Hello Class III Parents and Guardians,
We hope this letter finds you well, and taking advantage of this unusually warm fall. It is always a difficult transition to go from the freedoms offered by the summer months, back to the rigor of the school year. As Class Deans, our goal is to make sure this transition, especially sophomore year, is met with the needed support both academically and emotionally.
We hope our students enjoyed their retreat at Blue Hills. While challenging, we view this as a good opportunity for our students to both interact with classmates they might not normally spend time with and to navigate new situations and reflect on their roles in groups as a way to start to think about who they want to be in the bigger community.
In order to create a more open and inclusive community, the Diversity & Inclusion department has encouraged all students and faculty members to explore their identity through storytelling. The hope is that community members can find points of relatability with other’s experiences. The department also hopes that exposure to different stories will grow our student’s cultural lense. We are excited to hear from our students.
If students are looking for opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom, there are many clubs and organizations that meet weekly. Additionally, students are encouraged to think about traveling with Nobles. The spring and summer opportunities are as follows: New Orleans, India, Romania/Bulgaria, Guatemala, Rwanda, France and Japan. These trips make a lasting impact on those who experience them; we hope that students will continue to explore Nobles trips in the future.
In addition, every year 10-15 students study away from Nobles during their Class II year. If your student is interested in studying away next year, he or she needs to begin planning soon! On Wednesday, November 15th, all Class III students will hear presentations from the following programs during X-block: 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, and King’s Academy in Jordan. Additionally, representatives from each of these study away programs will set up a table in Gleason Hall from 9 am - 12 pm so that students may speak to them, gather more detailed information, and have their specific questions answered. Visit this page or speak with Study Away Coordinator Laura Yamartino (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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.
Enjoy the rest of the fleeting fall, and have a happy Thanksgiving with your family.
Amy Joyce & Edgar De Leon
Class III Deans