Head's Letter

Caribbean on the floor

Head’s Letter 2/24/2017

Dear NNS Families,

It seems like Mother Nature is reading our collective minds and has provided us (to the best of her abilities at this time of year) with the sunshine and temperatures closer to the destinations of vacations rather than Nantucket.  Let’s just hope she will continue to be so kind when we return in March, though I have a feeling that Old Man Winter may have a bit more to say on the matter.

We did our best to not get too cocky about the warmth this week by taking our annual trek to Nantucket Ice for a morning skating on Thursday.  This event is always special, but it was even more so this year because Life Trustee, Pren Claflin joined me on the ice!

Even though it hasn’t felt much like February this week, we have been celebrating Black History Month across the school and learned about important African Americans at morning meeting three days this week.

We also learned at morning meeting today that John Carl McGrady (8th) and Sarah Swenson (6th) have won the state competition in their grades for their Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) American History Essays.  Their essays were judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. John Carl and Sarah have been invited to read their essays in Boston and have advanced to the New England regional contest.  Congratulations!

It’s a good thing we’re starting vacation today because we nearly had a lot of the Caribbean on the floor of the Great Hall yesterday.  Our massive aquarium cracked while being cleaned and we nearly had 500 gallons of water on the floor. Unfortunately, it did leak some and we have some water damage on the floor in the Great Hall, and in the ceiling down stairs.  Fortunately, it should be fixed and back in business by the time we return from break.

Have a safe and restful vacation,


Nantucket New School
15 Nobadeer Farm Road
Nantucket, MA 02554