It is hard to believe that the first quarter is behind us and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away! The first quarter always passes by quickly, and this year has been no different. Although we have been in school for only eight weeks, we’ve gotten many things accomplished in this short period of time.
Teachers just finished writing comments for the first quarter, and by the time you read this newsletter, your children will have reviewed their comments and grades with their advisors. In our opinion, the teachers’ comments are more important than the grades themselves, and we hope that you will take the time to review the comments at home with your son or daughter. While the grades are an indication of how your child is doing, comments are filled with insight into strengths, areas of growth, and most importantly, guidance for improvement. Please do not be alarmed if your child’s grades have declined in certain subjects. As you may know, the sophomore year curriculum is challenging in new and different ways as students transition from concrete to abstract thinking and are asked to synthesize. Additionally, it takes time for students to adjust to the curriculum and to the new expectations in each class. By the time the December comments are written, most students will have grown more familiar with the demanding curriculum and with the expectations of their teachers, and they will have discovered what they need to do in order to meet their personal goals.
At the beginning of the year and throughout the fall, we have emphasized the importance of community involvement to Class III. During sophomore year, it is important for students to pursue their interests and to participate in clubs and other extracurricular activities at Nobles. There are so many clubs and organizations, and if students join and are active this year, they may have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in upcoming years. Additionally, we were thrilled to learn that so many sophomores applied to travel this year. These trips make a lasting impact on those who experience them; we hope that students will continue to explore Nobles trips in the future.
On Wednesday, November 12th from 2-3:30 PM, all sophomores will stay at school to hear presentations from the following programs: School Year Abroad (SYA), the Mountain School of Vermont, the Alzar School of Idaho, the School for Ethics and Global Leadership of Washington, D.C., Chewonki of Main, the High Mountain Institute of Colorado, CITYTerm of NYC, and NuVu of Cambridge, MA. Likewise, representatives from each of these study away programs will set up a table in Gleason Hall from 11:00 AM -- 1:30 PM so that students may speak to them, gather more detailed information, and have their specific questions answered. If your child is interested in studying away from Nobles during junior year, he/she should begin thinking about that now and planning for the future. It would be a good idea for your child to talk this over with his/her advisor and with the trip coordinators (Amy McBrien, Henry Kinard, and Laura Yamartino) if he/she is interested in studying away from Nobles.
We hope to see you at a game or at a performance in the near future. Enjoy the month of November, and have a happy Thanksgiving with your family.
Amy McBrien & Jessica Brennan