I write to you from a campus that is a hive of virtual activity. Our faculty are hard at work preparing to deliver our distance learning program that is scheduled to begin on April 9. While we cannot be together on campus, we are doing our best to provide a very Holderness distance learning experience. With this in mind, I write to share some important updates regarding our virtual return to school. You can also find these updates and helpful resources on our survey. This will allow us to plan for and help provide the necessary technology, food security, and wellness support as needed for families.
Access to Essential Items on Campus
Dean of Students John Lin and Assistant Dean of Students Tyler Cabot recently contacted students with some instructions on how to retrieve items from campus. In the letter, they shared that we are defining essential items as items needed for academic work or items related to health and wellness.
We are not packing up full rooms at this time. Campus remains closed until our desired return date of May 4. This means that students and families will not have access to any building on campus and cannot enter their dorm or day rooms.
Instead, Mr. Lin and Mr. Cabot will be coordinating the retrieval of students' essential belongings. To retrieve items please read the instructions below. Be sure to coordinate with your student prior to submitting any information.
- Please fill out requesting what you would like from your room;
- There will be 6 on-campus pickup days: Tuesday 4/7, Thursday 4/9, Saturday 4/11, Tuesday 4/14, Thursday 4/16, and Saturday 4/18;
- Once you have signed up, you will receive an email from Mr. Lin and Mr. Cabot to set up a Facetime or Zoom call to go “virtually” into your room so you can guide us as we pick up your essential items;
- During your assigned pick-up time, you will pull into the Hagerman parking lot, and we will bring your bag/box of belongings to your car and you will drive away.
- We will limit the number of people allowed in each time slot to 4 per hour.
If you live at a distance and cannot make it to campus to pick-up essential academic, health, or wellness items, we will ship them to you. Please fill out the and select shipping. We will follow the same steps as outlined above, except that we will coordinate with Len Thompson in our mailroom to ship your belongings to you. Standard shipping fees will be covered by the school. We will be using your address in the , so please make sure it is accurate.
Essential academic items include: laptop, chargers, textbooks and notebooks, headphones, etc.
Essential health and wellness items include: yoga mat, musical instrument, Bluetooth speakers, stuffed animal(s), favorite pillow or blanket, athletic shoes, clothing, and equipment (tennis racquet, lacrosse stick, baseball/softball glove, but not skis or other things you don't need for the spring athletic season.
Audiovisual Recording Notice and Consent
Holderness School will deliver educational experiences to students in a distance learning environment. To facilitate that work, we require every student and parent (for students under the age of 18) to sign our Audiovisual Recording Notice and Consent. This form describes the types of information that the school may collect from students and other individuals who participate in online activities, and provides the consent that we require for students to participate in distance learning.
If you have any questions about this form, please contact Associate Head of School Tobi Pfenninger at and click the link in the yellow banner to access this form. This form is due no later than April 8th.
Advanced Placement Testing Updates
The College Board has provided some updates regarding AP testing, which will take place this spring in an abbreviated and modified format. The exams will be administered online rather than in person. We will receive information regarding exam dates very soon, but in the meantime here are some details:
We will contact you with the updated exam dates, but please don’t hesitate to contact Academic Dean Peter Durnan if you have any questions.
- For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students will take a 45-minute exam online.
- It is our expectation that Holderness students will take exams as originally planned.
- For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. We will ask our students to take the exam on whichever date is closest to the originally planned date, which was in early May.
- Colleges seem to be supporting this solution and many have committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked to earn this year.
- The focus of each exam will be on content already covered in classes.
- Students and schools have access to free, live AP review lessons presented by teachers selected by the College Board.
If you have any questions or requests for support, please feel free to contact the individuals listed below:
- Kelsey Berry, Director of Teaching & Learning, kberry@
- Peter Durnan, Academic Dean, pdurnan@
Mental, Emotional, and Physical Health, Wellness, and SupportAccess, Equity and Inclusion
- John Lin, Dean of Students, jlin@
- Tyler Cabot, Assistant Dean of Students, tcabot@
TechnologyI recognize that these are uncertain times for you and your children. The teachers and adults at Holderness School miss your students, and we are so excited to teach, learn, and smile with them in a few short days. Be well and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
- Jini Rae Sparkman, Director of Office of Equity & Inclusion, jsparkman@