New Hampton School
A World of Opportunities
A global community of teachers and learners
The School Life Office dedicates to a mission of fostering, facilitating, and promoting positive behaviors and growth within our community of students. Through relationship building and emphasis on life skills and learning experiences, students have opportunities for growth in all aspects of their life at New Hampton School. The School Life Office is home to the Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, and Assistant to the School Life Office. The Administrator on Duty (AOD) is an extension of the School Life Office, as are Advisors and House Parents, the Director of Student Activities, the Director of International Support Program, the Health Center staff, and School Counselor.
The School Life Curriculum delivers programs designed to educate and develop students outside of the formal classroom setting. The School Life team presents a curriculum of topics centered on citizenship education and personal development. Ranging from time-management and goal-setting to drug and alcohol, bullying, tolerance, and other issues, the school commits to providing students with information and discussion time on numerous life-related educational concerns. All members of the student body and faculty participate in scheduled sessions which often utilize outside resources.
Respect and Responsibility through the School Life Curriculum
The School Life Curriculum at New Hampton School is one tine of a three-pronged program (with academics and athletics) serving the mission of developing life-long learners and global citizens. It represents the intentional efforts made to educate and develop students outside the formal classroom setting.
Whether in the classroom, residential spaces, the dining hall, or on athletic fields, faculty and students work together to create a school culture that values respect for self, others, and New Hampton School and encourages students to have the responsibility to evolve, make positive decisions, and contribute to the community. Programs exploring topics such as human rights, stereotyping, future job markets, bullying, kindness, social media joys and challenges, and global issues provide a platform for personal growth and understanding, developing empathy, building community, practicing citizenship, and developing other life skills.
Chief among the responsibilities of our faculty is to serve as a student advisor. The advisor-advisee relationship provides a foundation for all manner of student support,
counseling and guidance.
Advisors connect with their advisees regularly throughout the week. The advisor facilitates communication with parent(s) or guardian(s). We value frequent communication with parents by utilizing a variety of media, such as cell phone, e-mail, and text messaging. Parents receive regular updates on their child’s overall progress. Parents are encouraged to contact and connect with their child’s advisor in order to communicate concerns or ask questions about their child’s progress, performance, and well-being. Although eighty percent of our students live away from home, we intend and hope to work closely with parents in the guidance and growth of their child during his/her time at New Hampton School. Advisor groups have five or six students organized according to graduating class.
Boarding Student Life
Thirteen residential houses provide on-campus living for approximately eighty percent of our student body. Faculty and their families reside in apartments connected to each house. Houses vary in occupancy size from seven to just over 30 students, and each has a unique layout. Each house has a team of four faculty who serve as House Parents.
The Dean of Students oversees the residential program, and works directly with all House Parents, the Student Activities Director, and Health and Counseling Services. The School Life Office is committed to supporting a healthy and nurturing living experience for boarding students, helping their stay to be comfortable and as family-style as possible.
Day Student Life
Day students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of school life.
Weekend activities, evening athletic, theater, or dance events, as well as additional happenings on campus add to a rich student experience. Day students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of school life.
The Student Council is a student group advised by a faculty member and led by the student body president.
Elections for student council members are held each spring and fall. With the help of the faculty Class Deans, the Student Council members run Class Meetings, advancing the efforts of their class and participating in the governance of the school. As their community service, members are expected to attend all Student Council functions and activities including regular meetings during the academic year. Day Student and House Proctors also participate in school governance and provide student leadership.
A full life is afforded students through participation in academic and co-curricular activities, so their leisure time is of prime importance. The Student Activities Office devotes its efforts to providing creative and engaging outlets on weekends and other free times of the year. The Director of Student Activities organizes on-campus weekend events, as well as off-campus trips and activities.
Past on-campus weekend activities have included a hypnotist, live bands, a talent show, or movie nights. Additionally, there is a movie bus on Saturday night and a trip to the mall every Sunday afternoon. Other off-campus activities include local hiking expeditions, rock-climbing, bowling, or student-choice trips. Winter Carnival is a closed weekend in January offering two days of fun activities and games. Students are encourgaed to speak with the Director about ideas and opportunities.
Health & Wellness
We provide a wide range of health and wellness services to our students including access to our Health Center Staff, arranging doctor's appointments, counseling, flu preparedness and athletic training.
New Hampton School will provide your student with high quality school nursing services, day infirmary care, preventive and rehabilitative care for sports injuries, brief behavioral and emotional assessments, brief supportive counseling and treatment coordination, and on-site medical care for minor illnesses and injuries. There are no additional fees for these services.
The Health Center, with oversight from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Plymouth Pediatrics, will be open during the school year Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. On Saturdays hours are 7:30 am until noon and on Sunday from 10 am until noon. The nurse-manager, Cynthia Glidden, R.N. will be on-campus during the day Monday through Friday. The daily clinic for acute illness and injuries will be held from 10 am until noon, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The nurse-practitioner will be available by appointment. The Athletic Training staff will be available at the athletic center and on the fields for guidance about prevention and the evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries. The School Counselor is available to discuss emotional or behavioral concerns, to provide students with support during difficult times, and to assess problems and recommend appropriate interventions.
As students return to campus we are taking many steps to care for the health and well being of our community. To help our campus prepare for the flu we take the following steps:
Educating students and staff about the flu
Asking students and staff to stay home when ill
Asking students and staff to cover their mouth and nose when sneezing
Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Cleaning surfaces frequently
Developing a plan to include further developments and recommendations
Services for Athletes
In addition, New Hampton School employs two full-time state-licensed certified athletic trainers. The training room is equipped with a hydro-collator, ultrasound unit, electrical muscle stimulant unit, two whirlpool tubs, and four treatment tables. New Hampton School has a total of 5 portable External Automated Defibrillators (AED's) on campus for our use.
International Support Program
The diverse New Hampton community includes students from nearly 20 nations and faculty members who have lived and worked all over the planet. Global and cross-cultural learning goes on every day whenever roommates, teammates, and classmates from various countries interact.
It’s just an enjoyable part of life here. The Director of our International Support Program is dedicated to providing guidance and support for international students as they navigate new cultural and educational experiences. Many of our international students take on the role of ambassador, by participating in our annual International Day celebration, giving presentations at school meetings, and preparing ethnic food in the dining hall. Global learning can be as invigorating as American rock ‘n’ roll, as beautiful as traditional Chinese dance, and as delicious as Tom Yum Soup, Kalbi, and Ceviche de Pescaolo (from Thailand, Korea, and Ecuador, respectively).
Visitors to New Hampton School rave about the wonderful food in the Memorial Dining Hall. Behind the scenes, Neal Shartar and his dedicated staff inject a thoughtfulness and care into the preparation process that make the food both hearty and healthy.
In addition to being a welcoming space in which to share meals as a community, the Dining Hall is a setting where students can have numerous healthy options. Desserts are made from scratch, vegetables are organic when available, and much of the meat, all of the ground beef, is purchased from small farms contracted to raise beef sustainably and humanely.
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School Life Staff
Dean of Students, Instructor
Chris Little arrived at New Hampton in 2007, and brings extensive experience to his Dean of Students position, in which he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the school life program. He came to NHS after seventeen years at Holderness School, where he administrated programs as a dean of students, director of outdoor programs, and chair of the discipline committee. He served as a residential advisor to both men’s and women’s dorms, taught chemistry, and over the years coached varsity lacrosse, cross-country running, hockey, and football. He previously taught earth science and French at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut, and for five summers worked as director of the Squam Lakes Association Day Camp.
Chris received his BA degree in geology from Dartmouth College, where he played lacrosse, and earned his MA degree in education, with a major in teacher leadership and a focus on schooling for boys, at the University of New Hampshire.
Chris lives on campus in the Ness House with his three children, Mackenzie ’14, Guthrie, and Doogan.
Associate Dean of Students
Jacque Little was appointed Associate Dean of Students the summer of 2012. She graduated from Westminster College with a BA in Communications and a Minor in Sociology. After working at Westminster for a year as a Residence Director, Jacque attended the University of Vermont and earned her Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.
Since then, she has worked
the university level at
, Keene State, and the University of Vermont, where, among many responsibilities, she served as Associate Director of Housing and Residential Life, created residential life programs, and taught leadership classes.
She lives on campus with her husband Tim, their children, Jakobi and Juniper, and their dog, Tucker.
A member of the New Hampton School Class of 1989, Dan arrived on campus in 2012. Dan brings extensive mental health and educational leadership experience to campus including several years of school counseling at private boarding and public high schools. Additional clinical experience working with families, and most recently adolescents in Crisis, has provided multi-dimensional exposure, useful in helping students experiencing a variety of social and/or emotional challenges.
Dan earned his B.A. from Gordon College and M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Saint Michaels College (VT), and Is presently involved in research related to the effects of fame on identiy. Dan enjoys skiing, hiking, trail running, and writing, but most of all, spending time with his family. He lives on campus in Phillips House with his wife Lianne, and their two daughters, two dogs, and one cat.
Director of Student Activities, Instructor
Beth came to New Hampton in 2006 after completing a masters in creative writing at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She earned her undergrad at Tufts University where she competed on the Varsity Women's Crew Team and majored in English.
During her time at NHS, Beth has taught in the English department, coached varsity field hockey, worked with the musical, advised the student council and acted as a house head in a girl's dorm. Beth's role as the Director of Student Activities has given her a position to be able to positively effect the social growth and experience of the students at NHS. In the classroom, it's important to Beth to help students cultivate a love of reading. To do this, she uses modern and classic texts that will grab the attention of her students and encourage their engagement with the subject. Beth encourages her students to learn to express themselves through the written word, both creatively and critically.
To further her own personal education, Beth completed a second degree in creative writing with a focus in writing fiction for young people at Pine Manor College in July 2012.
Director of International Support Program, Instructor
Katerina Farr-Williams teaches International Baccalaureate math at New Hampton School. She is the Director of the International Support Program. Katerina completed her M.A. in teaching math and biology at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1992. She taught math and biology at Medical Technical High School in Prague from 1992-99. She finds New Hampton a “safe, very inspiring, and challenging place to be.” Katerina says she always wants to build relationships with her students, not just share information, and says that there are many opportunities to do that here. Katerina lives with her daughter, Kacenka, in Rice House, and loves to spend her free time hiking, skiing, and cooking.
Cindy Glidden is the Nurse Manager of the Student Health Center at New Hampton School. Cindy completed her Associates Degree in Nursing at NHTI (Concord) in 2005. Cindy worked as a Medical Surgical Nurse and Obstetric Nurse at Speare Hospital in Plymouth for five years before assuming her current position in June 2012. Cindy rejoins New Hampton School after being a part of the School from 1989 to 2003. For most of previous her tenure she was Assistant to the Headmaster. Cindy has many fond memories of New Hampton and is excited to rejoin the school community in her new role. Cindy considers New Hampton School "home." Cindy lives in Campton with her husband Ken. Both her children (Jamie '98 and Erin '01) are graduates of New Hampton School.
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