New to the Nest Information

New to the Nest

Welcome to the Nest!

This fall, many new students from Catholic, private and public schools will join our school and all bring many different talents, gifts and interests to SBA.  There are so many things to know, learn and remember so we hope this information will help you get started.  Let’s prepare to soar!  

In the list below, you will find several items of importance.  Some are forms that need to be completed and returned; others are for information only.  

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2019 New Family Orientation PowerPoint

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Athletic Program

SBA provides a diverse and well-rounded sports program with 27 athletic teams, plus dance and cheer. On average, we have more than 500 student-athletes competing (many in more than one sport). SBA retains membership in and abides by the constitutions, by-laws and regulations of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA).

Athletic Info Flyer


Summer Sports Opportunities:

Football -
Youth Football Camp - June 26th-28th. Click here for more info.
Elite Football 7 on 7 - July 12th-13th. Click here for more info.

Cross Country -
Conditioning Program. Click here for more ino.

Dead Period - The TSSAA mandated Dead Period is June 23 - July 6.  During this period, the SBA athletic facilities will be closed.

Sports Physicals - Physicals are required by the TSSAA for all athletes.  We will have a all-school physical day on May 15 from 3:30-6:00 pm.  This is a FREE physical evaluation.  You may use your family physician if you prefer.
Personal Family Physician Form - click here
Campbell Clinic Form - click here

For more information about all sports, please visit and click on the specific sport. 

Facts Tuition Management

SBA has partnered with FACTS Management Company for collection of tuition and fees. All families are required to have a payment agreement with FACTS. FACTS allows families to have secured access to their tuition balances 24/7. At the time of enrollment with FACTS, each family selects their own payment plan that matches their family’s budget.
You chose not only the date of the payments but also the frequency of your payments.
At enrollment you select the type of account: 

  1. Monthly plans end in MARCH each year- You can select a 10, 11, or 12-month plan ($50 annual FACTS enrollment fee)
    10-month plans run June- March
    11-month plans run May- March
    12-month plans run April- March
  2. Quarterly payment plans ($50 annual FACTS enrollment fee) Due dates: May; August; November & February   
  3. Annual plans- ($20 FACTS annual enrollment fee) Payment due April 1st(or at time of enrollment)

Additional things to know about your payment plan:

  1. You can make additional payments at ANY time to lower the remaining payments.
  2. Course fees will be billed in September and added to your FACTS agreement.
  3. Request for change in payment dates will be handled by the SBA business office.
  4. Each year the FACTS agreement will be rolled to the next school year. You can change the structure of your payment plan each year.

You can change or add additional banking institutions to your agreement online or by contacting FACTS. Credit card payments are subject to processing fee.
Customer service for FACTS 1-866-444-4637.

To view our FACTS Program page, please click here.

Band Program

St. Benedict offers many different opportunities for students to perform in an instrumental music ensemble. We offer courses for students who have never played to advanced students who have played for many years. Rock & Soul band is the only audition-based ensemble. Students with at least 1 year of playing experience can enroll in concert band and orchestra.

Concert Band - This ensemble is for students who have been performing for at least one year. Students who perform on one of the following instruments can become a member of this ensemble: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone, tuba, percussion (will be expected to do accessory, snare, and keyboard). This ensemble performs 4 concerts a year (2 per semester) as well as performances in festival. 

Beginning Band - This ensemble is for students who missed the opportunity to learn a band instrument or wish to become a member of the concert band. Students will undergo a musical aptitude test and will be placed on an instrument based on natural ability and preference. Students will learn one of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion (mallets, snare, and accessory). Students will need to rent an instrument or can purchase if so choose. This ensemble performs at least 3 times a year. 

Marching Band - SBA will be starting a marching band in the 2019-2020 school year. This will be an optional after school ensemble. Students who participate in marching band must be a member of either concert band, beginning band, orchestra, or rock & soul band. Band camp will be July 15-26 from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at SBA. For more information regarding dates and enrollment in this ensemble, email Ms. Naomi Ziegler at

Orchestra - This ensemble is for string musicians who have been performing for at least one year. Students who perform on one the following instruments can become a member of this ensemble: violin, viola, cello, and upright bass (no electric). This ensemble performs 4 concerts a year (2 per semester) as well as performances in festival. 

Rock & Soul Band - This ensemble is an audition-based ensemble. Students who perform on the following can become members of this ensemble: vocals (singing), guitar (electric and/or acoustic), bass guitar, keyboard, and drum-set. Auditions will be held on April 16 from 4pm - 6pm in the SBA band room. To set-up a time, email Ms. Ziegler at with your name, instrument/voice, and music experience.

  For more information about band, click here to contact Ms. Naomi Ziegler

Choral Program

Students interested in Concert Choir or Women's Chorale should contact Mr. Tim Vaziri for more information about participation, applicable auditions, responsibilities, and opportunities related to our choral music program Auditions, if needed, are scheduled per individual student via email with the director. The Choral Program at St. Benedict strives to produce strong musicians and singers, but also, Choir is a place for students to come together in a joint effort to create something beautiful. Choir is for everyone: artists, athletes, scholars, young women, and young men. Those students that are especially serious about vocal music will find ample opportunities to advance their skills outside of class. Please come join us!

1:1 Laptop Program and MacBook Distribution

1:1 Laptop Program

  • Each student is required to lease a 13” MacBook Air through SBA.
  • The Technology Fee covers the annual lease, insurance policy and charger for each student.

MacBook Distribution

  • Each student, and at least one parent, will be required to attend a MacBook distribution session in July.
  • MacBook laptops will not be distributed to students who do not have an active FACTS agreement.
  • Distribution is by last name:
    • A-B – July 16 * 9:00-10:00 am
    • C-D – July 16 * 10:30 – 11:30 am
    • E-H – July 17 * 9:00 – 10:00 am
    • I- M – July 17 * 10:30 – 11:30 am
    • N- S – July 18 * 9:00 – 10:00 am
    • T-Z – July 18 * 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • ONLY come to your assigned time – we will not have your laptop at a different session.

MMI Dining Services

St. Benedict at Auburndale has partnered with MMI Dining Systems to provide quality food services for our students, faculty, staff and guests. To view our Eagle Cafe page for more information, click here.

Student Uniforms

School uniform information is available in the Student Handbook. Dennis Uniforms is our uniform provider. 

Dennis Uniforms
7846 Trinity Rd Ste 111
Cordova, TN 38018
(901) 522-6652

  •  Regular Uniform 
  •   worn Monday – Wednesday 
  •   uniform bottom with Polo
  •  Dress Uniform 
  • worn Thursdays 
  •  uniform bottom with dress shirt (girls) and dress shirt and tie (boys)
  • Spirit Day
  • Fridays
  • uniform bottom with t-shirt, sweatshirt or jacket purchased from Spirit Shop or issued by athletic team

Spirit Shop

SBA spirit wear may be purchased twice a month on Thursdays during each lunch period.  These items can be worn on Friday with the student's SBA uniform.  We also have an online Spirit Shop during the school year.  The shop is open once a month and offers many items not available from the school Spirit Shop.  During the summer, you may purchase spirit wear at the school office.

Student Handbook

The 2019-2020 Student Handbook will be available later this summer.

Service Handbook

Click here for the Service Handbook

SOAR (Student Organizations & Registration)

SOAR (Student Organizations and Registration)
SOAR will be on Tuesday, August 6 from 2:30pm - 6:30pm in the gym.  A SOAR packet will be emailed later in the summer with forms and information you will need for that day. 

Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2019

•      Required of all students

•      Counts as a grade

St. Benedict at Auburndale Summer Reading Assignment 2019 (100 points)

Each student is required to read one novel and turn in the summer reading assignment on the first full day of class, Friday, August 9.  Students will start presenting summer reading assignments on Monday, August 12. The summer reading presentations will conclude by Thursday, August 15 (the Feast Day of the Assumption, no school). The summer reading assignment is worth 100 points, 25 points for the five questions (Part I) and 75 points for the project and presentation (Part II). 
All hard copies and digital copies (digital if your assignment choice has a digital element, like the History Lesson option) of the summer reading assignment are due Friday, August 9. All written elements of your project need to be in hard copy form in order to turn in on Friday, August 9.

Students will also be given an essay assignment, pertaining to the summer novel, during the first quarter of the semester. The essay is worth an additional 100 points.

Reading Requirements

Freshmen (all levels)Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Sophomore (all levels)Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Junior (PLUS): Silas Marner, George Eliot

Junior (traditional, honors, and AP)Frankenstein, 3rdedition, 1831, Mary Shelley

AP English Language and Composition Only:additional book, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (paperback, gold writing with blue border, 30thanniversary edition) by William Zinsser, additional assignment posted online

Senior (PLUS, traditional, and honors):  Choose between one of the following three choices: Life of Pi, Yann Martel; Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah; Catching Teller Crow, Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Senior Dual Enrollment English Only:The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

AP English Literature Only:Read all three novels and complete the assignments posted on the SBA website—All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren; We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates; A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry 

AP English Literature and AP English Language and Composition:assignments are also due on Friday, August 9. AP English Language and Composition, taken by some juniorshas a second summer reading book and assignment. This assignment link is posted on the SBA summer reading website. In additional to reading Frankensteinand completing the summer assignment given to all other juniors, AP English Language and Composition juniors will read On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (paperback, gold writing with blue border, 30thanniversary edition) by William Zinsser and complete the assignment posted on the SBA summer reading website.

AP English Literature, taken by some seniors,requires the completion of the AP Literature summer reading assignment found on the SBA summer reading website. AP Literature seniors are not required to complete the general summer reading assignment given to all other seniors. AP English Literature seniors will read three required novels and complete the AP English Literature assignments posted on the SBA summer reading website.

Summer Reading Assignment, Part I and Part II

The summer reading assignment consists of two parts. The first part will mostly be completed while you are reading the novel. The second part will mostly be completed after you finish reading the novel. Both parts should be finished by Friday, August 9, and Part I will be turned in on Friday, August 9. You must have a typed, hard copy of Part I to turn in on Friday, August 9.

Part I

At least one full paragraph is required for each answer. These answers must be typed and printed before the start of class on Friday, August 9. You will not be allowed to email your five answers to your teacher or print them from the library during class time. Remember to be mindful of writing standards, such as using complete sentences and adhering to correct grammar usage.

Also, this is the first writing assignment you will put on, the anti-plagiarism website. You will sign up for in class with the assistance of your English teacher and will upload your answers to these five questions to the website. This also means you need to have a digital copy of your answers saved.

Answers should reflect a response to a variety of sections of the novel. Here are the five questions:

1.If you could change one action by one character in the novel, what character and action would you choose? Why? How would the change alter the novel as a whole?

2.What part of the novel did you have the strongest reaction to while reading? This response could be sadness, anger, excitement or another emotion. Why did you react strongly to that particular part of the novel?

3.While reading the novel, what did you predict incorrectly? What did you correctly predict? For instance, what part of the novel was not surprising and what part of the novel surprised you the most?

4.What will you always remember about this particular novel? This can be something that happened in the plot, a particular character or even a memorable visual. Why was it memorable to you?

5.What option did you choose for your summer reading project? Briefly describe your project and why you chose that option.  

Part II  (Some options are for Freshmen Only)

Choose one of the nine project assignments from the following list. You will present your project to your English class in a 3-5 minute presentation starting on the first full day of class. Be prepared to answer questions regarding the novel and your project during your presentation, also. You must adhere to the 3-5 minute time limit. You will be asked to stop presenting once the time limit has expired. 

1. Storyboard 

Create a visual outline, a storyboard, of the major plot points and events in the novel. You will use images, at least six quotes, and other aspects of the major elements of the novel for your storyboard. Your storyboard must have at least twelve panels. You will present your storyboard to the class and be able to fully explain your storyboard. Be ready to answer questions not only about your choices for the storyboard, but also about the novel in general.  Remember to think about how to make your storyboard stand out. Write at least one typed page (using MLA format) justifying the events, quotes, and images included in your storyboard while also explaining their significance. The typed page must be printed and ready to turn in on Friday, August 9. Remember if you choose a visual project, your project should look visually appealing and show a great amount of effort. And remember that a storyboard is different from a timeline.

2. Comic Strip 

Create a comic strip from a specific character’s point of view, using specific plot elements and quotes from the novel. The comic strip should have at least six quotes from the novel and should have at least twelve panels. Use speech bubbles as well as captions for your comic strip. The text of the comic strip is important. Write at least one typed page (using MLA format) explaining the significance of your comic strip, why you chose to highlight a particular section of the novel in your comic strip, and the significance of your comic strip in relation to the novel as a whole. Also, be able to discuss your page explanation in your presentation without simply reading it to the class. The typed page must be printed and ready to turn in on Friday, August 9. Be ready to answer questions about the novel and your comic strip. Remember if you choose a visual project, your project should look visually appealing and show a great amount of effort.

3. Timeline (Option for FRESHMEN Only)

Create a timeline with images, specifically focused on significant plot points, why they are significant, how they are connected, how they show cause and effect for events in the novel, and how they show character development. Your timeline should contain details and at least six quotes and twelve significant plot points from the novel. You will present your timeline to the class. Write one typed page (minimum one page, MLA format) explaining your timeline, justifying the images and quotes chosen, and discussing the significance of your choices for the timeline, including the connections and the cause and effect elements on your timeline. Be specific. The typed page must be printed and ready to turn in on Friday, August 9. Be ready to answer questions about what you highlighted in your timeline and about the novel. Remember if you choose a visual project, your project should look visually appealing and show a great amount of effort. And remember that a timeline is different from a storyboard.

4. Book Cover (Option for FRESHMENOnly)

Design a front cover and back cover for the novel. Include images, significant quotes (at least four quotes), plot elements, and character information while highlighting specific themes and conflicts in the novel. Write at least one paragraph about the novel on the back cover. Look at actual book covers to help you with how to organize your project. Do not use clip art or Google images. You will present your book covers by explaining how they reflect the theme, conflict, messages, and characters in the novel. Also, you will type at least a one-page analysis (using MLA format) explaining your cover and each element you chose (images, colors, font, etc.) and why. The typed page must be printed and ready to turn in on Friday, August 9. Be prepared to answer questions about your book covers and the novel. Remember if you choose a visual project, your project should look visually appealing and show a great amount of effort.

5. Travel Brochure

Create a travel brochure, including a front and a back, using images of places within the book. Use tone, mood, setting, and significance of setting in your brochure. Think about all of the different aspects of setting in the novel. For instance, is the setting in a specific city, state, country, or time period? Is the setting mostly indoor, outdoor, urban or rural? Present your brochure to the class and be ready to answer questions regarding your brochure and how it represents the novel. Include at least six quotes from the novel and at least twelve images in your brochure. Also, be ready to answer general questions about the novel. Write at least one typed page (using MLA format) explaining your choices for your travel brochure and their significances. The typed page must be printed and ready to turn in on Friday, August 9. Remember if you choose a visual project, your project should look visually appealing and show a great amount of effort.

6. History Lesson 

Using the novel and historical research, create a presentation explaining an important issue from the time period of the novel. Explain how the time period is significant in relation to the novel (very important element). Your presentation should include images to enhance the presentation. Be sure to connect the history to specifics in the novel, and be prepared to answer questions about the novel and your research. Remember to print your slides to turn in on the due date, also. Remember if you choose a visual project, your project should look visually appealing and show a great amount of effort. Your history lesson should be thorough and filled with details. Since you will be using outside sources, provide a list of your sources on your final slide.

7. Correspondence

Taking on the persona of one or more characters in the novel, write at least ten postcards (two-sided, including appropriate and fitting image/s and text) that the character/s could possibly write during the course of the novel in response to events in the plot. Postcards can be written between characters or from one character to the other or from one character to an unknown recipient, or any combination of these. Use specifics from the novel to legitimize your postcards, thinking about how the characters would write and what they would say and how they would say it in their own correspondence. Include at least five quotes from the novel in your postcards. Be prepared to answer questions about your project and the novel. Remember if you choose a visual project, your project should look visually appealing and show a great amount of effort.

8. Newspaper or Newscast

Create the front page of a newspaper using the novel as inspiration. You will need to provide pictures, appropriate headlines and write news articles (could have character interviews) to capture the tone and happenings of the novel. Or, you may write a fake newscast regarding the novel in the same way, using the tone and significant moments in the novel. This may either be read live in class or recorded and shown to the class as a video newscast. Be prepared to answer questions on the parts of the novel you chose to highlight as newsworthy and other questions regarding the novel. Incorporate at least six quotes from the novel into your project. Remember if you choose a visual project, your project should look visually appealing and show a great amount of effort.

9. Playlist

Create a playlist to correspond with the novel. Choose songs that represent two of the main characters, two major moments in the novel, and the overall tone of the novel. Therefore, the playlist should include five clips from five different songs. Additionally, you should choose one quote from the novel per song to reinforce the importance and correlation between the song and the novel. Presentations must be organized by using a slide show, PowerPoint presentation, iMovie, or a similar format, and specific sections of the songs will be played during your presentation. You will play short clips from the school-appropriate songs and fully explain how they represent the characters, moments, and tone through the lyrics and the music. Explanations for song choices will be typed and turned in, so you will have at least one typed paragraph explanation per song, totally at least five paragraphs. The typed paragraphs must be printed and ready to turn in on Friday, August 9. Remember your presentation should be 3-5 minutes total. You need to have your presentation and songs ready, you will not be allowed to find songs as you go, or go over the time limit. Be prepared to answer additional questions about your project and the novel in general. 

Printable Reading Project

AP English Language and Composition
Summer Reading Assignment

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, William Zinsser (30thanniversary edition, blue border, gold writing)

For all 25 chapters, write (or type) one paragraph per chapter noting important elements from each chapter (be specific). Label all paragraphs and put them in sequential order (1-25). Each paragraph for each chapter will count the same amount, totaling 100 points (4 points per paragraph) for the assignment. On Writing Wellis an exceptional book about writing, and since this class focuses on composition, it is crucial you understand the elements of good writing.

Part I              Principles
Chapter 1: The Transaction
Chapter 2: Simplicity
Chapter 3: Clutter
Chapter 4: Style
Chapter 5: The Audience
Chapter 6: Words
Chapter 7: Usage

Part II            Methods
Chapter 8: Unity
Chapter 9: The Lead and the Ending
Chapter 10: Bits & Pieces

Part III                       Forms
Chapter 11: Nonfiction as Literature
Chapter 12: Writing About People: The Interview
Chapter 13: Writing About Places: The Travel Article
Chapter 14: Writing About Yourself: The Memoir
Chapter 15: Science and Technology
Chapter 16: Business Writing: Writing in Your Job
Chapter 17: Sports
Chapter 18: Writing About the Arts: Critics and Columnists
Chapter 19: Humor

Part IV                       Attitudes
Chapter 20: The Sound of Your Voice
Chapter 21: Enjoyment, Fear and Confidence
Chapter 22: The Tyranny of the Final Product
Chapter 23: A Writer’s Decisions
Chapter 24: Writing Family History and Memoir
Chapter 25: Write as Well as You Can

Printable Requirements for AP English Lang & Composition 

Summer Reading Requirements for APLIT

  1. Read All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.  Then, write a formal essay in response to the AP Lit open-ended prompt below:

One of the strongest human drives is the desire for power. Write an essay in which you discuss how a character in All the King’s Menstruggles to free himself or herself from the power of others or seeks to gain power over others (100 points).

  1. ReadWe Were the Mulvaneysby Joyce Carol Oates and annotate the novel while reading. This means you should note observations, questions, predictions, and responses to plot, character, etc.  If you would like a detailed visual about annotating novels, see the following website: Be sure to have the actual book with annotations in hand the first full day of class (50 points). 
  2. Read A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and complete one of the projects below.  You may choose an individual or a group project.  We will begin the presentations on the first full day of school (100 points). Also, be prepared for a test over this reading at some point during the first two weeks of school (50 points).  

Individual Projects
Select one of the following: 

1.Pretend that you are a member of the Younger family other than Walter (Ruth, Travis, Beneatha, Mama). Tell the story of the play from your character’s point of view. Pay attention to your character’s voice and the relationships he/she has with other characters. 

2.As either Mr. Lindner or one of the Youngers, write a letter to an advice column explaining your concern about what may happen in Clybourne Park following the Younger’s move there. You must also write the advice columnist’s response to your character’s letter. Don’t forget to take into account the racial climate of the United States at the time these letters would be written. 

3.Rewrite the ending of the play starting at the moment when Mr. Lindner arrives at the apartment. The only plot requirement is that Walter cannot give Mr. Lindner the same response. You may write this as a play with dialogue and stage directions or as a narrative account of the play’s ending. 

Group Projects
Select one of the following: 

1.Stage a trial between the residents of Clybourne Park and the Youngers. For the purposes of this case, the plaintiff (accuser) will be Mr. Lindner and the defendant will be one of the Youngers; each of who will testify. You will also need two lawyers, whose role will be to question Mr. Lindner and the Younger, and a judge, who will help with the research and facilitate the trial. The class will serve as the jury.  [5 students] 

2.Create a children’s book version of this story. What are the most important events of the story? What can be eliminated? You must illustrate your story. [3-5 students] 

3.Reread the Langston Hughes poem that inspired the title of Hansberry’s play. As a group, write a collection of poems that relate to the action, setting, or characters in the play. [3-5 students] 

Printable Requirements for APLIT

Summer Math Packet

Summer Math

  •   Required of all students taking Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II 


  • They are for honors, traditional and PLUS.


Click here for Algebra I
Click here for Geometry
Click here for Algebra II


SBA will offer Summer Prep Boot Camp for incoming freshman to strengthen their skills in English and math. These prep classes assist students in building a stronger foundation in these two academic areas.  Faculty members will work intently on assisting students in areas that challenge them.  English will cover basic skills in grammar, composition and literary techniques in preparation for freshman English class.  Math will cover remedial fractions, decimals, integers, and equations in preparation for Algebra 1.

 Camp dates: July 8-11

 Cost:   $100 for one academic area (English OR math)
             $175 for both academic areas (English AND math)

Time: English 8:30am - 10:15am
          Math 10:30am - 12:15pm

Click here to register

Minimum enrollment required for class to begin.  Money will be refunded in the event we do not have minimum enrollment.

For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Fischer

Textbook Information

St. Benedict utilizes MBS Direct as our official textbook partner.  The online Bookstore (MBS Direct) will open in July.  All registered students will receive a schedule with course listing via email the same day.  Official schedules will be sent the first week in August. 

Freshmen and Transfer students should not download digital books until you have your MacBook. Your instructors will help you download your books the first week of school. 

Click here for more information about purchasing textbooks.