Orientation Days are Wednesday and Thursday of the first week of school. Wednesday is for incoming 7th graders, freshmen and those who are new to the 8th grade. Thursday is for all students at designated times (see below). During these days, parents are able to purchase school pictures, the yearbook, Palma clothing, and the lock for your son’s locker. Locks are required to be purchased at Palma because the Dean of Students has a master key in the event your son forgets his combination. Palma logo wear will also be available during these days. Some purchases need to be made separately and some are not able to accept credit or debit cards. Bringing several checks will ensure you will be able to make the purchases you desire.
Wednesday — Orientation Day For Freshmen and Students New to Junior High
This orientation day is for Freshmen and students new to Palma’s Junior High only. Freshman orientation is from 8:00 am to 11:30 pm in the gym. Students new to Palma’s Junior High orientation is from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the gym. Students don’t need to bring anything. Their attire and grooming need to conform to the Palma Dress Code, which can be found in the student and parent handbook (an electronic version can be found on Quicklinks).
Wednesday — Orientation Day For New Parents
Two new parent orientations are scheduled this day. New parents of a high school student will have an orientation in the MPB (Multi-Purpose Building) from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Orientation for parents of new junior high school students will be in the MPB from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
Thursday — Orientation Day FOR ALL STUDENTS
All students' attire and grooming will need to conform to the Palma Dress Code, which can be found in the student and parent handbook (an electronic version can be found on Quicklinks). Students should bring their iPads so they can be inspected for compatibility. Access to the school’s WiFi and Renweb will also be ensured. It is helpful if iPads are preset with log ins, contacts, etc. School pictures will be taken on this day for the yearbook and student ID (which students will receive this day). Students who wish to purchase photographs will need their filled out order form (located in Packet A which is mailed in July to enrolled families). Orientations by grade level will be staggered throughout the morning.
Seniors at 8:00 am
Juniors at 9:00 am
Sophomores at 10:00 am
Freshmen at 11:00 am
Junior High at 12 noon
Each class will be dismissed at the conclusion of their orientation.
Friday — First Day of Classes
Period one of the school day begins at 8:15 am. Classes officially begin and students are expected to have everything they need. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase in the cafeteria starting this day (if desired, students are welcome to bring their own lunch). The lunch menu is available on “Quicklinks.” Lunch can be purchased in advance or at the cafeteria. Advance orders must be placed by 9:00 pm the night before.
Saturday — Red & Gold Chieftain Spirit Day
The first Saturday is reserved for Red & Gold Chieftain Spirit Day, a day of kids’ games, food and intrasquad football scrimmages that runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on the turf. Campus clubs are encouraged to set up information tables and Palma parents, faculty and friends get an opportunity to enjoy great food and community. There is no admission charge and your entire family is welcome to attend. A delicious BBQ meal is available for purchase/take-out.
Starting Times The first period of school begins each morning at 8:10 am except on Thursdays when first period begins at 9:10 am. The Cislini Study Center and Cafeteria are open at 7:00 am every school day. The cafeteria has a variety of breakfast offerings ranging from $1.00 each to $5.00. There are also Red and Gold Block Day schedules on the calendar with modified class times. The bell schedule is available under “Quicklinks.” NOTE: The Principal and President are usually out front in the morning greeting students as they arrive on campus. You are encouraged to say “hello” as well, but are asked not to engage in “business” at this time so that they may be present for the students.
Weekday Mass at the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel Mass is celebrated every school morning at 7:30 am. All are welcome. Morning Mass is usually 20-25 minutes long and concludes prior to the beginning of first period. Students are not required to attend, but will be requested to attend from time to time with their teammates/classmates participating in an extra-curricular activity.