The cooler weather is a reminder not only that fall is upon us but also how many weeks we have been teaching and learning as an on-campus O’Neal community. The daily events that make up school life are now routines. Our teachers and coaches have gone above and beyond to make this year as engaging and as normal as possible, and they deserve all our thanks.
I also want to thank the families who participated in the Annual Fund, and in doing so provided much appreciated Treats for Teachers and acknowledged their extraordinary efforts.
Physical education and athletics are in place to keep our students fit and healthy. Kelley Adams has added a pre-Kindergarten PE program to the lower school program in which the children are both active and adorable. Now, PE is available for students from PK3 through grade 8. Middle school and upper school athletics are beginning interscholastic competitions following O’Neal’s protocols and the guidance from the NCISAA. Our programs are starting more cautiously than other schools, and our teams are playing limited schedules with schools following similar mitigation procedures on their campuses. Please note that per NCISAA and O’Neal regulations, no spectators are currently allowed at any sporting event. A breach of this regulation can result in a student-athlete being removed from the competition or a forfeiture for the entire team. Again, I ask that every family work with O’Neal by following best practices and guidelines in all areas of school life.
Thanks to extra effort and planning, The O’Neal School has been able to offer the SAT and ACT exams for our upper school students. While we were one of the only testing sites in the region, our site was limited to only O’Neal students. Some colleges and universities are becoming test-optional for this admissions cycle, but O’Neal students apply to a variety of schools across the country and around the world; therefore, the opportunity to complete any testing requirements was important. In addition, Ms. Ferrerio has worked hard since her arrival to get as many colleges as possible to campus. Despite the visits being virtual this year, she has a record number of colleges available to O’Neal’s upper school students. These efforts are another example, during this unusual year, of our teachers and staff planning and executing programs that are best for their students.
In this year like no other, the significance of community permeates our campus. We are grateful and humbled that you have entrusted O’Neal with the education of your children. Whether you are new to the School or been with us for over a decade, you are part of a special community, and I hope that everyone in your family feels they belong and is proud to be a Falcon.
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