October 5 – 11 (Upper School)

Posted on: Oct 04, 2019

Dress Code Reminder

With Fall Break around the corner, I wanted to remind everyone about the email sent by JP Culley on August 20: “While the current skirt length rule has been in the handbook and part of our dress code since the start of the 2016-17 school year, we should have offered more time for families to respond to the heightened awareness and expectations. To that end, we will begin to more equitably enforce the skirt length rule after Fall Break (October 17-18), which should offer families time to make any necessary alterations to already purchased uniform skirts.” Since that email was sent, we have been listening to the student voice, the parent voice, and the faculty voice on this issue. We had a meeting where we invited the female students to meet with the female faculty, and we have tried to gather that feedback to inform how we will move forward. At Holland Hall, we have always been more focused on the spirit of the law, rather than the letter of the law. The “3 inches above the knee” rule is meant to be approximate, rather than exact. We are therefore formalizing that, by explaining the rule as “approximately 3 inches.” We are also offering a vetting period, when students may see Ms. Fondren-Bales or Ms. Udwin to see if their current skirt is within expectation or not, without any consequences. We hope that this will help to assuage any nervousness about whether a skirt meets expectations or not. We ask that students do this before returning from Fall Break. Further, we understand that some students may have challenges meeting dress code expectations, so we want to remind families that we have skirts we can lend students for the year. Finally, we have a committee of parents, students, and faculty members who will be taking a closer look at the US dress code for next year.


Junior and Senior Parent Meeting

We want to remind the parents of the Class of 2020 that we will be having a meeting on Monday, October 7 at 6:30 pm in the Barnard Commons. During the first 30 – 40 minutes, we will be reviewing the details of senior year. Starting around 7-7:10 pm, we will have a financial aid presentation with Vicki Hendrickson, the Director of Financial Services from the University of Tulsa. Parents of the Class of 2021 are welcome to join us for the Financial Aid portion of our program.


SMU Comes to Tulsa!

Tuesday evening, October 8, Southern Methodist University Admission representatives will be in Tulsa to talk with students and their families about what it’s like to be a Mustang at SMU. Holland Hall will host the event from 7-8:30 pm in the Upper School Lecture Center and SMT Commons.

NOTE: For convenience, park at the back of the Upper School and enter through the SMT Commons doors.

This event is free and open to the public. Please invite your interested friends!

Questions? Contact Brent Casey in the CC Office: 918-879-4718, or bcasey@hollandhall.org

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National PSAT Test Date

While this is two weeks out, we wanted to be sure to get it on your radar. On Wednesday, October 16, the US students will not be in normal session. Rather, the 9th grade students will be taking the pre-ACT, the 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT, and the 12th grade students will be in Career Workshops. Because of the rules of the PSAT, our testing must begin at 8 am that day. Therefore, we ask that these grades arrive at 7:45 am so that testing can begin promptly at 8 am. We realize that this is an inconvenience on a Wednesday, which is normally a late arrival day. Please help us in reminding students about the need to arrive early on this day. All student testing and programming should be wrapped up midday. Many of our Upper School students will then be involved in setting up field day, although this is not a required activity. Lunch will still be provided in the Tandy. Be in touch with questions!