May Term 2017: Details and Information

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 by klapa

We are all counting down the days until May Term 2017! May Term will run for 12 days total from Monday, May 22nd through Thursday, June 8th. During May Term students in grades 6 – 12 will participate in two teacher-led sessions, two student workshops, and one full day of community service.

Because of the intense and experiential nature of the courses, 100% attendance is strongly encouraged and will enhance the program for all students involved. Additionally, May Term is a graduation requirement. As a result, students are expected to pass both of their May Term sessions in order to fulfill this requirement. If there are extenuating circumstances, parents should contact Amy Oliveri or the appropriate dean or division head to discuss a plan of action. Students whose attendance rates fall below 80% (of each individual component) during May Term may not be able to pass their May Term sessions. Components include: Community Service Day, May Term Mania, Student Workshop A, Student Workshop B, Session A, and Session B. The Director of May Term, in collaboration with a dean or division head, will handle excused and unexcused absences on a case by case basis. Make up work may be commensurate with the number of hours missed during May Term.

If students have appointments or need to leave school for any reason, please notify the school in advance to ensure that students are on campus and are able to be picked up. If it is possible to reschedule appointments during this time that would be ideal. 

The dress code for May Term will be dependent on the courses that students are participating in and students will have the freedom to dress appropriately for the activities in which they are involved. Students who do not require special dress for their May Term courses may follow a relaxed dress code that includes blue jeans as acceptable attire. As a reminder, students are expected to be role models for the entire school. As a result, the dress code rules of no ripped or torn clothing and modest coverage must still be observed.

Students will share their learning and experiences from May Term during Exhibition Night, which will be held on Thursday, June 8th. All students are required to attend. Families and the larger AC community are invited to attend and learn more about the incredibly innovative work happening during May Term.

New this year, students need to bring a nut-free bagged lunch if they will be off campus during the regularly scheduled lunch. Students will receive an outline of each course at Pre-May Term meetings that will include any special directions including dress code and lunch.

Below is a timeline with important events during the May Term process:

  • Session A Pre-May Term Meeting: This took place today (May 15th, 10:30-10:45 a.m.)
  • Session B Pre-May Term Meeting: May 16th, 10:30-10:45 a.m.
  • May Term Session A: May 22nd – May 30th
  • Community Service Day: Wednesday, May 31st
  • May Term Session B: June 1st – June 7th
  • Preparation for Exhibition Night: June 8th
  • Exhibition Night: June 8th 6:30-8 p.m.

Thanks so much for your support during this process!

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