The Bryn Mawr School Upper School Student/Parent Handbook

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The Bryn Mawr School Upper School Student/Parent Handbook
The Bryn Mawr School
Upper School
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Student/Parent Handbook
Grades 9-12
2014-2015
SCHOOL STATEMENTS
MISSION STATEMENT
The Bryn Mawr School is an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory school for girls
from preschool through grade twelve. Within a nurturing environment, Bryn Mawr’s rigorous
academic curriculum inspires a passion for intellectual curiosity and emphasizes the delights and
demands of learning. In the classical humanistic tradition, Bryn Mawr promotes the full
development of mind, body, and spirit. The school cultivates respect for diversity and engenders
habits of moral and ethical leadership and a sense of responsibility to the broader community.
A Bryn Mawr education is grounded in the expectation that young women will be resilient in the
face of complexity, ambiguity, and change; will become responsible and confident participants in
the world; and will lead considered and consequential lives.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT
The Bryn Mawr School, founded in 1885 by five young women determined to offer girls the
same rigorous education available to boys, has long been concerned with issues of equity and
access. We believe that a diversity of opinions, experiences, and backgrounds enriches our
students and prepares them to engage with the broader community with insight, conviction, and
compassion. Our commitment to honoring the dignity and the rights of all people is reflected in
every aspect of our program and our school culture. Building and sustaining a diverse
community is an ongoing process that must remain at the heart of our mission as a school.
HONOR STATEMENT
Honor is the foundation of Bryn Mawr school life, and allows members of the community to
learn and to live secure in the knowledge that the worth, rights, and property of all are respected
and protected. Bryn Mawr’s concept of honor is rooted in its mission statement, and rests upon
two beliefs: that an atmosphere of trust is vital to a healthy community, and that the education of
young women has as its goal the creation of responsible, confident citizens equipped to lead lives
of integrity and consequence.
Expectations of honor are not limited to academic life. The school promotes behavior which
demonstrates concern and respect for oneself and others, and specifically prohibits actions such
as lying, cheating, stealing, and the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs. Bryn Mawr expects
that each individual learn to take responsibility for her own actions, both on and off campus. In
addition, just as individual behavior is the responsibility of the individual, maintenance of Bryn
Mawr standards is the responsibility of all community members.
The Bryn Mawr School admits students of any race, color or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs,
and activities generally accorded or made available to students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
sexual orientation, or national origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship
and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs. This policy was adopted by the school in
1963 and reaffirmed in 1997.
Bryn Mawr School
109 West Melrose Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21210
Phone: 410-323-8800
Fax: 410-377-8963
www.brynmawrschool.org
Table of Contents
I. DAILY OPERATIONS ............................................................................................................................4
ANNOUNCEMENTS.......................................................................................................................4
ATTENDANCE…………………………………………….…………………………………….. 4
ABSENCE DUE TO ILLNESS ...........................................................................................4
COLLEGE VISITING .........................................................................................................5
LEAVING CAMPUS ..........................................................................................................5
UNEXCUSED ABSENCE AND LATENESS ...................................................................6
BOOKSTORE/ BRYN MAWRKET ................................................................................................6
BRIDGES .........................................................................................................................................6
TRI-SCHOOL BRIDGE POLICY ......................................................................................7
CONSEQUENCES ..............................................................................................................7
CALENDAR (SCHOOL) .................................................................................................................8
CALENDAR (EVENTS) ..................................................................................................................9
CENTENNIAL HALL....................................................................................................................10
COORDINATION ..........................................................................................................................10
DAILY SCHEDULE ......................................................................................................................10
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ...................................................................................................11
DRESS ............................................................................................................................................11
FALL/SPRING UNIFORM ...............................................................................................12
WINTER UNIFORM ........................................................................................................12
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND DANCE UNIFORM ....................................................13
DAYS OUT OF UNIFORM ..............................................................................................13
ELECTRONIC DEVICES/CELL PHONES ..................................................................................13
FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION OF UPPER SCHOOL ....................................................14
FOOD ..............................................................................................................................................16
HEALTH CENTER ........................................................................................................................16
GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING STUDENTS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES .............................17
LAPTOPS ........................................................................................................................................18
LIBRARY ........................................................................................................................................18
LOCKER ROOM AND LOCKERS ...............................................................................................19
LOST-AND-FOUND .....................................................................................................................20
MAILBOXES AND EMAIL ..........................................................................................................20
PARKING AND DRIVING ...........................................................................................................20
OFF-CAMPUS PARKING ................................................................................................21
ON-CAMPUS PARKING .................................................................................................21
PRIVILEGES ..................................................................................................................................21
BRYN MAWRKS .............................................................................................................21
JUNIOR PRIVILEGES .....................................................................................................21
SENIOR PRIVILEGES .....................................................................................................22
RESOURCE CENTER ...................................................................................................................22
ROOM LOCATIONS .....................................................................................................................22
SAFETY AT BRYN MAWR .........................................................................................................22
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES ........................................................................................23
SCHOOL HOURS ..........................................................................................................................24
SENIOR ROOM .............................................................................................................................24
SNOW DAYS ................................................................................................................................24
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SUMMER READING ....................................................................................................................25
SUPERVISION BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL ......................................................................26
TECHNOLOGY .............................................................................................................................26
TELEPHONES ...............................................................................................................................28
VISITORS.......................................................................................................................................28
II. ACADEMIC INFORMATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ...................................29
ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHY .........................................................................................................29
ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS............................................................................................29
STANDARDIZED TESTING…………….……………………………………………..29
ACADEMIC PROBATION ...........................................................................................................30
ACTIVITY/ATHLETIC REQUIREMENT ...................................................................................30
CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT ..................................................................................................30
COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING REQUIREMENT ...........................................................30
CONVOCATION ...........................................................................................................................31
COURSE REQUIREMENTS .........................................................................................................31
CREDITS ........................................................................................................................................32
DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................................................32
EDITH HAMILTON SCHOLARS PROGRAM ............................................................................32
EXAMS...........................................................................................................................................32
GRADES AND REPORTS ............................................................................................................33
GRADING ......................................................................................................................................33
HOMEWORK AND TESTS ..........................................................................................................34
HONOR ROLL ...............................................................................................................................34
HONOR STATEMENT..................................................................................................................34
ONLINE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS ...................................................................................................35
SCHEDULE CHANGES/DROPPING OR ADDING COURSES ................................................35
SENIOR PROJECTS ......................................................................................................................35
STUDENT RECORDS ...................................................................................................................35
STUDY PROGRAMS AWAY FROM BRYN MAWR ................................................................36
TEACHER APPOINTMENTS .......................................................................................................36
TUTORING POLICY .....................................................................................................................36
III. ADVISORS AND COUNSELORS ....................................................................................................37
ADVISORS.....................................................................................................................................37
COLLEGE COUNSELING STAFF ..............................................................................................37
PARENT CONFERENCES............................................................................................................37
UPPER SCHOOL COUNSELOR ..................................................................................................37
IV. STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR .........................................................................................................38
HONOR STATEMENT..................................................................................................................38
TRI-SCHOOL STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY .....................................................38
CONSEQUENCES ..............................................................................................................39
HONOR COUNCIL........................................................................................................................39
CONSEQUENCES .............................................................................................................39
DETENTION .....................................................................................................................40
SATURDAY DETENTION ..............................................................................................40
LOSS OF PRIVILEGES ....................................................................................................40
SOCIAL PROBATION .....................................................................................................40
IN-SCHOOL DETENTION ..............................................................................................41
SUSPENSION ...................................................................................................................41
EXPULSION .....................................................................................................................41
REPORTING HONOR VIOLATIONS ..........................................................................................41
SPECIFIC POLICIES .....................................................................................................................41
BALTIMORE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS COVENANT FOR SAFETY AND
HEALTH...........................................................................................................................42
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POLICY ON ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS ......................................42
HARASSMENT ................................................................................................................43
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY ................................................................................43
V. STUDENT ACTIVITIES/CO-CURRICULARS ...............................................................................46
ATHLETICS ...................................................................................................................................49
DANCES.........................................................................................................................................49
LEADERSHIP AND ELECTION SCHEDULE ............................................................................49
LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ..............................................................................................49
LEADERSHIP BENCHMARKS ......................................................................................50
ELECTED LEADERS .......................................................................................................50
ELECTION SCHEDULE ..................................................................................................51
SCHOOL-WIDE & CLASS OFFICERS........................................................................................52
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS .....................................................................................................53
VI. SCHOOL SYMBOLS..........................................................................................................................54
SCHOOL FLOWER .......................................................................................................................54
SCHOOL MOTTO AND SEAL .....................................................................................................54
SCHOOL PRAYER ........................................................................................................................54
SCHOOL SONGS ..........................................................................................................................55
TRADITIONS.................................................................................................................................56
VII. EXAM SCHEDULES ........................................................................................................................57
EXAM SCHEDULE JANUARY 2015 ..........................................................................................57
EXAM SCHEDULE MAY/JUNE 2015 .........................................................................................58
SENIOR EXAMS MAY 2015 ........................................................................................................59
AP EXAMS MAY 2015 .................................................................................................................59
BRYN MAWR SCHOOL WEB ADDRESSES
www.brynmawrschool.org
BMS Homepage
http://www.brynmawrschool.org
BMS Library electronic resources:
http://library.brynmawrschool.org
BMS Parent Portal
http://www.brynmawrschool.org/parents
BMS email (MS and US students, Faculty and Staff)
http://gmail.brynmawrschool.org
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DAILY OPERATIONS
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Announcements are read each day at the beginning of convocation or advisor meeting. Students
and faculty who wish to make an announcement should email or give the message in writing to
Ms. Rice by 9:30 a.m.
ATTENDANCE
The school values each student’s participation in both curricular and co-curricular activities; that
participation is one of the most important rights and responsibilities of each student. Because
uninterrupted time in the classroom is crucial both for the individual and for the community, it is
essential that families make every effort to ensure that their daughters attend every class and
arrive at those classes on time. Standing appointments with dentists, doctors, etc., as well as
private lessons, should be made during unscheduled periods, after school, or during vacations.
Because the school calendar provides generous vacation time, families should plan vacations that
do not require their daughters to miss additional days before or after school holidays.
It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with work missed during an absence. For brief
absences, students should call classmates, email teachers for assignments, or check teachers’
course Canvas page. For lengthy absences, students should work with their advisors to develop a
schedule for making up missed assignments. On days of special focus, such as retreats or
Diversity Day, students who are absent will be required to complete equivalent work, regardless
of the reason for the absence.
The school reserves the right to withhold credit in cases of excessive absences or latenesses. If a
student misses more than 20% of a given class because of absence or tardiness, the Committee
on Students will discuss her case and make a decision about credit for the course. Students are
expected to attend all classes on days of sports practices and games, play rehearsals and
performances, dances, and all other school-related activities in order to be eligible to
participate. Exceptions must be approved by Ms. Galambos and, depending upon the event,
either Ms. Budzik, Ms. Kridel or Mr. Robinson.
If a student must miss school for reasons other than illness, she and her parents must complete a
planned absence request form available on the web or from Ms. Rice. This form must be
approved by the student’s teachers, coaches, and advisor, and signed by a parent and must be
returned to Ms. Rice at least two days in advance. The school will consider the request in light
of the student’s individual progress and other attendance practices. While the work may be made
up, teachers will not be required to provide extra tutoring. The absence of a large number of
students from any one grade (e.g., skip days) will be considered unexcused.
Absence Due to Illness
If a student is ill, a parent should call Ms. Rice at 410-323-8800, extension 1252 before 8:45
a.m. Parents may also leave a voice mail for her during off-hours. To verify the absence, she
will call the parents of any student who is marked absent. If a student is late because of illness,
it still counts as a late. If a student is ill, we encourage her to stay home to recover until she is
well enough to return to school for the whole day.
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A student’s parent must call Ms. Rice by 8:45 a.m. if the student will be late to school
because of a doctor’s appointment. Such students must sign in upon arriving at Bryn Mawr
and bring a note from the doctor that morning in order to avoid being assigned a late.
College Visiting
Possible dates to visit colleges are Friday, September 19, 2014 and Monday, October 20, 2014.
When planning a college visit on a day school is in session, a student must complete a planned
absence request form. This form must be approved by the college counselors, initialed by the
student’s teachers, coaches, and advisor, signed by a parent, and submitted to Ms. Rice two days
prior to the college visit. The student is responsible for meeting all of her academic obligations
prior to the absence (e.g., if a paper is due while she is scheduled to be away, she must turn in
that paper before leaving). She must also plan her visit so that she meets all obligations to the
community (e.g., athletic events and concerts). If a conflict arises concerning the scheduling of
this privilege, Ms. Galambos, the college counselors and the appropriate faculty member(s) will
review the situation.
Leaving Campus
The school is responsible for each student during the school day and, therefore, must know the
whereabouts of each student on campus. For safety reasons, students may not cross the
pedestrian bridge that connects the upper field to the extension of Melrose Avenue, nor may they
be in the woods that surround the campus. These areas are considered off campus. Finally, the
maintenance ‘barn’ is also off-limits to students. Unless a student has junior or senior
privileges, Bryn Mawrks, or parental permission, she must remain on Bryn Mawr’s
campus until 3:20 p.m. (see pg. 21). Failure to abide by this rule will result automatically in one
day of in-school detention. Students who miss an entire day of school are not eligible to
participate in after-school activities, including team sports or play rehearsals or performances.
Should a girl miss a test or quiz, she will take it that day after she has served her detention time;
her grade may be docked. Although her other work may be made up, her teachers are under no
obligation to provide extra tutoring. A student who leaves campus without permission a second
time will be brought before the Honor Council to discuss her inability to uphold community
standards. It is likely that the repercussions of her actions would be severe and would include
suspension. The school is obligated to report suspensions to colleges. Students should not leave
school early for SAT Prep, work, or the like. Bryn Mawr’s school day ends at 3:20; please plan
outside activities accordingly.
When a student must leave for an appointment, a parent or guardian must write a permission note
stating the reason for the absence and the times of departure from and return to school.
Permission notes should be given to Ms. Rice. If leaving early is an unexpected necessity, a
parent or guardian must see or call Ms. Rice before the student leaves school. A student who is
ill must report to the nurse before calling home or signing out. Students are permitted to make
appointments during unscheduled periods with teachers on the other campuses, but they must
sign out and sign back in with Ms. Rice. The same is true when donating blood at Gilman or
Roland Park. Whenever a student is leaving campus, she must sign out in Ms. Rice’s office.
However, students may not sign out to go for a run off-campus during the school day. For safety
reasons, students may run on the school fields or on the treadmills, but not on the Gilman track
or in the neighborhood. Failure to abide by this rule will result automatically in one day of inschool detention.
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Unexcused Absence and Lateness
A student who misses a class or an appointment without permission will be assigned a Saturday
detention. No work may be made up, and a grade of zero will be entered for all missed tests,
quizzes, and other graded work. Students who miss class because of lateness to school may be
penalized for missed work. Consequently, lateness to school may significantly affect grades
and/or course credit.
Because the school considers promptness a significant student responsibility, students who miss
class because of lateness to school may be penalized for missed work. Five lates to school
warrant a Wednesday detention. A student will earn another Wednesday detention for each
subsequent lateness. If the student accumulates eight or more lates, she will earn a Saturday
detention and will be required to have a conversation with her advisor, Ms. Budzik, and the
Chief Advisor of her grade, to explore possible ways of solving the problem.
BOOKSTORE/BRYN MAWRKET
For the convenience of families, Bryn Mawr owns and operates a school store, the Bryn
Mawrket. The store is located adjacent to the dining center. You may also visit the store online
at www.brynmawrket.com. Daily hours during the school year are 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,
Monday through Thursday and 7:45-1:00 Friday’s. The store carries school supplies, P.E.
uniforms, sweatshirts, gifts, and Bryn Mawr-related items. With parental authorization, students
may charge bookstore purchases to be billed later by the business office. The Bryn Mawrket also
accepts cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa. Textbooks need to be purchased from MBS Direct
at www.MBSdirect.net. Uniform skirts and jumpers may be purchased through Arthur’s by
Dennis. www.arthursuniforms.com 1777 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, MD 21208
Phone: 443.524.1469 8227 Cloverleaf Dr. Suite 308 Millersville, MD 21108 410.987.2605
BRIDGES
We at Bryn Mawr, Gilman, and Roland Park Country are unanimous in our resolve to enforce
proper pedestrian use of the bridges. The original decision to construct the bridges was based on
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the firm belief that our students’ safety is of paramount concern to us. The bridges are the only
acceptable way to travel from one campus to another.
Tri-School Bridge Policy
The bridges are extensions of our three campuses. All school rules apply when using the
bridges. Students must have a heightened awareness of the importance of safe behavior and high
standards of personal conduct when using the bridges.
! In order to move from one campus to another, all pedestrians must use the bridges.
! Anytime a student leaves campus during the school day, the bridges must be used to cross
Northern Parkway and Roland Avenue.
! By Baltimore City ordinance, no signs, banners, or advertisements are to be placed on or
hung from the bridges.
! No object shall be kicked, thrown, dropped or dangled from the bridges.
Consequences
The consequences for a student violating any of the bridge rules are as follows:
! First Offense: two-day suspension
! Second Offense: one-week suspension
! Third Offense: expulsion
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THE BRYN MAWR SCHOOL
2014-2015 CALENDAR
August 27, Wednesday
August 27, Wednesday
August 28, Thursday
September 1, Monday
September 10, Wednesday
September 17 – 19, Wed. – Fri.
Sept. 18 – 19, Thurs. & Fri.
September 19, Friday
September 25, Thursday
September 30, Tuesday
October 3, Friday
October 10, Friday
October 15, Wednesday
October 20, Monday
October 31, Friday
November 11, Tuesday
November 26 –30, Wed. – Sun.
December 1, Monday
December 19, Friday
January 5, Tuesday
January 14 – 15, Wed. & Thurs.
January 16, Friday
January 19, Monday
January 20-23, Tues. – Fri.
January 26, Monday
February 5, Thursday
February 13, Friday
February 16, Monday
February 19, Thursday
March 13, Friday
March 24, Tuesday
March 31, Tuesday
April 3, Friday
April 6, Monday
May 2, Saturday
May 4 through 15
May 14 – 15, Thurs. & Fri.
May 19, Tuesday
May 25, Monday
May 26 – 27, Tues. & Wed.
May 28, Thursday
May 29 – June 3, Fri. – Wed.
June 3, Wednesday
June 4, Thursday
June 4, Thursday
June 8, Monday
June 9, Tuesday
Orientation for all 9th grade and new students
Senior College Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Classes Begin
School Closed – Labor Day – No Homework
Bryn Mawr Upper School Parents’ Night
9th Grade Retreat (begins at 2:45 p.m. on 9/17)
10th & 11th Grade Retreats
12th Grade College Visiting
Rosh Hashanah – School Closed – No Homework
US Photo Day
Yom Kippur begins at sundown
Founders’ Day
PSAT’s for 10th & 11th Grades
AIMS Conference Day- School Closed
Halloween Convocation – School Dismissed 11:30 a.m.
Junior College Night 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Vacation (begins 3:20) No Homework
Classes Resume
Winter Vacation (begins 12:15) – No Homework
Classes Resumes
Exam Review Days
Reading Day
Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday – School Closed
Exams
Exam Conflict Day – No Upper School classes
Upper School Conference Day – School Closed
Faculty Professional Day – School Closed
Presidents Day – School Closed
Sophomore College Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Spring Break (begins at 3:20) – No Homework
Classes Resume
FCD Parent Evening (9th Grade)
Good Friday, Passover Begins – School Closed
Faculty Professional Day – School Closed
Bazaar/Gym Drill – No Homework
AP Exams
Senior Exams
Senior Projects begin
Memorial Day – School Closed
Exam Review Days
Reading Day – No Upper School Classes
Exams
Senior Retreat Part 1 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. (mandatory)
Graduation Rehearsal/ Senior Retreat Part II (mandatory)
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Exam Conflict Day
Class Day, 8:30 (mandatory grades 9-12)
Graduation 10:30 am (mandatory grades 11 & 12)
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EVENTS CALENDAR
2014-2015
August 26, Tuesday
August 29, Friday
September 12, Friday
September 26, Friday
October 10, Friday
October 14, Tuesday
October 24 – 26, Fri. – Sun.
October 26, Sunday
October 31, Friday
November 22, Saturday
December 6, Saturday
December 10, Wednesday
December 18, Thursday
December 19, Friday
January 9, Friday
January 13, Tuesday
January 15, Thursday
February 12, Thursday
February 12, Thursday
February 21, Saturday
February 26, Thursday
February 27 – March 1, Fri.–Sun.
April 1 – 2, Wed. & Thurs.
April 1, Wednesday
April 1, Wednesday
April 10, Friday
April 10 – 11, Fri. & Sat.
April 8, Wednesday
April 16, Thursday
April 18, Saturday
April 24, Friday
April 28 – Tues. – Wed.
April 30 – May 3, Thurs. – Sun.
May 2, Saturday
May 2, Saturday
May 14, Thursday
May 18, Monday
June 3, Wednesday
June 4, Thursday
Fall Leadership Luncheon, 11:30 –1:30 p.m.
Honor Assembly and Honor Book Signing
Club Fair – Convocation/Lunch
Coffee House, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
9th Grade Fall Fling, 8:00 –10:30 p.m. (Doors close @ 8:30)
Fall Spirit Day
Bryn Mawr/Gilman Musical
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Halloween Convocation
It’s Academic Taping
Snowball, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (Doors close @ 9:00)
Winter Spirit Day
Winter Concert, 8:00 p.m.
MS/US Holiday Convocation
BMS Winter Arts Showcase 7:00 p.m.
Winter Leadership Luncheon, 11:15 – 12:00 p.m.
MLK Assembly, 10:30-11:15
Empty Bowls, 5:00 –7: 00 p.m.
Coffee House, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
10th Grade Ring Dance, 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Diversity Day, 2nd Period and Assembly
Bryn Mawr Winter Play
School-wide Elections
Cross-Divisional Art Show 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Multicultural Dinner, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Spring Spirit Day
Dance Company Performance 7:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Spring Leadership Luncheon, 11:15 – 12:00 p.m.
Multicultural Dinner
Bryn Mawr Junior/Senior Prom, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Coffee House, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Class Elections
Tri-School Musical at Gilman
All School Art Show Reception, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Bazaar and Gym Drill
Spring Concert, 8:00 p.m.
Bell Ringing
Senior Retreat @ Bryn Mawr, 5:00–9:30 p.m. (mandatory)
Graduation Rehearsal & Senior Retreat Part II (mandatory)
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CENTENNIAL HALL
Event dates and times for any student rehearsal or performance must be cleared in advance with
Mr. Robinson and the business office. Please be specific regarding your equipment needs.
Campus use forms must be submitted to the business office. Teacher chaperones must be
assigned for all rehearsals and performances, and procedures for obtaining key(s) and locking
and unlocking doors should be established with Mr. Robinson who will give students a list of
specific guidelines for using Centennial Hall.
COORDINATION
Coordination with Gilman and Roland Park at the Upper School level offers Bryn Mawr students
a wide range of electives and the opportunity for coed classes. While coordinate classes are
concentrated in the eleventh and twelfth grades, offerings in some foreign languages begin in
ninth grade. Rules and guidelines for behavior and dress which apply to Bryn Mawr students on
campus, also apply when walking to and from coordinate classes. Gilman and Roland Park
teachers are authorized to enforce Bryn Mawr uniform policies on their campuses.
Students must use the bridges to cross Northern Parkway and Roland Avenue when walking
from one campus to another (see pg. 6). For safety and environmental reasons, and because
parking on the other campuses is restricted, driving to Gilman and Roland Park is not permitted,
even on reading day and exam days. Violations of this rule will result in a Saturday detention.
To email a teacher at Gilman, the format is first initial last name (jsmith) @gilman.edu
To email a teacher at Roland Park, the format is last name first initial (smithj) @rpcs.org
DAILY SCHEDULE
On Assembly Days, the schedule for periods 1, 2 and assembly is
Period 1 8:00 – 9:00
Period 2 9:15 – 10:15
Assembly 10:30 – 11:15
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Attendance is required at all class meetings, convocations, and assemblies. During all
convocations, school assemblies, and class meetings, everyone is expected to show respect for
speakers by arriving promptly, listening attentively, and behaving politely throughout the
presentation. Only in special instances, such as a presentation by a family member, is permission
granted to attend convocation at another school. Ms. Budzik must grant approval the day before
the requested school event.
The school day ends at 3:20 p.m., and students are expected to remain on the Bryn Mawr campus
until that time. Teachers may require students to remain at school until 4:00 p.m. to meet
academic or other commitments, in which case they would provide enough advance notice for
the students to arrange transportation.
Holiday Schedule (December 19)
8:00 – 8:30
8:30 – 8:45
8:45 – 9:15
9:15 – 9:30
9:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:15
10:15 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:00
11:00
Period 1
Passing Time
Period 2
Passing Time
Period 3
Passing Time
Period 4
Passing Time
Convocation
DRESS
In order to reduce both cost and competition, Bryn Mawr has a uniform which is worn by all
students until the spring of their senior year. The uniform includes various options and
combinations because, for students of this age, some degree of individuality is desirable.
Bryn Mawr’s guidelines about appearance are based on the belief that students should arrive on
campus dressed neatly and appropriately for a school setting. Students may wear jewelry (e.g.,
rings, necklaces, earrings, etc.) to school. If, however, a student chooses to pierce any body part
(with the exception of her ears), she may not wear ornaments in the holes while at school or at
school-related functions. Similarly, students with tattoos must keep them covered while at Bryn
Mawr.
Students are expected to wear clean, neat, well-fitting uniforms and to own all parts of the
required uniform, which is worn for Founders’ Day, the Thanksgiving convocation, Class Day,
and other special occasions, such as the Cum Laude Convocation and the Department Awards
Assembly. No team uniforms are to be worn on these days. Clothing worn underneath the
uniform must not be visible (e.g., no colored t-shirts under polos, no boxer shorts or spandex
extending below uniform skirt, etc.). Skirts may be no shorter than mid-thigh.
Students may only wear the green or gray Bryn Mawr sweatshirt or gray Bryn Mawr sweater and
Bryn Mawr sweatpants at school. Detentions will be given to students wearing non-uniform
items (non-uniform sweatshirts, including team sweatshirts, and non-uniform sweat pants).
Students must wear shoes on campus at all times.
Optional team apparel is not part of the school or team uniform.
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Students begin the academic year in the fall/spring uniform. Ms. Budzik will announce both the
change to winter uniform (in November) and the return to fall/spring uniform (in early spring)
based on weather conditions.
Fall/Spring Uniform
Required:
! plain white oxford or white cotton polo shirt (long or short-sleeved)
! light green cotton uniform skirt
! white socks
! sneakers (no open-heeled sneakers)
Optional:
! white turtleneck
! gray or dark hunter green Bryn Mawr sweatshirt sold in the Bryn Mawrket
! gray Bryn Mawr sweater
! dark hunter green pants
! dark hunter green tights or green leggings
! below-the-ankle hard soled shoes (flats and open-toed or open-heeled shoes, including
sandals and clogs, are not permitted.)
Winter Uniform
Required:
! white shirt: choice of polo, oxford, or turtleneck
! dark hunter green jumper or dark hunter green skirt
! dark hunter green tights or green leggings
! white socks
! sneakers (no open-heeled sneakers)
Optional:
! gray or green Bryn Mawr sweatshirt sold in the Bryn Mawrket
! gray Bryn Mawr sweater
! dark hunter green pants
! green knee-high socks
! below-the-ankle hard soled shoes (flats and open-toed or open-heeled shoes, including
sandals and clogs, are not permitted.)
! dark hunter green or gray Polartec garments sold in the Bryn Mawrket: choice of vest, halfzipped jacket or pullover
*Students may wear green Bryn Mawr sweatpants with the winter uniform during the time frame
indicated by Ms. Budzik.
*Outerwear may not be worn in the classroom or convocation. By definition, outerwear is a
jacket or anorak with a full or partial zipper. Scarves, hats (including baseball caps), and gloves
(only to be worn during cold weather) constitute as outerwear and, therefore, may not be worn in
the classroom or convocation.
*Boots may only be worn during inclement weather.
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Physical Education and Dance Uniforms
Required:
! white or gray Bryn Mawr t-shirt
! green Bryn Mawr sweatshirt
! green or white Bryn Mawr athletic shorts
! white socks
! sneakers (no open-heeled sneakers)
Days Out of Uniform
Clothing worn on days out of uniform must be appropriate for the school setting. Shoes must be
worn. Clothing which is inappropriate includes:
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halters, strapless tops, low-cut, or camisole tops with straps less than 2" wide.
very tight or see-through apparel
bare midriffs
clothing which is unhemmed, ripped, torn, or has holes
excessively short skirts or shorts
pajamas
Days out of uniform fall on the last Friday of every month with four exceptions:
Friday, August 29
Friday, September 26
Friday, October 31
Friday, November 21
Friday, December 19
Friday, January 30
Friday, February 27
Friday, March 27
Friday, April 24
Friday, May 22
*Please note, if a student has PE or Dance on a day out of uniform, she is still required to be in
proper PE/Dance uniform for class.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES/CELL PHONES
Students are prohibited from talking on cell phones in any building during the school day. When
students are in a class or school event, all cell phones/electronic devices must be silenced and put
away. Upon entering Centennial Hall for convocations and assemblies, all cell phones must be
put away. Students are allowed to listen to music with their headphones as long as they are not
disturbing other students or faculty around them. Devices being used inappropriately may be
confiscated and will be returned at the end of the day.
The appropriate methods of communication with administrators, faculty and coaches include
face-to-face, email, and if necessary, phone. Students may not text administrators, faculty or
coaches.
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FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION OF UPPER SCHOOL
Alexander, David
([email protected])
Amann, Steve
([email protected])
Arrogancia, Jennifer
([email protected])
Barck, Rebecca
([email protected])
Bolz, Jessica
([email protected])
Brown, Jerry
([email protected])
Budzik, Jeanette
([email protected])
Canestraro, Gina
([email protected])
Cheikh, Monia
([email protected] )
Clark, Julie
([email protected])
Coble, Diane
([email protected])
Cullen, Karen
([email protected])
Curran, Diana
([email protected])
Curtis, Justin
([email protected])
Detorie, Terry
([email protected])
Elton, Eric
([email protected])
Ford, Tim
([email protected])
Galambos, Jennifer
([email protected])
George, Jason
([email protected])
Gray, Jenniffer
([email protected])
Jackson, Rebekah
([email protected])
Jansen, Leslie
([email protected])
Kladky, Lee
([email protected])
Kridel, Wendy
([email protected])
Letras, Emily
([email protected])
Letras, Thanasi
([email protected])
Little, David
([email protected])
Lloyd-Lee, Linda
([email protected])
McAndrew, Bethany
([email protected])
McMillan, Brett
([email protected])
Mendaro, Leandro
([email protected])
VOICEMAIL NUMBER
Math
5539
Science/ Department Chair
1264
Math
5509
French
5526
Math/IIG Program Coordinator
5542
Asst. Director of College Counseling/
History
Dean of Students
1655
Assistant Director of Admissions
1330
Physics
5536
History
5511
Math/Department Chair
6678
History
1256
Dance
5543
Director of Technology
138
Director of Security
1616
STEM Coordinator
5536
Photography
6016
US Director/Asst. Head of School
1241
Academic Dean/Asst. US Director
History
Spanish/Department Chair
International Student Support
Director or Enrollment Management
1610
English
5505
Science
5549
Athletic Director
1340
Technology/Department Chair
1638
Assistant Director of Technology
1238
Art
5502
Dance
5530
French
1620
Science
5523
Spanish
5011
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1239
5538
1237
Mermelstein, Vicki
([email protected])
Metsopoulos, Peter
([email protected])
Miyamoto, Vicky
([email protected])
Mott, Shani
([email protected])
Perez-Grose, Marisa
([email protected])
Reed, Catherine
([email protected])
Rice, Debbi
([email protected])
Riley, Kimberly
([email protected])
Robinson, Michael
([email protected])
Schaffner, Kris
([email protected])
Shirk, Alyson
([email protected])
Souris, Maggi
([email protected])
Steck, Tina
([email protected])
Stephens, David
([email protected])
Summers, Georgia
([email protected])
Swyryn, Elaine
([email protected])
Taborda, Matilde
([email protected])
Tamariz, Patricia
([email protected])
Tankersley, Emily
([email protected])
Titus, Talia
([email protected])
Walsh, Maureen
([email protected])
Waters, Alice
([email protected])
Waters, Bill
([email protected])
Watkins, Courtney
([email protected])
Watson, Stacy
([email protected])
Whalen, Patti
([email protected])
Wilson, Heather
([email protected])
Yeager, Kevin
([email protected])
Upper School Counselor
1208
English/Department Chair
5541
Math
5311
English
5013
Spanish
5547
Latin/CSL Coordinator
4003
Admin. Asst. to Upper School Director
1252
History/Department Chair
5514
Director of the Arts
1670
Resource Center Director/Learning Support
English
Director of Music
1370
Athletic Trainer
1204
Assistant Athletic Director
Physical Education/Department Chair
Math
1245
English/Edith Hamilton Scholars
5508
Dean of Faculty/Math
1201
Physical Education
5533
Art
5524
Dance
5510
Director of Global Programs/Diversity
Titus
Headmistress
1333
English
5546
College Counseling/English
1307
Admin. Assistant, College Counseling
1611
Admin. Asst. to Athletic Director
1240
Director of College Counseling
1228
Science
5532
History
5518
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1265
1201
FOOD
Students are free to enjoy the cafeteria, gym lobby, and outdoors while eating at any time during
the day. Eating outside the cafeteria is a privilege, which may be revoked if the spaces are not
kept clean. Students are not allowed to eat or drink in any other school building unless they are
under the direct supervision of a teacher. There is no food or drink allowed in the Commons
Room. Food and drink, including water, are never allowed in the computer labs or library.
Students are not allowed to chew gum on campus.
Breakfast is available for purchase between 7:30 and 9:15 a.m. Snack is also available for
purchase in the cafeteria between 9:10 – 9:25 a.m. and throughout the day in the Bryn Mawrket.
The Upper School lunch period is from 11:15 – 11:50 a.m. Students may purchase all or part of
their lunch each day. Students may not share their meal plan benefits with any student.
HEALTH CENTER
The health policies of the school are under the supervision of an advisory physician. The Health
Center is staffed by an R.N. and is open each school day from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A nurse is
available by phone or two-way radio during school hours and will care for any student needing
health services for illness or injury.
Informational emails for the school nurse may be sent to [email protected]
Upper School students who are ill may visit the Health Center during free periods, between
classes, or with the consent of their classroom teacher. Upper School students may not sleep in
the Health Center during their class periods. All Upper School students will return to class with
a pass from the Health Center indicating the time of departure from the Health Center. Students
who wish to go home because of illness must report to the Health Center. This also
includes reporting during exam period. If the nurse determines that a student should be sent
home, the nurse will make all calls from the Health Center. After being excused by the nurse,
Upper School students may only drive home with the telephone consent of a parent and with the
nurse’s consent. Students who leave school because of illness must sign out in Ms. Rice’s office
after going to the nurse.
The Health Center will observe the following parameters:
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Any student with a temperature of 100.0F or greater will be sent home. Students will not be
allowed to return to school until they have been fever-free for a 24-hour period.
Any student who vomits or has new onset diarrhea during the school day will be sent home.
Students may not return until symptom free for a 24-hour period.
Any student diagnosed with strep throat must remain at home for 24 hours after beginning
antibiotics.
Parents must write a note for any student who needs to be excused from physical education
and dance during the school day. A doctor’s note is required to excuse a student from
physical education and dance for more than two days after any illness or injury. The doctor’s
note should indicate restrictions and the date for return to normal activity.
Following any severe illness or injury, a doctor’s clearance is required to resume
participation in athletics.
A doctor’s note is required if a student has a hospital or emergency room visit.
Students may not carry medications while at school with the exception of inhalers for
asthma, migraine medicine, and severe allergy medication. A doctor’s order must be on file
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in the Health Center so that the student may self-administer her medication.
! All prescription medications must be delivered to the Health Center in a pharmacylabeled bottle, accompanied by a written note from the physician and written
permission from a parent/guardian to administer the medication.
! All non-prescription medications must be delivered to the Health Center in the original
package and accompanied by a note from a parent/guardian to administer the
medication.
! Medications ordered for three times a day should be given at home at breakfast, after school
and at bedtime. If a student will be on campus late in the day, arrangements can be made
with the school nurse to administer the medication at the necessary time(s).
The school requires a yearly physical exam for each Upper School student. For new students
entering Bryn Mawr, a comprehensive examination is required. All other returning students are
required to have either sports physical or a comprehensive physical examination. Health forms
are available on the Bryn Mawr website in March to allow ample time for scheduling. Health
forms must be on file in the Health Center before a student may participate in pre-season sports,
receive her schedule, or attend class.
Guidelines for Managing Students with Food Allergies
The Bryn Mawr School recognizes that food allergies, in some instances, may be severe and
even occasionally life-threatening. The foods most likely to cause allergic reactions are peanuts,
tree nuts (almond, Brazil nut, cashew, chestnut, filbert/hazelnut, macadamia nut, pecan, pine nut,
pistachio, walnut), dairy products, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish. Although most food
allergies produce symptoms that are uncomfortable, persons with food allergies can suffer
serious or life-threatening reactions.
The Bryn Mawr School recognizes that understanding and managing the risks of serious food
allergies are necessary to provide a safe educational environment. The Bryn Mawr School is
committed to working with students, parents, and health care professionals to implement
safeguards that minimize the risks related to students’ food allergies and to respond appropriately
in the event of students’ allergic reactions both on-campus and off-campus. However, the School
cannot guarantee that a student will never experience an allergy-related reaction on this campus
or at a school-sponsored activity. Therefore, the ultimate responsibility for food allergy risk
reduction lies with the student and her parents/guardians.
Family’s Responsibility
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Promptly notify the School of the child’s allergies once they are known.
Submit written medical documentation pertaining to the allergy (including the School’s
Emergency Health Care Plan), instructions, and medications as directed by the child’s
physician. A photo of the child must be included with the written form.
Supply the School with properly labeled medication and replace the medications after use
or upon expiration.
Submit emergency contact information.
Educate the child about how to manage her allergy at School, including, but not limited
to, identifying “safe foods” by reviewing Bryn Mawr’s weekly lunch menu together, and
contacting the food service director for ingredient listings. If parents are uncertain about
possible exposure to allergy-causing foods, they should provide meals or snacks for their
child.
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Debrief with School staff, the child’s physician, and the child (if appropriate) after an
allergic reaction has occurred.
School’s Responsibility
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Review health records submitted by parents.
Include food-allergic students in school activities.
Participate, together with the parents and physician, in the determination as to whether
the student will carry her own epinephrine. If it is determined in the opinion of the
student’s parents and physician that the student should not carry her own epinephrine, in
accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, the School shall
properly store the student’s epinephrine in an easily accessible, secure location central to
designated School personnel.
Maintain an emergency supply of epinephrine on campus and in first aid kits for
treatment of an anaphylactic response during off-campus activities.
Work with its food service vendor to provide a variety of foods in the dining hall that all
students may enjoy. In the case of a student with multiple or unusual allergies, however,
the School may require the student or family to provide lunch or snacks, if necessary for
the student’s safety.
Inform faculty and staff who have routine contact with a food-allergic student of the
student’s food allergy.
Educate faculty and staff on campus to recognize signs and symptoms of an allergic
reaction and to respond appropriately, as necessary.
Discuss food allergy management with families’ during on-campus and off-campus
functions, such as field trips and retreats.
Educate students to refrain from sharing foods.
Student’s Responsibility
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Refrain from sharing food.
Not ingest anything with unknown ingredients or known to contain any allergen.
Be proactive in the care and management of their food allergies and reactions based on
their developmental level.
Notify an adult immediately if they eat something they believe may contain the food that
they are allergic to or if they notice any symptom of an allergic reaction.
If appropriately based on the opinion of the student’s parents and physician and in
accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, carry epinephrine with
him/her.
LAPTOPS
Students must lock their laptops in their lockers when not in use. This includes, but is not
limited to, convocations, assemblies, lunch, etc. The school assumes no responsibility for lost or
stolen laptops. All laptops must be engraved with the student’s name. Any laptop left unlocked
and unattended will be confiscated, and the student to whom it belongs will receive a detention.
LIBRARY
The library contains material used in support of the curriculum, for independent study, and for
leisure reading. Everyone shares a responsibility for maintaining a scholarly, respectful
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atmosphere in which varied resources may be used. The library is reserved for quiet study. In
addition to the library, classrooms throughout the Howell Building are designated as “quiet
areas” for studying. No food or drink may be brought into the library or classrooms.
The library’s web page is available at http://library.brynmawrschool.org. The website contains
the public access catalogs of the school’s libraries and an organized selection of electronic
resources that complement the school’s curriculum which can be accessed from off campus.
Books and materials in the general collection are signed out at the circulation desk and are to be
returned within 20 school days, at which time they may usually be renewed. Multimedia
materials, magazines, and e-readers circulate for shorter periods. There is no limit to the number
of items a student may borrow. However, a student is responsible for all books and materials
signed out in her name. Borrowing privileges may be restricted for students with overdue
material. There are no fines assessed for overdue materials.
Overdue notices are issued weekly through campus e-mail. When a student receives an overdue
notice, it is her responsibility to return the materials, renew the materials, or to present any
extenuating circumstances to a member of the library staff. If a student fails to respond, a bill for
the material will be sent to the business office at the end of the semester. Families are expected
to pay replacement costs for the lost or damaged items. Credit will be issued for the cost of the
material if found and returned.
Reference materials are to be used only in the library during the day, but may be signed out
overnight after 2:45 p.m. Materials on reserve are limited to one hour of use within the library
during the day. Most circulate overnight after 2:45 p.m. Overnight materials are due by 8:00
a.m. the next morning.
A photocopy machine, scanner, black-and-white printer and a color printer are available for
student use. A number of computers are also available for student use. There are electrical
outlets throughout the library so that students can charge their laptops. The campus-wide
Acceptable Use Policy is always enforced.
Two group study rooms are available for student projects. AV equipment may be used in these
rooms, but viewing non-course related films is restricted to after school hours.
The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. on Friday. See the library’s web page for a detailed schedule, policies and library
personnel. The library staff can be reached via email: [email protected]
LOCKER ROOM AND LOCKERS
Everyone shares responsibility for maintaining the lockers and locker room that the school
provides for student convenience. For this reason, no food or drink may be consumed in the
locker room. In addition, there is to be no graffiti on the lockers or walls. As a health
precaution, students are encouraged to store their books and binders in their lockers and to
refrain from overstuffing their backpacks with heavy items. Valuable items such as cash or
electronic equipment should be locked in lockers as soon as possible after a student arrives at
school. Each student should safeguard her belongings at all times by using a combination lock
(available in the bookstore) and by clearly marking her name on all items (e.g., books, uniforms,
jackets, calculators, etc.) brought to school. Large sums of money should be taken to the Upper
School office for safekeeping. School officials may open lockers if there is a reasonable
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suspicion that the law or school rules are being violated. The locker room is open to Bryn Mawr
students, administration, and staff.
LOST-AND-FOUND
Lost-and-found for personal belongings is located in the locker room in the Howell Building.
Smaller items may be kept in the Upper School or student life office. The lost-and-found bins
are emptied regularly; unclaimed and unmarked items are donated to charity. Please label all
clothing and belongings!
MAILBOXES AND EMAIL
Student mailboxes are located in the Commons Room. Each student is expected to check her
mailbox several times each day for messages. In addition, students are expected to check and
respond to their email daily. Staff members will attempt to locate a student only in cases of
emergency. Students may check their school email from home by typing the following address
into their Web browser: http://gmail.brynmawrschool.org exactly as shown. Bookmark this site
for future use.
Be cautious when permanently deleting messages. The technology staff is not able to retrieve
any message that has been permanently deleted. When a message is first deleted, it is put into
the “Trash” folder of the student’s mailbox. The message will be automatically deleted after 30
days in the Trash. Since the storage capacity of student mailboxes is 25GB, it is recommended
that students, archive, rather than delete messages.
When a student logs in to her mail on a public computer, she must remember to log out (in the
upper right hand corner of the screen) before leaving the machine. Failure to do so will allow the
next person using that computer the ability to access her account.
PARKING AND DRIVING
Upper School pick-up and drop-off is at the Northern Parkway circle only. Violations of this
rule may result in a detention. The Gordon Driveway is reserved for faculty and staff parking
and should not be used for drop off or pick up. Visitor parking is limited. Visitor spaces are
located on Melrose Avenue next to the Gatehouse and Gordon Driveway entrance and on the
Northern Parkway Driveway. Students may not park in visitor spaces.
In order to promote safety, the school requires registration of all vehicles that students drive to
school whether or not they park on campus. A student who drives to school must register the
car(s) she drives in the Upper School office with Ms. Rice and place the registration tag on the
rearview mirror. Failure to register a vehicle will result in the loss of on-campus parking
privileges. Failure to comply with parking regulations, including crosswalks and the fire lane
along Northern Parkway Circle, will incur detentions and possibly a fine of $25.
The bridges are the only acceptable way to travel from one campus to another. Students may not
drive themselves to class or an exam on another campus. Nor may they drive another student
to/from class on another campus. Any student driving to and parking at Gilman or Roland Park
during the school day will lose her Bryn Mawr on-campus parking privilege and receive a
Saturday detention. For safety reasons, students should close their car windows, lock their doors
and keep all valuables out of sight.
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Off-Campus Parking
Bryn Mawr students who park in the neighborhood are expected to be respectful of
neighborhood residents and to abide by all city parking regulations (e.g., not blocking driveways,
parking illegally, etc.). When parking in the Orchards (Kenmore, Castlewood, Boxhill and
surrounding streets), students must park only on the north and west side of the streets. Students
are not allowed to park in Huntley Square (Benston, Gilmary, or Woodlawn). Tickets and/or
detentions will be issued for all parking violations. Students should contact Ms. Detorie or Mr.
Coleman with all questions related to parking.
On-Campus Parking
Designated senior spots on the Northern Parkway Drive are reserved for seniors only. Bryn
Mawr juniors and seniors may park in the non-reserved spaces along Northern Parkway drive.
Sophomores must park in the neighborhood; they may not park on campus. Students may not
park in faculty spaces, visitor spaces, on the Northern Parkway Circle, or in an illegal manner.
PRIVILEGES
Bryn Mawrks
Bryn Mawr expects each individual to learn to take responsibility for her own actions, both on
and off campus. With this in mind, as a student grows older and becomes more independent, she
gains the opportunity to earn Bryn Mawrks.
Bryn Mawrks are given to students (except first semester 9th graders) who have not received a
detention or other disciplinary consequence during the previous semester. The Mawrks are
issued for one semester and allow a student to arrive late to school if she has a first period free,
to go off campus during a free period, or to leave school early provided the student does not have
any academic responsibilities or commitments. Second semester 9th graders may earn two Bryn
Mawrks, 10th graders three, 11th graders four, and 12th graders five. Bryn Mawrks work on a
semester-by-semester basis so that a student might earn three for her first semester sophomore
year, but then receive a detention during that semester and have no Bryn Mawrks for second
semester.
As always, parental permission is required for all privileges that involve a student leaving
campus. Each semester, students awarded this privilege will be given a permission slip that must
be completed by a parent or guardian and returned to Ms. Budzik.
Junior Privileges
Following March break, juniors request junior privileges from the Upper School Director, Dean
of Students, and Chief Advisor. Students in good standing who have received signed permission
from a parent or guardian are not required to be on campus during their free periods on the one
day of the week decided by their class. Students must be present for all academic and nonacademic commitments (e.g., convocation, advisor meeting, class meeting, assembly, club
meeting) and must sign in each time they arrive on campus and must sign out before leaving.
Students may leave and return for a later commitment, but they must sign in when they return.
Junior privileges take effect when all permission forms have been turned in to the Dean’s Office.
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Senior Privileges
Seniors begin senior year with junior privileges. Beginning Monday, November 10, seniors who
are in good standing and have received signed permission from a parent/guardian are not
required to be on campus during their free periods. They must be present at all academic and
non-academic commitments (e.g., convocation, advisor meeting, class meeting, assembly, club
meeting). Senior privileges take effect when all senior permission forms have been turned in to
the Dean’s Office. Students must sign in each time they arrive on campus and must sign out
before leaving. They may leave and return for a later commitment, but they must sign in when
they return. After spring break, seniors are no longer required to wear their school uniform,
except for the Cum Laude Convocation, the Departmental Awards Assembly, Gym Drill, and
Class Day.
RESOURCE CENTER
The Resource Center is a peer tutoring center that offers academic help to Upper and Middle
School students in every academic subject. Student mentors, selected by their teachers, are
available to help students during free periods. Students can request help on a single assignment,
or they can meet on a regular basis. Students who would like to meet with a mentor should fill
out a meeting request slip in the Resource Center or contact Ms. Schaffner through email. Study
skills help is also available. The Resource Center offers a quiet place for individual or group
work with computers, a printer, and a small library where students can find extra practice in a
variety of subjects, as well as study skills advice. Students are allowed to listen to music only on
their headphones while in the Resource Center. Located in the North Building, the Resource
Center is open throughout the day.
ROOM LOCATIONS
21-22
24-32
33-48 & 110
49-53
09-14
Hamilton Building
Hardy Building
Howell Building
Music Building
North Building
SAFETY AT BRYN MAWR SCHOOL
Being Safe at School
Maintaining a safe and secure school environment and being prepared for emergencies on
campus are of utmost importance to everyone at Bryn Mawr. Faculty, staff, and students work
together to make safety and security a priority, and the school regularly reviews and tests the
effectiveness of safety and emergency procedures, plans, and drills in cooperation with the
school’s Security Department.
General Campus Safety
Our 26-acre residential setting, an open yet protected, campus environment, allow members of
the school community and the greater community, by permission, to take advantage of the beauty
and amenities of our grounds.
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All school employees are required to wear identification, and visitors to Bryn Mawr must display
a visitor’s badge. The school grounds are patrolled and monitored seven days a week, 24 hours a
day, by several full-time school security personnel and a professional security company. In
addition, a school administrator is on duty each school day between 3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. as an
emergency contact.
If a student sees a stranger on campus and a visitor’s badge is not visible, she is asked to report
the stranger to an adult immediately.
Communicating With Parents & Families
In the event of a school emergency, Bryn Mawr will use the e2Campus Emergency Notification
System, listserv e-mail, the school’s website, cell phones, and the media, as appropriate, to share
important information with parents and families.
Communicating With Members of the Campus Community
The school uses campus-wide bells and alarms initially to notify school personnel and students
of an emergency. School marshals communicate the protocol to be followed on our campus and
the Director of Security is in communication with Gilman School and Roland Park Country
School by two-way radio (Channel 3), e-mail, and cell phone.
Safety & Security Measures
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School buildings are unlocked with unlimited access during regular school hours with the
exception of The Bryn Mawr Little School and the Choral Room, both of which have
their entrance on a keypad entry system throughout the day. The Bryn Mawr Lower
School is on a card access system.
All school buildings are locked on a regular schedule in the evening.
After-school programs are supervised and staffed until every student is picked up.
Campus lighting is excellent.
Detailed safety and security protocols are in effect for all school events on the main
campus and at Bryn Mawr’s Mt. Washington campus.
Information about campus safety and security is shared on a regular basis with the trischool community as well as area neighborhood associations.
Emergency Procedures
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The school employs a full-time nursing staff and trains and certifies key personnel each
year in the administering of emergency first aid, CPR, and the use of a defibrillator.
There are 8 AEDs (defibrillators) on our main campus.
The school’s full-time athletic trainer works with our student-athletes and adults on
campus to help reduce and prevent injuries and maintain health and wellness.
School personnel and teachers review emergency procedures and plans and must take a
blood-borne pathogens quiz each year.
The school has after-hours emergency protocols and information in place, and school
personnel are specifically trained to handle emergencies that may occur during off-school
hours.
Emergency drill protocols are posted in each school building and classroom. All school
personnel and students participate in emergency drills throughout the school year,
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including fire drills, lockdown drills, and a weather drill. The school also has regularly
updated crisis and disaster plans and a pandemic flu plan.
General Emergency Procedures
Fire/Evacuation (alarm and flashing lights)
1. Exit the building immediately
2. Turn out the lights
3. Shut the door
4. Proceed quietly and quickly to Gordon or turf field.
5. Line up with class and remain on the field until told to reenter the building.
6. Notify an adult (chief advisor, division director, or a member of operations/security)
immediately if a classmate is missing.
Weather Drill (short bells)
1. Proceed to a safe area. The safe areas include buildings with basements, bathrooms,
hallways and portions of classrooms/offices that have no windows. Once in the area, sit
down and place hands over the head.
2. Remain in the safe area until the all clear is received.
Lockdown (long bell, pause, long bell)
1. Stay in classroom.
2. Students should not open a door for someone unless they know who it is. If a stranger is
at the door, proceed to the safe area used during a weather drill.
3. Stay quiet and place cell phones on vibrate.
4. Pull down all shades, lock the door to the classroom, and stay away from windows.
5. If the room has only one exit, barricade the door with desks, chairs, bookcases, etc.
6. Remain in the classroom until an all clear is received.
SCHOOL HOURS
The switchboard, at 410–323–8800, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday, during the school year and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the summer.
SENIOR ROOM
The school provides a room with an adjacent kitchen and bathroom for use by the seniors.
Seniors may decorate it yearly. The Chief Advisor must approve the theme and any alterations
or modifications. The senior room is closed everyday at 4:00 p.m., at which time all students
should be out of the building. The back door remains unlocked until 7:00 p.m. for seniors to
pick up backpacks and other items. The senior room is open to Bryn Mawr seniors only.
SNOW DAYS
If school is canceled or postponed because of inclement weather, bulletins will be broadcast via
the e2Campus Notification System and over WBAL Radio AM 1090 at twenty minutes after
the hour and ten minutes before the hour, beginning at 6:20 a.m. Please listen for the Bryn Mawr
School announcement.
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Bryn Mawr School closings and opening delays because of inclement weather will also be posted
to the Bryn Mawr website* shortly after a decision has been made. To receive the most updated
information on your browser, click the reload or refresh button. Depending upon the cache
settings of the computer, updates may not automatically occur. Additionally, parents and
students may dial the 410-323-8800 number for updated recordings pertaining to weather-related
school closings.
*Bryn Mawr’s website address – http://www.brynmawrschool.org
When school starts late due to inclement weather, all classes will meet for abbreviated periods
according to the following schedules:
One Hour Late – 9:00 a.m.
Two Hours Late – 10:00 a.m.
9:00 – 9:45
10:00 –10:45
11:00 –11:20
11:20 –11:50
12:05 – 1:15
1:30 – 2:40
2:45 – 3:20
10:00 – 10:45
11:00 – 11:20
11:20 – 11:50
12:05 – 12:50
1:05 – 1:50
2:05 – 2:50
2:55 – 3:20
Period 1
Period 2
Convocation/Advisory
Lunch
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
Period 1
Convocation
Lunch
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
When school is delayed on an assembly day, the following schedules will be followed:
One Hour Late – 9:00 a.m.
Periods 1 and 2 are 35 minutes
each; periods 3 and 4 are as usual.
9:00 – 9:35
9:50 – 10:25
10:45 – 11:25
11:25 –11:50
12:05 – 1:15
1:30 – 2:40
2:45 – 3:20
Two Hours Late – 10:00 a.m.
Period 1 and assembly are 35
minutes; periods 2, 3, and 4
are each 45 minutes.
10:00 – 10:35 Period 1
10:50 – 11:25 Assembly
11:25 – 11:50 Lunch
12:05 – 12:50 Period 2
1:05 – 1:50 Period 3
2:05 – 2:50 Period 4
2:55 – 3:20 Period 5
Period 1
Period 2
Assembly
Lunch
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
When weather worsens after the school day begins, decisions about early dismissal will be
broadcast over WBAL Radio AM 1090 and posted on the e2Campus Emergency Notification
System. Students must be picked up at the Northern Parkway Circle. The school provides
supervision until parents are able to pick up their daughters.
SUMMER READING
The purpose of required summer reading at Bryn Mawr is, first and foremost, the promotion of
reading as a pleasurable activity, with the hope that students will develop a lifelong love of
books. The books are chosen in hopes that students will find them a joy to read, and that they
will expand the horizons of those who read them. Often, the selected books have a curricular
link for a particular grade. Summer reading is discussed in classes or advisory the following
school year. Students are told in the spring which books they are required to read. A complete
list can be found on the library’s webpage at
http://brynmawrschool.libguides.com/content.php?pid=463559&sid=3794854
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SUPERVISION BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL
As a service to Bryn Mawr families, the school provides adult supervision for students from 7:00
to 7:45 a.m. in the glassroom. No student should arrive before 7:00 a.m. as the school cannot be
responsible for her. All students, with the exception of seniors, who arrive between 7:00 and
7:45 a.m. are required to wait in the cafeteria or KVB Lobby. The senior room will be open for
students at 7:00. Afternoon supervision is not available for Upper School students. Students and
their families should arrange for timely pick-up following the student’s last commitment of the
day. Students from other schools are not allowed on campus unless they have a scheduled
class, are attending a school event or have a scheduled appointment with a teacher.
With the exception of the Howell switchboard, the Senior Room, and KVB Gym/lobby, all doors
will be locked at 4:00 p.m. After 4:00, a faculty member must accompany students working in
any building. At 6:00 p.m. all buildings will be locked (Senior Room will be locked at 7:00).
Students remaining on campus must report to the KVB Gym. Non-Bryn Mawr students are not
allowed on campus after 4:00 p.m. unless they are here for a specific event or program.
TECHNOLOGY
Each student is required to bring her own laptop, laptop charger, and dongle (if using a Mac) to
school with her each day. This laptop must meet the minimum specifications set by Bryn Mawr
as listed on the Parent Portal of Bryn Mawr’s website. Students will use their laptops on a regular
basis both on and off campus, inside and outside of class. Bryn Mawr will not provide loaner
chargers or dongles (VGA connectors) to students, as it is their responsibility to bring these to
school with them each day. Students are welcome to use the limited number of Bryn Mawr's
desktop computers located in the library and computer labs. Students should respect the
guidelines and must sign the Acceptable Use Policy (www.brynmawrschool.org/technology).
If a student requires technical assistance with her laptop, she should take it to the Student Help
Desk, located near the entrance to the library. If the Help Desk associate is unable to resolve the
laptop issue, the student will be issued a temporary loaner machine that must be returned at the
end of the school day. At that time, the student will receive more details about the scope of the
problem with her laptop and the next steps she or her parents/guardians should take in having it
repaired. Loaner laptops may be taken home in special circumstances. Student laptop problems
must be resolved in a timely manner, and a student may not keep a loaner laptop for an extended
period of time in lieu of repairing or replacing her own laptop.
Students are responsible for the security of their personal laptops at all times, including during
convocation or other all school events. Each student should have her name visibly displayed on
her laptop. Students should secure laptops in their lockers in the basement of the Howell
building when not in use. Laptops left in backpacks and stored in common areas are not
considered secured. Students using laptop charging carts in common areas should remain within
sight of their laptops. Bryn Mawr is not liable for the loss or theft of laptops.
Bryn Mawr’s technology resources (network, internet access, computers, accounts, etc.) are
intended for academic work. Streaming video or music files over the network for non-academic
purposes is not allowed, as this decreases the available bandwidth for all users; this includes, but
is not limited to: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora, and television websites. Social
networking sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, etc. should not be accessed on campus except for
specific academic purposes. Students found to be in violation of this rule will be given
detention.
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The computer labs are open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every school day, unless otherwise
specified. Other hours may be arranged through Mr. Curtis or Mrs. Letras for special projects. If
classes are in the lab, it is up to the discretion of the individual teacher whether a student may
work on an extra computer.
Software that is installed on hard drives of the school computers or the network belongs to the
school. Because this software is licensed, no one should make copies of it, nor should anyone
install or download any other software or application on the school computers. This includes the
downloading of any application or game from the Internet, File Sharing Services, iTunes Music
Store, etc. Hard drives and settings on school computers (in the Library and Computer labs) are
defined for the use of everyone; therefore it is not acceptable to personalize any machine.
Students should not change the settings on any school computer. Detentions will be issued for
failure to abide by these rules.
Students should use only Bryn Mawr email on campus. Students should not use the groups list to
send email to the entire faculty, staff, or student body without asking permission from an adult.
Sending an email to all students or to all students in a certain grade without permission will
result in a detention. Lost items are not acceptable reasons to send mass email.
Documents should be saved on the student’s Google Drive, the hard drive of her personal laptop,
a flash drive, a CD, or an external hard drive. Files should not be saved on the hard drive of a
school machine unless a student is instructed to do so. It is strongly recommended that each
student make use of Google Drive for online file storage so that her workflow will not be
interrupted if her laptop should require repair. It is also strongly recommended that students back
up their files in more than one location. File corruption, accidental deletion, or other
technological malfunction is not a valid excuse for handing in a late assignment.
Because laser printing is expensive, and it is important to conserve paper, students should print
only what is necessary. Students should spell check and proofread their work and then print only
one copy. Students should know to which networked printer they are printing and give the
computer only one command to print one copy. The color printer is to be used for special
projects and assignments and must be approved through a member of the technology team.
Laser printers are not copy machines. If a student needs to print more than one copy of
something, she should print the first copy and then use the copy machine in the library to make
duplicate copies.
Students encountering a problem with a school computer or printer should alert a member of the
technology team, indicating the number or location of the computer or printer and the exact
nature of the problem. Under no circumstance should students try to change any hardware or
repair any problem.
Each student must bring her own pair of headphones to school each day. So as not to disturb
others, all students must wear headphones to listen to anything using sound during the school
day, including academic videos, academic or personal music, video or audio projects. Students
are not permitted to amplify the sound of their laptops unless it is for a specific purpose during
class. Students found to be in violation of this rule will receive a detention.
Students wishing to use their personal Macintosh laptops for a presentation in class or a club
meeting (requiring the use of the classroom projector) must purchase a VGA connector (dongle)
in order to do so. This connector may be purchased from the Apple Store or online. The
technology department will not provide any dongles for student use. Please email Mr. Letras
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with any questions about the type of dongle to purchase.
All peripheral equipment owned by the technology department such as digital cameras, digital
video camcorders, external drives, etc. must be signed out with a member of the technology
department and signed back in within one class period. Students are responsible for the security
and proper use of the equipment. Equipment may be reserved in advance with the approval of a
member of the technology team. Failure to return equipment on time will result in a detention.
All equipment must be returned to the computer lab by 4:00 p.m. Students are only permitted to
check out equipment overnight with special permission from Mrs. Letras or Mr. Curtis.
Each student is responsible for maintaining the public computer workspace for the entire
community and for cleaning up after herself. Students are responsible for logging off email and
lab computers properly. All scrap paper must be put in recycling bins. To use special paper in the
printers, permission must be granted and paper must be removed when finished. Absolutely no
food or drink is allowed in the lab or near computers. Detentions will be issued for failure to
abide by these rules.
To receive proper support from the Technology team, students should notify Mrs. Letras at least
2 days in advance of special technology needs, including:
• Assistance with class projects (i.e. video projects, brochures, etc.)
• Technology equipment use during a club meeting or other school event
• Projects involving large quantities of technology-owned equipment (ex. 7 video cameras
needed for a school-wide program).
If a student (or organization) wishes to make an announcement during convocation that utilizes
technology, she should email [email protected] at least 48 hours prior to the
date of the announcement. A Technology Associate will respond to the request and follow up
with instructions about where to save a file for the announcement and if the day requested is
available (due to time constraints, only one announcement using technology is permitted per
convocation).
TELEPHONES
There is a phone in the Commons Room available for student use. Office phones may be used
for official business with permission (e.g., calls regarding senior projects, community service,
colleges, etc.) and emergencies. Students may call the school’s cell phone number (443-8039830) if they have an emergency that will result in their being late to a dance. (For personal cell
phone use, see page 13.)
VISITORS
Ms. Galambos’ or Ms. Budzik’s permission is required to have visitors spend any part of the
school day with Upper School students. Because of concern for safety and the security of
belongings, the campus is restricted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to students taking classes at
Bryn Mawr. Visitors may attend games on the fields and in the gym after school. Non-Bryn
Mawr students may not be on campus after 4:00 p.m. unless they are here for a rehearsal,
specific event or program.
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ACADEMIC INFORMATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHY
The Upper School academic experience develops and reinforces the skills girls need to
formulate questions, identify problems, and work toward solutions. Students are encouraged
to think deeply about and take pleasure in complex ideas and to make skillful and creative use
of the body of knowledge they acquire. Classes, which are distinguished by activities and
assignments that spring from Essential Questions, promote both independence and
collaboration. Teachers invite students to grapple with problems that may or may not have
solutions, guide girls to make connections across disciplines and cultures, and lead them to
form ideas and opinions of their own.
ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS
Bryn Mawr is able to make the following accommodations for students with documented
academic needs:
! a maximum of up to 50% extended time for tests, quizzes and exams.
! the use of mechanical aids such as personal recording devices and laptops for
tasks in and out of class, and school-supplied laptops for tests, quizzes and
exams.
! a waiver for the foreign language requirement when recommended by the
testing specialist.
! Supportive instruction in the form of extra-help sessions on a group or
sometimes individual basis.
Parents of students requiring accommodations and extended time on classroom tests, exams, or
standardized tests (see below) should make arrangements to have their daughters tested by a
certified learning specialist. The testing and plan must be current within 5 years. A letter from a
professional who is certified or licensed to diagnose disabilities must:
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name the disability
identify the test used to diagnose the disability
state the date the test was administered
specify the precise needs when recommending special test arrangements
Bryn Mawr must be sent a copy of the complete test report for school files, including
recommendations for special accommodations. Test results and other information should be sent
to Ms. Mermelstein who will summarize the information for the student’s advisor, teachers, and
the college counselor. Ms. Mermelstein has on file a list of learning diagnosticians.
Standardized Testing (PSAT, SAT, AP, ACT)
Bryn Mawr is bound by external requirements when administering extended time in standardized
testing. College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (CBSSD), and American College
Testing (ACT) stipulate that students with special academic needs have a current IEP, 504 plan,
or Formal Written Plan on file prior to filing a Student Eligibility Form for testing
accommodations. The testing and plan must be current within three years and must be on file at
the school four months prior to applying for special accommodations. Parents of students
requiring extended time on standardized tests should contact the College Counseling office for
further details.
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ACADEMIC PROBATION
At the end of each semester, a student who fails one or more courses or receives two or more
grades below 70 will be reviewed by the Committee on Students and will be placed on Academic
Probation. The Committee, in consultation with the student’s advisor and teacher(s), will
recommend and/or require steps the student needs to take in order to improve her work. These
steps may include monitored study time, mandatory meetings with teachers, weekly meetings
with her advisor, required sessions in the Resource Center, and tutoring or remedial work during
the summer, and could result in ineligibility for non-required school activities.
At the end of each quarter, the Committee on Students will review a student already on
Academic Probation. If she has met all of the requirements made by the Committee and has
received no grade below 65 and no more than one grade below 70 during the quarter, she is
eligible to be removed from Academic Probation at the end of semester. If, however, these
conditions have not been met, then the Committee may recommend to Ms. Galambos that the
student not continue her education at Bryn Mawr beyond the current year. Any student who has
been removed from Academic Probation may be put back on probation after one quarter if she
receives two or more grades below 70.
For students who earn a grade below 70 in a sequential course, summer work is mandatory.
ACTIVITY/ATHLETIC REQUIREMENT
Students in 9th and 10th grades are required to participate in at least one school-sponsored activity
or be a member of an athletic team each year. Students in 11th and 12th grades must participate in
at least two activities or athletic teams each year. Activity requirements for 11th and 12th graders
may be fulfilled off campus with the proper paperwork and signatures, and Ms. Budzik’s
permission.
CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT
Bryn Mawr is a safe place where students can work hard, learn, and reach their potential. It is
important that all members of the community show respect for one another, the classrooms, and
the materials. School policy and teacher instructions are to be followed at all times. Because
inappropriate behavior detracts from the classroom experience for everyone, Bryn Mawr expects
all students to conduct themselves in a responsible manner, both academically and socially.
Laptops must be used in a responsible and appropriate manner. The school values cultural
diversity, individual differences, and a range of academic talents. Name calling, harassment, and
insubordination will not be tolerated.
COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING REQUIREMENT
As a requirement for graduation, every Bryn Mawr Upper School student is expected to
complete a service-learning project. Notebooks describing potential service sites are kept in the
Howell Building, Room 110. Ms. Reed must approve all projects in advance. Within three
weeks of completing the service project, students must complete a self-evaluation and a
reflection piece. All information and forms about the community service learning requirement
can be found on the Bryn Mawr website (QuickLinks>Forms>USHandbooks) or in the CSL
Handbook, available from Ms. Reed.
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The service project must be:
! a minimum of 50 hours during a twelve-month period at one service site (unless otherwise
approved by Ms. Reed.) Students who transfer to Bryn Mawr in their junior or senior year
must perform 25 hours of service.
! steady involvement with a non-profit organization whose purpose is that of service to the
community and for which volunteers perform an essential service.
! a non-paying job.
! performed between September of the ninth grade year and mid-August before the senior year.
Service hours to be performed during the summer months must receive Ms. Reed’s approval by
mid-June (this year’s deadline is Monday, June 8, 2015). Juniors who have not yet met with Ms.
Reed for approval of their service project will have their report card held until they do. All
community service requirements, including paperwork, must be completed and turned in prior to
mid-August (deadline for class of 2016 is Friday, August 21, 2015) before senior year in order to
receive a class schedule or try-out for fall sports.
CONVOCATION
All seniors must prepare a 15-minute presentation for convocation. Although the emphasis
should be on speaking, dance, dramatic presentations, and musical recitals are acceptable.
Convocation and rehearsal dates are assigned by lottery at the end of the junior year. Each
student must rehearse her convocation with her advisor(s) and Mr. Waters. If a satisfactory
rehearsal has not taken place 24 hours before the convocation, the convocation will be cancelled,
and there may be disciplinary action. In the event that a student adds, subtracts, or alters the
presentation at the time of the final performance in a manner judged to be significantly
detrimental, Mr. Waters or another teacher or administrator will read the following statement:
“The audience should know that this convocation differs significantly from the convocation that
was rehearsed. What you have heard was not reviewed or rehearsed in the manner required by
the school.” All Upper School students are expected and required to attend convocation and
advisory at Bryn Mawr, except in the case of a family member giving a senior speech at a
neighboring school.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS (grades 9-12)
English
Foreign Language
History
Mathematics
Science
4 credits (Students must take English each semester for all
four years.)
3 credits of consecutive years of a language except in rare
cases where accommodations may be made at departmental
discretion (or 6 credits, if double language track is selected,
3 consecutive years of each language.)*
3 credits including Foundations, Modern World and US
History (If double language track is selected, then 2 credits.
One must be US History; the other must be either
Foundations or Modern World.)
3 credits which must include Algebra II, Geometry, and
Pre-Calculus.
3 credits of laboratory science which must include Physics,
Chemistry and Biology (If double language track is
selected, then 2 credits; one must be Physics and the other
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Arts
Emerging Technologies
Physical Education
Public Speaking
Chemistry. Students taking only two laboratory science
courses will not be eligible for AP science courses.)*
1 credit
1/2 credit
1 credit (PE Grades 9 and 10, Dance Grades 9-12)
1/4 credit
*Students who choose to do the double language track may select the two-credit option either
for History or for Science, but not both.
Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP Exam.
In addition to these required courses, students must select elective courses to complete 21 credits.
Grades 11 and 12 are expected to carry five courses each semester. A standard course load for
students in Grade 9 and Grade 10 is either five or six courses.
CREDITS
The Upper School operates on a two-semester system. Full-year courses, which meet at least
five times a cycle, earn one credit. Semester courses, which meet at least five times a cycle, earn
one-half of a credit. Semester courses meeting three times a cycle earn one-quarter of a credit.
Credit for a course may be denied if a student misses more than 20% of a given class because of
absence or tardiness.
DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
To receive a Bryn Mawr diploma, a student must:
! Earn a total of 21 credits (during the academic school year within the tri-school community
or an approved program of study away from Bryn Mawr (see pg. 36).
! Satisfy the course requirements outlined above and all other school requirements.
! Carry the expected course load each semester.
! Maintain a satisfactory grade point average.
! Complete fifty hours of community service.
! Deliver a senior speech to Upper School students and faculty.
! Successfully complete a senior project.
! Fulfill the activity/interscholastic sports requirements (see page 30).
EDITH HAMILTON SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Inaugurated in 1999, The Edith Hamilton Scholars Program affords Bryn Mawr seniors an
opportunity to pursue a unique course of study of particular interest to them, while working with
a mentor who has expertise relevant to the subject matter. Participation in the program is open to
all rising seniors who desire to undertake a rigorous project, for which they will receive neither
credit nor grade, in addition to their regular academic courses. Scholars are chosen late in the
junior year through an application process that includes a written proposal and interview before a
faculty and administrative committee. Following the completion of her project, each scholar
delivers a convocation speech on her topic.
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EXAMS
Students take exams in most subjects in January and June. Most exams last 2 hours and are
worth 25% of the semester grade. At Gilman and Roland Park, weights may vary.
Students may take no more than two exams per day. In case of conflicts, exams given at a
coordinate school take precedence over Bryn Mawr's exams. Conflicts are defined as two exams
given concurrently. All conflicts must be reported to and rescheduled through Ms. Rice prior to
the exam date. When rescheduling conflict exams, an individual exam is taken after the group
exam.
Students who miss exams due to illness must give a doctor’s note to Ms. Rice. Students who
miss exams without prior clearance or documented medical reasons will lose points on the exam
at the school’s discretion. No student may take an exam before the scheduled time. All Bryn
Mawr exams must be taken on campus.
Because we often have school closings due to snow during the January exam period, families
should not make plans for trips on the day school is closed for conflicts, Monday, January 26,
2015. This day will be used for exams postponed because of weather conditions.
Seniors may be exempt from May exams if they meet the academic criteria for exemption set by
the individual department and if they miss no more than 12% of class time in the second
semester (between 4 and 6 classes depending on meeting times per cycle). If a student is
involved in a school-sponsored academic trip or a sporting event, the classes she misses will not
count toward the 12% rule. All other absences, including college visits, count toward the 12%
rule. Students who miss more than 12% of their classes in the second semester of their senior
year will be required to take an exam or complete a substantive project/assignment.
Students are able to look over their exams in class on the first day of second semester and on
Class Day. Teachers then recollect the exams and keep them on file for one calendar year.
Students and their tutors may come to campus at other times to look over their exams, but we do
not send exams home.
GRADES AND REPORTS
Bryn Mawr's grading system helps define and maintain academic standards and indicates to the
student and her parents where she stands in relation to those standards.
Grades are reported quarterly for all students. An interim comment is sent home for students
with a grade of 73 or below and/or for those whose grade in a course has dropped 5 points or
more. Teacher comments accompany all grades after the first and third quarters. Advisor
comments accompany grades at the end of the year (except seniors).
In giving grades, a teacher considers a student's overall performance, weighing each area of
achievement according to the demands of the particular course. Absences when tests or papers
are due may result in lower grades. Passing grades range from 65 – 100. Grades between 65 and
69 are conditional passes and may require extra work over the summer before continuing in the
discipline sequence. (See also Academic Probation, pg. 30.)
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GRADING
Upper school grades are recorded numerically.
90 – 100
A
Work of high distinction; marked by accuracy, thoroughness, perception
and/or originality.
80 – 89
B
Work of steady competency and accuracy; better than adequate
understanding and/or some degree of originality, not seriously offset by
errors.
70 – 79
C
Work without particular distinction, showing adequate grasp of course
concepts.
65 – 69
D
Conditional passing. Marginal performance, implying that the student
may find it difficult to meet the standards of the next period or year in a
continuing or related subject where the demands will increase.
0 – 64
F
Failure.
HOMEWORK AND TESTS
Faculty may assign a maximum of 70 minutes of homework per subject per 70-minute class
period. No homework is assigned for the day school resumes following Thanksgiving, winter
break, spring break and Gym Drill/Bazaar weekend. No tests are given, and no major papers are
due the day following a major religious holiday. Students who celebrate other religious holidays
should consult with their teachers or Ms. Budzik for special consideration regarding the due
dates for homework, papers, and tests.
Students are not expected to take more than two tests in the same day and should talk to their
teachers if this situation arises. During the review days immediately preceding semester exams,
no graded work is assigned, although students may have the listening and speaking sections of
their language exams on these days.
HONOR ROLL
Honor roll is calculated only once a year at the end of the academic year. To qualify for honor
roll distinction, students must have an average of at least 87 and no grade below 80. However, a
student may have one grade between 75 and 80 in one honors or Advanced Placement course as
long as she has an 87 average.
HONOR STATEMENT
Honor is the foundation of Bryn Mawr school life, and allows members of the community to
learn and to live secure in the knowledge that the worth, rights, and property of all are respected
and protected. Bryn Mawr’s concept of honor is rooted in its mission statement, and rests upon
two beliefs: that an atmosphere of trust is vital to a healthy community, and that the education of
young women has as its goal the creation of responsible, confident citizens equipped to lead lives
of integrity and consequence.
Expectations of honor are not limited to academic life. The school promotes behavior which
demonstrates concern and respect for oneself and others, and specifically prohibits actions such
as lying, cheating, stealing, and the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs. Bryn Mawr expects
that each individual learn to take responsibility for her own actions, both on and off campus. In
addition, just as individual behavior is the responsibility of the individual, maintenance of Bryn
Mawr standards is the responsibility of all community members.
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ONLINE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
As an affiliate school with the Online School for Girls, Bryn Mawr broadens its educational
opportunities by offering an independent school experience that is not limited by location. Like
Bryn Mawr, the Online School for Girls offers our students a rich academic curriculum while
preparing them for living and learning in the 21st century. Students interested in learning more
about course offerings should visit http://www.onlineschoolforgirls.org. A student must apply to
Bryn Mawr’s Academic Team by contacting Jason George, Academic Dean, if she wishes to
enroll in an OSG course as a 5th or 6th course and receive Bryn Mawr credit (.5 credit for a
semester course or 1 credit for a year course).
SCHEDULE CHANGES/DROPPING OR ADDING COURSES
Students who need to make any schedule changes, including coordinated classes, must direct her
request to Mr. George. Under no circumstances may a student rearrange her own schedule with
the teacher of a class. Year-long and first-semester courses may be dropped by Friday,
September 12, 2014. Second semester courses may be dropped by Monday, February 9, 2015.
For senior electives, students may not drop a course before attending it at least twice. All
students must have Mr. George’s approval to drop or add a course.
SENIOR PROJECTS
From Tuesday, May 19, through Wednesday, June 3, 2015, most seniors will be working off
campus pursuing their senior projects. Seniors work with Ms. Budzik to select their projects,
which might be a volunteer program, a career interest, or a creative project. Because work
supervisors need substantial notice to plan worthwhile projects for seniors, the following
deadline should be met:
Friday, March 6, 2015 is the deadline to turn in senior project paperwork. If a student has not set
up a senior project by this date, she will lose her senior privileges and Ms. Budzik will set up a
project for her.
In order to be eligible to go on senior projects in May, all academic work and school obligations
must be completed by 8:00 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2015. In addition, a student must have a
final average of 65 or above in every course. In the event that a student earns below 65 in a
course or has an incomplete, the student must remain at school to work toward satisfactory
completion of the course. If a student earns below 65 or an incomplete in a course at Gilman or
RPCS, the coordinate school is responsible for providing the program of work to be completed
and for providing instruction to the student. Bryn Mawr is responsible for supervision of the
student. Other arrangements will be made on an ad hoc basis. In addition, students who have
consistently demonstrated difficulty in meeting other school expectations (e.g., attendance,
uniform guidelines, etc.) may be denied permission to go on a senior project.
STUDENT RECORDS
The school keeps individual folders on each student. Included in these folders is a record of all
official grades, standardized test scores, and family data. Copies of all grades and comments
sent home, as well as any correspondence, are also included. In compliance with the Family
Education Right to Privacy Act, any eighteen-year-old student or a parent of any of our younger
students in good standing may, in writing, request to see the student's record. There is a
mandatory waiting period of 24 hours after written notice has been received before such a
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review. Records will be reviewed in the presence of a school official. In addition, the school
requires written permission from eighteen-year-olds or the parents of younger students in order
to send transcripts or recommendations to other schools or programs.
STUDY PROGRAMS AWAY FROM BRYN MAWR
It is possible to spend a year or a semester in a program of study away from Bryn Mawr, but
students must spend their senior year at Bryn Mawr. When considering being away for just a
semester, it is preferable in the spring semester, but after consultation with the Academic Dean, it
may be permissible in the fall. The program must be approved in advance by the Upper School
Director and Academic Dean, and it has to be carefully planned so that the student may make a
smooth re-entry into Bryn Mawr’s academic program.
A student and her family must notify the school in writing no later than the date by which
families must return the school contract in the school year preceding the planned absence. In
addition to the deposit paid to hold the student’s place in her class, there is an administrative fee
which is equal to the amount of the reservation deposit.
There are implications of taking a semester or year away from Bryn Mawr. For example,
depending on the program, it may mean that the student cannot run for office or be on Bryn
Mawr honor roll. In addition, her GPA will not be calculated for that year, and she may have to
use the summer to catch up on her academic course work. Finally, it is possible that her time
away could have implications for her placement in AP classes, her ability to run for elected
office, or her participation in other groups or organizations.
For students who are interested in spending time away from Bryn Mawr without missing an
academic semester or year, we offer several international educational opportunities that take
place during spring and summer vacation. These global experiences help prepare our students to
be responsible and confident participants in the world, to cultivate respect for diversity, and
engender a sense of responsibility to the broader community. For more information about these
programs, contact Ms. Titus. You may also find specific information about the programs being
offered this year on the school’s website: http://www.brynmawrschool.org/upperschool and
select Global Education Opportunities.
TEACHER APPOINTMENTS
Students may request appointments with teachers for short-term help. Students are encouraged
to schedule appointments during available periods, 5th period, or between 3:20 and 4:00 p.m.
Such help does not substitute longer term tutoring, which may be recommended. Teachers may
require students to remain at school until 4:00 p.m. to meet an academic commitment, in which
case they would provide enough notice for the student to arrange transportation.
TUTORING POLICY
Parents of students requiring extra academic support should consult with the teacher or the
Department Chair for the names of recommended tutors. Contacting the tutor is the responsibility
of the student and her family. Use of Bryn Mawr rooms, including the Commons Rooms,
glassroom, and library is dependent upon space availability, and any school activities or
meetings will take precedence.
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ADVISORS AND COUNSELORS
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ADVISORS
The function of an advisor is to provide academic and social support for each student. The
advisor is the first person to be contacted in the event of a concern or problem. Each class
has several advisors; most students remain in the same advisory throughout their four years in
the Upper School. Advising teams meet regularly to discuss issues relevant to the class.
Advisors also attend class meetings and help plan class projects. All students are scheduled to
meet with their advisors twice a cycle. Advisors work closely with Ms. Galambos and Ms.
Budzik on matters affecting students, teachers, and parents. The advisor meets with parents for a
brief conference in early February, sends comments to parents at the end of the year (except
seniors), and is available throughout the year to consult with students and parents about a
student’s progress. An advisor's signature may be required to excuse a student from a class or an
activity. A student who wishes to change advisors should write a letter to Ms. Galambos who
will consider the request at the end of the school year.
The following teachers are Chief Advisors, who coordinate the academic and social progress of
the grade:
Grade
Chief Advisor
Voice Mail Number
9
Ms. Detorie
Ext. 1616
10
Ms. Arrogancia
Ext. 1265
11
Ms. Miyamoto
Ext. 1265
12
Ms. Tankersley/Ms. Letras
Ext. 1260/1638
COLLEGE COUNSELING STAFF
The College Counseling staff works closely with each student and her family during the college
application process. Beginning in the fall of the junior year, students are provided with
information regarding college selection, college visiting, essay writing, testing, and financial aid.
Throughout the senior year, the counselors act as advocates for each student through written and
oral communication with colleges and universities.
PARENT CONFERENCES
Parents of ninth grade students meet with their daughter’s advisor(s) in the fall. Parents of all
students have the opportunity to meet with their daughter’s advisor(s) on the scheduled parent
conference day on Thursday, February 5, 2015. To contact an advisor, see the list of email
addresses on pages 14–15.
UPPER SCHOOL COUNSELOR
The professional services of a school counselor are available on the Bryn Mawr campus. The
school follows the rules governing school counselors in Maryland Public Schools which allow
counselors to meet with students without receiving prior parental consent. Should the counselor,
Ms. Mermelstein, deem it necessary, parents will be alerted to any serious problem requiring
referral for further assessment or treatment. There are three circumstances which require
confidentiality to be broken: suspicion of harm to self, of harm to another person, or of abuse.
Parents may contact Ms. Mermelstein for consultations throughout the school year.
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STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR
HONOR STATEMENT!
Honor is the foundation of Bryn Mawr school life, and allows members of the community to learn
and to live secure in the knowledge that the worth, rights, and property of all are respected and
protected. Bryn Mawr’s concept of honor is rooted in its mission statement, and rests upon two
beliefs: that an atmosphere of trust is vital to a healthy community, and that the education of
young women has as its goal the creation of responsible, confident citizens equipped to lead lives
of integrity and consequence.
Expectations of honor are not limited to academic life. The school promotes behavior which
demonstrates concern and respect for oneself and others, and specifically prohibits actions such
as lying, cheating, stealing, and the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs. Bryn Mawr expects
that each individual learn to take responsibility for her own actions, both on and off campus. In
addition, just as individual behavior is the responsibility of the individual, maintenance of Bryn
Mawr standards is the responsibility of all community members.
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Every Bryn Mawr student is required to sign the above honor statement at the beginning of each
school year following the opening Honor Assembly. Parents also sign the honor statement prior
to the beginning of the school year. Both the student’s and parent’s signatures indicate their
acknowledgment and endorsement of the beliefs embodied within the statement and the student’s
commitment to live up to community standards. These standards apply to Bryn Mawr students
on this campus, as well as at neighboring schools and all school-related functions. Disregard of
the honor statement will result in an appearance before the honor council.
TRI-SCHOOL STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Education is a collaborative process that has as its foundation the notion that individual
participants – both teachers and students – forge a partnership based on mutual trust. It is only in
such an atmosphere that meaningful education can take place. It is the expectation that all
members of the Bryn Mawr, Gilman, and Roland Park Country School communities will live up
to school standards and engage in academic pursuits with honor and integrity.
Some examples of academic integrity include:
• Submission of work that is done alone or with help from a teacher or approved
resource help
• Collaborative work when specifically permitted
• Discussion of assignments with other students unless explicitly disallowed
• Research project that properly acknowledges the work or ideas of other scholars
Cheating and plagiarism are two of the most common and most serious forms of academic
dishonesty. Cheating involves the attempt to deceive by feigning mastery of course content or of
a skill that a student does not actually have. Plagiarism is the act of passing off another person’s
words, expressions, or ideas as one’s own or without proper acknowledgment. When used
broadly, the term “plagiarism” extends far beyond written assignments and can be applied to
work of all kinds in every discipline.
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Turning in someone else’s work as one’s own, or allowing someone else to turn in
one’s work as his/her own
Turning in work that improperly or incompletely acknowledges one’s sources
Collaborating without authorization on an assignment
Discussing a test with a student who has not yet taken it
Turning in work for one course that was produced in another course without the
teacher’s permission
Copying someone else’s work, whether on a test, paper, or homework assignment
without the teacher’s permission
Using unauthorized resources (e.g., crib sheet, note, translator, calculator, etc.) in
a test or homework situation
A student who has any question about what constitutes honorable academic behavior must
consult with the teacher for clarification.
Consequences
Faculty members report to Ms. Galambos all questions concerning academic dishonesty. If a
student is suspected of cheating or plagiarizing, her parents will be contacted and appropriate
consequences are decided upon by the Honor Council (see below). The Honor Council will
assign consequences which may include but are not limited to:
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loss of credit or failure for the work
detention
suspension
expulsion
HONOR COUNCIL
The Bryn Mawr Honor Council is convened to discuss any serious violation of the community
standards which could result in suspension or expulsion from school. The Honor Council is
comprised of the president of the Student Government Association, elected honor council
representatives from grades 10, 11 and 12, Ms. Galambos, Ms. Budzik, and an elected faculty
representative. The student is accompanied to the Honor Council meeting by her advisor(s). All
Council decisions are reached based on the information presented in the meeting. Deliberations
are confidential, and decisions are reached by consensus. The Honor Council tries to set
consequences which are appropriate to the student’s action; these may include one or more of the
consequences outlined below. After the proceedings, which take place during one or more
school day(s), the student, her advisor, and her parents are informed of the Council’s decision.
The SGA President reports results of Honor Council actions, without names, to the school
community at the first appropriate opportunity.
CONSEQUENCES
The repercussions for violating community standards vary depending upon the severity of the
infraction. They are listed below in order of significance. In rare cases, the Honor Council may
feel that the student’s behavior has irreparably harmed the fabric of the community’s trust and
recommend expulsion.
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Detention
Faculty members may issue a detention for a student’s actions (e.g., three latenesses to class, a
single lateness to convocation, rudeness, a uniform violation, eating or drinking in the Commons
Room or computer lab, mistreatment of computer equipment, returning borrowed technology
late, etc.). Detention is held for one hour on alternating Wednesday mornings (7:00 – 8:00 a.m.)
and Wednesday afternoons (3:30–4:30 p.m.). Only emergency appointments and religious
obligations warrant rescheduling a detention. If a student is absent without excuse from
detention, she will be required to serve a Saturday detention. The detention records of every
Upper School student are reviewed regularly. A student who has received five or more
detentions in a semester may be asked to appear before Ms. Budzik, the Chief Advisor of the
grade, and the student’s advisor to work on ways to improve the student’s behavior. A student
who accumulates eight detentions in a semester may be required to appear before the Honor
Council. If the student is a class or school officer, she may be asked to resign from her position.
Detentions are not recorded on a student’s transcript.
Saturday Detention
Saturday detentions are used for more serious infractions (e.g., cutting class, driving to Gilman,
etc.). They last for three hours and are usually held once a month on a Saturday. In addition, a
long detention is scheduled for Class Day. The dates for long detentions in 2014-2015 are as
follows:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Loss of Privileges
Use of school facilities (e.g., the Commons Room, the gym lobby, the computer labs, the library,
the locker rooms, the quads, the senior room, etc.) is a privilege that carries with it the
expectation for their responsible use. The faculty may remove these privileges from individuals,
from a class, or from the entire Upper School if students abuse them.
Social Probation
A student on social probation is formally “on notice.” Any other offense she may commit, even
one normally considered less serious, may result in another Honor Council meeting. Social
probation is used for a stated time frame, which depends upon the severity of the action. If and
when appropriate, a student on social probation may not be allowed to attend school dances or
other similar activities.
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In-School Detention
Students who leave campus without permission will be assigned to one day of in-school
detention, to be served on the next school day. This includes leaving campus to go for a jog on
the Gilman track or in the neighborhood and walking off campus in between classes (ie. walking
to Eddies/Starbucks). Students who miss an entire day of school are not eligible to participate in
after-school activities, including team sports or play rehearsals. Should a student miss a test or
quiz, she will take it that day after she has served her detention time; her grade may be docked.
Although her other work may be made up, her teachers are under no obligation to provide extra
tutoring. Detentions are not made part of a student’s permanent record; thus, the school is not
obligated to report such disciplinary actions to colleges.
Suspension
For serious violations of community standards, a student may be suspended and will serve the
suspension during the school day (s). A student who brings a weapon to school or who commits
an act of physical violence against another member of the community will automatically receive
at least two days of suspension. Suspension is designed both as a penalty for inappropriate
behavior and as a means of helping students develop better decision-making strategies. To
facilitate learning from her experience, a portion of the student’s day may be spent reading,
completing a writing assignment, or in conversation with the school counselor. A different
suspension day schedule is created by the Dean of Students for each student, depending upon her
actions. Suspension, while not included on a student’s school transcript, is part of a student’s
school record. When asked by colleges, both the student and the school are obligated to report
any suspension.
Expulsion
In rare cases, the Administration and/or Honor Council may feel that a student’s behavior has
irreparably harmed the fabric of the community’s trust and recommend expulsion. Expulsion,
while not on a school transcript, is part of a student’s school record. When asked by other
schools, we are obligated to report an expulsion.
REPORTING HONOR VIOLATIONS
Because maintaining community standards is the responsibility of all, ignoring honor violations
runs counter to the school’s concept of honor because it implies acceptance. Taking action
against an honor violation may be difficult, so there are several ways a student may bring it to
the attention of the Honor Council. For example, she may inform the person that the behavior
was witnessed and request that she turn herself in to a faculty member or member of the Honor
Council. Or she may report the student to a faculty member or member of the Honor Council
herself. As another option, she may choose to report the behavior rather than the individual and
speak about the incident to a faculty member or member of the Honor Council without revealing
the name(s) of those involved. Every effort is made to assure student anonymity.
SPECIFIC POLICIES
Some behaviors are so important to the ethical operation of the community that Bryn Mawr has
specific policies regarding them. For further information, see Acceptable Use Policy at
www.brynmawrschool.org/technology, Policy on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (see pg.
42), Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policies (see pg. 43).
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Baltimore Independent Schools Covenant for Safety and Health
July, 2009
We will continue to develop programmatic approaches to the use and abuse of alcohol and other
drugs, including the creation and support of early intervention and peer and parent support
efforts.
We will work with families to help them create evening and weekend environments that are safe
and positively complement our school activities.
We will appreciate the difference and distinguish between disciplinary responses to violations of
school rules and non-disciplinary responses to general concerns raised by students who may be
struggling with the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
We agree that violation of school rules on alcohol and other drugs will lead to sanctions of not
less than suspension, and that return to school will usually include family and student
commitment to evaluation, counseling and/or treatment.
We will support recovery even as we confront activity.
We believe that the safety and well being of our students, being of paramount importance, is best
promoted by a strong partnership between school and home. We expect active participation and
supervision by parents in preventing the use of alcohol and other illegal drugs by adolescents.
We expect that parents will not serve, or allow to be served, alcohol or other illegal
substances to other students.
Policy on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
In addition to being illegal, the possession, use, solicitation, distribution, exchange, or sale of
drugs, alcohol, or tobacco on Bryn Mawr’s campus or at school-sponsored events off campus is
absolutely forbidden. In addition, alcohol should not be present at any school function in a
private home where students are present, including but not limited to such functions as team
dinners. Students may not arrive at school, off-campus school events, or neighboring schools’
events under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, the school reserves the right to
pursue disciplinary action and/or require drug or alcohol counseling should a student’s
inappropriate, off-campus behavior be seen as a threat to the student or to the community.
Rationale
The rationale for Bryn Mawr’s Policy on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs rests primarily on
the knowledge that the use of these substances is potentially harmful to the physical health and
emotional welfare of our students. In addition, the use of such substances may interfere with a
student’s ability to participate fully and positively in the academic and co-curricular life of the
school. Finally, the use of these substances is illegal for minors and cannot be condoned. For
these reasons, the school has formulated a strategy that states clearly its position regarding
substance use and abuse, seeks to educate the student body about the dangers associated with
substances, and works to modify the behavior of those students who may become involved with
alcohol or other drugs. Toward that end, the school may contact parents if there is reason to
believe that a student is involved with alcohol or other drugs. Similarly, parents with concerns
about their daughter are encouraged to contact the school for assistance.
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Consequences
If a Bryn Mawr student (and/or her guest) is suspected of violating the school policy regarding
alcohol or other drugs, her parents will be promptly contacted, and she will be required to leave
school or the event as may be appropriate. Such an offense will result in the automatic
convening of the Honor Council. The Honor Council will assign consequences which may
include but are not limited to:
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drug or alcohol assessment/evaluation
drug and alcohol counseling
medical treatment
social probation
suspension
expulsion
Education and Counseling
Bryn Mawr provides the entire student body with a wide range of prevention-based educational
programs, as well as other resources (e.g., books and videos in the school library and Health
Center, retreat speakers, etc.). In addition, the school also offers support for individual students
and their parents. Recognizing the seriousness of chemical dependency, the school employs a
full-time professional counselor to help families deal with this and other problems. These
services are available to all students and families. Referrals for off-campus treatment and/or
counseling are available upon request.
Harassment
Bryn Mawr values honor and respect for self and others and when this trust is violated, the
community is affected. Students should work hard to maintain the highest ideals of personal
conduct.
Harassment or threatening behavior of any kind is not tolerated in the Bryn Mawr community.
Behavior, which causes another distress, is unacceptable. Hitting/fighting (see suspension, pg.
41), bullying (including cyber-bullying), and excessive teasing and taunting may warrant serious
disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion. If a student feels she is being harassed,
she should notify an adult at school.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Sexual harassment is not tolerated at the Bryn Mawr School. It is the school's policy that no
member of the community – faculty, staff or student – may sexually harass another. Sexual
harassment, as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is
prohibited between the school's employees. All sexual advances made to students by faculty or
staff are prohibited by law.
Definition of Sexual Harassment:
Sexual harassment is an infringement upon an individual's right to work and study in an
environment free from inappropriate attention to his or her gender. The Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for
sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature where:
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! submission to such conduct is made explicitly as either a term or condition of an individual’s
academic success.
! submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic
decisions affecting such individuals, or
! such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work
performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive atmosphere.
Types of Sexual Harassment:
Most sexual harassment falls into two categories: verbal and physical.
Verbal harassment may include:
! sexual innuendoes, comments and suggestive remarks about one's clothing, body or sexual
activities.
! suggestive or insulting sounds.
! personally offensive humor or jokes about sex.
! sexual propositions, invitations or other pressure for sex.
! implied or overt threats.
! comments in writing.
Physical harassment may include:
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patting, pinching and other inappropriate touching or feeling.
leering.
obscene gestures.
deliberate brushing against the body.
attempted or actual kissing or fondling.
sexual assault.
Any student who feels that she has been the victim of sexual harassment can be confident that
her complaint will be examined in a supportive and confidential manner.
Student/Adult Interactions: Boundaries of Appropriateness
In accordance with best practices identified by the National Association of Independent Schools,
The Bryn Mawr School takes student/adult interactions seriously and encourages reporting of
any inappropriate interactions. At Bryn Mawr, we:
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train employees on appropriate and inappropriate interaction with students.
have a policy in our faculty/staff handbook reiterating the guidelines.
have a reporting procedure so that adults on campus will report their observations or
concerns to designated persons.
assess situations for possible child abuse reporting requirements.
assist adults on campus to understand the need to involve counselors, administrators, or
parents if a student confides a concerning issue related to inappropriate boundaries.
encourage students to report inappropriate interactions.
Protocol for Student and Parental Reporting
Students or parents who have any concerns regarding boundaries (i.e. student feels unsafe,
intruded upon, uncomfortable, etc.) should speak with the school counselor or Upper School
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Director immediately. The school counselor will explain who else might need to be notified,
depending on the seriousness of the situation. This may include the Upper School Director,
Headmistress, other school staff or law enforcement authorities as necessary.
Upper School Counselor
Vicki Mermelstein, MS, LCPC
Upper School Counselor
410.323.1118 x 1208
[email protected]
Across all divisions, Bryn Mawr works in a team approach to meet the needs of the student. In
all cases, the safety and well-being of the student is our first priority.
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STUDENT ACTIVITIES/CO-CURRICULARS
ATHLETICS
Offerings
Fall
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball
Winter
Basketball
Ice Hockey
Squash
Swimming
Indoor Track
Spring
Badminton
Golf
Lacrosse
Softball
Track
All-Year
Dance Company
Requirements
Freshman and Sophomore Years: One season of participation on an athletic team, an after-school
activity, or managing a school team is required.
Junior and Senior Years: Two seasons of participation on an athletic team, after-school activity,
or managing a school team is required.
Levels of Participation
Varsity: Varsity teams are comprised of very skilled and dedicated athletes who wish to
compete at a high level of competition. Varsity teams emphasize a significant level of fitness,
skill, and commitment, along with a focus on individual improvement and teamwork. Many
varsity participants regularly train out-of-season and play both inside and outside of school.
While winning is not the primary goal, Bryn Mawr aspires to have competitive teams at the
varsity level. Playing time at the varsity level is not guaranteed.
Junior Varsity: Junior Varsity teams focus on improving basic skills, while teaching increasingly
sophisticated game strategies and techniques. Good sportsmanship, teamwork, and a high fitness
level are also emphasized. It is our goal for all players to have playing time; however, in games
of close competition, some girls may not play. While JV athletics is a primary source for Bryn
Mawr's varsity teams, a JV player (including seniors), will not necessarily move to the varsity
level of competition.
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Policy for Bryn Mawr Student Athletes
A Bryn Mawr student athlete represents her team, the Athletic Department, and The Bryn Mawr
School. A student athlete’s behavior on and off campus, in public and in private, and on
weekdays and weekends should not reflect negatively on herself and her school.
If at any time there is evidence that a Bryn Mawr student athlete is using illegal drugs, including
tobacco and alcohol, or abusing prescription drugs, she will face appropriate consequences as
determined by the Athletic Director. If it is deemed necessary, the violation will be reported to
the Upper School Director, Dean of Students, and Headmistress.
Start Dates and Practice Times
The tryout period for fall sports begins on August 18, 2014. Winter sports begin on November 5,
2014, and spring sports begin on February 17, 2015. In order to participate on a team, an athlete
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must be present for all of the try-out period. Exceptions are only made when the coach is
notified well in advance and there is room on the roster for additional team members.
Most teams practice following the school day from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Varsity volleyball, squash,
ice hockey, and swimming often practice either in the early morning or late afternoon/evening.
Specific information is available from the Athletic Office or on the Athletic website
(http://www.brynmawrschool.org/athletics/athletics.aspx). Occasional weekend tournaments or
holiday practices may be scheduled by coaches who will notify students of these dates well in
advance.
Attendance for Participation
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Athletes are expected to attend every scheduled practice and game. If they miss practice,
it may affect their participation in games. Coaches should be notified prior to any
planned absences.
If an athlete misses 2 days of practice or games, she must meet with Ms. Kridel prior to
future participation with her team.
If a player has an unexcused absence during the day, she will not be allowed to compete
in athletic contests.
Athletes who are unable to participate in physical education or dance may not participate
in practice or a game without prior approval of Ms. Kridel.
If an athlete becomes injured, it is her responsibility to inform both her coach and the
Athletic Trainer in a timely manner.
Student Driving/Team Travel Policy
In Upper School, transportation is provided for all practices and competitions that take place
after school during the week. Transportation is not provided for practices that take place before
the school day begins, late in the evenings, or on weekends.
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In order for a student to drive, the "Driving Permission Form" must be completed and
returned to Ms. Kridel.
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In order for a student to be a passenger with another student, the "Driving Permission
Form” must be completed and returned to Ms. Kridel.
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At no time will a student be left at an away site to wait for a ride. Coaches will bring
students back on the bus if her ride is not present at the game’s end.
Addressing a Concern with a Coach
Bryn Mawr encourages students to advocate for themselves, addressing issues with the
appropriate individual, whether it is with a teacher, advisor, coach or teammate. When dealing
with an athletic issue, athletes should talk with the coach directly, especially regarding concerns
about playing time. If the issue cannot be resolved, or if it pertains to the health and well-being
of a student, a parent should feel free to contact the coach to discuss the concern or to make an
appointment. If necessary, an appointment can be made with the Athletic Director or Assistant
Athletic Director after speaking to the coach.
Students, parents, and coaches are expected to demonstrate respect for opponents, officials,
the rules of competition, and The Bryn Mawr School at all times.
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Uniforms
Athletes have the privilege of changing into their team uniforms on game days after
convocation. Students who choose to wear team uniforms on game days must be in complete
team uniform (including sneakers and white socks) or they will receive a detention. Optional
team apparel is not part of the school or team uniform.
Team uniforms are provided by the school, however, for hygienic reasons, students participating
in sports, such as volleyball and swimming are responsible for purchasing part or all of their
uniform. Additionally, students are also responsible for purchasing racquets, sticks, eye gear and
footwear. Students who need assistance with team equipment should speak to Ms. Kridel.
Ms. Souris will notify students of their team’s uniform distribution and collection dates. If a
player is not present for the distribution, she must contact Ms. Souris to schedule a time to pick
up her uniform. Proper care must be given to the team uniforms. Collection days for uniforms
are based on a one-day return policy. If a player does not return the uniform on the assigned day,
she will receive a detention unless the player is absent from school. A player is responsible for
any lost or damaged uniform and will be charged accordingly.
Athletic Trainer
A certified athletic trainer is on campus to work with students beginning at 11:30 a.m. until the
completion of daily athletic competition.
Athletic Emergency Information
Athletics utilizes Sportsware, a program that maintains personal and medical information and
compiles injury data in a confidential and organized manner. The database keeps the
information for the duration of an athlete’s enrollment at Bryn Mawr and only needs to be
updated if information changes. Before your daughter can participate on an athletic team, her
emergency contact and health information must be completed or updated through the Sportsware
website.
If you are updating your information or entering it for the first time, please log on to the
following website: https://sportsware.brynmawrschool.org. If you have questions, please contact
Athletic Trainer, Maggi Souris, at [email protected] or (410) 323-8800, ext. 1204.
Impact Testing
Bryn Mawr Athletics has joined with LifeBridge Health to bring Impact testing to Upper School
athletes. Impact is a computer-based concussion test and is one tool used to determine if and
when an athlete is healthy to resume physical activity after sustaining a concussion. Baseline
testing is required for all athletes involved in contact sports.
College Recruiting Information
For students interested in pursuing college athletics, there are a number of resources provided by
the athletic office, varsity coaches and the college counseling. Assistant Athletic Director, Tina
Steck serves as the college recruiting liaison, providing information and advice to students and
their parents who need help with the overall recruiting process. If you have questions, or would
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like to meet with Ms. Steck, please contact her at 410-323-8800 ext. 1245 or at
[email protected]
DANCES
Bryn Mawr hosts several dances throughout the school year. Most school dances begin at 8:00
p.m. Students have a half-hour or one-hour grace period in which to arrive. No one is admitted
after that time. Dances end anywhere between 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., depending on the
dance. Students may NOT leave any tri-school dance before 10:30 p.m. Once guests leave, they
will not be permitted to return. The Junior/Senior Prom, a dinner-dance, begins at 8:00 p.m. and
ends at 11:30 p.m. If a student finds that, due to unforeseen circumstances, she must arrive to a
dance after the one-hour grace period, she may call the school's cell phone (443-803-9830) to
talk with Ms. Budzik about her situation. Dancing that simulates sex is not appropriate and,
therefore, not tolerated. Tri-school dances may have a limit as to the number of students they
admit. Students are expected to bring ID to dances on other campuses.
LEADERSHIP AND ELECTION SCHEDULE
The development of leadership in girls is part of a Bryn Mawr education and has been since the
beginning of the school. Thus, the Upper School is committed to helping students become
articulate, discerning, creative, and generous citizens who regard active participation in civic life
as both a lifelong privilege and an obligation. The school encourages each student to make deep
commitments to the school community, the community at large, and to herself. The Upper
School has identified certain leadership skills as crucial. Therefore, each graduate should be able
to:
! set and achieve meaningful goals.
! communicate clearly.
! take a positive and active role in a diverse community.
! recognize conflict and negotiate compromise.
! set a positive example.
Bryn Mawr’s curriculum and co-curriculum develop and nurture these skills and traits in our
students.
Leadership Program
Daily Life:
! Academics encourage every student to find her voice, treat peers and adults with respect, and
take an active role in the classroom. Students learn to function effectively in groups.
! The Advising Program provides each student with a faculty advocate who devotes special
attention to individual leadership development.
! The Arts afford students the opportunity to learn collaborative skills while developing
individual creativity. Specific offerings include plays, dance, choral and instrumental music,
and visual arts.
! Athletics foster team ethic; develop discipline and character through daily play; nurture
individual strength and courage; stress balance between cooperation and competition.
! Convocation and Assembly educate students in a formal setting and provide a format for
discourse, encouraging students to voice and to hear comments and concerns on current and
sometimes controversial issues.
! Hostess/Tour Guide Program offers student involvement in the admissions process.
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! Leadership Programs and Conferences provide students the opportunity to gain leadership
skills in an off-campus setting. Students must write a statement of interest to attend
conferences. Statements are usually due by 4:00 p.m., and late submissions will not be
accepted.
! Student Clubs and Organizations offer students many co-curricular choices. The Student
Clubs and Organization Handbook sets forth the mission statement of every club so that all
students can make careful and informed decisions as to their co-curricular activities.
! Student Publications provide a public space for students to exchange ideas and to grapple
with complex and ambiguous issues. In this setting, student leaders learn about delegation
and accountability.
Leadership Benchmarks
! Community Service empowers students to understand that they can make a significant impact
on the larger community and, ideally, engenders a lifelong habit of service to others. The
school requires fifty hours of service to a single non-profit organization within one calendar
year.
! Senior Convocation allows each student to address Upper School students and faculty on a
topic of her choice. This speech is the culminating event of public speaking preparation.
Teachers encourage students to develop public speaking skills in the classroom setting
throughout the Upper School. All Upper School students hear the senior speeches and have
the opportunity to ask questions.
! Senior Project allows eligible students the opportunity to set up an internship outside the
Bryn Mawr campus for two weeks in the spring of senior year. Students set goals, begin the
process of networking, interviewing, and exploring the obligations of the working world.
Elected Leaders
Elections for school-wide organizations (Student Government Association, Arts Council,
Athletic Association, Community Alliance for Everyone, Community Service Learning) are held
in the spring for the following academic year. Bryn Mawr schedules elections for the spring in
order to facilitate a smooth transition between former leaders and newly elected ones and to
afford students the summer for planning and training.
In addition, two leadership seminars are scheduled during the school year to teach and discuss
effective leadership strategies and to reflect upon skill development.
! Fall Leadership Seminar: students examine individual leadership style, begin to develop their
leadership skills, and look at the nuts and bolts of planning at Bryn Mawr.
! Winter Leadership Seminar: students discuss the progress of their clubs or organizations,
share strategies and focus on specific current issues.
! Spring Leadership Thank You Lunch: students celebrate their achievements of the current
year.
On an on-going basis, student leaders work with faculty advisors (e.g., Chief Advisors with class
officers, Dean of Students with SGA, Global/Diversity Director with CAFÉ etc.), focusing on:
! establishing a mission statement for the student club or organization.
! setting and accomplishing the organization’s goals.
! running meetings, reaching consensus, and handling conflicts.
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Students who are considering running for office should have:
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strong communication skills
integrity and strength of character
solid academic standing
proven commitment to good role modeling
All are necessary for effective leadership. Students may not run for more than one position. A
student may be asked to step down from her elected position if she is not fulfilling her
responsibilities or if she engages in behavior that reflects badly on herself, the class, or the
school.
ELECTION SCHEDULE 2014-2015
Wednesday, October 15
Grade 9 elections – convocation
Tuesday, October 16
Grade 9 elections cont. during advisory
Wednesday, March 24
Election preview convocation
Thursday, March 26
SGA, AA, AC, CAFÉ and CSL self-nominations
and personal statements are due in writing to Ms.
Budzik by 4:00 p.m. Late nominations will not be
accepted.
Thurs., March 26 – Tues., March 31
Rehearse speech with advisor
Tuesday, March 31
Submit final speech to Ms. Budzik by 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1
Thursday, April 2
School-wide Elections – convocation
School-wide Elections cont. – assembly
Friday, April 17
Self-nominations for all class-elected positions are
due to class Chief Advisor by 4:00 p.m. Positions
include president, vice president, secretary/treasurer
and representatives for AA, AC, CAFÉ, CSL, and
Honor Council.
Students may not nominate
themselves for more than one class office. Late
nominations will not be accepted. Each candidate
must turn in a copy of her speech to the Chief
Advisor at the time designated by the Chief
Advisor.
Tuesday, April 28
Wednesday, April 29
Class Elections – convocation
Class Elections cont. – assembly
Election guidelines for all candidates are printed and distributed each March. Results of the
votes are confidential, and ballots are counted by Chief Advisors and Ms. Budzik.
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OFFICERS
2014-2015
President of Student Government Association
Vice-President of Student Government Association
President of Athletic Association
Vice-President of Athletic Association
Secretary/Treasurer of Athletic Association
President of Arts Council
Vice President of Arts Council
Secretary/Treasurer of Arts Council
President of Community Alliance for Everyone
Vice President of Community Alliance for Everyone
Secretary/Treasurer of Community Alliance for Everyone
President of Community Service Learning
Vice-President of Community Service Learning
Secretary/Treasurer of Community Service Learning
Shanzeh Haque
Maire Stierer
Quichey Johnson
Anna Hart
Hadley Brown
Elizabeth Smith
Anne Im
Clarke Williams
Sydney Okolo
Erica Yim
Emily Leff
Samantha Silverman
Julia Cardwell
Catherine Pollack
Grade 12
President
Vice President
Secretary/Treasurer
Athletic Association
Arts Council
CAFÉ
Community Service
Honor Council
Teresa Norman
Nzingha Campbell
Julie Blaze
Alexandra Argo & Lillian Fisher
Eleanor Grabowski & Meghan Sola
Evan de Lara & Maire O’Keefe
Charlotte Jeanne & Carly Rizzuto
Federica Roth & Margaret Sherline
Grade 11
President
Vice President
Secretary/Treasurer
Athletic Association
Arts Council
CAFÉ
Community Service
Honor Council
Katrina Coates
Molly Tucker
Catherine Harlan
Amalia Bilis & Anne Pearson Smith
Isabelle Ciaverelli & Emily Pan
Zipporah Diamond & Grace Greene
Serena Patel & Xiaoxiao Taoli
Madison Johnson & Elizabeth Kilby
Grade 10
President
Vice President
Secretary/Treasurer
Athletic Association
Arts Council
Community Service
CAFÉ
Sydney Graul
Anum Haque
Sherrie Shen
Georgia Brown & Sophie Murphy
Grace Felder & Anna Wu
Kate Coiro & Kathryn Maguire
Nyx Deane-Polyak &
Josefa Santos-Powell
Christine Blackshaw & Anjalee Rutah
Honor Council
Grade 9
To be elected in October 2014
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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Arts Council
The Arts Council is comprised of two elected representatives from each class and is led by a schoolwide elected president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer. AC promotes and supports theatrical,
musical, literary, artistic, and dance opportunities within and beyond the school community and fosters
school spirit through these events.
Athletic Association
The Athletic Association is comprised of two elected representatives from each class and is led by a
school-wide elected president, vice president and secretary/treasurer. AA promotes and supports
interscholastic games and events and fosters school spirit in the community.
Community Alliance for Everyone
Community Alliance for Everyone is comprised of two elected representatives from each class and is
led by a school-wide elected president and vice president and secretary/treasurer. CAFÉ promotes all
aspects of diversity by working to bring greater awareness, acceptance, and respect within Bryn Mawr
and the broader community.
Community Service Learning Organization
Community Service Learning is comprised of two elected representatives from each grade and is led
by a school-wide elected president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer. CSL meets twice a cycle to
organize active service events and drives. CSL also sponsors colloquia and guest speakers from
diverse service organizations in order to educate Upper School students about the various community
needs and opportunities all around them.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association is comprised of a school-wide elected president and vice
president, as well as class presidents, vice presidents, and secretary/treasurers. The SGA president
must be a senior for the upcoming school year. The SGA meets twice a cycle and governs school life
with particular attention to events and policies which foster respect for and understanding of the Bryn
Mawr School community.
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SCHOOL SYMBOLS
SCHOOL FLOWER
The daisy comes from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning "day's eye," referring to the daisy's habit of
opening itself to the sun in the morning. Some interpretations of "day's eye" suggest that the sun itself
is the eye of the day and that the daisy symbolizes a miniature version of the sun. Perhaps Bryn
Mawr's early leaders had the Anglo-Saxon etymology in mind, for the school's first literary magazine,
begun in 1897, was called Dayseye.
SCHOOL MOTTO AND SEAL
The motto "ex solo ad solem" means "from the earth to the sun" and expresses the relationship
of the daisy to the sun and, metaphorically, of the child's mind opening to truth and wisdom.
The school seal shows the daisy bending toward a sunburst in which a woman's face is visible.
SCHOOL PRAYER
Watch over our School, O Lord, as its years increase, and
bless and guide its children wherever they may be, keeping
them ever unspotted from the world.
Let their hearts be pure, their faith unshaken, their
principles immovable.
Be Thou by their side if dark hours shall come upon them;
strengthen them when they stand; comfort and help them
when they are weak-hearted; raise them up if they fall.
Let Thy light never grow dim to their eyes, but through
the struggle and the business of their everyday lives, let
its radiance lead them heavenward, and in their hearts may
Thy peace which passeth understanding abide all the days of
their lives.
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SCHOOL SONGS
A Bryn Mawr School Song
The Bryn Mawr School Song
Joyous the love
That rises in our heart;
To Thee, Bryn Mawr, we sing
Of thy dear world apart;
Thy happy halls, thy fearless world
Of calm and strife, where hope unfurled
Wild dreams of youth, a wakening world
Of wider realms a part.
Come, let us gather with hearts that are glad
And with voices full and free,
To sing the praise of the school that we love.
Long life Bryn Mawr to thee!
Shout, shout the love
Our praise to thee, Bryn Mawr
For golden hopes and dreams
That shine where'er we are
In sorrow, joy, in wisdom's quest
In work, in play, achievement's zest,
If years from now we meet the test,
We'll thank thee then, Bryn Mawr!
Class of 1936
Welsh Air
We’ll sing thy praises in field and in sport,
The honor, prowess, might
Here is a cheer for each girl in the halls,
True to the gold and white.
Here’s to each class that ever has been,
And here’s to each class to be;
May they all hold thy love in their hearts
And bring new fame to thee.
Mary Van Arsdale Tongue
Class of 1909
Adapted from Ethelbert Nevin’s “Canzona
Amorosa”
Jerusalem
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountain green?
And was the Holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.
William Blake
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TRADITIONS
Bazaar
The Bazaar is usually held on the first Saturday in May and includes activities for all members of the
school community.
Bell Ringing
The day before senior projects, each senior rings the bell in the 1992 Belltower with another Bryn
Mawr student of her choice.
Class Day
The day before graduation, grades 8 – 12 gather in official uniform for a ceremony to mark the end of
the school year. Seniors who have been chosen by their class make brief speeches, and a variety of
prizes are awarded. Attendance is required. Parents are welcome to attend. Students who do not
attend will be assigned a detention over the summer.
Daisy Baskets
Traditional bouquets are carried at graduation by the seniors.
Founders’ Day
On a day in late September or early October, the entire school gathers in the Graduation Garden to
celebrate the founding of the school in 1885.
Graduation
In early June, Upper School students, the faculty, trustees, senior parents and guests, alumnae, and
friends of the school join together in the Graduation Garden to celebrate the seniors' completion of
their Bryn Mawr education. Seniors must wear long, solid white dresses (without trains or colored
trim of any kind) and white shoes. Hems may be no more than 7 inches from the floor, regardless of
the height of the girl or her heels. Jewelry should be silver, gold, or white. Ninth, tenth, and eleventh
graders attending graduation must wear an appropriate dress or skirt and blouse. Ushers and
performers must wear all-white attire (a dress or a skirt and blouse) and white shoes. Attendance is
required for grades 11 and 12. Juniors who do not attend will be assigned a detention over the
summer.
Gym Drill
Gym Drill is held on the upper field (weather permitting) on Saturday afternoon following the Bazaar.
The entire middle and upper schools perform a school dance and school exercises. Following the
opening, each class performs a folk dance. In addition, the seniors perform a dance that they have
choreographed. Gym Drill concludes with the Banner March, in which the Gym Drill captain of each
class passes down her banner to mark the completion of the year. Attendance is required.
Seniors Out of Uniform
After spring vacation, seniors request out-of-uniform privileges. Seniors must wear the school uniform
for the Cum Laude convocation, the Departmental Awards Assembly, Gym Drill, and Class Day.
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EXAM SCHEDULES
UPPER SCHOOL EXAM SCHEDULE – JANUARY 2015
Bryn Mawr
Gilman
RPCS
Tuesday, January 20
8:00
English
English 11-12
English
11:15
French & German
French
Arabic, Chinese,
French, & Russian
2:15
English 9-10
Wednesday, January 21
8:00
Math
Math 11-12
11:15
Latin
Latin & Greek
2:15
Math
Math 9-10
Thursday, January 22
8:00
Science
Science 11-12
Science
11:15
Spanish
Spanish
Spanish
2:15
Science 9-10
Friday, January 23
8:00
History
History 12
US History
History
11:15
Computer
European Civ.
World Cultures
Computer
2:15
American Government
Music & Art History
Robotics
Monday, January 26
Grading Day
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UPPER SCHOOL EXAM SCHEDULE — MAY/JUNE 2015
Bryn Mawr
Gilman
RPCS
Friday, May 29
8:00
Spanish
Spanish
Spanish
11:15
Science
Science 11
Science
2:15
Monday, June 1
8:00
Science 9-10
English
English 11
English
11:15
English 9-10
2:15
American Government
Music & Art History
Robotics
Tuesday, June 2
8:00
11:15
History
US History
History
Computer
Latin
Latin
Greek
Computer
Music
2:15
World Cultures
European Civilization
Wednesday, June 3
8:00
Math
Math 11
Math
11:15
French & German
French
Arabic, Chinese,
French, & Russian
2:15
Math 9-10
Thursday, June 4
Grading Day
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SENIOR FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE MAY 2015
BRYN MAWR
Thursday, May 14
8:00
Math
11:15
Science
2:15
English
Friday, May 15
8:00
Language
11:15
History
2:15
Conflicts
GILMAN
AP EXAM SCHEDULE MAY 2015
Monday, May 4
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 5
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 7
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Psychology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
AP Seminar
Chinese Language and Culture
English Literature and Composition
Japanese Language and Culture
Physic 1: Algebra Based
Computer Science A
Spanish Language and Culture
Art History
Physics 2: Algebra-Based
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RPCS
Friday, May 8
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Monday, May 11
8:00 a.m.
German Language and Culture
United States History
Studio Art Portfolio due
European History
Biology
Music Theory
12:00 p.m.
Physics C: Mechanics
2:00 p.m.
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Tuesday, May 12
8:00 a.m.
United States Government and Politics
12:00 p.m.
French Language and Culture
Spanish Literature and Culture
Wednesday, May 13
8:00 a.m.
English Language and Composition
12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 14
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Friday, May 15
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Statistics
Comparative Government and Politics
World History
Italian Language and Culture
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Human Geography
Latin
Students are not excused from class time for AP exams other than the morning or afternoon
during which the exam is scheduled. Students taking a morning exam should report to their
afternoon classes following the exam. Students taking an afternoon AP should attend their
morning classes. Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh graders must be in school uniform.
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INDEX
A
Absences (see attendance)
Academic
Accommodations
29
Standardized Testing 29
Academic Information
29
Academic Integrity
38
Academic Philosophy
29
Academic Probation
30
Acceptable Use Policy
26
Activities Requirement
30
Adding Courses
35
Admin. of Upper School 14
Advisors
37
Alcohol (Policy)
42
Announcements
4
AP exams
59
Arts Council
53
Athletics
46
Addressing a Concern 47
Athletic Alcohol &
Drug Policy
46
Attendance
47
Athletic Offerings
46
Athletic Requirement 46
Athletic Trainer
48
College Recruiting
48
Impact Testing
48
Levels of Participation 46
Start Dates & Practice 46
Student Driving/Team
Travel Policy
47
Uniforms
48
Athletic Association
53
Attendance
4
Absence due to illness 4
College Visiting
5
Leaving Campus
5
Unexcused Lates &
Lateness
6
B
Baltimore Independent
Schools Covenant for
Safety & Health
Bookstore/Bryn Mawrket
Bridges
Tri-School Bridge
Policy
Consequences
Bryn Mawrks
42
6
6
7
7
21
C
CAFÉ
Calendar – School
53
8
Calendar – Events
Cellphones
Centennial Hall
Classroom Environment
Clubs
Co-Curricular
College Counseling Staff
College Visiting
Community Service
Learning Organization
Community Service
Learning Requirement
Consequences
Academic Integrity
Bridges
Honor Council
Convocation
Coordination
Course Requirements
Counselor
Credits
9
13
10
30
50
46
37
5
53
30
38
6
39
31
10
31
37
32
D
Daily Operations
Daily Schedule
Dance Uniform
Dances
Days out of Uniform
Detention
Saturday Detention
Diploma Requirements
Dress
Driving
Dropping Courses
Drugs (Policy)
4
10
13
49
13
40
40
32
11
20
35
42
E
Edith Hamilton
Scholars Program
Elected Leaders
Election Schedule
Electronics
Email
Emergency Alerts &
Procedures
Events Calendar
Exams
Exam Schedules
AP
January
May/June
Senior
Expulsion
32
50
51
13
20
23
9
32
57
59
57
58
59
41
F
Faculty
Fall Uniform
Food
14
12
16
61
G
Grades
Grading
Graduation Dress
Graduation Requirements
Gym Drill
33
33
56
32
56
H
Harassment
43
Health Center
16
Guidelines for
17
Managing Food Allergies
Holiday Schedule
11
Homework
34
Honor Council
39
Consequences
39
Honor Roll
34
Honor Statement
34
Honor Violations
Reporting Honor
41
Violations
I
In-School Detention
41
J
Junior Privileges
21
K
L
Laptop Policy
Lateness
Leadership
Elected Leaders
Election Schedule
Leadership
Benchmarks
Leadership Program
Leaving Campus
Library
Locker Room
Lockers
Loss of Privileges
Lost-and-Found
18
6
49
50
51
50
49
5
18
19
19
40
20
M
Mailboxes
Motto
20
54
N
O
Officers
52
Off-Campus Parking
Online School for Girls
On-Campus Parking
Out-of-Uniform Days
21
35
21
13
P
Parent Conferences
Parking
Off-Campus Parking
On-Campus Parking
Physical Education
Uniform
Planned Absences (see
Attendance)
Policy
Acceptable Use
Alcohol, Tobacco,
Drugs
Harassment
Laptop
Sexual Harassment
Tri-School Bridge
Privileges
Bryn Mawrks
Junior Privileges
Senior Privileges
37
20
21
21
13
26
42
43
18
43
6
21
21
21
22
Q
R
Reporting Honor
Violations
Reports
Resource Center
Room Locations
41
33
22
22
S
Safety at Bryn Mawr
Communicating with
Community Members
Communicating with
Parents & Families
Emergency Procedures
22
23
23
23
General Campus Safety
Safety & Emergency
Preparation
Safety & Security
Measures
Safety &
Safety & Health
Baltimore Independent
Schools Covenant for
Safety and Health
Saturday Detention
Schedule Changes
Dropping and Adding
Courses
School Flower
School Hours
School Motto and Seal
School Prayer
School Songs
School Symbols
Senior Exams
Senior Privileges
Senior Projects
Senior Room
Sexual Harassment
Policy
Snow Days
Social Probation
Specific Policies
Spring Uniform
Standardized Testing
Standards of Behavior
Student Activities
Student Government
Association
Student Organizations
Student Records
Study Programs Away
From Bryn Mawr
Summer Reading
Supervision Before
& After School
Suspension
62
22
23
23
43
42
40
35
35
54
24
54
54
55
56
59
21
35
24
43
24
40
42
12
29
38
46
T
Teacher Appointments
Team Uniform
Technology
Acceptable Use Policy
Telephones
Tests
Tobacco (Policy)
Traditions
Tri-School Bridge
Policy
Tri-School Statement
On Academic Integrity
Consequences
Tutoring Policy
36
48
26
26
28
34
42
56
6
38
39
36
U
Uniform (Dress)
Dance Uniform
Days Out of Uniform
Fall/Spring Uniform
Physical Education
Uniform
Team Uniform
Winter Uniform
Upper School Counselor
11
12
13
12
12
13
12
37
V
Visitors
28
W
Winter Uniform
53
53
35
X
36
25
Y
26
41
Z
12
NOTES
63
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64
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65
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66
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67
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