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Upper School Director's Note: October 10, 2019
Sarah Webster, Upper School Director


Dear Upper School Parents,
Now that fall is finally in the air, we are ready for a much needed break! The end of the first quarter is a busy time for our students as fall seasons are wrapping up and our thespians are hard at work readying the theater for our fall play, Failure: A Love Story. There will be 3 performances:
  • Friday, November 1st at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 3rd matinee at 2:00 pm. 
We are changing our ticket purchase process this year! All tickets will be now be sold online and must be printed at home or a confirmation can be sent to your phone. We are no longer holding tickets at Will Call to ease the congestion around the box office before the performance. All you will need to do is present the printed ticket or the ticket confirmation on your phone at the side doors as you enter the auditorium.
All tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday should be purchased online through Vendini.
The tickets are $15.00 for adults and $13.00 for students. You will need to use a credit card to purchase the tickets online. If anyone needs special help with ordering please let me know how I may assist you at 317-415-2705 (Fine Arts Office, Sherri Gapinski).
Grades and Comments:
First quarter grades and comments will be available in Veracross on Monday, October 14th at 3 p.m. This year, we have standardized our semester grade configurations for all courses. Our grade books are now rolling, which means that grades are not “reset” at the second quarter. That is, the average continues to accumulate until semester exams. At that time, 80% of the grade will be comprised of the semester work and 20% will come from the exam grade. Therefore, grades seen at the quarter through Veracross are a “snap shot” in time and grades in Canvas are the most recent an up-to-date.
Student Support:
World Mental Health Day is today. On this day, our school community joins worldwide efforts to promote wellness and education around the many facets of mental health. We want to take this time to thank you as parents for all the support you provide to your children every day. Your advocacy, partnership, and care as we support your students at school is invaluable to us. We also hope you had a time to read the email sent to you and your students and to reflect on mental health in your family.
The following questions are conversation starters as you help your student reflect on wellness needs and goals:
  1. How are you taking care of your mental health right now? What is hard right now, and what is working?
  2. What are other things we can do as a family to support your mental health?
  3. When you have concerns about your mental health, or those of a friend, what do you do?
As always, we as a school community continue to promote the safety and health of your children. Please reach out to Mrs. Cassie Craig if you have questions, or need help navigating this journey with your student.
Heartland International Film Festival
I am pleased to announce our fourth annual partnership with Heartland Film Festival, which will take place tomorrow afternoon. Grades 9 – 11 will attend a presentation by Julie Sokolow, an award winning filmmaker. Ms. Sokolow will screen parts of three documentaries and speak with students about the filmmaking process. Grades 9 – 11 will dismiss at our regular time. Seniors will head to AMC Castleton for the afternoon to screen a compilation of teen shorts. Transportation and the ticket will be provided. Seniors will return to campus around 3:30.
Schedule for next week:
Next week’s schedule is unique with a number of events happening, all before Fall Break. Monday is a full day for students. Here’s the schedule for the week by grade level:
9th grade:
  • Tuesday – Student-led conferences scheduled with advisors.
  • Wednesday – Freshman Seminar from 8 – 11:30
  • The students will watch a film titled “A Girl Like Her”. This powerful film provide a lens into the lives of two young women, one in the role of bully and the other in the role of victim. Following the movie, students will break into smaller groups to engage in a conversation about bullying and harassment. Students will then have a snack/break followed by a debrief about student-led conferences. The morning will conclude with a presentation by Hope Academy, a recovery high school in Indianapolis. Students from Hope Academy, as well as a recovery specialist, will provide information about substance use disorders and psychoactive substances, which include alcohol and marijuana. Additionally, the presentation will address the topic of vaping and its harmful impact.
10th grade:
  • Tuesday – Student-led conferences scheduled with advisors.
  • Wednesday – PSAT 7:45 – 11:45
11th grade:
  • Tuesday – Junior College Seminar from 8:45 – noon
  • Wednesday – PSAT 7:45 – 11:45
12th grade:
  • Released as of Tuesday to work on college applications and visit colleges/universities.
Upcoming Dates:
  • 10/11: Booster Club Spirit Night: Senior Night All-School Cookout - FREE for all families! 5:30 p.m. Tailgate, 7:00 p.m. Kickoff vs. Covenant Christian, Senior football players will be celebrated at half time
  • 10/24: MAP Upper School Parent Meeting
  • 10/31: Beacon of Hope Blood Drive, 7:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.; Sign Up to Give
  • 11/1–11/3: Upper School Fall Play, Failure: A Love Story; Buy Tickets
  • 11/4: Park Tudor Speaker Series Presented by the National Bank of Indianapolis: Peter Gray, 7:00 p.m.; RSVP
  • 11/8: Janet Flanner Visiting Artist Series: Penelope Dullaghan; 6:00 p.m. RSVP
  • 11/9: PT Booster Club Trivia Night; Buy Tickets
Have a wonderful Fall Break with your families!
Sarah Webster