Welcome back! We hope 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 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 spent a quality time with their 9-month-old son, who is busy exploring everything he can these days. In addition, Michael spent most of June and July coaching lacrosse at various tournaments and recruiting combines. 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 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 one another, and help them think about goals for the upcoming school year. Students will engage in a successful program which focuses around the theme “Telling Our Stories.” By sharing 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 the college office will give a presentation of the “Nuts and Bolts of the College Application Process.” We will even add the first ever Class I bocce tournament to the day’s itinerary. 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 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. We can all agree that this fall will be quite stressful at times for our seniors as they balance their academic, extracurricular and social commitments with the foreign terrain of the college application process. Because everything that comes with senior year can be daunting, we want to remind you that your children will be well supported. Throughout the fall, a good portion of Class I 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, Marion Mussafer, Linda Rheingold and Elaine Sobell, 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 Thurs., Sept. 20, if not before then. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this dynamic, creative and very talented class.
Meghan Hamilton and Michael Herring