Upper School Newsletter - May 4, 2022
Message From Division Director
It has been quiet this week without the Class of 2022. They are off working on their senior projects, journaling about their experiences and preparing for their final presentations before graduation. As I wrote in my last note, I expected a lot from the seniors with their senior speeches last Friday, and they did not disappoint. Their messages were poignant, relevant and powerful. Here are just a few highlights of the wisdom they shared with the Classes of 2023, 2024 and 2025.
- “I've found that just trying something new has led me to some of the best experiences I have had at Flint Hill. Underclassmen, you're going to hear this a lot, and I remember being there my freshman year and rolling my eyes when I heard this, but it’s true. Cherish your time in high school; it legitimately does go by a lot faster than you think.”
- “... as cliche and soppy as it is, don’t take your time for granted here. There may be moments where you can’t wait to grow up and get out of here, but once you’ve reached the end, all you can do is wish for more time to stay a kid.”
- “Take every opportunity you have to do something fun with your friends. It could be something that you guys could look back on in a couple of years and remember how stupid or silly it was. Close-knit friendships are great to have because these people will be by your side through thick and thin. They will support you in the decisions that you make in your life. Play sports. You will make friendships and connections with people that will truly last a lifetime. As much as you don’t want to hear it, do your homework; grades are very important to success beyond high school.”
- “My advice to other students would be to try to actually get to know some of your teachers. Many of the teachers at this school are amazing people, and they are more than just educators. Trust me: there are some teachers I enjoy talking with just as much as I do talking to my friends.”
- “I think I will miss the little things more than the large things, like the first day back from virtual feeling everyone’s presence together and crowding in the cafeteria for lunch everyday. Little things like sitting in Town Meeting or being yelled at for eating in the Learning Commons a few too many times. I’m so grateful to be a part of a community like this and will always look back on this part of my life.”
- “I think a lot of people view high school as just a stepping stone for what’s next — that this is just some weird limbo period you trudge through until you can move onto the next thing. There’s this mentality of ‘I just have to get through four years of high school and then I can go to college.’ But, you’ll get to college and think ‘I just have to finish college and then I can start my masters program. I just have to get through my first job and then I can really start my career.’ There will always be something else. There will always be ‘the next thing.’ Don’t wish time away. You’ll miss out on so many experiences.”
- “To the upcoming seniors, CONGRATULATIONS. This is an extremely big milestone in your life which comes with a huge responsibility. In one year, you will be off to college! One piece of advice I would like to leave with you all is to put your all into everything you do, no matter what! Never let other people's doubts hinder you from doing something you are truly passionate about. Remember, you will never be criticized by people doing MORE than you. You will only be criticized by people doing LESS.”
- “Remember to remember.”
Director of the Upper School
Covid and APs
Like many parts of the country, we have seen a sharp uptick of Covid cases recently. We recognize that students with APs might feel the pressure to attend school even when they feel the onset of symptoms. Please know that the College Board has makeup exam periods to accomodate students that are ill. If students feel any symptoms, please encourage them to stay home to avoid spread. Any students with questions about makeup exams can reach out to our AP coordinators, Andrew Kane (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeremiah Shepherd (email@example.com).
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
Here is the Upper School exam schedule. A more precise schedule with times will be released as we get closer to exams.
- May 25: Reading Day (required for Grade 9) — students from other grades can attend optionally.
- May 26: Language Exams
- May 27: English Exams
- May 31: Math Exams
- June 1: History Exams
- June 2: Science Exams
- June 3: Upper School Closing Ceremony
Kaleidoscope Parent Book Club
The next meeting of the Kaleidoscope Parent Book Club is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in the Peterson Middle School. We will meet to discuss the book "Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways to Build a More Inclusive World" by Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown. We look forward to building and deepening relationships through this shared learning opportunity. All parents are welcome to attend regardless of your familiarity with the book selection. Please use this form to RSVP. Contact All-School Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Miles Henderson if you have any questions
Preparing for the 2022-2023 School Year
Preparing for the 2022-2023 School Year is a tile on the Husky Hub Resource Board with checklists for each division containing important information for parents and students. This tile will remain active through the start of the school year, with a limited number of items to be updated over the summer.
Coming Soon: The Community of Care
The Community of Care is an event designed for our community to engage in dialogue, create connections and build community. This year’s community conversation will focus on the Flint Hill Core Values. We invite you to join us as we connect across constituencies and build a more inclusive community, one conversation at a time. Our discussion will also inform our upcoming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming.
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.-noon in the Peterson Middle School. We invite students in Grades 7-12, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and leadership to join us for this important community event. Please save the date. Registration details will be provided in the upcoming weeks.
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.
Grade 10 Parent Dinner Sponsored by the Parents’ Association
Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m.
Grades JK-12 Parent Education Series: Kaleidoscope Book Club
Monday, May 9, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Two-Hour Delayed Opening, Faculty/Staff In-Service
Tuesday, May 17
Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.-noon
Reading Day (required for Grade 9) — students from other grades can attend optionally.
Upper School Closing Ceremony
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.
Don’t Miss Your Chance To Join Us on the Links!
The Golf Invitational and Skills Clinic is right around the corner. Registration is filling up with very limited spots available for the tournament. Contact Tiffany Parry to sign up as an individual or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.
There’s still space available in the Skills Clinic sponsored by AutoScandia, so grab a friend and sign up together to learn from the pros. All abilities are welcome, so grab your spot here!
Interested in volunteering? Sign up here.
Volunteer at the Igloo Snack Bar!
In order to keep the Igloo open, parent volunteers are critical. Sign up for a morning or afternoon shift here.
An 8-Year Overdue Library Book and All the Emotions This Week!
There are very few things that make me as emotional as Flint Hill. These last few days weren’t any different. On Friday, the Lower School welcomed fourth and sixth grade parents to Open Classroom. These visits give a first-hand glimpse into the adventures of learning. I heard from parents that got to tour a student-created animal museum, attend art class, and listen to their child’s personal narrative in language arts. Read more.
New Youth Husky Logo Tee
Get ready for summer in this new dry-fit tee, designed just for our youngest huskies! Available in three bright summer shades, these t-shirts are lightweight, roomy, highly breathable and moisture-wicking.
How Do I Make an Exchange or Return?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days of your original purchase. Include your order number, the item(s) that didn’t work, and if you would like to return your items or exchange them. Exchanges may be made for the same item in a different size or for an item of equal value. We are happy to issue a refund for items that did not work for you.