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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

INTRODUCTION.. 8

MISSION OF THE ACADEMY. 9

BELIEFS. 9

HISTORY AND TRADITIONS. 10

OBJECTIVES OF THE ACADEMY. 11

ACADEMIC PROGRAM & PROCEDURES.. 12

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY/HONOR STATEMENT. 12

ADVANCED PLACEMENT & HONORS COURSES. 13

COURSE OF STUDY. 13

DAILY SCHEDULE & SEMESTER SYSTEM... 14

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS. 14

EXAMS. 15

EXTENDED TIME & ACCOMMODATIONS. 15

EXTRA-HELP.. 15

GRADING POLICY. 16

EFFORT GRADES. 17

HONOR ROLL. 18

PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN ACADEMICS. 16

PROGRESS REPORTS & GRADES. 18

QUIET STUDY. 19

SCHEDULING & COURSE CHANGES. 19

SENIOR INDEPENDENT PROJECTS. 20

TEST MAKE-UP.. 20

ACADEMIC CONCERNS.. 21

FORTNIGHT SYSTEM... 21

ACADEMIC WARNING.. 21

ACADEMIC PROBATION.. 22

FAILURES. 22

DEPARTMENTAL FAILURE.. 23

END OF YEAR REVIEW.. 23

ADVISING, ACADEMIC & EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. 24

ADVISORY PROGRAM... 24

FORM DEANS. 24

STUDENT CONCERNS COMMITTEE.. 25

HEALTH OFFICE.. 25

ATHLETIC TRAINERS. 26

COUNSELING SERVICES. 26

CONFIDENTIALITY. 27

ATHLETIC PROGRAM.. 28

ATHLETIC REQUIREMENT. 28

FITNESS / AFTER-SCHOOL OPTION.. 29

CONTRACT PROGRAM... 29

TEAM MANAGERS. Error! Bookmark not defined.

STUDENTS WITH MEDICAL EXCUSES. 30

ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.. 30

ATHLETIC UNIFORMS. 30

VARSITY CAPTAINS. 30

ATTENDANCE, ILLNESS & EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES.. 32

ATTENDANCE.. 32

THE 9:00 AM RULE.. 32

LATENESS. 32

ABSENCE.. 33

ILLNESS. 33

EARLY DISMISSAL. 34

COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS & DISCIPLINE. 35

CIVILITY. 35

DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM... 35

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY, PLAGIARISM & CHEATING.. 36

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (TECHNOLOGY). 37

MAJOR DISCIPLINARY OFFENSES. 41

STEALING.. 41

OFF-CAMPUS BEHAVIOR.. 41

DEMERIT SYSTEM... 42

DISCIPLINARY PROBATION.. 43

DISCIPLINARY INELIGIBILITY. 43

SUSPENSION.. 44

EXPULSION.. 44

SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY. 44

ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE ABUSE AS A HEALTH ISSUE.. 45

SCREENING FOR ALCOHOL & DRUGS. 45

DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE.. 43

DRESS CODE.. 46

GIRLS DRESS CODE.. 47

BOYS DRESS CODE.. 47

SENIOR PRIVILEGE.. 48

TOBACCO.. Error! Bookmark not defined.

TRAFFIC SAFETY & PARKING POLICIES. 49

WEAPONS. 50

CELLULAR PHONES & ELECTRONIC DEVICES. 50

FIRE DRILL. 50

FOOD IN BUILDINGS. 50

STUDENT LIFE & ACTIVITIES.. 51

LIBRARY SERVICES. 51

LOCKERS. 54

LOST AND FOUND.. 54

MESSAGES. 54

SCHOOL CANCELLATION NUMBER.. 54

CARE OF EQUIPMENT/ FURNITURE.. 55

DAILY BULLETIN.. 55

EAPA SHOP AND BOOKSTORE.. 55

TELEPHONES. 55

TRANSPORTATION.. 56

STUDENT COUNCIL. 56

EA COMMUNITY FORUM... 57

RELIGIOUS PROGRAM... 57

STUDENT VESTRY. 58

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS. 59

KEY CLUB.. 60

DRAMA.. 60

MUSICAL ORGANIZATIONS. 60

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS. 62

STUDENT ACTIVITIES & CLUBS. 64

SCHOOL SONG.. 67

SCHOOL PRAYERS. 68

AWARDS & RECOGNITION.. 69

STANDARD BEARERS. 69

CUM LAUDE SOCIETY. 69

THE BENJAMIN H. READ '43 SCHOLAR.. 69

PRIZES. 70

2005-2006 ATHLETIC AWARDS. 76

 

 

 


UPPER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

 

Mr. L. Hamilton Clark, Jr.                    Head of School

Mrs. Cannie Shafer                             Acting Ass’t. Head of School

Mr. Geoffrey K. Wagg                          Head of Upper School

Mrs. Mindy Hong                                  Academic Dean

Mrs. Courtney Portlock                       Director of Diversity and

                                                                Community Life

Mr. Robert E. Trumbull                       Director of School and

                                                                Community Service

The Rev. James R. Squire                Chaplain, Director of Advisory

                                                                Program

Ms. Cheryl K. McLauchlan                 III Form Dean

Mr. Justin Brandon                              IV Form Dean

Ms. Holly Clister                                   V Form Dean

Mr. Timothy P. Gavin                           VI Form Dean

Mrs. Anne L. Hall                                 Director of College Guidance

Mrs. Celia W. Creskoff                        College Counselor

Mrs. Lee B. Billmyer                            College Counselor

Mrs. Ellen M. Hay                                 Director of Admission

Mr. Thomas A. Kossuth                      Assoc. Director of Admission

Mr. Sidney C. Buck                              Business Manager

Mrs. Kathryn Davison                          Assistant Business Manager

Mr. Lenard C. Haley                            Director of Plant & Operations

Mr. Clayton Platt                                   Director of Alumni

Mr. Michael J. Letts                              Director of Communications

Mrs. Margaret McG. Hollinger            Director of Special Projects

Ms. Paige Peters                                 Director of Development

Mr. Bruce D. Konopka                         Assoc. Director of Development and Director of Annual Giving

Mrs. Carolyn Jaeger                            Director of Major Gifts

Mrs. Jacqueline B. Sabat                   Co-Director of Libraries

Mrs. Linda M. Smith                            Co-Director of Libraries

Mr. William Gallagher                         Director of Summer Programs

 


UPPER SCHOOL DEPARTMENT CHAIRS

 

Ms. Susan LaPalombara                   Theater

Ms. Regina E. Buggy                          Athletics

Mr. Joseph  Buches                            Music

Dr. Helena A. Cochrane                     Modern Languages

Mr. Charles W. Bryant                         History

Mrs. Catherine Hall                             Director of Technology

Mr. Crawford Hill, III                             Science

Dr. Sheryl L. Forste-Grupp                 English

Dr. Lee T. Pearcy                                 Classical Languages

Mr. David Sigel                                     Studio Arts

Mr. William Enos                                 Mathematics

Mr. Alex Pearson                                  Assoc. Director of Technology

The Rev.James R. Squire                 Religion

Mrs. Jacqueline B. Sabat                   Co-Director of Libraries

Mrs. Linda M. Smith                            Co-Director of Libraries

 

UPPER SCHOOL OFFICE

Mrs. Carol Tassoni (610 617-2228)

Mrs. Cheryl Kalodner (Upper School-ext.3021)

Mrs. Louise Dunleavy (college- ext. 3019)


INTRODUCTION

 

September 2007

 

To the Students and Parents of Episcopal Academy:

 

As we look ahead to this new school year take a careful look at what is found within the pages of this handbook.  In fact, we encourage each family to read it together.  You will discover a lot of useful information about the Episcopal Upper School and the policies and procedures that guide our conduct. If you have any questions or need more information, any faculty member will be glad to advise you or refer you to someone who can help.

 

At Episcopal we take the notion of community very seriously.  We want everyone to be an active part of EA and to take full advantage of all we have to offer.  A true community of learners is created by the daily efforts of every student and adult in this school.  This handbook contains a basic framework for conduct but it can in no way capture what truly creates a place where we all want to spend our day.  While Episcopal encourages the development of individual talents and respects the rights of every student to his or her own opinion, there are commonly accepted standards of behavior and communication. You will find these standards in this handbook. It is assumed that you will read them, understand them, and, by your presence in the school, that you intend to maintain them. We expect each member of the community to embrace both the spirit as well as the letter of what is contained within these pages.  It is the only way to create community.

 

Rules and expectations simply impose limits; they do not define mature behavior. The school believes that respect for other people, honesty, and courtesy are fundamental standards that are expected of everyone. These, coupled with an attitude of cooperation and mutual understanding, make for an enjoyable and creative community. This is what we want for everyone. We trust that you will do your part in making this a reality.

 

Have a great 2007-2008 school year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Geoffrey K. Wagg

Head of Upper School

 


MISSION OF THE ACADEMY

The Episcopal Academy educates qualified, motivated students to grow intellectually, physically, and spiritually, and to share their talents generously.  We are a coeducational community of learners and teachers working to achieve excellence through a strong academic program, comprehensive athletics, and vibrant arts.  Our school's Episcopalian heritage with its respect for all faiths forms the basis of our life together.


BELIEFS

At The Episcopal Academy, we believe that:

 

MIND:

·          The pursuit of learning is a work for a lifetime.

·          Learning emerges from and builds on experience and discovery.

 

BODY:

·          A healthy lifestyle, including appropriate education and lifelong physical activity, enhances individual mental and spiritual health.

·          Athletic competition and sportsmanship contribute to the mental and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities.

 

SPIRIT:

·          Everyone has inherent worth as a creation of God.

·          Every individual shares responsibility for the community.

·          Individual moral integrity and a core of common values are essential to every community.

·          Mutual respect among people of varied backgrounds and perspectives leads to positive, beneficial relationships.

·          Individuals thrive in a safe, nurturing environment where they can be comfortable in taking risks and where they can develop their talents.


HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

 

The Episcopal Academy was founded at Old Christ Church in Philadelphia in 1785 under the leadership of the Rt. Rev. William White, first Bishop of Philadelphia.  It listed among its first trustees such famous Americans as Robert Morris, the financier of the Revolution; his partner, Thomas Willing; Francis Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration of Independence; and Edward Shippen, later Chief Justice of Pennsylvania.

The Academy opened in a building on the east side of Fourth Street, a few feet south of Market.  The curriculum of this First Classical Academy included instruction in Greek and Latin as well as more practical training in business and mathematics.  It was in this early period (1785-1790) that Noah Webster taught under Dr. John Andrews, the first Headmaster, and that Stephen Decatur, who later became famous for his naval exploits against the Barbary Pirates, may have been a member of the student body.  This First Classical Academy occupied various locations in the city.  After Dr. Andrews and several of his faculty left to become part of the newly organized University of Pennsylvania, Episcopal was reconstituted as a free school (1789-1818), again as a Second Classical Academy (1816-1826), yet again as a free school (1828-1846), and for brief periods ceased educational operations entirely.  Through all these changes, however, it retained its identity as a corporation.

The present Episcopal Academy has operated continuously since its re-establishment as the Third Classical Academy in 1846.  Shortly after this re-founding, the school took up residence in a modern school building erected in 1850 at Juniper and Locust Streets.  It occupied this building until 1921.

The ancient idea of a sound mind in a sound body (Juvenal, Satires 10, 356) received little attention in the early schools of America.  Yet one hundred and fifty years ago the Academy possessed a complete gymnasium and an athletic program that set it high in the ranks of the schools of that day.

In 1921 the school moved to its present site in Merion to gain the advantage of a country setting.  Here the Academy extended its curriculum and introduced the comprehensive sports program which has since been adopted by many other schools in the area and has resulted in Inter-Academic League competition among junior teams.

The original plans of the founders called for the establishment of a separate school for girls within the Academy, and girls were in fact students at Episcopal between 1789 and 1818, during the first free school phase; not until 1974, however, did the school implement a plan for coeducation.  Girls were admitted to kindergarten and in each succeeding year to one higher grade.  The first coeducational class graduated in 1984.

Also in 1974 a second campus in Devon for kindergarten through third grade (now pre-kindergarten through fifth grade) was opened.

Founded as The Academy of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Philadelphia in the 18th Century, Episcopal Academy enters the 21st dedicated to academic excellence through a classical liberal education, athletic opportunity and spirited competition for all, and religious education.  It expects its graduates to become life-long learners committed to sharing their talents with others.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE ACADEMY

 

1.       To provide students with a challenging curriculum designed to develop their intellectual powers.

 

2.       To help students develop habits of industry and thoroughness and a desire for knowledge.

 

3.       To offer students the opportunity to learn and play in a diverse school community, so that they may be prepared to be leaders in a society whose different races, cultures, and classes live and work together in harmony.

 

4.       To teach that our American republican form of government based on democratic principles requires from every citizen concern, participation, and on occasion sacrifice.

 

5.       To guide students' attitudes toward all people so that their actions reflect understanding and respect, and their behavior shows honesty, decency, and a sense of duty.

 

6.       To develop both leadership and cooperation by giving opportunities in all facets of school life for initiative and responsibility, tact and self-control.

 

7.       To encourage the care and development of the body through teaching intelligent health habits and participation in a variety of vigorous physical activities, many of which can be enjoyed throughout life.

 

8.       To nourish students' powers of appreciation and creativity, so that they may enjoy their cultural heritages and engage in works of worthwhile self-expression.

 

9.       To demonstrate the importance of a belief in God as revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, using as a vehicle the teaching and practices of the Episcopal Church, and to teach students that respect for other religious traditions enhances one's own faith.

 

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAM & PROCEDURES

The cornerstone of an Episcopal education is the academic program.  The school has a long tradition of providing a rigorous and challenging curriculum designed to develop the intellectual powers of our students and help them succeed in life.

 

We want every student to succeed at Episcopal, but we know that our program is not for everyone.  It is intellectually challenging; it requires integrity, a strong work ethic, motivation, and a willingness to seek help when needed.  These are the character traits needed to be successful in the Upper School at Episcopal.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY/HONOR STATEMENT

Academic integrity is essential to any academic community.  As part of our community expectations, “we expect our students to be honest, to be responsible for their behavior, to demonstrate self-discipline, and to respect the faculty and fellow students.”  A breach of academic integrity, in fact, violates each of these expectations.  Academic integrity requires that each student takes responsibility on each assignment for what represents his/her work and what has been borrowed from other sources.  When a student hands in any assignment (for example, quiz, test, paper, examination), the faculty assumes that all work represents that of the student except where appropriate citation or acknowledgement of help indicates otherwise.  To reflect this reality and to emphasize the importance of academic integrity, the Episcopal Academy Honor Statement was created to insure that students understand their responsibility as members of our community of scholars.  To highlight this student responsibility, the Honor Statement, written below, is posted throughout the school:

 

  “On my honor, in my work I have neither given nor received unauthorized help.”

 

Beginning in 2005-2006, students new to the Upper School are required to complete an academic integrity workshop that the faculty conduct in the early Fall. 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT & HONORS COURSES

Episcopal wants students to take the most appropriately rigorous program possible.  Students are encouraged to take Honors and/or Advanced Placement Courses when the course is appropriate for them and when the content interests them.

 

Enrollment in AP and Honors Courses requires the approval of the academic department.  The Course of Study guide provides the necessary prerequisites required for each course.  The faculty may recommend that a student be dropped if it becomes clear, early in the year, that the placement is inappropriate.

 

Students enrolled in a transcript-designated Advanced Placement course are required to sit for the corresponding AP examination in May.  AP exams are scheduled nationally, generally occurring during the first two weeks of May. 

 

 

COURSE OF STUDY

The Course of Study contains course descriptions and graduation requirement information.  The Course of Study is available in printed copy from the Upper School Office or online at www.ea1785.org.  The Web version is the most up-to-date version.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE & SEMESTER SYSTEM

The Upper School operates on a 12-day rotating schedule.  Days are identified in this planner as well as on the master calendar.  The school year consists of two semesters.  There is a formal period of examinations at the end of the first semester, and a final comprehensive examination at the end of the year. 

 

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for a diploma from the Episcopal Academy a student must have acquired 19 credits (1 credit = year long course) while in Upper School including successful completion of:

 

·      English:  four credits;

·      Mathematics:  three credits, including Algebra 2 and Geometry;

·      Science:  three credits in laboratory science courses;

·      History:  three credits, including United States History;

·      Foreign Language:  at least two Upper School credits in the same language, classical or modern;

·      Religion:  one credit;

·      Arts:  one credit; distributed among at least two of the three arts areas: music, theater, and visual art.

·      Athletics:  Successful participation is required in after-school athletic programs.  See the section on athletics for particular information.

 

The recommended course load for all students is six courses during each semester in Upper School.  Any variation from the six course load must be approved by the Form Dean.  Seniors must pass each course taken.  All non-academic requirements and obligations must be satisfied before the diploma is awarded.

 

The Faculty strongly recommends that at least five courses fulfill graduation requirements during the 9th grade year, and at least four during the 10th and 11th.

 

Successful completion is a Senior Independent Project is a requirement to earn an Episcopal diploma.

 

The Faculty may waive any of the above requirements.  The Head of Upper School and Form Deans, in consultation with the Academic Dean and appropriate department chairs, may approve alternative means of satisfying any of the above requirements.

 

EXAMS

Exams are held twice a year, in January at the end of the first semester and in June at the end of the second semester.  All students are required to take exams.  Seniors will take their Spring exams the week following the last day of senior classes.  Seniors taking AP exams are not required to take a final exam in the same class.  During the examination periods students are required to be on campus only when taking exams.  The dress code remains in effect during exams.  A student is not expected to take more than two examinations in the same day.  Specific guidelines will be announced in advance of exams about how to move exams when a student has a conflict.  It is up to the student to inform the Upper School Office about the conflict. 

 

EXTENDED TIME & ACCOMMODATIONS

Students in the Upper School with documented learning disabilities are eligible to receive extended time and a limited number of other reasonable accommodations.  In order to be eligible, the school must have current psychological testing on file with specific recommendations. Extended time and other accommodations will not be granted without this documentation.  The approval process takes some time so parents and students should begin the process as early as possible.  Specific information concerning extended time and accommodations is available from the Upper School Psychologist/Learning Specialist.

 

EXTRA-HELP

One of the hallmarks of an Episcopal education is the willingness of the faculty to help our students succeed.  Virtually every student can benefit from occasional extra-help sessions with teachers.  While many teachers will recommend that student seek extra-help, students should also take the initiative and seek out a faculty member when they are unclear about something in class.  Teachers are available during free periods and between 3:05 - 3:45 each afternoon.

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN ACADEMICS

Parents can be most effective when they encourage the student to go to the teacher directly if a homework assignment seems extremely difficult or confusing.  Beyond that, the role of parents is to help the student make homework a priority, to give emotional support, to recommend resources, and sometimes to act as a sounding-board for ideas.  It is not appropriate for parents to assist with assignments in such a way that students turn in work that is not fully their own.  For example, when helping with writing, or with math or language problems that have been assigned as homework, the end result should genuinely reflect the student’s own ability and learning.  We know that help students receive from parents is appropriate when in-class assignments correspond in quality to take-home assignments.  If there is a discrepancy, the student is likely receiving the wrong kind of help at home.  Also, if students turn in work that does not reflect their own knowledge and learning, it becomes impossible for the teacher to accurately assess the student’s progress, and therefore very difficult for the teacher to provide accurate assistance.  This can have a crippling effect on a student’s progress.  Furthermore, inappropriate assistance can cross the line into academic dishonesty, which has serious disciplinary consequences.

 

GRADING POLICY

Departmental grading standards for semester work are determined by a procedure that fits that particular department’s needs.  Each department will inform students of their grading standards and policies at the beginning of each year. 

 

GRADE CALCULATIONS

Semester courses

80% for the semester work plus 20% for the semester exam or culminating assessment.

 

Full Year Courses (Except Lab Sciences)

Semester Grades

Semester one:             80% for the semester work plus 20% for the

                                        semester exam or culminating assessment.

Semester two:              100 % based on the semester work.

 

Final Year Grade

40% for semester one plus 40% for semester two plus 20% for the final exam or other cumulative assessment.

 

Lab Sciences

Semester Grades

Semester one:             80% for the semester work plus 20% for the

                                        semester exam or culminating assessment.

Semester two:              80% for the semester work plus 20% for the

                                        semester exam or culminating assessment.

 

Final Year Grade

50% for semester one plus 50% for semester two.

 

 

CLASS RANK

Episcopal Academy does not provide a class rank.

 

LETTER GRADES

                Letter grades appear on reports and the school transcript.

                A+           B+           C+           D+

                A              B             C             D

                A-            B-            C-            D-

                                                                F              Failing

 

A final grade of D, while earning credit for the course, may suggest that the student is not ready to proceed to the next level of the subject.

 

EFFORT GRADES

                E             exceptional

                G             good

                I               inconsistent

                N             needs improvement

                U             unsatisfactory

 

E=           Work habits and effort exceed what is expected.  Is an

                active learner, always submits homework, and adds to the

                learning experience of the class

G=           Work habits and effort enable student to succeed in course.

                Student completes work and does what is expected

I=             Effort varies from sufficient to insufficient, uneven work

                habits

N=           Work habits and effort show evidence of lacking what is

                necessary to progress in the course; improvement needed

U=           Work habits and effort have failed to produce the kind of

                results that will enable the student to succeed, overall poor

                performance

 

HONOR ROLL

High honors and honors are awarded at the end of each semester.  High honors is an average of A-.  Honors is an average of B.  An unsatisfactory effort precludes High Honors or Honors. There is no rounding up. 

 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS & GRADES

Reports are sent to parents to keep them apprised of their child's progress in school.  These reports take five basic forms:

 

1.       Teacher comments and letter grades are sent at the mid-points of each semester.

2.       Letter grades are sent at the end of each semester.

3.       Advisor comments are sent at the end of the academic year in June.

4.       Every fortnight (two weeks) reports are sent to parents (copy to the student's advisor) to indicate that the student is not progressing satisfactorily, to indicate that the student has made commendable progress, or to indicate that the student may be close to being in difficulty.

5.       Students and parents may request a special evaluation at any time.  Forms are distributed to the teachers, and comments and suggestions are shared with the parents, the students, and the students' advisors.

 

 

STUDY HALL

All III Form students are required to attend study halls during ALL their free periods.  Any student who finds himself or herself on the fortnight list or in academic trouble may be required by the Form Dean to attend study hall.

 

SCHEDULING & COURSE CHANGES

The normal course load at Episcopal Academy is six courses per semester.  In some circumstances a student may take five (the minimum required) or seven (the maximum) courses with permission of their Advisor and Form Dean.  The scheduling process begins during the spring preceding the school year.  Students are strongly discouraged from making changes to their schedule after the spring scheduling process is complete.  Any changes made after the spring scheduling process are done on a space available basis only and are subject to the following policies.

 

Students may add courses until the end of the first 12-day rotation.  Students should contact their advisor if they wish to add a course. The decision to drop a course must be initiated by the Form Dean, a teacher and/or advisor and may be made provided that a student continues to meet the course load minimum and with the following parameters:

 

1.       Students enrolled in a year-long course may drop the course without penalty until the Wednesday following the end of the second fortnight period in the Fall.  After that point the course will be listed on the student’s official transcript with a grade of W indicating withdrawal.

2.       Students enrolled in a semester course may drop the course without penalty until the Wednesday following the end of the second fortnight period in the Fall or Spring semester.  After that point the course will be listed on the student’s official transcript with a grade of W indicating withdrawal.

 

Requests for a course change will only be approved by the Form Dean.  In some cases, the student may be required to check with their college counselor before proceeding with the change.  At the request of a department chair, a student can move from one level of a course to another at any time.

 

SENIOR INDEPENDENT PROJECTS

The purpose of the Senior Independent Project is to provide each member of the Senior Class the opportunity to take part in an educational experience outside the ordinary structure of the Senior Year.  For some students, this will be a time to work in an area that is a possible career goal, an academic interest or a community service project.  For others, it will be a chance to try something new.

 

Each project proposal is reviewed by the Senior Project committee for approval.  Each Senior has both a faculty sponsor and a site sponsor for the project.  However, seniors with a “U” in athletics may jeopardize their eligibility for an independent project. 

 

TEST MAKE-UP

If a student shows up for school at any time on a scheduled test day, the student is expected to take the test or communicate with the teacher about the test that day.  If the student fails to do this, the student should expect an academic penalty.  If a student is absent on a test day, the student is expected to take the test on the day he or she returns or communicate with the teacher about the missed test on the day he or she returns.  Even if there is no "free period" the student must find the teacher that day.

 


ACADEMIC CONCERNS

The Episcopal curriculum is very challenging and requires both intellectual ability and motivation.  Many students struggle with some course at some point in their academic career at EA.  Episcopal has established a series of protocol and reporting systems to help us determine the nature of a student’s academic struggles and to provide support where needed. 

 

FORTNIGHT SYSTEM

It is our goal to be as proactive as possible in addressing academic issues.  Approximately every two weeks a list of those students whose achievement is deemed failing, whose achievement is in the C-/D range or whose effort is unsatisfactory is compiled and mailed home.  Students, advisors, parents, and the Form Deans are informed, and a written comment by the teacher suggests a course of action. Faculty may also use this regular review system as an opportunity to write appropriate commendations.

 

In order to help the student address their standing in courses, the Form Dean in consultation with the teacher, advisor and/or the Student Concerns Committee will take appropriate action.  This action may take the form of required study hall or extra-help, making the student ineligible for participation in athletics and extra-curricular activities, or could be in the form of a referral to the school’s learning specialist to determine what may be causing the difficulty.

 

The fortnight system is also used to monitor a student’s progress after plans to address areas of concern are identified.

 

ACADEMIC WARNING

Regardless of the nature of the academic concern, the Form Dean may place a student on Academic Warning, which may jeopardize his or her enrollment.  The Form Dean and advisor will meet with the parents and the student to discuss the issues and implement a plan of action to help the student improve.  If the student fails to improve, then he or she will be placed on Academic Probation.

 

ACADEMIC PROBATION

Students with records that cause serious concern may be placed on Academic Probation by the Form Dean.  Grades of C- and lower, and/or unsatisfactory effort grades are grounds for Academic Probation.

 

Students placed on Academic Probation are considered at risk.  Their enrollment agreements are automatically withheld.   If a student is placed on Academic Probation, the Form Dean and faculty may recommend to the Head of Upper School that the student be required to withdraw from the Academy.

 

While on Academic Probation, students must be present in study hall during unassigned class times and may be required to meet at least once per week with the teachers of the classes in which they are struggling.  While on probation and at the discretion of the Form Dean, students may be ineligible to represent the school in all athletic and extracurricular contests, and performances.

 

FAILURES

A student who fails a course for the year may make up the failure in one of the following ways:

 

1.       The student may take the course in the Academy’s Summer Session.  If the student passes the Summer Session course the student will receive credit for the course; the transcript will show the year long course grade as well as the Summer Session course grade.

2.       The student may take the course in another summer school and take the re-examination given at the Academy before the opening of school in the Fall.  If the student passes the course and the re-examination the student will receive credit for the course; the transcript will show the year long course grade and will include a copy of the transcript from the summer program with the summer grade based on the summer school grade and the re-examination grade, consistent with departmental practice.

3.       The student may study the subject with a tutor during the summer and take the re-examination given at the Academy before the opening of school in the Fall.  If the student passes the re-examination the student will receive credit for the course; the transcript will show the year long course grade as well as a grade of “Pass” for the summer remedial work.

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL FAILURE

Subject to the discretion of the department involved, a student whose June examination score is well below a mere failure may fail the course regardless of the student’s cumulative average.  Such a failure is a Departmental Failure.

 

A student who incurs a Departmental Failure (i.e., a failure due solely to very poor performance on the June examination) will be given the opportunity to take a re-examination within one week of the original examination.  If the student’s performance on the re-examination is satisfactory to the Department the student will receive credit for the course; the Departmental Failure will be erased from the record and the transcript will show a passing year long grade.  If the student’s performance on the re-examination is not satisfactory to the Department, the student will not receive credit for the course; the failure remains on the record and the student can then choose option 1,2, or 3 above.

 

END OF YEAR REVIEW

At the discretion of the school, students who complete the year with serious academic concerns may be required to complete summer work or classes in order to return the following year.  If the school believes that the student is failing to thrive they may be required to withdraw.  This requirement to withdraw can occur regardless of previous academic standing and would be based on an unsatisfactory academic record, willful neglect of work, or when a student is likely not to meet the graduation requirements.

 

 


ADVISING, ACADEMIC & EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Coming to school ready to learn is a necessary part of being a student at Episcopal.  However, there will be times during the year when a student is concerned about an illness or concerned with personal, social, or academic problems. As part of our effort to help students come to school ready to learn, we have a number of professionals available to assist in times of need.

 

ADVISORY PROGRAM

The Advisory Program plays an important role in the successful development of the total student.  Each student has a faculty advisor who also serves as the student’s homeroom teacher so that the advisor and advisee will have daily contact.  There is also a scheduled advisory period when the advisor and advisees can have meaningful conversations about matters that are important to student life. This can be done in a group setting as well as on an individual basis.

 

The faculty advisor provides counsel about school routine, extracurricular activities, personal and social issues, study skills, course selection, citizenship, and academic progress.  The advisor is the person designated to assist the student with any concerns, but students are encouraged to seek help from anyone in the school community so that all are available to form an important network of support to assist the student in his or her growth and development. Please see the section of student support for an explanation of other professionals available to assist students and families in the Upper School.

 

 

FORM DEANS

The Form Dean serves as the administrator responsible for ensuring the academic, social, and disciplinary well-being of the form’s individual students and the form as a whole.  In keeping with the school’s motto of mind, body, and spirit, the Form Dean serves as the administrator ultimately responsible for ensuring that each student’s program is appropriate and in keeping with the school’s rigorous academic standards and requirements. 

 

The Form Dean reports to the Head of Upper School and works collaboratively with the other Form Deans and faculty advisors to ensure that every student receives the support and counsel necessary to achieve success at Episcopal. 

 

STUDENT CONCERNS COMMITTEE

If the nature of an issue is beyond the scope of an advisor, the Form Dean will present the situation to the Student Concerns Committee. This committee is made up of all the Form Deans and includes all the various professionals whose duties include supporting our students who are struggling.  In many cases it is not entirely clear why a student is struggling and it is the responsibility of the Student Concerns Committee to come up with a plan to address the situation.

 

Geoffrey K. Wagg, Chair

Cheryl McLauchlan (III Form Dean)

Mr. Justin Brandon (IV Form Dean)

Holly Clister (V Form Dean)

Tim Gavin (VI Form Dean)

Reverend James Squire (Chaplain)

Julie Faude (School Psychologist/Learning Specialist)

Audree Jarmas (Consulting Clinical Psychologist)

Anne Ravreby (School Nurse)

 

HEALTH OFFICE

For students with physical or chronic illnesses, the Health Office is located on the Third Floor in Room 346 across from the Admissions Office. The school nurse should be informed of all student illnesses and must be informed of any medication that a student is taking.  The school nurse is required to hold and dispense all medications that a student is required to take on campus.  The school nurse is available to students and parents to help them understand the implication of illnesses and chronic disease on a student’s program at Episcopal.

 

School nurses are not permitted to give any medication (including Tylenol, Aspirin, and cough or cold medicine) without a doctor’s order.  Emergency type medication may be given only with a physician's written permission.  School nurses will not write excuses from after school sports. 

 

Pennsylvania Law requires that the school have a completed health form and appropriate student physicals on file.  Students who do not provide the appropriate documentation will not be permitted to attend school or participate in any activities.

 

ATHLETIC TRAINERS

Trainers are available all day for any injury or first aid until the end of the sports program.

 

COUNSELING SERVICES

The goal of the counseling program is to support the school’s mission by focusing on the social and emotional development of students. When students are struggling with social or emotional issues, many find that it is easier for them to decide how to manage the problem if they discuss it with someone else—not necessarily to find a solution, but rather to identify and clarify the issues and to define some alternative ways to respond to them.

 

If a student would like such help, we hope he or she can find it here. The Advisor, Form Dean, and nurse are available to students. In addition, the Chaplain, Clinical Psychologist, and School Psychologist/Learning Specialist are available to assist students with learning differences, social and/or emotional issues. Students and/or parents may use any of these individuals as a resource on any issues including adolescent development, parenting, and the student’s school experience.  The goal is to allow individuals to go to the person with whom they feel most comfortable.  Each of these professionals will listen and make connections with others if they are not able or qualified to help.  When students or families require support that extends beyond the means of Episcopal staff, or when parents request it, the school will provide parents with referral information regarding professional services in the community.

 

Outside referrals are made for special problems, such as learning differences, emotional problems, suspected eating disorders, and/or substance abuse.  While any of the professionals are able to make referrals and are available to students and parents, each have specialized skills and experience.  The Chaplain is the most experienced counselor on staff and has numerous professional contacts in the broader community.  The School Psychologist/Learning Specialist has particular expertise in addressing learning issues.  These professionals are supported in their work by a consulting Clinical Psychologist from the Clearings Psychological Service.  This Psychologist has expertise in dealing with challenging emotional and psychological issues and is available to do initial screenings.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

The school is committed to maintaining a culture of trust to ensure that students and parents feel comfortable using the counseling resources.  Information is shared only on a need to know basis.  The information revealed by a student or parent during counseling is confidential and will not become part of the student’s school record. More generally, the information revealed by a student (or parent) during counseling is not subject to disclosure without the individual’s consent. There are important exceptions to the expectation of confidentiality. An exception is warranted when disclosure appears necessary to protect the student or someone else from serious, foreseeable, and imminent harm. In such instances the school official will inform the person that he or she is concerned for the student’s safety and recommend a course of action. Similarly, parents may be contacted when the Episcopal staff member reasonably believes that there may be a serious emotional or behavioral condition that requires further assessment or treatment. The law requires disclosure, such as when there is information that indicates the possibility of child abuse.

 

In order for the school to address the needs of students most effectively, most student issues will be discussed by the Student Concerns Committee.  This committee is charged with helping to create a plan of action to help students at Episcopal.  This committee is bound by the same rules of confidentiality as noted above.  The Episcopal staff member, who is working with a student, will discuss the reasons why it is necessary for the committee to hear an issue.  In general, the committee will address any individual issues that require a modification to requirements or programs, or when an individual’s issue is having a broader impact on the community.

 

 

ATHLETIC PROGRAM

We believe athletics contribute to the well-being of individuals and to our school community. On the field, our students learn honor in victory and grace in defeat, and to accomplish a common goal by relying on others. Above all, they discover the clear thinking and vitality that regular exercise brings, making it a lifetime practice.

 

PARTICIPATION

Our athletics program offers students 29 Varsity sports. Our athletes compete at the highest levels: each year, we produce Academic All Americans, All Americans, and State, Regional, and Inter Academic League Champions. In addition, many students participate in more than one Varsity sport..

 

Athletics at the Academy comprise a goal-oriented program, compulsory for all students, designed to:

·          develop physical fitness

·          develop athletic skills

·          enhance characteristics of leadership and respect

·          develop young ladies and gentlemen of good sportsmanship

·          demonstrate the benefits of cooperative teamwork

·          promote the enjoyment of participation

·          encourage experiencing a variety of athletic activities (e.g., individual and team sports; contact and lifetime sports; intramural and interscholastic competition)

·          field viable, competitive teams in interscholastic competition.

 

ATHLETIC REQUIREMENT

Freshmen: Freshmen have a three-season athletic requirement. All freshmen are required to participate in a minimum of two seasons of interscholastic sports. One additional season freshmen may play an interscholastic sport or choose to take a fitness/after-school option.

 

Sophomores: Sophomores have a three-season athletic requirement. All sophomores are required to participate in a minimum of two seasons of interscholastic sports. One additional season sophomores may play an interscholastic sport or choose to take a fitness/after-school option.

 

Juniors: Juniors have a three-season athletic requirement. All juniors are required to participate in a minimum of one season of interscholastic sports. Two additional seasons juniors may play an interscholastic sport, or may choose to take a fitness/after-school option.

 

Seniors: Seniors have a two-season athletic requirement. All seniors are required to participate in a minimum of one season of interscholastic sports. One additional season seniors may play an interscholastic sport or choose to take a fitness/after-school option.  Seniors may participate on an interscholastic team all three seasons. Seniors without a "U" in athletics may request one season off from sports.

 

FITNESS / AFTER-SCHOOL OPTION

Students may participate in the Fitness program and will be scheduled into classes by the fitness coordinator. Each session will consist of a fitness program designed to include both strength training and cardiovascular exercise. The emphasis of this class will be on the importance of exercise in order to have a healthy lifestyle. Students are also required to participate in the after-school activity/community service program 2 afternoons per week.

 

CONTRACT PROGRAM

Students in good standing, under special circumstances, and approval of the Director of Athletics and the Head of Upper School may elect an athletic contract program.

 

                Fall Sports- Boys: cross country, football, soccer, water polo; Girls: cross country, field hockey, tennis, soccer, water polo.

                Winter Sports- Boys: basketball, ice hockey, squash, swimming, winter track, wrestling; Girls: basketball, squash, swimming, winter track.

                Spring Sports: Boys: crew, golf, lacrosse, track, baseball, tennis; Girls: crew, golf, lacrosse, softball, track.

 

 

STUDENTS WITH MEDICAL EXCUSES

Students who have medical waivers from athletics (provided by their physicians) are still required to participate in the after-school activities/community service program two days a week.

 

ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

The Athletic Association consists of the captains of the varsity teams, the coaches of the varsity teams, the Head of School, the Head of Upper School, the Director of Athletics, the Associate Director of Athletics, and the Director of Physical Education.  The Athletic Association determines policy and procedure of the Athletic Department and considers and awards athletic insignia.

 

ATHLETIC UNIFORMS

Proper practice and game uniforms are required at all times.

 

VARSITY CAPTAINS

Baseball                                                Douglas C. Ammon

                                                Patrick M. Mullen                 

Basketball (Boys)                                Daniel J. Hilferty                                  

Basketball (Girls)                                Emmaline M. Imbriglia

                                                Brittany N. Perfetti                                               

Crew (Boys)                          Loren B. Mead

                                                Brian R. Young                                    

Crew (Girls)                          Mary Brittany Bruder

                                                Kelly E. Burke                      

Cross Country (Boys)         Francis L. Nassau

                                                Paul J. Vithayathil                                               

Cross Country (Girls)         Doreen El-Roeiy

                                                Margaret E. McCarthy                                         

Field Hockey                         Alexandra C. Jahnle                                                                                            Lindsey K. McManus          

Football                                 Robert  C. FitzPatrick                         

                                                Andrew J. Kissner

Golf (Boys)                            Mark E. Nakahara

                                                James J. Park

Golf (Girls)                            Kaitlin  J. Brennan                                                                                               Alexandra H. Van Arkel                      

Ice Hockey                            Jack T. McCallum               

                                               

Lacrosse (Boys)                  James W. Finegan

                                                Robert C. FitzPatrick                          

Lacrosse (Girls)                  Katherine L. Ivory

                                                Alexandra C. Jahnle                           

Soccer (Boys)                       Reid A. Whelan                                                   

Soccer (Girls)                       Tracey C. Biederstadt                                                                                         Emmaline M. Imbriglia      

Softball (Girls)                      Nicole M. Martino

Spring Track (Boys)            Matthew M. Byrne

                                                Francis L. Nassau

Spring Track (Girls)             Nicole K. Carrido

                                                Emmaline M. Imbriglia

Squash (Boys)                     Gregory A. Hillyard                                              

Squash (Girls)                     Emily R. Halpern

                                                Alexandra H. Van Arkel                                      

Swimming (Boys)                                Matthew P. Carpinello

                                                David R. Fell                                        

Swimming (Girls)                                Krista E. Camp

                                                Jennifer L. Suspenski                                       

Tennis (Boys)                       Ronald C. Richter

                                                Amit Singh                           

Tennis (Girls)                       Elizabeth D. Hamlin                                                                                            Alexandra H. Van Arkel      

Water Polo (Boys)               Kevin J. DiSilvestro

                                                Robert  Benson Jones                                      

Water Polo (Girls)                                Lauren A. Pettit

                                                Jennifer L. Suspenski                                       

Winter Track (Boys)             Francis L. Nassau                             

Winter Track (Girls)             Nicole K. Carrido

                                                Rachel M. Chung                

Wrestling                               Benjamin A. Mickel                                                             

 


ATTENDANCE, ILLNESS & EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

ATTENDANCE

The school day begins once students enter the grounds of The Episcopal campus.  Students must report to homeroom or assembly by 8:05 a.m.  The academic school day extends from 8:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Sports follow.  If a student has sports or another commitment after 3:05 p.m., he or she must stay on campus until this commitment is completed unless excused by a Form Dean.  All students who are excused early from school must check out at the Upper School Office before leaving, accompanied by a note or phone call from a parent.

 

THE 9:00 AM RULE

A student who has a game or performance must be at school by 9:00 AM that day in order to participate.  This requirement may be waived by the Form Dean due to special circumstances, if the Deans are informed in advance of the reasons.  Also, if a student arrives to school before 9:00 AM and then leaves school for the day, he or she will not be able to participate in a game or performance.  Students absent because of a doctors appointment must bring a note from the doctors office.

 

LATENESS TO SCHOOL

All students must be in their homeroom by 8:05.  When a late student signs-in at the Upper School Office, the attendance status will be converted from absent to late, and he/she will be given a pass to class. 

Students who arrive late for school must be excused by a parent or a doctor on the day of lateness.  (A note from the doctor’s office is required.) If a part of a class or any classes are missed due to lateness, the student may be penalized for an unexcused absence from class if there is no communication from a parent or a doctor.

Once a student has reached his or her fifth lateness, the Upper School office will communicate with his or her parents/ guardians.  A student that is late ten times will serve a detention.  Additional lateness will result in further disciplinary action.

 

LATENESS TO CLASS

Students who are late to class must bring a note indicating why they are late.  If the student does not have a valid reason for being late they will receive a demerit or detention.  Repeat lateness to class will result in further disciplinary action and possible academic penalty.

 

ABSENCE

On the day that a student is absent from school it is expected that a parent will telephone the Upper School Office before 9:00 AM (610) 617-2228 and leave a message to explain the reason for the absence.

 

The only acceptable excuses for absence are illness, death in the family, and with the Form Dean’s permission, college visits for seniors.  Seniors requesting permission to visit colleges must act well in advance using the special form and should inform their teachers and coach when permission is granted.  Because every school day is important for the growth and development of each student, we urge parents not to request student absences except for illness or family emergencies.  Family vacations should correspond to school holidays.  The faculty and administration may withhold academic credit from any student who is absent more than 20 times from a year long course or 10 times from a semester course. 

 

If you need to excuse your child from school for a family matter, you are expected to communicate this request with the Upper School Office  and your child’s Form Dean well in advance so we are fully aware of your plans.  Such absences are strongly discouraged, particularly when they precede or follow scheduled vacation time.  A student cannot fully make up all the learning that was missed by being absent from classes.  The student has the responsibility to speak with each teacher to make certain that he/she knows ahead of time the expectations of the faculty..  Whenever possible, the work should be done before the student’s absence.  It is not the faculty’s responsibility to reteach lessons missed.  Faculty will certainly answer questions and clarify what the student needs to do.  The student, however, must be responsible for the missed work.  Unexcused absences will result in both academic and disciplinary consequences.

 

ILLNESS

The Health Office is located on the Third Floor in Room 346 across from the admissions Office. Trainers are available all day for any injury or first aid until the end of the sports program.

 

Students who become ill must obtain permission from their classroom teacher before going to the Health Office.  If students become ill when the nurse is not there, they should report to the Upper School Office. The school nurse or Upper School secretary will contact parents if a student cannot remain in school because of illness or injury.  Students are not permitted to request that parents excuse them from school due to illness.  They must report to the Health Office and be excused by the nurse.

 

EARLY DISMISSAL

Students will be excused early only for urgent reasons.  If it is necessary, a student must bring a note to the Upper School Office or a parent must call before 8:05 a.m. requesting dismissal.  If a student is excused to leave campus early, then he or she must sign out at the Upper School Office.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary consequences.

 

 


COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS & DISCIPLINE

The school believes that a clear set of standards of behavior is the best way to develop and maintain a sense of community and to ensure fairness and consistency in the discipline process.  Every student possesses the right to attend a school which offers a physically and an emotionally safe environment.  Students are expected to respect their teachers and peers, their academic commitments, their extra-curricular obligations, their campus, and their deadlines.  In meeting these expectations, students will learn how to honor their individual and communal responsibilities.  In summary, students must appreciate that the way they conduct themselves within the context of our community has a direct impact on the overall physical and emotional safety of each individual within the community.

 

Except in extreme situations that result in expulsion, the school believes that a student who is punished must be granted the opportunity and the responsibility to redeem himself or herself.  An error in judgment or a major mistake must not define who the student is but be a springboard for growth and development.

 

CIVILITY

Students are expected to comport themselves in a manner which is appropriate for an academic institution.  In all hallways and locker areas floors should be clear of book bags and trash, furniture must be kept in place and treated with care and noise must be kept to a minimum.  Students should be seated on furniture when available and under no circumstances should students block the halls or lie on the floor or furniture.

 

DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM

In accordance with the school's philosophy and objectives, our school community has certain expectations of school conduct.  We expect our students to be honest, to be responsible for their behavior, to demonstrate self-discipline, and to respect the faculty and fellow students.  The purpose of the discipline system is to encourage these qualities in our students and to remind them when they have not met our expectations.  All disciplinary issues must be resolved to complete the school year.

 

Discipline in the Upper School is ultimately the responsibility of the Head of Upper School and the designated Form Dean. 

 

Episcopal reserves the right to discuss openly with college admissions offices any disciplinary infractions that occur during a student's enrollment at the school.  Colleges will be notified of any senior who is suspended during the senior year.

 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY, PLAGIARISM & CHEATING

Being honest and having integrity are crucial qualities for every student.  Any act that violates these qualities is considered a major disciplinary offense.  Academic dishonesty has several different forms:

 

A. Cheating

Cheating is defined as the use of inappropriate and unacknowledged materials, information, or study aids. Seeking assistance from other people, requesting other students (including commercial term paper companies) to conduct research or prepare any work for them are all forms of cheating.  Students may not submit any work or portions thereof for credit or honors more than once without prior approval of the teacher.

 

B. Fabrication

Fabrication is the falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. 

 

C. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty

Students who knowingly or negligently allow their work to be used by other students or who otherwise aid others in academic dishonesty are violating academic integrity.  Such students are as guilty of intellectual dishonesty as the student who receives the material even though they may not themselves benefit academically from that dishonesty.

 

D. Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another person or source as one's own in any academic exercise.  To avoid plagiarism, every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or by appropriate indentation and must be properly cited in the text or in a footnote.  Acknowledgment is also required when material from another source stored in print, electronic, or other medium is paraphrased or summarized in whole or in part in one’s own words.  To acknowledge a paraphrase properly, one might state: "to paraphrase Plato's comment..." and conclude with a footnote or citation identifying the exact reference, in this case, to Plato’s work.  A citation or footnote acknowledging only a directly quoted statement does not suffice to notify the reader of any preceding or succeeding paraphrased material.  Information which is common knowledge such as names of leaders of prominent nations, basic scientific laws, etc, need not be footnoted; however, all facts or information obtained in reading or research that are not common knowledge among students in the course must be acknowledged.

A bibliography is a list of sources specifically consulted in the preparation of a paper or project.  In addition to materials specifically cited in the text, only materials that contribute to the author’s general understanding of the subject may be acknowledged in the bibliography.

Plagiarism can, in some cases, be a subtle issue.  Any questions or doubts about what constitutes plagiarism should be discussed with the teacher.

 

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (TECHNOLOGY)

The Episcopal Academy provides its students, faculty, and staff with access to the school’s computers, software, and peripherals, as well as extensive network resources, including access to shared network servers and the Internet. Permissions dictating which equipment, programs, and areas of the network individuals are allowed to access are determined by the Technology Department. The privilege of using Episcopal Academy’s computer and networking systems is contingent upon adherence to the following acceptable use policy.

 

Violation of the Acceptable Use Policy may result in revocation of network or equipment use privileges as well as any disciplinary measures deemed appropriate by the Unit Head.  In addition to the Acceptable Use Policy, computer and network use at Episcopal Academy is governed by the expectations set forth in the Student Handbook.

 

Access to Computers, Files, and Information

-          Students are restricted from accessing student, faculty and staff personal computers or network accounts unless they are given the explicit permission of a member of the faculty/staff.

-          Students are not permitted to access restricted school databases, including but not limited to: faculty/staff and student personal information, grade and scheduling information, school and student financial records, and network account information.

-          Students are not permitted to distribute their email or network password to another student.

-          Students are not permitted to login to the school’s network using another person’s login information, unless the express permission of a member of the faculty and staff is given.

-          Students are not permitted to access or alter any file created by another person unless that person has given explicit permission to do so.

-          Students are not permitted to save work in another student’s network folder unless that person has given explicit permission to do so.

-          Students may not create files on the school network or on school computers that contain obscene, illicit, or otherwise offensive content.

-          Students may not allow an unauthorized user to gain access to the school’s network or to logon to a school computer.

 

Internet Access and Use

-          Students are not permitted to access web sites related to gambling, pornography, illegal substances, or any other web site or category of web sites that is illegal at the local, state or federal level, or are later determined by the Technology Department to be prohibited and/or restricted.

-          Students may not view videos over the Internet unless they are given permission to do so by a member of the faculty and staff.

-          Students may not listen to or download music from web sites that are not legally distributing the material.

-          Students may not knowingly bring a virus or other harmful file or program onto a school computer or the school network.

-          Content posted by students on any publicly accessible web site is subject to review and, if necessary, disciplinary action by the school. This content will be reviewed based on the terms set forth in the Acceptable Use Policy and the Student Handbook. This includes, but is not limited to, text, images, video, and sound.

-          Students are not permitted to access discussion or communication based web sites (e.g. discussion boards, blogs, chat rooms, and the like) while on Episcopal’s campus, unless it is directly correlated with a school program and they have been given permission to do so by a member of the faculty and staff. Examples of prohibited sites include, but are not limited to, facebook.com, myspace.com, and xanga.com, in addition to any sites that enable students to participate in live discussion or to post material.

-          Students are not permitted to create an online account of any kind on behalf of another person.

-          Students are not permitted to impersonate another person online. This includes, but is not limited to, logging into an Internet-based account as another person; posting material in the name of another person in an Internet-based environment; and changing settings in another person’s Internet-based account.

 

Email Use

-          Students may not use their school email account, on or off campus, or their non-school email account while on campus, to send messages that are threatening, harassing, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate as solely determined by the school’s administration.

-          Students may not access any other individual’s email account unless they are given the express permission of that individual.

-          The student’s school-assigned email address may only be used in conjunction with web sites and services that are considered appropriate based on the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy and the Student Handbook. Students may not use their school-assigned email address in conjunction with any web site prohibited by the Episcopal Academy Technology Department.

 

Legal Compliance

-          Students may not participate in any activity on school computer equipment, the school network, or with a school email or network account that is in violation of local, state, or federal law.

-          Students may not use graphics or text in a way that violates any copyright law.

-          Students may not use school resources to engage in any form of plagiarism, as defined in the Student Handbook.

-          Students are not permitted to use The Episcopal Academy name, logo, seal, or shield, or any variation thereof, in any publication, either electronically or in print, without the express consent of the school.

-          Students will be responsible for all costs incurred by Episcopal for violations of the Acceptable Use Policy.

 

Equipment Use

-          Student use of the school’s computer labs must be appropriate and respectful and must abide by the rules set forth by the faculty or staff member supervising the area. Food is not permitted in the computer labs, or near any computers on campus.

-          Students are required to treat all school technology equipment respectfully and avoid behavior that could damage the equipment.

-          Students who bring personal laptops to school must adhere to all rules stipulated in the school’s Laptop Use Policy.

 

 

LAPTOP USE POLICY

 

Failure to adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy (included in the Student Handbook) and the Laptop Use Policy specified below may result in a revocation of laptop use privileges, termination or suspension of school network use, as well as any disciplinary measures deemed appropriate by the Unit Head.  In addition to the Acceptable Use Policy and the Laptop Use Policy, personal laptop use at Episcopal Academy is governed by the expectations set forth in the Upper School Student Handbook.

 

 

Laptop Use in Class

-          Students may only use the laptop in class as instructed by the Unit Head and as permitted by the teacher. When and how the equipment is used in class is at the discretion of the teacher.

-          Students may only use the laptop in class for school related tasks. Non-academic activities on the laptop, including games, videos, music, and entertainment web sites, are prohibited during the school day.

 

Access to the Laptop

-          Students must provide teachers, administrators, and Technology Department staff with access to the laptop at all times. School personnel maintain the right to access files and programs on the laptop and to monitor Internet and network activity from the laptop.

-          Students must grant classroom teachers viewable access to the laptop screen at all times during class.

 

Security

-          The laptop must be running an updated virus detection software program.

-          Students may not download any applications onto their laptop without appropriate licensing.

-          Students may not download or upload any files or applications that violate the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy.

-          Students may not transfer any viruses or other harmful files or applications across the school network.

 

Storage

-          The school will not take responsibility for damaged or stolen laptops; the student takes full responsibility for the laptop on Episcopal Academy’s campus. Students should lock their laptop in the school locker when it is not being used.

 

 

MAJOR DISCIPLINARY OFFENSES

Fighting, bullying (including non-verbal bullying), endangering, or harassing another student, conduct that threatens the safety or well being of any student or employee, racial remarks, sexual remarks, sexual activity, visual or verbal obscenities, possession and/or use of weapons (firearms, pellet and BB guns, knives, etc.) and fireworks, stealing, cheating, plagiarism, destruction of property, lying, failure to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy, attempting to purchase, possession or use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs on or off campus during school hours or during school functions, possession or use of tobacco or other unacceptable acts of behavior at school or to and from school can lead to serious consequences by themselves.   A student who commits a major offense will go before the discipline committee and may face disciplinary probation, suspension or even expulsion.

 

STEALING

Students are reminded to keep their personal belongings locked in their lockers in the main building or gym.  Students found to be in possession of someone else’s belongings have committed an act of theft and will face disciplinary consequences.  This includes items taken from the lost and found. 

 

OFF-CAMPUS BEHAVIOR

The school reserves the right to expel or take lesser action against a student who engages in off-campus conduct while school is in session or during vacation, or while participating in off-campus programs or trips, which calls into question the student’s fitness to continue as a member of the School community or is seriously detrimental to the interest of the School.  The school has the sole and absolute discretion in determining what constitutes action that is detrimental to the interest of the school.  Examples include, but are not limited to, any student who engages in harassment, vandalism, use of substances, or organizes or hosts a party where alcohol or drugs are consumed.

 

DEMERIT SYSTEM

Students will receive a demerit for each minor infraction.  Accumulation of demerits will result in detentions.  Detentions are one hour from 7:00 am to 8:00 am and Saturday detentions are from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.  All detentions are assigned by the Form Dean.  Demerits carry over from one semester to the next.

 

            3 Demerits: detention

 

            6 Demerits: detention

 

9 Demerits: A Saturday detention; communication home

 

12 Demerits: 2 detentions

 

15 Demerits: 3 detentions and a mandatory

parent meeting.

 

18 Demerits: Student will appear before the disciplinary

                     Committee and may face probation and

                     Suspension.

 

Unexcused absence:  students will serve a Saturday detention for each unexcused absence and earn an academic penalty.  A third unexcused absence will result in a student going to the disciplinary committee.

           

LEAVING CAMPUS WITHOUT PERMISSION

Students are required to sign out in the Upper School office if they leave campus for any reason during the school day.  A phone call or note from a parent is required for a student to leave campus during the school day.  Students who leave campus without permission will serve a detention and face further disciplinary consequences if repeated.

 

DISCIPLINARY PROBATION

Disciplinary Probation is an indication that students are in serious trouble with the Academy and that they should prove by a marked change in attitude and behavior that they want to remain at the Academy.

Except for especially serious offenses, a student is put on probation by the Form Dean and Head of Upper School upon the recommendation of the Discipline Committee.  A student on probation is ineligible (see below).

 

DISCIPLINARY INELIGIBILITY

Disciplinary Ineligibility - When a student is placed on Disciplinary Probation, the student is forbidden to represent The Episcopal Academy through any of his or her extra-curricular activities for 20 days. Simply, the student may not represent the academy in any capacity.  This representation includes both in school and out of school functions.  In summary, a student who is on Disciplinary Probation will be ineligible for any event in which he or she is involved, with the exception of practices and planning.  For example, a student placed on Disciplinary Probation may not represent The Episcopal Academy through community service, Vestry, Scholium, Junto, chapel choir, athletics (including managers), Vocal Ensemble, drama (including all back stage support and ushers), Jazz Band, The Student Council, and any other group or extra-curricular club.  A student who is eligible for an award may receive an award if given during the period of Disciplinary Probation.

 

DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE

The Discipline Committee is comprised of members of the Upper School faculty and student representatives.  The committee meetings are not intended to be a “trial” as contemplated by a court system and rules of evidence do not apply.  The purpose of the meeting is for the committee to make a recommendation to the administration about the appropriate punishment in each situation presented.  Ultimate responsibility for discipline and disciplinary responses rests with the school’s administration.  In especially serious situations or when it is not possible for the discipline committee to meet, the school reserves the right to impose disciplinary responses without going through the standard procedure.

 

           

SUSPENSION

Suspension is a final warning to the student that any further violation may result in expulsion.   Except for especially serious offenses, a student is suspended by the Form Dean on the recommendation of the Discipline Committee.  Academic work missed during a suspension must be made up immediately upon return.  The responsibility for making up this work lies with the student.

               

EXPULSION

Expulsion is ultimately the decision of the Head of School.  Expulsion can result from an accumulation of offenses or one serious offense.  Students who have been expelled may appeal the decision to the Head of School for reconsideration.  Final decisions concerning discipline are at the sole discretion of the Head of School.

 

Students who are expelled from Episcopal Academy are not permitted on campus or at school events including the prom.

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY

Under no circumstances is a student permitted to purchase, possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs at any time on the school grounds.  Students need to understand that empty cans or bottles may constitute possession.   In addition, any unacceptable behavior stemming from off-campus consumption or possession shall constitute a violation of this policy.  This rule applies whether or not school is in session.  It also applies during any Academy-planned trip or event away from the campus.  A student who possesses and/ or uses alcohol, drugs, or other harmful substances will go before the Discipline Committee and will face one of the following consequences:

 

s         A first time offense that occurs during the school day will result in expulsion. 

 

s         Attempting to purchase or to sell either alcohol or drugs at any school related function or on any of the school’s properties will also result in expulsion. 

 

s         In certain situations the amount of alcohol or drugs in a student’s possession may be regarded as the intent to sell in which case the student will be expelled.

 

s         In other circumstances, the minimal punishment for a first time offense will result in a 2-day suspension and 20 days of Disciplinary Probation along with a required alcohol/drug consultation. 

 

s         The second offense will result in expulsion.

 

 

ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE ABUSE AS A HEALTH ISSUE

Realizing the seriousness of the problem of alcohol and drug abuse/ misuse, the school will make every effort to assist students to address the problem.  Confidentiality will be observed in providing the assistance, and every effort will be made to support students who are actively seeking help for themselves or others.

 

The school when confronted with observations or evidence of alcohol or drug use by students will require an alcohol/ drug abuse consultation by a qualified counselor.  The school will provide a certified facility where such a consultation may be completed.

 

Parents will be notified when students are required to undergo an alcohol/ drug assessment, and the financial cost for this is the parents’ responsibility.  Continued enrollment is contingent upon the student’s completing the assessment and recommended follow up care.

 

In certain situations, Episcopal reserves the right to require a student to undergo monthly drug testing in order for him or her to remain enrolled at the academy. 

 

 

SCREENING FOR ALCOHOL & DRUGS

 Our current substance abuse policy clearly states The Episcopal Academy’s expectation regarding alcohol and drug use.  Referrals to professional counseling for substance abuse are available through counseling services. In an effort to protect students who wish to be a part of an alcohol and drug free student body, we reserve the right to test students for alcohol or drug use.  When the school has reasonable suspicion that a student may have been consuming alcohol or is under the influence of drugs, the matter will be privately addressed with the student. The school will explain the situation and reason for concern and request the student to submit to the alcohol and/or drug screening.  If the screening is negative, then the school will permit the student to resume his other activities.  However, if the results are positive, then the school will contact his or her parents and proceed to follow our policy regarding substance abuse.  If a student refuses to submit to the alcohol or drug screening, then he or she will assume guilt.  The ultimate goal of this policy is to prevent students from using alcohol and other illegal substances and to offer them “an out” when they feel pressured by their peers.

 

DRESS CODE

The dress code is an important part of Episcopal Academy’s life. It reduces superficial comparisons between people and emphasizes the common experience that we share as members of this school community. It contributes to a sense of campus decorum and simplicity. Abiding by dress code guidelines conveys a respect for others and for self that underlies the Episcopal philosophy.  Students are required to live within both the spirit and letter of the dress code.

 

Students are to be in compliance with the dress code from the time they arrive at school until the end of the school day (in the Upper School that is 3:00 pm).  All clothing must fit properly and be neat, clean, and in good repair.

 

The following are NOT permitted for boys and girls:

·          Body Piercing: nose, lips, tongue, eyebrows, cheeks, chins, etc.

·          Boys are not permitted to wear earrings

·          Extreme hairstyles – including color and cut

·          Facial Hair: sideburns below the ear lobe, beards, mustaches

·          Neon Colors for clothing or hair

·          Students may not wear baseball hats or other headwear during the academic day.  Students may wear winter hats outside during the winter months.

 

On cold days students are permitted to wear a solid color crew,

v-neck or cardigan sweater and Episcopal sweatshirts.  Coats and other outerwear is permitted only when traveling between buildings.  Students may not wear outerwear of any sort in class.

 

There are a number of special event days at Episcopal Academy next year and students are required to wear the appropriate clothing as listed below.  Upper School special event days will be listed in the monthly newsletter and the handbook.  Students are also required to wear the special event dress when representing the school off-campus.

 

Students wearing clothing deemed to be in violation of the Episcopal dress code may be penalized, disciplined, or sent home to change.  When a teacher confronts a student to correct a dress code violation, the student is expected to comply immediately. 

 

GIRLS DRESS CODE

SHIRTS:  White, blue, and blue and white striped collared dress shirts (oxford style).  White or navy polo shirt with Episcopal seal.  Shirts must be long enough to cover abdomen with hands stretched overhead. 

 

KILTS & SLACKS:  One of the five school kilts, and navy or khaki dress pants (full length, no more than four pockets, no denim, no jeans, no sweatpants).  Kilts must be no shorter than 4 inches from the top of the knee.

 

FOOTWEAR:  Black or brown footwear. Girls must wear socks, tights, or stockings.  No fishnets or designed stockings/tights.

 

SPECIAL EVENT DAYS:  Girls are required to wear navy kilts or navy dress pants and a white collared dress shirt.  A navy blue, white, or navy and white striped sweater may be worn in cold weather.

 

DRESS DOWN DAYS:  All shirts must have sleeves and cover the midriff.   Shorts must be of appropriate length.

 

BOYS DRESS CODE

SHIRTS:  White, blue, and blue and white striped/checked collared dress shirts (oxford style).  Boys’ shirts must be tucked in.

 

TIES:  Any style tie or bow tie.

 

PANTS:  Navy and khaki dress pants (full length, no more than four pockets, no denim, no jeans, no sweatpants)

 

FOOTWEAR:  Black or brown footwear that encloses the entire foot and covers the toes.  Clogs with covered toes, but without enclosed heels, are also acceptable.  Boys are required to wear socks.

 

SPECIAL EVENT DAYS:  Boys are required to wear khaki pants, white collared dress shirt, an Episcopal tie or bow-tie, and navy blue blazer.

 

DRESS DOWN DAYS:  All shirts must have sleeves.   Shirts and shorts must be of appropriate length.

 

SENIOR PRIVILEGE

When Senior Privilege is granted, Seniors with academic privilege (that is, those who are eligible and are not required to attend study hall) may be allowed to leave campus during their free periods by car and on foot.  All seniors who choose this option will follow these specific guidelines:

1.       All seniors must have written parental permission.

2.       Seniors must personally sign in and out.

3.       Seniors must be present and on time for all commitments (chapel, clubs, sports, classes, assemblies, etc.)

4.       Seniors are responsible for all rehearsals and extra help.

5.       Normal rules of conduct, as stated in this handbook, concerning alcohol, tobacco, and the use of illegal drugs, shall apply.

6.       Seniors must obey the 5 mph speed limit and stop at all stops signs. Students must neither lend nor borrow cars.

7.       Seniors must not disturb classes in any building.

8.       Seniors must not take underclassmen off campus.

9.       Seniors must continue to meet academic obligations.

 

Offenses against the above stipulations will be dealt with by the Senior Class Form Dean.  Any senior judged incapable of handling the privilege shall lose the privilege and may be placed in Disciplinary Study Hall.  Excessive abuses of the code will indicate that the class does not deserve the privilege and cause the privilege to be removed for the remainder of the school year.

Senior Privilege will be granted individually to seniors on the decision of the Form Dean.

 

TRAFFIC SAFETY & PARKING POLICIES

 

The safety of our students, faculty and all members of the community is our highest priority.  The Merion campus presents many challenges with limited parking and a number of pedestrian crossings, therefore our traffic safety and parking policies are as follows:

 

1.       The campus speed limit is 5 miles per hour.

2.       All drivers must drive with care and yield to pedestrians.  Erratic driving of any sort is not permissible.

3.       Drivers must follow the directions of security and maintenance personnel.

4.       Parking on campus is limited to visitors and faculty, staff and students with assigned parking spots.

5.       Students must complete a parking application and maintain current vehicle information in the Upper School office.

6.       Students who have not been assigned parking spots may not bring cars on campus between 7:30 am and 3:45 pm on school days.

7.       Unauthorized vehicles and/or cars parked in areas not designated for parking will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

 

Towing Services Provided by:

Main Line Towing Service, Inc.

Narberth, PA  19072

(610) 664-2900

$160 Towing Fee

$25   Storage Fee per day

Cash only.

 

8.       Parking spots are non-transferable.  Any changes in registration, license status or if parking spots are no longer needed should be reported to the Upper School office.

9.       Students found in violation of these policies will lose their campus parking privileges and may face further disciplinary action.

 

No motorcycles, motor scooters, or motor-driven vehicles other than automobiles may be ridden or parked by students within the Academy grounds at any time.

 

WEAPONS

Under no conditions may a firearm or ammunition for a firearm be brought on school property.  Also, prohibited are knives and other dangerous objects.  This includes any weapon as well as objects or artifacts that resemble weapons or that can appear to be dangerous.  Violation of this policy may result in suspension or expulsion.

 

CELLULAR PHONES & ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students are not permitted to use cell phones or other electronic devices in a manner that disturbs others.  All devices must be turned off in all academic buildings and the Chapel between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.

 

FIRE DRILL

Everyone should leave the building in a quick, serious, and orderly manner and assemble as directed.  There should be no talking during the drills.  Appropriate exit directions are posted in each classroom.

 

FOOD IN BUILDINGS

Students are not permitted to eat food in any academic building unless they are under the supervision of a faculty member.

 

 


STUDENT LIFE & ACTIVITIES

LIBRARY SERVICES

The Roger Annenberg Memorial Library-Learning Center

 

The main library of The Episcopal Academy is dedicated to the memory of Roger Annenberg, Class of 1958, Student, sensitive Human Being, Gentleman, and Friend. The library contributes to the Philosophy and Objectives of the Academy by serving as the Information Center for the Academy and as a major instructional center.  It is a place to learn, teach, research, read, and study.

 

Mission:

The mission of The Episcopal Academy Libraries is to ensure that our students, faculty, staff, and families are efficient and effective users of ideas and information resources, and value literature and reading for pleasure to gain new perspectives and to stimulate the imagination.

 

            Our mission is accomplished by:

·          Guiding users through instruction and a variety of access points to our

print and online resources

·          Collaborating with other educators to design student-centered inquiry-based

                                                learning experiences

·          Thoughtful collection development and management of resources.

 

Use of Library Resources and Academic Integrity

To engage in  writing and research that is scholarly and honest, it is necessary for you to use material and intellectual property from other people and sources in legal and appropriate ways and to differentiate between that material and your own work. You may get your information from many sources: books, magazines or videos, in hard copy or from a computer-accessed source, from copyrighted materials or those in the public domain. Regardless of physical format or location of the materials, you must indicate where you received your information.

The pocket style manual, 4th  edition, by Diane Hacker, Bedford/St. Martin's, 1999 is the recommended research guide and style manual for the Upper School and is indispensable for research and preparation of assignments. All Upper School research citation uses the MLA format, available through  the Noodletools database, on the library webpage, listed under the Reference tab.   If you ever have any doubt about the proper use of others' information in your own work, consult your teacher or a librarian.       

 

Library Operation & Circulation

The entire collection is available for student use. Students may borrow books, magazines, videorecordings, DVDs, audiorecordings, and most reference materials, such as encyclopedias. Books circulate for 2 weeks, reference materials and magazines overnight, and other formats for periods ranging from overnight to 1 week.  All books must be checked out at the circulation desk before being taken from the library.

Students are responsible for all materials checked out under their name. Materials are to be returned or renewed in a dependable fashion. Fines are not levied for overdue library materials. However, a student with continuously overdue materials will be placed on restricted access to library materials. After suitable notice to the student and parents, lost, damaged and unreturned materials will be charged to the student's account in the Business Office. Chronically overdue students may be placed in Disciplinary Study Hall.

 

Library Resources

The beginning point for using the Episcopal Academy Libraries is through the Library Webpage available at: [/web/20080402075200/http://www.ea1785.org]. Click on “Mind.”  Click on “Libraries Online,” under Related Links.

 

The webpage links to:

The Library Catalog lists all holdings of the Library: books and audiovisual formats. The catalog is available from any computer on campus and from home;

Online Subscription Resources includes encyclopedias, magazine indexes and full-text access to magazine articles and government documents; research agencies accessing information on historical and scientific research and criticism in literature and the humanities, social issues, current events and news;

 

Home access through the webpage is available for many of these

resources:

Username:  episacadem    

Password:  ea1785.

 

Curriculum Links –Websites specifically selected by librarians to support library-based research projects.

 

The Library provides students and teachers with a broad range of materials and equipment that make it central to students’ educational experience at the Academy.  The book collection numbers in excess of 40,000 volumes in Annenberg Library and is supplemented by a wide variety of audiovisual software and equipment.

Our online subscription services allow access to retrospective collections of journals, historical newspapers, and primary source documents in world and American history.

As a member of Access Pennsylvania, the Academy is able to borrow from more than 1500 libraries in Pennsylvania at no charge to students. The number of these resources totals more than 4 million items. Students may search Access Pennsylvania on the Library Webpage themselves but must order items on Interlibrary Loan through the Library Office.

           

 

Use of Facilities

The Annenberg Library is primarily a facility for academic activity. Because the library is frequently used for formal instructional purposes, the library space must remain flexible. At times, one class may be involved in a formal instructional activity and another may be selecting books for a classroom reading assignment. During times of high use, space may be limited to students for drop-in study.

 

Student Behavior

To insure that an atmosphere conducive to academic ends is maintained, students will engage in appropriate behavior when they choose to use the library.  Specifically, students will:

·          Be seated and begin schoolwork in a timely fashion;

·          Maintain focused effort on schoolwork by working independently or in study groups of two;

·          Engage in conversation for studying purposes only;

·          Use computers as stated in the guidelines posted at the library workstations and in compliance with the Academy's Computer Use Policy.

           

To insure a clean environment and unimpeded access to all the areas of the library:

·          Food and drink in any form or containers are prohibited from the library;

·          Backpacks may not be left unattended in the library.

 

LOCKERS

All freshman and sophomores will be assigned a book locker and juniors and seniors can have one upon request.  Locks will be provided.  We encourage these to be locked at all times. Students are expected to have all lockers cleaned out by the last day of exams.  Students must turn in their locks at the end of the school year or they will be charged.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Small valuable items such as fountain pens, wallets, and eye glasses should be turned in at the Upper School Office, where they will be advertised and kept until the owner can claim them.

Books, brief cases, athletic equipment and articles of clothing that are left lying on top of tables, windowsills, and in places other than in lockers will be collected daily and placed in the Middle or Upper School Offices.

Unmarked items that are not redeemed at the end of two months will be considered discarded and will be turned over to the Community Service Program.

Any student who is missing anything should report it to their Form Dean.  Lost and found is NOT a place to borrow clothing.  Students found taking clothing without permission will face disciplinary consequences.

 

MESSAGES

No personal messages can be conveyed through the office.  However, every effort will be made to locate the student in an extreme emergency.  When students are not in class, they may be anywhere on the grounds, and it may be impossible to locate them quickly.

 

SCHOOL CANCELLATION NUMBER

In the event of an emergency that would require the school to close, the Academy's number is 337 (Merion Campus only).

 

CARE OF EQUIPMENT/ FURNITURE

Everyone can be of tremendous help by handling school equipment carefully.  Furniture and other school property should not be moved to another area by students.  Defacement of tables, desks and chair arms is particularly costly to the Academy and bothersome to others.

Accidental breakage and defacement should be reported immediately to a Form Dean or the Upper School office.

 

DAILY BULLETIN

Each morning a bulletin is posted containing announcements of immediate significance, and a schedule of the events of the day.  A list of students who are absent or excused from sports or excused early from school will be e-mailed to the faculty before the end of the day.  Students are held responsible for the information conveyed through these bulletins and through any other notices posted on the main bulletin board located outside the Upper School Office.

 

EAPA SHOP AND BOOKSTORE

Students who wish to save money on uniforms, blazers and general articles of clothing can purchase first class used materials in the EAPA Student Shop at greatly reduced rates.  The EAPA Shop at Merion is located beneath the Middle School Art Studio and is operated by volunteers of the Episcopal Academy Parents Association.  (610) 617-2294 x3145.

School supplies may be purchased in the Bookstore located on the first floor of the main building  They will also carry new clothing items, EA ties and patches, and many other EA gift items.  Hours will be posted on the door.  (610) 617-2294, x3041.

 

TELEPHONES

Parents wishing to telephone the Academy on official business should use the following number:  (610) 667-9612.  Direct number to Upper School Office is (610) 617-2228 or 610 617-2294, ext. 3021.

Parents should restrict personal messages to be conveyed through the office to those of a most urgent nature.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Crossing the railroad tracks at either Overbrook or Merion Station is forbidden; use the underpass.  Students should use North Latches Lane and Merion Road as the route to and from Merion Station.  Raynham Road between Latches Lane and Highland Avenue is off limits for cars.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL

The Upper School Student Council represents a voice for the entire student body and serves in an advisory role to the administration while promoting school spirit, morale, and extracurricular activities. The student council will be composed of twenty-four students and two faculty advisors.  Each form has six council members; those council members are the class president, vice president, the disciplinary representative and three others who are exclusively council members.

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

                                                President:  J. Truett Dwyer

Secretary/Treasurer:  Blake B. Shafer

 

III Form                  President                              G. Hayden S. Walling

                                Vice President                      Paul Riley

                                Discipline                              Graham W. Smith

                                Council Members                                Zachary K. Wolfe

                                                                                Bryan R. Bradley

 

IV Form                  President                              Peter J. Flynn

                                Vice President                      Sloane A. Snyder

                                Discipline                              Timothy A. Suspenski

                                Council Members                                Julia A. (Gigi) Constable

                                                                                Merriel P. Foster

                                                                                Charlotte R. Kelly

 

V Form                   President                              David B. Rinnier

                                Vice President                      Michael J. McNulty

                                Discipline                              Randall J. Teti

                                Council Members                                Tyler M. Luff

                                                                                Matthew S. Paterno

                                                                                Edwin B. Wee

 

VI Form                  President                              Alexandra H. Van Arkel

                                Vice President                      G. Alexander Buzby

                                Discipline                              J. Truett Dwyer

                                Council Members                                Gregory P. Nealis

                                                                                Jack T. McCallum

                                                                                Blake B. Shafer

 

Faculty Advisors:                                                  Mrs. Cheryl K.McLauchlan

                                                                                Ms. Angela Miklavcic

                                                                               

 

 

EA COMMUNITY FORUM

The EA Community Forum is a program sponsored by the Alumni Society and the EA Parents Association, which seeks to engage alumni, parents, and the Philadelphia community through a series of educational and entertaining evening programs during the academic year.

 

RELIGIOUS PROGRAM

Because the Episcopal Academy was founded by clergy and laymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church, strong ties with this communion have always existed.  The Chaplains of the Academy are priests of the Episcopal Church, and the book of Common Prayer is the basis of the ritual used in many chapel services.

 

Upper School students attend Chapel six out of twelve days of the twelve day cycle.  There is a variety of worship experiences that assist a student in deepening his or her faith by experiencing the faith of another.  Traditional services and innovative expressions of worship such as plays and offerings of music are conducted.  Faculty and students as well as parents, alumni, and people from outside of the Episcopal community speak in Chapel enhancing the diversity of worship.  Issues of faith, character development, ethics, morals, service, social justice, and human relations are themes that are at the heart of the Chapel program.  There is an optional Eucharist celebrated on Fridays.  Chapel is also the place where special services of recognition occur where the community gathers to recognize the gifts and talents that have been given to us by God.

 

STUDENT VESTRY

The Student Vestry of Christ Chapel plans and conducts Chapel services in conjunction with the Chaplain and members of the Religion Department.  The Vestry establishes the Chapel theme for the year in consultation with members from other units of the school and works on the various ways that those themes will be expressed through worship.  They involve as many of the community as possible in the Chapel program making the liturgy truly the work of the people.  The Vestry organizes the Fall Food Drive in collaboration with The Haverford School.  Since service is seen as an outgrowth of a religious impulse, the Vestry works closely with the Community Service Program.

 

                Senior Warden                                     Kevin J. DiSilvestro, ‘08

                Accounting Warden                             Alexandra C. Jahnle, ‘08

 

MEMBERS

Mia Kent, ‘08

Benjamin A. Mickel, ‘08

Thomas A. Bergstrom, ‘09

Michael J. Harvey, ‘09

Richard A. Rosati, ‘09

Robert A. Wassell, ‘09

Christie L. DiSilvestro, ‘10

Kelsey A. Gula, ‘10

 

                                The Rev. James R. Squire, Chaplain

                                Mrs. Kris Aldridge

                                Mr. Stephen Biehn

 

 

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS

The Academy provides students with a great number of opportunities to serve others.  The Community Service Program contributes to the spiritual development of all who participate.  The program fosters leadership through student coordinator roles and encourages cooperation by allowing students to work side by side with individuals, inside and outside the school, who differ culturally, socio-economically, in physical ability and age.

The program is entirely voluntary, but participation is monitored and reported to those concerned with each student's overall development.  Everyone, including staff and faculty, is encouraged to get involved in Community Service.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARD

 

Christopher J.Y. Ballard

Michelle J. Kim

Lauren A. Pettit

Alejandro D. Rettig y Martinez

Alexandra H. Van Arkel

Paul J. Vithayathil

Julia C. Williams

Samantha S. Arbitman

Sydney L. Grims

Caroline D. Hanamirian

Hunter B. Hanson

Julian I. Jowise

Dylan V. Mullen

Matthew S. Paterno

Caroline P. Pratt

Julian E. Rodriguez

Lily C. Austin

Victoria A. Baena

Kelsey G. Baldwin

Winston C. Hamilton

 

Director - Mr. Robert E. Trumbull

 

KEY CLUB

Members of the Key Club assist the Admissions Office, the Alumni Office, and the entire Academy by serving as hosts and guides for the many people who visit our school.

 

 

DRAMA

Open to all students in the Upper School, the Domino Club presents a full dramatic program. Included are two major productions. Opportunities exist in the club for acting, directing, set construction and design, and lighting.

 

The Domino Board

Jeremy M. Asch, Co-President

Elliot D. Faust, Co-President

Christopher J.Y. Ballard

Rachel M. Chung

Hunter B. Hanson

Emmaline M. Imbriglia

Hannah F. LaPalombara

Zoe F. LaPalombara

Isaac S. Loftus

Ms. Susan LaPalombara - Director

 

MUSICAL ORGANIZATIONS

The Concert Choir serves as the department's curricular vocal ensemble. The Concert Choir presents three major concerts yearly, offers anthems at school Chapel services, performs for community service events throughout the year, and presents many off campus performances, including an annual touring performance trip. The Concert Choir rehearses during the academic day, during D Block.

                Director                  Mr. Joseph Buches

                President              Emmaline M. Imbriglia

Student Conductor              Elliot D. Faust

 

The Vocal Ensemble is Episcopal Academy's select a’ cappella group. Membership in the Concert Choir is a prerequisite to membership in the Vocal Ensemble. Pre-auditions occur in the spring with final auditions occurring in the fall. The Vocal Ensemble performs SATB repertoire, as well as some SSAA/TTBB repertoire. The Vocal Ensemble presents three major concerts yearly, offers anthems at school Chapel services, performs for community service events throughout the year, serves a leadership role in chapel services, and presents many off campus performances, including an annual touring performance trip. The Vocal Ensemble rehearses during the academic day, during D Block.

                Director                  Mr. Joseph Buches

 

The Concert Band serves as one of the department's curricular instrumental ensembles. The Concert Band presents three major concerts yearly, offers anthems at school Chapel services, performs for community service events throughout the year, and presents many off campus performances, including an annual touring performance trip. The Concert Band rehearses during the academic day, during D Block.

                Director                  Mr. Ryan Dankanich

                President              Ankur Arya

Student Conductor              Blake B. Shafer

 

The Jazz Combo members are selected by audition from the Concert Band, with auditions occurring each fall. This ensemble explores the many styles of jazz through performance. The Jazz Combo serves as a curricular instrumental ensemble. The Jazz Combo presents three major concerts yearly, offers anthems at school Chapel services, performs for community service events throughout the year, and presents many off campus performances, including an annual touring performance trip. The Jazz Combo rehearses during the academic day, during D Block.

                Director                  Mr. Ryan Dankanich

 

The Chamber Orchestra serves as a curricular instrumental ensemble for strings. The Chamber Orchestra presents three major concerts yearly, offers anthems at school Chapel services, performs for community service events throughout the year, and presents many off campus performances, including an annual touring performance trip. The Chamber Orchestra rehearses during the academic day, during D Block.

                Director                  Ms. Katherine Wilber

                President              Michelle J. Kim

 

The Chamber Ensemble is Episcopal Academy's select ensemble for string players. Membership in the Chamber Orchestra is a prerequisite to membership in the Chamber Ensemble. Members are selected from the Chamber Orchestra along with the occasional addition of non-string instrumental students. The Chamber Ensemble presents three major concerts yearly, offers anthems at school Chapel services, performs for community service events throughout the year, and presents many off campus performances, including an annual touring performance trip. The Chamber Ensemble rehearses during the academic day, during D Block.

                Director                  Ms. Katherine Wilber

 

 

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

The student publications of the School are the Academy Scholium, the Tabula, and the Epolitan.

 

SCHOLIUM

The Academy Scholium is the monthly newspaper whose object is to acquaint the students, their parents, alumni, and others interested in the school with news of current events.  Working for the Scholium is one of the best ways of learning about the school and provides practical experience in journalism and business management.  Membership on the Scholium Board is determined by a person's ability to write news.  Students wishing to become a member of the Board should approach the editors and request an assignment to determine their ability.

 

                Editors-in-Chief                                   T.J. Carson

                                                                                Michelle Kim

                News Editors                                       Erin Flynn

                                                                                Caroline Hanamirian

                Features                Editors                                  Hallie Snyder

                                                                                Anna Strong

                Editorial Editors                                   Isha Gulati

                                                                                Christopher Lake

                Sports Editors                                      Chris Ballard

                                                                                Christine Chen

                Arts Editors                                           Cimmie Binning

                                                                                Andrew Espe

                Community Editors                             Sydney Grims

                                                                                Abby Kloppenburg

                Photography Editor                             E.J. Spofford

                Lead Reporters                                   Jules Rodin

                                                                                Emily Sax

                                                                                Sean Shirali

                Staff Writers                                          Ellie Barton

                                                                                Martina McPhail

                                                                                Sarah Mumanachit

                                                                                James Underwood

                Staff Photographer                              Matt Eisenhofer

                Faculty Advisor                                     Mrs. Anne Barr

 

 

 

TABULA

The Tabula is the Academy yearbook.

                Editor-in-Chief                                      Nicole Carrido

                Co-Editors                                            Kendall Sharkey

                                                                                Joi Patterson

                                                                                Kelly Zug

                Photo Editors                                       Clemens Cox

                                                                                Kendall Selverian

                Faculty Advisor                                     Mr. Douglas Parsons

                                                                                Mr. Christopher McCreary                 

 

 

EPOLITAN

The Epolitan, the Academy's creative-writing magazine, is produced by Upper School students and includes writing from faculty and students of all grade levels.

                Faculty Advisor                                     Ms. Katherine Sullivan

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES & CLUBS

Arts Festival Club                                                              

                Faculty Advisor                                     Mr. Joe Buches

 

Asian Club – The newly formed Asian Club celebrates Asian culture through film and cuisine.  Asian Club is non-exclusive and welcomes students from all grades, religions, and ethnic backgrounds.

 

                Faculty Advisor                     Mrs. Mindy Hong

                                                                Adolphus L. Williams, Jr.

 

Book Discussion Group – this club is an informal group of students, faculty and staff that meet once a month to discuss our current favorite fiction and non-fiction and to share suggestions and impressions.  The club meets at lunch on the first floor of Annenberg Library.

                Faculty Advisors                   Mrs.Jacqueline B.Sabat

                                                                Mrs.Linda McHale Smith

                                                                Mrs. Nina Coffin

 

Chess Club, open to all students interested in the game.

Meetings occur during the lunch block.

                Chess Master                      Mr. Warren L. Smith

                Faculty Advisor                     Mrs.Jacqueline B.Sabat

 

Diversity Awareness Club is a student organization that provides support, voice, and leadership for those issues related to diversity in our school.  Membership is open to all Upper School students and the group works with the Office of Community Life toward the purpose of creating a safe environment for all persons who are a part of the Episcopal Academy community.  The club is committed to achieving a school community where differences are valued and celebrated.

                Faculty Advisor                     Ms.Dionne Willis

                                                                Mr. Adolphus L. Williams, Jr.

 

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Group is an organization where students meet weekly and discuss ways to communicate serious issues with their parents.  The students also choose speakers to present these issues to the Upper and Middle School students.

                Faculty Advisor                     Dr. Susan F. Rubin

 

Junto, the school debating society, is open to all students in the Upper School. The Junto is governed by a board of students and faculty advisors. Tournaments are held for both novice and open level debaters. We are also members of the Inter-Ac League and debate against teams of other independent schools.  The most important tournament of the year is for the MacBean Bowl. The winners' names are engraved on the bowl, and the tournament is judged by returning alumni who were Junto members at Episcopal. The best debater of the year is awarded the George Greenwood Plaque. At graduation, the Class of 1992 Prize honors the student who has contributed most to the growth of debating at Episcopal.

                Faculty Advisors                   Mr. Robert R. Bishop

Mrs. Jennifer C. Maier

                                                                Mr. Adolphus L. Williams, Jr.

                Board                                     Jeremy Asch

Meagan Berry

T.J. Carson

Eli Kohn

                                                                Alejandro Rettig y Martinez

                                                                Paul Vithayathil

                                                                Reid Whelan

 

Library Advisory Board – this group of students is selected to represent a student voice in collection development.  Students demonstrate an interest in reading and research and aid the librarians in communicating new resources.

                Faculty Advisors                   Mrs. Jacqueline Sabat

                                                                Mrs. Linda Smith

                                                                Mrs. Nina Coffin

 

Mock Trial Club – This group of students meets in the late fall and winter to prepare for and participate in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Statewide Mock Trial Competition.  They travel to Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown to compete with other high school teams before a Court of Common Pleas judge.  A jury of attorneys decides the case and scores the competitors.  Success at the county level could result in advancing to regional and state level competition.

                Faculty Advisors                   Mrs. Jennifer C. Maier

                                                                Mr. Adolphus L. Williams, Jr.

 

Prism - A prism takes normal white light and separates it into individual colors, exposing the multifaceted nature of such a common part of our everyday lives.   As a group, Prism hopes for a similar fate at Episcopal.  Focusing on issues of sexual orientation, Prism aims to create an environment in the school where these issues can be discussed and stereotypes are eliminated.

                Faculty Advisors                   Mrs. Harriet Crane

                                                                Mr. Robert R. Bishop

                President                              Julia Tamaccio

 

Rock Club - Our purpose is to provide a place for rock musicians and enthusiasts to listen to, discuss, and even play rock music on occasion.  We feel that there are many students who play and enjoy rock music who have no place to express their enthusiasm with others during the school day.  We want to provide that place for students.  We will help aspiring rock musicians who plan to participate in school-run musical events such as the Dora Khayatt and the Arts Festival.  We will encourage members to sign up for a meeting block in which they can bring in a rock music media of their choice and make a presentation on it.  Episcopal needs a place where musicians can express their opinions without being filtered into the non-rock music performance classes at school.

                Faculty Advisor                     Mrs. Kris W. Aldridge

 

Socie'te' d'Honneur de Francais for French students in good academic standing.  Members will take part in language and cultural activities on campus, publish a French newspaper, and provide tutoring in French as a service to the community.

                President                              Justin Torosian

                Vice President                      Francis Nassau

Faculty Advisor                     Ms.Suzanne W. Zeleznik

 

World Affairs Club - This club meets once a week to discuss current events. We promote global awareness through a variety of activities.  These include movies, speakers, and discussions.  We also participate in Model Senate, Model United Nations, and Mock International Court of Justice through the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.  This politically unbiased club is open to all students and faculty who wish to discuss world issues, share opinions or simply listen.

                Faculty Advisor                     Mrs. Harriet Crane

                Co-Presidents                     Julia Williams

                                                                Julia Tamaccio

                Vice President                      Caroline Constable

                Secretary                               Cimmie Binning

 

               

Young Democrats, a group of students dedicated to working for good government through the Democratic Party.

                President                              Naimah J. Bahar

                Vice-President                     Alexandra S. Peters

                Secretary                               Sophia N. Lambertsen

                Treasurer                              Brittany J. McCormick

                Faculty Advisors                   Mr. Robert Trumbull

                                                                Dr.Sheryl Forste-Grupp

 

Young Independents Club, a group of students committed to the review of issues of national concern without reference to the platforms of the two major political parties.

 

                Faculty Advisor                     Mrs. Kris W. Aldridge

 

Young Republicans Club, a group of students dedicated to working for good government through the Republican Party, meets during lunch on Fridays.

                President                              T.J. Carson

                Faculty Advisor                     Mrs.Jacqueline B.Sabat

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL SONG

 

EPISCOPAL

EPISCOPAL!   EPISCOPAL!

Thy spirit now be o'er us.

With one acclaim we praise thy name

In song and lusty chorus.

May all obey thy kindly rule,

And may our ardor never cool,

Episcopal, Episcopal!

 

EPISCOPAL!  EPISCOPAL!

Our dear and honored mother.

In class or field, we'll never yield

A place to any other.

Then let us strive, whate'er the game,

To add new lustre to thy fame,

And loyal be to thy dear name!

Episcopal, Episcopal!

 

                                                                                -JEFFERSON SHIEL

                                                                                 CURTIS R.YORK

 

SCHOOL PRAYERS

 

Almighty God, you who have

Given to us an example of

human life in your son,

Jesus the Christ,

Come among us in Spirit.

 

Give to us

hearts of flesh with which to love,

minds filled with wisdom that we may serve others,

bodies fit to play and work in your service,

That we may become your loved ones as He is.

                                                                                                Amen.

                                                                The Rev. James A. Trimble

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE PRAYER

 

Dear Lord,

We shall pass through this world but once.

Any good therefore, that we can do,

or any kindness that we can show,

to any human being, let us do it now.

Let us not defer or neglect it,

for we shall not pass this way again.

                                                                                                Amen.


AWARDS & RECOGNITION

 

STANDARD BEARERS

The standard bearers, elected by the Faculty to represent the Upper School, carry the colors of our country and school during academic processions, chiefly Graduation and the September Honors Chapel Service.

 

                                 Joi C. Patterson ‘08

                                Julian E. Rodriguez ‘09

 

CUM LAUDE SOCIETY

The Cum Laude Society, founded in 1906, is an organization devoted to the recognition of academic excellence while simultaneously striving to encourage qualities of justice and honor.  The Episcopal Academy Chapter was founded in 1952.  At the time of the 1996 Triennial Convention, the Society consisted of 332 chapters, 22 of which were located in public schools and 310 in independent schools in the United States, Canada, England, France, and Spain.  Some 4,000 new student members are inducted annually.  No more than 20 percent of a chapter’s senior class may be elected to membership.

 

No more than 10 percent of Episcopal’s rising senior class may be elected to membership at the conclusion of junior year.  Additional students may be elected at the end of the first semester of senior year.  Election is based on the student’s cumulative standing commencing with the sophomore year at Episcopal.  Appropriate recognition is given to the degree of difficulty of the courses taken.  Under exceptional circumstances, students entering Episcopal after the sophomore year may be elected to membership at the end of the first semester of senior year.

 

                Secretary                               Mr. Robert R.Bishop

 

THE BENJAMIN H. READ '43 SCHOLAR

 

Prior to V Form, students are advised that the selection of the Benjamin H. Read '43 Scholar is based on two main criteria.  First, the student must demonstrate excellent scholarship in stated History courses with emphasis on written and oral expression.  Second, the student must submit a project proposal dealing with a problem of national or international significance before the Christmas recess of the V Form year.  The History Department Chair names the selection committee and publishes the procedure governing the process of selection.  The selection committee chooses the Scholar.

 

The award itself (a cash grant from the endowment) assists the student in taking on the project which, in most cases, will be done during the summer before the senior year.  During the fall semester of VI Form year, the Read Scholar will make an appropriate report.

 

2007 Jacqueline Bailey

 

PRIZES

The Upper School prizes are awarded to students annually at Commencement, the May Awards Assembly, the three athletic assemblies, and the September Honors Chapel Service.  For a complete list of awards please see the listing at the back of the handbook.

 

 

2006 September Honors Chapel Service

 

·          The Jarvis Meirs Memorial Prize for excellence in Biology (Erin F. Flynn and Jack K. Archer).

 

·          The Kennith R. Balsley Prize for highest scholarship in the rising IV Form (Hannah F. LaPalombara).

 

·          The George T. Davis Prize for highest scholarship in the rising V Form (Hannah C. Sayen).

 

·          The Jarvis Meirs Memorial Prize for excellence in Chemistry (Justin C. Torosian).

 

·          The George Brinton Phillips Prize for the best thesis in Physics (Mallika Khandelwal; Honorable Mention to Andrew Nassau).

 

·          The Bryn Mawr College Award in Spanish is presented to the member of the Rising VI Form who has demonstrated the greatest enthusiasm for Spanish and the cultures of Spanish speaking people and who has made the greatest effort to use Spanish in a meaningful way (Sophia N. Lambertsen).

 

·          The Bryn Mawr College Award in French is presented to the member of the Rising VI Form who has demonstrated the greatest enthusiasm for French and the cultures of French speaking people and who has made the greatest effort to use French in a meaningful way (Eric Chan).

 

·          The Judith M. Diamondstone Prize, endowed in honor of a compassionate and courageous scholar, teacher, and humanitarian, is awarded to the student who submits the best American History research paper.  In addition to having a specially bound copy placed in the library, the recipient, in consultation with the Head of School, the Head of Upper School, and the Director of the Community Service Program, shall designate a community service project to receive a monetary grant from the prize's endowment (Alexander J. Kornienko).

 

·          The Paul Thompson Prize for American History (Mallika Khandelwal and Rahul Jha).

 

·          The Stephen Hopkins Kalbach Memorial Prize for excellence in English original composition (Lara Seligman – for poetry)

 

·          The William H. Ortlepp Memorial Prize for Service to the Academy…III – VI Forms (Meghan M. McCormick)

 

·          The Williams College Alumni Prize for highest scholarship in the rising VI Form (Mallika Khandelwal).

 

·          The Cornell Club Prize awarded to the member of the rising VI Form who has demonstrated creative problem solving in the Arts and Sciences (Sophia N. Lambertsen).

 

·          The Princeton Club Prize awarded to the member of the rising VI Form who combines to the highest degree exemplary community service with excellent scholarship (Meghan M. McCormick).

 

·          The Richard S. Cross, Jefferson Scholar Award to that member of the rising VI Form who, through his or her academic and athletic achievement and service to the school, is an example to the class (Ashley A. Aruffo).

 

·          The Harvard and Yale Club Prizes to the two members of the rising VI Form deemed the most worthy by reason of Scholarship, Character, School Spirit, Influence, and All-Around ability  (Harvard – Mallika Khandelwal; Yale – Victoria C. Pratt).

 

·          The Penn Book Award to that member of the rising VI Form who best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of Benjamin Franklin - a scholar, innovator and community servant (Winnie J. Liu).

 

·          The Brown University Award to the member of the rising VI Form who best combines academic excellence with clarity in written and spoken expression (Rahul Jha).

 

·          The Connecticut College Book Award to that member of the rising VI Form who demonstrates scholarship, has made a significant contribution to the school and community, and is an example to the class (Jonathan F. Trumbull).

 

·          The Colgate Book Prize awarded to that member of the rising VI Form who demonstrates thoughtfulness in word and deed, through a concern for humanity, academic enthusiasm, peer leadership and strong school spirit (Megan D. McFarland).

 

·          The John Plant Scholarships, for excellence in Classical Languages 2006-2007 (III – Simeon E. Pantelidis;  IV – Erin F. Flynn; V – Mark E. Nakahara;  VI – Mallika Khandelwal).

 

 

 

                2007 May Awards Assembly

 

·          The Arthur Hobson Quinn Memorial Award for the outstanding actor in the Domino Club productions (Jordan A.King Haddad; Honorable Mention to Jonathan Trumbull).

 

·          The E. Lamont Johnson Memorial Award for the outstanding actress of the year in the Domino Club productions (Samantha A. Aronchick).

 

·          The John B. Muir Memorial prize for the greatest contribution to the Domino Club in a non-acting capacity (Eric Chan).

 

·          The George F. Greenwood Prize for excellence in debating (Clifford C. Satell).

 

·          The Douglas N. MacBean Bowl for excellence in debating is presented to the winning team of the annual debate tournament.  The names are engraved on the bowl, which is on display in the Annenberg Library (Shane Isdaner and Mallika Khandelwal).

 

·          The Dora Khayatt Prize for excellence in Art (VI Form – Andrea Fieger and Luke Miller; V Form – Kristin Grogan and Brian Young;  IV Form – Sarah Coote;  III Form – Emily Rea).

 

·          The Dora Khayatt Prize for excellence in Music ( Bruce Leto – piano solo; Spencer Squire – piano solo; Jonathan Trumbull – piano solo; Jordan Haddad, Hannah LaPalombara, Jonathan Trumbull, Lindsey Wilkinson – vocal quartet).

 

·          The Lenard M. Haley Community Service Award, which is given in honor of Episcopal's founding director of the Community Service Program, goes to that Upper School Student who: through participation, commitment and concern in the form of service, provides an example for others to follow.  The award includes the inscription of the recipient's name on a permanent plaque at the Academy and $200.00 which is given to the service program of the winner's choice.  The cash gift is an annual contribution from the Edward S. Madara family (Hunter B. Hanson).

 

·          The Episcopal Academy Spirit of Volunteerism Award is given every year to someone, other than a student, who through support, participation, and guidance has exhibited outstanding dedication to the Community Service Program (Ms. Catherine Bennett).

 

2007 Commencement

 

·          The Sportsmanship Cup (Girls) awarded in memory of Dorothy Lee Haslam to that girl on the Academy teams whose record has stood out as combining distinguished athletic achievement with high sportsmanship (Logan E. Greer).

 

·          The Sportsmanship Cup for Boys awarded in memory of Luis J. Mata of the Class of 1932.  As of June 13, 2002 the award was named The James L. Crawford Jr. Sportsmanship Cup for Boys in appreciation to Jay Crawford for his dedication to and appreciation for athletic achievement and sportsmanship.

                The James L. Crawford Jr. Sportsmanship Cup for Boys is awarded in memory of Luis J. Mata of the Class of 1932 to that boy on the Academy teams whose record has stood out as combining distinguished athletic achievement with high sportsmanship. (Daniel E. Gillespie).

 

·          The 1992 Junto Officers’ Award for greatest contribution to the Junto (Piervincenzo L. Russo).

 

·          The Vincent R. Michael Memorial Prize for proficiency and originality in the use of Technology (Yasha K. Shahidi).

 

·          The Episcopal Academy Art Prize given by the Arts Guild of the Episcopal Academy Parents Association to that member of the Graduating Class who, in the opinion of the Art Department, demonstrates the most creative talent in Art (Andrew W. Kratz).

 

·          The Erwin W. Drexel Prize awarded to that student who, in the opinion of the Art Department faculty, has demonstrated outstanding talent and proficiency in the technical arts including woodworking, mechanical drawing, architectural drafting and computer aided drafting and design (William T. Brinks)

 

·          The Francis L. Jackson, Jr. Prize for excellence in Spanish (Mallika Khandelwal).

 

·          The Alumni Prizes for the members of the Graduating Class with the highest standing in English (Victoria C. Pratt), Mathematics (Winnie J. Liu), French (Alexandra S. Peters and Meghan M. McCormick), and Latin (Victoria C. Pratt).

 

·          The Dorothy and Alan Hume ‘44 Scientia Medal awarded by the Science Department to that graduating senior whose interest, aptitude and achievement in all scientific disciplines embodies the qualities of a future scientist (Winnie J. Liu).

 

·          The William Jonathan Davis, Jr. Memorial Prize for achievement in history other than American (Spencer P. Squire).

 

·          The Class of 1890 Prize for the best essay in Religion (Katherine E. O’Brien).

 

·          The Class of 1966 Curtis R. York Memorial Music Prize to that student in the Upper School who has made the greatest contribution to the music program (Jonathan F. Trumbull).

 

·          The James H. McK. Quinn Prize for that member of the Graduating Class who by virtue of talent and effort has made the greatest contribution to the drama program (Kelsey A. Platt and Spencer P. Squire).

 

·          The Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in VI Form (Rahul Jha).

 

·          The Jefferson Shiel Prize for the greatest general development   (Eric Y.P.Chan.).

 

·          The William H. Ortlepp Memorial Prize for service to the Academy…III-VI Forms (Megan M. McCormick).

 

·          The James B. Markoe Award to that member of the Graduating Class who, in the opinion of his or her classmates, is the most honorable and upright, the cleanest living, and most unselfish and thoughtful of others, without regard to scholarship or athletics (by vote of the class)  (Megan D. McFarland). (86th Award)

 

·          The Class of 1877 Prize to that member of the Graduating Class who has shown the greatest Proficiency in Scholarship, combined with a proper interest in Athletics, true strength of Character, and Popularity (by vote of the class) (Ashley A. Aruffo). (118th Award)

 

2006-2007 ATHLETIC AWARDS

Fall

·          The E.A. Cross-Country Team Award, awarded to that member whose cooperation, spirit and performance have inspired his teammates to name him for this honor (William Oldfather).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize - Boys Cross Country (Rahul Jha).

·          The Philip Marr Lillie Award to that member of the Episcopal Academy football team who, in the opinion of the football coaches, has displayed to the highest degree, outstanding ability, school spirit, and courtesy (Matthew J. Sheehan).

·          The F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Bowl, sponsored by Dixon's Quarterbacks and awarded by the coaches to the senior football team member of the Episcopal Academy who by his play and strength of character, best exemplifies the qualities of dedication and unselfish contribution to his team (Luke M. Miller).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize - Football (Daniel E.Gillespie).

·          The Alumni Memorial Gold Soccer Ball awarded in memory of the Academy soccer players who died in World War II, to that member of the Episcopal Academy soccer team who, in the opinion of his teammates, has proven himself most valuable to his team in skill, leadership, and sportsmanship (King Saah).

·          The Class of 1999 Soccer Award awarded annually by teammates to the member of the Episcopal Academy soccer team of good moral character, who, during the season, has best exemplified the following traits and characteristics:  Observance of the rules of the game and fairness towards opponents, loyalty and devotion to Episcopal’s soccer interests, courage, self control and modesty, perseverance and determination (E. Blair Fox)

·          The EA Defender Award (Boys Soccer) (Blake Shafer and Jonathan M. Morris).

·          Episcopal's Bicentennial Class Field Hockey Award, awarded to that member of the team, who, in the opinion of her teammates and coaches, best exemplifies team effort, sportsmanship and spirit (Jessie L. Small).

·          The Team of 1994 Field Hockey Award presented to that member of the varsity field hockey team who by her outstanding play, leadership and dedication has proven herself most valuable to the team (Logan E. Greer).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize - Field Hockey (Eugenia A. Norcini).

·          The High Scorer Award (Field Hockey) (Kaitlin J. Brennan and Eugenia A. Norcini)

·          The Team of l986 Tennis Award presented to the girl who, in the opinion of her teammates and coaches best combines team spirit, outstanding effort and courtesy both on and off the court (Brittany J. Steidle).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize - Girls Tennis (Elspeth W. Boynton).

·          The Singles Champion Award (Girls Tennis) (Elizabeth D. Hamlin).

·          The William J. Dougherty III Water Polo Excellence Bowl awarded to that player whose unique combination of athletic ability, determination, and persistence has enabled him to lead the team in goals and assists (Kevin J. DiSilvestro).

·          The Kristofer B. Dahl Water Polo Award to that member of the varsity water polo team who in the opinion of teammates and coaches, demonstrated the highest level of sportsmanship, teamwork, spirit and enthusiasm (Daniel H.  Burke).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Boys Water Polo (Carter S. Cox).

·          The Episcopal Academy Water Polo Excellence Award (Girls) (Christie L. DiSilvestro).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize - Girls Water Polo (Sophia N. Lambertsen).

·          The Team of 1994 Cross Country Award, in memory of Maura C. Murphy, presented to that runner who in the opinion of her teammates and coaches has displayed to the highest degree leadership, dedication, and team spirit (Paige E. Donaldson).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize  - Girls Cross Country (Ann V. Spofford).

·          The Catherine M. Hunt Soccer Award (Caroline M. Komlo).

·          The Episcopal Academy Gold Soccer Ball (Girls) (Hallie C. Snyder).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Girls Soccer (Ashley A. Aruffo).

 

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Winter

·          The Class of 1929 Gold Basketball awarded to that member of the Episcopal Academy basketball squad who, in the opinion of his teammates, best exemplifies courage and spirit (Earle Blair Fox).

·          The Daniel J. Dougherty Basketball Alumni Award is presented to that individual on the Varsity Boys Basketball Team, who in the opinion of his coaches and teammates, most exemplifies the tradition of EA basketball through his unselfish leadership, ability and unyielding determination (Michael J. Nealis).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Boys Basketball (Shane M. Isdaner)

·          The team of 1983 Basketball Award presented to the girl who in the opinion of her teammates and coaches best combines sportsmanship, teamwork, and outstanding effort (Caroline M. Komlo).

·          The Girls' Basketball High Scorer Plaque (Brittany N. Perfetti).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Girls Basketball (Ashley A. Aruffo).

·          The George W. Hebard, Jr. Award presented by the team of '74 to that member of the Ice Hockey team who, in the opinion of his teammates and coaches, best exemplifies effort, unselfishness, skill and sportsmanship (Taylor W. Hess).

·          The Roger C. White Cup of Character is awarded to the Varsity Ice Hockey player who, in the opinion of his/her teammates, most reflects those qualities evidenced in the life of Coach White:  great leadership, work ethic, and strength of character and body, both on and off the ice (William T. Brinks).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Ice Hockey (William D. Oldfather and Jack T. McCallum).

·          The Wayne C. Astley, Jr.Memorial Award, honoring that member of the squash team, who, in the opinion of teammates and coach, best combines ability, courtesy and good sportsmanship (Todd Harrity).

·          The Benjamin Brannan Reath, 3rd, Memorial Plaque awarded to the winner of the Academy Squash Tournament (Todd Harrity).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Boys Squash (T. Brandon McLaughlin).

·          The 1989 Girls' Squash Team Cup awarded to that player who, as voted by her teammates and coach, best displays dedication, sportsmanship and spirit (Anne G. Madeira).

·          The Heckscher Bowl awarded to that member of the Girls' Squash Team who finishes first in the Episcopal Academy Individual Tournament (Logan E. Greer).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Girls Squash (Logan E. Greer)

·          The 1969 Swimming Team Trophy, awarded to the member of the team who, in the opinion of teammates and coaches, has contributed the most to Episcopal Academy's boys' swimming (Carter W. Murdoch).

·          The Team of 1999 Swimming Award awarded by the varsity coaches to that individual who, by their leadership and outstanding ability, is the most valuable to the Varsity Boys Swimming Team (Carter W. Murdoch).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Boys Swimming (Christopher M. Cox).

·          The A. Moyer Kulp Swimming Bowl awarded to the member of the team who, in the opinion of her teammates and coaches, has contributed the most to Episcopal Academy girls' swimming (Kerri E. McShane).

·          The Most Outstanding Swimming Award (Jessie L. Small).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Girls Swimming (Kerri E. McShane).

·          The George F. Greenwood Winter Track Award to that member of the winter track team who has made the greatest contribution to the sport during his career (Geoffrey D. McQuilkin).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Boys Winter Track (Gregory S. Cohn).

·          The Team of 1994 Winter Track Award to that member of the girls' Winter Track Team who, in the opinion of her teammates and coaches and by her devotion and dedication of two years or more has elevated the standards of girls' Winter Track for herself and for others as manifested in her talent, enthusiasm and in her love of the sport. (Nantale J. Nsibirwa).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Girls Winter  Track (Alexandra C. Jahnle).

·          The Bates Sharp Memorial Wrestling Trophy awarded to that member of the wrestling team who, in the opinion of the wrestling coaches, has displayed to the highest degree outstanding ability, school spirit and courtesy (Kyle M. Brooman).

·          The Allman Wrestling Career Contribution Award awarded to that member of the Episcopal Academy wrestling community, who in the opinion of the wrestling team and coaches, has made the greatest contribution to Episcopal Academy wrestling (Glenn C. Gallagher).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Wrestling (Glenn C. Gallagher).

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Spring

·          The "Eddie Collins" Bat, awarded to the member of the baseball team making the most base hits (Vincent J. Russomagno).

·          The Rob Scott Memorial Cup awarded to that member of the baseball team who has won his letter and has the highest combined average in scholarship, batting, and fielding (Michael G. Devine).

·          The Class of 1914 Gold Baseball awarded in memory of their classmate, Richard Stockton Bullitt, for the best batting average in baseball (Douglas C. Ammon).

·          The Class of 1999 Baseball Award given to that member of the Varsity Baseball Team who, in the opinion of his coaches and teammates best displays, both on and off the field, the values upheld by the four seniors on the team of ‘99: honor and respect for the game of baseball and the Academy program, a will to improve both himself and his team, and a joy in playing the game (Michael G. Devine).

·          The James W. Straub Memorial Prize (Elliot D. Faust).

·          The Episcopal Academy Oar Award to that member of the crew team who has given the greatest service and inspiration to the team.  This is awarded by vote of the coaches (Loren B. Mead - Boys, Erin M. Espe- Girls).

·          The Scholar Athlete Award – Boys Crew (Piervincenzo L. Russo).

·          The Scholar Athlete Award – Girls Crew (Cameron A. Sieber).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Boys Crew (Piervincenzo L. Russo).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Girls Crew (Cameron A. Sieber).

·          The Helen Wilson Trophy for the Episcopal Academy Golfer who maintains the lowest stroke average in league matches throughout the season.  This includes the individual Inter-Ac championship (Ross D. Godick).

·          The Jacques H. Houdry ‘43 Award for Golf is presented to that varsity player who, without regard to ability, in the opinion of the coaches, has exhibited the best knowledge and appreciation of the rules, the sportsmanship qualities, and the etiquette that are prerequisites to the game (Charles S. Manning).

·          The Scholar Athlete Award – Golf (Carter S. Cox).

·          The EA Girls Golf Prize (Alexandra H. Van Arkel).

·          The Mind, Boyd, and Spirit Prize – Girls Golf  (Meghan M. McCormick)

·          The Stick Lacrosse Award awarded to the most outstanding Varsity Lacrosse player in the opinion of the coaches (Daniel E. Gillespie).

·          The Episcopal Academy Team of 1977 Lacrosse Prize presented to that Varsity Lacrosse letter-winner who, in the opinion of his teammates, best exemplifies team effort, sportsmanship and spirit (Luke M. Miller).

·          The Episcopal Academy Lacrosse Award presented to that member of the Varsity Lacrosse Squad who, in the opinion of the Varsity Coaches, has contributed the most to the team in an unselfish manner (Benjamin M. Lurio).

·          The Donald J. Reape Memorial Medal awarded to that member of the graduating class who has maintained the highest scholastic average among those who have won their letters in boys' lacrosse (Shane M. Isdaner).

·          The John H. Wynne, Jr. Lacrosse Award (James W. Finegan).

·          The Episcopal Academy Team of 1983 Girls' Lacrosse Award presented to that member of the Varsity Girls' Lacrosse Squad who, in the opinion of the Varsity coaches, has contributed the most to the team in an unselfish manner (Megan D. McFarland).

·          The Championship Team of 1995 Girls' Lacrosse Bowl presented to that person who by her outstanding play, leadership and sportsmanship is most valuable to the varsity lacrosse team.  This award is voted by the team and the coaches (Caroline M. Komlo).

·          The Scholar Athlete Award – Girls Lacrosse (Ashley A. Aruffo).

·          The Ground Ball Award – Girls Lacrosse (Ashley A. Aruffo).

·          The Episcopal Academy Defender Award (New Girls Lacrosse Award (Logan E. Greer).

·          The Trophy for Excellence in Softball is awarded annually to that player from the Junior Class who, in the judgment of her coach and teammates, has distinguished herself throughout her varsity career by her athletic skill, sportsmanship, and leadership by example (Victoria C. Pratt).

·          The Team of 2000 Softball Award  (Victoria C. Pratt).

·          The EA Gold Softball (Kelsey A. Gula).

·          The EA Golden Glove for Softball (Samantha C. Williams).

·          The George C. Shafer, Jr. Tennis Award presented to that person who, in the opinion of teammates and coaches, has contributed the most to the success and welfare of the Varsity Tennis Team in terms of performance, leadership and sportsmanship (Todd Harrity).

·          The John T. McCullough Cup (Todd Harrity).

·          The Scholar Athlete Award – Boys Tennis (William T. Brinks).

·          The Class of 1910 Medal for the greatest service to the track team (Geoffrey D. McQuilkin).

·          The Scholar Athlete Award – Boys Track (Geoffrey D. McQuilkin).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Boys Track (Geoffrey D. McQuilkin).

·          The 1995 Girls' Track Team Award presented to that member of the team who, in the opinion of her teammates, has been the greatest inspiration to the team by virtue of her positive attitude, effort, dedication, leadership and performance in competition (Eugenia A. Norcini).

·          The Scholar Athlete Award – Girls Track (Winnie J. Liu).

·          The Mind, Body, and Spirit Prize – Girls Track (Nantale J. Nsibirwa).

·          The Robert Urbani Athletic Service Award, awarded to that student who, in the opinion of the Varsity coaches, has given the greatest service in a managerial capacity to the athletic program at the Episcopal Academy (Rebecca Odell and Margaret N. Orr).

·          The David A. DeMoss Memorial Award presented to that member of the Episcopal Academy Fellowship of Christian Athletes who has demonstrated both a high degree of athletic ability and provided an example of Christian sportsmanship and dedication (­­­__).

·          The Class of 1912 Prize, awarded to that member of the Graduating Class who has maintained the highest scholastic average among those who have won a letter in football (Shane M. Isdaner).

·          The National Football Award – Philadelphia Chapter (Thomas Mulligan).

·          The Aimee Willard Award (Logan E. Greer)

·          The Borkowski Coaching Award (Colleen Bernabei).

·          The Keegan Award (Edward Silvi).

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Episcopal Academy reserves the right to update this handbook and its procedures at any time.

 

Acknowledgements: Episcopal Academy would like to thank Abington Friends School (Parent Involvement in Academics), Rutgers University (Academic Integrity), and Nobles and Greenough School (Off-Campus Behavior) for their assistance with language used in this Handbook.

 
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