October 2014 - The Harley School


October 2014 - The Harley School
The Parent Council Gazette
Autumn greetings!
It seems that it was only yesterday that we were preparing our children for
the first day of school - but September has already come to a close.
The school year is off to a great start, with the Fall sports all in full swing, and
several exciting opportunities to explore in October, including Fall Socials,
parent conferences, concerts, Coffee House, and Homecoming. Discover
more information about these activities and more in the Harley Happenings
section later in this newsletter.
Your input for future Gazettes is always welcome, please send your ideas and
suggestions to [email protected] . We look forward to seeing
you around school, at a sporting event, or during an intermission.
Harley Happenings
Lower School Corner
Middle School Corner
Upper School Corner
College Counseling
2014/2015 Parent Council Co-Chairs
Mariana Zanandrea (Mana)
Kelly Scudder
Activities Detail
School Picture Day is on
Tuesday, October 7. Your
student should be bringing
home an order form this
Clix is accepting prepayments online at
(code: Harley2014)
through Sunday, October 5.
Paper order forms need to
be turned in to your child's
homeroom teacher or
presented to the
photographer by October 7.
All students class composite
picture and school ID
(grades 7-12) are free of
Make-Up Day is Friday,
November 14.
See a printable PDF version
1st 6:30 pm
MS/US Parent Night
Scots Arrive
School Pictures
No School N-12 (Faculty In-Service)
6:30 pm
US Homecoming Spirit Night
7:00 pm
US Homecoming Bonfire
11th 7:00 pm
Homecoming Games
(for details go to www.hacathletics.org)
No School (Columbus Day)
Scots Depart
17th 7:00 pm
Questions? Please call Clix
at 585-338-2521.
When: Friday, October 17,
2014 The Harley Theater
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Middle school performers
8:15 -9:15 pm
Upper School performers
Who: Middle school and
Upper school students,
(Brave Faculty/staff and
parents are welcome to sign
up as well)
What: Performance
ready pieces including vocal
and instrumental soloists,
duets, small groups,
comedians, rock bands,
dancers, poets/actors
wishing to share their work.
We will again be asking for
donations of baked goods
for this event. Please drop
them off in the gallery on
October 17th.
Many thanks for your
continued support of
Coffeehouse. It is a terrific
performance outlet for our
23rd 7:00 pm
MS/US Fall Instrumental Concert
24th 7:00 pm
6th - 8th Grade Dance at Harley
LS Conference Day - No School N-4
HAC Winter Modified Swimming begins
30th 7:00 pm
MS/US Fall Choir Concert
November 3rd
November 4th
November 5th
November 10th
No School N-12 (conference day)
HAC Modified Sports Assembly (10:00 am at Harley)
Grades 5-6 Instrumental "Informance" (7:00 pm in Centrum)
Harley Grandparents & Special Grand Friends Day
Dear Lower School Parents,
The kids have settled into their morning routines and us parents, into our
evening routines.
Enjoy the crisp air and beautiful views this coming month.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
Jessica Lieberman and Stephanie Dickinson
Lower School Co-Coordinators
The kids are off to a great start and have quickly settled into their school
routines. Thanks to the fantastic weather and wonderful turnout, we had a
terrific middle school pie social with and endless assortment of pies and
desserts! We have much to look forward to this month including this year's
first Coffee House, Instrumental & Choir concerts and MS Dance. Please make
a note of the following events on your calendar:
10/01 6:30 MS/US Parent night Grades 5-12
10/07 Picture day
10/10 -10/13 NO SCHOOL
10/17 7 pm MS/US Coffee House Grades 5-12
10/23 7 pm Fall Instrumental Concert Grades 7-12
10/24 7 pm MS Dance @ Harley Grades 6-8
10/30 7 pm MS/US Choir Concert Grades 5-12
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Open invitation to meet for coffee with other Harley parents after drop off on
Fridays. Maria is sure to be there!
The school administration
is looking for a handful of
volunteers to help
preparing the mailing of
school directories on
Thursday October 16th.
The link is now functioning
After the little scare we had
last month (which one of us
witnessed) we want to
reiterate the parking lot
general rules... from the
parent prospective.
From 7:30 to 8:30 and
2:30 to 3:30
UPPER and MIDDLE Schools
"Main Pick-up and Drop-off is
at the Field House entrance".
No parking or standing in
non-designated areas, like
the bus lane or the side of
that tempting middle island
which can be used for drop
off only. When approaching
the Field House entrance,
keep to your right and follow
the direction arrows.
Maria Furgiuele & Diana Palotas
MS Co-coordinators
October is a very exciting time in the Upper School!
The month begins with Spirit Week
Each day Upper School students are invited and encouraged to dress up
according to the theme chosen by Student Council.
Friday 10/3 Freaky Friday
Monday 10/6 Pajama Day
Tuesday 10/7 Decade Day
Wednesday 10/8 'Murica Day
Thursday 10/9 Spirit Day and Pep Rally
On Tuesday October 7, a bus load full of Scottish students and their teachers
roll into Harley for the annual Harley-George Watson School exchange.
Harley seniors and their families will be hosting students from Scotland. 'The
Scots' as they are affectionately called will spend a day at Harley, and then
explore local cultural treats such as the RPO, the Erie Canal (via a boat trip
through the locks), Genesee Country Museum, the Jello Museum, Niagara
Falls, etc. This year they will also be able to participate in the homecoming
activities- a true American high school experience. In the evenings there are
all sorts of gatherings culminating in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In
June, Harley students will have the incredible opportunity to travel to
Edinburgh, Scotland and be hosted by their Scottish counterparts.
Homecoming takes place during the second weekend of October. Come check
out the many different homecoming sports events. We may not have
football, but HAC has some amazing soccer, volleyball, golf, and tennis
teams! Friday night October 10th there is a bonfire at school starting at 7:00
pm. Saturday evening is the famous Homecoming dance. Upper School
students from both Harley and Allendale will be joined by the Scots for a most
memorable weekend!
The biannual Coffeehouse will be held in the theater on Friday October 17.
Admission is free and this is a fabulous time to gain a window in the
incredible diverse talents that can be found among the Harley students (and
of course drink coffee and eat delicious home made treats)
Music is heard throughout the halls of Harley. Join us for the Fall
Instrumental Concert on Thursday October 23 and the Fall Choir Concert on
Thursday October 30. They both promise to be a treat!
Halloween is a big deal at Harley (isn't everything?) Lower school students
and seniors dress up and parade throughout the school. All classes stop as
students and teachers alike admire the creative spirit of the Harley family.
Lower School
Parking spaces are for
nursery parents only (who
often need to carry sleeping
children). No parking
anywhere on the loop. Pull
forward at the entrance
right turn only when exiting
the parking lot during those
hours. If there is no space
for you to pull into the loop,
(or you are way too early)
please go around the block
to avoid a traffic jam.
News flash: the student run Beckerman Cafe is now open! Beckerman Hall is
now truly a communal space for Upper School students. Hot cocoa, tea, and
coffee are available for purchase ($0.50 if you bring your own cup) before
school, during first short, and during advisory. A Foosball table was
purchased and is in nearly constant use. Soon a cozy carpet will be installed.
To have an appealing hang out space has been a dream of the student body
for several years. A generous grant from the extended Harley family, in
addition to collaborative work between Student Council and the
Administration has facilitated this dream becoming a reality.
Priscilla Gumina and Catherine Burke,
Parent Council Upper School Coordinators
Notes on Fall Standardized Testing
As a handful of seniors take (or re-take) their final ACT's, SAT's, and SAT
Subject Tests, the focus of the standardized test calendar now falls squarely
on underclassmen.
Remember that it's always
illegal to pass a bus with its
red lights on anywhere.
Let's make it safe for the
The Scots are coming, the
On the morning of Wednesday, October 15, we will administer the PSAT to
all Harley sophomores and juniors. For tenth-graders, the test is intended
to be purely experiential and informational. PSAT results may identify a
student's academic strengths, as well as areas he might want to strengthen
before he sits for a "real" SAT during his junior or senior year. The bottom
line, however, is that the PSAT for sophomores doesn't "count" for anything
in the college admissions process; that is, no college will ever see the PSAT
scores a student earns his sophomore year.
For juniors, too, PSAT results are primarily informational. PSAT scores
generally are dependable predictors of SAT scores, which in turn are
required by many-but not all-colleges. Thus, eleventh-grade PSAT results
may be helpful in building preliminary college lists for any given student.
Additionally, the PSAT serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying
Test (NMSQT), a scholarship competition open exclusively to juniors
nationwide. There is no separate application or competition for National
Merit recognition; students who are tapped for such honors are identified
solely by performance on their eleventh-grade PSAT.
The SAT's primary competitor, the ACT, offers its own preliminary college
entrance exam. This year, the ACT has unveiled a revision of its preliminary
standardized test (formerly known as the PLAN). ACT Aspire, the new
exam, is computer-based, and we plan to pilot it at Harley in early April of
Scots are coming!
Come and check out
the apparel
Located next to the
Auditorium Box Office
Store hours
Monday, Tuesday,
and Thursday
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Drop boxes are located at
the main entrance doors of
the lower school and in the
Thank you
so much for your
Please note that we do not
currently participate in the
"Labels for Education"
program. This is
a completely separate
program whose main
sponsor is Campbell's.
Box Tops = Yes!
To be clear, we at Harley have no preference for the ACT or the SAT. Nearly
any American college or university requiring standardized testing will
consider scores from either test. Furthermore, an increasing number of
colleges are "test optional," meaning that test results are not an essential
part of an applicant's admission materials. We do, however, encourage all
Upper School students to sit for at least one SAT or ACT, since having a set
of scores keeps college options open during application season.
For further information, check out these sites:
www.collegeboard.org (PSAT, SAT, AP, and Subject Tests)
www.actstudent.org (ACT and ACT Aspire)
www.fairtest.org (maintains a list of test-optional colleges)
Kim McDowell
Director of College Counseling
Dear Harley Community,
Please join us in welcoming our International students to Harley and the
Rochester area. We are looking for 15 families to host an international
student at your home for a family dinner in the month of October.
Our international students are hosted by families who live in the area, but
they often get a narrow perspective in terms of family life in the US. Please
email Ivone Foisy, [email protected], if you are available to host a
student for dinner. We encourage families across all academic divisions to
participate. You may host a student on any day of the week, but weekends
may be easier.
Thanks so much for your help. We are hoping that our International students
will be hosted by a Harley family for dinner in the month of October. We will
let you know if there are any serious food allergies and/or dietary
If you have any questions
please contact Melissa Hall.
Thank you!
Ivone Foisy
Director of Admissions
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