We're off to a great start! Everyone seems to have adjusted well to the beginning of a new school year. Classes and afternoon activities are in full swing, and tests and papers are now due on a regular basis. It’s amazing how quickly and how well we resume the pace at which we had been working in May.
One of my goals for all students as they enter into junior year is for them to become better advocates for themselves. First of all, I hope that Class II students will feel that they have the opportunity to speak with their teachers about anything that may be troubling them. Since my first day at Nobles, I have been incredibly impressed with the level of commitment that the faculty demonstrates towards the students. As a result, no student should ever worry about seeking extra help from a teacher. If students feel overwhelmed with work, they should meet with their teacher(s) to see if there is anything that can be done to help alleviate the stress that they are feeling. Of course, students' advisers and I will help everyone with this as well, but my hope is that students feel confident enough to serve as their primary advocate. Certainly, the ability to do this will serve all students well as they move on through their experiences at Nobles and beyond.
Additionally, my hope for the students is that they understand that they will only be able to work to their fullest potential if they are as well rested as possible. I fully understand that students have a lot to do, but they need to understand that there comes a time each day when the best thing that they can do for themselves is to get their rest. And, of course, eating a well-balanced diet will contribute to one’s overall health. Finally, what one does on the weekend will profoundly impact personal health. Often, the weekend can serve as an opportunity to catch up on the sleep that one may not have gotten during a particularly busy week. My hope for all of students is that they will use the weekends to catch up on their sleep and not exhaust themselves to the point of which they are forced to catch up on their sleep during the week because of what they have done on the weekend.
Students should realize that they are empowered to better their lives and those around them. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to meet this class and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with them throughout the course of the year. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Class II Dean