Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

April 2011

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter April 2011

Class I Co-Deans Meg Hamilton & Nahyon Lee


Welcome back from Spring Break! We can’t believe it is already the fourth quarter with two months left of your children's Nobles career – the year has probably flown even faster for all of you. It seems like ages ago that we were writing to your son or daughter about the Class I Retreat – getting them ready for the stories they would tell, preparing them to be leaders at Nobles, and advising them for their final year. And somehow it is now April, with just about nine weeks left until each senior walks across that stage to receive his or her diploma on graduation day.

All of us here at Nobles have (and will continue to) talked with Class I about the importance of finishing their Nobles career on a solid note. This has to do with everything from staying engaged in the classroom, to smaller issues like following dress code, getting to Assembly on time and signing in and out at the front desk. Please remind your son or daughter that the big and little things really matter and that how they act these last few months will impact the final impression they leave with Nobles.

We wanted to write about two main topics in this newsletter: 1) final grades and ending strongly; 2) some key events coming up in the spring.

We constantly remind students of the importance of a strong finish in their academic classes to their time at Nobles. We thought it might be a good idea to give you some talking points to help your senior stay motivated and focused for the remainder of the year. We will also reiterate these ideas in our next class meeting. Here are some of the reasons why second semester grades are so important. Please feel free to use this material when talking with your Class I student.

College – Whether a student has been accepted early decision, early action, rolling or regular, all acceptances are contingent on the student’s successful completion of his or her academic program. At the end of the year, all colleges will receive students’ final grades.

Waitlists – Second semester grades are very important if a student is placed on a waitlist.

Internships – Recent graduates have told us that when they (and their friends) have applied for jobs and internships during their first year of college, they often have been asked to submit their final high school transcript. There have been occasions when employers have not given a position to a candidate (in part) because he or she slipped in the senior spring and did not show consistent, sustained effort.

Faculty Relationships – By now, Class I students have developed strong relationships with members of the faculty whether it be a teacher, coach, or advisor. Students should remember that these adults have worked so hard on their behalf and have supported them not only this year but also throughout their time at Nobles. We hope that students will not want to disappoint those they are close to! 

Just as this year has flown by, the next nine weeks or so will go by even faster, with the first “Senior Send Off” officially on April 4 with the Class I Dinners. We wanted to highlight some upcoming events this month, but don’t forget to check the Nobles Calendar for other Class I events in the months of April and May.

Senior Projects – They have started for about 62 students! As usual, we have an interesting spread of projects from students learning about socially-conscious funds/investment to internships at the NICU (Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit). You are invited to listen to what they have learned on Senior Projects Night on May 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Prom is around the corner, on April 9 at the Copley Plaza, from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Bob Henderson and Bill Bussey have already spoken to the class about expected behavior and parental vigilance, as well as keeping everything “in perspective.” We wanted to reiterate these points, so in our next class meeting, we will talk to the Class I seniors about taking care of and looking out for one another, reminding them that all of our seniors are still here, still healthy and still in one piece – and we want it to stay that way. If you could also emphasize to your kids about being safe, following school rules and having fun in the best sense of the word, we would greatly appreciate it. We look forward to seeing many of them on the evening of the 9th. If you have questions or concerns regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

On April 26, at 7 p.m. in Morrison Forum, Dr. Richard Kadison, the Chief of Harvard University’s Mental Health Services, will speak with Class I parents and guardians about what to expect as their seniors make the important transition from Nobles. Please join us for the discussion as you prepare your son or daughter for what will follow this summer and next fall. Dr. Kadison has recently written, College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It. If you are interested (and have the time), we encourage you to read his book before hearing him speak at Nobles.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions in the upcoming weeks. We have enjoyed working with this year’s senior class, and we look forward to a great spring with them.


Meg and Nahyon

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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