I trust everyone had a blessed Christmas and a relaxing New Year. Here is what is happening in January.
We have a week until the second quarter ends and exams begin on Tuesday, January 21. The exam schedule is posted on Edline. Faculty have distributed, or will distribute, study guides and/or hold in-class review sessions to discuss what material will be covered on the exams. Students should study for exams for short periods of time over the next week rather than for hours the day before the exam. Additionally, an in-class review day has been scheduled for Friday, January 17 for students to ask questions on material they have studied.
Make-up exams will only be given on Friday, January 24 with a doctor’s note if a student is out due to illness. Classes resume on Monday, January 27 when the second semester commences.
Middle School students will have mini-mester activities during this time. The eighth grade will have their exams on January 15, 16 and 17. They will follow a special schedule for those days.
As always, students should be on time and in proper uniform for their exams. We will use the IRIS system and our website to share any weather-related announcements. Please make sure that you have a current telephone and email address in IRIS. Please call the Main Office and someone will assist you with this. Maryvale follows Baltimore County Public Schools (Hereford Zone) announcements, so listening to WBAL radio and TV is a second option.
During December, all ninth, tenth and eleventh graders received their PSAT results. Ms. Cunnane met with each class to distribute their scores and went over how to interpret their results. The College Board website offers a wealth of resources for students and parents in the college planning process. It is never too early for students to start looking at their options and interests. Please visit www.collegeboard.com. We will continue to use Resource time at the end of the day for PSAT/SAT practice with tenth and eleventh grade students during second semester. The good news is that we have seen an increase in the students’ scores as they move from ninth to eleventh grade. Their hard work and commitment to the practice classes is paying off!
Catholic Schools Week
The week of January 27 begins the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Community of Faith, Knowledge and Service. We have several activities planned for the week as outlined below.
Wednesday, January 28 is our Movie Day for students. Students will enjoy a movie on a big screen in the gym in the morning. Students may come out of uniform that day in jeans or nice sweatpants and sweatshirts. The faculty and staff will be enjoying breakfast provided by the Mothers’ Club while students enjoy the movie.
Thursday, January 30, I invite all parents to come and spend the day with your daughter. The day will begin with Community Homeroom and then you can travel with your daughter to her classes. At Community Homeroom we will celebrate our special heritage with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. If you cannot come for the entire day, I invite you to come for one or two classes or maybe enjoy lunch with your daughter and her friends. It is a wonderful way for you to see what is happening on a daily basis. You will see how our faculty works to set and raise our academic standards here at Maryvale. The day will end with a Pep Rally to celebrate our Winter Sports Teams.
Friday, January 31 is Maryvale Appreciation Day. Students may wear their favorite Maryvale sweatshirt, shirt or athletic gear with nice jeans.
May God continue to bless your families in the New Year,