Class I Co-Deans Meg Hamilton & Nahyon Lee
It was great to see and meet many of you at Back to School Night in September. We can’t believe that it is already November! In typical Nobles fashion, the first quarter went by very quickly, and your sons/daughters have jumped into being leaders of the school. They have a lot on their plates, from juggling school work with college applications and supplements, afternoon activities, club and sport leadership responsibilities, family commitments and time with friends. At times, there don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get it all done.
The good news is that this hectic period will soon be drawing to a close. Many students have already or shortly will submit one or more early applications and this winter colleges will begin rolling out decisions. Certainly, this time is stressful and full of emotions. If things go as planned, many students will feel on top of the world; if things do not work out as hoped, the world can feel like it has come to a shuddering halt. As hard as it might be, we ask that all students maintain dignity, humility and compassion throughout the process. We will talk to the seniors in the next Class Meeting about treating one another well, regardless of the outcome of their own application process. They must keep in mind that many of their peers won’t remember where they went to college, but will remember how they acted when the news arrived. Most importantly, we ask that they take care of one another as the news (good and bad) arrives. We also ask that you as their parents and guardians help them remember this, too.
One of the aspects of December that is most difficult is that it can be “the best of times” or “the worst of times” out there in Gleason Hall. Seniors who garner acceptances are thrilled and, in many cases, finished with the process. Others, who are disappointed with the outcome, must launch themselves into yet another round of applications. Of course we are urging all students, even those who have filed early applications, to continue working on their various regular decision applications and to be cognizant of impending deadlines. As always, we’re here for support if needed.
Outside of the college process, there is plenty on the horizon for Class I and the rest of the Nobles community – the end of the fall athletic season (for some it will be their last season in their fall sport and that can be emotional), the Mainstage theater production, the annual ACC Ping Pong Tournament, the second annual Dance Concert, and other upcoming concerts and community service projects of all kinds. Also, your seniors have one more opportunity to take advantage of various school trips. They should be on the lookout for Assembly announcements and the Friday, Nov. 12 trip application deadline (yes, another application deadline).
Though they seem to be a long way off, we wanted to keep the Class I Projects on your radar. These projects will begin in earnest in the fourth quarter, and the deadline for Class I Project Proposals will come up quickly after winter break. For those of you who are new to the concept of Class I Projects, here is a brief introduction to the concept.
The Class I Project, an option open to members of Class I during fourth quarter, is designed to allow students to pursue areas of interest that fall outside the School's formal curriculum. Such projects are an opportunity to explore educational or potential career interests. In addition, the School hopes that projects will further the students’ growth in areas articulated in the School's Mission Statement: intellectual growth, self-esteem, curiosity, self-reliance, and a commitment to others. We hope that students will choose projects that enlarge their understanding of a particular area, seriously engaging students in new experiences, and fundamentally deepening skills in previously declared areas of interest and expertise. Project proposals must reflect detailed and well-considered planning. The Committee will post project guidelines in early January on the Nobles website. In the past, projects have included: internships within a variety of professions; creative undertakings; volunteer work; travel and language study; and practical work in computers, film, art, crafts, and music. Students are not permitted to earn money—remuneration would, in the opinion of the Committee, compromise the spirit and intent of the educational objectives of the Project. In addition, students may not pursue an internship in a business or organization owned/operated by a family member, or have a family member as an off-campus supervisor.
Your senior will be receiving more information about the Class I Projects in December through email and Class I Meetings. When you think it is appropriate, please feel free to open the discussion as to what he or she might pursue or, of equal import, whether a Class I Project is an appropriate choice as a final, capstone experience. If your son/daughter decides to pursue a Senior Project, think about contacts that he/she will have to make to do a project as well. If you have any questions about Projects – or anything else Class I related – don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.
Thanks again to all of you for all of your work and care.
Meghan Cleary Hamilton and Nahyon Lee