Hello Junior Parents,
The 11th grade has plenty to keep themselves busy in the weeks ahead, to include AP exams, which many will be taking for the first time. Their social lives are also active, as they look forward to their first Holton Prom.
Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 18
AP exams are a new experience for the juniors, and, although it will be explained to the girls multiple times, below is a brief rundown.
- AP exams will take place during the school day at either 8 a.m. or noon on the nationally scheduled date. (For example, AP Statistics will be given on May 16 in the afternoon.)
- To prepare for an exam, students are excused from their classes the half day prior to the exam. If the exam takes place at 8 a.m., a student is excused from her afternoon classes on the previous day. If it is an afternoon exam, she is excused from her morning classes. If a student has two AP exams in one day (8 a.m. and noon), she is excused from all her classes the previous day so she may do some concentrated study. If a student has a Monday morning exam, she is not excused from any classes prior to the exam.
- Please note that each student must obtain a cut slip from Mrs. Spiritos for both the time of her actual exam and any excused study time stated above.
- Make-up and conflict exams will take place during the week of May 21. Liz Poppi, our A.P Testing Coordinator, has been in touch with students and is working with individual students who have a conflict on the originally scheduled date.
- Students should communicate their test plans with their coach early if playing a spring sport. There are various commitments throughout the testing weeks, and the coaches understand how important the AP exams are. Still, it is important for the player to inform her coach about her exam schedule.
There are a number of college fairs and events held in the area for juniors as well as workshops offered here at Holton. Please see the college counseling section, or contact Tish Peterson and Liz Poppi for more information or specific details.
Junior “Rising Up Day”
Monday, May 21
The Class of 2013 will officially take their place as seniors for the upcoming school year. T-shirts will be ordered and the girls will work on their video to present to the Upper School during assembly. Please note that there will be a school photographer taking numerous pictures of the students throughout the morning, and that this event is for Upper School students, faculty, and staff.
Tuesday, May 29 - Friday, June 1
The 4th Quarter will end on Thursday, May 24. Friday, May 25 is Reading Day, a time for students to meet with teachers to prepare for the following week's exams. Exams begin on Tuesday, May 29, after the long Memorial Day weekend, and end on Friday, June 1. Please refer to the online calendar for the exam schedule.
Saturday, June 2
The venue for this year’s event is at the Co2 Lounge at Cesco Osteria in Bethesda. The girls have already begun purchasing tickets and picking out dresses for this highly anticipated event. Both the junior and senior classes are expected to have high attendance rates, and this is the perfect way for the girls to celebrate the start of an event-filled final week.
The prom runs from 9 p.m. until midnight. Please help your daughters plan and execute any appropriate pre or post-prom events. You’ll want to know their plans from the start to the end of this long evening.
Global Education Trips
This summer’s trips to Costa Rica, Senegal, and India are fast approaching. The girls and teachers accompanying them on each trip have been meeting at lunch time for preparation and information sessions. Director of Global Education Melissa Brown (301-365-6004) is available to answer any questions that parents or students may still have.
The students in 11th grade must complete their 50 hour Community Service Requirement prior to entering their senior year. Please see the Community Service section of this newsletter for further details.
Important June Events
The last week of school is jam-packed with events for juniors. Their participation and attendance are just an introduction for what is to come next year! Last week, each junior received a detailed handout that contains information on all events that they are required to attend. More information for parents will follow later this month.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Enjoy this month!
11th Grade Class Dean