|2013-14 Severn School Important Dates|
- Wednesday, Aug 28 – First Day of School
- Monday, Sept 2 - School Closed: Labor Day
- Saturday, Oct 12 – Homecoming
- Thursday, Oct 31 – Upper School and Middle School Afternoon Parent/Teacher Conferences (no p.m. US or MS classes)
- Friday, Nov 1 – Upper School and Middle School Full Day Parent/Teacher Conferences (no US or MS classes)
- Wednesday, Nov 27 thru Friday, November 29 – Thanksgiving Break
- Friday, Dec 20 – Middle School Closed; US Exam Make-up
- Monday, Dec 23 thru Friday January 3 – Winter Break
- Monday, Jan 20 – School Closed: MLK Day
- Friday, Feb 14 and Monday, February 17 – School Closed: President's Weekend
- Monday, March 10 thru Friday, March 21 – Spring Break
- Monday, April 21 – Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences (no MS classes)
- Friday, May 16 thru Sunday, May 19 – Centennial Celebration Weekend
- Monday, May 26 – School Closed: Memorial Day
- Saturday, May 31 – Upper School Graduation
- Wednesday, June 11 - 8th Grade Promotion
- Wednesday, June 11 – Last Day of School
PLEASE NOTE: there WILL BE classes on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. Also, these are preliminary dates that are subject to change. Additional days off will be added once professional development days are determined for the 2013-2104 school year.
|1st Semester & 2nd Quarter Headmaster's Lists & Honor Rolls|
Congratulations to the students who earned the academic distinction of making either the Headmaster's List
(A minus average with no grade lower than a B minus) or the Honor Roll
(B average with no grade lower than a B minus) for the 1st semester
and/or 2nd Quarter
|Book Suggestions for Gift Giving|
The holidays are around the corner, and to help you with your shopping, the Zimmerman Library crew has compiled a list of great books published in the past year for students in grades 6-12.
to find a list of novels that have been award winners, honors recipients, and made “best of” lists for 2012.
Each book includes a suggested grade level, but please keep in mind that this is only a suggestion. As always, you are the best judge as to what will be the most appropriate and enjoyable books for your children.
Happy holidays and happy reading to you and your family!
|Clarification of Our Cancellation Policies & Introduction of Texting System from Headmaster Lagarde|
A couple of weeks ago in the midst of a Tornado Watch issued for Anne Arundel County, there was some confusion as to the School’s cancellation policies. I write to clarify Severn’s cancellation policies and identify a new way we will communicate with parents and students who are involved in athletic or extracurricular activities after or outside of school hours.
The School Handbook states, “Severn School follows the practice of Anne Arundel County Public Schools for the first day of each weather event and then will make its own determination for subsequent days.” This obviously addresses cancellations when Severn is closed for the school day. It is ambiguous, as we found out, as to how it relates to after school cancellations once a school day is already in progress.
|Italian and French Student Exchange Meetings: 10/11|
Italian Exchange Meeting
Thursday, October 11 @ 6:30p
Teel 311 (Dr. Heslin's room)
The Italian Exchange will will once again spend 18 days in Italy over Spring Break. Our students will stay with their host families in the city of Brescia which lies between Milan and Venice. The students will attend classes with their hosts during several days of their stay and take day trips through Brescia, Milan, Verona, and Sirmione on Lake Garda. The students will spend 3 days in Rome visiting sites such as the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Borghese Gallery. They will also spend 2 days in Florence where they will visit the Uffizzi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and see great Renaissance art treasures such a Michelangelo's David. The final tour takes the students to Venice for 2 days. Here they will visit St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, go for a gondola ride, and visit the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Last year's cost of $2,700 included airfare, hotels, trains, tours, art galleries, and some meals. The Italian Exchange is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For additional information, email Dr. Heslin at: email@example.com
French Exchange Meeting
Thursday, October 11 @ 7:00p
Teel 313 (Mrs. Townshend's room)
The French Exchange is planning another 8-9 day trip to Brittany and L’école Croix Rouge for the first half of Spring Break. Severn students are hosted by French families in the town of Brest for a week. During our stay we visit the towns of Brest, Quimper, St. Malo and Plougastel in addition to visiting Mt. St Michel and D-Day Beaches in Normandy. Our trip ends with an overnight stay in Paris where we visit the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacré Coeur and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Students who travel to France then may host their exchange student who will arrive at Severn about two weeks after Spring break. The hosting of the French student is not mandatory, but is always a highlight of the exchange because of the communality that develops between host families. The cost of the trip is very affordable; approximately $1,600 per student, which includes airfare, hotel in Paris and all field trips and meals. Please email Mrs. Townshend
at for any additional information.