Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

January 2014

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter January 2014

Class I Deans' Report

Dear Class I Families,

Though they seem to be a long way off, I wanted to place Class I Projects on your radar. These projects will begin in earnest in the fourth quarter, and the deadline for Class IProject 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 January via email and Class 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 me at any time.


Michael Herring

Chair of the Class I Project Committee and Class I Dean


Dear Members of Class I,

As you finish assessment week and culminate you senior fall semester, this letter is

intended to get you thinking and potentially planning over your winter break should you

decide to do a Class I Project. If you are interested in doing one, read on.

I spoke to you about the Class I Projects at our recent class meeting, but this letter will give you more information, so please read this letter carefully.

If you have an area of interest that falls outside the realm of the traditional Nobles curriculum, think about the possibility of turning it into a Class I Project. Project guidelines are carefully laid out in a document that is posted on the Nobles website as well as attached in this email. In fact, all project-related forms are available on the Nobles website.

You can access the forms by:

Logging into the login-protected internal “Students” section, under “Student

Forms,” and “Class I Project Forms.”


Remember that you must have a faculty mentor for your project. Faculty mentors may oversee two projects only, and should have some expertise in or prior knowledge of the particular project you choose, so be aware of this as you search for a mentor. Before submitting a project proposal, you must touch base with your faculty mentor and have them approve the project.

In past years, many students have chosen to pursue projects that take place mainlyon campus, and this is a great option for those who may have limited time, but who still want to do a project. In past years, on-campus projects included making a music CD, writing a short story, writing a business analysis for the Red Sox, doing advanced research in the sciences, designing a website, etc.

For students who wish to pursue off-campus internships, the process can be more complicated and you need to get started and have your plan clearly laid out in your preliminary proposal. In the past students have interned in a variety of fields including scientific research, law, business, journalism, education, medicine, and social services. If you plan to do an off-campus project, you must also work with an on-site supervisor (and he/she must submit a Supervisor Form to me).

If you feel that you might want to pursue an off-campus project option, but need help finding a place to intern, please let me know as soon as possible. We may be able to help point you in the direction of someone who could offer you a position, depending on your area of interest.

Here is a rough timeline to get you started:

January 20, 2014 - Preliminary Project Proposals due in Mr. Herring’s office (Shattuck 207). This includes a project description plus a blocked out schedule and course drop requests, submit a Preliminary Proposal Form from the website. Make sure you consulted with your faculty mentor before submitting this form.

January 22 - February 12, 2014 - Committee Review: The goal is to offer feedback to students for improvement. A member of the Senior Projects Committee will meet with you during this time to help solidify your written proposal.

February 17, 2014 - Final Proposal Form for revised proposals due (must include all signatures, completed description, final reading list--if required--and schedule). Projects are reviewed and passed on a rolling basis. Projects that do not meet the committee’s standards will not be passed.

March 24, 2014 - Start your Projects after Spring Break. Begin meeting with your Faculty Mentor.

Other tidbits to consider:

Don’t miss deadlines. There will be no extensions.

Group proposals

By the time we receive your Preliminary proposal, your contacts/plans have to already be in place. Each member must hand in his/her own project proposal. We want to hear from each one of you why you want to do the project. For group projects, group members can only be from Class I. There can be no more than four people in a group project.

D1 Athletes: if you are planning to play a D1 sport, you cannot drop English.

Community Service: if you have not finished your community service hours and do not have a plan for completion, you cannot do a Senior Project.


You cannot drop a class if you have a C or below.

If you are planning to drop an AP level course, you must give the Committee a valid reason.

If your preliminary proposal does not pass, you cannot submit another one.

This is a lot to take in, so please let me know if you have questions.


Michael Herring

Chair of the Class I Project Committee and Class I Dean

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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