Standardized Testing, No More Magnus Morning Checks, Is it a Cold? and more
Standardized Testing, No More Magnus Morning Checks, Is it a Cold? and more
October 14, 2020

Standardized Testing TODAY

Early Afternoon Programs & Early Dismissal

This morning, students in grades 8-11 are taking the PSAT while students in grades 6 and 7 take the ERB. Seniors are working on the SAS Farm and going swimming. Afternoon Programs will meet from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Buses will run at 3:15 p.m. Students who are not in an Afternoon Program, may depart campus after 1:00 p.m. Parents of Middle School students needing supervision after 1:00 p.m. may contact MAC supervisor Lizzie Duncan.

Why We Test

The ERB/CTP-5 is a series of standardized tests commonly used by independent schools to evaluate the strength of our academic programs. While we administer these tests primarily for our own edification, the results, which parents will receive, may provide insight into your child’s academic strengths and challenges. Testing will continue, in shorter increments, on October 15 and 19.
Eighth and 9th grade students take the PSAT 8/9. Tenth and 11th grade students take the PSAT/NMSQT.  These tests are designed to be preliminary assessments of students where they are in their curriculum.  The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. 

Suspending Magnus Check-ins

Day parents, If you have been wrestling with the MAGNUS app each morning, you will be happy to know that this is no longer necessary. We still encourage you to do a temperature and health check before your child heads to campus, but, because the system was not giving us the information we needed, we are now conducting on on-campus temperature checks. Monitors are located each morning at the gym parking lot, Bishop Bratton entrance, and Ramsey's Rest. Please leave enough time for your child to check-in and still get to class on time. 

Viewing Report Cards

Quarter 1 report cards will be available in CORE by Friday, October 16. To view your child's report card, log into CORE using the parent persona. Click on your child's picture icon. In the Progress tab, go to Performance and click on Report Cards.

Spring Calendar

As our families who are associated with the University of the South know, the college recently announced a spring schedule to limit COVID-19 exposure. The university will be begin their semester in February and will not have spring break in order.  In light of these changes, SAS is currently discussing our spring schedule. We will have an update for you next week. Regardless of our decision, there will still be the option for SAS students to take university classes.

Need MAC for Winter Season?

On  November 2 our fall season officially ends and students begin their winter Afternoon Programs. If your Middle School student does not participate in Afternoon Programs or has an Afternoon Program that does not meet every day, MAC (Middle School After Care) is available for supervision. We have numerous enrollment options and flexibiliy to meet your needs, including a drop-in service for days when unexpected scheduling prohibits pick-up at the regular dismissal time. Middle school students must be in an Afternoon Program, attending MAC, or picked up by 3:30 each afternoon.  Register here. Questions? Contact Lizzie Duncan.

Service Requirement and Opportunities

All Upper School students are expected to complete 15 service hours each year to graduate from SAS. Service provides opportunities for students to give back to the community, to develop leadership and other skills, to get to know other people, and more. The pandemic has made service more difficult, but our Service Coordinator Rachel Malde has suggestions for ways students can fulfill their service requirement while helping our campus community. Questions? Contact Rachel Malde

Thank You!

We are so grateful to parent Joshua Mauzy for the construction of a second shelter along Betsy's Path that we wanted to thank him again. Our students have temporarily dubbed it Eli's Hangout, a riff on Ramsey's Rest and an acknowledgement of our current abundance of Elis.


Please join us in welcoming Sharon Lobb to our coaching staff and welcome back nurse Cheryl Lankhaar, CNP to our Health Clinic.
Coach Lobb will coach varsity girls' basketball. She played semi-pro basketball while stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany and has seven years of youth league coaching experience. Coach Lobb holds an M.A. from American Military University and bachelor's degrees from North Georgia College and the University of Maryland University College.

Nurse Lankhaar has more than 35 years of nursing and teaching experience, including at the Franklin (TN) Women’s Center and Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana State University, a master’s from Vanderbilt, and did post-graduate work at the University of Missouri. She is a gifted artist and previously taught Landscape Painting at SAS.

Highlights of the Week

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8:45 AM Grades 8-11 Report to A Period Class, Grades 6-7 Report to Middle School Wing
8:45 AM ERB Grades 6-7
9:00 AM PSAT Grades 8-11
9:00 AM Senior Farm Day, SAS Farm
1:00 PM Afternoon Programs
3:15 PM Buses Depart
5:45 PM Bible Study, Spencer Room
6:30 PM Allowance Distribution, Owen Student Union

8:00 AM Head of School Karl Sjolund Addresses Monteagle/Sewanee Rotary
8:45 AM ERB for Grades 6 & 7
12:45 PM J-Block: International Student Presentations
3:10 PM Chess Club, Mr. Mazur's Room
3:15 PM Martial Arts Club, Wrestling Room
3:30 PM Climbing Club, Bouldering Shed
7:30 PM College Counseling: Financial Aid & You, Virtual

6:30 PM American Shakespeare Theater presents Twelfth Night, Virtual
6:30 PM Open Union
8:00 PM Boarding Activity: Hocus Pocus, Owen Student Union

Overnight Camping Trip
11:00 AM Boarding Activity: Picnic and Shakerag Hike
7:30 PM Boarding Activity: Open Gym
7:30 PM Boarding Activity: FIFA '21 Tournament, Owen Student Union

11:00 AM NACAC Virtual College Fair
3:00 PM Boarding Activity: Yoga & Meditation, Theater
6:30 PM Organize October and Compline, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts
9:05 AM
ERB Testing for Grade 6
1:25 PM ERB Testing for Grade 7
4:00 PM Varsity Girls' Soccer vs. Faculty/Staff, Varsity Field
SAS Admission on the Road: Memphis, TN (thru OCT 23)
11:40 AM Dean of Students' Lunch with Grade 7 Blue, Tucker Dining Room
7:30 PM From Sewanee: Find Your Voice: A Conversation on Social Justic with Roslyn M. Brock, Virtual
Picture Re-Takes & Senior Casual Photos
1:00 PM Chapel
5:45 PM Bible Study, Spencer Room

Save the Date

NOV 2 Afternoon Programs switch to winter season

COVID-19 Updates

Our COVID-19 Protocols & FAQs are updated regularly.

Are things getting better?

Our 4-county region is once again on an upswing and there are concerns that things will get worse as cold weather sets in, and we are spending more time indoors. We are reminding the SAS community to continue to wear a mask every day, continue to physically distant from others 6’ or more, and wash hands frequently. Please avoid crowds, especially unmasked crowds.

How do we know if it's COVID-19?

If there's a doubt, stay home, but also recognize that not every sore throat or cough is a sign of COVID-19. The chart below may be helpful. Regardless of the cause, DO NOT send your child to school with a fever or if they have been vomiting within the last 24 hours. While SAS continues to test a random sample of our population wach week, this is meant to identify community spread, not to diagnose individual students. Day families should contact their local healthcare provider for COVID-19 and/or flu testing if they suspect they may be ill.

The 4-County Active Case Rate

As of Tuesday, the seven-day average active case rate is .40%.
Calendars Parent Essentials Facts
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