Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter March 2016

Class III Dean's Report

Hi Class III Families,

We are happy to report a milder winter than last year up to this point, and hopefully an even warmer spring! Class III is working hard right now to finish up the third semester. The “Winter Wonderland” surprise lunch that Class III enjoyed this semester was much appreciated. It was a wonderful respite from all the hard work of the winter quarter and a nice way for the Class III students to gather together more informally. Thank you to all the parents who helped to organize this fun event.

Since January, all students have been very busy with their many academic commitments, including the U.S. History Research Project, their involvement in sports, the theater, and other extracurricular activities. As you may know, the musical, The Sound of Music, was moved to the winter this year. If you were able to get out and see it, you know how wonderfully successful the production was. We are sure that everyone is looking forward to vacation in order to relax and recharge for the final quarter of the year. To all of those traveling on Nobles spring break trips, we extend our best wishes for a safe and wonderful experience.

Through class meetings, assemblies and other announcements, our students have heard from a variety of study away program representatives over the past two months and we would like to applaud those who took the time and the risk to apply to study away from Nobles for either a semester of next year or for the entire academic year. If your child applied to study away, he/she should hear from the different programs by mid-April. If your child is accepted to one or more programs, he/she must make a decision and inform Nobles of this decision by May 1st. Your child should inform his/her advisor, Jennifer Hines (Dean of Enrollment Management), as well as the two of us. If you have any questions about this process or about the individual programs, please do not hesitate to contact us.

On February 29th, Summit Education offered a program on Standardized Testing and the College Process. It was an opportunity for parents to learn about the adjustments made to the SAT and ACT exams.  Summit also used some sample questions to go over testing strategies. The evening ended with a discussion the impact exam scores have on students’ college applications. 

As you may know, Class III has a special yearly event and this year it is held on Saturday, March 5th.  As is the tradition for Class III each year, Bob Henderson hosts the Class III Head of School Dinner & Dance to mark the midway point of their upper school career at Nobles. It is a great night for the sophomore class to be together, to recognize that they are halfway through their time at Nobles, and to start to think of who they want to be as a class. Each year, this event proves to be a wonderful night. We would like to thank all of the parents who worked to make this event memorable.

Circling back to some of the themes of sophomore year that we talked about at Back to School night and the opening parent coffee, the school felt it important to bring in Katie Koestner and her team to address important issues facing teenagers and relationships. On January 24th, sophomores and juniors students spent an evening learning about healthy relationships and decision making. They examined real life situations and gained a better understanding of the short and long term implications some of their actions may have. Students also took part in a survey that was used to gather information on our class and teenage culture outside of school. As you may imagine, sophomore year is a tricky time for our students. While they are no longer “new” to the high school, they also do not have the clout or confidence that an upper classmate may have, finding themselves a bit lost.

Our survey confirmed that while our Class III students are vulnerable, their perception of what takes place outside of school is not the reality.  Our fear as educators (and as people who care about your children) is that these perceptions can often lead to bad decision making in an attempt to fit in. We urge you as parents to continue your vigilance and have open dialogue with your children.

We look forward to a strong finish to the year with the Class III students, and we hope to see you on the Nobles campus this spring. We wish you and your family a relaxing and fun-filled March vacation!

Edgar DeLeon and Amy Joyce McBrien

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