As usual, the summer months have flown by quickly, and we’re very excited to begin the new school year. Senior year promises to be a memorable one. We’ve already enjoyed working with this class in particular, an enthusiastic and committed group of students who no doubt will provide great leadership for the school.
Both of us had fulfilling summers. When Ms. Hamilton was not at Nobles working on the college front, she spent as much time as possible with her two young boys and husband, taking vacations to Cape Cod and Maine. Mr. Kalin participated in a variety of professional development workshops, including a one-week writing conference at Bard College and a project-based learning course through Global Online Academy. We came back from our summers reinvigorated, and we look forward to helping the senior class establish a positive tone for the school. The seniors play an integral role in maintaining a healthy student culture.
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 of “Telling Our Stories.” By sharing their stories, we believe that students learn more about one another and, as a result, build stronger relationships and become even better leaders. In addition to the stories, we provided students with information about Senior Projects, a fantastic opportunity for students to pursue their own interests through an independent project in the spring guided by a faculty mentor.
The college office also gave a presentation of the “Nuts and Bolts of the College Application Process.” While students were certainly wiped out by the end of the day, we were pleased with their preparation and commitment to the expectations that we set forth over the summer, a good sign of things to come!
The beginning of every school year is a time of excitement, change, and inevitably some anxiety. In just a few short days, students will have a fresh schedule, a line up of different teachers with higher expectations, an altered assembly seat, and new leadership roles to assume. We anticipate that the fall season especially can be a stressful time, and we want to reiterate to you that we’ll support your student to the best of our abilities.
As one way to support the senior class, we’ve planned a few senior transitions evenings that will help equip students with information and advice about making the most of their transition from Nobles to their respective college or university. You’ll hear more about these evenings over the next couple of months. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your son or daughter, please contact us, the college counseling office, or the student life team, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
We would like to express our immense gratitude to the Class I Representatives: Lynda Ceremsak, Carolyn Harthun, and Anne Kelley, who have already been extremely helpful in our efforts to make the 2014-15 school year a successful one. They will be in touch with you soon about upcoming senior events.
Finally, we hope to see you at Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. Thank you in advance for entrusting us with your son or daughter. It will be a genuine pleasure to work with such a hard-working, talented, and friendly group of young men and women!
Meghan Hamilton and Mike Kalin