It was nice to see so many of you at Back to School Night in September. The brevity of the first quarter, wrought with events like Back to School Night, Grandparents’ Day and numerous holidays, forged a pace here that has been even more intense than usual as teachers, coaches, and students try to pack so much into their days. A former parent once compared the fall of senior year to drinking out of a fire hose and, at this point in the calendar, his words could not be more accurate. Class I students have a lot on their plates; they are juggling school work with applications and supplements, afternoon activities, leadership responsibilities, family commitments and time with friends. For many, there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get it all done.
It is hard to believe that in a matter of just a few weeks, the storm will pass. Many students have already or will shortly submit one or more early applications and very soon thereafter, colleges will begin rolling out decisions. Certainly, this time is stressful and full of emotions. If things go as planned, many students will feel on top of the world; conversely, if things don’t work out as hoped, it is so easy to feel like the world has come to a shuddering halt. As hard as it might be, we ask that all students maintain humility and dignity throughout the process. We will talk to the seniors in the next Class Meeting about treating one another well regardless of their own outcomes. They must keep in mind that many of their peers won’t remember where they went to college, but they will
remember how classmates acted when the news arrived. Most importantly, we ask that they take care of one another as the news (good and bad) arrives. We also ask that you as their parents and guardians help them remember this, too.
One of the aspects of December that is most difficult is that it seems to be a “feast or famine” out there in Gleason Hall. Seniors who garner acceptances are thrilled and, in many cases, finished with the process. Others, who are disappointed with the outcome, must launch themselves into yet another round of applications. Of course we are urging all students, even those who have filed early applications, to continue working on their various regular decision applications and to be cognizant of impending deadlines. As always, we’re here for support if you need it.
Outside of the college process, there is plenty on the horizon for Class I and the rest of the Nobles community—the end of the fall athletic season and beginning of the winter season, the Nobles Theater Collective mainstage theater production, the Fall Dance Concert, the Choral Concert, Halloween, and all manner of upcoming community service projects.
The Nobles trips process recently came to fruition and decisions are now public knowledge. Though these trips do not occupy the same “realm” as college decisions, the outcome may produce excitement and angst in not dissimilar fashion to the college process. Again, we ask Class I students to act with the appropriate measures in relation to their peers. We hope that all seniors who aspire to travel this year will eventually gain an opportunity to do so.
Though they seem to be a long way off, I wanted to keep the Class I Projects on your radar. These projects will begin in earnest in the fourth quarter, and the deadline for Class I Project Proposals will be due quickly after winter break. For those of you who are new to the concept of Class I Projects, here is a brief introduction to the concept and goals:
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. Such 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 school's 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. The Committee will post project guidelines in early January on the Nobles website. In the past, projects have included: internships in a variety of professions; creative undertakings; volunteer work; travel and language study; and practical work in technology, film, art, crafts and music. Students are not permitted to earn money— remuneration would, in the opinion of the Committee, compromise the spirit and intent of the educational objectives of the Project. In addition, students may not pursue an internship in a business or organization owned/operated by a family member, or have a family member as an off-campus supervisor.
Your senior will be receiving more information about the Class I Projects in December through email and Class I meetings. When you think it is appropriate, please feel free to open the discussion as to what he or she might pursue or, of equal import, whether a Class I Project is an appropriate choice as a final, capstone experience. If you have any questions about Projects—or anything else Class I related—don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.
Thanks again to all of you for all your work and care.
Meghan Hamilton and Michael Herring
Class I Deans