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DAY STUDENT HANDBOOK | 2014


Baylor Who’s Who

We know you have plenty of questions about your new school, and sometimes it’s just nice to know who to ask!

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Headmaster Scott Wilson ’75 swilson@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2804

Middle School Head Mike Drew mdrew@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2837

Middle School Dean of Students Priscilla Birdsall pbirdsall@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2856

Middle School Administrative Assistant Teresa McDowell tmcdowell@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2636

Dean of Students Sharon Wang swang@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2512

Administrative Assistant to Upper School Deans Susan Griffith sgriffith@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2510

Upper School Deans’ Office/Registrar Nicole Kosch nkosch@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2511

TECHNOLOGY

BUSINESS

HEALTH CENTER

Chief Information Officer/ Technology Shawn Arrington sarrington@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2606

Student Billing Albert Whiting awhiting@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2844

Medical Assistant Melissa Ebel mebel@baylorschool.org (423) 267-8506, ext. 239

UPPER SCHOOL

Assistant Headmaster Shaw Wilson shwilson@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2814

Upper School Head David Padilla dpadilla@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2513

ATHLETICS

Athletic Director Thad Lepcio tlepcio@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2528

Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director Eddie Etter eetter@baylorschool.org (423) 757-2527

➡ You can search a directory of faculty, staff, and administrators at

| Who’s Who

www.baylorschool.org/student_life/src_directory.aspx.


Orientation Upper School Orientation SUMMER BRUSH-UP JULY 21 – AUGUST 1 Freshmen students who are new to Baylor should make plans to attend Summer Brush-Up. iPAD TRAINING TUES., JULY 22 iPad Training during Summer Brush-Up for Upper School day students who are new to Baylor.

AUGUST ORIENTATION SAT., AUGUST 9 10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. | casual dress • Day consists of Parent and Student Welcome sessions, lunch, Parent Technology Training, and a First Day “Run-Through” for new students. • The morning orientation session is required for all NEW Upper School (grades 9-12) day families. It is optional for current Baylor 8th grade families entering 9th grade. The afternoon technology sessions are optional for returning families.

Middle School Orientation OPEN PARENT MEETINGS (optional) THURS., JULY 31/TUES., AUGUST 5/THURS., AUGUST 7 4:00 p.m. | Barks Hall, Room 100 Parents of new Middle School students are invited to choose among three dates for an informal Q&A session with Michael Drew, Middle School Head. Parents need attend only one of these scheduled meetings. Parents are welcome to ask any questions about Baylor, including technology questions. AUGUST ORIENTATION (required) THURS., AUGUST 14 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Parents: Alumni Chapel/Students: Field House All new Middle School parents and students are required to attend the orientation session. Students will spend some time being active outside and should dress accordingly. Sixth grade parents will have an op-

portunity to meet with their child’s adviser and teachers. New seventh and eighth grade parents will meet with Priscilla Birdsall, Middle School Dean of Students and Michael Drew, Middle School Head. SIXTH GRADE PARENT MEETING (recommended) MON., AUGUST 25 5:30 p.m. | Old Chapel Sixth grade parents are invited to an informative meeting covering the opening of school, the honor code, and parental expectations. SEVENTH + EIGHTH GRADE OPEN HOUSE (recommended) THURS., AUGUST 28 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Barks Hall All seventh and eighth grade parents will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers and adviser. NEW TO BAYLOR Visit www.baylorschool.org/parents for details on: • Activities, Athletics, and Clubs • Parent Communication • Contact Information • FACTS Tuition and other business office info • Medical Forms • Orientation • Parent Alliance • Summer Reading • Textbooks • Uniforms …and more!

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Parent Checklist May

August

o Begin Using FirstClass Email. Baylor communicates extensively

o MIDDLE SCHOOL: Purchase Classroom Supplies. Detailed supply lists for

through email. Once you receive your Baylor FirstClass login and password in your Welcome Packet, you should begin to check it regularly throughout the summer. Students will receive their email accounts at the beginning of school.

each grade can be found online.

o ALL class schedules available online: August 8. They can be accessed

through NetClassroom using the parent username and password.

o MIDDLE SCHOOL: Return Fall Season Athletics and Activities, Arts and

o REQUIRED: UPPER SCHOOL Orientation is August 9 for all Upper

Elective Forms to the Middle School office by May 30.

June/July

o REQUIRED: MIDDLE SCHOOL Orientation for all Middle School parents

o UPPER SCHOOL: Return completed Course Request Forms to the

Dean’s Office by June 27.

o Hard-copy textbooks will be available for purchase on the Baylor website through MBS beginning July 1. Electronic textbooks are not purchased through MBS and will be purchased the first week of school.

August 8 to have your picture taken for the directory and your Tiger Swipe i.d. card. Uniform B-shirts, summer reading books, and a variety of Baylor merchandise can also be purchased.

o Freshmen students who are new to Baylor should make plans to attend Summer Brush-Up July 21 – Aug. 1.

o iPad Training for Upper School day students who are new to Baylor

will be Tues., July 22.

o ALL parents should review the online Summer Reading Requirements

with your child.

o ALL parents and students should review the Baylor dress code and

and students is August 14.

o First day of classes is August 18 (chapel dress). o ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMS begin sports practice August 18 (the first

o MIDDLE SCHOOL: Visit the Baylor Campus Store between July 7 and

School Day parents and students new to Baylor. (Remember to bring your schedule.) This orientation is optional for current Baylor eighth grade families entering 9th grade.

day of school) with the following exceptions: 8th Grade Football: August 4 at 8 a.m. Students in the Fieldhouse/ Parents in the Film Room. 7th Grade Football: August 11 at 10 a.m. Students in the Fieldhouse/Parents in the Film Room. 6th Grade Football: August 11 at 9 a.m. Students in the Fieldhouse/ Parents in the Film Room. Girls and Boys Cross Country: August 11 at 4 p.m. Students in the Fieldhouse/5 p.m. Parents in the Film Room. Girls Soccer: August 13 at 5 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Softball: August 14 at 5 p.m. at the Softball Field

o First home football game and tailgate is August 22 on Rike Field.

September

plan uniform purchases.

o Sixth Grade Trip: All sixth grade students will head to Nature’s Class-

MIDDLE SCHOOL Used Uniform Sale is July 17 – 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Parry Center.

o Freshman Trip: All ninth grade students will head to Camp Alpine in

UPPER SCHOOL Used Uniform Sale is July 25 – 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Parry Center.

o ALL parents (new and returning) will be required to update their

room in Mentone, Ala. September 17 – 19. Mentone, Ala. September 24 – 26.

October

student medical information through Magnus Health Student Medical Records (SMR) at baylorschool.org/magnus by Friday, July 25, or one week before your child’s first athletic practice or camp that occurs before July 25. You will use the same login/password that you use to access your child’s grades, schedule, etc.

o Middle School Parents’ Day: Parents are invited to spend the morning

If you are having technical difficulty with the Magnus system, please contact customer support at Magnus Health SMR: (877) 461-6831 or service@magnushealthportal.com.

November

attending classes with their child on Thurs., October 16. Fall break will begin following Parents’ Day at noon.

o Fall Break begins at noon on October 16 – classes resume October 21. o Upper School Parents’ Day is November 7.

➡ Order hard copy textbooks beginning July 1 at: http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/baylorschool.htm. ➡ Purchase uniforms at www.educationaloutfitters.com or www.landsend.com. ➡ Download supplemental medical forms at: baylorschool.org/magnus.

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Dress Code + Uniforms WHAT WILL I WEAR DURING THE SCHOOL DAY? Dress uniforms are worn on Monday for Chapel. • boys: button down uniform dress shirt with tie and uniform pants or shorts • girls: button down uniform dress shirt with uniform pants or any uniform skirt Casual uniforms (other days): B-shirt (casual polo-type shirt) with uniform pants. Girls may also wear any approved uniform skirt and boys may wear uniform shorts. WHERE CAN I PURCHASE MY UNIFORMS? Uniform items can be purchased by visiting the Campus Store or Educational Outfitters in Chattanooga. Items can also be purchased online from the Campus Store, Educational Outfitters or Lands’ End. • B-shirts (polo style) and approved uniform sweatshirts are ONLY

available at the Campus Store. • Button-down uniform dress shirts, uniform pants, all styles of uniform skirts, uniform sweaters and vests are available from Educational Outfitters and Lands’ End. WHEN CAN I PURCHASE MY UNIFORMS? • Uniform items can be purchased at the Baylor Campus Store, Educational Outfitters or Lands’ End. If you need alterations on pants or skirts, Educational Outfitters will alter the items and deliver them to Baylor. Girls should be mindful of skirt lengths (no more than four inches above the crease on the back of the knee). • You can purchase items online at any time using the links on this page. Visit the individual websites for information on summer hours and online purchases.

HOW MANY UNIFORMS WILL I NEED? This is up to you, but most students like enough uniforms to last the week. Many students buy: • one or two uniform button-down dress shirts (Girls prefer the 3/4 sleeve dress shirt that does not have to be tucked in.) • four B-shirts • boys: three or more pairs of uniform pants • girls: three or more uniform skirts or uniform pants WHAT ABOUT SHOES, SOCKS, BELTS, ETC.? These items are not part of the official uniform, but note the following guidelines: • Belt must be worn with uniform pants and shorts. • Socks must be worn and visible and in good taste. • Most students wear tennis shoes for comfort, but most closed-toe shoe is acceptable. • Boys must wear any traditional tie or bow tie with dress shirts. WHAT TYPES OF OUTERWEAR WILL I NEED? Only official uniform sweatshirts or sweaters/vests may be worn in classrooms. You will need a warm coat for cold winter months. Raincoats with hoods are certainly helpful traveling between classes on rainy days.

➡ Campus Store: https://bookstore.baylorschool.org/default.aspx. ➡ Educational Outfitters: www.educationaloutfitters.com. ➡ Lands’ End: www.landsend.com/school.

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Technology Tips Dear Parents, All Baylor students and parents receive a FirstClass email account. It’s important that you become familiar with FirstClass and recognize that the school uses this email system as our primary form of communication with parents. This includes weekly BNews with Upper School and Middle School announcements, notices from teachers about academic performance, and more. We cannot over emphasize the importance of reading school emails. We recommend that you go to the Tech Support section of the Baylor website for more detailed information. Should you have any questions, please contact Tech Support at (423) 256-8506, ext. 349. Your parent login and password for FirstClass email and Net Classroom grades are enclosed. (Middle School parents will receive a card with their login and password at Registration on May 7.) USING FIRSTCLASS EMAIL As parents, you have a couple of options in accessing your Baylor FirstClass email. You can click on the “email” link located on the navigation bar at the top of the Baylor website (www.baylorschool.org). However, we highly recommend downloading the FirstClass client on your desktop as a convenient way to check your Baylor email. • Go to the “Parents” section of the Baylor website, click on “Parent Resource Center,” then “Tech Support” in the left-hand column. • Click on the FirstClass email installation link in the box (shown here) located on the upper right side of the page and follow the few simple steps for the free download. • Once the client appears on your desktop, simply login in using your assigned i.d. and password. We believe you will find this is a faster and easier method of using Baylor email. RECEIVING BAYLOR EMAILS DIRECTLY TO WORK OR HOME EMAIL ACCOUNTS Many of our parents find it more convenient to have their Baylor email forwarded to another (or several) email accounts. Follow these steps to set it up: • Login to your FirstClass email. • Select “Messaging.” • Under “Automatically Forward” change “Local Mail” to “Yes.” • Change “Internet Mail” to “Yes.” • Change “Method” to “Redirect.” • In the “Forward To” box, type your preferred email(s) – one on each line – and click OK. • You will now receive Baylor emails at this account.

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NOTE: Although this is a convenient option we cannot guarantee you will receive all Baylor emails due to bounce-backs and SPAM filters beyond our control. If you do choose this option you should check your Baylor email account through the website to make sure you are receiving everything from the school. Downloading the FirstClass client to your desktop eliminates this problem.

ACCESSING YOUR NETCLASSROOM ACCOUNT NetClassroom is where you will be able to access your child’s grades, schedule, transcript, and billing statements.

• Using the same login/password as your Baylor FirstClass email, click on the NetClassroom link located on the navigation bar at the top right of the Baylor website. • When you get to the login screen, simply enter your user i.d. and pass word that has been assigned to you, then click on login. This will connect you to your child’s NetClassroom. • Click on Students at the top of the page. You will have a drop-down menu of options. Simply click on the appropriate link. A Few Notes on Policies: We ask you to observe the school’s internet use guidelines explained in full in Baylor’s Responsible Use Policy in the B-Book and available online in the Tech Support section of the Baylor website. Please do not solicit business through your Baylor email account. We also ask all users to avoid forwarding chain letters and other junk mail, which can disrupt the system. BAYLOR MOBILE Go to: www.baylorschool.org on your smart phone to follow school and alumni news, athletic information, access the campus calendar, view daily announcements, and search the faculty and staff directory. EMERGENCY TEXT NOTIFICATION In the event of school closings due to weather and/or other safety events, parents will be notified via text. You will be instructed on how to register for this service in early September.


iPads WHICH iPAD SHOULD WE PURCHASE? The iPad 2 and later versions are available in a variety of prices and configurations. The 16 GB, Wi-Fi only models, the least expensive option, are fully capable of handling students’ academic requirements. While the 16 GB model is sufficient for their academic work, students will be extremely limited in storing other multimedia on the device; this includes videos, music, and pictures. For students who anticipate the need to have access to these types of media, a higher capacity model of the iPad should be purchased. The original iPad (iPad 1) or iPad Mini are not acceptable models for use at school. CAN STUDENTS OPT OUT OF USING THE iPAD? Baylor is committed to using the iPad to supplement and enhance the traditional classroom experience, and each student is required to have an iPad for class.

WHEN WILL STUDENTS LEARN HOW THE iPADS ARE USED IN CLASSROOMS AND WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM? The first week of school is spent getting students oriented in their classes, which includes what Apps the teachers use, how to upload assignments, taking notes, organizing their work electronically, and more. It’s no surprise that students catch on to the technology extremely quickly, but teachers are very aware of the need to make sure all of their students are comfortable using the technology. WILL MY STUDENT STILL NEED A COMPUTER EVEN IF HE/SHE HAS AN iPAD? It is important to note that the iPad is not a replacement for a computer. Baylor still provides access to computers on campus to support specific programs. Students may feel more comfortable completing some assignments off campus on a computer. The iPad requires the use of the iTunes program, which is a free download available for both PC and Mac.

BNews The weekly BNews is the school’s primary communication tool with parents. The main feature page contains schoolwide news and also includes photo galleries and calendar items. Forget what you read last week? There is also a handy archive feature which enables you to search for back issues. The top “reminder” tabs are specific to news relating to the Upper School and Middle School. The BNews is emailed to all parents every Friday while school is in session.

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Day Student Handbook 2014