The Fessy Den Blog

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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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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The Fessy Bear is Everywhere!

Visitors to Fessenden are sometimes taken aback by the unexpected presence of a five-foot-tall, furry, brown figure who stands guard in the lobby of Bernon Hall. Actually, you might encounter this friendly presence in a variety of locations around the School, because the Fessenden Bear, our school’s beloved mascot, has a habit of turning up...
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How Innovation and Boarding Schools Go Hand-in-Hand

What do boarding schools and marshmallow-powered jetpacks have in common? Resources and innovation. Just ask Fessenden alumnus Charlie Schlager, a self-proclaimed tinkerer. As a child, Charlie liked to take things apart to see how they worked. And, as much as he liked to break things, he was driven to create. “I wanted to build things,...
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International Take on an American Tradition

While Thanksgiving might feel like a distant memory, we thought sharing our international boarders’ impressions of this American tradition was in keeping with the spirit of this festive time of year. Many of us have treasured memories of gathering around the dining room table, as a parent or grandparent skillfully carved a carefully roasted turkey to...
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