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Final Exam Info for Underclassmen

Overview

Final Exams begin on Tuesday, June 6, and end on Friday, June 9. These exams constitute 10% of a student’s overall grade for the year. Over the course of this exam week, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate skill development and their mastery of content from the second semester. This is a wonderful opportunity for your son/daughter to demonstrate and to integrate all that he/she has learned since January. In the last few weeks, teachers have begun to outline their expectations for the Final Exams and assisted students in preparing for these crucially important exercises. It is critical that each student invests the time and energy to prepare thoroughly and effectively for Final Exams. Families can help to make certain that students have plenty of rest and eat well before each exam.

Exam Times and Locations

Schedule

Final Exams begin Tuesday, June 6 and end Friday, June 9. 

Monday, June 5, is a Review Day; school is in session from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM, and all students are expected to be present.

On exam days, the Dining Hall will be open as usual at 7:00 AM.  Students will be dismissed from the Dining Hall at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building. Exams will take place in the Gym and selected classrooms (exam locations for each subject will be made available to students the week before exams). The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM. Students are dismissed from school after they have completed their exams for that day. We will be offering afterschool faculty supervision in the Café until 3:00PM during exam week.

The schedule for each exam day is as follows:

  • First Exam: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM or 10:00 AM (depending on the length of the exam)
  • Second Exam: 10:30 AM to 12:00 AM or 12:30 AM (depending on the length of the exam)

Students are expected to be in their testing areas at least 10 minutes before the exam begins. No student is permitted to leave an exam room before the scheduled completion of the exam.

Sequence of Final Exams:

  • Tuesday, June 6: Math (Double Math - Algebra II) and Social Studies
  • Wednesday, June 7: English and Math – (Geometry Students Only)
  • Thursday, June 8: Science and Theology
  • Friday, June 9: Language and Make up Exams

NOTE: English Writing, STEAM 1 and STEAM II Final projects will be completed in advance of Final Exam week.

School Cancellations

In the event that school is cancelled on a day during the Final Exam week, the exams scheduled for that day would take place on the following day. For example, if school were to be closed on Tuesday, June 6, the exam scheduled for that day (Math and Social Studies) would occur on Wednesday, June 7. Wednesday’s exam would then be moved to Thursday, etc.

Teacher-Led Review Sessions

All of our teachers will be available every day during exam week until at least 1:30 PM to answer student questions about upcoming exams. Many of our teachers also offer Teacher-Led Review Sessions during the week of exams. A schedule of these sessions will be posted on our website. As always, out teachers will be available for extra help/review from 2:35 – 3:30 PM in the weeks leading up to exams.

Extended Time Policies and Procedures

Please contact the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center and/or the International Student Coordinator with any questions.

Timed Writing

Theology, English, Social Studies, and some Science and Language teachers may choose to administer their timed writing prompts, and/or listening and oral portions of their exams, the week before Finals. A test calendar has been established to ensure that students are not taking more than one of these assessments per day. 

Expectations for Students

Find below the SJP expectations for students taking Final Exams.

  • Friday, June 2 is a Study Day (no scheduled classes for students). This day is designed to mirror how third level institutions schedule opportunities for their students as they prepare for major exams. Our students should plan to use this day wisely to continue their preparation for the upcoming exams. Students should use this time to organize materials, create study guides, prepare questions for teachers and review sessions, etc.
  • Monday, June 5, is a Review Day; school is in session from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM, and all students are expected to be present.
  • Students need to be present only for times they have a scheduled exam.
  • Students are expected to be in school uniform during exam week.
  • On exam days, Café Phoenix will be open as usual at 7:00 AM. Students will be dismissed from the Café Phoenix at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building. 
  • Students who need a place to prepare for their next exam are encouraged to take advantage of the quiet, supervised study environment of the Learning Commons.
  • Students waiting for a ride at the end of the day should wait in Café Phoenix. We will be offering afterschool faculty supervision in the Café until 3:00PM during exam week.
  • Unless specifically permitted by the subject teacher, students should not have access to any books, translators, iPads, notebooks, calculators etc., during the exam period. All electronic devices should be turned off and placed in bags/backpacks.
  • All bags, materials, and books should be left in a designated area of the testing area. 
  • All students will report directly to their designated exam locations. Students with extended time should report directly to the extended time test area – AEC. If an extended time student reports to your exam location he/she should be re-directed to the appropriate location.
  • Students are expected to be in their testing areas at least 10 minutes before the exam begins. The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM and the second exam begins promptly at 10:30 AM. 
  • Any student who arrives more than 20 minutes late for a Final Exam will be redirected to the Learning Commons and required to meet with her/his subject teacher after the exam period to schedule a make-up exam. All Final Exams must be completed by the afternoon of Friday, June 9.
  • Unless it is an emergency, no student is permitted to leave the exam room before the scheduled completion of the exam. Students are free to use the bathrooms before and after the exams. If a student finishes early, he/she must remain in the exam room until the end of the exam period. Teachers/Proctors will encourage any student who finishes early to use the extra time to review for his/her next exam.
  • As always, students are not permitted to have any food or drink in the academic building; the only exception is water in a clear container.
  • Only a serious illness (confirmed by a physician’s note) or a family emergency should prevent a student from taking exams as scheduled.
  • Students are not permitted to pre-schedule exams.
All make-up exams must be completed by the afternoon of Friday, June 9, at a time convenient to both student and teacher. If necessary, these make-up exams may be scheduled after 12:30 PM from Tuesday, June 6, to Friday, June 9. In extenuating circumstances, with a note from physician, make up exams can be administered the week after exams.
Posted by Damian Shiner on Tuesday May 30
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Photography Club On Display!

Over the past year, Photography Club has helped beautify the main office with its “Faces of Saint Joseph Prep” bulletin board. Co-moderated by Ms. Shuman and Ms. Bacon, Photography club has created an ensemble of portraits of students and faculty in the SJP community. Whether in class, on the field, or at an SJP retreat, the board is full of personality. Check it out next time you are visiting Ms. Johnson!

Posted by Damian Shiner on Wednesday May 17
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Harvard Crimson Journalism Conference -- The TIE

On Saturday, April 1, three members of the student newspaper staff attended a conference for high school journalists at the offices of the Harvard Crimson newspaper. Nailah Khoory ’18, Sam Wu ’18, and Gabe Hanna ’20 enjoyed listening to presentations given by the Harvard students who work on the daily paper. They attended some interesting workshops, including Journalism in the Digital Age, Following a Lead: An Intro to Effective Investigative Journalism, and the Editors-in-Chief Roundtable. Our student journalists came away from the day brimming with ideas to make The TIE even better!

Posted by Damian Shiner on Friday April 7
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Senior Final Exam Schedule & Info 2016-2017

Overview

Senior Final Exams begin on Monday, April 10, and end on Thursday, April 13. These exams constitute 12.5% of a student’s overall grade for the year. Over the course of this exam week, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate skill development and their content mastery from the second semester. This is a wonderful opportunity for your son/daughter to demonstrate and to integrate all that he/she has learned since January. In the last few weeks, teachers have begun to outline their expectations for the Finals and assisted students in preparing for these crucially important exercises. It is absolutely critical that each student invests the time and energy to prepare thoroughly and effectively for Final Exams. Families can help by making certain that students have plenty of rest and eat well before each exam.

Schedule

Midterm Exams begin Monday, April 10 and end Thursday, April 13.  

On exam days, the Dining Hall will be open as usual at 7:00 AM. Students will be dismissed from the Dining Hall at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building. Exams will take place in Phoenix Hall. The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM. Unless they are schedule to attend an AP class, students are dismissed from school after they have completed their exams for that day – see below for more detailed information on attendance expectations for AP students during exam week.

The schedule for each exam day is as follows:

  • First Exam: 8:00 - 9:30 AM or 10:00 AM (depending on the length of the exam)
  • Second Exam: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM or 12:30 PM (depending on the length of the exam)

Final Exams will be administered according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, April 10: Math & Social Studies
  • Tuesday, April 11: English & CAD
  • Wednesday, April 12: Science & Theology
  • Thursday, April 13: Language & Make Up Exams

Exemptions from Finals

Seniors may earn an exemption from a Final Exam only if the following two requirements are met: 90% or above for S1 and 90% or above for Q3: BOTH must apply. Students will work with their subject teacher and academic advisor to determine if they are exemption from an exam. Note: Only seniors have the privilege of earning an exemption from Final Exams.)

Attendance Expectations: Students need to be present only for times they have a scheduled midterm exam. However, seniors taking AP classes are required to be present for their AP classes once they finish their exams for that day. Obviously, if students are exempt from a Final, or have no exams scheduled for that morning, they are also expected to attend their AP classes. Of course, if one of their exams is scheduled when their AP class meets, the students will not be expected to be present for their AP class. However, they should plan to check-in with their AP teacher for an update of work they may have missed.

Note: AP students are expected to be in attendance for all their regularly scheduled AP classes up until the day they sit their AP exam. Students completing Senior Service will need to coordinate with their service sites to allow them to return to school to attend classes.

School Cancellations

In the event that school is cancelled on a day during Exam week, the exam(s) scheduled for that day would take place on the following day. For example, if school were cancelled on Monday, April 10, the exam scheduled for that day (Math and Social Studies) would take place on Tuesday, April 11. Tuesday’s exam(s) would then be moved to Wednesday, etc.

Afterschool Activities

There will be no detention, club or activity meetings, ASP or HoSS for seniors during exam week. However, teachers will continue to be available during office hours: 2:35 – 3:30PM. Some athletic teams may schedule practices during the exam week – see Athletic Director for more details. However, athletic practices will not begin earlier than 2:30 PM.  

Teacher-Led Review Sessions

There are no formal Teacher-Led Review Sessions scheduled for exam week. As always, our teachers will be available for extra help/review from 2:35 – 3:30 PM in the weeks leading up to and during exams.

Extended Time Policies and Procedures

Please contact the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center and/or the International Student Coordinator with any questions. Extended time exams will take place in the AEC Study.

Timed Writing

In the week leading up to Finals, Theology, English, Social Studies, and some Science and Language courses may choose to administer their timed writing prompts, and/or listening and oral portions of their exams. A test calendar has been established to ensure that students are not taking more than one of these assessments per day.  

Expectations for Students

Find below the SJP expectations for seniors taking Final Exams.

  • Students need to be present only for times they have a scheduled midterm exam. Note separate expectations for AP students outlined above.
  • Students are expected to be in school uniform during exam week.
  • On exam days, Café Phoenix will be open as usual at 7:00 AM. Seniors will be dismissed from the Café Phoenix at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building.  
  • Students who need a place to prepare for their next exam are encouraged to take advantage of the quiet, supervised study environment of the Learning Commons. 
  • Students waiting for a ride at the end of the day can wait in the Learning Commons or Café Phoenix
  • All students will report directly to their designated exam locations. Students with extended time should report directly to the extended time test area – see the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center for more details 
  • Students are expected to be in their testing areas at least 10 minutes before the exam begins. The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM and the second exam begins promptly at 10:30 AM.  
  • Any student who arrives more than 20 minutes late for a Midterm Exam will be redirected to the Learning Commons and required to meet with her/his subject teacher after the exam period to schedule a make-up exam. All Midterm Exams must be completed by the afternoon of Thursday, April 13.
  • If a student finishes early, he/she must remain in the exam room until the end of the exam period. Teachers/Proctors will encourage any student who finishes early to use the extra time to review for his/her next exam.
  • Unless specifically permitted by the subject teacher, students should not have access to any books, translators, iPads, notebooks, calculators etc., during the exam period.  All electronic devices should be turned off and placed in bags/backpacks.
  • All bags, materials, and books should be left in a designated area of the testing location.  
  • As always, students are not permitted to have any food or drink in the academic building; the only exception is water in a clear container.
  • Only a serious illness (confirmed by a physician’s note) or a family emergency should prevent a student from taking exams as scheduled. 
  • Students are not permitted to pre-schedule exams.
  • All make-up exams must be completed by the afternoon of Thursday, April 13, at a time convenient to both student and teacher. If necessary, these make-up exams may be scheduled after 12:30 PM from Monday, April 10, through Wednesday, April 12. In extenuating circumstances, with a note from physician, make up exams can be administered the week after exams.
Posted by Damian Shiner on Monday April 3
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Campus Ministry Lenten Project: Haiti

The Campus Ministry team will begin their Lenten project this week. Each year, the team raises awareness and funds throughout the Lenten season. This year, the funds will go to support the 20 students and faculty who will be traveling to Haiti over spring break. While this is a fundraising effort, the project is much more than that. Students will learn more about the struggles facing Haiti through a series of statistics and announcements made daily, and will begin to understand the work that their classmates will undertake over April vacation. As one trip participant, Reggie Fils ’17, stated in his reflection to the community, “I implore you to not only donate through this Lenten program, but also take it upon yourselves to learn more about how you can impact your community and serve others.” We look forward to working on this project throughout Lent.

If you would like to learn more about the April Break trip or any of the upcoming fundraisers, please visit our Haiti Service Immersion Trip webpage, or contact Ms. Gabriel.

Posted by Damian Shiner on Tuesday March 7
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Support the Boston Bruins PJ Drive!

The Boston Bruins 10th Annual pajama drive is underway. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners officially launched the drive at a kick-off event on February 1. The Commonwealth’s First Lady, Lauren Baker, DCF Commissioner, Linda Spears, Boston Public Library President, David Leonard, and Bruins Mascot, Blades all attended the ceremony.

The PJ Drive’s overall goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of new pajamas for babies, children and teens in need, from February 1 through March 15, 2017. All donations will benefit Cradles to Crayons and DCF Kids.

Along with approximately 70 other libraries across the Commonwealth, the SJP Learning Commons and Campus Ministry will collect pajamas to contribute to the drive. Students can bring their donations to the Learning Commons or the Campus Ministry office. We will also collect pajamas at four SJP sporting events this month. If fans give a pair of pajamas, they will get free admission to the following games:

February 7 - Boys Bball Home v. AP

February 8 - Girls Hockey Home v. Matignon

February 11 - Boys Hockey Home v. Lowell Catholic

February 17 - Girls Bball Home v. Lowell Catholic

Thank you for your generosity in supporting SJP and the Boston Bruins in the Pajama Drive!
Posted by Damian Shiner on Thursday February 9
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Campus Ministry Team Visits VA Hospital

On Wednesday, February 8, students from the Campus Ministry team traveled to the VA Hospital in West Roxbury to drop off supplies and visit with patients. Martine Bjoernstad ’17, JK Kim ’17, Hannah Burke ’17, Emily Taranto ’17, and Vivian Ho ’18 joined Ms. Gabriel in taking several donations including clothes, toiletries, games, and snacks to the veterans. Additionally, the team brought thank you cards to hand out and traveled around visiting with veterans and giving them their cards. They met many interesting people and were blessed to hear the stories of those who have fought for our country.

Posted by Damian Shiner on Thursday February 9
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SJP Learning Commons Participating in Bruins PJ Drive

Along with approximately 70 other libraries across the Commonwealth, the SJP Learning Commons has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. Our efforts to support this drive will be coordinated by Campus Ministry and the Learning Commons. The PJ Drive’s overall goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need, from February 1 through March 15, 2017. SJP will help local children in need by collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. Stay tuned for more details!

Posted by Damian Shiner on Thursday January 26
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Oxfam in December 2016

As most students were preparing themselves for two weeks of Christmas vacation, the Campus Ministry team held their fourth annual Oxfam Fast to raise awareness for world hunger and poverty. The students fasted for 24 hours from Monday, December 19 – Tuesday, December 20. This year, we had 59 student participants, including our dedicated leadership team, who guided their classmates through the experience. Activities included a hunger banquet and scavenger hunt that drew attention to many of the injustices and inequities relating to poverty and hunger worldwide.

We are proud to say that the students raised over $1,500 for Oxfam America.

A special thank you goes to our student leadership team: Anthony Khoory ’19, Sarah Forcellati ’19, Patrick Gulledge ’19, McKenzie Jennette ’18, Rebekah Forrest ’17, Hannah Burke ’17, Mary Forbes ’17, Armani Monteiro ’17, and Sharon King ’17, and also to our adult chaperones: Ms. Gipson, Ms. Gabriel, Ms. Piendak, Ms. Creamer, Mr. Scarlata, and Mr. Faherty.
Posted by Damian Shiner on Wednesday January 11 at 09:16AM
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Midterm Information 2016-2017

Overview: Midterm Exams begin on Tuesday, January 17, and end on Friday, January 20. These exams constitute 10% of a student’s overall grade for the year. Over the course of this exam week, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate skill development and their content mastery from the first semester. This is a wonderful opportunity for your son/daughter to demonstrate and to integrate all that he/she has learned since September. In the last few weeks, teachers have begun to outline their expectations for the Midterm Exams and assisted students in preparing for these crucially important exercises. It is absolutely critical that each student invests the time and energy to prepare thoroughly and effectively for Midterm Exams. Families can help to make certain that students have plenty of rest and eat well before each exam.

Schedule: Midterm Exams begin Tuesday, January 17 and end Friday, January 20.  

Friday, January 13, is a Review Day; school is in session from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM, and all students are expected to be present. 

On exam days, the Dining Hall will be open as usual at 7:00 AM. Students will be dismissed from the Dining Hall at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building. Exams will take place in Phoenix Hall and selected classrooms. The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM. Students are dismissed from school after they have completed their exams for that day.

The schedule for each exam day is as follows:

  • First Exam: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM or 10:00 AM (depending on the length of the exam)
  • Second Exam: 10:30 AM to 12:00 AM or 12:30 AM (depending on the length of the exam)

Midterm Exams will be administered according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, January 17: Language and Theology
  • Wednesday, January 18: EnglishCAD and AP Statistics
  • Thursday, January 19: Science and Social Studies or Double Math - Algebra II
  • Friday, January 20: Math (including Double Math - Geometry), Economics and Make-up Exams

Note: English Writing, STEAM I and STEAM II summative semester assessments are scheduled to be completed in advance of Midterm Exam week.

School Cancellations: In the event that school is cancelled on a day during Exam week, the exam(s) scheduled for that day would take place on the following day. For example, if school were cancelled on Tuesday, January 17, the exam scheduled for that day (Language and Theology) would take place on Wednesday, January 18. Wednesday’s exam(s) would then be moved to Thursday, etc.

Afterschool Activities: There will be no detention, club or activity meetings, ASP or HoSS during exam week. However, a number of teachers will be offering Teacher-Led Review Sessions during exam week – see below for more details. Some athletic teams may schedule practices during the exam week – see Athletic Director for more details. However, athletic practices will not begin earlier than 2:30 PM.  

Teacher-Led Review Sessions: All of our teachers will be available every day during exam week until at least 1:30 PM to answer student questions about upcoming exams. Many of our teachers also offer Teacher-Led Review Sessions during the week of exams. A schedule of these sessions will be posted on our website. As always, our teachers will be available for extra help/review from 2:35 – 3:30 PM in the weeks leading up to exams.

Extended Time Policies and Procedures: Please contact the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center and/or the International Student Coordinator with any questions. 

Timed Writing: Theology, English, Social Studies, and some Science and Language courses may choose to administer their timed writing prompts, and/or listening and oral portions of their exams, the week before Midterms. A test calendar has been established to ensure that students are not taking more than one of these assessments per day.  

Expectations for Students: Find below the SJP expectations for students taking Midterm Exams:

  • Friday, January 13, is a Review Day; school is in session from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM, and all students are expected to be present. 
  • Students need to be present only for times they have a scheduled midterm exam. 
  • Students are expected to be in school uniform during exam week.
  • On exam days, Café Phoenix will be open as usual at 7:00 AM.  Students will be dismissed from the Café Phoenix at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building.  
  • Students who need a place to prepare for their next exam are encouraged to take advantage of the quiet, supervised study environment of the Learning Commons. 
  • Students waiting for a ride at the end of the day can wait in the Learning Commons or Café Phoenix
  • All students will report directly to their designated exam locations. Students with extended time should report directly to the extended time test area – see the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center for more details 
  • Students are expected to be in their testing areas at least 10 minutes before the exam begins. The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM and the second exam begins promptly at 10:30 AM.  
  • Any student who arrives more than 20 minutes late for a Midterm Exam will be redirected to the Learning Commons and required to meet with her/his subject teacher after the exam period to schedule a make-up exam. All Midterm Exams must be completed by the afternoon of Friday, January 20.
  • If a student finishes early, he/she must remain in the exam room until the end of the exam period. Teachers/Proctors will encourage any student who finishes early to use the extra time to review for his/her next exam.
  • Unless specifically permitted by the subject teacher, students should not have access to any books, translators, iPads, notebooks, calculators etc., during the exam period. All electronic devices should be turned off and placed in bags/backpacks.
  • All bags, materials, and books should be left in a designated area of the testing location.  
  • As always, students are not permitted to have any food or drink in the academic building; the only exception is water in a clear container.
  • Only a serious illness (confirmed by a physician’s note) or a family emergency should prevent a student from taking exams as scheduled. 
  • Students are not permitted to pre-schedule exams.
  • All make-up exams must be completed by the afternoon of Friday, January 20, at a time convenient to both student and teacher. If necessary, these make-up exams may be scheduled after 12:30 PM from Tuesday, January 17, to Friday, January 20. In extenuating circumstances, with a note from physician, make up exams can be administered the week after exams.
Posted by Damian Shiner on Sunday January 8
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