Hello Class III Parents!
It has been a whirlwind of a first quarter to say the least! We have enjoyed getting to know this class and are excited to see them grow and come together as the year progresses.
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 about the sophomores interest in travel this year. Students were provided with an array of service- trip opportunities to choose from. The opportunities are as follows: New Orleans, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, India, Romania and Bulgaria, France, Guatemala, and Rwanda.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 11 during an assembly, all sophomores will stay 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., Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki, the High Mountain Institute of Colorado, CITYTerm of NYC, the Island School of the Bahamas, the African Leadership Academy of South Africa and NuVu of Cambridge, MA. Likewise, representatives from each of these study away programs will set up a table in Gleason Hall from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 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 planning - visit http://www.nobles.edu/student-life/study-away.cfm and speak with the Study Away Coordinator Laura Yamartino (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information!
It goes without saying the last weeks of the quarter has been trying but we have been heartened to see the strength of our community reaffirmed.
Enjoy the rest of the fleeting fall and have a happy Thanksgiving with your family.
Amy McBrien & Edgar De Leon