Jim Andersen, Head of Upper School


December 8, 2023

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”  Steve Jobs

  • Progress Report Grades 2.2

  • Semester Exams Information

  • Bus routes during exam week

  • APUSH & AP Gov Review Sessions

  • SAT and ACT Dates for Juniors

  • Optimist Club Essay Contest 

  • Black Student Association Gingerbread House Contest

  • Orchestra Concert

  • Check out procedures

  • Campus policy


Progress Report 2.2: Your child’s progress grades are now available in your parent portal in My Backpack.  Click on Marking Period Grades and Comments to view. This is the final progress report of the semester.  We have one week remaining of classes and then our finals week.  It is crucial for students to work with their teachers during this important time to finish the marking period strong and prepare for their finals.  

Semester Exams:  Semester exams are Monday, December 11 - Friday, December 15. This week we have early dismissal at 12:00 p.m. each day.  Students are only required to be here during the times they have exams.  

  • Monday, December 11 - 8:30 a.m. English  10:30 a.m. Elective
  • Tuesday, December 12 - 8:30 a.m. World Language  10:30 a.m. Science
  • Wednesday, December 13 - 8:30 a.m. Math   10:30 a.m. Elective
  • Thursday, December 14 - 8:30 a.m. History   10:30 a.m. Elective
  • Friday, December 15 - 8:30 a.m. Make up exams

Students are in school uniform for final exams.

Specific Exam Times can be accessed here.  Click on the tabs at the bottom for each day for each subject and rooms.  Extended-time testers report to rooms 103 and 104. 

Bus Routes During Exam Week: There are two bus routes each day, Monday - Thursday at 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.  On Friday, December 15 the bus departs at 11:45 a.m.

APUSH & AP Gov: Review sessions for these classes will be available Friday, December 8, 5 - 8 p.m and Sunday, December 10, 2 - 4 p.m. in the commons. 

SAT and ACT dates for Juniors: We will offer the SAT on Tuesday, March 5 (A day) and the ACT on Tuesday, March 26 (B day). The registration is open and will close on Wednesday, January 10.

Optimist Club Essay Contest:  Every year the Optimist Club sponsors an essay writing contest.  Oakridge students have done quite well with this in the past.  Please consider submitting an original essay!  This year’s prompt is “Optimism: How It Connects Us.” Optimist Club Essay Contest  Essay Application

Black Student Association Gingerbread House Contest: Thank you to our Black Student Association for hosting the Gingerbread House Making Contest this week.  There were some great entries!  You may see the winner below!

Orchestra Contest: Thank you to our Orchestra for its Warmest Wishes concert Wednesday night.  The performance of four holiday selections was quite special.  We are all grateful for your dedication and hard work!

Checkout Procedures: Anytime a student needs to leave campus early, a parent must email Mrs. Blake to let the US office know. Once the office knows, the teachers are notified, and then the student can be dismissed from the class without disrupting the teacher and be on time for their checkout. It is best practice to give 24 hours notice. Giving less than an hour notice may result in classroom disruption and delayed dismissal. 

Campus Policy: Parents, please support us with our updated security policies. All students and families must have a car tag on their rearview mirror; deliveries from outside vendors are not allowed; parents may deliver to the Admissions office and text their child to pick up delivery from the main office as soon as possible. Parents may check into the main office and then proceed to any appointments scheduled on campus. We are a closed campus. This means students may not leave for study hall and return, nor may they leave for lunch and return. If they leave campus, it must be with prior parental notification. Appointments should be accompanied by a note to return to school, ensuring the absence is excused.


The  Upper School Team


Please note the dates for the US December Calendar:













Please save the following dates:

  • Saturday, December 9: Parade of Lights 

  • Sunday, December 10: AP Gov Review Session 2 - 4 p.m.

  • December 11 - 15: Exam Week, Early Dismissal

  • December 18 -January 3: Winter Break, No School 



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