April Newsletter- Head of Upper School
Respect is a Community Responsibility
A few weeks ago some students brought to our attention a website where high school students can post anonymous
messages about members of their school community. While the intent of the site is positive, some Upper School students
posted unkind or disrespectful comments about peers and some teachers. At an assembly I spoke to 9 th to 11 th grade
students sharing with them my concerns and the concerns of students and teachers who were victims of cyber bullying. I
implored our community to visit the site and flag inappropriate posts (thereby removing them) and challenge anyone who
made a disrespectful posting. I also asked those who made disrespectful posts to come forward and accept responsibility.
I am very pleased to share that six students came forward and that numerous posts were flagged inappropriate by students
and removed. While consequences were assigned, I applaud those who came forward. We can all make mistakes and it is
a sign of strong character when we accept responsibility and learn from our mistakes. Sometimes people think there is
little that can be done about cyber bullying. I don’t feel this way and I hope that the actions taken by peers and the school
by saying no to disrespect demonstrates that respect matters at CA and that it can be addressed and preserved by anyone
in the community.
.Special Trimester-3 Events
T3 is packed with great activities and I encourage the community to review the events listed below, our website and the
portal calendar for updates. May is especially busy as students take AP exams, compete in playoffs and prepare for
graduation. This means that students need to keep up with their work in April, because May will offer very little time to
April 5 Ubuntu Celebration 11:30-3:10
Spring Tailgate 3:10
April 6 School closed Good Friday
April 9 Delayed opening 10:00
April 18 NHS induction 7:00-8:00 FA theater
Mid Term reports posted
7:00-8:00 FA theater
April 21 Prom 7:30-11:30
April 26 Project Runway 2:20-3:10 and 6:30-7:00
7:00-9:00 FA theater
15 –Year Celebration & tribute to Don Berger 2:00-4:00 quad
May 2 Chorus Concert 7:00-9:00 theater
Special Event Details
Below are details on some upcoming special events that may require careful planning. Full details of events coordinated
by CA employees and students are often emailed and/or posted on the web. In particular, I encourage students and
parents to review May 23-25. Depending on the grade level and student, some events will require advanced planning by
students and parents.
Advanced Placement Exams (May 7-18)
AP exam information has been distributed to all students taking the exams. For some students, AP exams may conflict
with athletic events. Students will need to read all communications very carefully, checking details and planning their
time wisely. If AP conflicts arise, students must immediately get in touch with Darshana Wani and their coach. If
students miss an AP exam due to illness or an approved conflict, AP make-up exams are scheduled on either May 23, 24
Wednesday, May 23
Thursday, May 24
Senior Camp-out (details sent separately)
Upper School Awards Ceremony 6:15 -9:00-SEA (all students attend & parents are invited)
Last day of school for seniors
Friday, May 25 School dismissed at 12:30
Special Event Details
8:30-9:00 am Seniors return tablets in the library
9:00-10:00 Senior Recognition Breakfast in the Administration Building Lobby
10:15-11:15 Senior Transition to College Program
11:30-12:15 Yearbook Dedication & Handout
12:30-1:15 Lunch on the Quad
1:15-3:00 Powder Puff Football Game
3:30-4:30 Commencement Rehearsal in the SEA (all seniors attend)
7:00-8:00 pm Baccalaureate in the Theatre
Upper School Awards Ceremony
May 23, 6:15 – 9:00 pm, SEA
Dress: Business Dress
All Upper School students are required to attend, and we invite families and friends to join us. During the
ceremony we honor students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in school, leadership and
Senior Transition to College Program
May 24, 10:15-11:15
The program is designed to inform our graduates about the opportunities and challenges students experience as
they transition to college.
May 24, 7:00-8:00 pm, Fine Arts Theatre
Dress: Business Dress
Baccalaureate is an evening where students, faculty, parents and a guest speaker invited by the class of 2012
reflect on their experiences at CA.
Graduates/Faculty and Staff/Family/Friends
Dress: Business Dress & Cap and Gown
1:30 pm Graduates arrive and prepare to listen to keynote speaker in the theater.
1:45 – 2:15 Graduates listen to the keynote speaker (dressed and ready).
2:15 - 2:30 Graduates walk over to the Administration Building for class picture
2:30 p.m. All faculty and staff will meet in the Fitness Center wearing academic robes
2:40 p.m. Graduates line up in reverse alphabetical order in the 9 th grade wing of the US building
2:55 p.m. Seniors join the procession into the SEA.
3:00 p.m. Commencement begins
A reception follows on the quad. If you or your guests require special seating or other accommodations, please contact
Kim Fogleman well in advance so that arrangements can be made.
May 25, 9:00-11:30 pm
Embassy Suites in Cary
The school hosts a party for the graduating class, all alumni and faculty. Details will be sent by the Advancement Office.
I hope this letter will help you plan what’s ahead. I don’t anticipate that any of these events or dates will change
(certainly major ones won’t!), but if anything does change or is added, I will let you know. It is also a good idea to check
monthly newsletters and the senior web page for updates during the school year. If you have any questions, I would be
glad to answer them. You may also contact senior grade leaders Ms Bonsey and Ms. Maloy.
I hope you have a wonderful spring trimester. I look forward to seeing you at school events.
Head of Upper School