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ORIENTATION st. johnsbury, vermont


Main Office

Business Services Office

telePhone 802-748-8171

Marci McGinn

Admissions Office main telephone 802-751-2130

John Cummings

associate headmaster advancement and admission 802-751-2131 |

Jan Monteith

executive assistant 802-751-2313 |

Mary Ann Gessner

Director of admission 802-751-2412 |

Melissa Burroughs

Associate Director of Admission 802-751-2327 |


Nicole Biggie

associate director of admission 802-751-2440 |



Your Arrival


Student Checklist


Personal Items


Travel and Accomodations


Immigration Information


School Calendar


Orientation Schedule


Vacation Planning


Kendra Paubst

associate director of admission 802-751-2129 |

Ann Darrell

administrative assistant 802-751-2411 |

Robin Legendre

administrative assistant 802-751-2364 |

Admissions Office Fax 802-748-5463

Student Accounts Coordinator 802-748-7705 |

Carol Lyon

assistant headmaster for business services 802-748-7703 |

Stacie Beliveau

executive assistant 802-748-7708 |

Business Office Fax 802-751-2127

Nurse’s Office Sarah Garey, RN, NCSN, CADC Director of health services 802-748-7718 |

De-Ann Welch, LPN, CSAP assistant school nurse 802-751-2306 |

Gracie Bell-Melvin, LPN

assistant school nurse 802-748-7718 |

Deborah Lee, LADC, CSAP, QMHP School counselor 802-751-2471 |

Bobbi Sommers, LADC, LCMHC School counselor 802-751-2025 |

Crystal Prevost


Nurse’s Office Fax 802-748-7798

Campus Life Beth Choiniere


Buffie Hegarty

campus life Assistant 802-751-2307|

Living at the Academy


Weekday Schedule


Interscholastic Athletics


Clubs and Activities


On-Campus Technology


dean of students 802-751-2472 |

Health and Wellness


Debby Newland

Honor Code


Dress Code


Acceptable Attire


Resident Life Office

Substance Abuse Policy


James Ryan

Commencement Schedule


Campus Map


Johnna Kendall

Campus LIfe Assistant Homestay Coordinator 802-751-2012 |

Kathy Sjolander

administrative assistant 802-751-2351 |

Jack Driscoll

administrative assistant 802-751-2049 |

David McGinn

athletic director 802-751-2121 |

Dormitories 1111 Main Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-748-9000 184 Belvidere. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-751-6006 Barn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-751-2202 Brantview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-751-2227 Christensen Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-748-7150 Cramton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-751-2172 Maple Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-745-1284 Sheepcote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-751-2187 Tinker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-751-2149 The Corner House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-745-1143 The Green Dorm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-748-7794 Waterman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802-751-2164

Mailing Addresses for general correspondence:

St. Johnsbury Academy P.O. Box 906 St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 for parcel post

director of resident life 802-751-2007 |

John Robillard

Dean of resident life 802-751-2357 |

Lilian Swainbank


Resident Life Office Fax 802-751-2034

St. Johnsbury Academy 1000 Main Street St. Johnsbury, VT 05819


Welcome! Dear Parents and Students, It is my pleasure to welcome you to the St. Johnsbury Academy community. I believe this will be the beginning of a life-long relationship, one that will help to enrich and define your life and future. This is a very exciting time to be joining our community! The Embrace the Dream Capital Campaign has transformed the opportunities and support our students enjoy, providing two new dormitories, endowed chairs in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Engineering, enhanced technology, smaller classes, and a new Learning Center. These new resources support our community in its commitment to serving and nurturing every Academy student. This commitment, based upon our belief in and optimism for young people—their energy, creativity, compassion, and generosity—defines our John J. Cummings Associate Headmaster, Advancement and Admission

mission of Character, Inquiry, and Community. This is our Resident Life Orientation Handbook, which provides important information on life here at the Academy. We’re also including a separate booklet with a number of forms, which must be completed and returned by

July 1 in preparation for your arrival at school on August 21. Please take the time to complete the information accurately and completely. Much of our correspondence is conducted via e-mail, so accurate e-mail addresses are very important.

We are delighted that you have chosen to join the St. Johnsbury Academy community. Please let me know if you have any questions about the Resident Life handbook. We look forward to your arrival on our campus! Sincerely,

John J. Cummings Associate Headmaster Advancement and Admission


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Your Arrival Dear Students, My name is Mrs. Choiniere, and I am the Assistant Headmaster for Campus Life. Throughout the summer, we’ll be preparing for your arrival! Our student leadership team is planning many events for orientation so that we can have the opportunity to get to know each other before the school year even begins. But before that happens, as your orientation coordinator, I wanted to reach out to you prior to your arrival so that you could email or call me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the orientation process. We understand that the beginning of any new experience is both exciting and scary, and that starting at a new school is a major transition in your life. We want to assure you that we are committed to giving all of our new students the Beth Choiniere Assistant Headmaster for Campus Life

best possible introduction to campus life here. Our faculty, staff, and student orientation leaders join forces to provide a comprehensive introduction to St. Johnsbury Academy. When you arrive on campus in August, please report directly to the Campus Life Office in Colby Hall. You’ll find a Campus Map for your reference on the inside back cover of this booklet. From there, we will escort you to the Resident Life Office, where you will receive your room assignment and your room key, and a representative from the Academy will assist you in getting to your room. Once here, you will meet many of our Dorm Council members. These are students who are excited to meet you. They are happy to help with your luggage, to help set up your room, to familiarize you with campus, to help you with shopping, etc. This group will also be attending the Orientation Extravaganza with you. They have planned games, activities, and initiatives that will help us get to know each other better. I will offer two pieces of advice: Dream Big, and Get Involved! We are delighted that you chose St. Johnsbury Academy as a place to learn and grow. We look forward to your arrival on August 21. We will open with dinner the evening of August 21 and you will have an opportunity to meet some of the student leaders; the orientation events will begin Friday morning at 9 a.m. Again, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have at this time. I can be reached at bchoiniere@stjacademy. org, or by calling 802-751-2024. August is just around the corner! We look forward to your arrival and we are excited to welcome you to orientation! Sincerely,

Beth Choiniere Assistant Headmaster for Campus Life

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Student Checklist 1. Travel Plans _Please submit your travel plans to the Jan Monteith by July 15. 2. Immigration/Visas _Current passport Jan Monteith Executive Assistant

Questions? Contact Jan Monteith 802-751-2313

_Original I-20 form (not a copy) _US Student Visa in passport 3. Health Forms Please submit your health forms by July 1: _Permission for Medical Treatment/Release of Medical Information _Health Insurance Information _Immunizations _Medical History _Consent to Drug Test/Release of Medical Information _Report of Health Evaluation _Parental Consent and Agreement (if applicable) _Parental Authorization Form - Emergency Medication (if applicable)

Due July 1 Mailing Address: Jan Monteith Admission Office St. Johnsbury Academy PO Box 906 1000 Main Street St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 Fax: 802-748-5463

4. Resident Life Forms Please submit your resident life forms by July 1: _Student Information _Parental Car Permission _Permission to Photograph _Student Activity Form _Communication _Resident Student Accounts 5. Personal Items _Please ship your personal items in advance of your arrival. _Please check the dress code information found on page 17 to be sure your clothing is appropriate for the Academy school day.


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Personal Items PAGE 17


Do not bring:

St. Johnsbury Academy supplies the

Students MAY NOT bring the following

following linens (included in tuition):

items into their dormitory rooms at any

−−2 sheets (Standard Twin) −−1 pillow case −−1 hand towel (16 x 27) −−2 bath towels (22 x 44)

time during the year:

Linens may be exchanged weekly at no charge. An automatic washer and dryer are available for the students’ personal laundry at no charge.

Suggested items to bring: −−cell phone −−1 pillow −−sleeping bag −−1 comforter or duvet −−1 waste basket −−1 desk lamp −−shower sandals −−bathrobe

−−television −−space heater −−electric cookware −−electric blanket −−lava lamp −−halogen lamp −−pets (including fish bowls) −−other electrical items Should the school become aware that a student has any of the above items, they will be confiscated.

Students also may bring the following personal items with them and keep them in their dormitory rooms: −−computer −−dorm-sized refrigerator −−hair dryer

Weapons of any kind will be confiscated and students will be given appropriate consequences, possibly including a recommendation of expulsion to the Headmaster. The Academy does not accept financial responsibility for any personal items that are lost, stolen, broken, or misused.

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St. johnsbury academy provides free transportation to and from regional Airports when we are closed for vacation at: −−Thanksgiving −−Holiday Break −−Winter Break (February) −−Spring Break (April) airports: −−Burlington, VT −−Manchester, NH −−Boston, MA Travel to Burlington, VT is preferred.

The Admission Office coordinates all travel for arriving students. After the school year begins, the Campus Life Office can assist you in making travel plans. For those students who do not live in the United States, early planning is essential to ensure that the best flight reservations and ticket prices are available. Consult the school calendar for appropriate departure and arrival times. Students are not permitted to go on unsupervised trips during school vacations. All student vacation travel

The Academy provides free transportation to and from a Burlington International Airport at high-volume travel times. Families will be charged appropriate transportation fees at all other times. Students traveling to and from Boston are encouraged to take the Dartmouth Coach bus from Logan Airport to Lebanon, NH, where they will be picked up by Academy transportation.

Please contact the Campus Life Office with travel plans and other travel-related questions and issues.

plans must include an adult chaperone.

Ground transportation fees Transportation fees to/from airport/bus station (other than approved travel days during school breaks), one-way travel: −−$150 Manchester, NH (MHT) −−$225 Boston, MA (BOS) −−$80 Burlington, VT (BTV)

Dartmouth Coach Option* −−$60 Lebanon, NH (to Dartmouth Coach) −−$40 Dartmouth Coach: Logan Airport to/from Lebanon, NH (BOS)

*Students traveling to and from Boston are encouraged to take Dartmouth Coach bus ( for approximately $40. This is a safe and convenient coach bus that travels between Lebanon, NH and Logan Airport several times a day. Total cost for travel to and from Boston's Logan Airport, including Academy transportation, is approximately $100. Otherwise, the Academy charges $225 for Boston Logan Transportation.

Area Accomodations Comfort Inn & Suites

Holiday Motel

The Fairbanks Inn

Estabrook House Bed and Breakfast

Rabbit Hill Inn

Wildflower Inn

703 Route 5 South, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819 802-748-1500 401 Western Avenue, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 866-359-8204 48 Lower Waterford Road P. O. Box 55 Lower Waterford, Vermont 05848 802-748-5168

222 Hastings Street St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 802-748-8192 1596 Main Street St Johnsbury, Vermont, 05819, USA (802) 751-8261 2059 Darling Hill Road Lyndonville, VT, 05851, United States 802-626-8310



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We require all international students to submit their Passport, Visa, I-94, and I-20 to the Admissions Office immediately upon arrival at St. Johnsbury Academy.

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Immigration information When you arrive at St. Johnsbury Academy you will need to stop by the Admissions Office to drop off your passport, visa, and I-20. These documents will be kept in a fireproof safe in the Admissions Office so that they are available to you when you need them for travel.

Passport Your passport is a secure document that you can use whenever you need proof of

Questions? Contact Jan Monteith


identification. You will need your passport when taking the TOEFL or SAT examinations.

US F1 Visa Your US F1 visa is an official endorsement from the United States that authorizes you to enter, travel in or through, or leave the United States as a student.

I-20 The completed I-20 form, issued by the St. Johnsbury Academy Admissions Office, will include all the information the US Government needs about your term of study, including your level of study, your field of study, the dates you are expected to begin and complete your studies, and your ability to pay for your education. Keep your I-20 with your Passport because you will be asked for it when you enter the United States. Make

sure your I-20 is signed at the bottom of the first page by both the student and parent.

Due July 1 All Forms are available online at: documents

It is important that the Admissions Office knows when you arrive at St. Johnsbury Academy because your I-20 must be registered in SEVIS. Your US address and your semester beginning and end dates must be entered into the SEVIS system. This informs the Department of Homeland Security that you have arrived at your school destination and are fulfilling the conditions of your US F1 Visa.

I-94 The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has an automated Form I-94 process. The paper form will no longer be provided; instead the traveler will be provided with a CBP admission stamp on their travel document. If a traveler needs a copy of their I-94 (record of admission for verification of alien registration, immigration status or employment authorization, it can be obtained from This notation essentially menas you are welcome to stay in the United States as long as you are a student in school with valid and, if necessary, updated papers. You will have to remain a full-time student for your status to be valid.

Traveling to Canada from SJA The Canadian government requires that citizens of some countries have a Canadian visitor visa to enter Canada. We recommend that you obtain the visa in your home country as we are within a 50-mile radius of the Canadian border and our resident students often travel there on school trips. It is much easier for you to obtain a multientry visa in your home country which would be valid for several years. Please go to your nearest Canadian Consulate to obtain a visitor visa.



2014–2015 School Calendar AUGUST 2014 S M T W th F S

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2014-15 Important Dates Fall Semester Thursday August 21 All New Resident Students Arrive

Friday, August 22 New Resident Student Welcome and Orientation Begins

Sunday, August 24 Returning Students Arrive

Monday, August 25 Orientation for All New Students

Tuesday, August 26 Opening Day for All Students

Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28 Resident Parents’ Weekend

Spring Semester Monday, January 12 Orientation - Semester 2 New Students

Tuesday, January 13 All Students - First Day

Wednesday, May 27 Senior Sports Banquet Last Chapel/Departing Faculty Tea

8/21 New Resident Students Arrival 8/22 New Resident Students Orientation 8/24 Returning Students Arrival (Resident Student Orientation & Registration) 8/25 Orientation for All New Students 8/26 All Students – First Day

SEPTEMBER 2014 S M T W th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 9/1 Labor Day 9/26 – 9/28 Resident Parents’ Weekend

OCTOBER 2014 S M T W th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Sunday, May 31 Baccalaureate

Sunday, May 31 Class Day

Monday, June 1 Class of 2015 Commencement

We have created our school calendar to provide appropriate vacation time for your sons and daughters. As a result, we respectfully ask that you do not request early departure times or additional vacation days. Students who miss final exams or other assignments as a result of an unexcused absence will receive a grade of "0" on those assignments.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2/19 – 3/1 Winter Break

MARCH 2015 S M T W th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 3/19 Quarter 3 ends

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11/26 – 11/30 Thanksgiving Break

Hilltones and Jazz Band Performance

FEBRUARY 2015 S M T W th F S


Sunday, May 31

Friday, May 29

12/20–1/11 Holiday Break 1/12 Faculty Inservice – No Classes 1/12 Semester 2 New Student Orientation 1/13 All Students – First Day

APRIL 2015 S M T W th F S

Commencement Concert

Senior Prom

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10/10 Quarter 1 ends | Fall Break 10/10 10/18 St. J./L.I. Game

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Thursday, May 28

JANUARY 2015 S M T W th F S

DECEMBER 2014 S M T W tH F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 12/19 Semester 1 ends 12/20 – 1/11 Holiday Break

4/11 – 4/19 Spring Break

MAY 2015 S M T W th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 5/25 Memorial Day | 5/29 Semester 2 ends

JUNE 2015 S M T W th F S 1 2 3 7 8 9 10 14 15 16 17 21 22 23 24 28 29 30 6/1 Commencement

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The Academy Experience Beth Choiniere

Johnna Kendall

Kathy Sjolander

Buffie Hegarty

2014 Orientation Schedule

Parents are welcome at orientation events on Friday, August 23, through the Parents' Social, after which we ask that you say your "good-byes."

Thursday, August 21 New Boarding Students Arrival BEGINS AT 3:00 P.M. •

Dorm Council prepares new student rooms

Friday, August 22 New Boarding Students Welcome—Orientation Begins 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. • Breakfast with student leaders 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome from Admission Office Jack Cummings, Associate Headmaster, Advancement and Admission • Mary Ann Gessner, Director of Admission

10:00a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Welcome to Orientation! Welcome from Mrs. Choiniere, Assistant Headmaster for Campus Life • Welcome from Mr. Ryan, Director of Resident Life •

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. • Lunch in Dining Hall


1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. • Thomas Lovett, Headmaster 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Prepare for Orientation Extravaganza 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Parents’ Social, Admissions Office 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. • Operation Dress Code—shopping for dress-code items and supplies 5:00 p.m. • Travel to Orientation Center 6:00 p.m. • Dinner

Sunday, August 24 Returning Students Arrival and Resident Student Orientation and Registration 10:30 a.m. • Brunch • Jeff Burroughs, Assistant Headmaster for Academics – Academic Overview 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Shopping/scheduling/testing (English and Math) •

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. • Shopping/scheduling/testing (English and Math)

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. • Building Trust and Community

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Shopping/scheduling/testing (English and Math)

Saturday, August 23

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. • Dinner

New Boarding Students Activities continue: 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. • Breakfast 8:30 a.m. • Board the bus for ropes course 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m • Ropes Course exercises 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m • Return home to Academy Campus 5:00 p.m. • Welcome Dinner—Dorm Council students host

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. • Dorm Chapel 7:00 p.m. • House Meetings

Monday, August 25 Orientation for All New Students

Tuesday, August 26 OPENING DAY of fall semester FOR ALL STUDENTS



Vacation Planning All dormitories are closed during vacations. Students are expected to travel home or to stay with relatives or friends during vacation. Students must plan to leave for vacations and return from vacation on the designated dates.

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Noon 11/26 – Noon 11/30


Noon 12/20 – Noon 1/11


Noon 2/19 – Noon 3/1


Noon 4/11 – Noon 4/19

Resident Life Trips The Office of Campus Life sponsors several trips for resident students during certain vacation periods. These trips are designed to fulfill both educational and cultural goals, and are chaperoned by Academy faculty and staff. Vacation periods and destinations of this year's trips are: Kathy Sjolander Administrative Assistant

Thanksgiving New York City Winter Break Florida spring Break California

We have created our school calendar to provide appropriate vacation time for your sons and daughters. As a result, we respectfully ask that you do not request early departure times or additional vacation days. Students who miss final exams or other assignments as a result of an unexcused absence will receive a grade of "0" on those assignments.

Cost information is available from the Campus Life Office.

Vacation Departures and Arrivals For each vacation, dormitories will close at noon the day after the Academy finishes for break and will be open at noon the day before classes resume. Seniors are required to remain on campus and participate in all commencement events through graduation. If there is an unavoidable travel conflict, you must make the necessary arrangements with the Campus Life Office.



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Living at the Academy Dear Parents and Students, Welcome to the St. Johnsbury Academy residential community. The Academy is a place of life–changing opportunities. Our vast curriculum, in combination with our award–winning faculty and outstanding facilities, cultivates an exciting community of learners and international friends. We invite you to discover your own brand of excellence as we welcome you to our beautiful campus. I look forward to an exciting year and the arrival of new and returning boarding students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or 802-751-2007. Sincerely, Jamie Ryan Director of Resident Life

James Ryan Director of Resident Life

Resident Life Mentoring Program In addition to having resident life faculty (called dorm proctors) in each dormitory to monitor adherence to daily structure and general rules, each student has a dorm proctor that serves as a mentor. The role of the mentor is to maintain close contact with each student to help ensure he or she is following our academic and social expectations, participating effectively in the resident life program, and setting and achieving appropriate goals. Mentors also John Robillard Dean of Resident Life

advocate for their students during challenging times and help celebrate their successes. Mentors meet with students in the dormitory individually or in small groups to promote the Resident Life curriculum, a defined program that serves to nurture students living in a residential setting. For homestay students, the Assistant Coordinator for Student Programs and Homestays serves as a mentor and leads these same discussions. Mentors will write letters to parents several times per year to report on student progress in the residential program. These reports will provide comments about each student as well as a standards-based evaluation of study habits, involvement in the community, and specific aspects of character development.

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Weekday Schedule 6:30 a.m. Wake-up 7:20 a.m. Leave dorm for breakfast 8:00 a.m. Chapel 8:25 a.m. Classes begin 3:10 p.m. Classes end 3:10 – 3:30 p.m. Conference period 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Activities/Sports 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Free time 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Evening study 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Free time 10:00 p.m. Curfew 10:45 p.m. Lights out–reading light only until 11:00 p.m. (with prior permission)

Morning Chapel


Weekend Activities

Every school day starts with Chapel, a non-

Every weekend, students have the opportunity to

denominational all-school meeting that brings our

participate in a variety of events and activities. These

community together. Typically, we listen to a message

activities are generated by the students and range

from the Headmaster or a guest speaker, review daily

from outdoor wilderness excursions, to concerts, to

announcements, and are entertained by student

professional sports events and theater productions, to


shopping in nearby cities.


Open and Closed Weekends

Our classes follow a block schedule, allowing flexibility

Most weekends at the Academy are considered open

for student course selection and ensuring our classes

weekends for resident students. As such, resident

remain small.

students may go home or sign out to spend the

Conference Period

weekend at the home of a friend; however, there

Conference Period provides time for students and teachers to meet one-on-one after school.


are several weekends during the year that are closed. During these weekends, resident students must stay on campus and may not go home or sign out to a friend's house. Closed weekends include:

Lessons learned outside of the classroom are often as

Homecoming Weekend, Winter Carnival (which

meaningful as those learned inside. The organizations

highlights competition among the four classes -

students join, the activities in which they participate,

Senior, Junior, Sophomore, and Freshman), ResFest

and the sports they play, determine the overall quality of

(all Dorm Students) and Academic Exam Weeks.

their Academy experience.

Students are expected to stay on campus during these

Every boarding student is required to participate in the after school extra-curricular program by playing a sport or joining an approved club.

periods to participate fully in all Academy-sponsored activities.

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Our interscholastic athletic program is an extension of our academic program. We view participation in interscholastic athletics as an honor and privilege and we demand commitment and a strong work ethic; therefore, our student athletes should expect that their involvement in athletics will be an intense educational experience.

Fall Sports

Winter Sports

Spring Sports

−−Cheerleading −−Cross Country Running (Boys and Girls) −−Field Hockey −−Football −−Soccer (Boys and Girls)

−−Alpine Skiing (Boys and Girls) −−Basketball (Boys and Girls) −−Gymnastics −−Ice Hockey −−Indoor Track (Boys and Girls) −−Nordic Skiing (Boys and Girls) −−Wrestling

−−Baseball −−Golf (Boys and Girls) −−Lacrosse (Boys and Girls) −−Softball −−Tennis (Boys and Girls) −−Track (Boys and Girls) −−Ultimate Frisbee (Boys and Girls)

Travel/Vacation Information for Athletes St. Johnsbury Academy's athletic experience includes interscholastic competition against other schools. There are times - particularly during the winter and spring sports seasons - that our athletes are expected to stay on campus after graduation to play on our teams. The Campus Life Office will arrange housing for athletes during vacation. If you have any questions about our athletics program, our athletics schedule, or the commitment we require of our students to play on our sports teams, please do not hesitate to call Beth Choiniere, Assistant Headmaster for Campus Life, at 802-751-2024.

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CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES What students do, what organizations they join, what activities they participate in, and what sports they play determine the overall quality of their Academy experiences. The Campus Life Program provides many opportunities for students to engage in activities during the school year. Our mission is to create a social and cultural experience on campus which will foster student leadership, community involvement, and personal growth. Each of our programs is intended for active membership and participation, though these are not required. −−Academy Theatre

−−Fashion Club

−−Skills USA

−−Anime Club

−−Gay/Straight Union

−−Spanish Club


−−Hilltones (Chorus)

−−String Ensemble

−−The Breathing Room (Mediation/Mindfulness)

−−Hip Hop Club

−−Student Art League

−−Intaglio Society

−−Student Government

−−Car Club

−−Swim Club

−−Chinese Club

−−Intramurals (Badminton, Boxing, Indoor Soccer, Personal Fitness, Tennis)

−−Community of Concern

−−Knitting Club


−−Community Service Resource Club (CSRC)

−−Math League

−−Yoga Club

−−Model United Nations

−−Youth Health Services

−−Dance Club

−−National Honor Society

−−Dorm Council

−−Outing Club

−−Dynamic Youth Mentors

−−Photographic Society

−−Environmental Club

−−Real Time Strategy

−−Horse Club

−−SJA Quiz Bowl

−−Chess Club

−−Writer’s Block (Creative Writing)


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on-campus Technology The Academy maintains a campus-wide fiber backbone network with a high-speed connection to the Internet. Students have wireless Internet access across the entire campus through 80 wireless access points.

ACADEMY TECHNOLOGY, PORTAL AND E-MAIL ACCOUNTS The Academy Network provides student access to hundreds of desktop and laptop computers (MAC & PC) residing in classrooms, labs, and the library. All the computers in the library and labs utilize Microsoft Office Suite for PC or MAC. The Academy utilizes Google Docs for online storage and collaboration, but students should bring a USB type drive to save their work when using on-campus computers. Students should form a habit of saving their school files in three places to ensure they do not lose their schoolwork. An example of this would be to save their files to Google Docs, a USB Drive, and by Email. The most common issue is that students have all their work on a USB Drive and they lose the drive or it breaks. USB drives are also available to purchase in the Business Office.

anti-virus protection for personal computers. Academy Information Technology staff will not be able to provide comprehensive support for personal laptop computers due to operating system language and licensing issues. Limited student technical support is provided by an organized group of IT intern students who can assist in resolving many of the most common user-level and hardwarerelated computer issues. To arrange computer support please contact the Academy’s Information Technology Department.

All Academy students are provided an

INTERNET SAFETY AND STEWARDSHIP email address as well as an account

All access to the Internet is filtered to ensure student

for the student portal. Connection information

safety and compliance with applicable laws. Internet

regarding both accounts will be distributed during

access is a shared resource across all resident

the first two weeks of school.

dorms, as there are no independent connections by


dorm room so each student must be mindful of his

In the dorms, students can access the Internet via a

or her role as a steward in utilizing the Internet.

comprehensive wired and wireless network that is


available from 6 am until midnight on school nights.

The Academy has a program to allow students to

The Academy network is compatible with all types of

purchase computers, peripherals, and warranty

devices. To stay connected with family and friends,

support. Interested families and students should

Skype and other social networking sites are available

contact Jim Mazzonna, the Academy’s Chief

to students.

Information Officer, at


or 802-751-2371.

If you plan to purchase or already own a laptop, please ensure that the warranty can be honored in the United States. That way, if there are any issues, the machine can be serviced by the manufacturer or its designated service center. We highly recommend

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The Academy Health and Community Wellness Department (left to right) Counselor Deborah Lee, Evening Nurse Gracie BellMelvin, Assistant Nurse De-Ann Welch, School Nurse and Director of Health Services Sarah Garey, Administrative Assistant Crystal Prevost, and Bobbi Sommers

Due July 1 All Forms are available online at: documents

Health and Community Wellness The St. Johnsbury Academy Health Center has a long history of cultivating strong relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the community. The Health Care professionals at the Health Center provide 24-hour care, seven days a week for our resident students. On school days, students have access to the Health Center staff from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Health Center office, which is located in Streeter Hall. The Health Center contains a six-bed infirmary and a private bath. Counseling and medical services are regularly provided and organized by the Health Center staff both on and off campus. During off-hours (on weekends and after 10:00 p.m.), the on-call nurse may be contacted by dorm staff for health needs. Please submit the required Health Forms by July 1.

Any prescription medications that our resident students require are provided through SchoolMed, which allows prescriptions to be broken down and packaged into necessary doses over a 30-day period. Students must be registered at Participation in SchoolMed is required for resident students that need regularly dispensed medications. There is a one-time registration fee and a monthly shipping fee for the program, which can be automatically charged to a credit card.

Contact the Director of Health Services, Sarah Garey, with any questions at 802-748-7718 or 802-748-7717.

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Honor Code Students at St. Johnsbury Academy study under the auspices of an honor code written and developed by Academy students. The honor code defines our academic and moral expectations, and extends throughout school life, both inside and outside of our classrooms. Students will sign the Honor Code during their first week on campus. It reads: We, the students of St. Johnsbury Academy, are part of a learning community dedicated to molding superior character and excellent academics. We have high expectations of ourselves and of our peers, and we depend upon our own honesty and integrity to uphold these expectations. Therefore, 1. We believe that cheating, plagiarism, and any other action performed with malintent takes away from the fulfillment of our own true potential. 2. We respect our property, we well as the property of others. 3. We share the objective of building a trusting community that provides a safe, secure, and productive learning environment. By signing below, I indicate that I understand the expectations and goals of the St. Johnsbury Academy community, and hereby agree to uphold them in their entirety in order to maintain personal and academic integrity. A detailed description of the Academy’s policies, expectations, opportunities offered, and other aspects of student life is available in the St. Johnsbury Academy Student Handbook.

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Dress Code An essential part of the Academy’s mission is to teach and foster mutual respect. Mutual respect, as a central value embedded in the school’s culture, is one that we as a community strive to model and that we view as the foundation of civilized society. Respect is woven into the fabric of our community at the Academy. It colors our lives in many ways. Respect for tradition, respect for ourselves, and respect for others all influence the language we use, the ways in which we behave with and toward each other, and the way we look and dress. Since society requires of all who appear in public, dress of some kind, there is no such thing as no dress code, merely varying standards of dress. The Trustees, the administration, the faculty, and the majority of our students, parents, and alumni agree that we should require our students to dress in ways that reflect the seriousness of our shared purpose here at the school. All dress codes are to some degree arbitrary. We have the standards for preferred attire that we do because we believe that it helps us to visibly express that which we value – self-respect, respect for others, and respect for learning as a serious pursuit. We expect of our students nothing less than dress and personal hygiene which reflect these values. We believe that the way a person acts is related to the way a person dresses. We impose a stricter standard of dress upon our students than they might upon themselves – from 7:20 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon – to underline our seriousness of shared purpose here and to foster the feeling of belonging to a larger community. The standard or model for preferred attire at the Academy shall be that which is worn, or would be worn, by the Academy faculty. Teachers’ and administrators’ clothing will be appropriate for the workplace and professional in appearance. If there is doubt about attire, you should err on the conservative side. If doubt persists, the Assistant Head for Campus Life, the Dean of Students, the Class Dean, or their designees, will make a judgment. That judgment will be final. In those cases where there is clear or continued violation of our dress standards, penalties may range from being sent home to change, to detention or suspension.

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Acceptable Attire Dress Code for Female Students

Variety Clothes Day

Tops: Collared shirts/blouses are required at all times

It is expected that Variety Clothes Days will occur

for females. A collared shirt/blouse must be worn under

frequently and that nominal fees will be associated

all sweaters, sweatshirts, or blazers. Blouses should be

with the privilege of wearing casual attire. The fees

buttoned up to the second button, and show a modest

will be collected for various charities. On casual days,

neckline. Blouses must be of appropriate fit, covering

jeans worn above the hips are permitted, as are tee-

the lower back and entire shoulders. Blouses should be

shirts which conform to our standards of modesty and

made to be tucked in.

decency. Casual footwear will be permitted on casual

Bottoms: Skirts must be worn at the waist and be of

days. Variety Clothes Days are NOT costume days.

appropriate fit and length (knee length). Full- length

Graduation Attire

dress pants other than jeans or jeans-cut style are

It is expected that students will wear formal dress

also permitted. Solid color, ankle length leggings are

appropriate for the weekend of Commencement. This

appropriate if worn under a dress or a skirt. Dresses or

attire includes dress shoes for both male and female

jumpers, which are of appropriate length (knee length),


are acceptable.


Footwear: Dress sandals, sneakers, casual dress shoes, semi-formal footwear, and footwear designed for harsh weather are acceptable. Outerwear: Sweaters, vests, and jackets of appropriate fit and length are permitted, as are sweatshirts without hoods. No logos other than the SJA logo are permitted.

Dress Code for Male Students

All clothing must be in good repair, must fit properly, and no undergarments can be revealed. Clothing must be of styles made for dress or casual wear (not athletic attire like nylon shorts or sweat suits, nor “work” clothing such as camouflage or overalls). Cargo pants, Carhartts, and similar styles with oversized pockets are also not appropriate.

Tops: Oxford shirts with collars and sleeves are

Brand names, writing, or insignias should be small and

acceptable and must be worn tucked in. Ties are

unobtrusive. Clothing and accessories must be free of

required and must be dress ties, (includes bow ties).

any profanity, vulgarity, or inappropriate messages or

They must be properly tied, pulled up, and visible. Ties


may not have distracting colors or designs.

The only visible “pierced” jewelry allowed are ladies’

Bottoms: Dress slacks and pants which are worn at the


waist with a belt (other than jeans or jeans-style) are

“Rolling under” the hem of a garment is not permitted.

permitted. Footwear: Dress sandals, sneakers, casual dress shoes, semi-formal footwear, and footwear designed for harsh weather are acceptable. Outerwear: Sweaters, vests, and jackets of appropriate fit and length are permitted, as are sweatshirts without hoods. No logos other than the SJA logo are permitted.

Men should be clean shaven with sideburns no longer than the bottom of the ear.

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Substance Abuse Policy We feel that it is of the utmost importance for students at St. Johnsbury Academy to make healthy choices. Our policy not only provides consequences for the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, but also provides opportunities for education.

Tobacco The St. Johnsbury Academy campus is a tobacco-free campus. A student caught smoking for the first time will be assigned 20 hours of work detail and be required to join the smoking cessation class that is offered at school. For a second offense, the student will be given 40 hours of work detail and will be grounded until the hours are completed. A student caught smoking for the third time will be given 40 hours of work detail, will be grounded until the hours are completed, will be required to attend smoking cessation classes, and will be placed on probation. Any additional tobacco offense will result in an evaluation of the terms of probation.

Alcohol St. Johnsbury Academy prohibits the consumption, possession, purchase, and attempted purchase of alcohol. If a student is suspected of this offense, teachers or proctors will contact an administrator who may decide to administer an Alco-Sensor test or search a student’s person, room, or possessions upon reasonable suspicion The first time a student is involved in an alcohol offense, the student will most likely be placed on probation, given 40 hours of work detail, and be grounded until the hours are completed. Counseling will be arranged as deemed necessary. A student involved in a second alcohol offense will be subject to a recommendation for expulsion to the Headmaster.

Drugs For the purpose of this policy, the term “drugs” includes alcohol and chemical substances, both illegal and controlled, including any medication or substance, such as cough syrup, cold medicine, and pain relievers, inhaled or ingested above the product’s recommended dosage. In cases where no such dosage information exists (e.g. certain inhalants), we will consult manufacturer’s health and safety guidelines for appropriate usage. The term “drug use” is defined as the possession or ingestion of any drug, including drugs prescribed for the student’s own use. The term “drug paraphernalia” means all equipment, products, devices, and materials of any kind which are used to process, prepare, store, contain, or conceal drugs, or that are used to inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce a drug into the human body. With reasonable suspicion by the Headmaster, Director of Resident Life, or administrator on duty, we reserve the right to search a student, his or her room, and possessions. We may also require that the student undergo a drug test administered by a licensed drug and alcohol counselor or medical professional. We require that all students and parents sign a drug test consent form. A student involved in a drug offense for the first time may receive consequences that range from those identical to a first-time alcohol offender up to a recommendation for expulsion. If a student is involved in a second drug offense, a recommendation for expulsion will be made to the Headmaster. If a student is referred to a drug and alcohol counselor, the student is required to follow the recommendations suggested by St. Johnsbury Academy’s drug and alcohol counselor. For the Academy's full Substance Abuse Policy, please refer to the Student Handbook.


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Class of 2015 Commencement Commencement at St. Johnsbury Academy is a week-long celebration ending with Commencement ceremonies in the Academy Field House. The following is a schedule of events to assist the families of seniors with planning. Please refer to the school calendar on the Website for complete information as it becomes available. All underclassmen (Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen) who do not have commitments past Commencement (such as interscholastic athletics) are required to stay on campus until noon on Friday, May 29, 2015. All activities during the weekend before Commencement are designed specifically for Seniors and their families.

Wednesday, May 27 •

Marching Practice in the morning (students only)

1:00 p.m. •

Last Chapel (students only) — Fuller Hall

3:30 p.m. •

Departing Faculty Tea — Mayo Center

7:00 p.m. •

Senior Sports Banquet — Field House

Thursday, May 28 •

Marching Practice in the morning (students only)

8:00 p.m. •

Senior Prom (students only)

After Prom Party in the Field House (students only)

Friday, May 29 2:00 p.m. •

Headmaster’s Tea (students and advisors only) — Headmaster’s House

7:00 p.m. •

Commencement Concert (students and parents) — Fuller Hall

Sunday, May 31 1:00 p.m. •

Class Day (students and parents) — Fuller Hall

4:00 p.m. •

Hilltones and Jazz Concert (students and parents)* — Fuller Hall

7:30 p.m. •

Any changes to this schedule will be described by the Office of Campus Life in an email to all resident student familes.

Baccalaureate service (students and parents) — Fuller Hall

Monday, June 1 10:00 a.m. •

Commencement — Field House

*Includes underclassmen.


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