September Newsletter

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September Newsletter

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Welcome students and staff! The new school year is here and we cannot wait to get started!!!! For those who were away this summer, or who are new here, please look around and don't hesitate to ask questions.

Each month we will post the current House Point standings. Unbelievably, each house already has points, with Ravenclaw in the lead! You can check out the current standings here on the HOL Main Page, but don't let the points get you down if your house is behind, we've only just started! Turn in your assignments, join activities, and work on the library/art department projects to earn more for your house!
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For those who don't know, HOLLERS is a fun club open to all the houses with something for everyone!! We have a points system called "HOOTS" which you can earn by completing activities! At the end of the month you can earn the aptly named "HOOT Award" by having the most HOOTS! Those who are particularly active in the HOLLERS Forums are eligible to win the "HOLLERS Award" which is given out with staff discretion; sometimes we give one out every month, sometimes a month or two is skipped!

Hollers News
With each new month, we will post 3 new puzzles in our Monthly Challenges and different prompts in the Creative Outlet sections of the HOLLERS Forum! We've also got a new section in it's second year for you writers who want a challenge: Writing Under Constraint!


House News
As a reminder, every common room must be signed up for separately from the main HOL Forums. Each house has their own points system, but you can earn House Points by submitting to their newspapers! You can join every common room, though you will only have full access to your own house's forums. There are still many fun things you can do when visiting others though:

Gryffindor is hosting Professor Titania Decibel, a teacher at the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts (WADA.) Come join the fun; you have until Sept. 30 to turn everything in!! You just might earn some gorgeous rubies (Gryffindor Points System)! Peeve's Place is also always open for some fun games!

Hufflepuff's Department of Huffle Games and Sports is up and running with some hard challenges and the chance to win some shiny diamonds (the Hufflepuff House points system)! They just started up a Wonders of the World activity that is open for everyone!

Ravenclaw is accepting items for the first issue of their 2020/2021 house newspaper, The Alte Sententiam, from everyone, due by Sept. 30th!! (See previous issues here!) You can check here for info on their BINGO! Everyone is also invited to join their Debate Club and their new activity, Solve September where you will be puzzled and riddled to get ready for the school year!

Slytherin has hit the ground running with their read-a-long tasks and trivia; they've just started Chapter 1 of Book 7: "The Dark Lord Ascending" and it's a great way to earn scales (Slytherin's house points system.) Everyone is welcome to wander the dungeons, so why not stop by the Puzzle Exchange or our Arcade Club? Don't forget to turn in your submissions for the next Serpentimes, due October 15! The theme is "Snake Eyes." (See previous issues here)


News From Around HOL

If you haven't already, definitely let us know your goals for the 2020-2021 school year! If you meet your goals by the end of the year you'll get a shiny award!! We are also looking for new Forum Moderators, applications are due by Sept. 18th 11:59PM HOL time.

Class Sign-ups are now open! You can enlist in up to 5 classes per term (not including OWLs.) Make sure you look at the syllabus and assignments to ensure you can meet all of the requirements to pass the class before you sign up!

Quidditch
Quidditch is unfortunately on a hiatus as the Quidditch Committee figures out what updates/changes are needed. In the meantime, visit the other common rooms or check out some of our other clubs and keep your eyes peeled for future quidditch-like events!

Book Club
The Book Club is starting off the year strong! They just started a new round of Book Trivia AND a game of "Finish the Quote"! As always, you can still read (and write!) book reviews and join discussions in the various other sections of the Book Club; lots of chances to earn beans and add shiny awards to your trophy shelves!!

The Library Department
The Library Department has two new projects (both due Oct. 1) available for you to earn house points: writing an application for a teaching position at Hogwarts, and writing about the "What ifs" of two characters switching places! There are also two finished projects with voting open until Sept. 14!

The Art Department
The Art Department also has two new projects (Decorating Platform 9 3/4 and art related to any HP chapter you wish!) to showcase your artwork and earn some points! Don't forget, voting for August's projects closes on Sept. 14!!
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