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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
Euripedes had it right… (as per final commentary)
Oh yes, there are certainly other activities taking place on campus in these next two weeks, but the major focus of our academic attention necessarily concerns final exams. Although it can be difficult for the boys not to become too anxious, it is worthwhile to remember that exams serve a number of purposes, not the least of which is that they provide each of us with a measuring stick by which to gauge our own progress up our own educational ladder. The nervous feeling that often accompanies any first-time activity (or even a repeated activity) can be forcefully channeled and can be used as a real propellant along the academic way.
As students, and by extension, their parents, prepare for exams, it may be helpful to keep the following thoughts in mind:
- Organize now all books, homework papers, notebooks, returned tests, and any other print material.
- Locate lost items, such as books, notebooks, planners, and calculators.
- Write out a study plan. Organize when, what, and how long. Ideally, each subject should be studied in depth at least two times: a week before the exam, and again the day before the exam itself.
- Use study time effectively. Research shows that overly long breaks between study sessions derail concentration and motivation and cause needless repetition of facts already known. But…
- …do balance study sessions with family time and fun time. Work while working, play while playing. Balance is critical and gives the appropriate dosage of motivation and determination when that is what is needed the most.
- Pray. Prayer keeps us grounded, strong, and unafraid.
FIRST TERM FINAL EXAMS
Tuesday, Nov. 10
8:15 – 9:15 French/Spanish
9:45 – 11:15 Mathematics
Wednesday, Nov. 11
8:15 – 9:45 Latin
10:00 – 11:15 Theology
Thursday, Nov. 12
8:15 – 9:15 Science
Tuesday, Nov. 10
8:15 – 9:30 Theology
9:45 – 11:15 Latin
Wednesday, Nov. 11
8:15 – 9:30 Mathematics
10:00 – 11:00 Science
Thursday, Nov. 12
8:15 – 9:15 Geography
9:30 – 10:45 English
The Junior School will close at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, Nov. 11, and at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. It is very important that Junior School boys be picked up as soon as possible after exams on the three exam days, but in any case, no later than the times listed above.
Junior School students may not be in the high school before 2:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday, nor before 1:00 on Thursday.
Please do note, as well, the following items associated with exams:
- Monday, Nov. 9, is a review day. No classes are held in the School. Some teachers may schedule help sessions here at School on that day. We will post a listing of any help sessions as soon as we know of them. Friday, Nov. 13, is a grading day for teachers. No classes are held on that day.
- Junior School students who go to the high school after 2:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday or after 1:00 on Thursday must remain in the lobby or the commons room of the high school building and are not allowed in the hallways, the library, or the bookstore, as some high school exams may be in session.
- Milk and doughnuts are available to the boys between exams on the three exam days. Donuts are 50 cents and milk is free.
- The dress code for exams is the same as a regular school day. All boys are expected to be in normal dress code.
- No student in the Junior School may leave early from an exam. Each student must stay in the exam room until the exam period is completed.
- Lunch is available to Junior School students on Tuesday and Wednesday of exam week (no lunch is being served on Thursday). However, as a courtesy to the kitchen staff, any Junior School student who wishes to eat lunch at School must sign up for each day desired. Sign-up sheets for lunch will be available on Mrs. Lane's office door from Monday, November 2, through Friday, November 6.
PLEASE REMEMBER THE CANDY DRIVE
Please remember to support the candy drive for St. Matthew's (see the Oct. 9, 2015, newsletter for details). If you are out shopping this weekend, an extra 2 bags of candy will be ideal. The drive ends at the end of the day on Wednesday, October 28. Thank you for supporting this wonderful program!
PRIORY JUNIOR SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
(l-r back): Dominic Kraus, Luke Kraemer, Brennan Spellman, Ian Crossey
(l-r front): Sami Haddad, Bernie Kilcullen, Andrew Lloyd, Brogan Trout
Congratulations to all of you!
ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION
PRIORY’S ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE IS FAST APPROACHING!
The annual Priory Admissions Open House will take place on Sunday, Nov. 15. It is no secret that secondary school enrollment is more competitive than ever. So, as we do every year, we are turning to our parents and students to assist us in making this event a huge success. There are two ways that you can lend a hand…
INVITE A PROSPECTIVE FAMILY TO PRIORY’S OPEN HOUSE
Nearly every Priory family knows another family with a son who might be considering Priory. Please take just a moment out of your busy schedule to invite ONE FAMILY to Open House. Full details are available on our web site (and most families should have received something in the mail), but here is the basic information:
Priory Admissions Open House
For Current Third Through Sixth Graders
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
Scheduled program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the High School
You can access a shareable save-the-date on our website.
Families are invited — parents, candidates and siblings — to browse departmental displays, then tour the campus with current students, parents and alumni as you learn about our curriculum and programs from Departmental Chairs and the Headmaster.
For more information, please contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 434-3690, x101.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP OUT AT OPEN HOUSE!
We rely heavily on the participation of parents and students for this important day, our single largest and most important Admissions event of the year. Here are a few details:
The event begins at 12:30 p.m., and runs until about 3:00 p.m. Volunteers (parents and students) are asked to arrive no later than 12:00 noon for a brief orientation session in the Library. You will be finished by about 3:15 p.m.
We are in need of parent greeters, tour guides and volunteers to assist with assorted hospitality duties, such as food and beverages. Some of these duties have more limited hours (for instance, just in the beginning), so please let us know if you have limited time.
Parent volunteers register here.
This is the Sunday after Fall Term exams. Boys will assist with directions and registration, and act as greeters. Some boys will be asked to participate in a specific Open House activity by Faculty members…and they are free to do this instead of acting as an Ambassador. Either way, please register as a volunteer.
Student volunteers register here.
All volunteers will be contacted the week before Open House with further details and specific assignments.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR ADMISSIONS EFFORTS!
Please do note that the Thanksgiving vacation begins at 4:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 24. There are no classes being held on Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 25 through Nov. 27. Classes resume on Monday, Nov. 30.
OUR SECOND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
The second of our three yearly Junior School community service projects is actually a dual effort to battle two of our area’s greatest needs: food and clothing. The food drive is first, and here are the details:
Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, and ending Thursday, Nov. 19, we are having a food drive here at in the Junior School. The food that is collected will be donated to the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Program of Catholic Charities, St. Louis. The Cardinal Ritter Program, entitled “We Care and We Share,” serves the needs of senior citizens living in Section 8 housing in St. Louis, and I can assure you that the urgency is very, very real. City-wide and nation-wide, food pantry supplies are woefully inadequate to meet even the most basic of needs.
From a provided list of the most critically needed items, I have created a mini “shopping list” for each advisory (and although cookies and sweets were not on the original list, I added them – a sweet treat is a luxury enjoyed by everyone). I am hopeful that each Priory family can buy at least one of each item on their list (although again in this case, more is absolutely a good thing) and bring it to the Junior School by Nov. 19.
Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a wonderful organization which serves some of the most desperate and disenfranchised families in the metropolitan area. The food which we will donate will help to address the incredibly bleak and recurrent prospect of hunger among some of our most fragile brothers and sisters. I can assure you that our kindness to the hungry is a great blessing to those for whom the next meal is often an illusion. But as we know, Christ is not an illusion. Please “see Christ and be Christ” by participating in this most worthwhile assistance program.
Two years ago, when we helped Cardinal Ritter with our food drive, the senior citizens began lining up outside the Senior Services Center two days in advance of our delivery, and they had to be told not to wait outside shivering in the cold for the food that was arriving. When I think of the elderly, perhaps someone’s grandma or grandpa, standing out in the cold and braving the weather with such faith and determination and quiet resolution, my heart breaks.
The clothing drive, which will happen in December, will be outlined in the Friday, Dec. 4, issue of the newsletter. But keep us in mind now in case you get bit by the Fall Closet Cleaning bug (closetus fulltobrimus) and are looking for someplace to send any gently used clothing, bedding, shoes, or boots that you no longer need or wear. We will gladly take them off your hands and put them in the hands of our recipients, Catholic Charities Southside of St. Louis, benefitting local immigrant communities.
REMEMBER THAT WE RECYCLE…
…those printer and toner cartridges which you may have from your home or business. Every penny of the small stipend that we receive for recycling is used for items for the boys. Too, we are not contributing to the enormous landfill problem, thereby sparing the only planet we have. Please do keep us in mind! And thank you, as well, to the number of you who are already bringing us your cartridges!
THE RED AND BLUE GAME
All Junior School families are invited to join us for the annual Junior School Red and Blue Football Game on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m. This inter-squad competition pits the Form I Reds against the Form I Blues. The game will be played on the game field. Bring your camera! Check the Priory Sports Hotline for last-minute details.
THE INFAMOUS RUSTY BUCKET GAME
The competition to win bragging rights for the … beautiful …rusty bucket trophy will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 p.m. This much anticipated game, pitting Form I against Form II football Rebels, will be played on the game field. Come and cheer on the Junior School football Rebels as they battle for this stunning prize. Photo ops will abound!
AMERICAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION
The AMC 8 mathematics competition will be given to Junior School students, both Forms I and II, during their mathematics classes on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Students who wish to factor in a little extra practice in advance of the test can go to http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/AMC_8_Problems_and_Solutions for sample tests.
FORM II HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION PROGRAM
This advance notice will alert Form II parents that on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kevin Kline Theatre, a meeting will be held for parents to learn about the Priory High School program of studies, sports programs, advisory system, and various other components of the next four years of the Priory experience. I urge all Form II parents to mark their calendars and to attend this meeting. The information will be of great value to you as you (and we) prepare your sons for the high school program.
THE ANNUAL RUNNING REBELS PIZZA CHALLENGE
On Friday, Oct. 30, Priory will host the annual cross country Pizza Challenge, which pits the Junior School Running Rebels against the Form III cross country runners. The race begins at 3:45. See you there!
|Friday, Oct. 23
||Photo retake day
|Wednesday, Oct. 28
||Candy drive ends
|Friday, Oct. 30
||The Pizza Challenge
|Monday, Nov. 2
||Food drive begins
|Tuesday, Nov. 3
||Red and Blue Game
|Thursday, Nov. 5
||Rusty Bucket Game
|Friday, Nov. 6
||the next News ‘n Notes
LOOKING A BIT FARTHER AHEAD
|Monday, Nov. 9
||study day – no school
Tuesday – Thursday
Nov. 10 – 12
||fall term exams
|Friday, Nov. 13
grading day - no school
|Sunday, Nov. 15
||12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
||Admissions Open House
|Monday, Nov. 16
||first day of the winter term
|Tuesday, Nov. 17
||AMC Math Contest
|Thursday, Nov. 19
||food drive ends
|Tuesday, Nov. 24
||Thanksgiving break begins
|Monday, Nov. 30
In balance, there is wisdom; in wisdom, balance. Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης; ca. 480 BC–406 BC) Euripides was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him and of these, nearly twenty have survived intact. There are also fragments, some substantial, of most of the other plays. More of his plays have survived intact than those of Aeschylus and Sophocles together, partly due to mere chance and partly because Euripides’ popularity grew as theirs declined - he became, in the Hellenistic Age, a cornerstone of ancient literary education, along with Homer, Demosthenes and Menander.
Euripides is identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times, especially in the representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. This new approach led him to pioneer developments that later writers adapted to comedy, some of which are characteristic of romance. Yet he also became "the most tragic of poets,” focusing on the inner lives and motives of his characters to a depth previously unknown. He was "the creator of...that cage which is the theatre of Shakespeare's Othello, Racine's Phèdre, of Ibsen and Strindberg," in which "...imprisoned men and women destroy each other by the intensity of their loves and hates,” and yet he was also the literary ancestor of comic dramatists as diverse as Menander and George Bernard Shaw. Euripides was also unique among the writers of ancient Athens for the sympathy he demonstrated towards all victims of society, including women, thereby shocking his traditionally conservative male audiences.
His contemporaries associated him with Socrates as a leader of a decadent intellectualism, both of them being frequently lampooned by comic poets such as Aristophanes. Whereas Socrates was eventually put on trial and executed as a corrupting influence, Euripides chose a voluntary exile in old age, dying in Macedonia. Recent scholarship, however, casts doubt on some of the details in ancient biographies of Euripides.
I thank all of you, most gratefully, for your kindness and generosity to the boys, to the School, and to this community. All of us are truly blessed.
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School