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Lower School Celebrates El Día de los Muertos

Global Thinking

Each Lower School Spanish class recently learned about the mexican holiday El Día de los Muertos that is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. Students discussed the holiday’s significance and traditions, read a book, played vocabulary games, completed a simple craft, and enjoyed a celebration with traditional Pan de Muerto (sweet bread baked with crossbones...

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Single-Sport Specialization in Children: Helpful or Harmful?

MB Athletics

Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. Woodman Family Community & Performance Center Today’s children often play the same sport year-round, with parents and children alike afraid to take a break for fear of being ‘left behind’ or missing out on college opportunities. But is that really true? And does focusing on one sport turn kids...

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New at MB: the Y-Lab!

Innovation

Moses Brown’s historic Alumni Hall recently became the school’s newest space, the Y-Lab — where ideas move from theory to practice. Named for Quaker scientist Thomas Young, the Y-Lab is a maker space filled with materials and tools for creating prototypes to solve problems, and a home for project-based learning in STEM and beyond. Thanks...

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Letter to the MB Community

Community

October 5, 2017 Dear Moses Brown Community, As many of you are aware, our school was in the news last weekend because of the actions of one of our coaches. Over the past several days I have heard from many members of our community describing what happened as either courageous and inspiring, or irresponsible and...

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The MB Campus: Changes in Place for 2017-18

Campus

The 2016-17 school year was one of dynamic growth on Moses Brown School’s 33-acre campus. Last fall, Moses Brown opened the year with a fully-renovated Walter Jones Library. This renovation accounts for the evolving role of libraries in modern scholarship and for the frequent use of the space for community gatherings, such as Reunion events and...

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New MB Alumni Magazine is Out!

Alumni View

What’s your favorite “place” on the beautiful MB campus? That’s the theme of the most recent edition of Cupola, the Moses Brown alumni magazine, which arrived for the start of school. Peruse our digital edition and let us know what you think. The issue was designed by Providence-based Jason Arias, with additional design by MB’s...

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Pulitzer-Winning Poets Come to MB

News

Save the date: Next year, Moses Brown will host current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith on April 27, 2018. In April, MB welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa (left) as its 2017 visiting poet, part of MB’s Annual Poetry Series. Komunyakaa won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his collection Neon Vernacular: New and...

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Welcome, New MBers!

Community

The new school year launched with MB welcoming several new colleagues to our community, bringing an impressive range of experience and credentials. New employees recently attended Quaker Orientation. Third grade teacher Adam Aguirre comes to MB from Citizens of the World Charter School in New York. With degrees from Georgetown and Hunter, Adam is passionate...

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Moses Brown-SquashBusters Project Breaks Ground

Athletics

This year, Moses Brown announced a unique partnership with SquashBusters, a program that uses squash and academic support to send 95% of its (typically underserved) participants to college. This summer, that partnership is moving forward with construction already underway on a collegiate-quality squash complex that will host MB’s squash teams and SquashBusters players. Hosting SquashBusters enables MB to support educational opportunities...

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MB Graduate is 2017 Rhode Island Presidential Scholar

Scholarship

Congratulations to Sydney Jenkins ’17, who was named the female U.S. Presidential Scholar for Rhode Island earlier this year! The annual program acknowledged a total 161 students for accomplishments and academic excellence. Sydney was recognized in Washington, D.C. in June, where she brought the person she deemed her most inspirational teacher: her mother, Christine Jenkins...

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MB Goes “All-In” with RIIL

Athletics

This past spring, Moses Brown announced its intention to fully transition its upper school sports program to the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL). In the 2017-18 school year, MB will see boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ hockey, and boys’ and girls’ outdoor track and field compete in the RIIL with student-athletes from around the Ocean...

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Green Ribbon!

Campus

Moses Brown Named National Green Ribbon School by U.S. Dept. of Education Moses Brown School was designated as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education this past year. Only 44 other schools were recognized nationally, plus 18 districts and colleges, all honored for innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs,...

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Goddard Fund Ensures Hands-On Learning for Future Generations

Alumni View

Thanks to Art Goddard ’59 Over a career spanning nearly four decades in engineering, marketing, and executive management, Art Goddard ’59 designed and developed advanced electronics systems at leading companies such as Rockwell and Boeing. As a youth, he was happiest when tinkering and always found deeper learning through hands-on activities. He and his wife...

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StoryCorps Stops at MB

Community

In May MB welcomed broadcaster David Isay, founder/president of the nationally-syndicated radio program StoryCorps. Isay is the recipient of four Peabody Awards, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and the $1 Million TED prize, and his books are New York Times bestsellers. Each year, MB eighth graders embark on a StoryCorps unit, interviewing individuals who have shaped...

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2017 Owen Award Winner: Fatou S. ’18

Service

Fatoumata Sidibe ’18, winner of MB’s 2017 Owen Award for International Service Learning & Travel, used her award to volunteer with disadvantaged children in Peru this past summer through the Maximo Nivel program. A long-time friend and supporter of the school, Rob Owen ’71 has made it possible for students in the upper school to pursue...

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MB Students Master Ethics at Brown

Ethical Leadership

Several students represented MB at last year’s High School Ethics Bowl, accompanied by advisors Galen Hamann and Gara Field. MB made a strong showing at the R.I. Regional High School Ethics Bowl at Brown University this past spring. Seven high school teams participated in February’s Ethics Bowl, with teams from 360 High School, Central High,...

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Spring MB Sports News: Go Quakers!

Athletics

The girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams each vied for the state championship this spring, contending with Wheeler and LaSalle, respectively. MB girls notched their third consecutive state championship. MB golfers competed in the State Championship match this spring, coming in second, while Will Dickson ’17 set a state record by winning his fourth consecutive individual...

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Rachel Littman ’87 Leads Board of Trustees

Community

MB parent Rachel Littman ’87 P ’22 is the new clerk of MB’s board of trustees, following Habib Gorgi ’74 who stepped down in June. Her tenure began on July 1. Rachel is a graduate of Yale University and Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was the managing editor of the constitutional law...

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Writer & Editor Joyce Chang ’94 Delivers MB’s 2017 Commencement Address

Alumni View

Joyce Chang ’94 was MB’s 2017 Commencement speaker. On Thursday, June 8, 2017, 103 graduating seniors received diplomas at Moses Brown’s annual Commencement. Joyce most recently served as Editor-in-Chief at Self magazine, overseeing a comprehensive motivational guide for women striving for success in all aspects of life. Prior to Self, she was executive editor of...

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Kudos! MBAA Spring Award Recipients

Alumni View

Congratulations! Moses Brown Alumni Association Recognizes 2017 Award Winners at Reunion This Spring Davide Dukcevich ’92: 25th Reunion Achievement Award Davide Dukcevich, along with his brother Stefano ’89, is co-owner of Daniele Foods, a charcuterie business which has defined the Dukcevich family for three generations. Today, Daniele Foods cures over 700,000 hams a year at...

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MB Students Named Gatorade ‘Players of the Year’ in Basketball and Soccer

Athletics

MB is pleased to report its first-ever Gatorade Players of the Year — and not one, but two! Junior Oluchi E. ’18 was recently awarded the Gatorade Player of the Year in girls’ basketball, the first basketball player at Moses Brown to have achieved this honor. Poom Mera ’17 is Rhode Island’s Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year,...

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Refugee Advocacy

Community

This past April, several MB community members came together for an Evening of Advocacy: Connecting Friends & Refugees, a partnership event to benefit Providence’s Refugee Dream Center. Students raised $1,200 total for the RDC, founded and directed by MB parent Omar Bah. Maddy Kerr ’19 planned and organized the event, inspired by a PBL assignment...

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Reading Without Walls

Diversity

Gene Luen Yang, award-winning graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, visited MB in April for a free public event co-hosted with Books on the Square. Before his public presentation, he met with MB students from grades 2 through 12, from fans of coding and graphic novels to those sharing Asian heritage. Yang...

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To Market, To Market

Community

The upper school Social Entrepreneurship class tackled real-world business challenges this past spring, including one from Erika Lamb, founder of Seconds First, a producer of frozen fish cakes made from ‘imperfect’ produce and ‘under-appreciated’ Rhode Island fish. Students were presented with the question of how Erika could expand her current institutional customer base to a...

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Bridging Communities: QYLC 2017

Quaker Education

MB students delved into the theme of “Bridging Communities” at the annual Quaker Youth Leadership Conference (QYLC) held in Brooklyn in February, co-hosted by Brooklyn Friends School and the Mary McDowell Friends School of New York City. Keynote speaker Niyonu Spann showed how media can create misinterpretations and foster stereotypes. Students also visited the 9/11...

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The Play’s the Thing at the Woodman This Weekend

Arts

The Woodman Center will be busy this weekend with a full slate of performances, kicking off the 2017-18 season. MB’s exciting upper school theatrical season will cover themes of “Revolution, Resistance, and Reunion.” Upper school is staging The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Twelfth Night by Shakespeare: Twelfth Night Thu., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. (for MS...

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Perspective: King “Doc” Odell

Community

Doc Odell, MB Senior Master & Archivist, on the meaning of place (from the spring/summer 2017 MB alumni magazine) King “Doc” Odell arrived on campus in 1953 and has seen buildings appear, expand, move, and vanish based on the community’s evolving needs. With a tenure that spans 11 headmasters, he is a walking time capsule. For 52...

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Class of 2017 Graduates MB

Alumni View

Writer and editor Joyce Chang ’94 delivered the 2017 commencement address. “Here’s to new beginnings and to you, the Class of 2017,” she told graduates. “Show up. Be present. And be good.” The Class of 2017 headed to: Babson College (2) Bennington College Bentley University Boston College (2) Boston University (7) Bowdoin College (2) Brandeis...

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Part of this Place: Anne Landis Retires from MB

Community

MB said thank you and best wishes to departing longtime employees this past June. Anne Landis was one. Anne taught upper school World History to generations of students since coming to MB in 1978. She also coached, led diversity efforts in the upper school, was a longstanding champion and organizer for service work, and advocated...

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MB Announces New Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Program with Brown, $2.1 Million in New Gifts, Y-Lab Director

Community

Flurry of Announcements Caps Annual ‘Quaker Makers’ Celebration June 6, 2017 Moses Brown School is pleased to share several exciting announcements: as the result of an anonymous $1 million gift and a partnership with the Swearer Center at Brown University, Moses Brown is launching a new program in Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation. Additionally, the school...

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R.I. Chief Justice Paul Suttell ’67 is MB’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Alumni View

In May, Paul Suttell ’67 received the MB Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at Reunion. Paul is chief justice of Rhode Island’s Supreme Court. A respected jurist, noted for his fairness and hard work, he also spent several years in Rhode Island Family Court. Paul developed his writing skills as a student at MB. After...

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7 in 2017: Scholastic Art Award Winners

Arts

Congratulations to seven MB students honored as part of the 2017 Rhode Island Arts Education Association’s Scholastic Arts Awards: current students Brenda W. and Lucy T. and 2017 graduates Andrew Binder, Gabrielle Ohlson, Yue Zi, Simon Rabatin (drawing at left), and Lex Majoros (photo above). The gold key winners saw their work juried at the...

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7th Grade Wolf Project, AwoooOOOO

Expert Thinking

By Maureen Nagle, seventh grade English Seventh grade students have been immersed in studying wolves since early November as part of a cross-team, cross-curricular science/English unit. They read Never Cry Wolf in English class about a scientist who goes into the wild to study this top predator. They also took a field trip to the Marine...

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“I Am Not Your Negro” Presented at Moses Brown

Community

This January, Moses Brown School and the Providence Center for Media Culture presented a screening of I Am Not Your Negro, the critically-acclaimed film focusing on the life and works of author James Baldwin. The film was followed by an interactive discussion between the audience and a panel of historians including Elon Cook, Program Director and Curator...

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8th graders get firsthand experience with the challenges of parenthood

Expert Thinking

You are about to explore the wonders of parenthood. So begins the overview of the 8th grade Baby Project given to students at the project onset. If you’ve walked anywhere in or around middle school for the past several weeks, you might have noticed that RealCare Babies have been pretty much everywhere. Each student is...

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Global thinking: broadening student perspectives

Global Thinking

By Jon Gold, MS History The beginning of the year in 8th grade Global Thinking class is all about broadening students’ perspectives, questioning our assumptions, and laying the groundwork for the development of our global thinking skills. We seek to establish two of our key principles right away: one, that our preconceived notions and assumptions...

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5th grade explores human rights

Ethical Leadership

By Ana Weiner, 5th grade teacher During the fall term, the fifth graders explored different aspects of human rights, our theme for the year. The students became familiar with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discussed the meaning of each of the 30 articles. In December, they celebrated the culmination of the unit with a...

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