Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful summer and that you are ready to start a new school year. Having both taught the Class of 2012 in History class, 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 summers. Meghan spent much of June and July meeting with students and their families regarding the college process. She and her husband also bought a new home this spring and they have been busy getting settled before their first child arrives this November. In addition, Nahyon traveled to Korea on a three-week fellowship where she studied Asian history and culture through the Korean Society. At the end of her trip she visited Beijing where she was able to see the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and other famous landmarks. We both feel refreshed to start the new school year and to help Class I students set the tone as the new leaders of the Nobles community.
We will help students kick-off their senior year at the annual Class 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 their goals for the upcoming 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. Also, the college office will 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.
Class I students have many new things about which 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 can all agree that this fall will be stressful at times for seniors 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 child will be well supported. Throughout the fall, a good portion of Class Meetings will be dedicated to helping students 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, Lynda MacDonald, Amy Reiner and Jane Rigoli, who have already been busy planning for the year ahead. We are 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 20, 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