Parents

Opening of School

Kimball Union Academy is looking forward to the 2022-2023 academic year with great enthusiasm. We're so excited to welcome you into our community or back to the Hilltop for another memorable year. Here you will find resources to help you prepare for your next chapter.

Get Ready for KUA!

Over the coming months, we'll ask students and families to log in to the portal to complete all the necessary forms in anticipation of the start of the school year. The portal will serve as an important resource for all your KUA information throughout your time on The Hilltop, and an alert bar at the top of your portal will indicate when there are outstanding forms that need your attention. Don't worry, we'll also email you to let you know when we've made updates. 

In the meantime, here are a few resources to help you get started. We look forward to seeing you in September!

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Key Contacts

For Course Selections
Susanne Stillson-Strong, Registrar

For Travel and Arrival Planning
Kathy Langevin, Student Life Programs Coordinator
 
For Laptop Requirement and School Forms Assistance
Jason Bourne, Director of Technology
 
For Health Services
Melissa Underhill, Director of Health Services
 
For Athletics and Activities
Mike Doherty, Director of Athletics
 
For Residential Life & Housing
Sam Ftorek, Director of Residential Life
 
For Summer Reading List
Jesse Mathers, Academic Dean

For Tuition Management
Deborah Hanley, Staff Accountant

Student and Parent Summer Checklist

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  • E&R Laundry

    For the 2022-2023 academic year, E&R – The Campus Laundry who is proudly celebrating over 100 years in service, and over 20 years at Kimball Union Academy – will once again partner with Kimball Union
    Academy to provide laundry services to all interested students.

    Anyone who has been in academia for a number of years comes to understand certain realities about student life; in particular that cleaning rooms and laundering clothes and bed sheets have become low priorities for many students, given their increasingly busy
    schedules.

    To help address these issues, E&R offers three efficient and practical programs – Premium Plan, Look Sharp Plan (the most popular) and Just the Basics Plan. E&R has provided professional laundry services to over 100 preparatory schools, colleges, and universities throughout the Northeast for over 60 years, and has designed its plans to allow students to make the most of their free time. Please consider one of these plans, which are currently available at discounted rates.

    Let E&R - The Campus Laundry provide your student with 80 to 100 valuable extra hours each school year with its weekly on-campus laundry and dry-cleaning service. All plans include weekly cleaning of
    personal bed and bath linens. We recommend that you consider one of E&R’s plans, which are currently available at discounted rates. Additional details are provided in the brochure or at eandrcleaners.com.

    By using E&R laundry services, your student will have the opportunity to:
    • Focus on their academic advantage, ease into campus life, and save 80-100 hours.
    • Take comfort in knowing their laundry is clean for a healthier and safe lifestyle.
    • Maximize FREE time: they’ve earned it!
    • Always look sharp and present themselves well.
    • Know that their laundry is cleaned in an environmentally friendly facility!
    • Rely on the positive reputation of a company that has been in business for over 100 years.
     
  • Summer Work and Reading

    Find the All-School Read as well as the Summer Work and Reading list for each academic department. 

    Summer Work and Reading
  • ImPACT Baseline Testing

    All new students at KUA must take an ImPACT baseline test prior to participating in athletics. If you are unsure if you need to take this test contact the Sports Medicine Department at 603-469-2141. Please continue reading the information below for detailed directions on how to complete this requirement. You may also review the ImPACT baseline testing instructions.
     
    ImPACT Testing Instructions
    To ensure a valid test, please follow the instructions carefully. It is very important that you are able to fully concentrate during the entire test and try your best. This is not a pass/fail test so it is okay if you get some questions wrong. However, the test is sensitive enough to identify if you are not trying resulting in an invalid test that will require a retake.
     
    Computer Set-Up
    ImPACT testing is done with a computer/laptop and external mouse (a trackpad is acceptable but not preferable). ImPACT CANNOT BE TAKEN ON PHONE OR IPAD. Be sure to disable your Pop-up blocker and close all other programs. You may take the test on Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari (Firefox and Chrome tend to work the best!). Please make sure your Internet browser is updated. You must have Adobe FLASH PLAYER 11.0 or newer installed. You can download FLASH PLAYER at adobe.com. JavaScript must be enabled on the browser and the browser must accept cookies. The computer monitor should be larger than 12 inches wide and the computer must have broadband internet connection. Be sure all these are done prior to taking the test.
     
    Please review the test-taking instructions prior to starting the test.
    • Set aside 45 minutes in a quiet room with no distractions to take the test.
    • No headphones or cell phone use during the test. Turn off any televisions, radio or anything else that can produce background noise.
    • Tell siblings and family members about the importance of the test to avoid interruptions or distractions.
    • Note the test will begin by asking you background questions called the “demographic” section. Please do not skip this section. You may use the KUA address: 7 Campus Center Drive and your KUA email address in this section.
    • There are 6 test sections called “modules.” These include word memory, design memory, Xs and Os, symbol match, color word match and three letters.
    • Take your time to read each section’s instructions very carefully before starting. Each module is self-explanatory. It is common to perform the color word match module incorrectly, please read that section’s instructions thoroughly.
    • Other than the initial demographic section, do not ask anyone to help you with your performance during the test, such as assistance with memory questions, etc. Do not write anything down during the test to aid memory.
    • A standard external mouse is recommended. If you are using a trackpad, please make sure that you indicate that when asked in the beginning of the test.

    To take the baseline test, visit impacttestonline.com/schools and enter the Customer ID Code: a56cc0ae7c. Click on validate and launch test.
    • If the test does not launch, make sure your pop-up blockers are turned off.
    • You do not need to print or send/save results at the end of the test. Your results will be sent directly to the sports medicine department at KUA.
    • Please do not take more than one baseline test or allow others to take an additional test.
  • Course Registration

    Part of Kimball Union’s Mission promotes “intentionally designed experiences and challenges.” In support of that, we look forward to working with you to develop an appropriately demanding academic schedule for the coming school year. To start that process, students can make preliminary course selections for next year through the “Course Requests” tab on the “My Day” section of the Student Portal. We ask you to do so by June 30.
     
    As part of the course selection process, several placement steps help us determine the best fit of classes:
     
    • Incoming students should complete the appropriate math placement test that parents will need to select, download, and submit.
    • If a student intends to continue studying a World Language at KUA, they should schedule a placement interview.
    • Requests for Advanced Placement or Honors courses in English or history also require submitting sample essays for consideration.
    Course placement and class schedule details will appear on the Student Portal during the summer as they are determined.

    For questions regarding academic course selection, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Registrar Susanne Stillson-Strong.
  • History and English Honors & AP Applications

    If you will be requesting an Honors or AP level English and/or history course, before you can be approved for the class, you will need to do the following:
     
    EssaysPlease attach two analytical writing samples with evidence embedded. Attach essays to an email and also provide the following information:• Your Name• Class Year (Expected Year of Graduation)• AP/Honors Class for which you are applyingAlso, in the body of the email, introduce yourself and explain your reasons for wanting to be in this class.History: Send your email, with your essays attached, to History Department Chair, Mr. Bill Diamond.English: Send your email, with your essays attached, to English Department Chair, Ms. Jenny Blue, and to Mr. John Kluge.Decisions are made on the following criteria: GPA, history and English grades, teacher recommendation, and essay. You will be placed into the college preparatory level class until the department chair has given approval for the Honors or AP class.
  • World Language Interview

    All students seeking to study at Level 2 or above in a World Language during their first year at KUA need to complete a brief placement conversation with a teacher in their desired language of study. These conversations will take place over Zoom and can be scheduled below.  Please choose the level and language that matches the level of study you most recently completed. Students who will begin studying a new language do not need to schedule a placement interview.  Please complete by June 22.

    French (all levels): Mr. Scrib Fauver
    Latin (all levels): Ms. Tessa Cassidy
    Spanish (completed 1 year of study): Mr. Scrib Fauver
    Spanish (completed 2 years of study): Mr. Eric Russman
    Spanish (completed 3 years of study): Mr. Tom Kardel
     
     
     
  • Math Placement Assessment

    We ask that each student complete the assessment that matches the course you most recently finished and submit their work to mathplacement@kua.org. We will also look at teacher recommendations, transcripts and standardized test scores (when available) to determine best placement. Due by June 22.

    If the student wishes to enroll in Algebra 1, Geometry, Geometry Honors, Algebra 2, Algebra 2: A Formal Approach, or Algebra 2 Honors, the "Algebra Placement Test" must be taken.Algebra Placement TestIf the student wishes to enroll in Precalculus or Precalculus Honors, the "Advanced Algebra Placement Test" must be taken.Advanced Algebra Placement TestIf the student wishes to enroll in Calculus or AP Calculus, the "Precalculus Placement Test" must be taken.Precalculus Placement TestIn addition, all international students and students who have been enrolled in, but who have not completed all three years of an integrated math curriculum, must take the "Geometry Placement Test" if placement out of KUA's Geometry course is desired.Geometry Placement Test
     

    If you have any questions about which test to take in your specific situation, please contact
    mathplacement@kua.org.  
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  • Request Official Transcripts

    For New Students

    The Academic Office requires your official high school transcripts for course placement purposes, verification of transfer credits, and for future college applications. They should be dated and stamped with the former high school(s)’s seal for any coursework completed in the 9th grade and beyond. Please request that it be sent to the following address as soon as the school’s academic year has ended.

    Susanne Stillson-Strong, Registrar
    Kimball Union Academy
    7 Campus Center Drive
    Meriden, NH 03770-0188

    It would be most helpful if a pdf of the document could also be emailed to registrar@kua.org. 
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  • Summer Math Workshops

    Given the disruptions in learning over the past two years, the Math Department and the Learning Center want to make sure that students who just took — or are getting ready to take — Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or Precalculus have the content understanding they need to position themselves for success in their next course. We will be offering four-week small-group online workshops (with no more than 4-5 students per class) from mid-July to mid-August and will find times mutually agreeable to both students and the teacher. The workshops will be run by faculty members in KUA’s  Math  Department and Learning Center. 
     
    The cost for the 10 hours of directed instruction is $500 and will be billed to your student’s KUA escrow account. Students will take a pre-test to help us create a personalized curriculum for them. The program will involve several Zoom meetings during the four-week course, and some review problems will be assigned. We hope that your student will take advantage of this opportunity to continue to hone their math skills. 
     
    The deadline for registration is June 22. To register, please see the instructions on the Summer Math Agreement Form.

    Contact:
    Scott Domingos
    Math Department Chair

    Anne Peterson 
    Director of Studies and Academic Support
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  • Understanding Mental Wellness Program

    For New Students

    The headlines in recent months reveal what we inside of secondary school education have seen for ourselves: a more significant number of our students confront social and emotional struggles than ever before. According to data from 2021, more than a third (37%) of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health during the pandemic, and 44% said they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the past year. (Center for Disease Control, March 2022) While the pandemic accelerated the pace, we know many of these issues have been on the rise for several years.
     
    Like physical health, our mental health can be strengthened or diminished through daily habits. Although the transition to Kimball Union will be an exciting one, it will naturally come with challenges as students adjust to a new community, a new set of expectations, and a new routine. In addition to the Summer Reading that all students complete before returning in the fall, we ask all new students participate in a program called Understanding Mental Wellness, designed to introduce them to mental health education. The stigma associated with mental health can have serious and negative impacts on help-seeking behaviors, and many mental health conditions and symptoms can be significantly lessened through prevention.
     
    Please follow these steps to create an EverFi account:

    Go to the course Understanding Mental Health:
    • Finish all five modules (Introduction to Mental Health; Understanding Mental Health Challenges; Mental Health Coping Strategies; Staying Healthy in Times of Uncertainty and Seeking and Offering Support)
    • Each module should take approximately 15 minutes, and the entire course about 1.5 hour. You don’t have to finish all five modules in one session and can save and come back to it another time if needed.
  • Preparing for Independent Life

    For New Parents

    As you anticipate your student’s next adventure at Kimball Union, we have a few recommendations to support a successful transition to Kimball Union. We encourage you to collaborate with your student on developing and practicing the following fundamental independent living skills this summer. Some of these habits may be ones you have already instilled in your household, others may need more practice, and a few may need some direct instruction and encouragement from you. While this is geared toward boarding students and their parents, we encourage day parents to consider these steps as well.
     
    1) Your student should be proficient in doing their own laundry. In addition to using a washer and dryer, they should also get into the routine of folding, hanging, and storing their clothes, and having a set place for dirty and clean laundry. If your student will utilize our laundry service, they should still have a system for organizing their clothing and separating their laundry.
     
    2) Your student should practice keeping an organized room. The standard for weekly dormitory room inspection is “neat and clean” – bed made, emptied wastebaskets, laundry cared for, desk space and surfaces tidied, and floors vacuumed.
     
    3) Your student will be expected to wake themselves up independently, and we recommend using an alarm clock rather than a phone. If you currently wake up your student, we advocate they practice getting up on their own this summer. 
     
    4) If your student takes medication, most likely, they will be going to the KUA Health Center to do so, if they are a boarder. Summer is a great time to strategize with your student about using reminders on their phone and practicing taking their medication independently without reminders from a parent or guardian.
     
    The mission of Kimball Union mentions, in part, “intentionally designed experiences and challenges,” and these independent life skills fall into that broad category. While the habits discussed above seem small, our experience tells us their cumulative impact is essential to your child’s success here on The Hilltop.
  • Ski Teams & Rec Skiing Passes

    Our Alpine Ski Team, Freeskiing Team, and Recreational Ski Program utilize two local mountains – Mount Sunapee and Okemo. As such, we recommend that any student who is skiing this season with one of these three programs purchase an Epic Pass.
    Epic offers various levels of access to mountains around the country. Here’s what we recommend:
    Northeast Midweek Pass - Only for ages 18+ - perfect for recreational skiers who only want to ski during the week with the school. Will work for Alpine and Freeskiing with a few additional fees for certain race days. 
    Northeast Value Pass – Perfect for skiers who plan to only ski in the Northeast, able to ski on the weekends. Limited access during the Holidays.
    Epic Local Pass – Great for those who plan to ski during holiday breaks, especially if you plan to ski out west.
    Epic Pass – Gives you full access to all mountains. Most expensive.
    Please note the full cost of each program:
    Alpine: Epic Pass Cost + $450
    Freeskiing: Epic Pass Cost + $150
    Rec Skiing: Epic Pass Cost
    For students not participating in these programs, KUA will offer other opportunities to take advantage of skiing and snowboarding. Please let me know if you have any questions.

What to Expect This Summer

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  • April

    Visas and Passports
    Non-U.S. passport holders will receive an email regarding the visa process, travel logistics, and the school calendar. Contact Jenny Araya-Messen at 603-469-2100.
  • May

    Academic Updates
    The Academic Office will share information here on this page as well as through the Student and Parent Portals including: 

    -Academic Placement Tests and Interviews
    -Request for Final Transcript
    -Summer Math Tutorials Registration


    Athletics & Activities Selection
    Housing Survey 
    Learning Center Information and Registration


  • June

    Magnus Health
    Log into the KUA portal
    Go to the resource board
    Click on the Magnus Health log-in
    Complete the checklist by August 31
    Contact the Tracy Health Center at 603-469-2055 if you have any questions.

    Essential Paperwork

    Student permission forms, course registration, and sports/activities selection will be available in either the Student Portal or the Parent Portal. Please complete the required paperwork as soon as possible. Students who are missing paperwork will be unable to participate in orientation or activities.

    Parent Portal
    -profile update
    -Magnus Health
    -academic check list
    -international travel plans

    Student Portal
    -student life information

    Summer Reading List

    Our Summer Reading List for each grade, including the All-School Read, will be posted here. Each student will have a minimum of two books to read over the summer; therefore, we recommend students and families plan accordingly.


    Tuition Services
    KUA partners with Tuition Management for the processing and collection of your remaining tuition balance, plus any applicable fees according to your elected payment plan from your Student Reservation Agreement. After your online registration with Tuition Management has been completed, you will receive a welcome email, followed by your invoice.
    • For assistance with your Tuition Management account, contact the Parent Help Center at 888-868-8828.
    • For assistance with tuition or fees, contact Deborah Hanley at 603-469-2160 or Kelly George at 603-469-2167
     
     
  • July

    Important information and forms will be shared through the Student and Parent Portals regarding: 

    Parent Portal
    Permissions
    Community Handbook

    Student Portal
    Community Handbook
    Housing
    Acceptable Use Policy

    All students are required to become familiar with the Community Handbook. You can access the 2022-2023 Community Handbook.
  • August

    Room and Advisor Assignments
    The Student Life Office will send information on room and advisor assignments in mid-August. Time will be provided on Registration Day for families to meet with your student’s advisor. Advisors will also reach out to students by mid-August.

    Student Bank, My Kids Spending, and Escrow Accounts
    All students will automatically be assigned both an Escrow account (required), and a Student Bank account (optional). In mid-August, you will receive an email from the Business Office outlining the details for Escrow and Student Bank as well as initiating a My Kids Spending account.

    New students will receive instructions via email on concussion testing.
     
  • September

    Get ready for new student orientation and the opening of school! New international students arrive September 3 and new domestic students arrive September 4 with orientation starting the next day. We'll share schedules and arrival times here as we get closer to our return to the Hilltop.

Opening of School Calendar