We hope that you had a wonderful summer and that you are ready to start a new school year. Having both taught this class in HHC and United States History, we find it hard to believe that they are now about to start their final year at Nobles.
As Class I co-deans, we are excited for the upcoming school year and all that awaits. We both had fulfilling summers. Meghan had her second child in the beginning of May, so she spent much of the summer on maternity leave spending time with her two boys. In addition, Michael had a revigorating summer caddying on the golf course in addition to coaching. We both feel refreshed to start the new school year and to help the seniors set the tone as the new leaders of the Nobles community.
Earlier this week, we helped 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 each other, and help them think about their goals for the upcoming school year.
Students engaged in a successful program that focused around the theme “Telling Our Stories.” By sharing their stories, we believe that students learn more about one another; and as a result, they build stronger relationships and become even better leaders. In addition to the stories, we provided time for students to set personal goals for the school year. Also, the college office gave a presentation of the “Nuts and Bolts of the College Application Process.” We even added the first-ever Class I bocce tournament to the day’s itinerary. It was a packed schedule, but there was plenty of time for them to hang out, relax, and have fun before the busy fall begins.
Class I has 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 all that comes with senior year can be daunting, we want to remind you that all of Class I will be well supported. Throughout the fall, a good portion of class 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: Beth Schlager, Addie Swartz and Hillary von Schroeter. They have already been busy planning for the year ahead. They will be in touch with you soon about upcoming senior events.
Finally, if not before then, we look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 19. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this dynamic, creative and very talented Senior Class.
Class I Deans