown is being part of such a vibrant community. Every day is different, and every day I see signs of people – faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, board members – engaged in exploration. Whether in classrooms, studios or conference rooms, whether on playing fields or stage,...

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Is this an early Halloween party? No, it’s Spanish class!

Academic Highlights

Upper School language students were challenged to narrate a well-known children’s story in Spanish and then perform the plays for the rest of the class. “Students wrote the script and memorized their lines. They had to use two past tenses and certain keywords in Spanish,” says teacher Elena Peterson. She explains, “This exercise benefits language...

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MB TRIPs to Return in Summer 2022

Academic Highlights

Our Travel, Research & Immersion Programs (TRIPs) will resume in the summer of 2022 in all three divisions with experiences in the White Mountains, the Galapagos Islands, Kenya and more (Lower School trips are contingent on the successful rollout of Covid vaccinations for children younger than 12). You can see the robust schedule here, and...

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Goal Driven

Athletics

Lindsay P. ’22 Being on a soccer field feels like home to senior Lindsay P. Despite exchanging her cleats for a racket at MB (due to injury), the soccer pitch still makes the perfect setting to catch up with this MB student-athlete – as it’s what initially brought her to Moses Brown. Her years of...

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Sunny Squares in Three Oaks

Academic Highlights

On a sunny Wednesday in October, MB’s historic art studio busily hums with the sound of conversation and snipping scissors. Sarah Barnum, lower school art teacher, is introducing students to the concept of Notan squares, which explore the intersection of dark and light, of positive and negative space. These fifth-graders tackled this foundational concept in...

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Pumpkin Fest 2021

Community

This Thursday, October 28 (3:15-4:15), Moses Brown will welcome the return of …. Pumpkin Fest! Pumpkin Fest is a fun chance for students to carve and decorate pumpkins as a lower school community and will take place on the Front Circle this year. MB’s annual pumpkin carving bash is hosted by Head of School Matt Glendinning...

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Two students named National Merit Commended Scholars

Academic Highlights

Two Moses Brown students, Wyatt H. ‘22 and Sadie W. ‘22, have been recognized as Commended Scholars by the National Merit organization. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise each year. Commended Students placed among the top 5% of students who entered this year’s competition by taking the...

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Two MB students recognized as National African American Program Scholars

Academic Highlights

Congratulations to Wyatt H. ‘22 and Izzy M. ‘23 for being honored by the College Board as National African American Recognition Program Scholars. The College Board Recognition Programs identifies qualifying students who have excelled in their classroom work and on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams. More information.

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Expo weekend welcomes visitors, celebrates MB community

Community

The MB community turned out in enthusiastic force on October 15 and 16 for Harvest Dinner, Open House, and Homecoming, opening its doors to a record number of current and prospective families for this annual Expo celebration. [See photo galleries for: Harvest Dinner | Open House/Homecoming] Happy to be together again Hundreds of guests joined...

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MB EXPO sports roundup

Athletics

MB teams had a beautiful day for competition and large crowds to cheer them on. For Field Hockey, it was a hard-fought effort but unfortunately, they came up short in the 2-1 loss to rival East Greenwich. Virginia S. scored the lone goal with the assist from Lily P., Ava P. (sister to former MB...

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AP Environmental class tests the waters

Academic Highlights

Students evaluate the water quality of the ponds at Blackstone Park, impacted by runoff from local communities. An upper school AP Environmental Class on Sept. 14 made the short trip to nearby Blackstone Park to test the water quality of two ponds there, one that’s fed by runoff from the local community and the other...

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5 Students Recognized in National Photography Contest

Academic Highlights

Five MB upper school students — Ben B., Lourdes N., Olivia K., Evelyn McA. and Vibha K. (work shown above) — now have their artwork on display in Drexel University’s High School Photography Contest. Their winning photographs were selected to be part of Drexel’s national photography exhibit, taking place online this year. To view the...

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Homecoming Kicks Off!

Athletics

MB Homecoming Launches on a Sunny Afternoon and Under the Lights Homecoming Week kicked off this Friday, October 8th with an exciting afternoon and evening of Quaker athletic action. Fans cheered on Girls’ Varsity Tennis (a victory against Wheeler) – and students attending the match received a special Quaker Nation Homecoming 2021 t-shirt and special...

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From the head of school: Regeneration

Head of School

On the morning of September 15, I gathered with other members of Moses Brown’s faculty and staff around a stately oak tree on our campus. It was going to be removed as part of our Lower School renovation, and we wanted to stand silently together and honor this venerable tree’s contributions to generations of Moses...

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Alumni raise scholarship funds through Quaker Classic tournament

Alumni View

Moses Brown alumni teed up a year of events with the MBAA Quaker Classic on September 30 in Newport, the Alumni Association’s first in-person event since March of 2020. This year’s golf tournament drew more than 100 participants and raised $24,000 to support the school’s Bliss Scholarship Fund for alumni children and other alumni programming....

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40+ Years of Friendship

Alumni View

Thank you to Jane Knowles ’81 for guest editing the most recent issue of the Moses Brown alumni magazine, Cupola (mailing now), and sharing her own thoughts on the theme of Friendship with us. She has several family connections to MB including her father Lewis Knowles ’36. Jane joined MB the first year it went...

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Service to Community: Kevin Matson

Community

With a view toward community service, not only at MB and beyond, longtime upper school faculty member Kevin Matson P ’05’13’19 has served on the front lines of two high-stress positions in this challenging year of COVID. In this year of adaptation, one faculty member who has experienced the pandemic up-close and in a unique...

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Pitch Perfect: Allison Weitberg Spurling, Lower School Faculty & Class of ’96

Arts

“Joining a group or an extracurricular activity creates an opportunity to be part of something.” Allie Spurling ’96 — alumna and current faculty member (preprimary) — was inspired by music teacher Kim Kredich, who created an a cappella program at MB. “The way she brought us members together was extraordinary and created lasting friendships through...

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Lights, camera, strike a pose! MB Quakers Media Day was a student-driven success

Athletics

Media Days are common at colleges and universities: opportunities to get fun, high-quality photography of their student-athletes and generate excitement for an upcoming season. But they’re not commonplace at the high school level — something Moses Brown sophomores Emma M. and Gabe H. were determined to change this year. As part of their internship with...

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“MB is a place for maturing, learning, having fun, and personal growth”

Academic Highlights

Moses Brown traditionally opens each school year with Convocation – a coming together on the first Friday of classes with our entire school community to celebrate the beginning of a new year. The gathering takes place on our Front Circle, highlighted by student speeches. We are pleased to share the insightful remarks shared by 12th...

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Happy Birthday, Moses Brown

Community

September 23 Please join us in celebrating our founder, Moses Brown! One of Providence’s most famous sons, Moses Brown was a Quaker who exemplified a life of the mind, body, and spirit and served as a fitting role model for the school that came to bear his name. Born in 1738, Moses’ own principal education...

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“The feeling of coming home again”

Academic Highlights

Moses Brown traditionally opens each school year with Convocation – a coming together on the first Friday of classes with our entire school community to celebrate the beginning of a new year. The gathering takes place on our Front Circle, highlighted by student speeches. We are pleased to share the thoughtful remarks shared by 12th...

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Off and Running

Community

At the start of this school year, Moses Brown track coach Matty Bennett joined the upper school faculty as a full-time English teacher — and published his first book of poetry the same week he was hired. Matty claimed a classroom in the corner of the East Wing English corridor and is excited to find...

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“Be kind to one another and have patience in these challenging times”

Convocation

Moses Brown traditionally opens each school year with Convocation – a coming together on the first Friday of classes with our entire school community to celebrate the beginning of a new year. The gathering takes place on our Front Circle, highlighted by student speeches. We are pleased to share the thoughtful remarks shared by 8th...

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Leslie Caito-Jones Coaching Again at MB this Fall

Athletics

Veteran field hockey coach Leslie Caito-Jones has returned to coach Moses Brown field hockey this fall, leading the program she built and stepping in for one season for current MB coach Maura (Strickland) O’Rourke who’s on family leave. Leslie is coaching with Rachel Motta this fall, with Maura slated to return next year. On any...

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Convocation 2021 marked the first full community gathering in well over a year

Community

The 2021–2022 school year opened with a traditional Convocation held outside on our Front Circle. The event marked the first complete school gathering in 479 days, noted Head of School Matt Glendinning during his address. “A Convocation is literally a ‘calling together’ of a community for the purpose of marking and celebrating a special moment…...

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Alumnae coaches help girls’ soccer goalies make the save

Alumni View

Moses Brown Girls’ Soccer goalie squad has the good fortune to be working this year with two young alumnae mentors, both skilled goalies in their own right, as well as experienced coaches. “I love working with the girls. I’m super grateful to have this opportunity,” says Kelly Graziano ’20. After serving as assistant coach for...

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First Day Reflections – Head of School Matt Glendinning

Head of School

Yesterday was the first day of school, the first day back after a most unusual school year — the first time in 479 days that our entire community was assembled. As I was greeting students during morning drop-off, I saw real joy on many faces. Uncertainty, too, of course — we are still in the...

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An uncommonly good way to start the year: MB Unconference

Faculty View

“Energy, fun, togetherness, community.” That is how Gara Field, our director of global education, described the faculty and staff “unconference” day that kicked off the new school year on August 25. Faculty/staff meetings are an end-of-summer tradition at most independent schools, but Moses Brown has adopted the concept of an “unconference,” where impromptu sessions are...

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Start of school welcome

Head of School

We hope you had a wonderful and restful summer. With the school year just about to begin we share this greeting from Head of School Matt Glendinning: “School starts soon, and I’m really looking forward to welcoming you all back to campus. There’s been such a great sense of  joy here over the past few...

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Class of 2021 Destinations

Academic Highlights

The Class of 2021 is heading to Denver, San Diego, Miami, Annapolis, Boston, Raleigh, Madrid, and many more locations! We are wishing our seniors well as they embark on their future educational journeys around the country and around the globe. From the over 400 college acceptances our seniors received, they plan to enroll at 64...

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Change-Up at Moran: New Field, New Coaching in Place This Spring

Athletics

May 2021 This spring, East Side neighbors and MB families have noticed significant changes at Moran Field. For starters, MB has welcomed new head coach John Doll ’94. John returned to MB in 2019 to teach science in the upper school after 15 years at Dana Hall. He holds degrees in biochemistry and history from...

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Substitute teacher uses her artistry to document a unique school year

Academic Highlights

With masks covering everyone’s faces, Upper School substitute teacher and all-around helper Becky Wagner found a unique way to connect with students, faculty and staff. A lifelong artist, Becky began drawing pictures of the people and places at Moses Brown. From portraits to simple moments to favorite footwear, Becky’s drawings captured everyday life at MB...

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Moses Brown’s Upper School presents “Mamma Mia!” May 20-22

Arts

The Moses Brown Theatre Department is proud to present our upper school spring musical, “Mamma Mia!” Come celebrate life, love and family in our socially distanced, outside theater space in the back circle of MB. Seats are available in pod groups of 1 chair, 2 chairs, or 4 chairs. May 20-22 Back Circle stage Thurs.,...

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MB Student Named 2021 National Merit Scholar

Academic Highlights

Congratulations to senior Vibha K. for being selected as a 2021 National Merit Scholarship winner! Vibha was selected from 16,000 outstanding finalists and will receive a scholarship. The nationwide pool of finalists represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. The journey to National Merit Scholar starts when over 1.5 million juniors...

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Lower School renovation celebrated, learned about with first-hand experiences

Academic Highlights

Lower School took time to celebrate National Construction Appreciation Week in September, a time dedicated to honoring the hard-working individuals who are essential to maintaining our buildings and infrastructure. Moses Brown School has its own construction project right now the $8 Million Lower School Renovation and Expansion initiative, which is a top-to-bottom refit which will...

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Moses Brown Names New Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Academic Highlights

Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that Luke Anderson will become MB’s new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, joining the MB community in August. In an extensive national search, Luke distinguished himself as a compassionate and expert leader with the strategic planning and interpersonal skills needed to lead DEI work across the school....

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Moses Brown School Announces New Head of Upper School

Academic Highlights

February, 2021 On behalf of the Head of Upper School search committee, Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that Laura Twichell will become Moses Brown’s next Head of Upper School, effective July 1, 2021. Laura is currently the Interim Dean of Faculty at Concord Academy, where she has helped lead the school through the...

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