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Upper School Director's Note - September 4, 2020
Sarah Webster, Director of Upper School
Dear Upper School Parents,
Now that we are three weeks into the school year, I want to take a moment and acknowledge the amazing collective effort to safely open school this fall. Our maintenance staff worked tirelessly to ensure our classrooms, hallways, and outdoor spaces were ready for new protocols and socially-distanced instruction. The staff worked all summer to refine our new guidelines and put into practice mandates at the state and local levels. Our faculty, after being asked to unexpectedly shift to eLearning mid-semester, was asked to teach both in-person and online simultaneously this fall, all while ensuring our safety protocols were being followed throughout the day. Our students are responding well to our new way of “doing school” and are working hard to come in each day ready to learn. While we are all thrilled to be together again, the new way of “doing school” requires new and different energy. It’s no wonder that the three-day weekend comes just at the right time.
Thank you for your continued partnership with the school.
Have a wonderful long weekend!
Sarah Webster
Upper School Director
Office: (317) 415-2840
US Student Support:
Communication between school and family is essential to the success of our students. In addition to the support of a classroom teacher, we have a robust student support team. Scott McDougall, US Student Support Coordinator and Academic Coach, leads a team that includes Cassie Craig, US counselor; Laura Reysz, US Dean; Kali Flores, Director of Student Learning Services; Shari Sutton, US Scheduling Coordinator, and Sarah Webster; Director of Upper School. Our student support team is highly responsive to the individual needs of students in a variety of circumstances. Should you have questions about student support, please contact Scott McDougall at
We thank you for your continued partnership and vigilance with regard to symptom recognition and checklist completion. It is important that we closely monitor the health of each community member. In addition, it is imperative that you let Sharon Riddle (317-415-2703) know as soon as possible if your child cannot attend school for any reason. Now that we have added additional days in our calendar for opportunities to rest and recharge, it is not appropriate for students to stay home simply to “take a break” from in-person learning and to Zoom. Our teachers’ focus must be on our students who are present and those who use Zoom for reasons of illness, quarantine, or isolation.
As you know, our school calendar has been revised to accommodate deep cleaning days as well as give our students and faculty much needed time to rest and recharge.
  • Wednesday, September 16: College Day for grades 11 and 12, grades 9 and 10 dismiss at 1:15 p.m. - prior to lunch
  • Friday, September 18: School closed
  • Monday, October 12–Friday, October 16: Fall Break, school closed
  • Thursday, October 29: PSAT for grades 10 and 11, no school for grades 9 and 12.
  • Wednesday, November 4: School closed
  • Monday, November 23–Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving Break, school closed