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At Athenian, we believe in creating an inclusive school community that involves the whole family. We welcome parents into the educational community through special parent get-togethers, family events, and volunteer opportunities. The Athenian School has a robust parent association that would love your participation. 

Some of the ways in which parents have contributed in the past include helping in the library, throwing a Grad Nite party after graduation, supporting athletics and performing arts programs, and hosting a live auction fundraiser.

Current parents: forms and information on the 2013-14 school year can be found here and in the menu above.
Articles of Interest: Education and Parenting
Athenian faculty and staff often come across articles that may be of interest to Athenian's parent community. Here, you can find recent articles recommended by Athenian's educators. If you have an article to share, please send to athenianstoryteller@gmail.com with a sentence or two describing why the article may appeal to parents.
  • A quick 6 minute TED talk to remind us ALL that we "lead" each and every day. And perhaps, we don't even know it! 
  • A very eloquent reminder or "refocuser" that WHY we do something is more important than pretty much everything else. I believe, with this focus, it will actually provide us with, well, more focus and effectiveness!
  • A favorite of mine from legendary basketball and life teacher John Wooden: simple yet powerful foundational reminders of the difference between winning and success. 
--Recommended by Matt Zahner, Middle School Faculty and Men's and Women's Soccer Coach

Here is an inspiring Ted talk about a virtual choir project that included more than 2,000 people from 58 countries. The conductor’s/composer’s observations about what participants experienced (at about 11:12 minutes in the talk) and participant reflections about what it meant to be involved in the project (collected via Facebook) give an indication of the potential of online collaboration.
--Recommended by Suzanne Falkenstein, Director of Technology

Lauren Brown, MFT, School Program Coordinator of the Danville Police Department, spoke to the APA about drug and alcohol abuse in teenagers. Take a look at her presentation for tips and resources on working with young adults on these issues. 

Officer Vince Richards and Officer Matt Roderick, School Resource Officers at San Ramon Valley High School and Monte Vista High School, respectively, gave a presentation to parents in October on areas of concern for parents of kids and teenagers. Topics included cyber safety, bullying, alcohol, drugs and driving safety. This presentation has helpful tips that give parents an understanding of legal responsibilities and consequences, as well as tools for helping kids make good decisions.

"The research on successful schools and good teaching, he said, highlights the importance of relationships among the people in a school: administrators and teachers and students. “None of these studies identify technology as decisive.” Where technology makes a difference, it tends to do so in places with a strong organization dedicated to improving teaching and where students closely engage with teachers and one another. “A device that enhances such interactions is good,” Anrig said."
--Recommended by Jim Sternberg, Library Director
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Parent Events
APA Welcome Coffee
9/2/2014
8:00 AM
Urban Conference Room
Contact: Fran Brown
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Fall Semester Classes Begin
9/2/2014
8:10 AM

APA Mtg.
9/2/2014
8:45 AM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown
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APA Auction "Kickoff" Mtg.
9/2/2014
10:00 AM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown
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RS Delegates Parent Mtg.
9/3/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Mark Friedman

Senior Parent College Information Night
9/3/2014
7:30 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

MS Focus Day
9/5/2014
Community Building

Carter MPR- Dase Center
Contact: Chris McCulloch

All-School Convocation
9/5/2014
8:10 AM
East Lawn

APA Poolside Party for MS Parents
9/5/2014
2:30 PM
Poolside
Contact: Fran Brown
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APA Boarder Buddy Reception
9/8/2014
6:30 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Michelle Park
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APA Auction Meeting
9/10/2014
8:15 AM
8:15 am - Coffee
8:30 am - Meeting
Urban Conference Room
Contact: Fran Brown
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College Night #1
9/10/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam

Middle School Back-to-School Night
9/11/2014
6:00 PM
6:00 p.m.: Light supper available, Middle School Campus

6:30 p.m.: Program begins, Gym
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MS Focus Day
9/12/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Upper School Back-to-School Day
9/14/2014
1:45 PM
Contact: Gabe Del Real
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College Night #2
9/15/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
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10th Gr. Round Square Exchange Parent Mtg.
9/17/2014
7:00 PM
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Urban Conf. Rm.
Contact: Mark Friedman

MS Focus Day
9/19/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

College Night #3
9/22/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
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10th Grade Parent Meeting
9/23/2014
7:30 PM
7:30-9:00 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Dick Bradford
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MS Focus Day
9/24/2014
6th-8th Grade: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Cal Shakespeare, Berkeley
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Death Valley AWE Prep Meeting
9/29/2014
7:00 PM
7 - 9 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham
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9th Grade Parent Coffee
9/30/2014
7:30 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Sam Shapiro
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High Sierra AWE Prep Mtg.
10/1/2014
7:00 PM
7 - 9 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham
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College Night #4
10/2/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

MS Focus Day
10/3/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

APA Mtg.
10/7/2014
8:15 AM
Location: Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown

Junior Parent College Info Night
10/7/2014
7:00 PM
Location: Main Hall
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
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Entrepreneurship Symposium
10/8/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Marci Scott
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9th/10th Grade Parent College Counseling Coffee
10/9/2014
8:15 AM
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Location: Urban Conf. Rm.
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

Author Talk-Steven Pinker
10/9/2014
7:00 PM
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

CFTA
Contact: Jim Sternberg

MS Focus Day
10/10/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

MS Parent Coffee
10/14/2014
8:00 AM
8:15-9 a.m.

Urban Conf. Rm.-Dase Center
Contact: Vicki Fleming
More Details

College Night #5
10/14/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

Long Weekend Begins/Dorms Close-NO HOMEWORK WEEKEND
10/15/2014
5:30 PM
No Homework Weekend

Long Weekend - No Duty Team - Admin on Call:

Long Weekend/No Classes
10/16/2014
   to 10/19/2014
No Homework Weekend

Upper School Info Night for 8th Grade Parents
10/21/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Room - Dase Center
Contact: Dick Bradford
More Details

Parent Coffee
10/23/2014
8:00 AM
8-9 a.m.

Founder's Oak Conf. Rm. - Reinhardt
Contact: Debbie Derana
More Details

Parent Book Discussion
10/23/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Sam Shapiro
More Details

MS Social
10/24/2014
7:00 PM
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Carter MPR - Dase Center

Contact: Chris McCulloch

US Dance
10/24/2014
7:00 PM
7:00 -10:30 p.m.

Main Hall

Contact: Stephanie McGraw

APA US/MS Potlucks (Off-Campus)
10/24/2014
7:15 PM
US 7:15-10:30 p.m.

MS 7:15-10:30 p.m.
Contact: Fran Brown

US Conference Weekend/Dorms Close
10/30/2014
5:30 PM
No Duty Team:
Admin on Call: TBA

No US/MS Classes
10/31/2014

US/MS Conferences
10/31/2014
8:00 AM
8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

MS Classroom F
US locations as designated

Fall Play
11/7/2014
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Peter Tamaribuchi

Fall Play
11/8/2014
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Peter Tamaribuchi

APA Mtg./State of Your School Address
11/11/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown
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Parents' College Fin. Aid Info Nite
11/12/2014
7:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

MS Focus Day
11/14/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact:

MS Open House
11/15/2014
1:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Chris Beeson

US Open House
11/16/2014
1:00 PM
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Chris Beeson

MS Focus Day
11/21/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

MS/US Thanksgiving Vacation/No Classes
11/26/2014
   to 11/30/2014
No Homework Weekend - Thanksgiving Break

US Fall Sports Award Dinner
12/1/2014
6:30 PM
Main Hall, Orchard A, Middlefield 1, Middlefield 2, Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center 

Parent Contact:
Contact: Darek Cliff

Darfur Benefit Show/Auction
12/4/2014
6:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Stephanie McGraw

MS Focus Day
12/5/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

APA Mtg.
12/9/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown

MS Focus Day
12/12/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

MS Early Dismissal
12/15/2014
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

US/MS Winter Vacation Begins
12/17/2014
12:50 PM
Buses roll at 1:00 p.m.

Classes resume Monday, January 5, 2015

MS/US Winter Vacation/No Classes
12/18/2014
   to 12/19/2014

Classes Resume
1/5/2015
8:10 AM

APA Meeting
1/6/2015
8:15 AM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown

Death Valley AWE Prep Mtg.
1/7/2015
7:00 PM
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham

MS Focus Day
1/9/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

MS Open House
1/10/2015
1:00 PM
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Chris Beeson

US Open House
1/11/2015
1:00 PM
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: Chris Beeson

11th Grade College Info Night
1/14/2015
7:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

MS Focus Day
1/16/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
1/19/2015
No Homework Weekend

Classes Resume
1/20/2015
8:10 AM

6th Grade Coffee
1/21/2015
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Chris McCulloch
More Details

9th Gr. Parent Mtg.
1/22/2015
7:00 PM
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Sam Shapiro
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International Night
1/23/2015
6:00 PM
Main Hall & CFTA
Contact: Michelle Park
More Details

MS Project Open Hand
1/30/2015
Middle School Art Rooms
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Junior Formal
1/31/2015
7:00 PM
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Contact: Howard Kaplan

APA Meeting
2/3/2015
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown

MS Focus Day
2/6/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Parent Coffee
2/6/2015
8:00 AM
8-9 a.m.

Founder's Oak Conf. Rm. - Reinhardt
Contact: Debbie Derana
More Details

APA Senior Lunch
2/6/2015
12:10 PM
Celebrating End of College Apps

Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown

MS Social
2/6/2015
7:00 PM
7-10 p.m.

Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Chris McCulloch

MS Parent Coffee
2/10/2015
8:15 AM
8:15-9 a.m.

Urban Conf. Rm.-Dase Center
Contact: Vicki Fleming
More Details

8th Gr. Movie Presentations
2/10/2015
6:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center, MS-C, D, E, F, H

6 - 7 p.m.

Contact: Nancy Nagramada

Long Weekend Begins/Dorms Close-NO HOMEWORK WEEKEND
2/12/2015
5:30 PM
No Homework Weekend

Long Weekend
2/13/2015
   to 2/16/2015
No Homework Weekend


Presidents' Day Holiday
2/16/2015

Classes Resume
2/17/2015
8:10 AM

APA On Line Auction Begins
2/17/2015
12:00 PM
Contact: Fran Brown

APA On Line Auction Open
2/18/2015
   to 2/26/2015
Contact: Fran Brown

8th Gr. DC Interim Mtg.
2/24/2015
5:45 PM
5:45-7 p.m.

Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Nancy Nagramada

Open Dress Rehearsal-Winter Musical
2/26/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Peter Tamaribuchi

APA Online Auction Ends
2/26/2015
11:59 PM
Contact: Fran Brown

MS Focus Day
2/27/2015
6th Grade: English/Art Day, see Meg Freedman for details
7th Grade: Monotheism Day, Oakland, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Driver: Hashi, see Matt Zahner for details
8th Grade: Harlem Renaissance, see Ian Heung for details
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Winter Musical
2/27/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Peter Tamaribuchi

Winter Musical
2/28/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Peter Tamaribuchi

US Winter Sports Award Dinner
3/2/2015
6:30 PM
Main Hall, Middlefield 1, Urban Conf. Rm.

Parent Contact:
Contact: Darek Cliff

MS Focus Day
3/6/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

APA Auction
3/6/2015
6:00 PM
Diablo Country Club
Contact: Fran Brown

Daylight Saving Time Begins
3/8/2015

AWE Begins
3/8/2015
1:00 PM
East Lawn

Note: Carter MPR, Urban Conf. Rm., Ridgeview 2, and Boarding Center all used as staging areas beginning 9 a.m. through the remainder of the day.
Contact: Jason Ham

Faculty In-Service Day-No US/MS Classes
3/9/2015

US Early Dismissal
3/10/2015
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

US/MS Early Dismissal
3/11/2015
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

US/MS Early Dismissal
3/12/2015
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

No US/MS Classes/MS Interim Trips Begin
3/13/2015

Interim Activities
3/16/2015

Interim Activities
3/17/2015

Interim Activities
3/18/2015

Spring Vacation Begins
3/18/2015
12:30 PM

Dorms Close
3/18/2015
5:30 PM

Boarders Return
3/29/2015
5:30 PM
Dorms Open: 5:30 p.m.

Boarder Reception: 6:00 p.m.

Boarders Return by 10:30 p.m.

Classes Resume
3/30/2015
8:10 AM

AWE Run-In
4/2/2015
1:30 PM
Estakhri Sports Field

AWE Banquet
4/2/2015
6:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham

MS Focus Day
4/3/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

APA Meeting
4/7/2015
8:15 AM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown

10th Gr. Parent/Student Info Night
4/7/2015
7:00 PM
Carter MPR/Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Vanessa Hourcade
More Details

Parent Coffee
4/9/2015
8:00 AM
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Founder's Oak Conf. Rm. - Reinhardt
Contact: Debbie Derana
More Details

MS Focus Day
4/10/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

APA West of Tunnel Parent Potluck
4/10/2015
7:00 PM
Contact: Fran Brown

High Sierra AWE Prep Mtg.
4/15/2015
7:00 PM
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham

8th/9th Grade Parent Coffee with College Counseling
4/16/2015
8:15 AM
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Location: Urban Conf. Rm.
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

MS Focus Day
4/17/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

US Tim Holm Day
4/20/2015
Contact: Mark Friedman

MS Parent Coffee
4/21/2015
8:15 AM
8:15-9 a.m.

Urban Conf. Rm.-Dase Center
Contact: Vicki Fleming
More Details

College Adm. Case Studies Prog.
4/21/2015
7:00 PM
College Admission Case Studies Program

St. Mary's College High School
Berkeley
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam

Arena Scheduling for Class of '16
4/23/2015
3:45 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Gabe Del Real

MS Focus Day
4/24/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Faculty/Staff Talent Show
4/24/2015
8:00 PM
CFTA
Contact: Mark Friedman

Senior Ball
4/25/2015
7:00 PM
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Contact: Amy Wintermeyer

Blood Drive
4/27/2015
9:00 AM
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bloodmobile-Gym

Parents Welcome
Contact: Mark Friedman

Arena Scheduling for Class of '17
4/30/2015
3:45 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Gabe Del Real

Long Weekend Begins/Dorms Close-NO HOMEWORK WEEKEND
4/30/2015
5:30 PM
No Homework Weekend

Long Weekend
5/1/2015
   to 5/3/2015
No Homework Weekend

Admin on Duty: 

Advanced Choir Disneyland Trip

Boarders Return
5/3/2015
5:30 PM
Dorms Open: 5:30 p.m.

Boarder Reception: 6:00 p.m., Hosts:

Boarders Return by 10:30 p.m.

MS Focus Day
5/8/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

MS Social
5/8/2015
7:00 PM
7:00-10:00 p.m.

Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Spring Film and Arts Festival
5/8/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Peter Tamaribuchi
More Details

Major Donor Appreciation Event
5/9/2015
Off campus.
Contact: Jessica Lee

APA Meeting
5/12/2015
8:15 AM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Fran Brown
More Details

US Concert
5/14/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Stephen Herrick
More Details

MS Focus Day
5/15/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

US Concert
5/15/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Stephen Herrick
More Details

US Cabaret
5/16/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Stephen Herrick
More Details

US Spring Sports Award Dinner
5/18/2015
6:30 PM
Main Hall, Middle Field 1, Middle Field 2, Middlefield 3, Urban, Orchard A, B,C,D,E

Contact: Darek Cliff
More Details

Democracy in Action Showcase
5/20/2015
7:00 PM
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

CFTA
Contact: Kal Balaven
More Details

US Performing Arts Celebration Dinner
5/21/2015
6:30 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Stephen Herrick
More Details

MS Focus Day
5/22/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Senior Class Trip to Santa Cruz
5/22/2015

APA Pizza Supper
5/22/2015
5:30 PM
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Fran Brown
More Details

MS Concert
5/22/2015
6:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Ian Heung
More Details

Memorial Day Holiday
5/25/2015

9th Grade "This I Believe" Presentations
5/26/2015
7:00 PM
Dinner:  5:00 p.m.
Dessert: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Speeches: Middlefield 1, Orchard A, Library Research Center, Dase Music Rm, Dase Choral Rm., Urban Conf. Rm.
Contact: Sam Shapiro

APA MS Pizza Lunch
5/27/2015
11:30 AM
Contact: Fran Brown
More Details

US Reading Day
5/28/2015

APA Fac/Staff App. Lunch
5/28/2015
11:30 AM
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center

MS Focus Day
5/29/2015
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

8th Gr. Musical-"West Side Story"
5/29/2015
7:00 PM
CFTA
Contact: Nancy Nagramada
More Details

APA Auction Pool Party
5/30/2015
11:00 AM
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Pool
Contact: Nancy Nagramada

US Special Schedule
6/1/2015
US Exam Schedule

8:10-9:30          D Per. Exams
[9:30-10:10]      (Extension)*
9:40-10:30        Break
10:40-12 noon   C Per. Exams
[12:00-12:40]    (Extension)*
12 noon-1:00     Lunch

Buses roll at 1 pm

*for qualified students only

APA Refreshment Break for US
6/1/2015
9:30 AM
Contact: Fran Brown

No US Classes
6/2/2015

8th Grade Escape Day
6/2/2015
9:30 AM
More Details

MS Early Dismissal
6/2/2015
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

Book Buy Back Day
6/3/2015
7:30 AM
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

MS Canopy and Commons
Contact: Debbie Schafgans
More Details

US/MS Early Dismissal
6/3/2015
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

MS Grad BBQ
6/3/2015
1:30 PM
Off campus

Senior Dinner
6/3/2015
6:00 PM
Main Hall

No MS Classes
6/4/2015

US Early Dismissal
6/4/2015
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

US Grad Practice
6/4/2015
1:00 PM

MS Graduation
6/5/2015
9:30 AM
East Lawn

US Graduation
6/5/2015
4:30 PM
East Lawn

Summer Programs Begin
6/15/2015
Contact: Debra Ataman