Testing, Confronting Racism, Easing Campus Restrictions, Detention and more
Testing, Confronting Racism, Easing Campus Restrictions, Detention and more

MARCH 17, 2021

Preparing to Resume In-Person Classes

Online classes continue through Friday, as we quarantine and test our community to be sure we start our in-person classes and enhanced community life healthy on Monday, March 22. 

Return COVID Testing Schedule

All boarding and day students must be tested on campus and receive a negative result before resuming in-person classes. Testing will be conducted in the Theater (the older building beyond the gym).
COVID Testing Schedule - NOTE TIMES
TUE MAR 16, 2:00-2:45 PM: Day Students Last Names A-M and Spring Day Student Athletes
WED MAR 17, 7:30 AM: Boarding Students (Quarantine ends with negative test results.)
THU MAR 18, 1:30-2:15 PM: Day Students Last Names N-Z and anyone who has not yet tested

Confronting Racism

As you may be aware, a recent incident at the University of the South has reinvigorated the Sewanee community's ongoing discussions of race and justice. In the wake of these events, SAS issued a statement on social media, and Mother Short will be discussing the issues raised in her Chapel sermon today. We will also continue to have these important discussions through our curricular studies and Advisory and residential house interactions. Clearly, there is more to be done as we pursue our mission "to be an inclusive community" and prepare our students to "lead lives of honor and loving service to God and to others". Please know that we take this work seriously and that we welcome your input.

Grade-Level Programs

This week during J-Block, Thursday noon-12:25 p.m., students will be engaged in the following activities. Students who are meeting virtually will receive a link.
Grade 6 Fairy Tale Writing and Filming
Grade 7 Free Time
Grade 8 Extended Advisory for "This I Believe" and longer lunch, use Advisory link
Grade 9 Healthy relationships
Grade 10 Free Time
Grade 11 Common App Follow up and Zoom Game
Grade 12 Spring Activity Update: Retreat, Prom, Graduation, and Fundraising

THIS Friday Evening on Campus

Open to Day Students in Grades 8-10

Day students in grades 8-10 who have received a negative COVID test result may come to campus after 5:30 p.m. this Friday for weekend activities. Day students in grades 8-9 must depart by 9:00 p.m.; students in grade 10 must depart by 10:00 p.m.; students in grades 11-12 must depart by 11:00 p.m. Day students must sign in when they arrive and sign out when they depart. 

Easing Up Restrictions

Assuming that our COVID test results are negative this week and the the regional active case rate stays low, we will begin to ease up some of our campus restrictions regarding social activities. In addition to welcoming day students in grades 8-12 on Friday nights, we will be offering a limited number of activities open to day and boarding students. This weekend, those activities include a caving trip on Friday night and a tour of campus waterfalls on Saturday. Events listed on our calendar as "Weekend Activities" are open to day and boarding students. Next week, we will also begin holding our Sunday Compline service in St. Andrew's Chapel. Members of our community will continue to be expected to wear face masks and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

The Final Stretch

It's our final quarter, and we are encouraging our students to finish strong. Please be aware of the important academic policies:
  • Students must achieve a final grade of 70 or higher in math and language to progress to the next level.
  • Failure of the second semester of a year-long class results in failure for the year.
  • Seniors must pass all classes (60 or higher) to graduate.
  • Students must attend 90% of classes and 80% of afternoon programs to receive credit (this includes both excused and unexcused absences).

Community Service Opportunities

It was great to see so many students complete service projects over the break. Service Coordinator Rachel Malde continues to sponsor a series of afterschool community service opportunities for those who would prefer a school-organized activity. View the Community Service Opportunity calendar. Students performing independent service projects may report their hours here.

Resuming Detention Policy

As we resume more social opportunities on campus, such as expanded weekend opportunities, we are also reinvigorating our normal discipline procedures, including our detention policy. Research shows that students are happier and more successful when they are part of communities that hold members accountable to shared standards of conduct. While most detentions on our campus are earned for tardiness and unexcused absences, students may also receive detentions for other minor infractions. Detentions may be served weeknights Monday-Thursday or on Saturday mornings. We know that we can count on you to support us in this important aspect of our work. More information

The Class of 2026 is D.C.-Bound

In April 2022, we are launching an 8th-grade trip to Washington, D.C. Capitalizing on the topics studied in their middle school Humanities classes, this experience will synthesize our students’ understanding of how history has shaped our democracy. Visits will include the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Museums, and Arlington National Cemetery. Students will witness the American political system in action and see history come to life. More information

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Interact book drive. Our students collected 15 boxes of books and received $45 in donations. Interact club members Kathleen Perkins and Libby Neubauer will be delivering the donations to the Grundy County Schools. 

Congratulations!

Becasue of the abbreviated season, only our varsity basketball teams presented awards at our Winter Athletic Awards. Congratulations to the following student-athetes:
Most Improved Players: Pyunn Ntwari, Oliver Root, Tania Horstmann Gonzales
Coaches Award Winners: Payton ZeitlerBreezy Rollins, and Jenna Black
Most Valuable Player: Nathan King
Nathan was also named to the Division 2A, Class A, District 2 All District Team.

Employment Opportunity

SAS continues to accept applications for a Business Office Associate and Advancement Services Coordinator. Please help us by directing qualified applicants our way.

Weekly Highlights

View the full calendar for all events. Subscribe to SAS calendars (instructions on the calendar page) to have school events, team schedules, and calendar updates automatically delivered to and updated on your desktop or mobile device.
WED MAR 17
7:30 AM
COVID Testing for Boarders, Theater
11:00 AM Chapel, Virtual
THUR MAR 18
11:00 AM
Advisory, Virtual
NOON J-Block: Grade-Level Programs
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM COVID Testing Day Students with Last Names N-Z and Remaining Employees, Theater
 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Writing Center Open, Virtual
3:00 PM Varsity Track and Field - Red Bank Meet #1 (Away), Red Bank High School
FRI MAR 19
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Announcements, Virtual
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM Weekend Activity: Campus Open to Day Students in Grades 8-12
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Weekend Activity/Outdoor Adventure: Bible Springs Cave
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Weekend Activity: Open Union
7:30 PM Weekend Activity: Snacks & March Madness, Spencer Room
SAT MAR 20
10:00 AM
Boarding Activity/Community Service Opportunity: Make a Fairy House for Trails & Trilliums
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Weekend Activity/Outdoor Adventure: Exploring Campus Waterfalls
1:30 PM Boarding Activity: Open Union, Owen Student Union
1:30 PM Boarding Activity: Women-Only Fitness, Weight Room
3:00 PM Boarding Activity: Open Gym and Weight Room
6:30 PM Boarding Activity: Open Union with Popcorn and Fire
9:00 PM Boarding Activity: Sonic Run
 
SUN MAR 21
1:30 PM
Boarding Activity: Open Gym and Weight Room
1:30 PM Boarding Activity: Open Union
3:00 PM Boarding Activity: Van Run, CVS
4:00 PM Boarding Activity: Van Run, Piggly Wiggly
6:15 PM Boarding Activity: Dean's Social, Father Flye House
7:00 PM Compline
MON MAR 22 - CLASSES RESUME IN-PERSON
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8:45 AM Announcements, Advisory Locations
10:10 AM Literary Club, Ms. Asmus's Room
11:30 AM COVID-19 Testing for Middle School Students and Available Employees, Gym
4:00 PM Middle School Tennis vs. Winchester Christian Academy (Home)
6:30 PM Van Run for Residents of Warner/St. Mary's
TUE MAR 23
11:30 AM COVID-19 Testing for Juniors, Seniors, and Available Employees
3:30 PM Climbing Club, Bouldering Shed
3:40 PM Writing Center Open
4:00 PM Middle School Track and Field vs. Webb School (Home)
6:30 PM Van Run for Residents of Woods and Harvey
WED MAR 24
11:45 AM COVID-19 Testing for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Available Employees, Gym
1:00 PM Chapel, Virtual
6:30 PM Allowance Distribution
6:30 PM Van Run for Residents of Colmore

Looking Ahead

FRI APR 2 Good Friday, noon dismissal
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