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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 and Drama for more important information specific to those groups.

Required School Forms

Required School forms are due no later than July 1, 2018. 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. New families should have received an email from Magnus on April 30 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 or 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. All health forms are reviewed by Health Center staff, and you will receive an email notification if we require additional information. 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.

Click here to go to Magnus Health.

Summer Reading (Upper School)

All students have summer reading requirements. These include a selection based on the School-wide theme, "Making a Difference," as well as selections assigned in specific English courses. Upper School students can find their summer reading assignments on a LibGuide posted here.

For independent reading this year, each student will choose one book from the “Make a Difference” choices section of the LibGuide, read it over the summer, and discuss it with a group during one of the opening days of school. Once a student has chosen his/her books, he/she should email the selection (title of the book) to jprockop@pennington.org.

This year all students also read a book or books for their individual English courses. These are listed on the “Required Summer Reading for English” section of the LibGuide. Once English course selections have been communicated in early summer, students should read the book or books for their approved English courses. All ninth-graders read the same novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and excerpts from a profile of author Salman Rushdie. Instructions regarding preparation for the opening of school discussions of books for English are posted on that section of the LibGuide as well. At a minimum, students should pay attention to three passages in their books so as to have a starting point of interest in discussions in their English classes. We also ask that students bring their copies of their English summer reading books

to English class daily during the first two weeks of school. Students are welcome to use library books or to purchase a copy of the English summer reading book(s) in electronic or print formats.

Please feel free to email Jordan Aubry, English Department chair, with questions about summer reading for English. Questions about the “Make a Difference” choices should be directed to Jo Prockop, chair, Summer Reading Committee.

Summer Reading (Middle School)

All students have summer reading requirements. Middle School students can find their summer reading assignments here.

Summer Math (Upper School only)

Upper School students are required to complete a summer math packet, assigned according to course placement in the fall. The summer math packets can be found here.

Tuition Payments

The Pennington School uses Veracross to process tuition payments online. You can view all activity on your Veracross parent portal by clicking the MY INVOICE button. For new families, this site will not be available to access until July 1.

The School offers several options for paying the balance of your tuition. They are:

1. E-check through Veracross

2. Personal check mailed directly to the School – ATTN: Business Office

3. By wire transfer through Flywire for international students

The balance of your tuition should be paid on or before the due dates of July 16 and November 1, 2018.

In addition to the payment options above, The Pennington School offers parents the option of paying tuition over a ten-month (10-month) period, from May to February, without any late charges, provided that payments are made on a timely basis in accordance with the terms of the plan. If you wish to enroll in this plan, please contact the Business Office. There is a $60 enrollment fee for this service.

It is important to remember that the Campus Store deposit, activities fee, and tuition insurance must be paid directly to the School by July 16, 2018, and should not be included in the monthly payment plan.

You may direct any tuition-related questions to Deborah Mitchell in the Business Office at 609–737–6119.

Preseason Athletic and Drama Camps

Students who wish to take part in preseason athletics for a fall varsity sport or drama should see the form below for details:

Varsity Sports Camps Form

The Pennington School offers varsity-level sports camps and try-out for Upper School fall athletic teams in preparation for the upoming season. 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.

Drama Preseason Camp

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 25 and 26. Please see the form below for details:

Drama Preseason Form

Student/Parent Handbook

The Student/Parent Handbook for 2018-19 will be published on Veracross in June. You can log in to Veracross here.

iPads/Software

iPads

New students will receive their iPads during the months of July and August, and training sessions for students and parents are being held during this time.

Families of all new students are able to register for a summer iPad session in the Veracross Parent Portal. The sessions are offered at a variety of times. Parents will need to stay for the first hour of the session. It’s important to note that students will have their photos taken during the session for their student identification cards. Identification cards will be distributed the first week of school.

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.

New students unable to attend an iPad training session are asked to send a current photo (.jpg) to Maureen Iorio in order to have a student identification card ready for the opening of school.

If you are away during the iPad training sessions, please contact the Technology Department to arrange another time to pick up your iPad. Email helpdesk@pennington.org 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, pay your tuition bill, view attendance, see grades, and more. Log-in information for Veracross and details will be emailed to all parents by June 1.

Schoology is a learning management system 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.

Assignments and Records

Assignments

Schoology is a learning management system 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.

Academic Records

Veracross allows you to view your child’s schedule, attendance, and grades. New parents will receive their log-in information for Veracross by June 1. You can access Veracross from the Parents section on this website or by clicking here.

Medical Records

You may access your child's health records on Magnus Health.

Calendar

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.

This calendar will appear in the Pennington Postings email each Friday morning.

The 2018-19 calendar of major dates can be found here.

Opening Days Schedule

The opening of school schedule is posted here.

Residential Life Major Dates

The Residential Life Major Dates calendar can be viewed here.

Communications

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 here.

Students receive a daily communication called The Voice that contains the dining hall menu, reminders, and 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.

Emergency alerts are activated through the OneCall system. Alerts are sent to all phone numbers in the student's record. A test of the OneCall system will take place early in September. The alerts are sent as voice mails. In the event of a school closing due to inclement weather, the OneCall system and the website will be updated as soon as a decision is made. For more information about the School's inclement weather policy, click here.

Directories

Student/Parent Directory

Parents are able to update their own directory information by logging into Veracross. A complete student/parent directory for the upcoming year is available online in July. 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 includes the student's name and grade, home address, home phone number, parents' names, and parents' cell phone numbers and email addresses.

Be sure to check your Family Profile at this time. If you find any of your own information is listed incorrectly, please update your profile in Veracross and the directory will be updated after the Registrar's office reviews the change.

To review your profile and/or make necessary updates, simply log in to Veracross and click the "Update Family Profile" on the right-hand side of the screen. Please note that School communications use the Veracross profile for all contact information, so if your email address, phone number, or mailing address changes, you may miss important communications if you do not update your profile.

You can search students or parents by first name or last name, you can view all students by grade, and you can search for households by town (for carpooling purposes). We hope you find the online directory very useful.

Please note that this directory is to facilitate noncommercial communication among students at The Pennington School and their parents only. Any other use of the information contained in the directory is strictly prohibited.

Faculty Directory
You can search for most members 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.

Books

The purchase of course texts and online resources will be done through K12student direct, a company that specializes in the distribution of print and electronic materials. The online bookstore will go live in August. You will receive an email from K12student direct by August 1 with your login credentials.

All materials will be organized by course. Once you have your course schedule for the year (posted in August on Veracross), you can go to the online bookstore and see what materials are needed for each class. 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. Please don’t purchase materials prior to reviewing your student’s schedule in August after student schedules are made available in Veracross.

If you have any questions about ordering books or materials for a particular Middle School course, please contact Chelsi Meyerson. If you have any questions about books or materials for an Upper School class, please contact the department chair for that class.


The Upper School department chairs are:

Arts
Dolores Eaton

English
Jordan Aubrey

History/Social Studies
Mark DiGiacomo

Mathematics
Len Leib

Science
Stephanie Heyeck

Academic Technology
Tom Horsley

World Languages
Lida Castro

Upper School

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 miorio@pennington.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 security officer 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 child'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 is posted here.

Daily Schedule

All new students will be able to review their approved course requests in July in Veracross. Once you know which courses your child is taking, you can review the Summer Reading and Math requirements (see tabs above).

All students should review their own class schedules after they are posted in August in Veracross. All new families will receive an email in July with their Veracross log-in information. If you have any questions, please contact Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler.

Dress Code

The Upper School dress code can be found in the Student/Parent Handbook. The Handbook for 2018-19 will be available on Veracross in June.

Lockers

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 Students Office. It is important to note that returning students do not have the same locker as last year.

Parking

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. Boarding students are not permitted to have cars on campus. An email will be sent to students with information regarding the registration process during the first week of school.

Middle School

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 4 and 5. The first day of classes for Middle School students is Thursday, September 6.

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. Our Director of Security will greet you each morning as you enter the campus. If you should need assistance in dropping off or picking up, the Security officer is there to help.

Middle School LAUNCH

September 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and September 5 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.

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 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 5, 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 2. Domestic eighth-grade boarders move in on Monday, September 3. For more information, please be sure to read the Boarding Student information under the tab on this page.

Supply List

The Middle School Supply List can be viewed and downloaded here.

Class Schedules

Student schedules for Middle School for 2018-19 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 your child's schedule in August, please log into Veracross here.

Dress Code

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). A complete description of the dress code can be found in the Student/Parent Handbook, located in Veracross.

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 schooluniforms@landsend.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:

Fancy Threads
31 Railroad Place
Hopewell, NJ 08525
Phone: 609-466-0050

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 for Pennington 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 children growing so quickly, these shirts have a lot of wear left in them, and reusing this clothing is terrific for the environment as well as for your wallets.

Dress-Down Days

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.

Cubbies and Lockers

During LAUNCH, students will have a few moments to meet with their advisor groups. During these meetings, cubbies will be assigned to all day students in Grades 6 and 7. Eighth-graders will receive locker assignments at this time.

Boarding

Welcome and welcome back to your Pennington home! Here is all the information you need to know:

What to Bring

Laundry:

Laundry facilities are available to each hall. There is no charge to use on-campus laundry machines. There is a Laundry Service Option available through outside vendor All Prep Laundry. Click here for the form: Laundry Service Option for Boarders

International Student Services

Frequently Asked Questions About Boarding

Residential Life Major Dates

The Residential Life Major Dates calendar can be viewed here.

Opening Days Schedule

The opening of school schedule is posted here.

Boardingware

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 dmitchell@pennington.org.

Questions regarding Residential Life should be directed to Assistant to the Dean of Students Maureen Iorio at 609-737-1838 or miorio@pennington.org.

Music Lessons

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.

Campus Store/Snack Bar

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 4, 2018.

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.

Parents Association

The Pennington School parents association, Parents for Pennington (PfP), 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 PfP, please click here.