15 May

Exam and End-of-Year Schedule

Exams for the spring term will be held Monday June 3 and Tuesday June 4, with a make-up day on Wednesday June 5. Students in grades 9 and 10 will have exams in science and mathematics, and some will also have a language exam, depending on the course. You can click here to find the exam schedule for this spring.

Students in Grade 11 will continue with regular classes on these days. The one exception is that juniors who are in language classes that are giving exams will take those exams on the given day.

Wednesday June 5 will be class day for each grade, designed by students, advisors, and deans. It will also be the make-up day for exams.

Thursday June 6 will be the last day of school, with classes ending at 12:30, followed by lunch and yearbook distribution. Buses will run at the normal time. There will be no late bus.

Exam Hours:   

Morning (AM):

  • Regular time, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Extended time, 8:30 – 11:30 AM

Afternoon (PM):

  • Regular time, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Extended time, 12:30 – 3:30 PM

Students need to be in school only for their exams, so they may leave school after their morning exams on any day or come to school in time for their afternoon exams. Students must provide their own transportation if they intend to travel outside of the regular bus times.

Students do not need to sign in or out during exam week.

Students will receive a personalized exam schedule during the last week of May. After seeing the individualized schedule, students should let the dean know right away about any conflict that has not been addressed.

Students with extended time will not be required to take two exams in the same day. We have adjusted for this change on individual schedules. Please see the class dean or Mr. Gladstone if necessary, to revise the schedule.

Buses will run on the normal schedule from June 3-6, in the morning and afternoon. There will be NO late buses from June 3-6. The last day for the late bus is Friday May 31.

The library and COOP will operate on normal schedules June 3-5, and close at 4:00 on June 6.

Lunch will be available from 12 PM – 1:00 PM on June 3 – 6.

15 May

From Joe Algrant, US Principal

Dear Families,

Tomorrow morning (Thursday, May 16), we will be having an extended Upper School (US) assembly program that I wanted to mention to you. One of the most important outcomes from our school response to the graffiti incident earlier in the spring was a request from students for more education on the subject of hatred. We wanted to address this need before the end of the year, and we are pleased to welcome Dr. Kyati J. Joshi to school to assist in our understanding of this history. Dr. Joshi is an award-winning scholar and professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her extensive work in social science research and community connections inform policy-makers, educators, and everyday people about race, religion, and immigration in 21st century America.  (Note: Click here to learn even more about Dr. Joshi.)

Dr. Joshi will speak in direct response to the graffiti. Specifically, she will look at both anti-Semitism and anti- black racism, and the connections between them. The powerful image of the leaders of the Black Affinity Group and the JADE club (Jewish Awareness at DE) sitting together in meetings of student leaders symbolized and spurred their common interest in addressing the hate that was expressed by this graffiti on our campus. The program will also include some conversations, and questions and answers in a town hall format. Students will all have the chance to participate and engage this very relevant topic.

I hope that you will engage your child in a conversation around this program and discuss how they received the day, and how they are processing what they learned. We see the program this as another step in our learning and understanding about today’s world.  

In other news, today is the last day for seniors. They will celebrate (with their advisors and juniors) at the prom Friday night,  and for the next two weeks until Commencement. Next week they will be participating in various activities as a class, taking trips, and participating in smaller courses on campus. Traditions abound this time of year and you’ll be hearing more from me in the coming weeks about these programs as we wrap up the year. 

Speaking of end-of-year programs, a quick shout-out to our athletics teams, which will be celebrating their season with the Spring Sports Banquet on May 23; the Swartley Gallery Series Senior Spotlight Exhibit, which opens next week; and the Senior Spring Theatre Production, which is performing CARRIE on May 24-26 in Hajjar Auditorium.  For details on each of these events see below. 

Looking forward to a successful end-of-year,

Joe Algrant

US Principal