Greetings from the Upper School

April 28, 2020
Dear Upper School Parents, 
Yet another week has passed on our online journey. I know that for many of us, myself included, we are faced with the thought of “this is not what I signed up for. The fact is, I have come to realize that as much as I love academics and learning, I thrive on the in-person connection with students and teachers. Deprived of that, I have found my days to be far less joyful than I would like. The hard part is trying to find that joy in our work. Take time to enjoy the time together and enjoy the learning that we can accomplish. I know how hard you are all working, and I know the struggles that we all face on a day-to-day basis with motivation and excitement with virtual learning. The Faculty and Staff of the Upper School feel the same way that you do. This learning environment is challenging to say the least, but it has certainly been rewarding in many ways. 
Moving forward we're going to continue to balance learning and hard work with the imperative to balance our stress and the stress of our students. If there is anything that we can do to help you as an individual family or student to navigate the online learning process, please reach out to me. Many of you have done so and I believe that we have been able to help those who have asked.  
I wanted to take a moment to talk about AP exams. The College Board has been communicating directly with students through their email rather than through the school AP Coordinator. Students should check their private emails for detailed instructions from the College Board. At this time, I want you to know that all AP students at O’Neal are registered to take their exams. These exams will be 45 minutes long and taken online at home. Tomorrow all AP teachers are meeting with Mrs. Ferrerio and me to ensure that all students will have all of the instructions and resources that they need. We will send more detailed information concerning test administration this week. In the meantime, here are some helpful links with information as well as the exam schedule. 
I hope you all have a wonderful week. 
Matt Jacobs  
Head of the Upper School 
The O’Neal School 



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

by Renee Ferrerio

All parents and students should see our most updated Spring College Counseling Calendar. This is a great opportunity for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to meet face to face with an admissions rep of these colleges.

Junior Seminars start in January. Important topics such as Interest/Aptitude testing, Resume Writing, Common Application, Financial Aid, Essay Writing, and College List Building will be covered.

Seniors should be communicating with Ms. Ferrerio about requests for Mid-Year Reports. All seniors should be notifying Ms. Morahan and Ms. Ferrerio with any college acceptances and scholarship offers.
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:
  • May 8, 2020 is deadline to sign up for June 13, 2020 SAT Test. Register here:
  • The Princeton Review SAT Prep course will be offered from July 11-July 24, 2020. Registration forms and payment are due to Ms. Morahan by June 19, 2020.
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