Upper School Newsletter - August 11, 2021
Faculty and Staff Update: New Hires, Role Changes and Departures
A new year and a fresh start to the school year is among us. We are excited for another great year at Flint Hill and want to share our faculty and staff updates with you.
Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year
The Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year tile is available on the Resource Board on Husky Hub — be sure to bookmark the direct link! It has a plethora of information that will help you and your child prepare for the upcoming school year.
Important note: To access the Husky Hub, visit www.flinthill.org/app and log in with your username and password. Once logged in, you are able to access the Resource Board.
Textbooks and Supplies
Please refer to the Preparing for the School Year tile to purchase textbooks and resources through our Virtual Book Store. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Studies Emily Sanderson.
When students log in to Husky Hub, their homepage will indicate the classes in which they are currently enrolled. This information will help families as they order textbooks. Each student’s full schedule, including class periods and names of teachers, will be released on Thursday, August 12, 9 a.m.
Dress Code — Upper School
Please review the dress code with your child prior to the school year. This is available under the heading “Dress Guidelines” on the Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year page on Husky Hub. Please reach out to Upper School Dean of Students Howard Chang, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
Summer Learning and Summer Reading
Don’t forget that many classes have required or suggested curriculum for the summer, to better prepare the student for the start of the school year. The details can be found on “Summer Learning” and “Summer Reading” on the Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year page on Husky Hub.
New Format for the First Week of School
We are spreading out orientation activities across the entire first week of school, compared to the condensed format in previous years. This new format allows students to start learning on day one, by attending classes while also receiving orientation materials in smaller quantities throughout the week. A full schedule will be released shortly.
Health Forms Due Sept. 1 — New and Returning Students
Completed health forms must be uploaded to the Magnus Health system and approved by the first day of classes, September 1. If they are not in the system and approved, your child may not attend school. If you have any questions regarding the health forms, please contact our Director of Health Services Mary Hart at 703.584.2399.
Q&A Sessions for Parents of All 9th Grade Students and New 10th and 11th Graders
There will be a virtual Q&A for new parents on Wednesday, September 1, at 9 a.m.
Google Meet Code: meet.google.com/kpn-kghb-ruv
Dance Academy Interest Form
We are planning to resume our popular Dance Academy after-school classes for the 2021-22 school year.
The Flint Hill School Dance Academy offers a variety of after-school ballet classes to students in grades K-12. These classes range from beginner-level classes, which introduce students to the world of dance, to advanced classes that offer a rigorous supplement to our in-school dance curriculum. Students will develop technical skills, musicality, strength, and performance qualities that will aid in their ability to express themselves through movement, discover connections to the world around them, and work individually and with others toward a goal.
In order to create a class schedule that fits the needs of our families, please fill out this form by August 16. If you have multiple students interested in Dance Academy, please complete one form for each student. Please contact Director of Fine Arts James Venhaus with any questions.
Fall Sports News and Notes from New Athletics Director
We want to welcome Dewayne Robinson to the Flint Hill family. As we gear up for a great start over the next two weeks, our athletics department has put together additional insight and information to help you prepare for the upcoming fall season.
Greetings From Your Parents' Association President!
Did you know that all parents and guardians are automatically members of the Flint Hill Parents' Association? Whether you have a little time or a lot of time, there is something for everyone. Learn more about how you can get involved.
Mask Protocol — Effective August 16
As we prepare for new faculty orientation, preseason, faculty pre-planning and the start of classes, we have been closely monitoring 2021-22 school re-opening requirements and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Education, Fairfax County Health Department and Virginia Council for Private Education. We recognize our approach will change and adapt as is necessary.
Lower School Campus
For the health of our Lower School community, Flint Hill will require all students and all employees to wear a mask indoors and on buses regardless of vaccination status. They are also required outdoors unless it is hotter than 80 degrees. The only exceptions are during lunch, when actively eating or drinking; during brief mask breaks outside; and for employees who are alone in a classroom, office or outdoors.
Middle and Upper School Campus
Indoor and Buses
For the health of our Grades 7-12 community, Flint Hill will require all students and all employees to wear a mask indoors and on buses regardless of vaccination status. The only exceptions are during lunch, when actively eating or drinking, and for employees who are alone in a classroom or office.
Currently, masks are encouraged but optional on the Middle and Upper School campus while outdoors. This includes outdoor athletic practices.
Parents and Visitors
Additionally, to protect the health of our students and employees, all parents and visitors will be required to wear a mask indoors in all buildings regardless of vaccination status. All parents and visitors will be required to wear a mask outdoors on the Lower School campus. This is encouraged but optional outdoors on the Middle and Upper School campus.
COVID/Health Updates — Check Weekly Newsletters
Last year, we sent special emails to parents and Grades 7-12 students to share important COVID-related information. This year, as much as possible, we will include health and COVID protocol updates in the weekly newsletter, instead of special email messages. Please check the newsletter regularly to ensure you are up to date. We expect to provide the next update in the August 18 newsletter.
Husky Hub Opens
Thursday, August 12, 9 a.m.
Student Leadership Retreat
Friday, August 27
Student leaders will receive direct information about the day’s schedule from Howard Chang, dean of students.
First Week at the Upper School
August 30-September 3
Upper School New Parent Q&A
Google Meet Code
Wednesday, September 1, 9 a.m.
Middle and Upper School Picture Day
Thursday, September 9
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