College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Summer 2017 & Back to School

The first day of classes is set for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 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 for more information:

FALL 2017 CHECKLIST

Download a printable version here.

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


Student Health - DUE JUNE 30

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 2017.

Bus Transportation & Carpooling

Information about 2017-2018 routes, schedules, pricing, and registration are available here.

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 at New Student Orientation. 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.

Holton 101

Important Dates

Year-at-a-Glance Calendar
2017-2018 Major Dates PDF updated 5/25/17

More important dates and events can be found on the Holton Calendar.

Parent Wellness Program

SUMMER WELLNESS BODY SCULPT CLASS DATES 2017

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 13 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 $312 (24 classes), 2X a week $208 (16 classes)

*Faculty and Staff -- please note that the summer classes are not covered by your school year membership fee.

Class Meeting Dates:

June

July

August

13, 14, 15

20, 21, 22

27, 28, 29

5, 6, 7*

11, 12, 13

18, 19, 20

25, 26, 27

*Class will be on Weds., Thurs., Fri.
the week of July 3.

1, 2, 3

Questions? Please contact Sarah Roney, Wellness Coordinator.

Summer Reading & Work

Upper School

For the Summer of 2017 Upper School students are required to read five (5) books.

1. Required Grade Level Reading

Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.

Entering Grade 9: Haddon, Mark The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ISBN 978-1-4000-3271-6

Entering Grade 10: Tan, Amy The Joy Luck Club ISBN 978-0143038092

Entering Grade 11: Dangarembga, Tsitsi Nervous Conditions ISBN 978-0-9547023-3-5

Entering Grade 12: Wyss, Susi The Civilized World ISBN 978-0805093629 Note to students: If you have trouble locating a new or used copy of this novel, you may read it as an ebook. It is available from Amazon.

2. Required Group Reading

Each student will have one required group reading book. Please submit this form with your top five choices (Grades 9 & 10 Options | Grades 11 & 12 Options) by Monday, May 15. Each student will be assigned one of these books (prior to the start of summer) and a book group to meet for discussion in the fall.

3. Free Reading

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy reading! We suggest that each student read an additional 3 books of their choice besides the two required listed above.

Middle School

For the summer of 2017 as you enjoy your vacation, we want to keep you reading and thinking. This information explains the requirements for summer reading, so that you will be prepared for your English class when you come back to school in the fall.

You should have read a total of five (5) new books by the first day of school in September. Keep a written list of the books you read and hand it to your English teacher when you return to school. We expect you to be very familiar with the required book because your teacher will want to discuss it with you.

1. Required Grade Level Reading

  • English 7: Park, Linda Sue A Long Walk to Water ISBN 978-0547577319

  • World Studies (Gr. 7) distributed to students: Alexander, Heather A Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People & Activity Packet (PDF)
  • English 8: Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders* ISBN 978-0-14-240733-2
  • U.S. Political History (Gr. 8) - Distributed to students: Packet & Directions (PDF)

2. Required Group Reading

Each student will have one required group reading book. Please submit this form with your top five choices (from this list Grades 7 & 8) by Monday, May 15. Each student will be assigned one of these books (prior to the start of summer) and a book group which will meet for discussion in the fall.

3. Free Reading

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy reading! We suggest that each student read an additional three (3) books of their choice besides the two required listed above.


*The Outsiders

Author Background: Susan Eloise Hinton was born in 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Outsiders was published in 1967, when Hinton was only 17 years old. She began writing the first draft of the novel when she was 15, and writing and rewriting took a year and a half before she was happy with the final copy. The publisher — believing that the book would have more credibility if people assumed that a male had written it — advised her to use her initials. S. E. Hinton was not a member of a gang when she wrote The Outsiders, but she was a friend to many greasers. Although she also had friends who were Socs, she did not consider herself a part of that group.

Brief plot synopsis: The Outsiders is about 2 weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Ponyboy and his two brothers have recently lost their parents in an automobile accident. The boys are greasers, a class term that refers to the young men on the East Side, the poor side of town. The greasers' rivals are the Socs, short for Socials, who are the "West-side rich kids."

Summertime reading directions: As you read The Outsiders please answer the following questions by noting the textual evidence within your book with a pen or pencil. You should NOT respond to the questions in sentence form. When we discuss the novel next fall, refer to your annotations to enrich conversation and demonstrate your understanding of the story. Your teacher will also collect your book to see how well you annotate. Please be sparing and thoughtful in your annotations.

Answer the following questions with textual evidence.

1. What are the differences between the greasers and the Socs? (Consider clothing, transportation, hairstyles, reputation in the community, music, families, location in town)

2. Trace how S.E. Hinton develops the following characters throughout the novel: Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darry, Dally, Johnny, Cherry, and Bob.

3. What is the message or lesson of The Outsiders? Find passages that help to advance the theme. Consider why we read this book in English class.

4. What does this book teach us about innocence? Follow-up questions to discuss in class: What are all the different symbols of innocence? What are some ways that the characters seem to act that are not “innocent” or age-appropriate? How do we know that Johnny was still “gold” to the end of his life? Do you think Ponyboy is still “gold” at the end of the book?

5. What seems to be the novel’s message about arts, literature, and education? How do they affect our lives, according to Ponyboy?

Lower School

For the Summer of 2017 Lower School students will read El Deafo by Cece Bell books were distributed to current students and are mailed to new students.

While not required, additional reading suggestions can be found below:

2017 Grades 5 and 6 summer Reading List

2017 Grades 3 and 4 Summer Reading List

Technology

For the 2017-2018 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 [2017-2018 Technology Requirements].

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 will be shared in the coming weeks.

Please let us know if you have any questions,

Mary Dobroth
Director of Academic Technology

Mike Robertson
Director of Library and Information Services

Holton-Arms School Upper School BYOD – FAQ’s (PDF)

Uniforms

Parents are expected to support and enforce the uniform. All clothing must be clean, neat, and in good repair, and must fit appropriately. The Holton uniform makes getting out the door in the morning so much easier!

Uniform Requirements & Uniform List (PDF)

Physical Education

Both Middle and Lower Schools have uniform requirements for physical education classes.

Lower School

P.E. uniforms may be purchased in the School Store and through Lands End.

Middle School

P.E. uniforms are ordered through the Physical Education Department in the fall.

MS/US Free Dress Friday

Middle School students may wear a top of their choosing on Fridays for free dress.

Upper School students have free dress on Fridays.

Purchasing Uniforms

Holton-Arms uniforms can be purchased from several sources, including:

Tommy Hilfiger School Uniforms - order online.

Partner School Number (HOLT01)

Ordering Instructions (PDF)


Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms, Inc., Holton's school code is MD067 or just type in Holton-Arms School.

Loehmann's Plaza
5210 Randolph Road
Rockville, MD 20852


When ordering from Lands' End, please be sure to use our identifying:

Preferred school number: 900117060
Logo description: School Name with H
Logo application fee: $5.50 added at checkout

Some items available to try at Lands' End Shop at Sears.


Gently-Used Uniforms

The 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.

Students and families may purchase jumpers, skirts, polos, turtlenecks, gym uniforms, sweatshirts, fleeces, and sweaters, all at a significant discount. Prices for items in the boutique range from $5 to $15. Donations to the Hang-Up can be made at any time to the Advancement Center!

The Hang-Up summer hours are: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon June 12 through September 1.


Email from Holton

Copies of school newsletters can be found on the parent portal and grade level news and news from faculty can be found on the student database page.

White list all email from ‘@email.veracross.com’ and ‘@mail.veracross.com’ and 'noreply@holtonarms.myenotice.com' so emails are delivered promptly and are not bounced.

LOWER SCHOOL

If you have any questions, please contact the Lower School office at 301-365-6063.

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 of $7.50 an hour.

Instrumental Music Program

2017-2018 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.

Please refer to this letter for more information.


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.

AFTER SCHOOL GROUP LESSON SCHEDULE

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

  • 1st year 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.

  • 1st year 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 2017 will be sent home with your student and mailed to new students - suggested free reading can be found here.


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
  • 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)
AUGUST LETTER to families from Lower School Director Patrick Bane

Lower School New Student Orientation

We look forward to seeing all new Holton students at the Lower School New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 31, from 3–4:30 p.m. in Simms Reception Room. Students do not need to be in uniform. New parents are invited to attend a technology training session during the same time to learn more about navigating the Holton website and to get answers to questions about the start of school.

Technology Session for New Grade 5 & 6 Families

Students and their parents should plan to stay after New Student Orientation, August 31, for a technology session from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to address resources and requirements unique to their grades.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Middle School Office 301-365-6017.



Hello and Happy Summer! I hope this letter finds you and your daughter(s) enjoying the summer break.

As the school year comes to a close, one begins to see the excitement for summer setting in, so much so that you can feel a shift in the School's atmosphere – there is, among educators and students alike, an eagerness to enjoy some time off during the summer break. But when summer is finally upon us, as it is now, how do we actually enjoy it, not only that but how do we, as parents, ensure that our children will be well rested and revived for the upcoming school year?

As a mother of two energetic boys, Ellinton (10) and Langsdon (7), I am often confronted with these questions. I find myself thinking about what it means to rest, and seek pragmatic ways to teach my family how to do so as well. What I've found is that a little mindfulness, something I often practice in my classroom, goes a long way. In addition, lessons gleaned from the book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier and More Creative by Florence Williams, one of my favorite authors, have helped me learn that spending time with nature, just a few minutes every day, helps one achieve that well deserved, yet often elusive, thing called rest. Mindfulness, that is, having your mind in the same place as your body, enjoying the varied sensations around you and focusing on each new experience, is becoming a new practice for my family. Mindfulness, especially when done in nature, becomes a time to lie in the grass under great trees, listen to the steady murmur of water or watch a sea of clouds float across the sky. And I believe the summer is the best time to experience this kind of renewal and rejuvenation. Now, please know that my family and I have not mastered this practice—at least not yet. But we are using this special time of year to continue to learn and grow…to rest. In the end, I hope these practices will prepare me for the approaching academic year.

As the new Middle School Director, I am truly excited to be joining the Holton-Arms School community. I intend to continue to support the learning and growth of our Holton girls. In fact, I became a middle school educator and leader because I am passionate about working with young adolescents during this invaluable time when they crave the freedom to explore, to take intellectual and social risks, and to aspire to be their best selves. In watching them move along their middle school journeys, I am in awe of their bravery, resilience, curiosity, and growth. I cherish seeing students move through these adolescent years that, in many ways, are so different from the elementary and high school years. In knowing this, I have ardently worked with leaders and faculty members to understand the uniqueness of these middle schoolers – that is, their cognitive development, social dispositions, and emotional comportment. And in doing so, seek out the best ways to nurture, support and help students navigate the uncertain, and sometimes confusing, years of young adolescence. I am honored to be doing this great work with the Holton-Arms MS faculty - a faculty that loves educating middle school girls - and parents who understand and value the commitment and dedication Holton teachers have for their daughter(s). Together, we create a collegial partnership that provides a truly amazing, world-class educational experience for each Holton girl.

I look forward to meeting your daughter(s) at the start of the school year. It will be a time of welcoming, with an open heart and open arms, so that they can experience what co-founder, Jessie Moon Holton wrote as, "the friendliness of a home, the urge to learn and the joy of overcoming obstacles as the way to happiness and the fullest life."

Continue to enjoy your summer. And, if possible, soon after reading this letter, I hope you and your daughter(s) find time to rest!

All the best,

Nichole Foster-Hinds

Director of Middle School

New Student & Parent Tech Orientation

  • Wednesday, August 30 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

OR

  • Thursday, August 31, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    (Lunch will be provided for students who wish to remain on campus until Orientation beginning at 1 p.m.)

Course List & Text Book Ordering

Your daughter's Course Enrollment list will be posted in the Student Database on the right side of the page at the end of July 2017.

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 7, 2017 and offers free shipping the first two weeks on orders of $99 or more.

All students must have their books for the first day of classes (September 5).

The Alumnae Association will host the Used Book Sale on Tuesday, August 8. 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 4:00-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. This drop-in only service will be billed to your Holton-Arms Account by the Business Office at an hourly rate of $7.50 an 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 4:00 p.m. must sign in to this program.

Summer Work

Information about summer reading and history can be found on the Summer Reading 2017 page.


Summer Math 2017

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

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).

Required App List

Please refer to this LIST to purchase iPad apps.

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.

Athletics Pre-Season & Fall Sports

Concussion 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 gave their consent as part of the 2017-2018 contract. You can also read the School's Concussion Policy and the Concussion Fact Sheet.

Non-fall athlete baseline testing will be administered 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 23 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 24 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 21. 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. If you have questions, please contact the head coach for that program.

Cross Country 2017 Summer Workout Carrie Braun
Field Hockey 2017 Summer Workout Kate Smith
Soccer 2017 Summer Workout Ben Ferry
Tennis 2017 Summer Workout Yann Auzoux
Volleyball 2017 Summer Workout Francis Cornejo

Arts Information

Drama Backstage Bash Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. - READ MORE

Drama Production US Schedule 2017-2018 - READ MORE

Orchesis Pre-season 2017 - READ MORE

Choral Ensemble Retreats – READ MORE

Music Theory Boot Camps for Singers Gr. 9-12 – READ MORE


Course List & Text Book Ordering

Your daughter's Course Enrollment list is will be posted in the Student Database on the right side of the page Friday, July 28.

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 7, 2017 and offers free shipping the first two weeks on orders of $99 or more.

All students must have their books for the first day of classes (September 5).

The Alumnae Association will host the Used Book Sale on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. 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 2017 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

Holton/Landon Leadership Summit, August 21-23

Holton/Landon Leadership Summit, Aug. 21-23

Dear Class of 2020, 2019 and 2018,

We are excited to announce the first-ever Landon-Holton Leadership Summit, which will be held August 21-23 at Holton and Landon. This three-day summit for rising sophomore, juniors and seniors strives to give students:

  • The opportunity to foster individual leadership skills
  • Provides a platform for collaboration and discussion around leadership
  • Empower students to use their leadership skills on and off campus
  • Create unity around one student-chosen, Upper School adaptive challenge
  • Provide a forum for cross-school leadership development

Members of the Class of 2017 worked on this summit as part of their senior project and we are excited to collaborate with Landon in this highly engaging and growth-oriented program.

The Leadership Summit is open to all girls entering grades 9-12 interested in leadership. The summit is designed not just for girls who already hold leadership positions, but also for girls looking to further their leadership skills, make an impact at Holton, and build skills that will help them succeed in classroom, on the athletic field and far into the distant future.

Below you will find an overview of the August schedule. Please note that we have worked diligently to ensure that all fall athletes can participate in the summit without missing their athletic commitment.

To register for the summit click here:

REGISTRATION

We hope you have a fun and restful summer and we look forward to seeing you in August!

Sincerely,

Chris Lynch, Janet McCormick & Maureen Siburt

Holton/Landon Leadership Summit

Monday, August 21

Location: Holton-Arms

Time Frame: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Food: Catered lunch & snacks

Topics covered: An in depth and student-led look at the strengths and areas of growth for Holton-Arms.

Tuesday, August 22

Location: Landon School (transportation will be provided to and from Holton)

Time Frame: 5:45 - 8:30 p.m.

Food: Catered dinner

Topics covered: Active listening workshop, conversation about leadership with Landon and Holton Heads of Schools, adaptive challenge selection.

Wednesday, August 23

Location: Landon School (transportation will be provided to and from Holton)

Time Frame: 10:45 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Food: Catered lunch & snacks

Topics covered: Identifying your leadership style, putting leadership into action, vision sharing between schools and creating an action plan for the student-chosen visions for the adoptive challenge.

NEW! Technology Boot Camps - August '17

Returning Student Technology Boot Camp, August 8-10, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

&

ALL Students New to Upper School
Technology Boot Camp
, August 22-24, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

The goal of the Technology Boot Camp is give students the technology skills needed for the laptops and applications required in Upper School. These sessions will help prepare students to use technology successfully in the classroom.

All trainings will take place in the MakerSpace in the Marriott Library and snacks will be provided. These sessions are strictly optional. If you would like to participate but are unable to attend these dates/times, please contact Ms. Dobson, Academic Technology Coordinator, to set up an appointment. There is no charge for Boot Camp.

RETURNING Student R.S.V.P.

ALL STUDENTS NEW TO UPPER SCHOOL R.S.V.P.

[Returning and new to Holton]
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