Greetings Rhetoric families! As you all know, next week is Fall break. We will not have school on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday October 14th is testing day if you signed up to take the SAT and PSAT, which will occur on campus. Please watch your email boxes for SAT &PSAT testing instructions from Mrs. Vishanoff.

Upcoming Lyceum Guest Speakers:

1) November 12th – Academy Father, James Wickersham will lead a discussion on the Reformation from a Catholic perspective.

2) November 19th – Academy Father, Reverend Ben Janssen will lead a discussion on the Reformation from a Protestant perspective.

Visitor Entrance Instructions

If you visit the school during the school day please use one of the two entrance doors under the large, white portico on the North side of the building. The far East door under the portico will lead to stairs. Signage will lead you to the 2nd floor and you will come out directly in front of the school office. The West door under the portico leads to an elevator, which you will take to the 2nd floor. This will also lead you to the school office. Both doors have a keypad and will open with your parent/student code.

PLEASE NOTE:  On October 23rd we will also have no school. This day is set aside for staff training and development.  This is a change from the originally published schedule.

A Few Logistics

1. Smart Watches – Parents, please partner with us and talk to your students about our smart watch policy. We ask that all watches be left home during school days. We want to use the same policy for smart watches as we do with cell phones. If your student has a watch that connects with his/her phone and internet services, please have your student leave it at home. Thank you for your partnership with this Rhetoric norm. We love watching students commune together with intentionality during the school day and believe our device policies help promote this connective culture.

2. October 22nd Rhetoric Halloween Event – Rhetoric students may attend school wearing a costume. This is such a fun Rhetoric tradition, loved by staff and students alike! Parents, you are welcome to contribute by donating pastries or candy. Please let Mrs. Rankin know via email if you plan to send a treat for our students. I supply students with coffee in the morning as well. Students are expected to wear clothing that aligns with uniform modesty guidelines. Specific are below to help eliminate confusion as students plan their costumes.

  • All costumes must have sleeves
  • Shorts must be mid-thigh or longer
  • Skirts/dresses must be in keeping with the length expected for uniform skirts
  • Pants: please avoid leggings/exercise pants unless shorts or skirts are worn over them
  • Messaging: please avoid profane messaging or statements that are in discord with Academy Handbook policies

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Mondays Chapel, formal uniform
  • Tuesdays Off Campus Lunch Day, Hildegard may wear jeans & spirit wear tops all year
  • Thursdays Lyceum days or Spirit days, monthly


  • October 15 & 16 Fall Break, NO SCHOOL
  • October 22 Halloween Event; students dress in a costume (dress code guidelines apply)
  • October 23 Teacher In-Service, NO SCHOOL
  • October 29 & 30 Parent teacher conferences, NO SCHOOL
  • November 10 North Campus Rising to Rhetoric, 8th grade students visit the Rhetoric School
  • November 10 Rhetoric View Event in the evening
  • November 12 South Campus Rising to Rhetoric, 8th grade students visit the Rhetoric School
  • November 19 Rhetoric Spirit day
  • November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break
  • December 2 North Lessons & Carols
  • December 3 South Lessons & Carols
  • PLEASE NOTE: Rhetoric Choir students will be asked to attend both Lessons & Carols