Back to School Information
Everyone should review the following information, and then scroll down on this page to click on the applicable tabs for Middle School, Upper School, Boarding, and Pre-Season Athletics for more important information specific to those groups.
- Required School Forms
- Student/Parent Handbook 2017-18
- Assignments and Records
- Tuition Payments
- Campus Store/Snack Bar
- Music Lessons
- Parents Association
- Middle School
- Upper School
- Pre-Season Athletic and Drama Camps
- Travel Opportunities
Required School forms, including general permission and medical forms, are due no later than July 1, 2017. You will submit them through Magnus Health, a leader in student health care management, which offers electronic signature as well as mobile form submission and parent access from any mobile device. You should have received an email from Magnus with your username and temporary password. If you did not receive an email from Magnus, or have any questions regarding our School forms feel free to contact Maureen Iorio for Upper School and Chelsi Meyerson for Middle School.
We urge you to begin the process of completing these required documents so that you do not have to worry about it later in the summer. You will receive auto-generated messages from Magnus until all of the requirements are met. Students who do not have all required forms completed and turned in, unfortunately, will be unable to participate in preseason sports camps and other opening-of-school events, and the lack of these forms may delay their start to the academic year.
The purchase of course texts and online resources can be done through K12student direct, a company that specializes in the distribution of print and electronic materials. The online bookstore is now live, with all materials organized by course. Print materials will be shipped to students’ homes or, in the case of boarders, to the School. Electronic materials, once purchased, will be organized and available via families' K12student direct online account once classes have begun.
New students will receive their Pennington email addresses at the time of their iPad training or shortly before. If you have any questions about ordering books or materials for a particular course, please contact the department chair for that class. Middle School questions should be directed to Chelsi Meyerson. The department chairs are:
New students will receive their iPads during the months of July and August. Training sessions for students and parents
will be held.
Families of all new students will receive an email invitation from firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of dates for iPad distribution and training. The sessions will be offered at a variety of times during the months of July and August. Upper School parents will be required to stay for the first hour; Middle School parents will need to stay for the entire training session. New boarding students will receive their iPads and training when they arrive on campus in September unless they choose to come to campus during the summer.
If you are away during the iPad training sessions, please contact the Technology department to arrange another time to
pick up your iPad. Email email@example.com for more information.
Software and Technology
At Pennington, we use several software applications for managing school records, schedules, and more. This is a quick summary of each one.
Veracross allows you to view your child’s schedule, attendance, and grades. Log-in information for Veracross and details will be emailed to all parents in August. You will be able to access Veracross from the Parents section on the school website in August.
Schoology is a learning management system that is used by teachers for posting homework assignments, class resources, upcoming events, and much more. As parents, you will have access to some of this information as well. Look for more information about using Schoology at the beginning of the school year.
Magnus Health is a leader in student health care management, which offers electronic signature as well as mobile form submission and parent access from any mobile device.
Every Friday morning, parents will receive an email of the Pennington Postings. The Postings contains information about School events and news as well as calendar reminders. Parents have the option to unsubscribe from the Postings, but it is the best way to find out what will be happening in the week ahead. The Postings is also archived on the School's website.
Students receive a daily communication called The Voice that contains the dining hall menu for the week, information about school and extracurricular meetings and club activities. Students and parents can view The Voice if they wish by logging into Schoology where it is posted each day.
The website calendar offers the most up-to-date information about events at Pennington. You can subscribe to calendar feeds by hovering over the ICAL icons on the calendar page.
The 2017-18 calendar of major dates can be found here.
The 2017-18 Residential Major Dates calendar can be found here.
A Day Calendar, which identifies what academic day falls on each calendar date, can be useful when planning doctor's appointments, etc. You can download and print this calendar by clicking here.
Parents will be able to update their own directory information by logging into Veracross in August. A student/parent directory will be available online in late September. Please log in to Veracross when you receive your temporary password in order to carefully review the information we have on file for you as this information is what will be posted in the directory. The directory will include the student's name and grade, home address, home phone number, parents' names, and parents' cell phone numbers and email addresses.
Faculty Directory You can search for any member of Pennington's faculty or staff by first name, last name, or department here. Faculty and staff will respond to most emails within 24 hours.
Schoology is a learning management system that is used by teachers for posting homework assignments, class resources, upcoming events, messages to students, and much more. As parents, you will have access to some of this information as well. Look for more information about using Schoology at the beginning of the school year.
Veracross allows you to view your child’s schedule, attendance, and grades. Your log-in information for Veracross and details were emailed to you in August. You can access Veracross from the Parents section on this website or by clicking here.
You may access your child's health records on Magnus Healthcare.
The Business Office kindly reminds new families to register with The Pennington School’s Student Account Center. You should have received an email invitation to register. If not, please contact Deborah Mitchell. Once you register you can view activity, view monthly statements, and make online payments. For payment of tuition, you have the option of a 10-month payment plan or the two payments as indicated on your contract, due July 15, 2017 and November 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please call Deborah Mitchell in the Business Office at 609-737-6119 or send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Campus Store, located in the Campus Center, carries a variety of school supplies, sundry items, and Pennington spirit clothing. Campus store hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Students may charge items to their bookstore account. If you have any questions regarding the campus store, please contact Joan Moore. The store will reopen for the fall on September 6.
For information about ordering books, please see "Books" above.
The campus snack bar, also located in the Campus Center, stocks a wide variety of healthful options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. It is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. except during lunch periods, when students are expected to eat in the dining hall. The snack bar only accepts cash at this time
The Pennington School offers an extensive program of private music instruction taught by specialists in their field. All lessons are taught on the campus of the School by these artist-teachers. Private lessons are available after school or athletics/club-meetings, depending upon the availability of the teacher and student.
For more information about the program, including rates and an application, please click here.
The Pennington School Parents Association welcomes you! All parents are invited to attend the first general meeting of the school year, which will take place during the first week of school. For more information about TPSPA, please click here.
Welcome and welcome back to your Pennington home! Here is all the information you need to know:
Residential Life Major Dates
Please click here to view the Residential Life Major Dates calendar.
Opening Days Schedule
Please click here to view the Opening Days Schedule.
Boardingware is a management tool that we use to improve communication between parents/guardians, boarders, host families, and residential faculty. Using a web-based and iOS app, it allows us to keep track of the status of each boarder, whether on campus, around the campus, or off campus. Up-to-date details of a boarder’s whereabouts can be put into the app by the boarders and by the Administrator on Duty (AOD) to provide information directly to the faculty members who are on duty.
Student Spending Account
Please complete a Student Spending Account Authorization Form to maintain a student spending account while at Pennington. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Mitchell at 609-737-6119 or email@example.com.
Questions regarding Residential Life should be directed to Assistant to the Dean of Students Maureen Iorio at 609-737-1838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome! Please read all information above that pertains to all Pennington students. This section has additional information Middle School students and families need to know about the beginning of the school year:
Middle School LAUNCH is Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5 and 6. The first day of classes for Middle School students is Thursday, September 7.
Drop-off and Pickup
On regular school days, students can be dropped off and picked up in one of two places - along the right side of the entrance to school (along the front of the library) or in front of the plaza between the Campus Center and gym. Neal Blackwell, Director of Security, will greet you each morning as you enter the campus. If you should need assistance in dropping off or picking up, Neal is there to help.
Middle School LAUNCH
September 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and September 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Our Middle School LAUNCH is an orientation program designed especially and exclusively for our Middle School. It takes place
before the start of classes, over two full days that are jam-packed with activities to help both new and returning students and
faculty get to know one another. You'll meet your Junior Proctors and take part in activities with your advisory group.
Drop-off for LAUNCH is in the lower parking lot. Drive through the main entrance and turn left at the end of the drive, then
make a quick right into the lower lot. Junior Proctors will greet all the students there.
Top 10 Things Parents and Students Need to Know About LAUNCH
1. LAUNCH is all about getting to meet new classmates and doing it in a fun, light-hearted way.
2. LAUNCH takes place over a two day period: Tuesday, September 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..
3. Drop-off and pickup on the first day of LAUNCH is in the lower lot behind the Campus Center. Pick up and drop off on the second day of LAUNCH is the same as a regular school day.
4. The majority of activities will take place within Junior Proctor groups. These groups consist of students from each grade level and range from seven to nine students. Most activities will be facilitated by each group’s Junior Proctors.
5. While students will see quite a bit of campus throughout the LAUNCH, most activities will take place on the “South 40,” the field behind the School’s pond.
6. Dress code is comfortable and casual and should be influenced by weather conditions. Sneakers are the only required clothing item.
7. Water will be available throughout LAUNCH. Students are welcome to bring water bottles if they so choose.
8. Lunch will be served each day and breakfast will be provided on Wednesday morning. The school nurse will communicate with Dining Services regarding any student with food allergies so the appropriate accommodations can be made.
9. Be yourself. We want to get to know the real you and for you to get to know us here at Pennington.
10. While students experience an orientation program through LAUNCH, parents also have an orientation opportunity on Wednesday morning (see below).
Boarding Student Information
International boarders move in on Sunday, September 3. Domestic eighth-grade boarders move in on Monday, September 4. For
more information, please be sure to read the Boarding Student information under the tab on this page.
Please click here for the Middle School Supply List.
Student schedules for Middle School for 2017-18 will be posted in August. Please check back then. Parents and students should review their class schedules in Veracross. If you have any questions, please contact Todd Paige.
To view a Daily Schedule, please click here.
Middle School students have a different dress code than the Upper School students. The staple garment is the Pennington
polo, with the split P Pennington logo. The shirts may be short-or-long-sleeved. Pennington polos and may be purchased at the
Campus Store and embroidered elsewhere or from Lands' End online (see information below).
Any smart/casual pants are acceptable; khakis seem to be the trouser of choice among both boys and girls at Pennington. For
girls, pants and skirts are both acceptable options, as long as the clothing is not form-fitting and the skirts are no shorter
than fingertip length.
Belts must be worn if clothing has loops, and everyone is expected to wear socks, tights, or stockings under their shoes.
Sneakers may be worn on Fridays only.
The Pennington School has elected to participate in the Lands’ End School Uniform Contribution Program. The Lands’ End for School catalog has clothing that meets our dress code standards. Lands’ End provides you with the option to purchase through the catalog or to buy the merchandise at a local Sears store, making the clothing easily available to local, boarding, and international students. Lands’ End will embroider the School’s logo for a minimal extra charge. Parents may refer to the catalog for examples of the appropriate dress but are not limited to using Lands’ End as their source for School clothing. If you decide to order through the Lands’ End catalog, three percent of the purchase price of any School clothing will be donated back to the School’s student government and will directly benefit the students.
To use the Lands’ End School Uniform Contribution Program, contact Lands’ End (800–469–2222 or email@example.com) to order through the catalog, using the School’s Preferred Account Number: 9000–5454–5.
For parents who prefer not to purchase from Land's End, there is a woman in Hopewell who has various sizes of our split P logo for application on polo shirts:
31 Railroad Place
Hopewell, NJ 08525
Recycle and Reuse your Pennington polos! This past year, parents have donated their children's outgrown Pennington
polos, which are now available to any Middle School family. The Parents Association Representative for the Middle
School collects all of the donated clothing, which is all clean and prepared for its new owners. Polos will be available for
purchase during LAUNCH. For a $10 donation, you can take as many polos as you need. With our kids growing so fast, these shirts
have a lot of wear left in them, and reusing this clothing is terrific for the environment as well as for our wallets.
Throughout the year, there are occasional "dress-down" days, sometimes promoted as a fundraiser for a particular
cause or event. For a minimal contribution, students are permitted to dress more casually on these days, but all clothing must
be presentable and respectful of the School environment. Jeans and sneakers may be worn on dress-down days.
Middle School Athletics
The athletic season begins during the first full week of school in September. Students can participate in coed cross-country, coed soccer, flag football, or girls’ field hockey. Sign-ups and team meetings will take place during the first full week of school during the school day. Students will be able to meet their coaches, review procedures and expectations and get a sense of what the season entails.
Two reminders: Students are required to participate in at least one season of athletics each year. Fall athletic practices begin at 3:30 and end by 5:00.
During LAUNCH, students will have a few moments to meet with their advisor groups. During these meetings, lockers will be
assigned to all day students.
The Dean of Students Office is open Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the summer to answer any questions you may have. We are located on the lower level of Old Main in Room 104 (enter under the Admission stairwell). You can reach Maureen Iorio, Assistant to the Dean of Students by phone or email at 609-737-1838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drop-off and pickup:
Drop-off is through the School's main entrance on West Delaware Avenue. Cars should drive in and follow the directions of our head of security in order to temporarily park along the drive by the library or outside the Campus Center to drop off students. All students must arrive in time for their first class; first period begins at 8:00 a.m. except on Fridays when the school day begins at 8:40 a.m. except for freshmen who arrive at 7:55 a.m. for their required Peer Leader meetings.
Pickup is at the end of the school day at 3:00 p.m.or following your student's after-school activity. After-school activities generally end at 5:15 p.m. Drivers can come into campus the same way they drop off, park along the drive, and wait for students there.
Opening Days Schedule
The opening of school schedule can be viewed here.
Please click here for the School schedule. All students should review their own class schedules in Veracross (all families will receive a separate email in August from the technology department with their login information). If you have any questions, please contact Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler.
Early in July, you will receive by mail a document naming the core courses that your child is approved to take. All students should review their own class schedules in Veracross (all families will receive a separate email in August from the technology department with their login information).
The Upper School dress code can be found in the Student/Parent handbook on page 52. Please click here to review our policy.
Lockers are located in Stainton Hall for day students. Lockers will be assigned for all freshmen at the start of school. Students in Grades 10-12 may request a locker through the Dean of Student's office. It is important to note that returning students do not have the same locker as last year.
Only seniors are permitted to park on campus. Juniors may park along Green Street or Burd Street. All juniors and seniors must register their cars with the School. An email will be sent to students with information regarding the registration process during the first week of school.
Students who wish to take part in pre-season athletics for a fall varsity sport should have indicated their interest on Magnus and already reached out to the appropriate coach by email. If you have not yet done this, please do so immediately so that we may plan for your arrival. Please see form below for details:
Those students who do not wish to participate in a varsity sport or who will be unable to attend pre-season will have the opportunity to sign-up for other sports, clubs, and activities during our fall activities fair.The Pennington School Drama program is offering a pre-season camp in preparation for this year’s Fall Play. Those interested in participating as an actor, technician, or costumer may take part in a non-residential camp on August 24 and 25. Click here for more information, and here
to view the Romeo and Juliet monologues.