College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Summer 2016 & Back-to-School Resources


The first day of classes is set for Tuesday, September 6 at 8 a.m.
We will follow a special schedule to accommodate the traditional all-school Convocation beginning at 9 a.m. Parents are invited to attend this opening ceremony, which establishes the tone and theme for the school year.


Use the tabs below to access division specific information:

key iconNew parent access to the password protected website and student database will be emailed in mid-July.

Parent Programs

Get Involved - Volunteer!

Parent events and the volunteer interest form can be found here.

All parents who serve as chaperones/on campus volunteers need to make arrangements to be fingerprinted. If you were fingerprinted last year, there is no need to have it done again this year. Please contact Mr. Kevin Wilson in Security for further information.


SUMMER WELLNESS BODY SCULPT CLASS DATES 2016

This class is for parents and Holton faculty & staff. The class meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the weight room from June 14 through August 11 (no class the week of July 4). There must be a minimum of 8 people registered for the summer program in order for it to run.

Fee: 3X a week $264 (24 classes), 2X a week $192 (16 classes)

Learn more about the class meeting dates and other information here. *Please not there will be no classes the week of July 4-8.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Roney, Wellness Coordinator.

Field Trip Permission

To be completed prior to the first day of school.

If you did not complete the Field Trip Permission policy when you enrolled/re-enrolled your daughter(s), please follow these directions to do so now:

1. Log into the Holton website
2. Click on Student Database
3. Click on My Family
4. Click on School Policies (to the right of Update family profile and Medical Profile – please check these too!)
5. Click Re-Enrollment/Enrollment Policies

Student Health - JULY 1 FORMS PAST DUE

Holton requires every student to have an annual physical examination and to submit the completed Health Form to the school nurse, including changes or additions to the immunization record. As a reminder, Maryland State Law requires that all medication, both prescription and over the counter, be distributed through the school nurse's office.

If you have any questions regarding the Health Form or other school health policies, please contact Lori Herringa, R.N. 301.365.6002.

If you did not complete the Authorization to Give Medication policy when you enrolled/re-enrolled your daughter(s), please follow these directions to do so now:

1. Log into the Holton website
2. Click on Student Database
3. Click on My Family
4. Click on School Policies (to the right of Update family profile and Medical Profile – please check these too!)
5. Click Re-Enrollment/Enrollment Policies


Arts Adjunct Program

The Holton-Arms Fine & Performing Arts Adjunct Program provides extracurricular arts education for students and adults in the Holton community and those from the greater Washington metropolitan community. The program consists primarily of music lessons, unique workshops, master classes, and other opportunities growing out of the School’s rich curricular programs in the Fine and Performing Arts.

Summer Registration is now open. Fall registration opens August 2016.

Bus Transportation & Carpooling

Information about 2016-2017 routes, schedules, pricing, and registration will be posted in July.

If your Lower School daughter is a first-time bus rider, please let us know so we might help her in any way we can as she finds her way at the beginning of the year.

The School's 2001 Neighborhood Agreement restricts Holton traffic in various ways and the School strongly encourages families to carpool.

The Online Family Directory in the student database can help with carpooling! Login to the website, click on Holton Student Database, click on DIRECTORY, click on "Nearby Families" which will show you Holton student households and how far they live from you.

Drop-off & Pick-up

Lower School students are dropped off at the Lower School Entrance (more information about carpool is on the Lower School tab below). Middle and Upper School students are dropped off at the Main Entrance.

Dismissal:

Lower School students are dismissed from the Lower School Entrance each day at 3:30 p.m.

Middle School students are dismissed from the Main Entrance each day at 3:30 p.m.; however, it takes them some time to transition from playing sports to gathering their materials to heading out to the front circle for pick-up. Please keep this reality in mind when arriving to school and when scheduling after-school activities. (See the Middle School tab below for information about After Care.)

The Upper School academic day ends at 3:30 p.m.

Classroom Assignments/Schedules

Third Grade students will learn about their homeroom class placement on New Student Orientation Day, Thursday, September 1. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students will learn of their class placement on the morning of the first day of school Tuesday, September 8, during a special gathering.

Middle and Upper School students will receive course placement information at the end of July.

The Alumnae Association will host the Used Book Sale on August 9 from 8 a.m. - noon in the Pool Lounge. While not every book your daughter needs will be available at this event, it is still a great opportunity to save some money. Gently used uniforms will also be on sale.

Summer Reading

Upper School

Students grades 9-12 should read at least five books over the summer. The required titles for each grade level are listed below and will be discussed in class in September. Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.

Make additional selections from the Upper School Summer Reading Lists (PDF):

Grades 9 and 10 | Grades 11 and 12

Please note there is one list for grades 9 and 10, a different list for grades 11 and 12. Students may read “up,” but not “down.” Please direct any questions to the English Department.

Required Reading:

Entering Grade 9

Haddon, Mark The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ISBN 978-1-4000-3271-6

Kidd, Sue Monk The Secret Life of Bees ISBN 978-0142001745


Entering Grade 10

Hemingway, Ernest The Sun Also Rises ISBN 978-0-743-29733-2

Wright, Richard Black Boy—Part One ISBN 978-0-061-13024-3


Entering Grade 11

Dangarembga, Tsitsi Nervous Conditions ISBN 978-0-9547023-3-5

Shelley, Mary Frankenstein - any 1818 ed.


Entering Grade 12

Wyss, Susi The Civilized World ISBN 978-0-805-09362-9

Middle School

Middle School students are to read a total of five (5) books over the summer including the required English and history reading.

The required titles for each grade level are listed below and will be discussed in class in September. Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.

Please make additional selections from this Middle School Summer 2016 Reading List.

REQUIRED SUMMER READING 2016

Entering Grade 7:

ENGLISH

  • Fletcher, Susan Shadow Spinner ISBN 0689830513
  • Yen Mah, Adeline Chinese Cinderella ISBN 0-440-22865-4

HISTORY World Studies

  • Alexander, Heather A Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People ISBN 978-1-57912-832-6
  • Activities Packet (PDF)

Entering Grade 8:

ENGLISH
  • Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders ISBN 978-0-14-240733-2
(choose one of the following)
  • R.J. Palacio Wonder ISBN 978-0552565974
  • Farmer, Nancy The House of the Scorpion ISBN 978-0689852237
  • Zusak, Markus The Book Thief ISBN 978-0375842207

HISTORY U.S. Political History: Foundations of American Government

Summer work overview & directions (PDF) | Readings (PDF) | Map Directions (PDF)

Lower School

The only required book for summer reading is Mirrors by Jeannie Baker and was distributed at the end of the school year. If you are new to Holton, the book will arrive in the mail. There is no set number of books you must read for the summer. This does not mean you should only read the required book. By reading often and widely you will improve your skills, build back ground knowledge and begin school in September a stronger student than ever before. There is no reading project required; instead, we hope you will spend more time reading. There will be many opportunities to celebrate your great summer reading in the opening weeks of school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jillian Van Ells by email at jillian.vanells@holton-arms.edu

Technology

For the 2016-2017 school year, students in grades 3 and 4 will have access to Google Chromebooks. Students in grades 5 through 8 are required to use an iPad and students in grades 9-12 are required to use a school approved laptop.

The technology team is looking forward to working with all of you in the coming year. Detailed information about specific pricing, financial aid, and ordering your daughter's device can be found below:

Please let us know if you have any questions,

Mary Dobroth
Director of Academic Technology

Mike Robertson
Director of Library and Information Services

Uniforms

Uniform Requirements (PDF)
updated 7/11/2016

Parents are expected to support and enforce the uniform. All clothing must be clean, neat, and in good repair, and must fit appropriately.

The Hang-Up

The Advancement Office sells gently used uniforms at a discounted rate. The office is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon in the summer.

More information about purchasing uniforms can be found here.

CALENDAR

Year-at-a-Glance
updated 7/13/16
February 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sun, Jan 29
Georgetown Visitation
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NCAP
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Sea Devils
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Mon, Jan 30
F
NCAP
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Landon
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MS Diversity Conference
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Off Campus
LS Grs. 4 & 6 ERB Testing
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Homerooms and LS Idea Room
US Peru Parent Meeting
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Simms Reception Room
US Chinese & Junior Journey Lunch
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Simms Reception Room
GDS
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US Chinese Exchange Class
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TSR Marriot Libaray
FPA Adjunct Program Music Rehearsals
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Simms Reception Room
Arts Adjunct Drama Class
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Large Dance Studio
Sea Devils
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
NCAP
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Tue, Jan 31
A
Sea Devils
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Landon
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LS Grs. 4 & 6 ERB Testing
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Homerooms and LS Idea Room
US Chinese Field Trip
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Off Campus
US Peer Counseling Debrief Meeting
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Simms Reception Room
FPA Adjunct Program Music Rehearsals
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Simms Reception Room
US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
NCAP
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sea Devils
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Wed, Feb 1
B
NCAP
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Landon
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LS Grs. 4 & 6 ERB Testing
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Homerooms and LS Idea Room
MS Gr 8 Field Trip
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Off Campus
US Screening of "The 13th"
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Lewis Theater
Sea Devils
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NCAP
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Thu, Feb 2
C
Sea Devils
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Landon
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LS Grs. 4 & 6 ERB Testing
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Homerooms and LS Idea Room
LS/MS Spelling Bee
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Simms Reception Room
US Model UN Meeting
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Simms Reception Room
FPA Adjunct Program Music Rehearsals
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Simms Reception Room
US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Varsity Swimming & Diving - WMPSSDL Dive Championships (Away)
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
FPA Adjunct Program Music Recitals
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Simms Reception Room
NCAP
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sea Devils
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Fri, Feb 3
D
MS Gr. 8 Parent Coffee
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Landon School
US Chinese Exchange Class
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TSR Marriot Libaray
US Yearbook Meeting
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Simms Reception Room
US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
NCAP
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sea Devils
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US Gr. 11 Parent Social
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Off Campus
Sat, Feb 4
Sea Devils
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NCAP
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US Play Set Building and Costumes
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Indoor Soccer Clinic
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Marriott Gymnasium
Potomac
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Sun, Feb 5
NCAP
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Sea Devils
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Mon, Feb 6
E
NCAP
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Landon
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All school Sweet Treats!
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Simms Reception Room
US PA Grade Rep Meeting
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FCL Conference Room
Arts Adjunct Drama Class
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Large Dance Studio
Sea Devils
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
NCAP
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Tue, Feb 7
F
Sea Devils
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Landon
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LS PA Grade Rep Meeting
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LS "Idea Room"
US AMC Test
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Eacho Lecture Hall
WAIS College Counselor Luncheon
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Simms Reception Room
US Peru Junior Lunch
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TSR Marriot Libaray
MS Film Club
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TSR Marriott Libaray
NCAP
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New Orleans Parent Meeting
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FCL Conference Room
US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sea Devils
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Wed, Feb 8
A
NCAP
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Landon
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LS Morning Gathering - Orchesis Performance
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Lewis Theater
MS Gr. 8 Parent Coffee (Co-Curricular Focus)
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Simms Reception Room
Sea Devils
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
NCAP
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Thu, Feb 9
B
Sea Devils
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Landon
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All school Trustee Visiting Day
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FCL Conference Room
All school Happy Birthday Holton Celebration!
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Dining Room
NCAP
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sea Devils
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Fri, Feb 10
C
MS Gr. 7 Parent Coffee
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Simms Reception Room
LS Gr. 3 Speaker
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US Model UN Meeting
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Simms Reception Room
GDS
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US Orchesis Assembly for MS/US
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Lewis Theater
US Orchesis Rehearsal
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Lewis Theater
Sea Devils
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NCAP
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US Orchesis Annual Concert with MS Guest Artists
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Lewis Theater
Sat, Feb 11
Sea Devils
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NCAP
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Indoor Soccer Clinic
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Marriott Gymnasium
Potomac
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US Play Light Hang
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sun, Feb 12
NCAP
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Sea Devils
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Mon, Feb 13
D
NCAP
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Landon
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MS Grade Rep Meeting
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Small FCL
US Yearbook Meeting
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FCL Conference Room
Arts Adjunct Drama Class
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Large Dance Studio
Sea Devils
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
NCAP
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Tue, Feb 14
E
Sea Devils
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Landon
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Wed, Feb 15
F
MS Math Meet
St. Albans School
NCAP
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Landon
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MS New Orleans Meeting #2
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TSR Marriot Libaray
US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sea Devils
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US Handbells Concert with Landon
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Landon Mondzac Performing Arts Center
NCAP
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Thu, Feb 16
A
Sea Devils
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Landon
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LS Gr 3 Mongolian Gers
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Simms Reception Room
MS STEM Cookie Baking
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Dining Room
LS Gr. 6 Holton-Landon Book Club
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LS Library
NCAP
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US Play Rehearsal
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sea Devils
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Sat, Feb 18
US Play Tech Rehearsal - "The Crucible"
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Mon, Feb 20
All school Presidents' Day
School and offices closed
Tue, Feb 21
B
MS Film Club
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FCL Conference Room
US Gr. 11 and 12 Play Preview, Gr. 9 and 10 Student/Teacher Time
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Beebe Black Box Theater
US Play Dress Rehearsal - "The Crucible"
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Wed, Feb 22
C
US Model UN Meeting
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Simms Reception Room
US Gr. 9 and 10 Play Performance - "The Crucible"
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Beebe Black Box Theater
MS Gr. 7 Viewing of Zootopia
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Lewis Theater
US Gr. 11 and 12 Student/Teacher Time
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Thu, Feb 23
D
MS Bookshare Breakfast
Marriott Library
US Yearbook Meeting
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Simms Reception Room
US Play Company Dinner
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Dining Room
US Play Dress Rehearsal - "The Crucible"
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Beebe Black Box Theater
LS Rising Gr. 7 Transition Night POSTPONED: April 4th
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Simms Reception Room
Fri, Feb 24
E
LS Gr. 6 Northbay Parent Meeting
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Simms Reception Room
US Play Company Dinner
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Dining Room
US Play Opening Night - "The Crucible"
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sat, Feb 25
MS Invitational Strings Festival Rehearsal
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Lewis Theater
US PUNCH Sewing Workshop
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Marriott Library
Varsity Basketball vs. ISL Championship (Away)
Episcopal High School
US Invitational Strings Festival Rehearsal
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Lewis Theater
US Play Matinee - "The Crucible"
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Beebe Black Box Theater
US Play - "The Crucible"
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Sun, Feb 26
All school Senior Mother/Daughter Tea
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Simms Reception Room
US Play Set Strike
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Beebe Black Box Theater
Varsity Basketball vs. ISL Championship (Away)
Episcopal High School
US Director's Workshop at Landon
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Landon Mondzac Performing Arts Center
Mon, Feb 27
F
Arts Adjunct Drama Class
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Large Dance Studio
MS Holton-Landon Discussion with Catherine Steiner-Adair
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Simms Reception Room
Wed, Mar 1
B
LS Gr 5 Field Trip
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Off Campus
MS Winter Sports Assembly
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Gym
US Gr. 11 Science Research Meetings
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Rm D-207
US Auditions for Landon Musical
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Landon Coates Auditorium
US Auditions for Landon Musical
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Landon Coates Auditorium
Thu, Mar 2
Lower School Fun Day
Dining Room; Off Campus
LS Parent Conferences
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Homerooms
MS Gr. 7 STEM OTB Day
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Off Campus
LS Gr. 5 Field Trip
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Off campus
"Speak About It" Peer Counselor Training for Juniors
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FCL Conference Room
Senior Transition Program
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Simms Reception Room
US "Speak About It"
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Black Box Theater
US Gr 10 "It's Not Love"
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Dance Studio
US Auditions for Landon Musical
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Landon Coates Auditorium
US Auditions for Landon Musical
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Landon Coates Auditorium
US JV and Varsity Lacrosse Parents Meeting
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Dining Room
US Play Company Video Viewing
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Band Room
Fri, Mar 3
C
Lower School Fun Day
LS Art Room; Off Campus
LS Parent Conferences
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Homerooms
US Model UN Meeting
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Simms Reception Room
US Dinner for Washington National Opera Field Trip
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Simms Reception Room
Sat, Mar 4
All school Scripps Regional Spelling Bee
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Lewis Theater
Volleyball Clinic
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Gym
All school Holton-Arms Auction Premiere Party
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Watergate Hotel

LOWER SCHOOL

Dear Lower School Families,

I hope you are enjoying these lazy days of summer, including time spent with family and friends. As thoughts turn to the fall and the beginning of school, please know we are here to answer your questions and to provide support to your daughter in any way we can. To begin, here are just a few dates to note on your calendar:

Thursday, September 1 - Lower School New Student Orientation, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 1 - Grade 6 New Student Parent Technology Orientation, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 6 - Convocation and First Day of School

Wednesday, September 28 - 2 p.m. Early Dismissal for Professional Development (Buses and Extended Day available)

Thursday, September 29 - Lower School Back-to-School Night, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or my Assistant Helen Poon at 301.365.6063. We have a great year planned and I look forward to seeing you and your daughter in September.

Patrick Bane
Director of Lower School
301.365.6119

Lower School Carpool

In August, you will have a carpool number assigned to your family and a placard mailed to your home. If you have more than one daughter in Lower School, your family will use the number assigned to your youngest daughter. At dismissal, please place your placard on the passenger side of the front windshield. Drop-off and pick-up will be at the Lower School Entrance.

  • Students may be dropped at Lower School no earlier than 7:30 a.m. if they are planning to eat breakfast in the Dining Room.
  • Lower School adults will supervise morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, with the help of our sixth grade Safety Patrols. Please pay particular attention to their directions and refrain from using cell phones while driving on campus; this helps to maintain a safe and calm carpool atmosphere for our students. To make carpool run more smoothly, please remain in your car while dropping off or waiting for your daughter.
  • The familiar saying in Lower School is “Late by eight!”—however, it is highly recommended for students to arrive by 7:50 a.m. to settle in and begin their first class or Gathering. Students who arrive after 8:05 a.m. should report to the Office to sign in late.
  • If your daughter will be absent or tardy, please notify the Lower School Office at x6063 or by email at helen.poon@holton-arms.edu. A doctor’s note is appreciated after your daughter returns from a medical appointment.
  • On Monday through Thursday afternoons, carpool pick-up begins outside Lower School at 3:30 p.m. (regular carpool) and at 4:30 p.m. (after Homework Zone). On Friday afternoon, we have only one carpool dismissal, 3:30 p.m. Students not picked up by 3:50 p.m. after regular carpool will be sent to Homework Zone (or to Extended Day on Fridays); similarly, students not picked up by 4:50 p.m. after Homework Zone will be sent to Extended Day and current charges will apply.
  • If your dismissal plans change (e.g. a different driver will be picking up or your student needs to attend Homework Zone or Extended Day), please notify the Lower School Office by phone or email preferably before 2:00 p.m. Late-breaking emergencies can be expected so a notice to teachers and students will circulate immediately before dismissal to notify them of important changes to dismissal. Because students are not permitted to use their cell phones or their iPads for non-school related purposes during the school day, this is the surest way to communicate messages.
  • If your daughter is carpooling with another student from the Middle or Upper School, please let us know. Your student will be supervised in the Dining Room until her number is called over the radio from the Front Circle. They will not be permitted to wait in the Front Circle unsupervised by an adult.
  • Parents should plan to pick up students after Ensemble from the Lower School Entrance. This allows students to pick up their back packs and be supervised at all times.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions (about carpool or otherwise). I look forward to working with all of you and to beginning a fabulous year in Lower School.

Homework Zone & Extended Day

Lower School Homework Zone is designed for all Holton Lower School students. Homework Zone offers girls the opportunity to work on homework in a structured environment before they leave school. This after-school study hall runs 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Please note that no snack is provided. Parents are welcome to pack a snack for their student to eat during this time.

There is no charge for this service. Students not picked up by 4:30 p.m. will report to Extended Day, which is billed on an hourly basis.

Lower School Extended Day is designed for all Holton-Arms Lower School students remaining on campus after the school day has ended. Extended Day runs 4:30-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 3:30-6 p.m. Fridays. Snacks, cooking, outdoor recreation, and crafts, are all part of this after-school program. There is no pre-registration. This drop-in only service will be billed to your Holton-Arms Account by the Business Office at an hourly rate.

Instrumental Music Program

2016-17 Lower School Instrumental Music Program

All students in the Lower School will study an instrument next year and play in either the Band or String Orchestra.

Returning families will need to complete an online Ensemble Registration & Instrumental Rental Form (one form per student), available below. All forms should have been submitted by June 7.

Lower School Instrumental Music Program

New Student Instrument Registration and Rental Form

Any questions about instrument choice should be sent directly to Mr. Tilley.

Please read this letter regarding the LS Instrumental Music Program including the after school ensemble schedule

Private Lesson Summer Registration is now open. Fall registration opens August 29, 2016.

Group Music Lessons

All students in the Lower School will study an instrument next year and play in either the Band or String Orchestra. Students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades will continue with their current instruments. Current third grade students (rising fourth graders) have had the opportunity to try out instruments and determine with their teachers which instrument they would like to study next year.

New Student Instrument Registration and Rental Form

AFTER SCHOOL GROUP LESSON SCHEDULE

Monday 3:30-4:15 p.m.

  • Beginning violins and violas
  • Grade 3 winds (all grade 3 band students will play recorder)

Monday 4:15-5 p.m.

  • 2nd year violins and violas
  • 1st year percussionists (any grade 4-6 student new to the instrument)

Tuesdays 3:30-4:15 p.m.

  • Beginning cellos and basses
  • 1st year flutes, clarinets, and oboes (grade 4-6 student new to the instrument)

Tuesdays 4:15-5 p.m.

  • 2nd year cellos and basses
  • 1st year saxophone and brass instruments (grade 4-6 student new to the instrument)

Summer Work

MATH

Grade level workbooks can be ordered here: http://www.summerskills.com/books/summer-math-skil...

READING

The Lower School "Read" for Summer 2016 will be sent home with your student and mailed to new students - suggested free reading can be found here.

WORLD LANGUAGES

Rising Grade 4 Spanish Summer Packet
Rising Grade 5 Spanish Summer Packet
Rising Grade 6 Spanish Summer Packet
Rising Grade 6 French Summer Packet

Supplies

For every child, please have the following available at home.

(To keep backpacks light, it is not necessary to bring these items to school.)

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Box of crayons and colored pencils
  • Ruler with inches and centimeters
  • Meter stick, with inches
  • Stapler and staples
  • Calculator (iPad calculator is fine)
  • Scissors
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Highlighters
  • Reinforcements
  • Magic markers
  • Tape

We have purchased many of the supplies your daughter will need at school and will distribute these to the girls as needed. To purchase:

Third Grade:

  • Pencil case
  • Backpack

Fourth Grade:

  • Pencil case
  • Backpack

Fifth Grade:

  • Backpack (preferably no Zuca’s due to safety concerns, stairs, and space limitations within lockers)
  • Pencil Case
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Headphones/ear buds to keep at school

Sixth Grade:

  • Pencil case large enough to hold your calculator
  • Backpack
  • Binders and dividers
  • Head phones or ear buds
  • Scientific calculator-TI30xa solar or TI30xIIs solar (preferred)

Parent Technology Information

MIDDLE SCHOOL

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Middle School Office at 301-365-6017. In case you missed it... back to school email (sent 7/26)

Dear Middle School Families,

I hope that your daughters are having a wonderful summer filled with opportunities to relax, participate in their favorite activities, spend time with their family, and try something they have never done before.

As you begin to prepare for the start of the school year, please take time to review the information in the tabs listed above and to the right, and note the important dates listed below.

Important Dates for the start of the school year 2016 – 2017:

Thursday, September 1 - New Student Orientation Day 1 (bring iPad and wear uniform), 1 to 5 p.m.

Friday, September 2 - New Student Orientation Day 2 (bring iPad and wear uniform), 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tuesday, September 6 - Convocation and First Day of School

Thursday, September 8 - Back to School Night, 5:45 to 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 15 - Friday, September 16: Grade 7 Outdoor Education Trip

Wednesday, September 28 - Friday, September 30: Grade 8 Outdoor Education Trip

Although I hope the summer lingers on slowly for your daughters, I am so excited for the 2016-2017 school year to begin! If any questions arise as you prepare for the upcoming school year, do not hesitate to contact me or my assistant Mary McMillen at 301.365.6017.

Take care,

Christy Diefenderfer
Interim Middle School Director
301.365.6018

Course List & Text Book Ordering

Your daughter's Course Enrollment list is now posted in the Student Database on the right side of the page.

Please use this list when procuring books for the school year. If there is an error in this list (e.g., your daughter is enrolled in Chinese when she should be French), simply delay purchasing materials for this course until we have a chance to touch base and then make any necessary adjustments.

Holton uses MBS Direct for online book ordering services. Please refer to the easy-to-follow directions below, and contact MBS Direct 844-603-9960 should you have any questions. If further assistance is required, please call the Middle School office.

The online bookstore will open August 8 and offers free shipping the first two weeks.

All students must have their books for the first day of classes (September 6).

The Alumnae Association will host the Used Book Sale on Tuesday, August 9. While not every book your daughter needs will be available at this event, it is still a great opportunity to save some money. Gently used uniforms will also be on sale.

ONLINE ORDERING DIRECTIONS:

1. Go to the online bookstore

2. Click on "Order Your Books" and then select payment

3. Check each course (English, History, World Language, Math, and Science). Click "Continue"

4. You will then see a master listing of all courses within each discipline. Referring to your daughter's course list [available online in the student database (click on Course Enrollment)], check the appropriate class within each discipline; click "Continue"

5. You will then see only those titles pertaining to your daughter's courses. After reviewing the options listed, click "Add To Cart" and follow the check-out directions provided.

6. Please note the following:

  • All texts for English class must be purchased new;
  • Please note that in the Middle School, there is no need to purchase texts for Art.
  • Be sure to reference the exact ISBN number if you take advantage of any service other than MBS or the Alumnae Used Book Sale. ISBN numbers can be found through the Holton Bookstore on the MBS website.
  • If you have any questions about the online ordering process, please contact the MBS Customer Contact Center at 1-800-325-3252 or VB@mbsDirect.net

Homework Haven

Middle School students are dismissed from the Main Entrance each day at 3:30 p.m.; however, it takes them some time to transition from playing sports to gathering their materials to heading out to the front circle for pick-up. Please keep this reality in mind when arriving to school and when scheduling after-school activities.

The Middle School after-school program is called Homework Haven. It offers students the opportunity to work on school assignments in a structured, quiet classroom environment. Supervision will be provided by Holton faculty and staff. Homework Haven runs 4:15-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Rates are as follows: 4:15-5 p.m. = $5.20 no fraction thereof; 5-6 p.m. = $7.20 or $3.60 for each half hour.

Please note that snack and break are provided and that Fridays are reserved for special activities. In order for us to know the whereabouts of every MS student, any student not picked up by 4:15 p.m. must sign in to this program.

Summer Work

Information about summer reading can be found on the Summer Reading 2016 page.


Summer Math

Pre-Algebra Fundamentals - 6th Grade (navy blue book) http://www.summerskills.com/books/summer-math-skil...

Pre-Algebra/Pre-Algebra Accelerated - 7th Grade (orange book)

http://www.summerskills.com/books/summer-math-skil...

Introduction to Algebra - Review for the Middle Grades (green book) http://www.summerskills.com/books/summer-math-skil...

Algebra 1 - Pre-Algebra (blue book) http://www.summerskills.com/books/summer-math-skil...

Algebra 1 Honors - Pre-Algebra (blue book) http://www.summerskills.com/books/summer-math-skil...

Geometry Honors - Complete summer packet (PDF file) sent to via email

Supplies

Required Apps for Middle School (PDF)

Grade 7

  • 5 - 1.5” 3-ringed binders
  • 2 - 1’’ 3-ringed binders
  • 7 sets of binder dividers
  • Large supply of college-ruled loose leaf paper
  • Hole-punched graph paper
  • Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pens (blue, black, green, & red)
  • Highlighters
  • Erasers
  • Packet of small sticky notes (1”x2”)
  • Pack of 3 x 5 ruled notecards
  • Scientific calculator (TI-30X is recommended; TI-84 for Algebra I Honors)
  • Note: Students have been able to maximize locker storage by using a strong plastic crate (13”sq. x 11”h; available at the Container Store and elsewhere).

Grade 8

  • 4 1.5” 3-ringed binders
  • 1 1’’ 3-ringed binder
  • 5 sets of binder dividers
  • Large supply of college-ruled loose leaf paper
  • Hole-punched graph paper
  • Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pens (blue, black, green, & red)
  • Highlighters
  • Erasers
  • Ruler
  • Packet of small sticky notes (1”x2”)
  • Pack of 3 x 5 ruled notecards
  • Metric ruler, protractor, compass
  • Scientific calculator (TI-84 plus or silver edition))
  • Note: Students have been able to maximize locker storage by using a strong plastic crate (13”sq. x 11”h; available at the Container Store and elsewhere).

UPPER SCHOOL

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Upper School 301.365.6045 or email upper@holton-arms.edu. In case you missed it... back to school email (sent 7/26)

Dear Upper School Families,

I hope you are all having a great and restful summer and are looking forward to the beautiful weeks ahead.

As is always the case at this time of year, we have important information that will help you plan for the school year that lies ahead. Be sure to check the all school information above and the activity and grade specific information to the right.

2016-2017 Important Fall Dates

Monday, August 22 - Preseason for Fall Athletics Begins at 8 a.m. (see further info at right) Parent Meeting 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 1 - Freshman Fall Activity Day (for all 9th graders not participating in a fall team sport at school; for further information, see “Grade 9” to the right)

Thursday, September 1 - 9th Grade Parent Orientation to Upper School, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 6 - Convocation and First Day of Classes

Tuesday, September 6 - 12th Grade Parent Orientation to Senior Year, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 14 - Upper School Back-to-School Night

Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 - Upper School Conferences (students attend)

Professional Days and 2 p.m. Early Dismissal Dates – We will use this time for faculty professional work and collaboration time. Please note that while the Lower and Middle Schools will dismiss early, Upper School athletics and after school activities will follow their normal schedule on all 2 p.m. dismissal days (i.e. be sure to check with your daughter before scheduling an early pick up because there could be grade specific events schedule at 2 p.m. on some of these dates!).

I look forward to seeing you all when school gets underway. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or, in my absence, Adriane Anderson, our wonderful Upper School Administrative Assistant (301.365.6045). We are here to help.

Sincerely and with gratitude for being a member of this community,

Chris Lynch
Interim Director of Upper School
301.365.6089

Athletics Pre-Season & Fall Sports

Consent to Treat, Health Forms & Impact Testing

Baseline ImPACT (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) will be conducted during fall preseason sports. Baseline ImPACT is critical for each and every Holton-Arms student. In the unfortunate event of a student sustaining a head injury, the ImPACT assessment is one of many key tools needed to help determine how the student should be treated and what accommodations will be needed for that student.

Each parent must sign the ImPACT Consent Form. You can also read the School's Concussion Policy and the Concussion Fact Sheet.

The schedule of non-fall athlete baseline testing will be provided this fall.

If you have any questions regarding the testing, please contact me:
Maureen Siburt, ATC, LAT
Certified Athletic Trainer
Health and Physical Education Teacher
Holton-Arms School
Office: 301-365-6467

ImPACT Testing for fall athletes

Grade 11: Wednesday, August 24 at 2 p.m.
Eacho Lecture Hall

(Students must bring their laptops; new students will be provided with a laptop for the test.)

Grade 9: Thursday, August 25 at 2 p.m.
Eacho Lecture Hall

(Students must bring their laptops. Laptops will be provided if they do not have one already set up by the school.)

Schedules & Summer Workouts

Summer Workouts for Fall Sports

Don’t forget preseason for fall sports starts August 22. Be sure to look at your summer workouts below and check the preseason schedule for more information.

Click on the sport below to see the summer workout:
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball

Arts Information

Drama Backstage Bash Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m. - read more

Drama Production US Schedule 2016-2017 (PDF)

Orchesis Pre-season 2016 (PDF)

Course List & Text Book Ordering

Your daughter's Course Enrollment list is now posted in the Student Database on the right side of the page.

Please use this list when procuring books for the school year. If there is an error in this list (e.g., your daughter is enrolled in Chinese when she should be French), simply delay purchasing materials for this course until we have a chance to touch base and then make any necessary adjustments.

Holton uses MBS Direct for online book ordering services. Please refer to the easy-to-follow directions below, and contact the US office or MBS Direct (see below) should you have any questions. The online bookstore will open August 8 and offers free shipping the first two weeks.

All students must have their books for the first day of classes (September 6).

The Alumnae Association will host the Used Book Sale on Tuesday, August 9. While not every book your daughter needs will be available at this event, it is still a great opportunity to save some money. Gently used uniforms will also be on sale.

ONLINE ORDERING DIRECTIONS:

1. Go to the online bookstore

2. Click on "Order Your Books" and then select payment

3. Check each course (English, History, World Language, Math, and Science). Click "Continue"

4. You will then see a master listing of all courses within each discipline. Referring to your daughter's course list [available online in the student database (click on Course Enrollment), check the appropriate class within each discipline; click "Continue"

5. You will then see only those titles pertaining to your daughter's courses. After reviewing the options listed, click "Add To Cart" and follow the check-out directions provided.

6. Please note the following:

  • All texts for English class must be purchased new.
  • Be sure to reference the exact ISBN number if you take advantage of any service other than MBS or the Alumnae Used Book Sale. ISBN numbers can be found through the Holton Bookstore on the MBS website.
  • If you have any questions about the online ordering process, please contact the MBS Customer Contact Center at 1-800-325-3252 or VB@mbsDirect.net

Summer Work

Information about Summer Reading can be found on the Summer Reading 2016 page.


Summer Math (Please click on the link for the class you will take in the fall):

Algebra 1 - Blue Summer Skills book (link to order)

Algebra 2 (PDF)

Geometry (PDF)

Precalculus (PDF)

Intro to Calculus (PDF)

AP AB Calculus (PDF)

AP BC Calculus (PDF)

Supplies

1. Binders
2. Folders
3. Pens
4. Pencils
5. Highlighters
6. Notecards
7. Paper clips
8. Ruler
9. Graphing Calculator
10. Markers
11. Topic dividers
12. Pencil case
13. Paper (note book)
14. Crate/organizer for locker

Grade 9

GRADE 9 – Special Reminders

9th Grade Class Dean: Tucker Sowers (301.767.2338)

  • Freshman Fall Activity Requirement
  • Freshman Fall Activity Day (for all not playing a fall sport) – September 1
  • 9th Grade Parent Orientation – September 1
  • Orientation for all 9th graders and new students – September 2
  • Baseline concussion testing for all students in grade 9

Freshman Fall Activity Requirement: In order to provide an opportunity for every 9th grader to forge relationships with students in her grade beyond the classroom, each student participates in one of several activities during the first quarter. Choices of activities include fall athletics (cross country, field hockey, soccer, tennis, or volleyball), the fall drama production (acting or tech), the Great Outdoors or community service. Each 9th grader selected a Fall Activity either at an 8th grade class meeting or at New Student Placement Testing. Please ask your daughter which activity she selected; if she is unable to remember, you may call or email Adriane Anderson, Upper School Administrative Assistant (301.365.6045).

Thursday, September 1: Freshman Fall Activity Day

Students who are not playing a fall sport will participate in an all-day shared experience with other students in their chosen fall activity: the Drama Discovery Day (for the Fall Drama Production), on the Great Outdoors, or a Community Service project. Your daughter should receive specific information from faculty leaders of their fall activity in mid-August. Please contact or email 9th Grade Class Dean Tucker Sowers (301.767.2338) if you have any questions.

Thursday, September 1: 9th Grade Parent Orientation to the Upper School, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

We hope that all Class of 2020 households will be represented at the Ninth Grade Parent Orientation on September 1 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Eacho Lecture Hall. At the meeting, Upper School Director Chris Lynch, Dean of Students Lisa Craig, 9th Grade Class Dean Tucker Sowers, and Guidance Counselor Annette Levitine-Woodside will conduct an orientation to the Upper School specific to the interests of parents whose daughters are moving into high school. Peer Counselors and student leaders will be on hand to speak about the Upper School experience as well.

9th graders, who have been on campus for fall sports practices or Freshman Fall Activity Day, are invited to enjoy pizza and a movie.

Friday, September 2: ORIENTATION for all 9th Grade and New Students, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All 9th Graders and new students must arrive, in uniform and with laptop, by 8 a.m. Students should enter through the FRONT ENTRANCE to check in before hearing up to the third floor to receive their locker number and combination. The purpose of Orientation is to help make the transition to Upper School as smooth as possible. Students will receive their planners, schedules, and locker assignments with combinations, and will have time to get acquainted with the facilities, their classrooms, and their Peer Counselors.

IMPACT TESTING (BASELINE FOR CONCUSSIONS) - All 9th grade students will take a brief baseline impact test at school either during pre-season (for fall athletes) or in early September. The tests will be administered under the supervision of Maureen Siburt, Athletic Trainer, and Lori Herringa, Director of Student Health. Students will complete the computer-based test during their free periods. Test results will be used only in the event that a student has sustained a possible concussion. Should a student suffer a concussion (whether during a school activity or elsewhere), the school will follow Holton’s Concussion Policy to ensure a safe and stable recovery period.

Grade 10

GRADE 10 – Special Reminders

10th Grade Class Dean: Kate Mitchell (301.767.2360)

Saturday, October 15: PSATs

For 10th graders, this test is strictly a practice for junior year, when the test counts as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Capitol Educators will be conducting an optional (and free) workshop at school from 12 – 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 to familiarize the girls with the test. The college counselors will provide information about how to sign up once school gets underway.

Wednesday, October 26: 10th Grade Alcohol Symposium and Community of Concern Event

All 10th graders and at least one parent are required to attend the Alcohol Symposium on October 26. We try to schedule this evening event early in the year, before Homecomings and the return from college of older friends and siblings who introduce college-level social behaviors to their younger friends. Please make every effort to attend this event. Guest speakers and small-group discussions around timely topics and situations highlight the evening. 11th and 12th grade Peer Counselors will serve as facilitators. Students will start at 5 p.m.; a parent pot-luck begins at 6 p.m. All parents must arrive in time for 7 p.m. start of full program. Thank you in advance for your attention and support as we do our best to keep our students safe and to encourage sensible individual and collective decision making.

Grade 11

GRADE 11 – Special Reminders

11th Grade Class Dean: Shay Squeglia (301.365.6104)

ImPACT Testing (Baseline for Concussions): All 11th grade students will take a brief baseline impact test at school either during pre-season (for fall athletes) or in early September. The tests will be administered under the supervision of Maureen Siburt, Athletic Trainer, and Lori Herringa, Director of Student Health. Students will complete the computer-based test during their free periods. Test results will be used only in the event that a student has sustained a possible concussion. Should a student suffer a concussion (whether during a school activity or elsewhere), the school will follow Holton’s Concussion Policy to ensure a safe and stable recovery period.

Thursday-Saturday, September 15 to 17: HARP (Holton-Arms Retreat Program)

All 11th grade students will participate in this 3 day retreat program. The retreat was designed to create a community which will cultivate character, promote wellness, and encourage individuals to explore their own identity. We ask for the girls and families support with this inaugural event. More information will be send as we begin the year.

Saturday, October 15: PSATs

All 11th grade students will take the PSAT, which counts as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Capitol Educators will once again conduct an optional (and free) workshop at school from 12 – 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 for girls who would like to attend a session intended to familiarize students with the test. The college counselors will provide information about how to sign up once school gets underway.

Wednesday, October 19: Episcopal High School College Fair, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (students only).

Friday, November 4: The 11th Grade Parent Potluck features a College Parent Panel of former Holton parents who will share their experience and words of wisdom regarding the college process.

Wednesday, November 16: College Night for all 11th grade students and their parents, 7 – 9:30 p.m. on campus. Please mark your calendars now.

Parking Permits –

Due to space limitations, student parking on campus is limited to Juniors and Seniors. Students should see Mr. Kenny Bryson, Security, at the Front Desk to register their car and to get a parking hangtag. If they currently have a hangtag, students must still fill out a registration form for the upcoming school year with their current hangtag number inserted on the form. Remember, no students may park on campus without a hangtag after the first week of classes.

IMPORTANT ADVANCE NOTICE ABOUT TEXTBOOK PURCHASING FOR 11th GRADE HISTORY: When the time comes next month to purchase your daughter’s textbooks for the coming year, you need not re-purchase the Boyer, Mullane, Perry or McKay texts as the girls used these during 10th grade and should still have their copies.

Grade 12

GRADE 12 – Special Reminders

12th Grade Class Dean: Yolanda Keener (301.365.6099)

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2017, who have all but completed their community service hours and submitted required paperwork. May they continue to make a difference in the lives of others! Many thanks for your parental support in their various endeavors.

DATE CHANGE: Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. – 12th Grade Parents: Navigating the Senior Year, A Road Map for Parents: Please join Senior Class Dean Yolanda Keener, Dean of Students Lisa Craig, and Upper School Director Chris Lynch for this overview of the exciting (and often very emotional) year ahead. We’ll discuss what to expect from your increasingly independent and busy daughter, how best to support her, and how we try to keep them focused and positive here at school. We will also distribute and review the Passport to Senior Year, a guide to the special events that lie ahead.

Parking Permits

Due to space limitations, student parking on campus is limited to Juniors and Seniors. Students should see Mr. Kenny Bryson, Security, at the Front Desk to register their car and to get a parking hangtag. If they currently have a hangtag, students must still fill out a registration form for the upcoming school year with their current hangtag number inserted on the form. Remember, no students may park on campus without a hangtag after the first week of classes.

Planning College Visits: Please keep in mind, as you look toward September and October for final college visits, how difficult it is for students to miss valuable class time, especially as they take on classes that may be at the AP level. Fall athletes often have weekend commitments that they must honor as well. For this reason, we encourage you to use the two long weekends in October for college visits, provided your daughter has no athletic contests, drama rehearsals or other commitments. They are October 8-10 (Saturday through Monday) and October 22-24 (Saturday through Monday).

GRADUATION DRESS SUGGESTION: Also on the planning ahead front: now is actually a good time to think about finding a graduation dress or suit and shoes on the summer sale racks! However, there are special requirements for the dresses regarding length, color, straps, heels, etc. Yolanda Keener, Senior Class Dean, wants to make sure you have the important details listed below before you get started.

GRADUATION DRESS GUIDELINES

Graduation dresses must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • white, ivory, or off-white dresses OR an appropriately formal white pantsuit
  • ½” -1” minimum shoulder strap; no tank, halter, or strapless looks
  • the back of the dress must have a back as high as regular bra
  • dresses should be lined or worn with a full slip
  • a side or back slit must be no higher than the knees
  • if dress has beading or lace, it must be minimal
  • traditional/ethnic/native dress is suitable and welcomed as long as it adheres to the color requirement

We are looking to achieve a young, fresh look for our graduates

Shoes:

  • comfortable, flat or low heeled shoes are preferable
  • color – white, off–white, or clear
  • no flip flops or athletic shoes

Holton 101

School

Founded in 1901

School Colors: Blue & White

Mascot: Panther

The Holton-Arms Crest: The lamp symbolizes the light cast by knowledge, the orbs signify a guild or group that comes together for a purpose, the bay leaf symbolizes youth, and the open book symbolizes the teachers’ role in imparting knowledge.

Holton-Arms Defining Statements

Mission Statement

The mission of the Holton-Arms School is to cultivate the unique potential of young women through the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.”

* Jessie Moon Holton (1866-1951, founder)

School Motto

Inveniam viam aut faciam | I will find a way or make one.

Vision Statement

Inspiring young women to lead lives of positive influence.

Philosophy

Founded in 1901, Holton-Arms is a college-preparatory school for girls grades 3-12 dedicated to the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.*” The School provides rigorous and dynamic programs in the traditional academic areas, the fine and performing arts, and athletics. Here, young women of diverse backgrounds can take risks, learn from mistakes, pursue opportunities for leadership, and build lifelong friendships. Holton-Arms is a vibrant community that values consistency and order as well as creativity and freedom. We seek to develop personal integrity and the sense of responsibility that help young women to make wise and ethical choices. We work to build the values of respect, compassion, and service to others, within the School and in local, national, and global communities. We believe that with intellectual curiosity, self-reliance, tenacity of purpose, and commitment to others, Holton women will make a difference in a complex and changing world.

Statement of Respect

At Holton-Arms, we believe that by demonstrating understanding and acceptance of each person, we enable one another to thrive. Our goal is to create a respectful environment, based on trust, which allows for individuality, support, and security for all members of the community. We define respect as the recognition and consideration of the dignity, worth, rights, and safety of each person, as an individual and as a member of the community. Respect entails acknowledging and seeking to understand different beliefs and values, even if they are not our own.

We believe that successful learning is a process which depends upon a willingness to take risks, ask difficult questions, and make mistakes. We strive to be a community where individuals are aware of the impact their actions may have on others and where each of us will assume responsibility for acting in a way that helps to create and maintain a respectful community. Such a community should be a place where we interact and engage in conversation openly, explore similarities and differences candidly, and view experiences of conflict as an opportunity to grow.

Commitment to Diversity

Holton-Arms is committed to multicultural education, to a diverse student body and faculty, and to the support and respect for the dignity and worth of each member of the school community, regardless of socio-economic background, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. Examples of prejudice or stereotyping in or outside of the classroom should be confronted directly. Any such incident is an opportunity for discussion and education. Some may also require disciplinary measures. Please ask for help from the guidance staff and/or the administration, as needed. We feel it is essential that incidents or attitudes which detract from the school’s commitment to the worth of each individual student and adult be addressed, for the benefit of all the individuals involved and of the school community.

Diversity Mission Statement

The Holton-Arms School, within the context of its educational mission, seeks inclusion, equity, and pluralism in its policies, practices, and programs and teaches respect for the rights of all people.

An essential part of the Holton-Arms, mission is to prepare young women for a changing world, to endow each girl with a profound sense of respect for herself and her community, and to help each girl reach her full potential. In founding this school, Jessie Moon Holton believed that education has the power to liberate the mind and spirit. She was a strong advocate of kindness, understanding, cooperation, and service. At Holton-Arms we understand the importance of education in achieving flexibility of thinking, respect for differences, moral courage, and appreciation for common ground. We also recognize that these educational goals are rarely achieved without occasional conflict; Holton-Arms, therefore, provides a forum for reasoned and honest discussion involving a range of opinions and personal experiences where civility, respect, and depth of understanding may be developed.

We will work toward the following goals:

  • A Board of Trustees that is inclusive in its membership and provides the leadership necessary for fostering an equitable and just school community.
  • A diverse school community that encourages all of its members (students, parents, faculty, and staff) to develop mutual respect, integrity, moral courage, and civility through discourse, teamwork, and a variety of community experiences.
  • A curriculum which is broad and inclusive.
  • Increased participation of alumnae of all backgrounds in the life of the School, to support one another, and to mentor current students.
  • Providing the training and skills necessary to achieve these goals.
Key Events

Convocation - The first day of classes is set for Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 8 a.m. We will follow a special schedule to accommodate the traditional all-school Convocation beginning at 9 a.m. Parents are invited to attend this opening ceremony, which establishes the tone and theme for the school year.

The first day of school is also a special day for seniors who traditionally arrive early to school, line the driveway and greet new and returning underclassmen as they drive onto campus – be sure to arrive early, honk your horn, and cheer for the class of 2017!

Back-to-School Nights are held in the early fall for each division (dates TBD). This is your opportunity to meet your daughter’s teachers, to learn about the curriculum, and to ask specific questions about our academic program. Light fare will be provided followed by an important general meeting, time with your daughter’s advisor (Middle & Upper School), and then ten to fifteen minute sessions with each of your daughter’s teachers.

Spirit Week – This school-wide event occurs each year in September. Throughout the week students enjoy special “out-of-uniform” days (e.g., blue-white day, pajama day, etc.). This week is also marked by a school-wide parade and game of blue/white freeze dance. Parents are welcome to witness this spectacle. Parents are welcome to view the parade/freeze dance. Details will be provided before the event with tips on the best spots for viewing.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - November 10 and 11, 2016 - There are no classes for students, please note students in grades 7 through 12 will participate in these conferences. This is the opportunity to visit with your daughter’s teachers to discuss her progress and establish goals. Parents are required to sign up online. (Look for instructions in Holton’s weekly eNewsletter in mid-October.)

Mosaic - This annual community-wide event typically held in late January/early February, celebrates the cultural and ethnic richness of the Holton-Arms community – parents, students, faculty and staff. The event provides opportunities for everyone to share their family heritage with others. Included in the evening are art and cultural displays, craft presentations, performances, instructional activities and, of course, food!

The Holton Auction - The Holton Auction is Holton’s largest parent-driven fundraising event raising more than $300,000 annually to benefit financial aid at Holton.

Drop-off and Pick-up

ARRIVAL

School begins at 8 a.m. It is important that all students arrive to campus with time to prepare for their day (no later than 7:50 a.m.). Please be patient and remember carpool is a no cell phone zone.

Lower School students are dropped off at the Lower School Entrance (more information about carpool will be shared during the summer). Middle and Upper School students are dropped off at the Main Entrance.

DISMISSAL/AFTER SCHOOL CARE

Lower School students are dismissed from the Lower School Entrance each day at 3:30 p.m.

Lower School Homework Zone is designed for all Holton Lower School students. Homework Zone offers girls the opportunity to work on homework in a structured environment before they leave school. This after-school study hall runs 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Please note that no snack is provided. Parents are welcome to pack a snack for their student to eat during this time.

There is no charge for this service. Students not picked up by 4:30 p.m. will report to Extended Day, which is billed on an hourly basis.

Lower School Extended Day is designed for all Holton-Arms Lower School students remaining on campus after the school day has ended. Extended Day runs 4:30-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 3:30-6 p.m. Fridays. Snacks, cooking, outdoor recreation, and crafts, are all part of this after-school program. There is no pre-registration. This drop-in only service will be billed to your Holton-Arms Account by the Business Office at an hourly rate of $7.50 per hour.

Middle School students are dismissed from the Main Entrance each day at 3:30 p.m.; however, it takes them some time to transition from playing sports to gathering their materials to heading out to the front circle for pick-up. Please keep this reality in mind when arriving to school and when scheduling after-school activities.

The Middle School after-school program is called Homework Haven. It offers students the opportunity to work on school assignments in a structured, quiet classroom environment. Supervision will be provided by Holton faculty and staff. Homework Haven runs 4:15-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. 2016-1017 rates are as follows: 4:15-5 p.m. = $5:20; 5-6 p.m. = $7.20 (no fraction thereof).

Please note that snack and break are provided and that Fridays are reserved for special activities. In order for us to know the whereabouts of every MS student, any student not picked up by 4:15 p.m. must sign in to this program.

The Upper School Academic day ends at 3:30 p.m. Additional time may be spent on campus for athletics, arts, and club responsibilities. Parents coordinate carpool with their daughters according to their needs.

ATTENDANCE

Parents are asked to contact the appropriate division office by 8:30 a.m. if their daughter is going to be absent or late. Students who arrive after 10 a.m. may neither participate in nor attend after school activities.

Lower School Office - Helen Poon 301-365-6063

Middle School Office - Mary McMillen 301-365-6017

Upper School Office – Adriane Anderson 301-365-6046

Religious Observance Absences

Holton-Arms is a non-sectarian school that celebrates diversity within its community. The School encourages its members to honor their various religious commitments that may fall on a school day. For that reason, all absences for religious observance are automatically recorded as excused. Holton asks its students to communicate their needs openly and expects its faculty to support those students and their religious beliefs and practices.

Student Health

The Infirmary, located near the Advancement Center, is open during the school year from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is equipped to handle first aid and emergency cases for all students and is supervised by a registered nurse, Lori Herringa at 301.365.6002; Fax 301.365.6050; lori.herringa@holton-arms.edu.

Please be sure that you have completed the Consent to Treat Agreement (found online in the Enrollment portal) by August 15, 2016.

For the 2016 - 2017 School Year:
Holton-Arms School requires every student to have an annual physical examination and to submit the completed Holton-Arms Health Form to the school nurse, including changes or additions to the immunization record. As a reminder, Maryland State Law requires that all medication, both prescription and over the counter, be distributed through the school nurse's office, those forms are also included in the Health Form packet. If you have any questions regarding the Health Form or other school health policies, please contact Lori Herringa, R.N. (301-365-6002).

Included in the Health Form Packet:

1. Physician's Examination Form: Next year's physical exam must be completed after August 1, 2015, regardless of the student's birth date. If you are unsure of the date of your daughter's last physical, please contact the school nurse.
2. Emergency Health Care Plan: If your student has a severe allergy (requiring an EpiPen), asthma/RAD (requiring a rescue inhaler), diabetes, seizure disorder or other serious medical condition requiring a plan of care, you must have your physician complete this form annually.
3. Over the Counter Medication Form: If you would like the school nurse to administer the listed medications to your daughter during the school day, please have your physician complete and sign this form. This form must also be signed by a parent/guardian.
4. Maryland Immunization Certificate: All new students, all rising sixth grade students, and all rising ninth grade students must submit a new, completed certificate and be up to date on all booster vaccinations.
5. Authorization to Administer Prescribed Medication: All students who will be taking prescription medication of any kind.

Most pediatric practices fill their appointment books early for summer exams, so please make your appointment now. Students will not be allowed to attend pre-season events or school in September until all parts of the Health Form are submitted.

If you have any questions regarding the Health Form or other school health policies, please contact Lori Herringa, R.N. 301.365.6002.

School Communications

At Holton, we encourage open dialogue throughout our community in order to foster healthy environment in which to learn and work. Our expectation is for parents, faculty, and staff to take an active role in receiving and disseminating information in a timely manner in order to be actively engaged in the education and lives of our students.

Online Calendarhttp://www.holton-arms.edu/community/the-holton-calendar - is the most up-to-date resource for Holton happenings.

Holton website - Password protected access to the parent portals on the Holton website and student database will be sent to new parents in July 2016.

Digital Alerts – Once your account is set up for the Holton website, you will be able to sign up for alerts pushed out to you about news, events, and changes in schedule via email and/or SMS text alert.

School Directory – available in the Holton App, online in the student database parent portal, and in print Fall 2016.

Weekly eNewsletter - Our weekly eNewsletter Holton Weekly is sent every Friday when school is in session and includes timely notices as well as links to the Head of School’s blog, the week’s latest news postings, photo galleries, and upcoming calendar events.

Division eNewsletters

Lower School ePouch is sent on Thursday afternoons every week.

Middle School Medley is sent on the second Tuesday each month.

Upper School News is sent on the first Tuesday each month.

Newsletters are also archived on the Parent Portal.

Grade Representative eNewsletters

Each grade has several Parents Association volunteers who serve as grade representatives for their grade level. Grade representatives send our monthly newsletters with informative grade level content.

The Scene

The Scene is a light-hearted, “insider’s look” at how Holton students, teachers, staff and alumnae are “finding their way or making one” inside and outside of the classroom. The Scene is a blog and can be found on the “Get Connected” page on the Holton website.

Social Media – Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and SmugMug (HollyHolton).

Summer Resources/Back-to-School web page – will be available in July and acts as a home base for everything you will need to know to get ready for the fall including summer reading.

Bus Transportation & Carpooling

Information about 2016-17 registration, routes, schedules, and pricing is available on the parent portal.

Due to the 2001 Neighborhood Agreement which restricts Holton traffic in various ways, the School strongly encourages families to carpool. The online directory in the Holton Student Database features a directory of "Nearby Families" which shows Holton student households and how far they live from you to assist in carpool planning.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is available in the dining room from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. Students should arrive through the main entrance to attend. Breakfast Club is free of charge and offered on a drop in basis. (No registration required.)

Parent Volunteers

Parent volunteers contribute to Holton in many ways. The success of the School is due in large part to the involvement of parent volunteers. We hope that all parents will find a way to serve as volunteers and become active members of the School community.

A volunteer interested form can be found on the website. Click on the “Support” section on the home page and select "Volunteer." From there, you can read about various opportunities and select the ones that suit your interests. As an alternative, send an email to Director of Constituent Relations Dani Aronson and she will contact you.

Please remember that all parent volunteers or other chaperones who will accompany students on day or overnight trips will work directly with students must be fingerprinted by the Holton Security department prior to volunteering.

Quick Reference:

Front Desk: 301-365-5300

Athletics Hotline: 301-365-6022

Billing Questions: Business Office - Jeanne Christian 301-365-6030

Division Directors:

Lower School - Patrick Bane, Director of Lower School 301-365-6119

Middle School - Christy Diefenderfer, Interim Director of Middle School 301-365-6018

Upper School - Chris Lynch, Interim Director of Upper School 301-365-6039;
Lisa Craig, Dean of Students 301-365-6090

After School Programs:

Fine & Performing Arts Adjunct Program - 301-365-6098

Lower School Extended Day - 301-365-6493

Lower School Office - Helen Poon 301-365-6063

Middle School Homework Haven 301-365-6471

Middle School Office - Mary McMillen 301-365-6017

Special Programs Office – Callie Lindsey 301-365-6487

Financial Aid: Mariana Williams, Director of Financial Aid 301-365-6012

Fingerprinting Appointment:

Security Office - Kevin Wilson 301-365-6070

Director of Facilities - Mike Joyce 301-365-6072

Infirmary: Lori Herringa, R.N., Director of Student Health 301-365-6002

Technology Help: IT Help Desk (help@holton-arms.edu) 301-365-6468

Transportation Questions: Facilities Office - 301-365-6483

School Store: Nina Gilman 301-365-6035

Key Places & Holton-isms

Adalman Gallery - located outside of the Simms Reception Room between the Dining Hall and second floor administrative hallway of the main building. This space is used to display student artwork.

Advancement Center – the center houses the development and communications offices which are located on the first floor of the main building below the Dining Hall.

Athletic Trainer’s Office – located below the pool lounge by the gym.

Beebe Black Box Theater – located below the Theater Lobby.

Business Office – located on the first floor administrative hallway of the main building to the right.

Centennial Garden – located outside of the Advancement Offices on the Main Circle. This space is used for gatherings, celebrations, and meals. Home to a statue of Persephone.

Dining Room – located on the second floor of the main building.

Eacho Lecture Hall – located off of the theater lobby. This space is used as classroom space and meetings.

FCL Conference Room – located in the mail building to the left through the first set of doors.

Fine & Performing Arts Adjunct Program - The Holton-Arms Fine & Performing Arts Adjunct Program provides extracurricular arts education for students and adults in the Holton community and those from the greater Washington metropolitan community. The program consists primarily of music lessons, and unique workshops, master classes, and other opportunities growing out of the School’s rich curricular programs in the fine and performing arts are offered when possible.

Hang-Up - Holton's gently-used uniform boutique, is available through the Advancement Center and open during regular school hours. The Hang-Up is brought to you by the Holton-Arms Alumnae Association, whose mission and focus is to provide continued value to the Holton experience.

Granger House – The original farmhouse where the Granger family lived before Holton-Arms purchased the land for the school in 1962. The Head of School and her family reside here.

Head of School Office – located in the main building on the second floor to the left.

Lewis Theater – off of the main circle, parking found near the tennis courts.

Lewis Theater Courtyard – off of the Lewis theater lobby accessed via the hallway to the pool lounge or off of the Middle School hallway. Used as an outdoor classroom and for events.

Lewis Theater Lobby – The area outside of the theater and lecture hall, can be accessed directly from the main circle during events or from the science wing hallway.

Lower School Courtyard in the interior of the first level of the Lower School.

Lower School Gathering Area used for morning meetings and other events, on the first floor of the Lower School.

Lower School Library on the first floor of the Lower School to the left off of the Lower School entrance.

Lower School Office to the left inside the Lower School entrance.

Marriott Gymnasium accessed via the staircase at the end of the Middle School hallway or the pool lounge.

Marriott Library located behind and Middle and Upper School building

Middle School Office is located on the first floor of the Administrative building down the hall to the right and through the doors accessed via the Middle School Study Hall.

Middle School Study Hall is located on the first floor of the Administrative building down the hall to the right and through the doors.

Nurse’s Office & Infirmary is located on the main floor of the Administrative building to the left through the doors, past the FCL and down the hallway to right.

Pool Lounge – from the end of middle school hallway take a right to the pool lounge.

Scribbler – the student newspaper

Scribe – the yearbook

Scroll/Scrolling – the literary magazine and website

Second Century Garden the garden space in the Main Circle.

Simms Reception Room - located on the second floor of the main administrative building to the left at the top of the stair case and through the doors.

Upper School Office – is located on the second floor of the Administrative building to the right through the doors.

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