News from Cardigan

Preparing for Cardigan's 2018-2019 School Year
Date: 08/22/2018

Cardigan Mountain SchoolWe are excited to begin the 2018-2019 academic year at Cardigan Mountain School! Soon we will welcome returning and new families to the community, and we look forward to partnering with our parents in the months ahead. At Cardigan, we believe that families are the foundation of a child's education, and we cannot succeed in teaching the Cardigan Way without them. If our parents model our Core Values of Compassion, Integrity, Respect, and Courage, and inspire their sons to do the same, then together we can help the boys along their path to living responsible and meaningful lives.

While we are preparing for the new academic year to begin, we know our families are busy getting ready to join us on campus. This message will help our families prepare for the new school year.

Parent Handbook

The complete 2018-2019 Parent Handbook can be read and downloaded here.

Advisory Program

The advisory program at Cardigan is designed to ensure that each boy has a faculty member who will truly know him in all aspects of school life, and to develop a relationship with each advisee family through effective communication, collaboration, and support. Advisors go out of the their way to understand the academic, athletic, and social well-being of their boys, and they are prepared to serve as the primary contact and mentor for your son to the best of their ability. With that said, we acknowledge that it takes time and effort to develop a strong connection between faculty, student, and family, and we encourage clear and open communication to succeed in meeting the needs of the whole Cardigan boy. Your son's advisor will contact you soon through email and will look forward to meeting you in person at the beginning of the school year.

Cell Phones, Tablets, and Smartwatches

Our cell phone and technology policy is simple at Cardigan: all boys must turn in cell phones and other internet/cellular-enabled devices (such as tablets, smartwatches, etc.) to their dorm parents or travel coordinator upon arrival to campus in September. Secretly keeping unsanctioned technology is a violation of our core values, and is considered a major school infraction.

There is increasing literature about the negative effects of excessive technology use, especially in regard to relationship building, interpersonal skills, and mental and emotional health. Because we care about the character and wellness of our community, we believe that limiting distracting technology enhances the student experience and fosters growth and development. Therefore, we ask for your full support to impress upon the boys the importance of respecting our technology policy during their short time at Cardigan. If a student is leaving campus for a weekend or over a school break, he may sign out his device but must return it to the travel coordinator or his dorm parent when he is back on campus.

With this in mind, we request that all parents complete the Parent Permitted Technology Agreement before arriving to campus. In this form, we ask you to list any and all technology that you permit your son to bring to school for the academic year. This will also help us to effectively document, identify, and retrieve valuables in case of loss.

Travel Plans

It is important that we know the travel plans of all of our students, even if they are arriving by car. If you have not already done so, please let us know how you plan to arrive at Cardigan by completing the appropriate travel form:

Absence Policy
Cardigan takes attendance seriously and requires parents to provide information regarding absences, tardiness, and early departures. While we do not grant extended absence or early departure from school, we recognize that students will need to miss school days for illness, family emergency, or other pressing family commitments. Parents must email in advance and provide evidence of absence, tardiness, or early departure.

Please familiarize yourself with our Absence Policy located on pg. 19 of the Parent Handbook.
What to Bring
To help you and your son pack for Cardigan, we have developed a detailed packing guide which outlines items that are required (e.g. personal items, bath linens, room furnishings), optional items to help him be more comfortable (e.g. bicycle, posters), and things that should not be brought to campus (e.g. computer, expensive items, refrigerators). The guide can be found on pg. 22 of the Parent Handbook.
Health Services
Please be sure you have completed all your Magnus Health Information online. Check to be sure your information has been accepted and approved. 

Medications and over the counter supplements: Please have all medication registers uploaded ahead of time (prescription and over-the-counter medicine). Please be sure you have reviewed the prescription medication program information and have provided Family Pharmacy with your information.

Please bring all medications and supplements with you to registration as you must give them to one of the nurses. No medication/supplements, OTC's, protein beverages/powders or protein bars, etc. are allowed in the dorms. 

Nutrition: Our daily meals provide a great variety of choices. However, if you are providing dorm snacks for your student, please consider nutritious items. Consider water instead of soda, and granola and fruit bars instead of cup noodles or candy.

Contact Diane Hines at if you have any questions or issues related to Health Services. 
Summer Reading
Students must complete their summer reading requirements before they arrive for Registration. Summer reading helps students stay engaged academically during the summer months. A selection of approved books can be found online.

Registration Schedule
Friday, September 7, 2018 
New Student Registration and Orientation

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    New Student Registration (Wakely Center)
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
  • 1:30 p.m.
    Welcome Remarks for Parents from Mr. Day, Head of School (Humann Theatre)
  • 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
    New Student Activity with Student Leaders (Meet on the Hill behind Clark-Morgan)
  • 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    International Parent Meeting (Humann Theatre)
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
    Parent/Student/Advisor Meetings (Advisory Locations)
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Parents Say Goodbye and Depart Campus
  • 4:00 p.m.
    The Amazing Race (Meet on the Hill behind Clark-Morgan)

Saturday, September 8, 2018
Returning Student Registration and Orientation

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Returning Student Registration (Wakely Center)
  • 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • 12:45 p.m.
    Welcome Remarks (Humann Theatre)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Parent/Student/Advisor Meetings (Advisory Locations)
  • 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    Returning Parents' Secondary School Placement Meeting (Humann Theatre)
  • 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    All-School Activity (Meet on the Hill behind Clark-Morgan)
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Parents Say Goodbye and Depart Campus
  • 4:00 p.m.
    All-School Meeting for Students and Faculty (Humann Theatre)
  • 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
    Opening Ceremony (Chapel)

Contact Us
Please don't hesitate to contact us during normal business hours Monday through Friday (EST) if you have questions.

A more extensive directory can be found on our website. Outside of normal business hours, as in case of an emergency, contact the AOD (Administrator-On-Duty) via mobile at 603.443.6252.

Cardigan has an exceptional group of educators dedicated to knowing and loving our boys, and we work hard to help our students achieve their best in our close-knit community.

We look forward to seeing our families and students soon at Cardigan!

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