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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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Four MB seniors named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Academic Highlights

Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that four seniors have been named as Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program: Kevin L., Casey L., Eli W. and Nathan X. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Congratulations to our Semifinalists on this outstanding academic achievement!....

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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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