Update on the Castle Project by Bob Henderson, Head of School
It is remarkable these days to stand down by the Morrison Athletic Center and look up the campus hill at the evolving vista of the Castle. The building was originally sited in the 19th century by the great American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. According to the documents we have from that process, the original owner, Albert Nickerson, working with his extraordinary architect H.H. Richardson, was seeking to reproduce for his own domestic pleasure something of the grandeur of a chateau in the Loire Valley. Whether he accomplished that or not is a matter of opinion, but it is indubitably the case that the Castle remains a profound architectural expression, a powerful metaphor for the enduring strength and values of the school, central to the experience of every Nobles student of every generation. Over the last several months we have witnessed the transformation of the profile of the Castle as the new addition has taken form. As of this writing in late February, it is possible to see and fully grasp the bold step we have taken. I eagerly anticipate the completion of this project over the next six months.
The very good news is that the Castle project remains on time and on budget. This is a credit to the team we have in place overseeing this project, including Nobles Business Manager Steve Ginsberg and our Director of Buildings and Grounds Mike McHugh, as well as our consultants and key trustees. Shawmut Construction has been a great partner in this endeavor so far, as they have been on many projects on this campus.
There are essentially three broad elements to the Castle project. The first is the replacement of major systems in the building, including heat and power. This has required the excavation and reconstruction of the basement of the building, work that has been ongoing since the start of the project. The second is the construction of the new kitchen, servery and dining spaces, and these are the roof lines that have emerged off of the west side of the building. In some ways this is the least complicated part of the project because it is all new construction. You may have noticed the beautiful masonry around the base of the new wing, all done with stone that nearly perfectly matches the original building.
The final part of the project is the thorough renovation of the top four floors of the original Castle. The faculty residents of the building have now moved out, and Shawmut is moving into those spaces to start upgrading and updating, while also turning 11 apartments into 17. Careful study of the building, however, has revealed considerable impending complications for the extensive work we want to do, especially on the first floor in the dining and meetings rooms. We also are installing an elevator, which presents notable structural challenges. Our most recent investigations and planning indicate that we will have great difficulty meeting the late August completion date without incurring significantly greater expenses unless we modify the work schedule. Our plan had been to install a temporary kitchen in the area adjacent to the Bliss Omni and transport food to the Castle through the spring, allowing Shawmut to start in the old kitchen and serving spaces. Now, however, to ensure the schedule and budget, we must turn over the entire building to Shawmut as of March Break.
So this means, despite our best intentions in designing the project, that we will be serving all meals in the Omni through the final quarter of the school year. The first tennis court in the Omni will become a food service and dining area, and we will separate this from the other three courts. Additional safety measures will be put in place so we can move the community up and down the hill for meals. Picnic tables will be set up outside the Omni. And we will be working with student leadership and our food service to create fun and different options and activities to make the experience a positive one. While this was not a preferred development, it is one we will make the most of, so we can deliver the Castle as planned in time for the next school year, giving this iconic structure a new incarnation to serve the school for the next century. Thank you for your patience and support as we work conscientiously to bring this enterprise to full and exciting fruition.
AP English Exam Prep is now being offered once a week on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m. As we have explained to students, the AP exam is open to any Class II student who wants to take it in May. We recommend that students speak to their college counselors and to their English teachers to see if taking the AP exam in English makes sense for them. The weekly prep sessions are optional. Come to all. Come to some. Come to none. Mr. LaDuke is ready to help.
"Joo Lee Kang," an exhibition of drawings, sculptures, and installation by Korean artist Joo Lee Kang, opened Thursday, March 1. Kang's work originates with intricate, ball point pen drawings on paper of singular animals and plants. Through a process of repetition and copying, Kang duplicates, morphs, and mutates her drawings into larger constructions that appear as massive swarms of legs, limbs, and butterfly wings. Her artist's hand mimics both the seemingly "natural" process of life and growth and the way in which we, as humans, cultivate, control and manipulate the world in which we live. At first blush, the drawings and installations are lyrical, repetitive and harmonious. As longer examination reveals slight disruptions and corruption, Kang seems to question whether we can believe what we are seeing. When the line between natural and manmade has all but disappeared, what is nature?
Joo Lee Kang received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 2011. She completed her BFA at Duksung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea in 2006. She was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant for Drawing in 2011. She has shown her work at Bentley University, Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vt., and 808 Gallery in Boston. She is represented by Gallery Naga in Boston.
"Joo Lee Kang" will be on exhibit from March 1-April 16, 2012. Joo Lee Kang will be on campus Friday, April 6, to speak in Assembly and visit classes.
Planning for Summer Months by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School
Each year, usually sometime in late summer, Nobles' most recent graduates inevitably stop by to say, ‘Hello, goodbye and thank you,’ one last time before heading off to college. Last August, a recent grad who had just completed his first summer job working retail at a local mall stopped by. Over the past couple of years I had pushed him to get a summer job—but there were always more attractive options available—a trip to Europe, time at the Cape, an open enrollment course in an interesting locale, some tutoring, etc.
As he prepared to graduate from Nobles, his parents insisted—somewhat to his dismay—that the time had come to get some real employment on his resume, and he arrived in my office without any idea about how to search for work. So we sat down, brainstormed some options, hopped online, and he dove in—eventually landing about 30 to 40 hours per week on the front lines of the summer retail business in the mall.
When he plopped down in my office in late August, he could not have felt more pleased with how his summer had gone. “I met such interesting people,” he said. As we talked, he shared how impressed he was with his colleagues—ranging in age from 17 to 30—who were working simply to pay the bills for school and were taking extra hours of work to try to accelerate their college educations. He was particularly impressed by the manager: a young woman in her early 20s who held everyone accountable with a firm hand and a warm heart. He was also so proud of not having to rely on his parents for his day-to-day pocket money and thankful for the independence he gained from this summer job.
Now, this was not a brutally punishing job in any way—but it gave this young man a real sense of responsibility and helped him gain an awareness of the connection between work and financial reward.
It seems like every year around this time I write about the importance of thinking about using the summer as an opportunity for substantive growth. There is no question that there are formal summer programs that really challenge young people in the right ways—through physically challenging programs, like Outward Bound or NOLS, through substantive service or travel programs that fully immerse adolescents in hard work and cultural unfamiliarity, or academic and leadership programs, such as the African Leadership Academy’s Global Scholars Program (http://www.alasummer.org/).
In response to a piece I wrote last year about the importance of summer work, I received this thoughtful reply from a Nobles parent who is a partner at a major Boston law firm:
"I do a lot of interviewing for the firm, and I always ask about what jobs the candidate had in high school or college. I have learned that the people that had tough, responsible jobs (waiting tables is my favorite) early on almost always know what it means to get a job done; while those who have never really worked before law school can be clueless about expectations in the workplace."
As you begin to think about summer with your child, I really hope summer work will enter the conversation.
Still Making Summer Plans? Save the Dates!
While many of you may be familiar with our traditional Nobles Day Camp, you may not know about our programs for older campers. These programs offer a concentration in a specific area. Many are attended heavily by Nobles students. We are extremely excited about the highly qualified staff (many of them Nobles faculty) who will be running the following programs:
Nobles Basketball Camp for Girls June 25–June 29, 2012
Alex Gallagher, Head Coach Nobles Girls Varsity Basketball
Nobles Theatre Collective, Summer Intensive July 9–20, 2012
Dan Halperin, Nobles Performing Arts Department Head
Nobles Summer Service August 6–10, 2012
Sandi MacQuinn, Nobles Coordinator of Service Activities
Nobles Soccer Camp August 20–24, 2012
Mass Premier Soccer Coaches
Click here for program descriptions and contact information. Visit the Nobles Theatre Collective page for the program's application. Click here to download the common applications for Basketball, Service and Soccer Camps.
We hope to see you this summer!
Director of Nobles Day Camp
As I looked back at the newsletter that I wrote around this time last year, I was reminded of how different this winter has been. Last year, I was writing my newsletter on the eve of yet another snowstorm and another day off from school! Although the stretch from January until Spring Break of this year has been long, Class III students have been in remarkably good spirits. I know that the Class III special lunch in January was a big success and was a welcome surprise in one of our many five-day weeks. I extend my sincerest thanks to all of you who were involved in planning the day, decorating the Castle, creating the menu, and staffing the lunch—it was much appreciated by everyone.
Since January, all students have been very busy with their many academic commitments, including the U.S. History Research Project, and their involvement in sports, theatre, and other extracurricular activities. I am positive that everyone is looking forward to vacation in order to relax and recharge for the final quarter of the year. When the students return from Spring Break, they will begin the Novel Project in English III, which will bring forth another important milestone of the Class III year.
I would like to applaud the students who took the time to apply to study away from Nobles for either a semester of next year or for the entire academic year. All students who applied to different programs took a risk in doing so, and I commend them for wanting to explore opportunities away from our campus. If your child applied to study away, he/she should hear from the different programs by mid-April. If your child is accepted to one or more programs, he/she must make a decision and inform Nobles of this decision by May 1. Your child should inform his/her advisor, Jennifer Hines (Dean of Enrollment Management), and me. If you have any questions about this process or about the individual programs, please do not hesitate to contact me.
If you missed the Class III Parent Evening in January, it was an engaging and thought-provoking night run by Erika Guy and Michael Denning. The evening was entitled, “Navigating the Long Road to College,” and it included a comical role-play about the college process by current Class I and II Peer Help students and a thorough presentation on what is to come in the years ahead by Michael. This was not an evening about how to get your child into an Ivy League school; rather, it was a night to discuss how to preserve your relationship with your child as you enter this process in the upcoming months. As Erika pointed out in her newsletter piece last month, “the adolescent years are crucial moments for the requisite psychological tasks of identity development and independence, and the outcome-based expectation of college admittance sometimes creates tension, struggle, and bad results.” The college process can affect families in ways that they do not anticipate, and even the best-intentioned parents can wind up losing sight of the most important elements in the college process, namely the happiness of their child and what is best for him/her. Our hope with this evening was to reinforce this with parents before the process begins. If you are interested in seeing a copy of the materials that were used and distributed on that evening, please let me know.
As you may know, Class III has a special event approaching on Saturday, March 31. As is the tradition for Class III each year, Bob Henderson will host the Class III Head of School Dinner and Dance on that evening from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Unlike previous years, the dinner and dance will take place in the Arts Center at Nobles since the Castle is under construction. The Head of School Dinner and Dance is a mandatory event for all Class III students, as it marks the mid-way point of their Upper School career at Nobles. For that reason, if your child cannot attend, I must hear directly from you in order to excuse him/her. Since this is a special occasion, there is a specific dress code for the evening: boys should wear a jacket, tie and nice pants; girls should wear a skirt with a nice top or a dress. This is not the prom, and your child should not dress as if he/she were going to the prom! If your child is a boarder, the dorm will be open on that evening if your child would like to stay at Nobles. I have sent all boarders an email, asking whether they would like to stay that night, so please help your child plan ahead and have him/her respond to my email by Wednesday, March 7. A link to the invitation for the dinner and dance has been sent to the students via email, and although the event is mandatory, your child must RSVP. Please make sure that your child logs into the Nobles website and responds to the invitation by Friday, March 9. I would like to thank all of the parents who are working very hard to make this event memorable, and if you are not involved but would like to be, please contact Lyndsay Charron or Hillary von Schroeter.
I look forward to a strong finish to the year with the Class III students, and I hope to see you on the Nobles campus this spring. I wish you and your family a relaxing and fun-filled March vacation!
Tara Cocozza McDonald
From Community Service: A "Thank You" Is In Order
The hallways of Nobles have altered lately. Not just new paint in the classrooms, which looks wonderful by the way, but lumpy bags, huge cardboard boxes, tree limbs sporting red paper hearts with notes about forks, and knives and spoons, and a crib filled with baby clothes and toys. One Fed-Ex delivery man walked by yesterday and was heard to say aloud, "Hmmm. Not the usual high school. I have some kid stuff I can bring over next time I come."
These gifts from the community for India, Romania, South Africa and homeless elders of Boston really are the norm here. I cannot remember a recent Assembly when someone from our Nobles family has not hoped to educate us all about a cause, a person, a place, a project that has become dear to them. They know if they ask for support, and explain what the issue is, they will get a response from their faculty friends and classmates. Families also generously help their children to be aware of the larger world that surrounds 10 Campus Drive and often that awareness translates into sending flatware for the elders, combing attic spaces and garages for outgrown soccer cleats for children across the world, or sending in cans of tuna fish to make sandwiches for hungry people during Empathy Week.
This note is simply to say thank you. It goes without saying too often. We appreciate what you are doing at home to widen your children's ideas about who they are responsible to, and to help them learn how to organize and execute the projects that come from these ideas. We are all working together, and as Linda and I looked around the gathering of gifts in the hallway today, we knew it was time to reach back to you, the families of our students, in appreciation.
Sandi MacQuinn and Linda Hurley
A new independent project beginning...
In 2010, I started an organization called the Fairy Godmother Network, after my grandmother passed away from cancer. The Fairy Godmother Network targets families affected by cancer who need small, simple services performed at home while they are undergoing treatment. After much hard work, we have recently partnered with the Newton-Wellesley Hospital. After Spring Break, the Newton-Wellesley Hospital may have five to six families from the metro west area signed up for the program. I am looking for 10-12 volunteers to help provide the following services: peer tutoring, babysitting, light meal prep, light house cleaning, and whatever else might be needed (more details to come). Volunteers will be able to receive community service hours. It is my hope that this becomes a permanent organization at Nobles.
Alexa Demirjian, Class II
Class IV Reps: Anna Abate (left) and Marca Katz
Dear Class IV Parents,
Welcome to March, as the countdown to break begins. Although we were treated to an exceptionally mild winter, the longer days and warmer weather will be a welcome change.
Before highlighting the upcoming events, we wanted to thank the organizers, volunteers, and Castle staff for their hard work and wonderful job on the Class IV surprise lunch. By all accounts, the students were surprised and thrilled with everything about the event; from the minute they walked into the Castle and were treated to the smell of freshly popped popcorn and homemade waffles, to the specialty drinks and colorful decorations. We could not have done it without everyone’s help!
Below are some of the scheduled events for the month:
Monday, March 5—Curriculum night for Class III and IV parents/guardians (7-8:30 p.m., Morrison Forum)
Thursday, March 8—Parent Book Group (8-11 a.m., MAC conference room)
Friday, March 9—Last Day of Classes
March 10- 25—Spring Break
Monday, March 26—School Resumes
Tuesday, March 27—Afternoon Student/Advisor Meetings
Wednesday, March 28—Afternoon Programs begin
And looking ahead, our Class IV Parent party will be held on the evening of April 27. The Mussafer’s have generously offered their home for our spring get-together. Please contact either Marca or Anna if you’d like to volunteer to help out in any way. More details to follow after the break.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We look forward to seeing you all soon.
Anna Abate (email@example.com) and Marca Katz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nobles faculty and staff would like to extend a huge thank you to the Parents' Association, FLIK and all who helped make the March 1st Surprise Lunch possible. The food was delicious! Thank you for all your hard work.
Middle School Reps: (from left) Leslie Del Col, Sarah Paglione, Brooke Sandford, Carol Taiclet
It is hard to believe this very mild winter is already coming to a close and spring is almost here. March is a short month at Nobles with the two week break from school. It is also the transition time from the third to fourth academic quarter and the start of the spring sports and Afternoon Programs.
The Middle School students enjoyed a fun Friday afternoon mystery trip on the Magic School Bus on March 2. Begining the week of March 5, Class VI and V students will divide up for more serious endeavors outside their usual classroom settings.
The Class V students travel to Washington, D.C., on March 6, for a three-day trip to enrich their civis studies during the eighth-grade year. Their trip includes visits to the Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cementary and numerous museums, monuments and memorials.
Class VI students participate in Empathy Week at Nobles during March 6-9, during which they will be immersed in innovative and interactive curriculum surrounding the issues of poverty, hunger and need.
Important Dates for March:
March 1-9—There is no Afternoon Program. Please pick up your child at the end of each academic day. Please remember there is not guaranteed adult supervision in the Middle School after 6 p.m.
March 6-9—Class VI Empathy Week activities, on and off campus.
March 6-8—Class V Washington, D.C. trip. Class V (only) will not attend school on Friday, March 9.
March 9-25 —Happy March Break!
March 26—School reopens. Varsity practice only; no Middle School Afternoon Program.
March 27—Individual student/advisor meetings to discuss third quarter grades/comments. No Middle School Afternoon Program; Upper School teams will practice.
March 28—Middle School Afternoon Program begin.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Class V Reps: Carol Taiclet, email@example.com, and Brooke Sanford, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class VI Reps: Sarah Paglione, email@example.com, and Leslie Del Col, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
For further information, contact Katherine Minevitz at 781-320-7009 or email@example.com.
Nobles Represents at Model UN
Faculty members Amadou Seck and Sheila McElwee took 20 students to the Hilton Model UN conference Feb. 16-19. The event was held at the Hilton Washington, D.C, and organized by Georgetown University. Nobles students represented several countries, including Barbados, Kazakhstan, Antigua and Singapore. They also had a representative in the British House of Common. Each student participated in six committee sessions, defending their countries on specific issues, like voting, creating and passing resolutions, making alliances and solving diplomatic and sometimes military crises.
Julianna Wright '12 and Susruthi Rajanala '13 were selected to participate in a midnight crisis from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Susruthi's committee dealt with the "killing" of CNN's Anderson Cooper, whereas Julianna's committee dealt with war between between Singapore and Malaysia.
Our students were very engaged and perspicacious. On Friday morning, the entire Nobles group went to visit the MLK memorial and various museums in D.C.
The trip was a great success, and the kids can't wait for another one!
From the PA Co-Chairs
March is a relatively quiet month for the PA compared to the flurry of activity in February. A huge thank you to all the Class Reps and parent volunteers who organized surprise class lunches, coffees, and who are planning upcoming spring events. More than 50 parent volunteers are constantly working behind the scenes to bring us all together for camaraderie, fun and laughter! Thank you also to faculty member Bill Bussey, who spoke at our February PA meeting, and photographer, Rania Matar, who enlightened us at our Foster Gallery coffee. It is wonderful to see so many parents on campus attending events, strengthening our parent community!
A couple dates to mark on your calendar include "Curriculum Planning Night" on March 5, at 7 p.m., in the Morrison Forum for Classes III and IV. Head of the Upper School Ben Snyder and Head of College Counseling Michael Denning will discuss course selection and planning for the Upper School years while looking forward to the college process.
Due to the break, we will not be having a PA meeting in March. However, mark your calendars for April 11, at 8 a.m., in the MAC Lower Lobby for our next PA meeting. Guest speakers are biology teacher Deb Harrison and Head of Building and Grounds Mike McHugh. Please come and learn the many things Nobles is doing to reduce, reuse and recycle. These administrators are truly forging a path for the public good. Below are a few “green” facts from our speakers:
The fertilizer used on the Nobles playing fields fertilizer this past fall season was made from digested organic materials derived from food waste. Given our proximity to the Charles River, this is an important step to eliminate runoff into the river. You, too, can recycle food waste at home and turn it quite easily into nutrient rich fertilizer, by composting. Home composting is simple and easy! For more information, go to: http://www.composting101.com/
Mosquito spray used on campus is made of garlic and other organic derivatives. Again, given the proximity of Nobles to the Charles River, this is a very important practice to help protect the Charles River watershed and surrounding ecosystem. Biology courses at Nobles introduce students to the importance of watershed stewardship and to the Charles River Watershed Association, which is recognized nationally and internationally for its great work. For more information about local watersheds near our homes, that need all of our help to protect them, go to: http://www.crwa.org/, http://www.merrimack.org/, http://www.neponset.org/, or http://www.nsrwa.org/
The Nobles playing fields are fields irrigated with river water that returns directly into water table when it soaks and percolates back into the ground. The school’s irrigation system for playing fields is also controlled by rain sensors, in order to conserve water. The MWRA reports that “outdoor water use increases residential consumption from 10 to 50 percent in June, July, August and September." For water conservation tips, go to: http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/04water/html/gardening.htm
Have a wonderfully relaxing vacation whether you take it easy at home or somewhere else around the globe.
Carolyn Harthun and Pam Notman
Class III Reps: Hillary von Schroeter (left) and Lyndsay Charron
The Head of School Dinner and Dance is Saturday, March 31, from 6:30-10:30 p.m., on campus in the Nobles Art Center and it is sure to be a fabulous evening! Please remind your student to RSVP no later than March 9. Information about the evening and dress code was distributed by Class III Dean Tara Cocozza McDonald along with the invitation and in this month's E-Newsletter Dean's Corner piece. Should you have any questions please give us a call or send an email. Thank you in advance to the many
parents who generously helped with planning and decorating.
Please mark your Calendar for the following:
March 5—Curriculum Night, 7-8:30 p.m.
March 6—MGH Bloodmobile, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
March 9—Spring Break begins after classes
March 26—School Resumes, no Afternoon Program (varsity practices only)
March 31—Head of School Dinner and Dance
Our next parent social will be this spring, date to be determined. If you are interested in hosting this get together at your home, we would love to hear from you. We are open to any ideas for this fun casual event. We will schedule a planning meeting for this in early April and welcome your input.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break.
Lyndsay Charron, 508-736-4208 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hillary von Schroeter, 857-272-6280 or Hillaryvon@comcast.net
First Class Advice by Bill Bussey, Provost
As spring vacation approaches, I begin laying the groundwork with my advisees and their families for next year. Everyone has their own plans, desires and campaigns for the future. Managing everyone’s expectations is a tricky business. We adults are convinced that we know what is best for our children, yet we often forget what it means to be a child.
So I asked eight Class I students to share what they believe is the single, most important bit of advice that they could give underclassmen and their families. I promised these students anonymity and that the only requirement or guidelines presented was for them to be honest. They were free to say what they wanted. They come from different cultures, not all have made a final decision about where they are attending college, and a couple of them did not drink the Nobles “Kool- Aid” for much of their time here. I expected that a couple of them might have axes to grind and, as I see it, that would have been understandable, as not all of them has had an easy time of it.
Instead, I got wisdom.
I corrected a few mechanical hiccups but otherwise, here they all are, as written, unedited:
1. "One thing I would tell all parents to do is to allow and encourage their children to periodically reassess their expectations of themselves. A lot of times at Nobles teachers and peer help groups address the fact that many students receive excess pressure from their parents, coaches, teachers, etc., but fail to see that as highly competitive students, the majority of pressure has been brought on by themselves. Personally, I always had this desperation that I could keep my 10.0 GPA that I held fall semester of freshman year. For the next three years I killed myself over trying to meet some arbitrary 'benchmark' that I achieved only once. Every grade closing I felt like I had been cheated by my teachers, and failed myself once again, one semester after another. This past fall, I finally came to accept that I would probably not be able to get the grades that I set out to get all throughout my high school career. And finally, I felt as if I had deserved what I got and I was proud to get it."
2. "The best advice I can give is to take risks. Take them now, because it’s okay to fail right now. It’s okay to mess up or to fall short of your goals, but it’s not okay to live in your comfort zone. The moments where I’ve been unsuccessful have been those that taught me the most. A sad misconception is that it’s not okay to fail, but it really, truly is and, if you ask me, now’s the best time to do it. If you like to sing, try out for the Nobleonians or Greensleeves; if you’re curious about basketball, give it a try. Write your English paper on the controversial, difficult topic you’re sure you can’t pull off. Tell your crush how you feel. You think you have everything to lose, but you don’t. You’re safe here, so trust your friends, yourself, your support system, and go for it."
3. "Figure out which of your friends truly care for you, even when they have nothing to gain from your companionship, and hold on to them. You won't be able to tell who they are at first, but over time they will show themselves through their actions. These people are invaluable. They will be what you remember about your high school experience."
4. "In all my years at Nobles, I realized that it's not about whether you're an 'Arts Center' kid or an 'Alcove' kid. Nor is it about the material things—the car you drive, the clothes you wear, or even the house you live in. It’s about the mindset that you maintain everyday. If you walk into Nobles with a positive, go-get-‘em attitude, Nobles will return the positivity. If you're ambivalent, you'll receive ambivalence back and so on and so on. Nobles truly is what you make it. It's up to each and every student to seize the opportunities at hand and make the most out of their years. Any one of us can go through Nobles, but it's only the wisest of us that allow Nobles to go through them and really impact our lives."
5. "As we approach March break and graduation, I'm starting to see what has actually mattered to me in the past five years. Nobles has always had its ups and downs, whether it was through academics or sports, but the one thing that could always be controlled were relationships with friends, family, and teachers. After high school, these are the people that you will remember and who will remember you. It is another reminder that you should always live in the present because for every important moment, whether it was being cut from tryouts or simply cramming for a test, if you ever tried to reach out, someone was always there to help. I know that when I graduate, I won't be thinking about the grade I got for Physics junior year, I'll be hugging the people who cried and laughed with me through the years."
6. "Over the past couple years, I think I've found it easy to get caught up in the rigor and stress of Nobles and I've allowed that to shape my view of the school. When friends are all together it seems like we always talk about how stressed we are and what little things at school are bugging us. But now that senior year is ending, I think I'm starting to realize how special Nobles really is. I wish I appreciated it more than I did in the past, and recognize how much it improved me as a person. I think about previous schools I've gone to and looking back now, I wouldn't have been anywhere close to where Nobles has brought me. I know it's cheesy, but I think every Nobles student secretly thinks about it—at least if they don't now, they will once they're graduating."
7. "I would advise a freshman or sophomore to take at least one risk while at Nobles. Do a play, try a new sport, take a trip, join a club. I've found that some of my favorite experiences came from taking advantage of travel, service and athletic opportunities that I hadn't known about before coming to Nobles. Even if you find in the end that the new thing wasn't really for you, you'll be glad you tried it anyway for the experience."
8. "Everyone in this school has your best interest in mind. Teachers at Nobles are genuine and always want to see you succeed. Take their advice; they give it out for a reason."
Couldn’t have said this last one better myself. Didn’t have to.
Class I Reps: (from left) Amy Reiner, Jane Rigoli and Lynda Macdonald
Happy Spring Break, Class I,
February, while our shortest month, provided a nice mid-month surprise with the “2012 Candy Bar” that was created by parents in the Castle for Valentine’s Day. It was a huge success and your children thoroughly enjoyed filling their Valentine box with the wide assortment of sweets and treats. Special thanks goes out to Beth Jones for all of her efforts in planning the event. Thank you also to the parents who baked, supplied candy, decorated and helped on Valentine’s Day.
Moving into March and our ensuing vacation, we wish you all a safe and restful two weeks. When we return, the pace of things will ramp up a bit and we will keep you updated weekly about the various events and activities for you and your senior. Please check the weekly Upper School parent email for information. For many of us, these events will be the last with our children while at Nobles; we look forward to having everyone participate! Our wish is to make the final term at Nobles a fun and memorable time for our kids. They have all worked hard during their years at Nobles and it’s time celebrate!
Looking ahead to post-break activities, please mark your calendars with the following dates:
Last Week of March (date TBD): “Mexican Fiesta!” This is the final surprise lunch for Class I. If you are interested in helping the day of or before, please let us know!
Friday, April 6: Class I Parent Coffee at Isabelle Loring’s (5 Polo Field Lane, Dedham). Invitations will be forthcoming.
Tuesday, April 24: Transition Night for Parents, Morrison Forum, 7-8:30 p.m.
Thank you for all of your support and help. We have a spectacular group of families and it has made for a really fun and successful year. Looking forward to seeing you all in the coming months!
Amy, Jane and Lynda