Letter to Families - January 11, 2021



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Dear City on a Hill Families,

Happy New Year! As we begin the new year, we hope that everyone is continuing to stay safe and healthy.  There are many things to be excited about in the new year; a new presidential administration which includes our first woman of color as Vice-President; a glimmer of hope to see an end to the global pandemic; and hopefully many more.  City on a Hill teachers and administrators have begun preparing students for their Midterm Exams and Presentations.  Below are some reminders and information about midterms.  We will also be sharing this information with students via a Town Meeting Webinar.





          Thursday, January 21      8:00 - 10:00

History Written Exams

          Friday, January 22           8:00 - 10:00

Science Written Exams

          Monday, January 25        8:00 - 10:00

Spanish Written Exams

          Tuesday, January 26        8:00 - 10:00

Math Written Exams

          Wednesday, January 27   8:00 - 10:00

English Written Exams

          Thursday, January 28      8:00 - 10:00

Electives Written Exams



The following classes have Oral Presentations that will be individually scheduled for each student after 10:00am each day of midterms:

English Language Development


World History

Constitutional Law

Algebra 2

Individual schedules will be emailed out to students as well as made available via the school’s website, www.cityonahill.org.  Please remind your student to check their email everyday and to check the website for information.


  • Students must be using their school-issued chromebook for all written exams and oral presentations.  Students will not be allowed to take their exam or give their presentation if they are not using a school-issued chromebook.

  • Student must have their cameras on and their faces fully visible on the screen for the entirety of their exam.

  • Students are expected to be on mute for the entirety of their written exam, and to send a private chat to the proctor if they have a question. 

  • Students must privately chat the proctor when they are finished and receive confirmation from the proctor that they can leave before leaving the zoom room (proctors will check with the subject teacher to confirm the student has submitted their exam before dismissing them).  

  • Written Exams are from 8:00 - 10:00.  If a student arrives late, they do not receive extra time.  

  • If a student misses exam, they will receive a zero unless approved by the Chief Schools Officer or Principal to take their exam at another time.  

City on a Hill has over 250 students.  It is very important that students arrive to the correct zoom link on time.  


For midterm exams and oral proficiencies, it is of the utmost importance that your student has a school-issued computer with a working camera and sound system.  

  • We mailed home headphones with Quarter 1 Report Cards.  Please ensure your student is using their headphones for best sound quality when speaking.

  • We still have hot spots for rent!  For a $20.00 deposit, you can receive a hotspot to use for the current school year.

  • If you are still experiencing Technology or Internet issues, please reach out to the Front Office at 

  • 617-445-1515 as soon as possible so we can support you with solving any technology issues.


As we near quarter 3, students will need to come pick up English books for the rest of the school year.  Students can come pick up English books during midterms (January 21 - January 28) between 7:30am and 2:00pm.   


Laura Edouard, Principal

Sonya Pratt, Chief of School