The school year is off to an energetic start. Discussions about homework, papers and tests dominate the walk into Assembly each morning and plans for games and performances resonate in the Alcoves. Everyone has left summer behind and begun the new year with alacrity.
As students begin their Class II year, we hope that they’ll advocate for themselves immediately. At this point in their Nobles’ career, it’s critical that students take responsibility for their academic and athletic goals. We encourage students to communicate with their teachers about any concerns or questions (or about an independent interest!) regarding a class. No student should ever feel worried or self-conscious about asking a teacher for help. Recognizing and addressing the need for help is a strength that will serve them well beyond their years at Nobles. Teachers are willing and eager to work with students in helping them to achieve their goals. If students begin to feel overwhelmed by their workload, they should seek out advice from their teachers and advisors in how better to manage the long list of “to-dos” and relieve stress. We are also good resources and are certainly eager to help, but we do hope that students gain the confidence to advocate for themselves throughout the year.
It’s no secret that junior year is a busy one. While we applaud students’ high expectations and recognize their many commitments, we hope that they won’t sacrifice their health as they try to meet all those goals. Students cannot be at their best without adequate sleep and balanced nutrition. This holds true on the weekends as much as it does during the school week. Using weekends to rest and recharge will ultimately serve students well as they take on the challenges of the week. A sleep-deficit from a packed and exhausting weekend will only negatively impact the week ahead. We will continue to emphasize this with the class and hope that you’ll also help your child to make choices that will support his or her overall well-being.
We hope that all of our students this year realize that they are empowered to better their lives and the lives of those around them. We’ve enjoyed getting to know this junior class and are excited about working with them throughout the year. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Brian Day & Jessica Brennan
Class II Deans