Heads Letter


Head’s Letter 1/26/2018

Dear NNS Families,

We were all very excited to learn that Sophia Beni and Ellis Vieth (5th grade) and Katrina Hancock (7th grade) won the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay contest for Nantucket.  According to the DAR website, “The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s great history and learn about history in a new light.  This contest is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools, and registered home-study programs. Students in grades five through eight are encouraged to participate. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.”  NNS has had at least three local winners since 2012 and have had several of those students advance to the state level completion.  As was the case last year, NNS has two winners for the entire state.  Congratulations to Sophia Beni and Katrina Handcock for being named Massachusetts winners!  Their essays will now advance to the regional competition.  Good luck to both girls!

There was a lot of other reading and writing happening this week.  The first grade did a terrific job at morning meeting entertaining us with their “Readers Theater”.

The Upper School took time Tuesday and Thursday to winnow down the best spellers in the Upper School.  The final four super spellers (Grace Gibson, Charles Cirillo, Gillis Cocker and Maddie Lombardi) battled it out at morning meeting this morning, but in the end, Gillis was the winner.  The entire competition was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Spelling wasn’t the only competition going on this week.  I had a great time watching the second grade giving it their all at P.E. during the white v. blue relay race.

Have a great weekend,


Nantucket New School
15 Nobadeer Farm Road
Nantucket, MA 02554