Head's Letter

Love is the best defense

Head’s Letter 2/16/2018

Dear NNS Families,

Can you feel the love?  If not you should take a closer look around the school because there certainly has been a lot of it around this week.  The first grade did their part by collecting and reading all the heartfelt messages about why we all love NNS, and has posted the messages on one large sheet for everyone to see.  Big and little friends spent time at Morning Meeting on Wednesday making Valentines for our friends at Our Island Home, which I’m sure warmed some hearts.

Our beloved Director of Development, Amanda Brodbeck, created a little heartache this week when she informed me that she will be leaving Nantucket this summer.  She has decided to take her talents south and is moving to Charleston, SC.  The position has been posted in the Inky, but please let me know if you have someone in mind who might be a good fit for the job.

Our hearts were filled with joy today as the first grade helped us celebrate the 100th day of school.  Their 100th day projects were great, and I particularly liked the “ladybug house”.

The first grade was also lovin’ music this week. Here they were rockin’ the Orff instruments.

I can tell you another thing I’m lovin’ – our partnership with Artists Association of Nantucket!  The work that I’ve seen is spectacular and I’m pleased to announce the Upper School art show.

Be sure the show NNS your love by returning your enrollment contacts before break.  They are due on Friday, February 23rd.

I know that I was not alone when my heart sank this week with the news of yet another school shooting.  Some of you reached out to me about security at NNS and protocols during an emergency. After the Sandy Hook tragedy, I asked the NPD to assist me with a safety audit of the school and with a plan in the event something horrific happened at school.  The good news is that according to the police, “NNS is the safest school on island” because we have so many exterior doors in the building.  The old “lockdown/lockout” procedures have been updated in recent years because they simply don’t work, and teachers have been instructed to get students out of the building by any means necessary in this type of emergency.  The real protection for a school is having a caring community where students who are in pain are identified and supported in a timely fashion, and where everyone in the community is willing to say something when they see something. Love is the best defense.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Tuesday,


Nantucket New School
15 Nobadeer Farm Road
Nantucket, MA 02554