Dear Parents of Class II,
After each of our amazing sabbaticals last year and the year before, we are happy to be working together again as the deans of this wonderful and talented class. We have enjoyed working with them in and out of the classroom as they begin to find their voices and define their roles as emerging leaders of the school. We are heartened by the care and respect they show one another and this school.
After the challenging and somewhat disjointed feeling of the first semester, now is the time that students and teachers can fully engage in the work they are doing together, with full academic weeks, routines and predictability. The SLC leaders are always thinking of new ways to bring this class together, but that job is not theirs alone. Each member of the class can continue to model respect, inclusion, civility and kindness, one interaction at a time.
As we told this class earlier this year, a year from now, they will be seniors with one last semester left of their Nobles career. The last applications will be in, they will be thinking about senior projects and senior spring, and they will be wondering where all the time has gone. Invariably, seniors tell us that their single biggest regret is not making the effort to know more people, faculty as well as students in their own class. We tell them that now is the time to reach out across groups to learn more about the incredible people here. Talk to someone new. Sit somewhere different. Deepen a connection with a teacher, coach or advisor. Support risk-taking and take some yourselves. From what we hear from our colleagues and from what we can see ourselves, this has already started to happen for the class of 2019—in all areas of school life.
While we, as deans, don’t spend a great deal of time talking about the college process, we know it is underway and recognize the additional stress it can bring for some students and families. Again, our message to our students is simple: if you can manage your time, do your best day to day, communicate, and stay healthy, all will be well. To you we say, our college counseling colleagues are second to none; trust them and the process and help us keep the focus on the present. The most stressful days of junior spring and senior fall will not be what your children remember. They will remember the way they felt when they were here, surrounded by opportunity, challenge, and support. They will remember the amazing people they came to know and the lasting friends they made.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Julia Russell and Brian Day