NEWS as of April 18:

Crisis Management

To see our crisis management plan and which room you should take your class to during a crisis, go to RESOURCES using the menu at the left.


  • SENIORS: The deadline by which you need to load grades for quarter 4 to the report card for seniors is Friday, May 3.

  • The week of May 6-10 should be the last week that you introduce new material to your classes.

  • These two days: May 13 and 15 should be devoted to review.

  • Finals will be 8:30-11:30 Friday, May 17, Monday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 22. We'll have TWO finals each day. You will give finals for 7th-12th grades.

  • Seniors should take their finals Thursday and Friday, May 16-17. We need their grades recorded immediately after their tests please. They can take finals with their class on Friday, May 17 and arrange with their teachers to take their other exams on Thursday morning at 8:30 in the test retake room (put it in the testing folder) or Friday with you. 

  • Seniors who have a cumulative A in their classes (and juniors taking senior level classes) as of May 10 are exempt from the final exam. Please have Quarter 3 senior grades loaded to the report card by May 3 and grades of juniors taking senior level classes loaded to report cards by midnight May 9. This is imperative. (They must know on May 10 whether they must take their final exam in your class.)

  • Graduation is 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25. All teachers should be there.

  • All of this is on the calendar on our website. If you still have questions, please ask Kim.

Iowa tests

Lower School Iowa tests are Tuesday & Thursday, March 5 & 7. Make up day will be March 21. Please ask parents of students who missed the Iowa test to be on the team of proctors on make up day. No one is allowed to proctor their own child.

Upper School Iowa tests are Wednesday & Friday, March 6 & 8. Schedule for Middle School Iowa tests is HERE. Schedule for Upper School Iowa tests is HERE.

Required events for staff:

All staff are required to attend the events below. I thought it would be helpful if you had the dates now so that you don’t inadvertently schedule something else.

Please add these to your personal calendar. The times are APPROXIMATE and could change.

  • 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 3 - Spring musical

  • 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25 - 8th grade & high school graduation

  • 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday, May 21 & 23 - Lower School Teacher Outservice

  • 1-3 p.m. (after finals) Monday & Wednesday, May 20 & 22 and also 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, May 24 - Upper School Teacher Outservice


July 29-Aug. 1 New Teachers only: in-service

Aug. 5-8 Teacher in-service week

Aug. 12 Parent University

Aug. 13 Teacher in-service day

Aug. 14 First Day of School

Jan. 9-10 Teacher in-service

May 22 Teacher out-service

May 23 Graduation for 8th & 12th grade

Required attendance, all teachers:

  • All staff meetings, in-service, out-service, teacher training dates (In-service and out-service are August, January & May.)

  • Parent-teacher conferences and training sessions

  • Christmas and Spring performances

  • Graduations

  • All fund-raising events

  • One each of: Eagle Preview, Eagle 101, field trip or off-site student event, sporting event (Exception: Teachers who work a half day or less should attend one total of these four events.)

Absences or Tardy Arrivals

ABSENCES: Do not mark anyone "present;" just leave that blank. The blank tells us they were in class.

  • Always mark a student "unexcused" in FACTS, if attendance is not already marked for that student and you don't know why he is absent. If absence is already indicated for your student, then you know that the attendance clerk has already entered the correct type of absence (excused or unexcused).

  • The attendance clerk will check to make sure that all absences are recorded correctly.

  • For planned absences, the academic advisor will determine whether absences are excused or unexcused and the attendance clerk will communicate that to the teacher.

  • Planned absences require advance notice of at least two class periods from the parent. (There is an excused absence form on "The Nest" for parents under our "forms and resources" tab to fill out.)


  • If a student is tardy to class, please send him or her to the front desk to obtain an admission slip to class. Students who are tardy must serve a 10-minute detention after school the same day, unless it causes a hardship for the parent; then they will serve their detention the next day.

  • The teacher can determine if a tardy is excused or unexcused and mark it appropriately in the attendance book. Three unexcused tardies count as one unexcused absence, but that is just FYI. You don't need to mark anything for three. You just need to know that unexcused tardies are serious.



Guidelines for Kitchen/Teacher Workroom

  • No student use of the kitchen (even staff children)

  • No student use of the copier in the teacher workroom for personal homework



School Calendar

Upper School Teachers

Tests and Projects Calendar

If you know you will have a unit test or a major project due please write it in on that day on the Google Tests and Projects calendar.  If you have weekly tests or quizzes, those do not need to be put on this calendar, just the major ones.

  1. To get to the calendar, find the app drawer at the top right of your screen when you are signed into Google. (From mail, Docs, or any Google app)

  2. You will see "My calendars" on the left. Click on the Tests and Projects calendar and choose "Display only this calendar."

  3. Now choose the month view at the top right of the screen. Notice that every three Saturdays, the instructions appear for this calendar. You can click on them when you forget.

  4. On the day of your test or project due date, write the grade, subject and description. Example: 7th English test. DO NOT ENTER A TIME. We want your test/project to be recorded as an all-day event, because if someone looks at the hour-by-hour version of the calendar, they would need to scroll through the whole day to see your event.

  5. We should have no more than 2 tests/projects per day for the same grade and no more than 4 a week.

Make Up Tests

If a student has scored below a 70 on a test, you may give him or her the option to retake the test. You can give him the same test if you want, because on a retake, the maximum score he can make is a 70. Give the student a deadline to take the test.

If a student missed a test or needs to retake one:    

  1. Put the unused test into the Make Up Test folder in the teacher's workroom. It's at the top in the middle of the mail slots.

  2. The absent student should come at the makeup test time, which is 8:15-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Addison OR 3:00 Wednesdays in Allen. Kim Martin (T/Th) or Shannon Behrman (W) will proctor and return the completed test to the "Make Up Test" folder.

  3. If that time does not work for the student, then the student will need to make arrangements with the teacher at the teacher's discretion. Often a student will have a study hall period when he can take the test. We do not normally allow students to miss lunch or PULSE or chapel.


Last Class of the Day

Teachers, please walk your class to pick up zone if it is the last class of the day for those students. If you have a class the very next hour, have any student without a waiting car return to the lobby.

Guiding Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:5-9

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.