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Uniform Requirements

Where to Purchase

All students at Duchesne Academy are required to wear a uniform. Duchesne Academy uniforms must be purchased through the official school uniform supplier, Flynn O'Hara Uniforms.

Flynn O'Hara Website

Flynn O'Hara Duchesne
Uniform Price List

The Flynn O'Hara Houston store is located at:

Braes Heights Shopping Center
3817 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77025
(346) 201-3490

Used uniforms will be available for purchase at the Parents' Association Back to School Sale on Monday, August 13, 2018 in the Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Used uniforms can also be found at the on-campus Spirit Store.

Lower School

Required Uniforms

Petite Hearts Students (PK3 and PK4)
  • Navy blue toddler dress with Duchesne monogram
  • Navy blue monkey bar buddies
  • Navy blue apron with Duchesne monogram
  • Navy blue velcro Mary Janes
Kindergarten - 4th Grade Students
  • Duchesne plaid jumper
  • White cotton short sleeve blouse with Peter Pan collar
  • Navy blue velcro Mary Janes or Keds navy and white athletic saddle shoe (Keds may be worn with dress uniform)
  • White cotton sailor blouse to be worn with plaid shorts or pants only
All Lower School Students
  • White knee-socks, anklets, or crew socks
Dress Uniform (to be worn at designated times)
  • Navy blue toddler dress with Duchesne monogram (PK3 and PK4 students)
  • Duchesne jumper/short sleeve white blouse with Peter Pan Collar (kindergarten - fourth grade students)
  • White bobby socks or white knee socks
  • Navy blue Mary Janes

Optional Uniforms

Petite Hearts Students (PK3 and PK4)
  • French blue toddler dress with Duchesne monogram
  • Navy blue cardigan sweater
Kindergarten - 4th Grade Students
  • French blue culottes (white cotton middy blouse with navy tie must be worn with culottes)
  • White short sleeve middy blouse (worn only with culottes or slacks; not to be worn with jumper)
  • Navy blue tie with Duchesne monogram (must be worn with middy blouse)
  • White tights or Duchesne navy leggings may be worn in cold weather
PE Uniform
  • Kindergarten - 4th grade PE shorts: Any type of athletic navy short is acceptable. Nike shorts should only have a white stripe. MUST BE WORN UNDER THE UNIFORM JUMPER EVERYDAY.
  • PK3 and PK4 must wear “monkey bar buddy” shorts everyday underneath their dresses.
  • PK3 through 1st grade may wear any type of velcro tennis shoe (that does not light up) for PE class.
  • Second through fourth grade may wear any type of athletic tennis shoe/cross trainer (lace up is fine) that does not light up or Keds for PE class.
  • If a student wears the French blue culotte with middy blouse and tie to school, she may wear this for PE class and does not need to change into regular PE shorts.

Relaxed Dress

Students may wear shorts, leggings, skirt, or jeans, a Duchesne t-shirt, and tennis shoes. Jeans worn on a relaxed dress day may not have holes or tears.

Free Dress

Students may wear an appropriate outfit of their choice. Skirts, shorts, and dresses should be of an appropriate length. Shirts or dresses with spaghetti straps should not be worn. Shirts worn with leggings must be long enough that the child's bottom is completely covered.

Accessories

Hair Accessories

Ribbons, bows, and headbands must be of colors found in the Duchesne plaid or French blue.

Jewelry and Nail Polish

The only jewelry allowed is a watch and stud earrings for pierced ears. Other designs are not acceptable.

Nail polish is not permitted.

Bags and Backpacks

PK3, and PK4, use only the required tote bags that are distributed at new student orientation. Kindergarten through fourth grade may use backpacks. Due to space limitations, backpacks on wheels must be of a size that will fit into the cubbies. If they are too large, they will not be permitted. This will be at the teacher’s discretion.

Labeling

All items of clothing must be marked with your daughter's first and last names, including shoes, gym shorts, jumpers, and outerwear. UNCLAIMED ITEMS WILL BE SENT TO THE UNIFORM RESALE.

Middle School

Required Items

  • Navy blazer, monogrammed
  • Plaid skirt
  • Navy flat front pants (worn on Social Awareness days)
  • White, long-sleeve monogrammed Oxford shirt.
  • White socks (no show, ankle, crew, or knee-high)
  • Any navy and/or white tennis shoes.Girls may wear any navy and/or white athletic shoe. That means, they may buy and wear a white with navy shoe, navy with white, a solid white, or a solid navy; any brand is fine. That said, the shoes may not have any other color on them. This includes accent colors, stitching, logos, etc. Shoes with any other color, even a small accent color, will be considered out of uniform.

Optional Items

  • French blue kilt
  • White cap sleeve monogrammed polo shirt
  • Navy cap sleeve monogrammed polo shirt
  • White long sleeve monogrammed polo shirt
  • Navy long sleeve monogrammed polo shirt
  • Only approved outerwear or leggings sold at the Spirit Store are to be worn on campus. Shirts worn with leggings must be long enough that the child's bottom is completely covered.

Accessories

Book bags

No book bags or backpacks should be taken to classes during the school day. Students will be given the opportunity to go to their lockers between classes. Book bags may be used going between school and home.

Hair

Natural highlighted hair in good taste is acceptable. Students may not have strips of color added in their hair. Students may not have feathers or other items sewn into their hair.

Headwear

No hats may be worn in school. Headbands and bows must be conservative in nature.

Jewelry

A limited amount of jewelry may be worn at school. All jewelry must be conservative in nature. No chokers may be worn.

Make-up

No make-up may be worn.

Signature Clothing, Purses, and Accessories

Signature clothing (i.e. Juicy, Coach, Polo, etc.), hats, scarves, jackets, over-sized blouses, non-uniform sweatshirts, and personalized monograms are not part of the uniform and may not be worn in school.

In order to reduce competition on a material plane, we ask that expensive designer purses and accessories not be brought to school. Expensive designer purses and accessories are contradictory to the philosophy of the School and will not be allowed. Students who choose to bring expensive designer purses and accessories to school will be subject to disciplinary action. Appropriate small purses and accessories may be carried.

Dress Uniform

Dress uniform is required on Holy Days, on special occasions designated on the monthly calendar, and on most school trips. The students are notified of dress uniform days well in advance, and if they forget to wear it, will be required to serve a silent lunch on that day. They will stay in dress uniform all day, unless otherwise instructed differently by the Middle School Dean of Students. Dress uniform consists of:

  • Long sleeve, white, button-down embroidered Oxford shirt
  • navy blue blazer with proper monogram
  • plaid skirt
  • white socks
  • Navy Sperry's, Keds, or saddle shoes

Relaxed Dress

On relaxed dress days, students may wear jeans and a Duchesne T-shirt with tennis shoes or school shoes. Students must wear socks. Jeans worn on a relaxed dress day may not have holes or tears.

PE Uniform

Middle School PE uniform requirements include the following:

  • Any shirt issued by Duchesne. Examples include Field Day shirts, Extravaganza shirts, Heart of the Summer shirts.
  • Shorts: Any navy blue athletic shorts.
  • Shoes: Athletic sneakers. No slip-ons.
  • Spandex shorts, black, white, or navy blue may be worn under the required PE short.

Upper School

Required Items

  • Navy blazer, monogrammed
  • Plaid skirt
  • Navy flat front pants (Required for 11th and 12th grade for off campus social awareness work. Optional for grades 9 and 10.)
  • White, long-sleeve, dress shirt with navy monogram. Dress shirts must be tucked in the skirt at all times.
  • White socks (no show, ankle, crew, or knee-high)
  • Any navy and/or white tennis shoes. Girls may wear any navy and/or white athletic shoe. That means, they may buy and wear a white with navy shoe, navy with white, a solid white, or a solid navy; any brand is fine. That said, the shoes may not have any other color on them. This includes accent colors, stitching, logos, etc. Shoes with any other color, even a small accent color, will be considered out of uniform.

Optional Items

  • Navy or French blue contour skirt
  • White 3/4 sleeve monogrammed blouse
  • Navy 3/4 sleeve monogrammed blouse
  • White cap sleeve monogramed polo shirt
  • Navy cap sleeve monogrammed polo shirt
  • White long sleeve monogrammed polo shirt
  • Navy long sleeve monogrammed polo shirt
  • White and navy Keds-style saddle shoe
  • Only approved outerwear or leggings sold at the Spirit Store are to be worn on campus. Shirts worn with leggings must be long enough that the child's bottom is completely covered.
  • Jeans worn on a relaxed dress day may not have holes or tears.
  • Duchesne athletics letter jackets may be worn in class, but team uniforms and sweats may not be worn during school hours without permission.
  • If a students is in violation of our uniform policy, including inappropriate skirt length, she may receive a detention.

Dress Uniform

Dress uniform is required on Holy Days, on special occasions designated on the monthly calendar, and on most school trips.On the days that the dress uniform is required, dress uniform must be worn all day. If dress uniform is not worn for a required function, the student may receive a detention. Dress uniform consists of:

  • Long sleeve, white, button-down monogrammed dress shirt
  • navy blue blazer with proper monogram
  • plaid skirt
  • white socks

PE Uniform

Upper School PE uniform requirements include the following:

  • Any shirt issued by Duchesne. Examples include Field Day shirts, Extravaganza shirts, Heart of the Summer shirts.
  • Shoes: Athletic sneakers. No slip-ons.
  • Spandex shorts, black, white, or navy blue may be worn under the required PE short.
  • Tennis shoes and sneakers for PE classes must have non-marking soles for use in the gym.

Note: Signature clothing, hats, and excessive jewelry are not part of the uniform and may not be worn in school. Outer gear (coats, jackets) may not be worn to class except in unusual circumstances with faculty/administrative approval. Hair dyed an unnatural color, tattoos, and/or body piercing are not allowed.

Graduation Attire

Graduation attire at Duchesne is part of one of our most cherished traditions dating back from the first graduation in 1964. Our seniors are required to wear full-length or tea-length white dresses with white lace crowns and white dress shoes. The white lace crowns are provided by the School. The following are specific guidelines for this event:

  • Dresses must be a pure white, which we call Xerox paper white. No cream, ivory, or ecru dresses are allowed.
  • Since it is a high school graduation, low necklines, backless, or off the shoulder dresses are inappropriate. Dresses must have two inch or wider straps or sleeves. The dress needs to fit in a way that allows your daughter to curtsy, walk up and down stairs, and sit comfortably. The skirt should not be too slim.
  • No shawls, wraps or jackets.
  • Ornamentation on the dress should be minimal; please see that beading is white and does not sparkle. Lace should be simple.
  • Dresses may not have trains. We recommend that the dresses be hemmed so that the skirt does not drag the ground since the girls do have to process in the gowns and curtsy during the course of graduation.
  • Jewelry should be minimal.
  • Dress shoes must be white and should be comfortable and not excessively high. No sandals or sneakers are allowed, but shoes with peep-toe or heel straps may be worn.
  • Since this is an outdoor ceremony and very sunny, if necessary, please see that the dress is lined and that undergarments do not show through.
  • Since it is hot and humid outside, bridal fabrics are often inappropriate in style for high school students and usually are made of hot and heavy fabrics such as stain and crepe. A dress made from a dress pattern in a light weight, but opaque fabric might be more suitable for the day and age of your daughter.
  • All dresses must be approved in advance of graduation by the Upper School Dean of Students by mid-April 2018. Students may bring the dress in to be approved or email photos with front and back views of the student wearing the dress to jill.hess@duchesne.org. Students who are having a dress made for graduation should bring in fabric swatches and pattern choice for approval before dress construction begins.

Class Schedules

Lower School Students

Lower School students will be notified of their homeroom teachers over the summer.

Middle School Students

Middle School students will receive their schedules at end of May or during the summer. It will be available in "My Backpack" for returning families and will be mailed home to new families.

When ordering your books for a foreign language, please do not open the packaging or write in them if you are new to Duchesne. It is important to make sure that you are in the correct foreign language so you can return your books if there is a change in your schedule.

Upper School Students

Upper School students should receive their schedules in June. Please have your schedule handy when ordering texts.

Miscellaneous

Handbooks

Please visit the Parent Portal in DuchesneConnect to view the Student-Parent Handbook.

School Communications

Emails

Please make sure to read all emails sent from Duchesne Academy as they contain important information about school happenings.

Weekly Newsletter

Every Thursday afternoon, an email is sent to all parents. It contains announcements, upcoming events, and information from each division head.

Other Emails

You can also expect to receive periodic emails from the Head of the School, divisions heads, teachers, school nurses, or other school departments.

Troubleshooting

If you are not receiving emails from Duchesne, please contact our Registrar/Database Manager, Lydia Cruz at lydia.cruz@duchesne.org or 713-468-8211, ext. 155. She will be able to help troubleshoot any issues you may be having.

Text Alerts

We strongly urge every parent to sign up to receive emergency alerts via text message. This is how you will be notified in the event of a school closing or an emergency situation at the school.

See the instructions for how to sign up for alerts.

Athletics

Varsity & JV Pre-Season

Pre-season for Upper School fall sports begins Tuesday, August 1, 2018. Upper School students interested in trying out for fall sports should plan on attending all pre-season sessions.

Varsity and Junior Varsity fall sports are:

  • cross country
  • volleyball
  • field hockey

Information about team tryouts is available on the Teams and Schedules page.

Physicals

Physicals are required each year for all students in grades 6-12 who compete on a school team. Log into MAGNUS and print the TAPPS Athletics Yearly Physical Form. Follow these directions:

  1. Log in to DuchesneConnect, and click on the MAGNUS link.
  2. From your MAGNUS front desk, click "Student Health Tracker."
  3. Scroll down to the requirement labeled "Athletics: Yearly Physical Form."
  4. Click on the paper icon to download or print the Athletics: Yearly Physical Form.

Athletic physicals expire one year from the date of the exam. A May or June appointment will keep your daughter eligible for athletics for the entire school year.

Text/Email Alerts

If your daughter is a member of a team or your family attends Duchesne games, please sign up for athletic alerts for those teams in DuchesneConnect. Signing up for these alerts, which can be delivered via email and/or text message, are the best way to stay informed of schedule changes due to weather or other reasons.

Teams

Upper School

Upper School students compete in the Texas Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) league. Teams include:

  • basketball
  • cross country
  • field hockey
  • swimming
  • golf
  • soccer
  • tennis
  • track and field
  • volleyball

Middle School

Middle School teams compete in the Houston Junior Preparatory Conference (HJPC).

7th & 8th Grade teams:

  • cross country
  • volleyball
  • field hockey
  • soccer
  • basketball
  • swimming
  • golf
  • tennis
  • softball
  • track and field

Tryouts and practices are held daily after school, and for swimmers, practice will be held mornings before school.

6th grade teams:

  • volleyball
  • cross country
  • basketball
  • soccer
  • swimming
  • softball
  • track and field

Practice for 6th grade girls will be during PE.

Junior Sports

Jr. Sports is a member of the West Houston Christian Sports Association, and offers athletics for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.

  • soccer
  • basketball
  • softball
  • volleyball (grade 4-5 only)

Summer Camps

Duchesne offers Summer Sport Camps for Upper School and Middle School students. View registration information.

Medical Forms

MAGNUS Health Portal

Duchesne Academy uses a system called MAGNUS to manage all student health records.

All forms for medical records, including physical forms, immunization record forms, and medication authorization, can be found in MAGNUS and are submitted through this system.

If you need assistance with the MAGNUS system, please contact healthservices@duchesne.org.

MAGNUS Login

Physicals

Physicals are required for all new students and documentation from the child's physician should be submitted via the MAGNUS Health Portal before the student begins classes.

Additionally, athletes in grades 6-12 must submit physical records each year.

Immunization Policy

Current immunization records are required for all students and must be submitted through the MAGNUS Health Portal. Every student enrolled in a Catholic school in the state of Texas must be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases caused by infectious agents in accordance with the immunization schedule adopted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

A student who fails to present the required evidence will not be accepted for enrollment. The only exemption to this requirement is a medical exemption stating the medical reason for exemption and signed by a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O) authorized to practice in the state of Texas. It must include the physician's license number.

Medications

Over-the-Counter

Under the supervision of our clinic physician, Duchesne Academy will provide some over-the-counter medications in our clinic. Medication will be administered based on permission granted by the over-the-counter medication administration form, as well as by the guidelines outlined in our clinic protocol.

Prescription

For daily prescription medication that needs to be given during the school day, a parent/guardian must complete a prescription form on the MAGNUS Health Portal, and the medication must come with the current prescription intact.

Textbooks and School Supplies

Textbook Providers

MBS Direct is our exclusive online supplier for all textbooks in grades 5 - 12, except for Middle School Spanish. See the information below on how to purchase the Middle School Spanish textbook and workbook.

MBS Direct Textbook Website

  • MBS maintains a current list of all Duchesne Academy courses and the books required for those courses.
  • On the website, you can select grade level and the corresponding textbooks will be displayed for purchase.
  • You may pay by Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.
  • Orders will be shipped within 24 hours.

Middle School Spanish Textbook

Spanish textbooks are purchased directly from the manufacturer. They are:
  • Descubre 1 Digital Version (ISBN: 978-1-61857-391-9)
  • Cuarderno de practica Workbook (ISBN: 978-1-61857-208-0)

Purchase Middle School Spanish Textbook and Workbook

School Supplies

Lower School

All basic supplies will be provided for Pre-K3 through 4th grade students. Supplies will be delivered to the classroom for use on the first day of school.

Middle School

All basic supplies will be provided and delivered to school for use on the first day.

Additionally, Middle School students are expected to bring certain supplies on the first day of school. View the supply list here.

All 8th grade math students must have a TI 84 Silver Edition calculator.

Upper School

There is no school supply list for Upper School. Each instructor will indicate what is needed for the course.

Summer Reading and Required Work

Lower School

Incoming Pre-K3 and Pre-K4

  • Read (or have read to them) a minimum of 20 picture books.

Incoming Kindergarten

  • Read (or have read to them) a minimum of 25 picture books.

Incoming 1st Grade

  • Read 30 picture books or 200 pages
  • In math, 1st graders should log into Reflex Math and explore and play math games.

Incoming 2nd Grade

  • Read a minimum of 225 pages
  • In math, 2nd grade students should be at 100% on addition and subtraction in Reflex Math. Once complete they should continue with Dreambox.

Incoming 3rd Grade

  • Read a minimum of 250 pages
  • In math, 3rd grade students should continue work on Reflex Math and Dreambox. They should be proficient with math facts through 9+9 and subtraction facts through 18-9 and then begin multiplication facts.

Incoming 4th Grade

Reading and Writing

You are asked to read two books over the summer.

Step 1: You are required to read, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. The second book must be a nonfiction book of your choice.

Step 2: Write a poem for each of the books you read. It can be a free verse, rhyming or not rhyming, acrostic, shape poem or haiku. It is your choice!

Here is a suggested list of non-fiction books:

Dear Pope Francis 978-0829444339

Little Author in the Big Woods by Zona McDonough 978-1250073426

A Strong Right Arm by Michelle Green 978-0142400722

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming 978-0142400722

The Mighty Mars Rovers by Elizabeth Rusch 978-0544932463

Sea Turtle Scientist by Steve Swinburne 978-0544582408

Science Comics: Dogs by Andy Hirsch 978-1626727687

Science Comics: Coral Reefs by Maris Wicks 978-1626721456

Science Comics: Robots and Drones by Mairghread Scott ISBN-13: 978-1626727922

Science Comics: Dinosaurs and Fossils by MK Reed 978-1626721432

Math

In math, fourth grade students should be proficient in addition facts up to 9+9 and subtraction facts through 18-9 and multiplication and division facts through 12x12. Fourth Grade students may also continue with Dreambox.

Middle School

Summer Reading Instructions

Please click on the links below to access instructions for all summer work assignments. All students are also required to read one book from the HAISLN reading list over the summer.

5th Grade Summer Reading Instructions

6th Grade Summer Reading Instructions

7th Grade Summer Reading Instructions

8th Grade Summer Reading Instructions

Summer Math IXL Assignments

5th Grade IXL Assignment

6th Grade IXL Assignment

7th Grade IXL Assignment

8th Grade IXL Assignment

Upper School

9th Grade

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

10th Grade (British Literature/Advanced British Literature)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Reading questions: When you read Ocean and your chosen novel, pay close attention to the monsters in these novels. Who or what are the monsters? How does society define a monster?

Additionally, students are required to select and read one of the following. Students may earn extra credit if they read an additional title from these three books.

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

11th Grade (American Literature)

Into the Wild by Jon Krakaeur

Summer Reading Instructions - American Literature.pdf

11th Grade (AP English Language)

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

Summer Reading Instructions - AP English Language.pdf

12th Grade (Senior Composition)

  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

12th Grade (AP English Literature)

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Students should also read the novel that they will use for their research paper.

Computers

Tablet Computers

All incoming students in grades 5 - 12 are issued a tablet PC. This computer is set up to access everything a student will need for classes at Duchesne. Students do not need to bring their own laptop.

What's Included

The Duchesne Laptop Bundle (or rental fee) will be charged to your student account by the Business Office in August. The bundle includes:

  • a tablet PC
  • power cord
  • stylus
  • replacement battery
  • 4-year manufacturer warranty with accidental damage coverage
  • safeguard protection for loss or theft
  • laptop case
  • software licenses
  • access to our on-site help desk with loaner availability

Additional or replacement stylus or power cords can be purchased at the help desk on campus and will be charged to your student account.

Students entering Duchesne in 8th or 12th grade will be issued a Toshiba Portege Z10t rental computer that matches the rest of her classmates. (This is policy so that all 9th graders are able to get a new computer with a 4-year warranty for Upper School.)

Orientation Session

Incoming students will have an orientation session where technology staff will go over how to access the Duchesne network, including services such as email, class pages, schedules, grades, and more.

2018-2019 OUT OF THE BOX DAYS:
All 9th graders

New students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade
August 1512:30 - 3:30 p.m.
New students in 6th, 7th, and 8th gradeAugust 1412:30 - 3:30 p.m.
All 5th gradersDuring class prior to Labor Day

Software

All software is pre-installed on student computers. These software applications are available to Duchesne students as long as they are enrolled at Duchesne.