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Important Information for New Families at Harvey

One of the best parts of the new school year is the opportunity to welcome new students and their families to our school community. We hope you are as excited about joining us as we are about welcoming you. In an effort to help make your transition an easy and seamless one, below you will find answers to many of the questions commonly asked by new families. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact one of the administrators or staff members listed at the bottom of the page. We look forward to seeing you at the New Family Picnic on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.


School Hours
  • Academic Day: 8:10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Co-Curricular Activities: 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday Academic Day: 8:10 a.m.- 2:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday Co-Curricular Activities: 2:10 p.m - 4:45 p.m.


2017-18 Academic Calendar

Please click here to find the 2017-18 Academic Calendar.


Dress Code

The Harvey School community believes that the dress code supports the educational environment. Dress should be appropriate for a school setting, more formal and conservative than what is appropriate attire at home, the gym, a party, or a sports event. The school dress code is outlined in the Harvey School August Summer Mailing.


Middle School Supply List (Grades 6-8)

The following list is for all Middle School students (grade levels 6-8). In an effort to help students with organization, students will be encouraged to use one binder for their humanities classes and an additional binder for their science and math classes. All students will receive a planner on the first day of classes. Students may be asked by individual teachers to acquire additional items after school begins. Students may bring laptops and tablets to school to use in class but are not required to do so. Please contact Dr. Byrne with any questions at bbyrne@harveyschool.org.


Humanities (English, History, Latin)

  • 2-inch 3-ring Blue pocket binder
  • 5 dividers
  • 1 package college-ruled filler paper
  • Blue or black pen or pencils
  • Black composition book
  • Index cards

Science and Math

  • 2-inch 3-ring Green pocket binder
  • 5 dividers
  • 1 package college-ruled filler paper
  • #2 pencils with erasers
  • Calculator, protractor, ruler, compass
  • Index cards


Summer Reading

Upper School

For most grades, students are required to read two books – a required novel and a book of their choice. However, please refer to the reading list in the June Summer Mailing for specific grade and course reading assignments. As each English class will begin the school year with assignments based on these works, students will need to have a fresh and thorough knowledge of their texts, as well as copies of the books.

Middle School

6th Grade – Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

7th Grade – Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

8th Grade – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Specific reading and writing assignments were sent as part of the June Summer Mailing.


Athletic Information

Physical fitness is a crucial aspect of being a happy and healthy adult, and Harvey’s athletic programs strive to build a foundation our students will carry on to their adult lives. Visit Athletics at Harvey on our website to find up-to-date information about upcoming preseason and fall athletics options. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Director of Athletics Patrick Kennedy at pkennedy@harveyschool.org.


Boarders

Move-in day is scheduled for Monday, September 4 between 6:30 and 9 p.m.


International Student Program (ISP) Opportunities

This September we will be welcoming five new students from China and Taiwan. If you are interested in hosting an international Harvey student, there is still an opportunity for families to participate. For additional information, visit ISP and Host Family Information on the Harvey website, or contact Alex Lindquist at alindquist@harveyschool.org.


Transportation

Busing

Busing is provided by the local districts in New York State for families who live within a 15 mile radius of Harvey. In addition, the school has helped families who live beyond that radius to arrange private buses:

Montauk Student Transportation provides bus service from Lower Westchester beginning the first day of school, September 5, 2017. You must contact Montauk Student Transportation directly at 914-428-1400 to arrange busing for your student. Please let them know you are a Harvey family and wish to take the Rye or New Rochelle / Scarsdale / Larchmont bus. They will be happy to work with you and provide the billing instructions.

The Darien Taxi Company provides student transportation for Harvey families in the Stamford / Darien, CT area. Please contact Darien Taxi Company directly at 203-655-2266 for rates and schedule.

If you have questions regarding busing, please contact John DePalma at jdepalma@harveyschool.org.


MTA Student Ticket Information

Students may travel to and from Harvey in Katonah via Metro-North Railroad. A bus will meet the train that arrives at 7:50 a.m. and transport students to Harvey. At the close of the school day, the bus will transport students to the 5:10 p.m. train each afternoon. MTA's monthly school commutation tickets will be available in September through its MTA Website via the Mail&Ride program. If you are new to Harvey and wish to ride the train, or you are a returning Harvey student who wishes to begin riding the train, please click here and fill in the required information to start you on your way to conveniently receive your student’s monthly commutation tickets. If you have any questions, please contact John DePalma at jdepalma@harveyschool.org.


Carpooling

Families often arrange carpools with other Harvey families. If you require some assistance in finding families interested in sharing the drive, please contact John DePalma at jdepalma@harveyschool.org.


Student Vehicles

Any Harvey student with a valid driver's license may drive a car on campus.

  • All vehicles driven by students must be registered with the school.
  • There is limited parking. Only seniors are permitted to park in the upper portion of the parking lot; juniors must park in the lower lot.
  • Students may not drive past the parking lots or to the Middle School at any time without prior administrative approval.
  • Students who are permitted to drive off campus must follow proper sign-out procedures and ensure that each of their passengers has received specific permission to leave campus.
  • Students may not loiter in the parking lots.

Contact John DePalma jdepalma@harveyschool.org with questions.


Student Orientations

Freshman Orientation

Freshman Fest --- the orientation for all rising and new ninth graders is on Tuesday, August 29 at 2:30 p.m. The program, coordinated by Dean of Freshmen Susan Harris, is designed to assist in the transition from middle school to high school. There will be a series of activities which will allow everyone – new and returning students, teachers and administrators – to get to know each other and the campus before the school year begins. Students and advisors will also have the opportunity to connect and class schedules will be distributed. All participants will join up with parents at the New Family Picnic at 5:30 p.m. hosted by the Admissions Office. Students involved in preseason athletic practices will be excused for orientation. Dress for the day is casual.

New Sophomore, Junior and Senior Orientation

On Tuesday, August 29 at 4:30 p.m., there will be an orientation for students who are new to Harvey in the 10th, 11th & 12th grades. Students will have a chance to review their schedules, access their lockers, and go on an extended campus tour to locate each of their classrooms. Orientation will end by 5:30 p.m. in time to join parents and teachers for the New Family Picnic. Dress for the day is casual.

Middle School Orientation

Middle School Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 29 at 4 p.m. This event will allow you to meet your child’s teachers as well as their advisor, who will serve as your first point of contact during the school year. Additionally, you will have the chance to become better acquainted with the campus layout and visit spaces where Middle School students spend their time. This is a great opportunity to meet new classmates, ask questions, and begin practicing how to open a locker! Following this orientation, Middle School families and students are invited to the New Family Picnic at 5:30 p.m.


Technology

The Harvey School provides students with Harvey School email addresses and access to Google Apps for Education. GAFE provides students access to word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, cloud storage, and other software. Students may access email and apps using laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, or smart phones. Windows, Mac, IOS, and Android devices all work. Wireless access is available throughout the campus. The Harvey network is filtered for content, although students may bypass the school network using cellular devices. Apple desktops, iPads and Google Chromebooks are available for student use in the library and the Middle School.


Dining Hall

When school is in session, the dining hall is open to all students for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Thursday, and for breakfast and lunch on Fridays. In addition to meal times, a vending machine is provided for students to purchase beverages and snacks throughout the day.

Meal times are as follows:

  • Breakfast 7:15 a.m. - 8 a.m.
  • Middle School Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
  • Grades 9 & 10 Lunch 12:15 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
  • Grades 11 & 12 Lunch 1 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
  • Dinner 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Students with special dietary needs should make necessary arrangements with the School Nurse, Ms. Kerby Lewis, RN at klewis@harveyschool.org or the Director of Food Services, Lee Robinson at lrobinson@harveyschool.org.


Contacting The Harvey School

Harvey School main number: 914-232-3161

Visit the Harvey School Directory for contact information and a complete list of faculty and staff.

Please contact any of our faculty and staff if you have more specific questions.

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