Class III Dean Tara Cocozza
It’s hard to believe that it’s already November - it feels as if I were just sitting down to write a welcome-back letter in August and volunteering at the VA Hospitals with your children on the first day of school. The fall always passes by quickly, and it always amazes me how much we get accomplished in such a short amount of time.
Teachers just finished writing comments for the first quarter, and by the time you read this, your children will have reviewed their comments and grades with their advisors. In my opinion, the teachers’ comments are more important than the grades themselves, and I hope that you will take the time to review the comments at home with your sons and daughters. Please do not be alarmed if your child’s grades have declined in certain subjects. As you may know, the curriculum of sophomore year is challenging in new and different ways, and it will take some time for the students to adjust to the curriculum and to the new expectations in each course. On Thursday, Nov. 4, I hope you will be able to join us in Morrison Forum for a discussion and a panel of Class III teachers on the topic of the cognitive leap that occurs between freshman and sophomore years.
Class III meetings this fall have been and will continue to be full of visits from representatives of study away programs. By December, students will have had the opportunity to speak with representatives from Student Year Abroad (SYA), the Mountain School of Vermont, the High Mountain Institute of Colorado, and the School for Ethics and Global Studies of Washington, DC. In addition, representatives from Maine Coast Semester (Chewonki) and CITYTerm of NYC will be visiting early in the second semester. If your child is interested in studying away from Nobles during junior year, he/she should begin thinking about that now and planning for the future. It would be a good idea for your child to touch base with his/her advisor and with me if this may be a possibility.
During Class III year, it is important for students to get involved in clubs and other extracurricular activities at Nobles. Now that students have more free time in their schedule, they should view X-block as a time to get involved instead of as a time to hang out with friends. There are a wide variety of clubs, and if students get involved this year, they may be able to take on leadership roles in upcoming years. Another way to get involved is to consider traveling with Nobles. In the past few years, the travel program has expanded, and students have many unique opportunities available to them. In the next few weeks, students will learn about the 2011 trips, which will take place in March or in June. Participating in a Nobles trip has become a valuable part of our culture here, and I hope that your children will consider applying to one or more of them. So that you are aware, student trip applications and financial aid applications for trips are due on Friday, Nov, 12. There will be a parent evening on Monday, Nov. 1 in Morrison Forum to learn about the trip opportunities for 2011. If your child is interested in studying away from Nobles next year, there will also be a panel of students who will be discussing their experiences in the different programs noted in the paragraph above.
I hope to see you at a game, at a performance, or at one of the upcoming parent evenings. Enjoy the month of November, and have a happy Thanksgiving with your family.