Notes from the North Campus – 8.21.20

“Just wanted to let you know what a great start to school we had this week!!”

From your North Campus Principal, Ann Taylor

We had a very God-given start to our new school year this week!! Thank you all for adjusting so well after five months of spring break! We had a few glitches, but we are working those out. Both first days on north campus went off so well, and the weather was great. We are working on getting into routines around our new opportunities with COVID and establishing joyful atmospheres of learning at all levels through this God-given year (hopefully less as far as the virus is concerned).


  • Please work in partnership with us and take your student(s) temperature before departure from home no matter how they “seem.” We are working diligently to keep staff, students, and families well.
  • Carline dismissal – Your assistance will greatly help us accomplish the dismissal of 300+ students each day safely and efficiently.
    • Traditional Grammar – We are starting at 3:10 for sure each day
    • Bach – We are starting at 3:25. Please schedule your time to NOT arrive before 3:25 to assist in traffic control on Hefner Rd.
    • Mozart – We are starting at 3:25. Please schedule your time to NOT arrive before 3:25 to assist in traffic control on Hefner Rd.
    • Dialectic – These students are not dismissed until 3:30. Please schedule your time if you have only dialectic to not arrive until 3:30 at the earliest. IF you have grammar and dialectic, arrive at 3:25 (for traditional grammar or blended students) to go through the grammar line first and turn right into the dialectic line after that.
  • I am in need of individuals willing to substitute on the north campus. Please let me know if you might be available. There is no commitment. If you get a call and cannot help – great have a good day. If you are available, the teacher will leave lesson plans. This is a great blessing to the entire campus.
  • Ordering Benchmark – remember to do this ahead of time to assure a lunch for your student(s). We will have an email out soon for Fuzzy’s on Fridays.

I am going to include an explanation of scheduled events this year to assist our new parents and remind our returning families what some of these items are and who is involved (in blue). I will not repeat the explanation after the initial event if it is a repeated calendar event. I hope this helps everyone.

Calendar Notes for this next week:

  • August 24 Chapel (formal uniform) Chapels meet once a week and alternate Monday and Tuesday so every other week. All students wear their formal uniform and staff are required as ladies to wear a skirt/dress, men coat and tie. How this will work this year, we shall see. You will receive a text the night before that reminds everyone (families and staff) that formal uniform is required for the following school day.
  • August 26 and 27 HPO Fellowships This is for parents – Organization (kind of like a PTA) teachers are busy with the start of the school day – 7:45-9:00 on the big playground – bring your lawn chairs for a special time of fellowship

Calendar Notes for September:

  • September 1 Chapel (formal uniform)
  • September 1 JCL Leaders’ meeting during lunch in dialectic hallway Junior Classical League – Dialectic students
  • September 4 Knitting & Crocheting Club – first Friday (usually) of each month – Anne Bradford and usually another teacher meet with grammar and dialectic to learn and practice
  • September 7 Labor Day NO SCHOOL
  • September 9 Spirit Day (Students in PK through 8th grade NORMALLY attend house meetings BUT NOT THIS MONTH we will see in October). Students may wear house or Academy shirts and are allowed to wear PE uniform or normal uniform bottoms and shoes.
  • September 10 North View Event – People interested in The Academy come to the campus for a time of learning about our mission and vision, tour of the facilities, explanation of classical and Christian education. The tour is more formal than at other times with a student, teacher stepping out of the classroom, and administrator speaking about our district. Teachers just keep teaching with expectations that a group may look into your classroom.
  • September 11 Dialectic/Rhetoric Night Retreat Information to come.
  • September 14-15 Bake Sale See the email that was sent on changes being made for this special time due to COVID protocols
  • September 15 Chapel (formal uniform)
  • September 17 Spirit Day
  • September 18 Gregory Feast. Each house has one feast a year. It is a good time of house fellowship with usually an activity, craft, bring things in for a service ministry – teachers for the house attend.
  • September 18 JCL Meeting Junior Classical League – Dialectic students participate in meetings. They meet in the Dialectic Hall way 3:45-4:45 with Anne Bradford
  • September 21 Chapel (formal uniform)
  • September 21-22 Individual Student Pictures (formal uniform) Students wear formal uniform on the day of their pictures. Traditional grammar, Dialectic, and Bach on September 21 and Mozart cohort on September 22
  • September 22 Sixth grade Parent Check-in 8-9 This is a voluntary attendance for our new dialectic parents to touch base and see how all is going with the big change from grammar to dialectic. Come to the chapel.
  • September 23 Bach Parent Check-in 8-9. This is a voluntary attendance for our new and returning Bach parents to touch base and see how all is going with home day for Bach and share experiences. Come to the chapel.
  • September 24 Mozart Parent Check-in 8-9 This is a voluntary attendance for our new and returning Mozart parents to touch base and see how all is going with home day for Mozart and share experiences. Come to the chapel.
  • September 25 Dialectic Spirit Day This is once a month on a Friday for 6-8 graders only. We do a modified schedule for academics for dialectic only – have some kind of activity from team building, fairy tales acted out, 4-square tournaments, etc. They may wear their spirit day attire. Usually, there is a special lunch offered (they pay for the meal – not a gift – but no need to have to do it). The grammar does not participate in this at all.

I hope you and your family have enjoyed getting back to school on campus as much as I have. It is a joy to have matins together (even outside) and wander the halls and hear the interaction between our teachers and students. All seem to be doing so well. Pray for our staff as they work diligently to make this the best year ever for your students. My prayers are with you and your families daily.

Have a terrific weekend!

Blessings,  Ann