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Opening of School Registration, Orientation, Documents & Links
Posted 08/16/2012 06:03PM

Opening of School Registration, Orientation, Documents & Links

Start of school is just around the corner with prefects arriving on campus Sunday, August 19. A general start of school schedule, that applies to the population at large, is available online.

For a detailed schedule of registration and orientation for each segment of the school population, please see below.


Upper School • New Domestic and All Returning Students
Registration Day • Saturday, August 25, 2012

Download (registration & orientation schedules)


10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Open Registration • Athletic Center

Families may arrive anytime before 2:00 p.m. to complete their registration process. If you have not submitted your forms in advance, please allow extra time. Boarding students should arrive early to allow ample time for moving into their dormitory.


11:45 a.m. - Noon

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony • Lak Dining Hall 

Join us as we celebrate the official opening of the renovated dining facility!


Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch • Lak Dining Hall

Families are welcome to enjoy lunch in the dining hall.


3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

New Student Meeting • Lak Dining Hall 

All new students must attend this informational session with representatives from the Deans Office.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

New Parent Meeting • Alumni Memorial Chapel

Parents of new students requested to attend an informational session with representatives from various offices.


4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

New Parent Welcome• Morrow House

Parents of new students are invited to join Rodney LaBrecque, Head of School for a reception.


5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

All School Picnic • Flag Pole East Lawn

All students and families are welcome to join faculty and staff for a picnic. 


7:15 p.m.

Meeting of all boarding students • Campus Center

All boarding students must attend this opening of school meeting with the Dean of Residential Life. 

Upper School • New Domestic Students
Including former Middle School Grade 9 students
Orientation Day • Sunday, August 26, 2012

Download (registration & orientation schedules)


7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Mandatory Breakfast for Boarding Students


8:45 a.m.

All freshmen meet at Lak Dining Hall to begin their Orientation.     


9:00 a.m.

New grade 10, 11, 12 & PG students meet at the Flagpole on Main Street to begin their Orientation.


2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Summer Sizzler for All Upper School Students

All Upper School students are invited to join together for an afternoon of activities and socializing including music, a club fair and games.


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Matriculation • Alumni Memorial Chapel

Mandatory for all new students including Middle School. Dress Code is required.                                                


5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Dinner for Returning Students • Lak Dining Hall


6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Dinner for New Students • Lak Dining Hall


7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Convocation • Alumni Memorial Chapel

All Students and faculty join together for the official opening of school.


8:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Reception for All Students & Faculty • Campus Center


9:00 –10:00 p.m.

Dorm Meetings for all boarding students           


New International Student Orientation

Download (full seven-day program)

New International Student Orientation will be held August 20-26 with the first day of classes to be held on August 27. This special week-long orientation includes registration, meetings, testing, outings, shopping, meals, and more.

Middle School Opening Events

Download (with registration details)


Tuesday, August 21

Ice Cream Social

Campus Center

6:00-8:00 p.m.


Friday, August 24


Blake Middle School

8:30-10:00 a.m. 

New students will be paired with returning students to go through the process. The Campus Store will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dress for Registration/Orientation is casual as we will be walking around campus on a scavenger hunt so comfortable, sensible shoes and comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather is recommended.  


Parent Reception with Head of School, Rodney LaBrecque

Morrow House

10:00-11:00 a.m. 

During the Parent Reception students will remain with faculty to participate in our Student Orientation Program. 


Student Orientation

10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Students can be picked up after 3:30 p.m. in the gym parking lot. Students will be served lunch during Orientation.  


All School Picnic

Saturday, August 25

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Flag pole on Main Street


Matriculation Ceremony • New Middle School students only

Sunday, August 26

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Chapel

Matriculation is a dress code event. All new Middle School students should meet Mr. D’Avanzo in the Middle School by 5:15 p.m. We will all walk over to the chapel together. We will provide dinner in Lak Dining Hall afterward.


Convocation • All new and returning students

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Chapel

Convocation is a dress code event. Returning students may also enjoy dinner in Lak Dining Hall from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Matriculation and Convocation are student and faculty events as our chapel is not large enough to accommodate additional attendees. Families can reconnect with their child in our Campus Center after 8:30 p.m. 


First day of school!  

Monday, August 27

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

We will follow a modified Monday schedule with an all middle school meeting to start the day. Sports and Activities will start Monday afternoon and our afternoon study hall will begin that day as well. One minor change is that our Grade 7 students, who have PE scheduled for Monday morning, will not have to bring PE clothes that day, but our Grade 6 students, who have PE Monday last period of the day, should bring gym clothes to participate in PE that day. Appropriate gym clothes are shorts, a T-shirt, and running shoes. Breakfast is available in Lak Dining Hall each school day from 7:00 to 8:20 a.m.


Pertinent Documents

Start of School Schedule (overview)

Student/Parent Handbook (revised 8/2012)

Academic Calendar (when school is in and out of session)

Daily Schedule (class blocks)

Campus Map

Athletics Schedule (overview spreadsheet)

Running Suit Orders (mandatory for all student-athletes)

Concussion Assessment (mandatory for all student-athletes)


Important Links

Parent Page (news and information)

Middle School Blog (news and information)

My BackPack (enrollment information and financial statements)


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