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ELA-8 Ornament Collection
Grades > ELA-8
Tiger Pride would like to do themed Christmas trees for the ELA-2, 3-5, and 6-8.  We would like to ask each child to bring in an un-breakable, new or used tree ornament of their choice by this Friday or the Tuesday morning we return from break at the latest.  We will be decorating the Tuesday morning we return to school.  We think the kids will enjoy and it will be exciting to see their ornament on the tree.  

Students can turn their ornament in to collection boxes placed around the school.   We really appreciate your help with this project.
We will be Collecting Gently Used Toys, Games, Outerwear and Books
Grades > ELA-8
As you organize, clean out and decorate for the upcoming Holidays, we wanted to let you know that we will be collecting gently used toys, games, art supplies and winter outerwear in December to benefit the Angel Express organization. 
 
After the Holidays, we will be collecting gently used books for our second annual children's book drive. So, hold onto those books your children have outgrown and we will re-home them with some deserving children and schools in our community!
SAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Barnes & Noble Book Fair to Benefit Darlington
Grades > ELA-8
On December 12-13, Darlington will be hosting a book fair at Barnes & Noble. Many members of our community will be participating in a variety of ways, from musical performances, to academic presentations, to reading stories. We would love for you to mark your calendars to be a part of this great community event.

As you visit the store and the website to make purchases on these two days, a portion of the proceeds will go directly back to Darlington School to benefit our students! Every item from notecards to whole cheesecakes qualifies. More details will be posted following Thanksgiving break.
Basketball Gear
Grades > ELA-12

If you want some Darlington Basketball Gear, order here by Dec. 1st

http://team-shop.lidsteamsports.com/form/show/DARLINGTONBBBTEAM

 

REQUIRED TESTING for JUNIORS -Update!
Grades > 9-12

Testing:

Every Darlington student is required to take two (2) tests in the spring of the junior year (December through June) and one (1) test in the fall of the senior year (September through November).  TOEFL test for non-native speakers of English and SAT Subject Tests used in some competitve admissions processes would be taken in addition to the two required tests, not in place of these two tests.

 

You may choose to take two SATs, two ACTs, or one of each.  Remember that the tests are very different from one another: the SAT is a puzzle which wants to know, “Can you figure out the puzzle which is this test?” while the ACT wants to know, “What have you learned in school?” The ACT is usually considered more straightforward, but it tests a higher level of math than the SAT as well as science and history. Our advice? Try one of each and see which one suits you best.

 

Upcoming Tests:

January 24 – SAT

            Will be given at Darlington

            Potential conflicts: Wrestling and basketball

February 7 – ACT

            Will NOT be given at Darlington (Given at Shorter)

            Potential conflicts: Swimming & diving, wrestling, and basketball

March 14 – SAT

            Will NOT be given at Darlington (given at Rome High)

            Potential conflicts: Spring Break

April 18 – ACT

            Will be given at Darlington

            Potential conflicts: Prom (though the tests are given in the morning - you could still test and have plenty of time to get ready for prom)

May 2 – SAT

            Will be given at Darlington

            Potential conflicts: Track, tennis, and baseball

June 6 – SAT

            Will NOT be given at Darlington (will be given at Georgia Highlands)

            Potential conflicts: Summer break

June 13 - ACT

            Will NOT be given at Darlington

            Potential conflicts: Summer break

 

Look ahead at your schedule and plan what tests you are going to take for your entire college process! These are the conflicts currently listed on the school calendar; others may arise.

 

Registration information: 

You MUST register for your first test and turn in your admission ticket by the day we return from Thanksgiving break, Tuesday, December 2nd Print out 2 copies of your registration ticket. Keep one for yourself and bring the other to Mrs. Crawford in the College Guidance Office in Wilcox Hall. Emailed tickets will NOT be accepted – you MUST PRINT IT! If you fail to turn in a ticket by the deadine , you will be penalized one (1) demerit per day that it is late! Why are we being so strict? It is essential that we have testing information for you to advise you in your college choices. Also, you will more than likely improve as you continue to test, and you need adequate opportunities to test multiple times. We will ask for your second registration ticket later in the spring, but you may certainly go ahead and register for both tests now, if you would prefer. If there is any reason why you feel that you cannot meet the December 2nd registration deadline, come see us in advance of the deadline. We want to help you!

 

To register for the SAT, go to www.sat.collegeboard.org

To register for the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org

 

·      You will need a credit card to register. Resident students, if you need help with this, see your Head of House or come to the College Guidance Office.

·      You will need to list Darlington's school code which is 112-585.
·      Resident students: use your Darlington address.
·      If you think you will need extended time or other accommodations, see Mrs. Goldin in the Learning Center.  This paperwork takes some time to process, so see her as soon as possible! Just so you know, it is relatively simple to receive extended time for the SAT, while it is extremely difficult to receive it for the ACT.
·      Mrs. Crawford will email you if you qualify for a fee waiver.
·      You may list colleges to which you would like to have your scores sent, if you wish.
·      It is important that you check for conflicts as best you can! It can be costly to change your test date, and can put you behind in your testing schedule. 

Test prep:

The two best ways to prepare for the SAT are to 1) study your PSAT results and your test book. Go over the questions you missed, and ask your teachers about questions you still don’t understand, and 2) use PrepMe on your Naviance (the link is found on the left of your home page.  The best way to prepare for the ACT is to do your best in school, since it directly reflects what you are learning in class.

 

The most important thing to remember is that theCollege Guidance Office is here to HELP you! If you have ANY questions or problems, don’t suffer in silence! Come see us!

Yearbook Photos
Grades > 9-12
On December 3 after Chapel the following pictures will be taken at the library steps:

House Senate
Servant Leadership Liaisons
Senior Superlatives (group photo)
Dar Babies
4 Year Boarders
2014-15 Post Office Schedule for Christmas Break
Grades > 9-12

2014-15

CHRISTMAS BREAK

POST OFFICE SCHEDULE

December 22-23              Open 10-3

December 24-26              Closed

December 29-30              Open 10-3

December 31                    Closed

January 1                         Closed

January 2                         Open 10-3

 

Please make sure to order early for Christmas as there will be NO deliveries to campus on Christmas Eve.


Reminders
Winter Basketball is here!
Grades > ELA-8
Attention students between the ages of 5-14 that are interested in playing recreational basketball. The rfpra is registering those students interested in having fun and improving their game by using the following link.

http://rfpra.com/ath-07Basketball.html

Once you click the link, make sure when you click, "Register Online" and that you type in "Darlington" into the search bar if you would to be placed on a team with other students at the school. Select your son or daughters appropriate age group and the rest is setting up your account if you don't already have one. Anything beyond this point would be a question for the recreation people.

Sports Coordinator - Boys Basketball
Lee Morris
Office: 706.291.0766 
lmorris@rfpra.com

Sports Coordinator - Girls Basketball & Instructional Coed
Jen Weathington 
Office: 706.291.0766 
jweathington@rfpra.com



With all of this said, numerous students have shown interest and now we are in need of coaches. Some parents have already expressed to me their interest, but I am looking for other coaches for other teams. If you are interested in coaching, please stop by the recreation department to pick up a coaching packet or give one of the two Sports Coordinators a call. 

I look forward to growing our sports program and hope you will give me a shout if you are coaching or have any questions.

Coach Eberhart



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