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All School, Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Grades > ELA-8
Important Arrival and Dismissal Reminders:
  • Please have your car visor tag visible during arrival and dismissal carlines. Email jhelbing@darlingtonschool.org if you need additional visor tags.
  • All students ELA-5 may arrive on campus at 7:30 a.m. or later and go straight to their homeroom classrooms to unpack and participate in morning activities before the bell rings.
  • Students in grades 6-8 should report to the Dodd Dining Room on the Upper School campus for breakfast if they arrive before 7:30 a.m. After 7:30 a.m., they need to go to the Ledbetter Commons in Thatcher Hall.
  • If your child is tardy, you will need to walk them in to Thatcher Hall to check in at the front desk.
  • For dismissal, please plan to pick up your children at the oldest child's dismissal time in order to control the traffic flow around campus (ELA-2: 3 p.m.; Grades 3-5: 3:15 p.m., Grades 6-8: 3:30 p.m.).
Remember that the drive behind Thatcher Hall will be closed between 8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day. Cars entering campus during this time will be directed to go through our exit drive in order to park in front of Thatcher Hall.

Please see attached form for updated Carline Procedures.
Extended Care
Grades > ELA-8
Extended Care is available each day from 3:15-6 p.m. for grades ELA-2 and 4-6 p.m. for grades 3-8. 

All students who are participating in Power Hour, an after-school activity, or a sport, who are not picked up at the culmination of their activity, will be placed in Extended Day. 

ELA-8 students who attend Extended Care will be given a snack at 4 p.m. in the Johnson Assembly Hall (cafeteria), then will have time outside for activities and exercise while also being able to take advantage of inside space in the ELA building to read, participate in art projects and complete homework.

ELA-2 students may attend Extended Care from 3:15-4 p.m. for no charge. There is a $6 charge per hour (or any part of an hour) beginning at 4 p.m. If a child is not picked up by 6 p.m., parents will be charged $1/minute. Families are billed monthly for Extended Day. 
Wednesday is Dress Day and a Late Start day.
Grades > ELA-8
School will start at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday for all grades ELA-8. Students may arrive on campus at normal times and report to their usual morning locations.

Please refer to the Uniform Guidelines in the ELA-8 handbook for what to wear today.
Darlington Day at the Rome Braves - Schedule
Grades > ELA-12
Be sure to wear your PURPLE & WHITE for Darlington Day at the Rome Braves on Saturday, Aug. 23!

If you ordered tickets on Darlington's website and you have a child in ELA-8, please pick your tickets up from Wendy Payne at Thatcher Hall between now and Friday. If you are an Upper School parent only, we will give your tickets to your child.

If you missed pre-registration, you can purchase game tickets directly from the Rome Braves at the box office window or online at www.romebraves.com.

Below is the schedule for the night:

5:30 pm - Gate 6 opens (Darlington Community should enter through this gate) 

6 pm - Parade lineup - Students wishing to participate in the pre-game parade MUST arrive by 6 pm and enter through Gate 6. They must line up in the fire lane on the third base side of the stadium at 6 pm. Parade participants will include the cheerleaders, international resident students, and any ELA-5 students who want to participate (only teachers and students will be allowed on the field).
6:15 pm - Brent Bell and students performing national anthem must line up at customer service, located near the stadium's front gates

6:30 pm - Parade begins

6:40 pm - First pitch by Brent Bell

6:50 pm - National anthem performed by fine arts students

7 pm - Game begins

If you have any questions, please contact Tannika Wester.
Join us for Tigerfest on Saturday!
Grades > ELA-12
Make plans to attend Tigerfest THIS Saturday afternoon!!!!!!

Who: YOU!
What: ELA-12 students and families are invited to come celebrate all things good about being a TIGER!
When: Saturday, Aug. 23, from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Darlington School 

This event will feature laser tag, bouncy houses, a mechanical bull, jousting, giant slides, water slides, music and entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts, and food!

Rome Braves mascot, Romey, and a few of the players will be on site from noon to 1 p.m. to get everyone pumped up for Darlington Day at the Rome Braves, which will take place Saturday evening after Tigerfest! 

We hope you and your family will make plans to attend this FUN community event! 
Bell Schedule for Wednesday, August 20, Convocation
Grades > 9-12

7:55                        Early Bell        
8:00 – 8:10              Adviser Meeting  
8:30 – 9:30              Opening Convocation, VanEs Arena  
9:45 – 10:20            3rd Period  
10:25 – 11:00          4th Period  
11:05 – 11:40          7th Period  
11:45 – 12:30          5th Period Lunch  
12:35 – 1:20            6th Period Lunch  
1:25 – 2:00              8th Period  
2:05 – 2:40              1st Period  
2:45 – 3:20              2nd Period  
4:00 – 6:15              Fall Sports Practices
Honor Case Scenarios for Discussion in Advisement
Grades > 9-12
Honor Case Scenarios for Discussion in Advisement:  Wednesday, August 27, is the Honor Book signing day.  Here are two descriptions of possible honor violations for use in advisory discussions this week.

Senario #3: 

There is a test tomorrow and a student hasn't studied yet because she was busy with her sports practices. The student gets to the dorm for study hall, can't focus because of being so stressed, and ends up doing nothing but worry until study hall is over. She tries to study but accidentally falls asleep on the bed with her books. In class the next day, she has made a quick set of notes on her phone and tries to use them to answer some of the questions. The teacher sees it and refers the incident to honor council.

Scenario #4: 

A student came to school at 7:50 one morning to find out that the worksheet that had been given for homework was going to be taken up as the first quiz grade of the year. The student did not do the worksheet and had the class first period; therefore he did not have enough time to complete the sheet on his own before class. The student asked one of his friends if he had completed the worksheet and asked to copy it. His friend said that he could. When the teacher graded the worksheets she found that the two students had the exact same answers and had missed all of the same questions. She asked the students if they had copied each other’s work and the student who allowed his friend to copy his work told the truth but the other student did not say anything.

Students-If you read Between Shades of Gray-We have a writing contest for you!
Grades > 9-12

Every year, the One Book Many Voices committee of Rome City and Floyd County sponsors a student-writing contest centered on a common book. This year the book is Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

Winners of the contest 1) receive a signed copy of the book, 2) he/she is invited to a special reception to meet the author and 3) his/her essay is printed in the Rome News-Tribune.

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In order to prepare for this contest, we included Between Shades of Gray on our summer reading list. We heard from many of you that you read and enjoyed this book, so hopefully you will consider submitting an entry.

Here is the link to info about the writing contest:
One Book Many Voices Writing Contest

Because our school started later than the city and county schools, the deadline is just a week away. Entries are due by email to meholmes@darlingtonschool.org on AUGUST 25th. (Please make sure to follow the contest instructions found on the One Book Many Voices website - link provided above.) 

If you have any questions, please stop by the library and speak to Mrs. Holmes.



Middle School Athletics
Grades > ELA-8
Dear Parents,
As athletic coordinator for the ELA-8 division and on behalf of Darlington School, I would like to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year. We have a lot of exciting opportunities in middle school athletics and hope that you will take advantage of one or more of our 22 sports offerings. 

Below you will find information about our head coaching staff for this year along with expected start dates. If you have any sports-specific questions, please don’t hesitate to email the coach at your convenience.

Go Tigers,

Chris Eberhart
ELA-8 Athletic Coordinator

Girls’ Volleyball/ Boys’ Baseball
- Coach Eberhart will coach girls’ volleyball and boys’ baseball. This will be his third year at Darlington, his fifth year coaching volleyball, and his seventh year coaching baseball. Girls’ volleyball tryouts will begin on Aug. 18. Baseball will start late February/early March.

Cheerleading - Coach Anthony will coach cheerleading during both the fall and winter seasons. This will be her first season as head cheerleading coach. Practice will start on Aug. 18. 

Cross Country - Coach Evans will coach cross country. This will be her seventh year at Darlington and her first year coaching cross country. The team will start practicing on Aug. 18. 

Football (Grades 7-8) - Coach Beaucham will coach football. This will be his first year at Darlington, though he previously served as an assistant varsity football coach at Haralson County High School. The first mandatory football practice will be on Aug. 11 from 6-8 p.m.; however, voluntary practices will take place Aug. 4-8 from 6-8 p.m.  

Softball - Coach Nealis will coach softball. This will be his third year at Darlington and his second year coaching softball. The team will start practicing on Aug. 19. 

Swimming - Coach Mumber will coach boys’ and girls’ swimming. She has 25 years of experience coaching swimming, and this will be her fourth year to coach middle school swimming at Darlington. Swim practice will begin in late October. The season will end in early February.

Boys’ Basketball/Golf - Coach Ivester (’87) will coach boys’ basketball as well as boys’ and girls’ golf. This will be his twentieth year teaching at Darlington, his twentieth year coaching basketball, and his sixth year coaching golf. Boys’ basketball tryouts will begin on Oct. 27. Golf will start late February/early March.

Wrestling/Boys’ Soccer - Coach Smith will coach wrestling and boys’ soccer. This will be his fifteenth year at Darlington, his twenty-third year coaching wrestling, and his ninth year coaching soccer. Wrestling practice will begin on Oct. 27. Soccer will start in February. 

Girls Basketball - Coach “Mac” (McConnell) will coach girls’ basketball at the middle school level in addition to serving as an assistant for the varsity girls’ basketball team. This will be his fifth year at Darlington, his second year to coach middle school basketball, and his eighteenth year to coach basketball in general. Girls’ basketball tryouts will begin on Oct. 27.  

Track & Field - Coach Collier (’08) will coach boys’ and girls’ track in addition to serving as assistant football coach. This will be his first year at Darlington. The first mandatory football practice will be on Aug. 11 from 6-8 p.m.; however, voluntary practices will take place Aug. 4-8 from 6-8 p.m. Track will start in February.  

Tennis - Coach Robinson will coach boys’ and girls’ tennis. This will be her ninth year at Darlington and her second year coaching tennis. Tennis will start in late February/early March.  

Girls’ Soccer - Coach Liddle will coach girls’ soccer. This is her fourth year at Darlington and her second year coaching girls’ soccer. She expects to get started with practice in February.

ELA-8 Library Reading Program Calendars are Due Friday
Grades > ELA-8
Any ELA-8th grade student who participated in the library's summer reading incentive program should be sure to turn in his or her calendar by Friday, August 22nd. 

Students or parents may bring the signed calendar to the library, turn the calendar in to the child's homeroom teacher or advisor, or e-mail the calendar as an attachment to the child's librarian: sfoster@darlingtonschool.org (grades ELA-2) or loverberg@darlingtonschool.org (grades 3-8).

We (the librarians) are only looking to see how many total days over the course of the summer the student read for at least 20 minutes. If your family did not use our "official" library calendar to keep track of reading days this summer, don't worry!!! In lieu of our calendar, we will happily accept signed notes from home, parent e-mails, or a different version of a calendar. We do not need to know what books were read, although we do always love hearing about that too! 

For a reminder about the details of the reading incentive program, please click here

First Week of School Parent Pickup for Middle School Sports
Grades > ELA-8
The following are the respective fall sports that are starting  week of Monday, August 18 and there respective pickup times and locations.

Starting Monday, August 18- Volleyball pickup will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Huffman parking lot.

Starting Monday, August 18- Cross Country pickup will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Thatcher Hall parent pickup line. 

Starting Monday, August 18, Football pickup will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Thatcher Hall parent pickup line. 

Starting Tuesday, August 19, Softball pickup will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Huffman parking lot by the softball field.

Please feel to give the coaches or Coach Eberhart a shout if you have any questions.

Middle School Football Cheerleading Fall 2014
Grades > ELA-8
This fall football cheerleading for grades 6-8 will be coached by Flo Anthony. No tryouts, just sign up. Practice will begin on Tuesday, August 19 at 2:45 p.m. We will meet in the Commons. Students will be dismissed to the cafeteria at 3:25 p.m. Please open the link below to view and print information. I'm looking forward to a fun and "spirited" season!
JV Cheerleading Tryout Information
Grades > ELA-12
If you are a new student, not enrolled at Darlington during the previous school year, and are interested in trying out for JV cheerleading-please come to the Johnson Field House on  Tuesday or Wednesday ( August 19 or 20) at 4:00 and meet the coaches for information.
SCUBA Certification Course
Grades > ELA-12




Have you ever had a desire to swim with the fish or sharks?


Registration for the fall DAR SCUBA course begins today.


Cost is $450  

Includes: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, and Boots


We are limited to 12 spots. The class will cover two weekends.


Open to Darlington students (age 12 to 18), parents, and alumni.


This is a three part course.

Two water skills components and the online training.


Email or stop by Mr. Holmes' office if you have questions.  
More information upon request.


Home - One week of online knowledge based training for HOMEWORK 

Huffman Pool – You can use the locker rooms to access the pool for CONFINED POOL WORK
Dive Georgia (local quarry) – Two days of open water training for 


2 Weekends in September 

* Monday, 9/5 – Book work begins

Saturday, 9/13 – Introduction, Swim Test, Beginner pool skills


Saturday & Sunday, 9/13 & 9/14 – CONFINED WATER POOL SKILLS at The Huffman Pool.


Saturday & Sunday, 9/20 & 9/21 – CERTIFICATION CHECK DIVES at Dive Georgia.


Fall Sports Program - Schedule for Picture Days New Update
Grades > ELA-12

Andy Baxter will be taking individual and team pictures that will go into our 2014 Fall Sports Program. All pictures MUST paid the day of your team's photo session - bring completed form with check on the day of photo session. (order form attached below)  

August 10:

4:30 Any new or current coaches who would like their program pic with family- Huffman patio
5:00 Varsity & JV Cheer - Silver Lake (stay for football session)
6:30 Varsity & JV Football - Football field

August 20:
3:30 Crew - Huffman patio
4:00 Varsity and JV Volleyball - Van Es Arena
4:30 Softball - Softball field
5:00 Stadium Band & Diamonds Dance Team  - Football field

August 22:
1:30 Middle School Cross Country - Huffman patio
2:00 Middle School Volleyball - Van Es Arena
2:30 Middle School Softball - Softball field
3:00 Middle School Cheerleaders - Football Stadium
3:30 Middle School Football - Football Stadium

All August 10th pictures will be available for pickup on Aug. 21 at 6:00 pm outside Yankee Wrestling Room upstairs Huffman before Tiger Kickoff.  Pictures from Aug. 20 session can be picked up Sept. 2 in the Athletic Director's office. All Middle School pictures can be picked up at the Middle School Sept. 8.

Darlington's AmazonSmile Account
Grades > ELA-12
Whenever you make a purchase from Amazon.com, use AmazonSmile and Darlington School will get a portion of the proceeds! Simply bookmark http://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-0566169 in your browser and start shopping from this page every time in order for Darlington to get credit.

Please note that Darlington will not be made aware of who has given these gifts through AmazonSmile. They will be considered gifts from Amazon.
Library Etiquette
Grades > 9-12

Welcome back, students. We've enjoyed seeing so many new and familiar faces in the library already.

In order to promote a quiet, learning environment for our students and faculty, the Library requests the following going forward:

·     Keep your voices quiet when visiting the library.

Sounds echo in our library, so please be mindful not to disturb those around you.

Others should not be able to hear your conversations.

·     No more than 4 chairs at a table and 1 chair at a study carrel are allowed at one time.

Do not move chairs.

Please push in your chairs when you leave.

·     Ask to use a study room if you wish to study with a group.

·     Return borrowed items where you found them.

Tape, pens, pencils, staplers, etc. for your use can be found by the copier.

·     Cell phones are allowed in the library.

Please use headphones if you wish to listen to music or watch a video with sound.

·     Drinks are allowed IF your cup has a lid.

·     Food is NOT allowed.

It’s messy and it attracts bugs.

Students Served through the Teaching and Learning Center- Upper School
Grades > 9-12
All parents of students that are served through the Upper School Teaching and Learning Center must sign their students plan.  If you are around campus during the next few weeks, please make sure you come by the Center to sign the plan and any other paperwork.  If you have questions or would like to make an appointment, please call Lisa Goldin @ 706 802-4392.  We will be available during orientation to do this as well.  If you cannot come by the Center, e-mail Lgoldin@darlingtonschool.org to have the forms sent to you.  
Senior Yearbook Photo Appointments
Grades > 9-12
Darlington School has selected Legacy Studios to be your official senior photographer for this year. We will be taking portraits for the Class of 2015 in Morris Chapel on August 28, 2014. 

Please go to www.legacystudios.com to book your senior appointment online. Your yearbook photo will be a traditional head and shoulder pose with a standard blue background. Gentlemen will wear their  Darlington School blazers and ladies will wear a drape (which will be  provided). Ladies, please wear a thin-strapped tank top to ensure  a quick change. 

*Please bring your sitting fee with you. Cash, credit, checks and money orders made payable to Legacy Studios are accepted* 

You will be given full color proofs immediately following your sitting and a brochure to place orders for packages or individual prints. You will also be given a password protected personal online gallery to view and purchase your images! Feel free to bring your instruments, sports equipment or any other props you feel may personalize your photos! 

Please schedule your session before August 25th!





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