2013 NSHS One School One Book

One of our favorite activities of the year is upon us: our annual school-wide celebration of One School – One Book!

Tomorrow, Friday, September 27, will be our fifth annual One School-One Book event.  As you know, our selection this year, Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell, proposes theories on the variety of factors that lead to human success.

On the 27th, students will begin in advisory at 7:40 AM to start the day and will receive their room assignments for the two sessions (see explanation below). We will then have an all-school assembly in the field house where Steve Siagel, a successful local businessman, will share his life progression and talk about how Gladwell’s theories intersect with his experience.

Every student will then attend two sessions:

  1. A “book group” in which small groups of students, led by a teacher, will discuss their thoughts about the themes presented in Outliers:  The Story of Success
  2.  One panel discussion of some issue that Outliers touches on

We once again will be joined by an all-star cast of community members – their biographies are located here:  Newton South One School One Book 2013 bios

As a reminder, this event is not for parents, as we unfortunately do not have the space to accommodate additional guests.

I especially love the idea that the primary reward for reading Outliers:  The Story of Success is not a grade on a test, but context for a conversation with other students and adults. This is the kind of learning that is not measured on the MCAS or an AP test; rather, this learning builds community, understanding, and shared responsibility. I am proud to be a part of it!

If you have not already, I encourage your entire family to read Outliers:  The Story of Success, so that you, too, might join in the conversation.