Upper School Traditions, Events, and Occasions

The Upper School offers many events and activities, including those in which students play a leadership role. Volunteering through SAPA is one way to remain involved in your child’s Upper School experience. For complete and up-to-the-minute listings of events and activities at St. Andrew’s, please subscribe to the class e-mail list for your child’s class under “Academic Accounts” in the Parent Portal. For additional information on events and volunteer opportunities, check Julia’s Journal, the school calendar, and www.gosaints.org.

A variety of events are planned specifically for seniors, and those events are not included in this guide. A separate document highlighting events, dates, and required materials will be provided to parents of seniors prior to the beginning of the senior year.

Fall

Freshman and New Student Orientation

Grade 9, New Upper School Students

Held the week before school starts, this orientation provides information to students and their parents.


Student Dress: Nicer Casual Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents of freshmen and new Upper School students are encouraged to attend.


Back to School Bash

Grades 9 – 12

The Office of Admissions and the Upper School Student Admission Team welcome Upper School students to the North Campus with the Back to School Bash. This event is an opportunity to meet new students and catch up with old friends before the school year begins.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


Back To School Night

Grades 9 – 12

Held in the first weeks of the new school year, this parents-only night allows parents to follow their children’s schedules and visit their classes. Parents hear from their children's teachers and have an opportunity to ask questions.


Student Dress: Students do not attend.

Parental Involvement: Parents will not want to miss this informative evening. SAPA volunteers provide refreshments.


Saints Celebration

Grades 9 – 12

This celebration of St. Andrew’s sports teams takes place once in the fall and once in the spring. Coaches and teams are introduced in the north campus gym.


Student Dress: Casual / Team Uniform

Parental Involvement: Organized by Booster Club, all St. Andrew’s families and friends are welcome.


Honor Code Chapel

Grads 9 – 12

A special chapel service invites students to consider how the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Honor Code impacts their lives and their school community. New students sign the Honor Code, which reads: “On my honor as a St. Andrew's student, I pledge that I will neither lie, nor cheat, nor steal.” Ninth graders also re-sign the Honor Code.


Student Dress: School Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents are welcome.


Freshman Retreat

Grade 9

All freshmen and their advisors go off-campus for an overnight retreat to get to know each other. This is a day-long event.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


College Fair

Grades 10 – 12

Approximately 65 four-year colleges and universities have representatives on campus during the St. Andrew's College Fair. Students attend seminars on college or career-related topics and browse college displays. This opportunity is open to area high school students and is not limited to St. Andrew's students. The fair opens with a breakfast for seniors, their parents, and college representatives selected by the seniors.


Student Dress: Dress Attire

Parental Involvement: SAPA volunteers assist with breakfast, lunch, and a hospitality room for representatives. Parents of seniors are invited to attend the breakfast. All parents are invited to attend the fair.


Homecoming Week Dress Up Days

Grades 9 – 12

Student Council plans the activities for homecoming 2eek. Each day of homecoming week is designated as a different dress up day. Snacks are provide throughout the week. A homecoming breakfast is held on Friday. Julia's Journal provides details prior to homecoming week. Student Council sells t-shirts to support the St. Andrew’s yearbook.


Student Dress: Various Costumes

Parental Involvement: SAPA Volunteers assist with snacks and organize the homecoming breakfast; otherwise, parents do not attend.


Homecoming Pep Rally

Grades 9 – 12

The homecoming maids are presented, senior football players are recognized, and the band, cheerleaders, and dance team perform in a pep rally to celebrate homecoming at the north campus gym.


Student Dress: Spirit attire

Parental Involvement: Parents of the athletes, band, cheerleaders, dance team, and maids and their escorts generally attend.


Homecoming Football Game

Grades 9 – 12

The homecoming game brings the entire St. Andrew's community, including alumni, to campus for an evening of friendship, fun, and football, highlighted by the crowning of the homecoming queen and the presentation of the homecoming court.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: All St. Andrew’s families and friends are welcome.


Homecoming Dance

Grades 9 – 12

Homecoming weekend concludes with a Saturday night dance for Upper School students chaperoned by the Upper School faculty.


Student Dress: Dressy Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


Fall Play

Grades 9 – 12

The Upper School performing arts department stages a play under the direction of the chair of the performing arts department. The cast is determined by audition. Students have participated in costume design, set design and construction, and lighting and sound production.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: This is a “do not miss” event for families of the cast members. All St. Andrew’s students, families, and friends are welcome.



Winter

Winter Choir Concert

Grades 9 – 12

Presented by the St. Andrew's Choral Music Department, this event features four choirs – the 7th and 8th grade choirs, the St. Andrew's Singers, and the St. Andrew's Chamber Choir.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: This is a “do not miss” event for parents of performers. All St. Andrew’s parents, grandparents, students, and friends are welcome.


Winter Band Concert

Grads 9 – 12

The St. Andrew's intermediate and Upper School bands perform a spring concert led by the band director.


Student Dress: Casual Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents or performers provide refreshments. This is a “do not miss” event for parents of performers. All St. Andrew’s parents, grandparents, students, and friends are welcome.


Student Council Winter Gathering

Grades 9 – 12

The Upper School Student Council sponsors a student gathering or activity, typically held the last Saturday in January in the commons.


Student Dress: Dressy-Casual Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.



Spring

Spring Musical

Grades 9 – 12

The Upper School performing arts department stages a musical under the direction of the chair of the performing arts department. The cast is determined by audition. Complete with intricate costumes, sets, lighting and scores, this musical is a not-to-be-missed community event. Past performances have included Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, and Once Upon a Mattress.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: This is a “do not miss” event for families of the cast members. All St. Andrew’s students, families, and friends are welcome.


National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Grades 9 - 12

Established in 1921, the National Honor Society recognizes academic achievement, character, service, and leadership in secondary school students. Inductees are sophomores, juniors and seniors who have met the minimum required service hours and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. During this ceremony, students who meet the stringent criteria are tapped into the St. Andrew's chapter of the National Honor Society.


Student Dress: Dress Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents attend by invitation.


Rome's Birthday

Grades 9 – 12

On April 21, the city of Rome, Italy, and Latin students and Roman enthusiasts everywhere commemorate the birth of Rome in 117 AD. St. Andrew's Latin students stage a daylong celebration that includes building models depicting periods in Roman history, demonstrating Roman customs of craft and dress, and watching the eruption of a replica of Mt. Vesuvius.


Student Dress: Roman themed Costumes

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


Olympics, Senior-Faculty Basketball Game, and Rockfest

Grades 9 – 12

Olympics is sponsored by the student council. Students are divided into teams which include members of grades 9-12. Various games and activities are planned for the morning. Students have hamburgers down by the lake. Rockfest is an opportunity for St. Andrew's student bands to showcase their talents. Traditionally held at the football concession area, Rockfest has been an annual event for over 20 years.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


Prom

Grades 11 - 12

Juniors and seniors attend the traditional prom dance located at an off-campus site. The prom is sponsored by the junior class.


Student Dress: Formal attire for girls and tuxedoes for boys.

Parental Involvement: Parents of seniors attend briefly for a presentation. Parents of juniors do not attend.


Passing of the Light Chapel, or Junior-Senior Chapel

Grades 9– 12

All Upper School students celebrate the Passing of the Light, an annual rite of passage for the junior class. Juniors receive lighted candles from their senior peers, symbolizing the increased responsibilities the juniors will shoulder as the future leaders of the school.


Student Dress: Dress Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents of juniors and seniors generally attend.


Awards Assembly

Grades 9 – 12

The Awards Assembly is the first of two awards ceremonies (the second being Honors Day) held for Upper School students in May. Awards are presented for a variety of accomplishments, from foreign language to performing arts, athletics to volunteerism. The ceremony concludes with the honorary passing of the gavel from the outgoing student body president to his or her successor.


Student Dress: Dress Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


Honors Day

Grades 9 – 12

This program honors outstanding achievements by St. Andrew’s Upper School students.


Student Dress: Dress Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents of recipients are invited to attend.


Cum Laude Induction

Grades 9 – 12

The national Cum Laude organization is the high school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, the college honorary that recognizes academic excellence and the stellar character of its members. Established in 1987, the St. Andrew’s chapter of Cum Laude was the first in Mississippi. Students who have demonstrated academic excellence, as well as good character, honor, and integrity in all aspects of their school life, are eligible for membership. Guidelines restrict membership to no more than 20 percent of the senior class, allowing for the selection of 10 percent of members in their junior year.


Student Dress: Dress Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents attend by invitation.


Baccalaureate

Grade 12

The traditional service of Baccalaureate honors those who will receive academic degrees, gives thanks to God for the gift of learning, and asks for God's blessing as that learning is put to use. A service of Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal tradition, Baccalaureate is held at St. Andrew's Cathedral the night before graduation.


Student Dress: Dress Attire

Parental Involvement: Only seniors, their parents, and their immediate families attend.


Graduation

Grade 12

Twelfth graders mark the conclusion of their St. Andrew’s education with a graduation service by Lake Sherwood Wise. A short reception follows.


Student Dress: Cap and Gown

Parental Involvement: SAPA volunteers from the junior class provide refreshments and organize the reception. All St. Andrew’ families and friends are welcome.


Ongoing Events

Senior Birthday Lunches

Grade 12

Every other month, a celebration is held to honor seniors whose birthdays fall within a two-month timeframe.


Student Dress: School Attire

Parental Involvement: SAPA Volunteers organize the celebrations. Parents of honorees generally attend.


Service Learning

Grades 9-12

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School believes that service to the school and the community is a critical outgrowth of the Christian faith, as well as other faiths. Community service provides opportunities for developing leadership and initiative, encourages a commitment to social responsibility, educates and acquaints students on the needs and concerns of the greater community, and gives them the opportunity to help meet those needs by becoming involved in working with others. All students are offered opportunities for service to others throughout their tenure at St. Andrew’s. These opportunities for community service affirm the expectations of service held by the school and help students gain insight into their own values and worth as individuals.


Student Dress: School Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


Can Auction

Grades 9 – 12

The Can Auction has been an Upper School tradition since 1994. Students and teachers donate auction items ranging from homemade brownies to a day of skeet shooting, and students use canned goods as their currency to bid on the items. All of the canned goods are donated to the Mississippi Food Network. In recent years, St. Andrew’s has collected as many as 26,000 cans for this worthy cause.


Student Dress: School Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


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