The Fessy Den Blog

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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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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When the Students are Away the Teachers Will “Play”

We tend to think of our time in school as the primary years we spend in the pursuit of knowledge when, in fact, the need to grow and develop our skills continues at every age. At Fessenden, being well informed and aware of new ideas and approaches in education is central to the excellence we...
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The Spirit of Childhood: Fessenden’s Fourth Grade Campout

Fessenden Fourth Grade Campout

The spirit of childhood plays a significant role in the character of a school. At Fessenden, we have many traditions that center around this philosophy. The Red and Gray tug-of-war on Field Day, for example, dates back to the School’s founding days, and our newer tradition of the Fessy Lip Dub adds excitement to the...
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Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving seems like a holiday that’s as American as apple pie (or pumpkin pie for some of us), but, actually, versions of this celebration take place in many of the countries around the world that are home to our Fessenden students. Customs and menus may vary, but giving thanks for the bounties of the harvest...
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All The School’s A Stage…

“All the world’s a stage,” proclaims Jaques, the melancholy nobleman in William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” For our fall Fessenden theatre production, all the school will become our stage as we await the completion of our new auditorium later this school year. On Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, our troupe of student...
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The Running Boy

Imagine that you are eleven years old, experiencing that potent mix of boundless exuberance and limitless joy that comes with the freedom of running—starting slowly, building speed, feeling the thrill that comes with the discovery and release of your power and self-determination.   Now, imagine 510 boys gathered together in an environment that provides the...
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