What is a shadow day at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School?

A shadow day is an opportunity for 5th grade students to spend the day at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School and experience firsthand what it’s like to be a Knight. Students that shadow are paired with an Aquinas student, for the day to attend classes, go to lunch and get a true feel for student life at Aquinas.

When should I schedule a shadow day?

Fifth grade students can schedule their shadowing dates anytime from November through May.

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How far in advance should I schedule a shadow day?

Please allow the staff two (2) school days to schedule a visit.

How many students can schedule on a single day?

St. Thomas Aquinas reserves the right to decide on the number of students who shadow on a particular day; however, normally no more than 5 students will be scheduled to shadow on a single day.

Can I shadow day a full day or a half-day?

We recommend that students shadow for the entire day to fully experience life at St. Thomas Aquinas, however half days can be arranged at the request of a family.

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What is a shadow day like?

Students shadowing should arrive at St. Thomas Aquinas by 7:50 a.m. and report to the Attendance Office. There the students will be paired with their Aquinas host for the day. The school day ends at 3:15 p.m. and the shadowing students may be picked up in the Main Office where they will return after the dismissal bell. Lunch is provided, although a student may bring his/her own lunch.

What is the dress code for a shadow day?

Students shadowing at St. Thomas Aquinas are asked to dress nicely (NO JEANS). Shadowing students are not required to wear their current school uniform, and are asked to dress appropriately.

Can I shadow with a St. Thomas Aquinas student that I know?

Yes, if a student knows a current Aquinas student they would like to shadow, parents are asked to make that request known when they schedule the shadowing visit. However, Aquinas reserves the right to pair the student with an Aquinas student of its choosing. If shadowing students do not know any current Aquinas students, the shadowing student will be paired with an Aquinas student based on interests in academics, extra-curricular activities, etc.

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