Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful summer and that you are ready to start a new school year. Having both taught this class in HHC, we find it hard to believe that they are now about to start their final year at Nobles.
As Class I Co-Deans, we are excited for the upcoming school year and all that awaits. We both had fulfilling time off. Meghan had a relaxing summer, spending time in both Maine and on the Cape. She also moved into the dorms in August and will be one of the house parents. Nahyon went on the Japan trip with 10 students in mid-June and July, and was recently married in California. We both feel refreshed to start the new school year and to help the seniors set the tone as the new leaders of the Nobles community.
We will help students kickoff their Class I year at the annual retreat held at Camp Bournedale. Every year the goal of the retreat is to give students time to reconnect with their classmates after the summer, enjoy time with each other, and help them think about the tone they want to set for the school year. Students will engage in a successful program which focuses around the theme “Telling Our Stories.” By sharing their stories, we believe that students will learn more about one another and as a result have stronger relationships and become even better leaders. In addition to the stories, we will provide time for students to set personal goals for the school year and give a presentation of the “Nuts and Bolts of the College Application Process.” It sounds like a packed schedule, but there will be plenty of time for them to hang out, relax, and have fun before the busy fall begins.
Your seniors have many new things about which to be to be excited. In just a few short days, they will have a fresh schedule, a line-up of different teachers with higher expectations, an altered Assembly seat, and new leadership roles to assume. With everything new comes some anxiety and we think we can all agree that this fall will be quite stressful at times for our Class I students as they will have to balance their academic, extracurricular and social commitments with the foreign terrain of the college application process. Because all that comes with senior year can be daunting, we want to remind you that your son and daughter(s) will be well supported. Throughout the fall, a good portion of Class Meetings will be dedicated to helping them stay on task. However, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call one of us, the College Counseling Office or the Student Life Team.
We would also like to give a big thank you to the Class I parent representatives Lori Giandomenico, Yvette Shakespeare, and Amy McLaughlin-Hatch who have already been busy planning for the year ahead. I am sure they will be in touch with you soon about upcoming senior events.
Finally, we look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night on September 21, if not before then. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this dynamic, creative and very talented senior class.
Meghan Cleary Hamilton and Nahyon Lee