Preparing for School Year 2017-2018

Opening of 2017 School Schedule

Some important dates to remember:
July 1 Complete medical forms as directed
July 31
Non-residential preseason practice begins for varsity and middle school girls' soccer, football, and volleyball*
August 1 Middle school girls' soccer begins practice*
August 4-18 ELSI (English Language Summer Immersion) Program
August 11–13 Preseason Residential Practice for Day and Boarding Students playing Varsity Football, Volleyball, and Varsity Girls' Soccer*
August 16 Middle School Gathering
August 16-17 Proctors on campus
August 18 New** Upper School student move in and orientation
August 19 All student (Middle School and Upper School) orientation
August 21 First day of classes

Orientation Schedules

Middle School Orientation Schedule
New Upper School Orientation Schedule*
Returning Upper School Orientation Schedule

* All medical forms and the baseline concussion test must be completed, before an athlete can practice.
**Includes all 9th graders, even those who attended SAS Middle School

2017-18 Major Dates Calendar

Questions?

Contact the Office of Communications with any of your unanswered questions, phone 931.463.2120.

Enrollment/Re-Enrollment

When your contract and tuition deposit are received by the school, you will receive information on completing the enrollment process. Most of enrollment is done online through our Parents Web system. After logging in to Parents Web (instructions on SASSAFRAS), go to Family Info -> Enrollment/Re-enrollment to complete the process. Be sure to complete submission by reviewing and submitting the packet. You will receive an email indicating confirmation that the process is complete.

Questions? Contact Assistant to the Academic Administrators Shawna Midgett, 931.463.2139.

Medical Forms & Physical Requirements

SAS contracts with MAGNUS Health to handle all student medical records. Once a child is enrolled, an email is sent to the family with instructions for completing this process. Students are required to have an annual physical exam. Required health forms include:

  • Updated immunizations (to be signed by health care provider). Required immunizations are based on American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.
  • Annual Physical exam (to be signed by health care provider).
  • Front and back copy of current insurance card and pharmacy card if applicable.
  • State required concussion information form and release.
  • State required sudden cardiac arrest information form and release
  • Release to play sports (to be signed by health care provider).
  • Vital health record (health history).
  • Release for over the counter medications and consent to treat.
  • Other forms requiring electronic signature based on your answers to some questions about asthma food allergies, diabetes, or seizures.

Before July 1, you should complete all Magnus forms which can be completed on-line which specify a July 1 2017 deadline on your students Magnus account.

The Physical Exam, Participation in Sports form and Immunization forms must be downloaded from the MAGNUS website under your students' account. These forms should be completed by your health care provider and scanned, faxed, or mailed back directly to MAGNUS. They are due one week after the anniversary of your student's last physical exam. (For example if the last physical was done 9-2-16 this year's physical, sports and immunizations are due by 9-9-17).

To return your forms via a mobile device:

  1. Access your Magnus account from your mobile device's web browser
  2. Click Complete Now beside your student's name
  3. Choose the requirement that you need to complete
  4. Select Turn it In
  5. Choose the Upload option button
  6. Then snap a photo of your document. You will be able to view that document by clicking View Answer.

Please be sure that you have updated your mobile device. For Android users, you will need 4.4 version or higher. For iOS users, you will need version 5 or higher.

The quality of the photo depends upon the device you are using and not something that Magnus Health can troubleshoot at this time. You may need to adjust settings, contrast, or lighting.

Questions? Contact service@magnushealthportal.com or 1.877.461.6831. Student health questions should be directed to the SAS Health Clinic or 931.598.5651, ext. 2126.


Summer Reading Requirements

6th Grade
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Book of Choice

7th Grade
Wonder by Raquel Palacio
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

8th Grade
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

9th Grade
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Harmon
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

10th Grade
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

11th Grade
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

12th Grade
The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

The grade level books will be discussed in classes in the fall. The Book Club books (below) are sponsored by faculty members. Early in the school year, students will gather with their book's faculty sponsor for a luncheon discussion. Returning students received a sign-up for the Book Clubs. Students enrolling over the summer will receive this with their enrollment materials.

Book Clubs

Middle School or Upper School
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes (Randolph)
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly (Diamond/Reynolds)
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman (Bryant/Quinn-Stine)
Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. (Knoll)
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Hill)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Cooper/Sun)
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith (Bunemann)
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley (Alexander)
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Jones)

Middle School only
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (Pond)
The View from the Oak by Herbert and Judith Kohl (Malde)
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Bachman)

Grade 8 and Up
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (Carlos)

Upper School only
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler (Smith)
All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Asmussen)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (N. Brunton/Forbes)
Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Bunting)
Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe (Seavey)
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (C. Rinck/S. Rinck)
Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson (Duncan)
Short Cuts by Raymond Carver (Molly Short)
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (Bergman)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Holleman)
The Martian by Andy Weir (Jake Miller)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (M. Burns/Clay)
The Stranger by Albert Camus (Camp)
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone ’02 (Burns)
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Gladstone)
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Black)
Warlock by Oakley Hall (Mark Brunton)
We are Okay by Nina La Cour (Michael Short)

Grades 10-12
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Jackson)

Questions? Contact Assistant to the Academic Administrators Shawna Midgett, 931.463.2139.

Supply Lists

6th Grade Supply List
7th Grade Supply List
8th Grade Supply List

Upper School students will be informed of supply needs by their classroom teachers during their first week of classes and will have time to procure their supplies. Boarders will have scheduled van runs for shopping.

Calculators needed for Upper School math courses are:

Pre-Algebra - TI-30X IIS or TI-30XS MultiView
Algebra I - TI-30X IIS or TI-30XS MultiView
Geometry - TI-30X IIS or TI-30XS MultiView
Algebra II - TI-84 Plus
Advanced Algebra II - TI-84 Plus
Algebra III: Functions and Intro to Trigonometry - TI-84 Plus
Statistics and Probability - TI-84 Plus
Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry - TI-84 Plus
Pre-Calculus: Math Analysis - TI-84 Plus

Advanced Statistics - TI-84 Plus
Calculus - TI-84 Plus

Please note that non-marking tennis shoes should be worn in the gym. This would include PE class and pick-up games.

Questions? Contact Assistant to the Academic Administrators Shawna Midgett, 931.463.2139.

Fall Athletes

Be sure the appropriate coach is aware that you will be on their team and request a summer workout.
Cross Country Mark Brunton, 931.463.2181
Golf Nancy Ladd 931-636-9388
Mountain Biking Speed Baranco, 931.636.5203
Football John Hargis, 931.808.4679
Soccer (Girls' Middle School) Margot Burns, 931.463.2180
Soccer (Girls' Varsity) Harrison Camp, 931.706.2448
Volleyball (Varsity) Rob Zeitler, 931.636.5340

If you will be in or near Sewanee for any or all of the summer, plan to join the Strength & Conditioning workouts.

Athletes cannot practice until all registration and medical forms (see Medical Forms & Physical Requirements), the concussion baseline test, and enrollment deposits are in. Please have this completed by July 28.

NON-BOARDING PRESEASON
Boarding students are not expected to begin until boarding pre-season, but are welcome to join non-residential practice if they can find housing in the area.

Cross Country Aug. 14, 3:30 p.m.
Football July 31, 9-11 a.m.
Golf August 9
Mountain Biking July 31
Soccer (Middle School) August 1
Soccer (Girls' Varsity) July 31, 9-11 a.m.
Volleyball (Varsity) July 31, 9-11 a.m.

PRESEASON RESIDENTIAL CAMP, August 11-13

Varsity Football, Varsity Volleyball, and Varsity Girls’ Soccer athletes (day and boarding) will move onto campus for three days of preseason residential camp on Friday, August 11 at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be at the gym. At 9 a.m. there will be a meeting for players and parents. At the end of camp, boarding students may remain in residence.

Questions? Contact Director of Athletics Rob Zeitler, 931.463.2147.

Purchasing Text Books

In an effort to provide our families more flexibility, convenience, and competitive pricing for book purchases, families will purchase directly from MBS Direct.

Families are expected to purchase their child's books from MBS Direct before the school year begins. Boarding students may have books shipped directly to the school. Only books purchased through MBS will be eligible for buy-back at the end of the school year.

Questions? Contact Assistant to the Academic Administrators Shawna Midgett, 931.463.2139.

Technology

Trying to decide whether or what kind of electronic devices to bring to campus? Perhaps this will help.

Questions? Contact Technology Coordinator Jaime Cleek, 931.463.2175.

Dress Code

The SAS dress code emphasizes neatness, cleanliness, and modesty, while still allowing a wide range of clothing choices. Different occasions, whether that be formal occasions, work, school, athletics, or play, have varying expectations.

Formal Dress is to be worn to formal social occasions, special academic occasions, and other occasions as prescribed by the Head of School. Formal Dress will be required on these occasions:

Signing of the Honor Code (Wednesday, August 23rd)
All Saints Day (Monday, October 30th)
Ash Wednesday Service (Wednesday, February 14th)
Good Friday (Friday, March 30th)

Students may choose one of the following formal dress traditions:

Choice 1: Dress or skirt/dress pants with blouse and dress shoes.
Choice 2: Coat and tie, dress shirt, dress pants, belt, socks, and dress shoes.

School Dress is to be worn everywhere on campus Monday - Friday from 8 am - 3 pm.(except inside residential houses). Because students may not be aware of all activities on a given day, school dress should always be appropriate for the possibility of outdoor activities and active learning.

  • All clothing must be clean, properly hemmed, unfrayed, and must fit appropriately.*
  • No athletic wear: athletic pants, athletic shorts, athletic tights, and sweatpants are not to be worn during the school day. The only exception is sports teams asked to be in uniform by their coach.
  • Leggings can only be worn with dresses, blouses or tunics and the student’s entire trunk must be covered. Students can not wear t-shirts, sweatshirts, pullovers, or any type of jacket with any style of legging.
  • No camouflage clothing,
  • Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be no shorter than the tip of the middle finger.*
  • Tops must cover the abdomen, back, and chest at all times.*
  • Shoulder straps must be at least two fingers wide.*
  • Appropriate undergarments are to be worn but not visible.*
  • Brands or logos must be smaller than the hand with the exception of shirts, sweatshirts, and outerwear with St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School design/approved graphics or college logos. College t-shirts/sweatshirts with more than just the logo can not be worn.
  • Tobacco, alcohol, other drug or sexually oriented designs or logos are never acceptable.
  • See-through clothing, visible piercings (other than ears), tattoos, distracting hairstyles, unnatural hair colors, hats, and other head coverings are not permitted.*
  • Pajamas are not to be worn during the school day.*
  • Faces should be clean shaven.

Grub Days/Casual Dress may be worn when School Dress or Formal Dress is not required. Restrictions above that are marked with an asterisk (*) are still enforced on Grub Days/Casual Dress Days.

Questions? Contact Dean of Students Laura Clay, 931.463.2134.


Moving In

We've assembled frequently asked questions from new boarding students.

Questions? Contact Dean of Students Laura Clay, 931.463.2134.

Starting the School Year Off Right

Head of Upper School Kelley Black has assembled tips for helping students to start the year off right.

Summer 2017 Reading

At SAS, summer reading serves three purposes, it:

  1. Keeps our students engaged as readers over the summer.
  2. Builds community among students and faculty members around a shared book experience.
  3. Exposes students to books that they may not have time to read during the busy school year.

With that in mind, this year's summer reading is a combination of required books and books of choice.

Summer Reading 2017

6th Grade
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Book of Choice

7th Grade
Wonder by Raquel Palacio
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

8th Grade
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

9th Grade
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Harmon
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

10th Grade
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

11th Grade
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

12th Grade
The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
SAS Book Club selection
Book of Choice

Returning students received a sign-up sheet for the Book Clubs. Students enrolling over the summer will receive this with their enrollment materials.


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