The Fessy Den Blog

The ABCs of Middle School Boys: ‘A’ is for Acceptance

This is part 1 of a three-part series. So you’re the parent of a middle school boy and you’re wondering where your sweet, well-mannered, and bright-eyed child went. You may feel as though you’ve lost control—that your regular parenting techniques are no longer working and you can’t seem to connect with your child. Not only...
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Is A Quality Pre-K Program Essential to Your Child’s Future?

Importance of Pre-K

If you’re preparing for your young child’s academic journey to begin, you may have encountered the term “kindergarten readiness” in your research. But what does it actually mean? How ready does your child need to be for kindergarten? It may be hard to reconcile an image of your spirited three-year-old with a vision of a...
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Why Recess Should Be a Staple in Your Child’s Middle School

When the Common Core hit the public school system in 2009, education shifted from a whole-child approach to a more narrow focus centered around passing standardized tests. The goal, in part, was to maintain a certain standing with the Department of Education. As many schools opted to increase instruction time during the academic day, or...
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Fessenden’s New Arts Center on Track for February 2019 Opening

Fessenden’s new Arts Center will consist of a major overhaul of the 35-year-old arts wing, as well as a substantial addition. It was designed with collaborating, creating, and convening in mind and will integrate the arts into every academic discipline, just as art, music, and culture fold organically into everyday life. Construction of the new...
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Not Your Father’s Fessenden: Campus Updates and Additions

Always rooted in the needs of the program to benefit students, Fessenden continually enhances it’s campus facilities. Most recently the School: installed two organic turf playing fields and a track, built the state-of-art Ciongoli Center for Innovation, and opened the Roberts Family Squash Center, complete with five squash courts built to meet international specifications. The next major...
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Achievements in the Arts, Athletics, and Community Service

Fessenden is a vibrant and diverse community filled with people who inspire us to learn, achieve, and give back each and every day. Read on to learn more about our students’ accomplishments on the stage, the playing field, and in the world. FESSENDEN CROWNED NEW ENGLAND JUNIOR PREP SOCCER CHAMPIONS Varsity soccer ended last fall’s...
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Fessenden Students Enjoy Another Successful Placement Season

Each year our Secondary School Counseling team, led for over a decade by Tim Murphy, works in partnership with boys and their families to help them navigate the secondary school admissions process with responsibility and confidence. With a firsthand understanding of each boy’s strengths, passions, and dreams – the team recommends schools that will provide...
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