The school year is off to an excellent start. First of all, we have welcomed six wonderful new students to the Class of 2016. From the first day of the retreat, everyone seems to have adjusted well from the slower pace of the summer months to the quickened one of the school year. There is obviously a period of adjustment that everyone goes through, but we have yet to see any students who have had much difficulty adjusting to the demands of the academic rigors. If that changes for any of our students, we will be sure to let you know.
As the students have returned to Nobles and have begun their Class II experience, one of our hopes is that they will become better advocates for themselves as they develop greater ownership of their experiences at Nobles. Please join us in encouraging students to reach out to their teachers early on to begin to forge relationships with them. We, along with the college counselors, advisors and the Dean of Students, are here to offer additional layers of support and guidance. As we told the class before retreats began, how these last two years go for them, as individuals and as a class, is largely up to them. They will have to balance the drive for individual achievement with the needs of the other members of their various groups-- their academic classes, their teams, and yes, their families.
Additionally, our hope is that they understand that they will only be able to work to their fullest potential if they are well rested and healthy. We fully understand that the students have a lot to do, sometimes too much, but they need to be reminded that their bodies and their brains need rest in order to function optimally. If they can plan ahead, stay organized and prioritize their efforts, we know they will not only survive, but thrive. Clear and honest communication goes a long way. We ask it of them and of you. And we promise the same in return.
We have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet this class and are excited to have the opportunity to work with them throughout the course of the year. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Enjoy the autumn months.
Brian Day and Julia Russell
Class II Deans