The second semester is off to a good start as the students have settled in nicely after a well deserved winter break. I am happy to report that my co-dean, Julia Russell, is off enjoying a well deserved sabbatical! And while I miss working with Julia each day, I am pleased that Karen Gallagher is working with me as a co-dean in Julia’s absence.
With the advent of the second semester comes the formal initiation of the college process, an obviously integral part of each student's Nobles’ experience. Each student has been assigned a college advisor with whom s/he will work over the course of the next year and with whom s/he will build an amazing relationship.
As they travel down this road, my hope is that everyone will understand that each of your sons and daughters will have the opportunity to attend an incredible university/college once s/he has graduated from Nobles. And by incredible, I mean a school that is right for your son or daughter. As the students navigate their way through the college process, my hope is that everyone will listen closely to our experts in the college process. No one knows more about this process than they do, and we are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented staff working on behalf of our students.
Over the years, from where I sit, I've seen too many students tie too much of their self-worth to where they will apply and to where they will go to college. I bring this up with the hope that this will not be the case for any of our students and with the hope that you have conveyed to your sons and daughters that you will be happy and proud of them wherever they may continue their education.
The junior year is arguably the most stressful of all the high school years as the college process becomes very real in each student’s life. As a result, students tend to be more diligent in the classroom as they feel that this has to be their most accomplished year both in the classroom and in the areas in which they have demonstrated their passions and extracurricular pursuits. My point is that with this realization, many students already have placed a lot of pressure on themselves, and that at this specific time, your reassurance can only help to ensure that they will keep things in perspective so that they are able to maximize their performance during and enjoyment of their Class II year.
I hope that the winter is going well for you. As always, if there is anything that we can do for you, your son or daughter, please do not hesitate to contact either Karen Gallagher or me.
All the best,
Brian Day and Karen Gallagher
Class II Co-Deans