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Dear Paradigm Families,

Here are our announcements for the week of December 5, 2022


Giving Tuesday
Thank you so much for all of your support last week on Giving Tuesday! We were able to raise over $1,200 and will be able to use that money to help bolster our school library and other student programs.

Oral Exam Week Schedule
Oral Exam week is almost here! This Thursday is the last day of classes for all high school scholars. Next Tuesday, December 13th, will be the final day for prep school scholars. Please check the schedules below for more info. If you need to know when your scholar is scheduled for their oral exam, please contact the front office (your scholar should know when their exam is scheduled, so please check with them first).

Dress Code Expectations

Scholars are expected to come to their oral exam in either their school uniform OR they can come in business professional dress. If a scholar chooses business professional, then they must follow the Paradigm dress standards.

High School Oral Exam Schedule

Session 1: 8:00-10:00 am
Session 2: 10:10 am – 12:10 pm
Session 3: 1:00-3:00 pm

Thursday December 8th:

  • Final day of regular classes

Friday December 9th – Thursday December 15th:

  • Oral Exams for Seminar
  • No regular classes held
  • Scholar should only come to school for their scheduled session (listed above)
  • A writing room will be reserved Monday-Wednesday for scholars who need to finish their written exam (done in seminar class before Oral Exam week)
  • A math room will be reserved Monday-Thursday for scholars who need to take tests or complete make-up work. Scholars should sign-up for a session time with their math mentor

Friday December 16th:

  • Last day of 1st semester
  • Reserved for make-up oral exams
Prep School Oral Exam Schedule

Friday December 9th:

  • Regular Friday Schedule (A Day; scholars dismissed at 12:40 pm)

Monday December 12th & Tuesday December 13th:

  • Final A and B day of the semester, regular classes held in the mornings and oral exam sessions in the afternoons
  • Special Half-Day Class Schedules (with no Kedge)
    • A/B1: 8:00-8:55
    • A/B2: 9:00-9:55
    • A/B3: 10:00-10:55
    • A/B4: 11:00-11:55
    • Oral Exam Session #1: 1:00-2:00
    • Oral Exam Session #2: 2:05-3:00

Wednesday December 15th – Friday December 17th:

  • Oral Exams for Seminar
  • No regular classes held
  • Scholar should only come to school if they have a one of the following exam sessions scheduled:
    • Wednesday & Thursday Sessions:
      • Session #1: 8:00-9:00
      • Session #2: 9:05-10:05
      • Session #3: 10:10-11:10
      • Session #4: 11:15-12:15
      • Session #5: 1:00-2:00
      • Session #6: 2:05-3:00
    • Friday Sessions:
      • Session #1: 8:00-9:00
      • Session #2: 9:05-10:05
      • Session #3: 10:10-11:10
      • Session #4: 11:15-12:15
  • A math room will be reserved for scholars who need to take tests or complete make-up work. Scholars should sign-up for a session time with their math mentor

Friday December 17th:

  • Last day of 1st semester


Boys Basketball
Our boys basketball team has their first game this Tuesday, December 6th at 4 pm at Paradigm against AAI! Come and support them!


Choir Concert



Merry Mentor Christmas!
A group of parents are working to collect donations to provide gift cards as a thank you to our mentors and staff this holiday season. If you are interested in donating, you can send a Venmo to Britta Schugk at @Britta-Schugk ($25 increments) or you can bring gift cards or cash to the front office and we will get them to Britta. If you would like to contribute in another way, please email Britta at All donations need to be sent in by this Monday December 12th. Thank you!



Counseling Center

  • Have you visited our new counseling page? Ms. Anderson has added several helpful links and will be posting a counseling newsletter each month! Click HERE to see the newsletter and get great tips on how to overcome some of life’s challenges.
  • Are you interested in scholarships? If so, please email to request a list of scholarships and deadlines.


Drop off and Pick Up Reminder 

Parents, please make sure you are only picking up and dropping off your scholars in the south parking lot. The west parking lot is for scholar parking and should be safe and easily accessible for scholars and emergency vehicles. There should be no picking up or dropping off in the west parking lot. Visitor parking spots are reserved for those volunteering or taking care of business in the front office, never for drop off or pick up. Please do not block these spots. The parking spaces on the northwest side by the garage are reserved for administration and office staff.

When exiting either parking lot, please follow all traffic signs. There is no left turn allowed, especially during busy times before or after school. If you are waiting to turn left, it creates a large back-up in our parking lots.

Also, please be aware of pedestrians and do not speed through our parking lots. Please be mindful of our neighbors on either side of the school as well. Let’s keep everyone safe. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us. Thank you!



Math Information

  • AfterMath is normally held Mon-Thurs from 3-4 pm in room 104 (Ms. Kelly’s room). The Math Mentors would love to help you and answer questions. (No AfterMath 12/5 due to staff meeting)
  • Did you know that there is now an option for scholars to earn Honors Credit for Math 1 and Math 2? This requires completing the extra honors standards via an ALEKS course. If scholars are interested they should speak to their math mentor.


Senior Announcements

  • If you haven’t ordered your caps and gowns, please visit to order
  • Seniors, are you on track to graduate on time? If you aren’t sure, please stop by the counselor’s office. Parents, if you have questions please email


Extracurricular Scholar Clubs

  • It’s not too late to join a scholar club! Get involved, learn new things and make new friends. Click HERE to view our current clubs.


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Parents, our school needs you! Every family is encouraged to volunteer 4+ hours/month, or 30 hours/year. The Volunteer Page on our website lists current volunteer opportunities.
  • Click HERE to volunteer at lunch. We need several parent volunteers to help run our student store (aka The-Hole-In-The-Wall) Mondays-Thursdays. (This is a background-checked-only opportunity).
  • Scholars, come to the library during lunch and Mrs. McCoy will be happy to teach you how to make sleeping mats for the homeless.


EASY ways to support Paradigm this year

  • Some companies MATCH the donations given to our school. Ask your company’s HR or email Allison Tran at for information.
  • Go to Smile.Amazon.Com and choose “Paradigm High School” for your charitable organization. We will receive 0.5% on all eligible purchases.
  • Visit Office Depot/OfficeMax and provide Paradigm’s ID number at checkout (70214919). We will receive 5% back in credits for free supplies.
  • Visit SmithsCommunityRewards and sign in. Choose Paradigm High School for your non-profit (#34400) and we will receive a donation when you use your rewards card!
  • Did you know Paradigm has a wish list? These are items that our wonderful mentors wish for but are not necessarily part of the budget. Donations are tax deductible and you can receive volunteer hours as well! Click HERE to see the wish list.


2022-23 Substitutes Needed
We are looking for substitutes to join our team! It pays $15/hour and is great flexible work. If you are interested please email Rebeca Bowe at


Thank you,
Paradigm Schools


  • I love Paradigm. My children have never been happier, and have found a love of learning that was missing in their previous education!

    Julia H.

    I went to Paradigm all through high school. Best experience ever. Not only did it help me focus on my strengths, but it also prepared me for college with its challenging curriculum that makes you think outside the box. The mentors there care about each of their students individually, and want nothing more than the students’ success.

    Jennifer L.

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