Greetings from the Upper School

November 8, 2019

Dear Upper School Families, 

What another great week to be a falcon. This week saw tremendous achievements in the areas of the arts, community, and service. Our first and biggest changes are in the area of campus security. This week, our card reader entry system went live. Each student has been very conscientious thus far about keeping a hold of their badge to get in and out of the buildings. Understandably, there have been some adjustments to be made. One that affects our parent visitors the most is that you will need to walk around to the front entrance of Meyer Hall and come into the office from there. You will no longer be able to enter the building from the Bradshaw Hall side. In addition, our friends at Duke Energy installed three new light posts in our parking lot. As the days get shorter and athletic practices get longer, more and more our students had to walk back to the parking lot in the dark. Now, this area will be well lit and more secure for all who attend events after the setting of the sun.

This past Monday night I attended the final performance of the production of The Wolves. To say that the young ladies involved in this production exceeded any and all expectations would be a gross understatement. I was completely floored by their ability to move seamlessly from the comedic to the very deep and dramatic in this particular play. It is always pleasantly surprising to see how much our students can accomplish when given the opportunity.

Today is one of my favorite days of the year at O'Neal. Our military appreciation convocation and breakfast is one of the great traditions at our school. As a nonmilitary family, it gives me great pride to be part of the ceremony and a tradition that demonstrates our steadfast commitment and appreciation to our families of military service. Admiral Smith's commentary on patriotism was thought-provoking and genuine. Our musical performances were heartfelt and emotive. It was great to see the entire community come out and show their appreciation for a group that does so much for all of us. In addition, we began a new tradition this year by holding our annual broad drive on our military appreciation day. It seemed like an appropriate day to show our service to the greater Sandhills community.

This week was about the community. It made me proud to be a falcon.

Enjoy your holiday weekend,
Matt Jacobs
Head of Upper School
(910) 692-6920 ext. 444


AP Exam fees are $94.00 per exam and are due by November 15th. Checks can be made out to The O’Neal School and turned in to Mrs. Morahan. If you have not paid by the 15th, it will be billed to your TADS account.

If your child needs to leave school early, please send Mrs. Morahan,, an email prior to them leaving so that we have written permission per school policy. This does not apply to athletic events.


November 11th Veteran’s Day – No School
November 13th 10:30 AM Gardner Webb University Representative on Campus
November 13th 11:30 AM Wingate University Representative on Campus
November 14th Dress Up Day for all Upper School Students
November 14th 10:00 AM National Honors Society Induction
November 14th Model UN leaves for Competition
November 15th 9:10 AM UNC Greensboro Representative on Campus
November 20th Picture Re-Take Day and Winter Sports Pictures

What’s Happening in The O’Neal College Counseling Department

by Renee Ferrerio

All parents and students should see our most updated College Counseling Calendar and College Rep Visits.  PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENTS TO GET SIGNED UP FOR VISITS ASAP! This is a great opportunity for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to meet face to face with an admissions rep of these colleges.

Junior and senior parents and students should follow this link to see up to date nomination and non-nomination scholarship opportunities and special programs.

Below are some key dates to mark on your calendar:
  • AP Fees are due to Ms. Morahan by November 15. The cost is $94 per exam/course and checks should be written out to The O’Neal School and given to Ms. Morahan.
  • November 8th is the registration deadline for the Dec. 7th SAT and Dec. 14th ACT. Please get signed up now!
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Southern Pines, NC 28387

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