Upper School Newsletter - June 1, 2022
Message From Division Director
I have two annual one-on-one meetings with each member of the Upper School faculty. The first meeting takes place in August or September with a focus on their goals for the year and metrics for success. The second meeting takes place in April or May with a focus on reflecting upon the past year so that we can create goals for the next school year.
I have finished about 70% of those meetings with teachers, and a recurrent theme has emerged. Though the students were back in the classroom this year, many teachers observed that students were often not really in the classroom. You might be saying, “Don, I am reading this in the morning before my coffee, and I am not ready for mind puzzles. Can you explain what you mean?” What I am trying to convey with that turn of phrase is that, though students returned to the classroom, the teachers observed that students often demonstrated poor classroom habits that won’t optimize their learning.
We observed a large increase in distracted students who were regularly task-switching on their device. We also observed a substantial decrease in the number of students taking notes and participating in class discussions. This is to be expected after so many months of learning through a screen predominantly. I have surveyed my colleagues at schools across the country, and they all echo these observations.
During our post-planning Upper School Division meetings, we are going to brainstorm ways to rebuild the optimal student habits in the classroom that we know maximized retention, understanding and application. We want to start next year with an honest conversation with the students about these classroom habits, how we recognize they are difficult after a long time learning through a screen, but also how crucial they are to maximizing a student’s ability.
Director of the Upper School
As we do each year, we have faculty and staff who are departing due to retirement, relocation, or new career or educational opportunities. We are grateful for their service to Flint Hill and wish them well in their future endeavors. We also look forward to announcing and welcoming the new faculty and staff who will join us for the upcoming school year in August.
Samantha Brickman — Upper School History and Social Sciences Teacher
Sherry Doerfler — Upper School Classics Teacher
Greg Fuller — Upper School History and Social Sciences Teacher Teacher
Woojin Kim — Middle and Upper School Classics Department Chair and Middle School Classics Teacher
Andy Krug — Upper School Math and Science Teacher
Blair McAvoy — Middle and Upper School Computer Science and Robotics Teacher
Jenelle Myrkalo — Upper School Dance Teacher
Michelle Odell — Assistant Head of School for Special and Signature Programs
Linda Okoth — Upper School Art Teacher
Marisa Senya Lengor — Upper School English Teacher
John Thomas — Headmaster
Kaylynn Yankovich — Director of Marketing and Communications
Summer Learning and Summer Reading
Summer Learning and Summer Reading information for all three divisions will be available on June 15 on the Preparing for the 2022-2023 School Year tile in Husky Hub. Summer Reading details the options for meeting our summer requirement. Summer Learning includes recommended resources for enrichment and skill maintenance across all disciplines
Upper School Closing Ceremony
Friday, June 3, noon-2 p.m., Upper School Gym *note updated time
- All Upper School students should arrive at the Upper School Campus by 11 a.m. and report to their advisory.
- Parents attending the event should park in the Upper School visiting parking or faculty parking and walk over to the Upper School gym.
- The Closing Ceremony program includes the presentation of a variety of Flint Hill endowed awards, college book awards, community awards, and the announcement of cum laude.
- Parents and relatives are invited to attend.
- Recommended dress for students — a collared shirt or blouse with khaki-style or dress pants; skirt with a blouse, or sundress.
- Students are dismissed from school immediately after the ceremony.
- Please note that there is no bus service on this day.
Senior Year-End Activities and Commencement Week
The Commencement website is live. It contains information that is helpful for guests. Please refer to an April 8 email sent to Class of 2022 parents, guardians and students for information regarding upcoming end of senior year activities, including Commencement Week. You could also bookmark the Senior Parent and Student Information Tile on the Resource Board.
Upper School Advisory Placement Process
Advisory experiences supplement the day-to-day academic and social-emotional growth of our students. Our placement process is intentional and centered on the student, like everything else at Flint Hill. The process involves many voices and steps in creating a well-composed advisory that becomes a tight-knit community the following year. Read more.
Prom 2022: Under the Stars
Prom will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 8-11 p.m, at The River View at Occoquan in Lorton, Virginia. This is a private event; the venue will be alcohol-free, and only approved ticket holders will be permitted to attend. In addition, no smoking (cigars, e-cigarettes, cigarettes, vapes/Juuls, etc.) will be permitted at this event. All students must arrive no later than 9 p.m. and must stay until at least 10:30 p.m. The event will be chaperoned by Flint Hill staff and security.
Prom Ticket Sales Information:
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.flinthill.org/prom, from Monday, April 25, until Friday, May 27. Tickets are $45 per person for seniors and $50 per person for juniors and guests.
Prom Guest Information:
Here is a link to the Prom Guest Form for students who would like to bring a guest from outside of Flint Hill. Forms are due to either Ms. Melissa Turner or Mr. Howard Chang before purchasing a guest ticket, by Friday, May 27. All guests must have a completed form on file to attend the prom by this date.
If your guest must leave the prom before 10:30 p.m., his or her parent/guardian must email both Ms. Melissa Turner and Mr. Howard Chang. In order to receive permission to leave early, you must also inform both Ms. Turner and Mr. Chang of your individual transportation arrangements from the prom. Entire groups will not be excused to leave prom early because one person within the group has an early curfew. Please contact Ms. Turner and Mr. Chang with any questions.
Spring Exam Schedule (Remaining)
- June 2: Science Exams
- June 3 and June 6: Makeup Exams (Scheduled by Academic Dean)
Daily Bell Schedule for Exam Days (May 26-June 2)
- Students should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. on exam mornings to ensure they are seated and ready to begin on time.
- 9 a.m.-noon: Standard exam time. (Note: students are permitted to leave at 11 a.m. if they have completed their exam.
- Noon-3 p.m.: Extra time for students with accommodations.
To help protect the integrity and privacy of virtual events, we have placed all the links to Google Meet virtual events in Husky Hub via the All-School Calendar.
Upper School Closing Ceremony
Friday, June 3, Noon-2 p.m., students arrive by 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 7, 8-11 p.m.
Senior Class Commencement Rehearsal
Thursday, June 9, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, June 10, 10 a.m.-noon.
Final Grade Reports Available Online
Monday, June 13, 4 p.m.
Summer Reading and Summer Learning Available Online
Wednesday, June 15, 4 p.m.
Summer Programs Begin
Tuesday, June 21
Medication Pick Up
Any medication sent to the School Clinic for this school year must be picked up on or before Friday, June 3, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., or Monday, June 6, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Emergency medication (EpiPens, inhalers, diabetic supplies) must be picked up no later than Monday, June 6.
Medications are not stored at the School over the summer.
All medication not picked up by June 6 will be discarded.
Please call the division clinic to schedule a time for you to pick up your child’s medication.
The phone numbers for the clinics are:
Lower School Clinic
Middle School Clinic
Upper School Clinic
All of these links can be found on the COVID-19 Health Information tile on the Resource Board.
Reminder: Keep Everyone Healthy by Staying Home if Sick
If your student has fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea you should keep them home to recover. They must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Thank you, Volunteers!
Thank you to all who participated and volunteered at the Flint Hill Golf Invitational. It was great to see everyone! For me, one of the best things about being a parent at Flint Hill is the opportunity to volunteer. Being able to see the school firsthand is so special, and being able to meet fellow parents and develop friendships is important. Read more.