The Fessy Den Blog

The Evolution of the School Project

Do you remember making sugar cube pyramids as a child during your study of ancient Egypt? Or shoebox dioramas during your research of our world’s ecosystems? A lot has changed since students were asked to learn content within a particular subject area and represent it in a narrowly-defined way. Lately, schools are coming around to...
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The Fessenden Experience: A Teacher’s Perspective

Long tenured faculty member Lila Bhan shares her thoughts on what makes The Fessenden School an extraordinary experience for students and their families. Hear what drew Lila to the School nearly twenty years ago and why she describes her time as teacher, residential life parent, and student advisor as some of the most rewarding years...
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2018-2019 Student Leadership & Service Highlights

Each year Fessenden students of all ages step up for leadership and community service opportunities. Here are some of the highlights from the 2018-2019 academic year. STUDENT DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE At the end of 2018, a group of students attended the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.(From L-R: Fejiro...
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What Made Us Smile in 2018-2019

Fessenden’s academic year is filled with student events and accomplishments that make us smile. Here are some of the highlights from 2018-2019. RED SOX WORLD SERIES TROPHIES TRAVEL TO FESSENDEN  In January, all four of the Boston Red Sox’s World Series trophies won since 2004 visited Fessenden. Each accompanied by a personal guard, the trophies...
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Enjoying The William R. Elfers ’63 Center For The Arts

Completed this past April, the William R. Elfers ’63 Center for the Arts has provided a multitude of spaces for Fessenden students to enjoy. From the new performance venues and rehearsal rooms to the visual arts studios, the boys loved spending the spring exploring the center, and we look forward to the additional creative and...
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Most Popular Posts of the 2018-2019 Academic Year

It’s hard to believe that Fessenden’s academic year has come to a close. Before we gear up for another year of informative and entertaining editorial, we thought we would share your favorite posts from the 2018-2019 school year. Enjoy!   The Private School Difference in a World of Standardized Tests If you’re one of the...
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Matt Nathanson Visits Fessenden

Matt Nathanson Visits The Fessenden School West Newton MA

Whenever alumni drop by to see the School, they are surprised by the changes that have occurred since their departure, as they search out familiar places from their student days, often finding them to be very different than they recall. “The Schoolroom seems so much smaller than I remember it!” is a common remark, or...
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The Importance of Communication Skills and When to Build Them

Think about the number of times you have been required to interact with colleagues, peers, or strangers in the last week. Have you attended a work meeting? Participated in an important discussion that required a shared consensus? Or simply had to send an email to a group of people? Communication and public speaking are critical...
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A New Day for the Arts at Fessenden

Official Opening of the William R. Elfers ‘63 Center for the Arts On April 6, the Fessenden community gathered to celebrate the opening of the William R. Elfers ‘63 Center for the Arts. The evening featured the Grade 5-9 Arts Show and the unveiling of the School’s completely renovated and modernized arts facilities, including a...
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