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Back to School & Orientation

On this page you'll find information to help new and returning families prepare for the 2022-23 school year.
 
  • Orientation schedules for Middle School students, Upper School students and boarding students
  • Links to reading lists, school supplies, laptop requirements and textbook purchasing 
  • Registration information for pre-season sports camps, fine arts workshops, private music lessons, boarding students and bookstore permissions
  • Parent resources, including workshops to help parents use the MySSES system, Magnus Health (student health) information and details on the Parents’ Association back-to-school event

Please note that orientation schedules will be updated with more details throughout the summer, so be sure to check back periodically.

Orientation Schedules

6th Grade

List of 3 items.

  • Sunday, August 21

    Orientation, Advisory Meetings, and “Treat & Meet”
    3-3:45 p.m - Parent and Student Orientation Meeting in Helm Fine Arts Center.

    4-4:45 p.m. - Advisory Meetings for parents and students in Gunn Hall.

    4:45-5:30 p.m. - Ice Cream & Conversation—Take a few minutes to make new friends, say hello to those you already know, and set up lockers. Families are free to leave any time before 6:00.
  • Monday, August 22

    Orientation and Back to School Day
    9-9:15 a.m. - Chapel for new Middle School students and parents

    9:30-11:00 a.m. - Orientation for new Middle School students (Gunn Hall) and parents (Helm Fine Arts Center Recital Hall).

    11-11:40 a.m. - Middle School lunch

    11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Parents attend Back-to-School event sponsored by Parents’ Association in Clayton Gym.

    11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. - Middle School Class Meetings for students in Gunn Hall.

    12:50 p.m. - Dismissal. No athletic practices today.
  • Tuesday, August 23

    First Day of Classes
    8:30 a.m. - Academic year 2022-23 begins!

New 7th and 8th Graders

List of 3 items.

  • Sunday, August 21

    Advisory Meetings and “Treat & Meet”
    2:00-2:30 p.m. - Advisory Meetings for parents and students in Gunn classrooms.

    2:30-3:15 p.m. -  Ice Cream & Conversation for parents and students. Take a few minutes to make new friends, say hello to those you already know, and set up lockers.
  • Monday, August 22

    Orientation and Back to School Day
    9-9:15 a.m. - Chapel for new Middle School students and parents.

    9:30-11 a.m. - Orientation for new Middle School students in Gunn Hall, and parents in the Helm Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

    11-11:40 a.m. - Middle School lunch.

    11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Parents attend Back-to-School event sponsored by Parents’ Association in Clayton Gym

    11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. - Middle School Class Meetings for students in Gunn Hall

    12:50 p.m. - Dismissal. No athletic practices today.
  • Tuesday, August 23

    First Day of Classes
    8:30 a.m. - Academic year 2022-23 begins!

Returning 7th and 8th Graders

List of 3 items.

  • Sunday, August 21

    Advisory Meetings and “Treat & Meet”
    2-2:30 p.m. - Advisory Meetings for parents and students in Gunn classrooms.

    2:30-3:15 p.m. - Ice Cream & Conversation for parents and students. Take a few minutes to make new friends, say hello to those you already know, and set up lockers.
  • Monday, August 22

    Back to School Day
    11-11:40 a.m. - Middle School lunch.

    11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Parents attend Back-to-School event sponsored by Parents’ Association in Clayton Gym.

    11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. - Middle School Class Meetings for students in Gunn Hall.

    12:50 p.m. - Dismissal. No athletic practices today.
  • Tuesday, August 23

    First Day of Classes
    8:30 a.m. - Academic year 2022-23 begins!

8th Grade Boarding Students

List of 3 items.

  • Sunday, August 21

    Orientation for New Boarding Students and Parents
    9-11 a.m. - New boarding student check-in at the Booth Student Center and dorm move-in.

    11-11:30 a.m. - New boarding students & parents meet dorm parents in the dorm common rooms.

    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Residential students & their parents have lunch in the Dining Hall.

    12:45-1:45 p.m. - 8th grade boarding Orientation with Middle School residential faculty and administrators (Gunn Hall Room A).

    2-2:30 p.m. - Advisory Meetings for parents and students in Gunn Hall classrooms.

    2:30-3:15 p.m. - Ice Cream & Conversation for parents and students. Students may set up their lockers.

    4-6 p.m. - Free time for boarding students and parents to run errands, trips to local stores, set-up room. Parents depart campus by 6:00.

    6 p.m. - Boarding student dinner, dorm meetings and activities.
  • Monday, August 22

    Orientation and Back to School Day
    9-9:15 a.m. - Chapel for new Middle School students and parents.

    9:30-11 a.m. - Orientation for new Middle School students in Gunn Hall, and parents in the Helm Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

    11-11:40 a.m. - Middle School lunch.

    11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Parents attend Back-to-School event sponsored by Parents’ Association in Clayton Gym.

    11:50 a.m. -12:50 p.m. - Middle School Class Meetings for students in Gunn Hall.

    12:50 p.m. - Dismissal. No athletic practices today.

    1:30-3:30 p.m. - 8th Grade Boarding social event.

    6 p.m. - Residential Life picnic.
  • Tuesday, August 23

    First Day of Classes
    8:30 a.m. - Academic year 2022-23 begins!

New Upper School Boarding Students

List of 3 items.

  • Sunday, August 21

    Orientation for New Upper School Boarding Students— including St. Stephen's 8th grade graduates
    9-11 a.m. - New boarding student check-in and dorm move-in.

    11-11:45 a.m. - New boarding students & parents meet dorm parents (dorm common rooms)

    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - Residential students & their parents have lunch in the Dining Hall.

    1-3:15 p.m. - Free time to continue setting up room.

    3:30-4 p.m. - Advisory meetings for students and parents on The Hill.

    4 p.m. - Parent Orientation in Helm Fine Arts Center.

    4-5 p.m. - Club Fair and treats in Clayton Gym, and parents will join students at the gym.

    5 p.m. - Parents depart campus.

    6 p.m. - Boarding student dinner in the Dining Hall.

    6:45 p.m. - Residential Life welcome.

    8 p.m. - Dorm meetings.
  • Monday, August 22

    Orientation for New Boarding Students and Parents—including St. Stephen's 8th Grade Graduates
    8:30-10 a.m. - Math Placement exam for students who require testing in Brewster Hall, Room 1.

    10:15-11:15 a.m. - Language Placement exam for students who require testing in Brewster Hall, Room 1.

    11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Parents attend Back-to-School event sponsored by Parents’ Association in Clayton Gym.
     
    12 p.m. - Lunch
     
    12:45-3:45 p.m. - Spartan Welcome! in Helm Fine Arts Center Theatre, for students only.

    4:15 p.m. - Upper School athletic practices.

    6 p.m. - Residential Life picnic.
  • Tuesday, August 23

    First Day of Classes
    8:30 a.m. - Academic year 2022-23 begins!

New Upper School Day Students

List of 3 items.

  • Sunday, August 21

    Orientation for New Upper School Day Students— including St. Stephen's 8th grade graduates
    3:30-4 p.m. - Advisory meetings for students and parents on The Hill.

    4 p.m. - Parent Orientation in Helm Fine Arts Center.

    4-5 p.m. - Club Fair and treats in Clayton Gym, and parents will join students at the gym.
  • Monday, August 22

    Orientation for New Day Students and Parents— including St. Stephen's 8th grade graduates
    8:30-10 a.m. - Math Placement exam for students who require testing in Brewster Hall, Room 1.

    10:15-11:15 a.m. - Language Placement exam for students who require testing in Brewster Hall, Room 1.

    11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Parents attend Back-to-School event sponsored by Parents’ Association in Clayton Gym.

    12 p.m. - Lunch

    12:45-3:45 p.m. - Spartan Welcome! in Helm Fine Arts Center Theatre for students only.

    4:15 p.m. - Upper School athletic practices
  • Tuesday, August 23

    First Day of Classes
    8:30 a.m. - Academic year 2022-23 begins!

Returning Upper School Students

List of 3 items.

  • Sunday, August 21

    Dorm Move In, Advisory and Club Fair for Returning Students
    1-3 p.m. - Dorm move in for boarding students.

    4-5 p.m. - Club Fair and treats in Clayton Gym

    6 p.m. - Boarding student dinner in the Dining Hall.

    6:45 p.m. - Residential Life welcome for boarding students.

    8 p.m. - Dorm meetings for boarding students
  • Monday, August 22

    Parents' Association Back-to-School Event and Athletic Practices
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Parents attend Back-to-School event sponsored by Parents’ Association (Clayton Gym)

    4:15 p.m. - Upper School athletic practices.
  • Tuesday, August 23

    First Day of Classes
    8:30 a.m. - Academic year 2022-23 begins!

Summer Reading | Supplies | Laptops | Textbooks

Forms and Pre-Season Registrations

How To Register

To complete registration for sports camps and fine arts workshops, please sign in to your SchoolAdmin portal, and click "View Checklist."

Forms include: 

  • Pre-Season Sport Camp Registration
  • Middle School Fine Arts Private Lesson and Pre-Season Workshop Registration
  • Upper School Fine Arts Private Lesson Registration
  • Bookstore Permission to Charge
  • Boarding Student Special Permission
  • Boarding Student Roommate Questionnaire

MySSES Online Resources Workshops

This is a hands-on workshop where you'll learn how to:
 
  • Navigate the MySSES parent portal.
  • Personalize and synch your MySSES calendar.
  • See your student's academic and athletic schedules, grades.
  • Receive email and text notifications.
  • Find other information you'll need throughout the school year.
  • And more!
Virtual Sessions
  • 8/16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • 8/18 at 6:30 p.m
  • 8/20 at 11 a.m.
  • 8/25 at 7 p.m.
In-Person Sessions
  • 8/24 at 7 p.m.
  • 8/25 at 7 p.m.
  • 8/26 at 10 a.m.
The workshop will last an hour. Feel free to stay afterward for a 30-minute question-and-answer period.

For more information and to register, please visit https://www.sstx.org/event-registration/MySSES-workshops

Before each workshop, registrants will receive an email with more information, including location or Zoom links.

STUDENT HEALTH RECORDS

MagnusHealth link
Please enter all medical information into your Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record) account for each child attending St. Stephen's. 

To access your Magnus Health SMR account, please login to MySSES and look for the orange Magnus Health tile. If you need help accessing MySSES please send an email to techsupport@sstx.org. If you have a health record related question please email healthcenter@sstx.org.

Parents' Association Back-to-School Event

The Parents' Association is excited to host the Annual PA Back-to-School Event on Monday, August 22, 2022 in Clayton Gym.

The Parents’ Association Back-to-School event will take place on Monday, August 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Clayton Gym. During the event, PA President Hilary Bellm will welcome parents, followed by remarks from Head of School Chris Gunnin, the Academic and Leadership Teams, and representatives from Health Services and Athletics. Parents will also be able to learn about PA-sponsored activities and how to get involved and volunteer throughout the year.