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Middle School FAQs

St. Stephen's and St. Agnes Middle School
4401 W. Braddock Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
703-212-2742

We hope these questions and answers provide additional support for Middle School students and their families as you prepare for the start of classes in September. Most of this information can be found in the Student/Parent Handbook which is sent in the summer. We encourage all families to review the handbook when it is available as it provides the most useful, practical information about Middle School life.

Important Contact Information

Gillian Walrich, Administrative Assistant: 703-212-2742
 
Lynne Mabus, Administrative Assistant: 703-212-2741

Jo Felsenthal: Middle School Association of Parents & Teachers (APT) VP

James Supple, Dean of Students: 703-212-2295

Josh Bauman, Associate Director: 703-212-2293

Quincey Grieve, Director: 703-212-2740
 

Getting Ready For School

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  • What are the school hours?

    • School starts at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Students may arrive at the Middle School beginning at 7:30 a.m.
    • If your child arrives after 8:25 a.m., he/she should sign in at the office. If you know that your child is going to arrive late, please call the Middle School office by 9:00 a.m. 
  • When is the first day of school?

    Opening Day is the day after Labor Day (Tuesday, September 3). 

     
  • When will my child get a class schedule?

    Class schedules will be shared shortly before the first day of school.
  • What is the Middle School dress code?

    A detailed description of the dress code may be found in the Student/Parent Handbook.

    Please refer to the handbook before purchasing clothing for school. If you have any questions about what clothing is or isn’t acceptable, please call Mr. Supple, Dean of Students, at 703-212-2295. 
  • How does lunch work?

    Students may bring their own lunch from home or purchase lunch in the cafeteria using the meal plan. Students eat by grade level.

    Our school lunch menus are prepared from scratch, using healthy methods such as baking, broiling, and sautéing, using only trans-fat-free oil. Locally sourced ingredients are used and freshly prepared in our kitchens. Our menus are designed and prepared by SAGE Dining Services, whose registered dieticians review each menu to ensure it provides a variety of nutritious choices.
    Daily lunch items include:
    • Three hot entrees, including one vegetarian choice and two vegetable sides.
    • Two freshly prepared homemade soups.
    • An extensive salad bar featuring a wide variety of fresh vegetables and deli salads.
    • A deli bar with a variety of lean meats, cheeses, and locally baked breads.
    • An assortment of whole fresh fruit, as well as fresh cut fruit.
    • A variety of beverages, including milk, water, lemonade, and juices.
    Students have an hour for lunch and recess. During this time, there are also opportunities for clubs and meetings. 
  • How does the carpool line work?

    In the mornings, cars should enter the campus from the one-way entrance on West Braddock Road next to Ft. Ward Park, forming three lines heading toward the traffic circle. Students should exit a vehicle only while in the traffic circle. Members of our Maintenance Staff, who have completed extensive safety training by the Alexandria Police Department, monitor the carpool line in the mornings. The afternoon carpool line operates in the same fashion.
  • Who should I call about transportation issues?

    Learn more about Transportation Options on our website, or contact Mr. Benard Veasley, Director of Transportation at bveasley@sssas.org or 703-212-2810.
  • How does the Extended Day program work?

    Students on campus after 3:30 p.m. are to report directly to Extended Day study hall period. All students must be picked up no later than 6:00 p.m. There is a fee for the Extended Day program, and the Middle School office has sign-up forms. Details about the Extended Day program can be obtained from Ms. Lynch at 703-212-2889 or jlynch@sssas.org.
     
  • Where can I order books?

    Please visit the online School Store for more information about ordering school textbooks. Or contact the bookstore manager at 703-212-2755.
  • How will I find out more information about the school?

    A mailing with additional information is sent to families in August. There is an annual Back-to-School Night in September. Throughout the year there are morning coffees and APT meetings.
    The main resource for information about the workings of the school is the Student/Parent Handbook that you will receive in August. To keep you up-to-date about activities in the Middle School, read the Messenger section of the SSSAS Dispatch which is emailed to you each Thursday.
     
  • How can I volunteer?

    Our school relies a great deal on volunteer efforts, and parent volunteers are very much appreciated. Parents also benefit from finding their own community of friends as well as supporting their child’s school. In the fall, families receive the current Student/Parent Directory, with a resource page with information about volunteering at the school.

    Any questions about volunteering can be answered by the Association of Parents and Teachers (APT), Saints Athletic Club and the Performing Arts Boosters.
  • What is the APT?

    APT stands for the Association of Parents and TeachersThe APT sponsors a wide variety of campus-wide events throughout the school year that are traditions at SSSAS.
  • What are some traditional activities for the entire school family?

    Be sure to come to the Fall Family Picnic held at the Upper School Campus on Homecoming Weekend. Other terrific school-wide family activities are the Sleepy Thompson Basketball Tournament in December and the Spring Festival in April. The Auction Gala is for all the parents in the school and is organized by the APT.
     
  • Who do I call if I have questions about tuition or billing?

    Feel free to call the Business Office, located in Macan Hall on the Lower School Campus. Their telephone number is 703-212-2730.
  • How can I reach my child during the day?

    We will deliver important messages from parents to students during lunch period and during the afternoon Advisory period. Please call the office before 1:00 p.m. with after-school pick-up changes. If an item is brought in for your child, it should be left in the Middle School office (labeled with your child’s name) and your child should plan to check for it in the office.
    • Please put your child's name on or in everything with indelible ink, especially books and chapel blazers.
    • Please be sure your website profile has your current home and work phone numbers and email address.
    • The emergency contact person(s) listed as your child's Emergency Contact needs to be someone who can be contacted in an emergency and who would be able to pick up your child if necessary. Emergency contacts are part of your child's website profile, which you can view in the online directory.
    • When presented with a permission slip, please save the informational portion of the form for future reference.
    • Please remember to read the Student/Parent Handbook and look for the Thursday Dispatch e-newsletter each week for current middle school news and updates.
    • Please call the Middle School office at 703-212-2742 if you have any additional questions. We are always happy to help.
  • What should I do if my child is sick and must stay home from school?

    We ask that you call the Middle School Office at 703-212-2741, by 9:00 a.m. each day your child is absent.
  • May I pick up homework assignments for my sick child?

    The faculty will be posting all homework assignments on the web site, so we ask that families take responsibility for getting the assignments from the web site. 
  • Additional suggestions to make the year easier?

    • Make sure to order books and P.E. uniforms by August 1.
    • Put your child's name on or in everything with indelible ink, especially books and chapel blazers.
    • Please be sure the Middle School Office has your current home and work phone numbers. If your number changes, please let us know. The emergency contact person listed on your child's Emergency Record Form needs to be someone who can be contacted in an emergency and who would be able to pick up your child if necessary.
    • When presented with a permission slip, please save the informational portion of the form for future reference.
    • Please remember to read the Student/Parent Handbook and look for the Messenger in The Dispatch newsletter each week for current news and updates.
    • Call the Middle School Office if you have any additional questions. We are always happy to help.

Middle School Schedule - 6th grade Example

Schedule At-A-Glance

  • 6-Day Rotating Schedule
  • 8:15 a.m. Classrooms Open
  • 8:25 a.m. School Day Begins
  • 3:30 p.m. School Day Ends
  • Five, 60-minute Class Periods Per Day
  • Classes meet at different times during the day
  • 60-minute Lunch and Recess 
  • Chapel every Tuesday
    

MS Schedule FAQs

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • What is a rotating schedule?

    The new schedule will follow a six-day cycle during which classes will rotate, meeting four out of six days, and will be 60 minutes. The rotation of the schedule means that classes will not always meet at the same time every day. 
  • Do seventh and eighth graders eat lunch at the same time?

    We are exploring different ideas for lunch and recess for seventh and eighth graders and are excited about re-envisioning the setup. Our aim is to provide more choice and options for social, play, and learning opportunities for the seventh and eighth graders during lunch. We hope to provide greater student choice and variety, including clubs that consist of both seventh and eighth graders and meet during the lunch/recess period. 
  • How will my child know what day in the six-day rotation it is?

    The full-year schedule will be published on the website, in the school calendar, in the student planners, and in the daily morning report.
  • May I drop my child off before 8:15?

    Yes. There will be free supervised morning care beginning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Will lunch and recess be affected by the new schedule?

    Yes, students will have more time for lunch and recess -- roughly an hour each day. This will allow for a healthy pace for eating and relaxing, as well as more flexibility for clubs and activities.
  • When do students have advisory?

    Students will check in with their advisors before first period every day, and they will have STAT most afternoons. Every Tuesday, students will have Saints Advisory Program time in the afternoon. Because their sports do not meet on Tuesdays, classes are not shortened and STAT will still meet. 
  • Are longer class periods appropriate for Middle School students? I’m worried my child can’t stay focused for 60 minutes.

    Student engagement increases with longer class periods because there is increased potential for flexibility and variability in lesson planning. Students are able to truly get “in the zone” of learning, and classes become even more student-centered. There is more time for one-on-one work with students and teachers, as well as increased potential for student collaboration.
  • My child has an extended time accommodation, how will that work in the new schedule?

    Much of the extended time for assessments will happen during the class period itself, a terrific benefit of longer class periods. If extra time during the class period itself is not sufficient, the hour at lunch and recess will be beneficial for extra time, as will regular STAT periods.
  • How will the new schedule affect homework?

    Students will have fewer classes to prepare for each night and will not receive a "double load" of homework on days when classes don't meet. This will give students more autonomy and flexibility to complete homework assignments and study.
  • When will students have Student Teacher Appointment Time (STAT)?

    Students have STAT every day in the afternoon before sports or Visual and Performing Arts or at the end of the day on chapel days. Having this time before sports will be helpful if students have away games with early dismissals.
  • Will course offerings in Middle School change?

    There are a few programmatic changes:
      • All eighth grade students will take a full year of History 8. 
      • Students will take religion in sixth and eighth, increasing the time in those two grades and eliminating the one-day/week course in seventh grade.
      • There will be more time for the Modern and Classical Languages for sixth and seventh grades.
      • In eighth grade, students will choose between Visual Art and Performing Art. Students who would like to take both courses in eighth grade may opt to take religion over the summer, opening time in their schedules for both Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Why do sports meet four out of five days?

    The Athletics Department has wanted more time for focused practices. Students will now have 20 minutes to transition to athletics, including traveling to/from facilities, changing into athletic clothes, and moving equipment, and will have more time (60 minutes) to actually work with their coach and team. These longer practice periods are conducive to better skill and team development.
  • What will Chapel look like in the new schedule?

    Chapel takes place on Tuesday mornings, the day when Middle School students don’t have athletics. This is especially advantageous as students won’t have to change into athletic gear on chapel days. The chapel service will remain the same.
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Campuses

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  • Lower School

    Grades: JK-5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304