Dear Class I Parents/Guardians,
Happy Holidays! I hope you all had a fun and restful winter break. I can’t believe that it is already January. In typical Nobles fashion, the first semester went by very quickly and your sons and daughters have matured into their roles as leaders of the school. They had a lot on their plates, from juggling schoolwork with college applications and supplements to afternoon activities, club and sport leadership responsibilities, family commitments and time with friends. Some have heard back already from schools, and I know that there was both good news and some disappointing news. We spoke to your sons and daughters about the importance of maintaining dignity, humility and compassion throughout the process—to treat one another well, regardless of the outcome of their own application(s). And I want to commend them for respecting their peers during the past few weeks. This class has done a great job as role models for the school and this is just one example during which they have demonstrated their maturity and shown themselves to be leaders.
As college applications are wrapping up, the third quarter is an opportunity for Class I students to think about doing a Class I Project (guidelines/forms are on the Nobles website). These projects will begin in earnest in the fourth quarter, and the deadline for the preliminary proposals is Mon., Jan. 23, 2012. I spoke to the class in December about the requirements for doing a project, but for those of you who are new to the concept of Class I Projects, here is a brief introduction.
The Class I Project, an option open to members of Class I during fourth quarter, is designed to allow students to pursue areas of interest that fall outside the School's formal curriculum. These projects are an opportunity to explore educational or potential career interests. In addition, the school hopes that projects will further the students’ growth in areas articulated in the mission statement: intellectual growth, self-esteem, curiosity, self-reliance and a commitment to others. We hope that students will choose projects that enlarge their understanding of a particular area, seriously engaging students in new experiences and fundamentally deepening skills in previously declared areas of interest and expertise. Project proposals must reflect detailed and well-considered planning. In the past, projects have included: internships within a variety of professions; creative undertakings; volunteer work; travel and language study; and practical work in computers, film, art, crafts, and music. Students are not permitted to earn money—remuneration would, in the opinion of the Class I Project Committee, compromise the spirit and intent of the educational objectives of the project. In addition, students may not pursue an internship with a business or organization owned/operated by a family member, or have a family member as an off-campus supervisor.
Please feel free to open the discussion as to what he or she might pursue or, of equal importance, whether a Class I Project is an appropriate choice as a final, capstone experience. If your son/daughter decides to pursue a senior project, think about contacts that he/she will have to make to do a project as well. If you have any questions about Projects—or anything else Class I related—don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.
And lastly, I know this is several months from now, but please mark your calendar for Class I Parents Transition Night on Tues., April 24. We have invited Maria Trozzi, assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, director of the nationally renowned Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center, consultant to the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital and author, to speak to parents about student/parent transition away from Nobles into college. I know that in years past, the evening was very informative and helpful for many parents, whether it was their first child or last child. We hope you can join us. I will give you more information about the event and Maria Trozzi as we get closer to the date.
In the meantime, happy new year and thanks again to all of you for your work and care.
Class I Dean
(Meghan Hamilton will be returning after March break)