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Weekly Update: December 9-15

Posted by TNCS on Dec 8, 2017

  • Monday, December 11

    • Study Strategies Workshop for interested 8-12 graders
  • Wednesday, December 13

    • Holiday Lunch
    • MS White Elephant and US Chemo Kits Project
  • Thursday, December 14

    • Cross-Disciplinary Projects (Grades 5-7) and Exams (Grades 8-12) Begin
    • 5th/6th Grade Field Trip



The first semester is drawing to a close. Students in grades 8-12 will be reviewing for exams for a week, beginning on Thursday, December 7th. Exam Week starts Thursday, December 14th and continues through Tuesday, December 19th. Saturday, December 16th and Wednesday, December 20th are make-up days for exams missed due to illness. Students and their parents will receive individual exam schedules next week. In general, exams for grades 8 and 9 will be in the morning (start time 9am) and exams for grades 10-12 will be in the afternoon (start time 12:30), except that all Tuesday exams will be in the morning. Check the middle and upper school sections for more detailed information. 

Students in grades 5, 6, and 7 do not have exams during Exam Week. Instead, they will work on special cross-disciplinary projects during the mornings. Their school hours will be 8am to noon during Exam Week. There are a few 6th and 7th grade students who do take math exams, but they will take them during the school day on December 13th. 

Dress Code

As a reminder, the dress code applies to exam and grade-level project days, just as it does for normal school days. Thank you!

Study Strategies Workshop

After school on Monday, December 11, from 3:45-4:30, Mr. Roy will be hosting a pre-exams Study Strategies Workshop for any interested 8th-12th grade students. No RSVP necessary – this is a great opportunity for students to learn how to prepare for their exams most effectively. 

Doughnut Sales

On Tuesday, December 12th NHS will be selling doughnuts for $1 each before school in Founders Hall in place of our regular snack sales. IF there are any leftovers they will be sold during Upper School Break. 

Holiday Lunch

On Wednesday, December 13, after academic and LF classes, TNCS students and teachers will gather in the gym as a community and celebrate the holidays with a Holiday Lunch. Lunch will be provided; the menu will include fried chicken, salad, sides, and desserts. In case of food allergies or dietary restrictions, or if your student prefers, they may bring their own lunch. Happy Holidays! 

Trip to Arlington

On Saturday December 16, US and MS student volunteers will go to The National Cemetery in Arlington to help lay wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. This is part of the Wreaths Across America program and is a great experience. (Trip is full) 


Exam schedule

  • 6th and 7th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra I exams – 8am on Wednesday, December 13 (during the regular school day)
  • 8th grade exams 
    • 9am Thursday, December 14 – English 
    • 9am Friday, December 15 – History 
    • 9am Monday, December 18 – Science 
    • 9am Tuesday, December 19 – Pre-Algebra and Algebra exams 

5/6 Field Trip

Students in grades 5 and 6 will be going off campus on Thursday, December 14th to see the film Wonder as part of their exam week project. Parents received information about the trip via email; please direct any questions to Mrs. Carmichael.

7th Grade Field Trip

7th grade students will be off campus on Friday, December 15th and Monday, December 18th to visit local museums and monuments. Please direct any questions to Ms. Witmeyer.


Exam schedule

  • 9th grade exams 
    • 9am Thursday, December 14 – English 
    • 9am Friday, December 15 – History 
    • 9am Monday, December 18 – Science 
    • 9am Tuesday, December 19 – Math 
  • 10th, 11th, and 12th grade exams 
    • 12:30pm Thursday, December 14 – English 10, Science 11, Government 12 
    • 12:30pm Friday, December 15 – Science 10, English 11, English 12 
    • 9am Saturday, December 16 – AP History 
    • 12:30pm Monday, December 18 – Math 10, Math 11, Math 12 
    • 9am Tuesday, December 19 – History 10, History 11, Science 12, Art Honors 

Chemo Kits Project

On Wednesday, following the Holiday Lunch, Upper School students will use items purchased with money raised at the most recent Giving Day to assemble Chemo Kits for cancer patients at VCU Medical Center. Thank you again to our TNCS community for your generosity, which will allow us to serve our neighbors through this project. 

PSAT Score Reports

Parents of juniors: If your student took the PSAT in October, they received their Score Report at school. Score reports were also emailed home on Friday, December 8th. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Latta.


5-7 Grade Basketball Practice During Project Days

5th-7th grade players have basketball practice 12:30–1:30 during the grade level project days (December 14, 15, 18, 19). They should bring lunch to eat at the end of project time (noon). Parent pick up for these students is 1:30.   

8-10 Grade Basketball Skills During Exams

Daily physical activity is an important part of keeping the brain and body healthy. During exams, 8th-10th grade students have 2 basketball time slots available to them. Immediately after finishing a morning exam, they can head to the gym to work on skills with Coaches Brown and Graziano, or they can leave campus after their exam and come back in the afternoon (12:30–1:30 for 8th graders; 3–4:30 for 9th and 10th graders).   

11-12 Grade Basketball Skills During Exams

Junior and Senior basketball players can head to the gym after finishing their exams for skills work with Coaches Brown and Graziano until 4:30.   


Faculty Concussion Training

On Wednesday afternoon, TNCS brought two concussion experts to campus to speak to our full faculty on concussions, symptom recognition, return-to-play, and return-to-learn protocols. It was a great opportunity for our teachers and coaches to learn more about helping our students. Click here to view bios on our guest concussion experts, Steven G. Reece, M.D. and Cristin Beazley, PT, DPT, CBIS.


Pizza Mondays

Mondays are pizza days for lunch at TNCS, to benefit the athletic department. Slices of cheese and pepperoni pizza from Domino’s are available. Students place their order on sheets posted on campus. Pizza is $1.50/slice. Drinks are also available for $1.00. Both are billed to the student’s account. Cash is not accepted.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help serve pizza on Mondays from 11:45am – 1:15. Click here to sign up to help!

Jason’s Deli Lunch Options Tuesday – Thursday

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays students are able to purchase in advance lunches from Jason’s Deli. Orders are submitted online by noon the day before delivery. Click here for the order form, which can also be found via a link at the top of the school’s homepage.

Food Truck Fridays

Join us for our Food Truck Fridays! Upper School Lunch, 11:53 – 12:26; Middle School Lunch, 12:33 1:06.

  • December 15 – Exams and Group Projects  No Lunch on Campus
  • January 5 –  Pizza Day – Proceeds benefit Saber Athletics 
  • January 12 – The Boardwalk 
  • January 19 – Pizza Day – Proceeds benefit Saber Athletics 
  • January 26 – Carytown Burgers and Fries