• Ravenclaw Newsletter January 2021
  • Hello Roost!

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great term so far. As many of you already know, the term is coming to an end on January 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm HOL time. Make sure to get all the work/assignments in by then.

    HOUSE POINTS

    Slytherin- 23,490
    Hufflepuff- 20,436
    Ravenclaw- 18,598
    Gryffindor- 18,135

    HOL NEWS

    Class applications
    Have you wanted to teach a class at HOL? Lucky for you, class applications for the spring term are open and will remain open until January 20. Click here to view the guidelines and here to submit an application.

    The Art Department currently does not have any new projects but there are two projects you can vote on. Click here to visit the Art Department and vote for the projects Frigid Fun and Holiday House Decorations. Voting ends on January 14.

    The Library Department currently has two projects, Frozen Moment and Explore the Lake.

    Frozen Moment
    Everyone has these moments where you wish you could freeze time. Either to give you more time to think before you act, or to prevent what happens next from happening at all, or because the moment is so perfect you wish to freeze it and preserve it forever. Whatever yours is, we want to hear about the moment you want to freeze. This project is worth up to 10 points and is due on January 31.

    Explore the Lake
    We all know that the Lake holds different creatures (a giant squid not least among them). Though we also have to admit that the lake remains largely unexplored. It's time to change all that now! You have been chosen to take part in an expedition to explore what's in the lake and as you emerge people are eagerly awaiting your report; What have you found down there?! For this challenge we would like you to write about exactly that. Did you find an unexpected creature, did you visit with merpeople, did you find a sunken ship or perhaps the way to Durmstrang. There are so many possibilities and we are eager to hear about them. This project is worth up to 20 points and is due on January 31.

    You can also vote for the projects Red Letter Days and From Bad to Worse. Voting ends on January 14. Click here to visit the Library Department.

    There is currently one activity taking place in the HOL Forum called Land of the Sweets. You can join in anytime until January 17. Click here to view more information.

    Click here to participate in the book club and here to visit HOLLERS. There are lots of fun activities to do.

    RAVENCLAW NEWS

    This month, there is supposed to be a big blizzard coming. Can you survive this icy January? Come play to collect some HAP/Beans here.

    View the latest issue of the Alte here.

    GRYFFINDOR, SLYTHERIN, HUFFLEPUFF NEWS

    Professor Dumbledore has challenged the Hogwarts teachers to swap subjects. Brilliant idea or a recipe for chaos? Go find out in the Gryffindor Common Room. All of HOL is invited to help the professors settle into their new roles.

    Go discover the wonders of the world in the Hufflepuff Common Room. This month’s wonder is Water!

    Visit the Slytherin Common Room to participate in their many different clubs!
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter December 2020
  • Hello, fellow Ravenclaws!

    We have just finished up BBO, I hope everyone has has fun participating. The Bronze nest has won! Congratulations to both nests, and all of the participants! Thank you to all of the organizers of BBO! This month there is an event called Winter in the Sand. Where you will have the opportunity to complete tasks to earn Ravenclaw Activity Points and Beans.

    We are currently in 3rd place in the House Point standings with 12,739 points, let's keep earning more points to try to strengthen our position.

    The Alte Sententiam has just finished accepting submissions for the December edition on November 30th.

    HOL News

    The Secret Elf Present Exchange will be held in December, as well as the Land of the Sweets. The Secret Elf Present Exchange is a yearly event where people send anonymous gifts such as beans, puzzles, art, etc. By participating fully, you can earn House Points! Land of the Sweets is a Nutcracker themed event with a variety of tasks to complete to earn House Points!

    The Library and Art Departments don't currently any projects you can participate in, however voting is open until December 14 for Left Behind, Magnificent Menus, Fall Decor, and Fandom Socks.

    Gathering and Games is running on Sunday December 13th, 6 PM until 8 PM HOL-time, at #gamesroom. Everyone is welcome and it is a great way to meet people and have fun!

    Don't forget to check out the Challenges and the Creative Outlet boards at HOLLERS!

    The book club is running the Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021, they will also have some new prompts in Quill and Ink and Ink Splatters for December, for those who enjoy reading and writing!

    Gryffindor, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff News

    For more point earning opportunities check out The Wizarding Times, (the theme is Grimmauld Place - Solitude, Reflection, submissions are due December 31, 2020) and The SerpenTimes (the theme is Secrets, submissions are due January 15, 2021)

    Help sort out the mail, Owl Winter Long with the Gryffindors at the Hogsmeade Post Office.

    Tis' the Season is set to begin on December 6 in the Dungeons, and the Silver Snake gift exchange has begun! The Silver Snake gift exchange is open to everyone, and gifts are due by December 24.

    Check out the Arcade in the Dungeons to see if you can get a high score in the monthly challenge!

    Hop on the Sleigh ride to celebrate the HOLidays with Wilbur, at the Sett,

    Hufflepuff will be posting more challenges in DoHGaS (the games tent).

    If you are looking to take a break from the festivities and you enjoy rolepaying check out The Great Roleplaying Blackout of 2020, Roleplaying at the Lions Den, and Slytherin Tales
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter November 2020
  • RAVENCLAW NEWS

    Hello everyone, I hope all of you are doing well.

    First off I would like to thank Prof. Rorey Padfoot for the amazing Hocus Pocus Activity and I am sure that everyone had a lot of fun, I for once did have a lot of fun.

    At the moment we are in fourth place in the house standings and I know that none of you want to give away the house cup this year and I know that Prof. Kyrie has no desire in giving the cup this year too. We have a lot of opportunities to earn points, so don’t lose hope yet. Also we still have a lot of time. So Go Eagles!

    Speaking of house points, our fabulous house newspaper, the Alte Sententiam, is accepting submissions for the December issue. The deadline for submissions is November 30th, so have fun creating!

    This month we have the BBO ( Blue Bronze Olympics), now this Olympics will take place between the two nests that are the Blue and Bronze nests. You can find the activity here

    HOL NEWS

    HOLLERs have the monthly challenges which you can do and earn some hoots.

    The HOLLERs are also hosting an activity called as the Creature Card Coral which will start from the 1st of November till the 12th of December. You can also earn house points by solving everything in this activity. You can find the activity here

    Hufflepuff has the monthly activity called as the Wonders of the World and the theme for November is Volcanos. There is also another activity in the Sett called Together in Thankfulness and it starts on the 8th of November. You can find the activities here and here

    The Gryffindors have a new roleplay for November and the Slytherin have the monthly activities in the read-along, arcade club as well as the puzzle exchange.

    There are also two new projects in the Library Department as well as the Art Department, which you can earn house point by completing.
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter October 2020
  • Ravenclaw News:

    Thanks go out to all the PiTs (Prefects in Training) Amy Smith, Charlie Spencer, and Sparky McPup for their super fun Solve September activity this past month!!

    Coming up in October, the Just a little Hocus Pocus hosted by me, Prof. Rorey Padfoot. You can find it here!

    *whispers* In the current point standings Ravenclaw is fourth place, but do not tell Prof. Kyrie, because I have no desire to see her wrath, so let’s all just do our part and earn all the points, because she is NOT giving back the house cup!

    Keep an eye out for the first Alte issue of the year and start thinking about what you want to contribute for the next issue; it’s a huge point opportunity! Look here for all what we accept.

    HOL News:

    Speaking of newspaper points *hint hint* both the SerpeTimes and the Wizarding Times are accepting submissions until October 15th. The Gryffindor Pawprint is accepting submissions until October 23rd, so if you want be a big point earner this is the way to do it!

    The Library and Art Departments both have two new projects you can work on as well. If you ever need to see what point opportunities are available you can check out Prof. Ryan’s post here.

    HOLLERS has new challenges out this month if you want to try your luck with puzzles and earn some Hoots!

    If you love reading or books in general check out the Book Club on the HOL Forum.
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter - September 2020
  • Hello everyone. I hope everyone had a great summer.

    Ravenclaw News
    It’s early in the House Cup Race, but so far we are in first place with 892 points. Keep it up!!!

    The Roost has a new activity, go and find your missing school supplies by completing fun tasks and earn beans along the way.

    Have you ever wanted to submit to the Alte? The Alte deadline for the October issue is September 30. So get those submissions in!

    If you have a topic of interest that you want to create a debate about, go over to the Debate Club.

    HOL News
    It’s a new school year at HOL and I hope everyone is signing up for the classes they want. There are plenty to choose from this term!

    There is a Read-Along in the dungeons. Go join the Slytherins for a month of tasks and trivia to do with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Show your knowledge.

    Have you ever wanted to perform on stage? Head over to the Gryffindor Common Room to meet a graduate of Hogwarts who is back for a visit and wants to put on a show.

    Hufflepuff is having new monthly activities. Each month has to do with a wonder of the world. There will be weekly activities, head over to the Hufflepuff Common Room and see what this month is about.

    The Art Department has two new projects to start off the school year. You can decorate Platform 9 ¾ or create your impression of your favorite chapter from any of the Harry Potter books.

    The Library Department also has two new projects: The Grass is Greener and The Best Person for the Job.

    Go over to Hollers to see what new and interesting challenges they have for you to complete this month.

    If you would like to submit to other Newspapers other than Ravenclaws, Serpentimes is accepting submissions until October 15th and the Paw Print is accepting submissions until October 23rd. There is plenty of time to get those submissions in, but don't wait until the last minute.
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  • Ravenclaw New Eaglet Newsletter - August 2020
  • Welcome to Ravenclaw!

    Welcome back home, eagles! Special welcome to the eaglets who will be joining us for the first time this school year. This newsletter is admittedly lengthy, but has a lot of information about all things HOL for you. In my 4 years here, I’ve learned so many new things and I’ve met people from around the world who I can now call friends for life. I hope that the same can happen for all of you!

    There is a LOT on both HOL and within Ravenclaw to get involved in. It can seem overwhelming at first, so we’re dedicating this newsletter to help our new members (and veterans, too, for that matter) get a grasp on how to access things on the site. You will also learn a lot of this information through your HOL 101 class.

    If you have questions about anything at any time, feel free to ask any of the Ravenclaw Prefects and they'll be happy to answer or point you in the right direction. Remember, we're here to help!

    HOL Fundamentals

    HOL Handbook: In order to keep the site safe and running smoothly for everyone, there are a few simple rules that we ask all of our members to follow - you'll find these in the HOL Handbook and the HOL Code of Conduct. If you haven’t read these documents yet, I highly recommend that you do! You can find them all the way at the bottom of the main HOL page or click on the links below:
    HOL Handbook
    HOL Code of Conduct


    Chatrooms/IRC: The HOL chat rooms are a great place to get to know your fellow students! There are almost always a few students hanging out in the chat rooms, especially during the weekends. A list of official channels can be found in the HOL Handbook. Of particular interest, the main HOL channel is #hol and the Ravenclaw house channel is #ravenclaw. You can access the Chatrooms from the bottom of the main HOL page or at the link below.
    Chatrooms

    HOL Forum: If you have not already done so, you should definitely sign up for the HOL Forum using your complete HOL name as your username. The HOL forum is where most of the action happens here, including major site announcements, HOL-wide activities, clubs, classrooms, etc. Be sure to check there regularly for new activities and announcements.
    o Current Activities: This is where you can find any HOL-wide activities that are being run. Right now, Diagon Dealings is in progress until August 17th, and you can still sign up!
    o Art Department: Located on the main HOL page, the Art Department offers monthly art projects that you can submit for house points. Other members will vote on the quality of your work, and you can vote on others’ submissions as well. Go check out the current projects now - due August 31st!
    o Library Department: Also accessible on the main HOL page, the Library Department will offer monthly writing prompts for you to participate in and vote on. New prompts were just posted - due August 31st!
    o HOLLERs: HOLLERs is a fun place for all kinds of activities. There you will find monthly puzzle challenges and artistic tasks.
    o Book Club: The Book Club offers a space to discuss books, authors, themes, and other things. You can also practice your writing skills there! They also run some big activities - right now, the Book Bout reading challenge is happening until August 23rd. Go get involved!

    House Forums: Even though you are a member of Ravenclaw, you are more than welcome (encouraged, even!) to make an account on the other houses' forum pages. Each house offers activities that all HOL members can participate in.

    Ravenclaw Basics

    The Roost: The Ravenclaw Common Room is affectionately known as The Roost! In addition to the monthly activities we have running, there are several forums where you can interact with your fellow Ravenclaws. There are also informational forums where you can learn about how to earn house points and how to get the most of your HOL experience in general! We encourage you to click around and check out all the information and opportunities available to you!

    Nests: As a member of Ravenclaw, you've also been sorted into a house nest (Blue or Bronze) according to the first letter of your HOL first name. Nests are split alphabetically A-J (Blue) and K-Z (Bronze). Each nest can play host to its own discussions, debates, games, etc. but by no means are you restricted to posting within your own nest - feel free to visit your neighboring nest to see what they have going on!

    Each nest is overseen by a team of prefects, who will serve as the main points of contact for all of the students in their nest. The nests are divided as such:
    Blue (A-J) – Alexander Brighton, Gail Allen, Mia Fountain
    Bronze (K-Z) – Kendra Givens, Polaris Black, Torii Taylor

    Each year, there is a competition between Blue and Bronze which involves four categories: House Points, Activity Points, Blue/Bronze Olympics in November, Ravenclaw Pride Month in March. You can help out your nest to earn points by completing your homework, participating in activities both here and on HOL and just being an active HOL member in general. You can find more details at your nests by clicking here for Blue or Bronze.

    Orientation: If you’re ever lost and need direction, the Orientation section is a good place to start! There you’ll find information on navigating the main site, classes, clubs and activities, and sections of the Roost, as well as a tutorial for connecting to the HOL chatrooms via IRC. There’s also an activity involved with beans to be earned! Information there will be reviewed and updated regularly to make sure it’s as accurate and easy to follow as possible.

    Adopt-an-Eaglet: Ravenclaw offers first years the opportunity to partner with a veteran housemate through the Adopt-an-Eaglet program, located within Ravenclaw Orientation. This mentor can answer questions, give advice, keep in contact, and generally help our newest members learn the ropes. Coincidentally, it's also a good way to make a new/first friend on the site! If you’d like to have a mentor, please post your name there and we’ll get you matched with someone ASAP. Feel free to reach out directly to any of the mentors listed on the Adopter List.


    All Around Ravenclaw

    Alte Sententiam: The Alte is Ravenclaw's bi-monthly house newspaper. Articles commonly include reviews, scientifics, puzzles, graphics, and articles about any number of topics. Alte is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. Anyone is welcome to submit your own articles, stories, or graphics to be published. The Alte is consistently a good read, so I'd encourage you to check it out whenever a new issue is released. You can contact editor-in-chief Gail Allen or editors Prof. Ryan Granger and Polaris Black with any questions.

    o The War Room: Want to learn about all the ways you can earn house points and help Ravenclaw in its quest for the house cup? (Which, by the way, is currently sitting in Prof. Kyrie’s office and she doesn’t want it removed…) Check out the War Room so that you can stay in tune with what’s keeping Ravenclaw the best house in HOL.

    o Debate Club: Being the thinkers that we are, Ravenclaws are prone to having strong opinions about just about anything. If that sounds like you, then the Debate Club might just become your favorite part of the Roost! Recent debates are over the best summer vacation and activity.

    o E=MC Hammer: This is where we talk about music! The lovely Gail Allen always poses a monthly topic relating to a particular theme and then you’re welcome to share a song that comes to mind based on that theme. I’ve discovered a lot of new music this way!

    Ravenclaw Staff

    Remember, prefects (especially your nest prefects) and reserves should be your first point of contact with any concerns!

    Prefects
    Kendra Givens (Head Prefect)
    Alexander Brighton
    Gail Allen
    Polaris Black
    Mia Fountain
    Torii Taylor

    Professors
    Prof. Kyrie Adderholt (Head of House)
    Prof. Arielle Lemoyne (Deputy Head of House)
    Prof. Ryan Granger (Deputy Head of House)
    Prof. Gustavo Flores
    Prof. Limine Snidget
    Prof. Neville Prongs
    Prof. Rorey Padfoot
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  • 2019-2020 Ravenclaw Newsletters
  • Welcome Back, Eagles!

    I just want to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning Eagles – it’s a great time to be a Ravenclaw attending HOL. The House Cup is secure in Kyrie’s office, won with 49,367 House Points! And congratulations to our own Maxim Trevelyan for being the top points earner last year, managing to accumulate an awesome 5,631 House Points!


    Ravenclaw News

    Many thanks to Gail Allen and Kendra Givens for running a friendly tournament of the popular board game Guess Who? over the summer. The top three winners were Astor Arensin, Iverian Gnash, and Alexander Brighton. This activity was open to all houses and was well received by all!

    Please join Rave’s exclusive activity for September, Rowena’s Feud. Every day I will post a fill-in-the-blank question with the first letter of the top seven answers. Your job is to guess how the 100 Americans surveyed filled in the blanks. You will earn one activity point for each day you attempt to answer the question and beans for each correct answer. There is no sign-up and no penalty for an incorrect answer. The winning nest earns bragging rights and gets to keep Rowena’s Diadem on a shelf in their nest. So what are you waiting for?

    It should come as no surprise that two of our most awesome and hardworking Eagles have just been promoted. Known to most as the inseparable “twinsies”, they are now going their separate ways; Kendra Givens is Ravenclaw’s new Head Prefect and Gail Allen is HOL’s new Head Student!!! CONGRATULATIONS and our very best wishes to you both!

    And CONGRATS to our two newest reserve prefects: Astor Arensin and Odessa Love! We’re all looking forward to working with you!

    Attention Eaglets and Eagles! Do you know your way around the Roost and HOL in general? If you’re interested in participating in the Adopt-An-Eaglet program, read all about it by clicking here..

    Our unique newspaper, the Alte Sententiam, is always looking for talented writers, artists, and puzzle-makers. If you’re thinking you might want to contribute, check out FAQ by clicking here.. Our first issue should be published some time in October and the issue theme is Spooky.

    And don't forget to check out E=MC Hammer and the Debate Club - there's always something interesting going on!

    GO RQT!!! The HOL Quidditch season doesn’t start until November but current co-captains Maxim Trevelyan, Prof. Limine Snidget and Arielle Lemoyne are always scouting for new talent so don’t be afraid to contact them if you are interested in joining our Quidditch Team.


    HOL News

    The Castle Renovation (HOL 5.0) has been proceeding quickly and one new feature they have been working on is Pets. The team is interested in knowing which pets you'd like to see included as well as how you'd like to be able to interact with them. Please help by answering a survey which can be accessed here.

    To check out the Art Department click here and to check out the Library Department click here. There’s always a project to create, or projects to be reviewed, and of course, points to be earned!

    As always, points opportunities will be posted in the Rave War Room so check back often. The current HOL-wide activity is Welcome Month, which officially began on Monday 2 September and will end Monday 30 September. A total of 60 points can be earned! To learn more, click here.

    You have until Tuesday 15th October to submit to SerpenTimes and there are lots of points to be won! To learn how, click here.

    Don't forget to check out HOLLERS here. There are always puzzle Challenges, Creative Outlet projects, and Writing Under Constraint challenges just waiting for you to complete! There’s no sign-up required and you can work at your own pace.

    The class list has been posted here and there are some old favorites in addition to some exciting new subjects. Make sure you read the course outline before you sign up for the class. Don’t forget, you can sign up for a maximum of five classes.

    Most important, enjoy yourselves and have a great year! :D
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  • Ravenclaw New Eaglet Newsletter - August 2019
  • Welcome to Ravenclaw!

    Welcome back for another amazing year, eagles! Special welcome to the eaglets who will be joining us for the first time this school year. This newsletter is admittedly lengthy, but has a lot of information about all things HOL for you. For those who don’t know, this version of our community (HOL 5) is pretty new and still constantly developing, so there’s plenty to look forward to!

    There is a LOT on both HOL and within Ravenclaw to get involved in. It can seem a little overwhelming at first, so we’re dedicating this newsletter to help our newbies (and oldbies, for that matter) get a grasp on how to access things on the site.

    If you have questions about anything at any time, feel free to ask any of the Ravenclaw prefects or reserve prefects (listed at the bottom of this post) and they'll be happy to answer or point you in the right direction. Remember, we're here to help!

    HOL Fundamentals

    HOL Handbook: In order to keep the site safe and running smoothly for everyone, there are a few simple rules that we ask all of our members to follow - you'll find these in the HOL Handbook and the HOL Code of Conduct The handbook covers all of the HOL basics, including profiles, points, chain of command, classes, chat, etc. Both of these documents are new and up to date, so please be mindful of them!

    HOL Forum: If you have not already done so, you should definitely sign up for the HOL Forum using your complete HOL name as your username. The HOL forum is where most of the action happens here, including major site announcements, HOL-wide activities, clubs, classrooms, etc. Be sure to check there regularly for new activities and announcements.

    Ravenclaw Basics

    The Roost: You will find that the Ravenclaw common room is affectionately known as the Roost! In addition to the monthly activities we have running, there are several forums where you can post and interact with your fellow Ravenclaws. There are also informational forums where you can learn about how to earn house points, how to get involved in Quidditch, and how to get the most of your HOL experience in general! We encourage you to click around and check out all the information and opportunities available to you! Please know that are also welcome and encouraged to sign up for an account with the other common rooms and participate in activities that they have available to non-house members also. Links to other houses can be found here.

    Nests: As a member of Ravenclaw, you've also been sorted into a house nest (Blue or Bronze) according to the first letter of your HOL first name. Nests are split by first names A-J (Blue) and K-Z (Bronze). You can find the nests about halfway down the main forum page. Each nest can play host to its own discussions, debates, games, etc. but by no means are you restricted to posting within your own nest - feel free to visit your neighboring nest to see what they have going on!

    Each nest is overseen by a team of prefects, who will serve as the main points of contact for all of the students in their nest. The nests are divided as such:
    Blue (A-J) –, Hannah R Thomas, Alexander Brighton, Gail Allen.
    Bronze (K-Z) – Kendra Givens, Vanessa Tilley, Polaris Black.

    Each year, there is a competition between Blue and Bronze which involves five categories: House Points, Activity Points, Blue/Bronze Olympics in November, Ravenclaw Pride Month in March, and Quidditch. You can help out your nest to earn points by completing your homework, participating in activities both here and on HOL, playing or practicing Quidditch - and just being an active HOL member in general. You can find more details at your nests by clicking here for Blue or Bronze.

    Orientation: If you’re ever lost and need direction, the Orientation section of the Roost is a good place to start! There you’ll find information on navigating the main site, classes, clubs and activities, and sections of the Roost, as well as a tutorial for connecting to the HOL chatrooms via IRC. There’s also an activity involved with beans to be earned! Information there will be reviewed and updated soon to make sure it’s as accurate and easy to follow as possible.

    Adopt-an-Eaglet: Ravenclaw offers first years the opportunity to partner with an ‘older’ housemate through the Adopt-an-Eaglet program, located within Ravenclaw Orientation. This person can answer questions, give advice, keep in contact, and generally help our newest members learn the ropes. Coincidentally, it's also a good way to make a new/first friend on the site! If you’d like to have a mentor, please post your name there and we’ll get you matched with someone ASAP or you can feel free to reach out to any of the mentors listed on the Adopter List.

    RQT: Do you love Harry Potter trivia? You should get involved in HOL Quidditch! The fabulous Ravenclaw Quidditch Team (RQT) has won the Inter-house Quidditch Cup 9 times - the best record of all the HOL houses! The team is always ready eager to welcome all eagles interested in participating! If you're interested in joining the team, you can contact Prof. Arielle Lemoyne, Prof. Limine Snidget, or Maxim Trevelyan with any questions. Feel free to join the team IRC channel, #ravenclawquidditch, and give some trivia a shot! In case the mention of Quidditch caught your attention, you can read more about it in the Quidditch Handbook, which is located directly under the HOL handbook here.

    Activities around HOL and Ravenclaw

    Chat rooms/IRC: The HOL chat rooms are a great place to get to know your fellow students! There are almost always a few students hanging out in the chat rooms, especially during the weekends. A list of official channels can be found in the HOL Handbook. Of particular interest, the main HOL channel is #hol and the Ravenclaw house channel is #ravenclaw. If you're unsure of how to reach the chat rooms, a handy guide can be found in the Roost's Orientation forum. The chatrooms are also where Quidditch matches and practices are held.

    Alte Sententiam: The Alte is Ravenclaw's bi-monthly house newspaper. Articles commonly include reviews, scientifics, puzzles, graphics, and articles about any number of topics. Alte is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. Anyone is welcome to submit your own articles, stories, or graphics to be published. The Alte is consistently a good read, so I'd encourage you to check it out whenever a new issue is released. You can contact editor-in-chief Gail Allen or editors Prof. Ryan Granger and Polaris Black with any questions. The other houses also have newspapers with varying degrees of activity. You can check the Great Hall in the HOL forum for updates on when the other houses are accepting submissions.

    Clubs and other Fun Stuff

    On the Roost: The common room forum is host to a few sections that relate to our house's particular character and interests.
    o The War Room: Want to learn about all the ways you can earn house points and help Ravenclaw in its quest for the house cup? (Which, by the way, is currently sitting in Prof. Kyrie’s office and she doesn’t want it removed…) Check out the War Room so that you can stay in tune with what’s keeping Ravenclaw the best house in HOL.
    o Debate Club: Being the thinkers that we are, Ravenclaws are prone to having strong opinions about just about anything. If that sounds like you, then the Debate Club might just become your favorite part of the Roost! Recent debates are over the best summer vacation and activity.
    o E=MC Hammer: This is where we talk about music! The lovely Gail Allen always poses a monthly topic relating to a particular theme and then you’re welcome to share a song that comes to mind based on that theme. I’ve discovered a lot of new music this way!

    HOL Clubs: HOL itself also has a few other clubs, catering to a few other interests.
    o Book Club: The Book Club provides a place to discuss your favorite books or authors, as well as participate in different activities relating to literature, creative writing, etc. The club hosts a monthly book discussion, so stayed tuned to announcements for the next month’s book selection!
    o HOLLERS: This section aims to create an environment where members from all houses can get together easily and make new friends. This club hosts monthly activities full of puzzles and adventure. Currently, they’re working on solving the disappearance of the Hogwarts castle! We encourage you to take a look!

    Art Department: Found on the main HOL page, the Art Department is a great place to create visual art based on a monthly prompt. You can anonymously submit your own original piece within the month, and then others can rate your work and provide you with compliments and constructive feedback on it. You can also participate in rating others’ work and providing them with feedback as well. Perfect for those who love visual and graphic arts! August’s project is called ‘Blockbuster Summer’.

    Library Department: Similarly to the Art Department, our Library Department Heads provide you with monthly prompts for creative writing. Once you submit your story, others can read it and provide you with compliments and constructive feedback. Go check it out and give some creative writing a try! August’s prompts are ‘Postcards from No One’ and ‘Saving Time’.

    Hogsmeade: Another location soon to be renovated with the creation of HOL 5 is Hogsmeade. Be on the lookout for announcements in the HOL forum related to its release.

    Ravenclaw Staff

    Remember, prefects (especially your nest prefects) and reserves should be your first point of contact with any concerns!

    Prefects
    Kendra Givens (Head Prefect)
    Alexander Brighton
    Gail Allen
    Hannah R. Thomas
    Polaris Black
    Vanessa Tilley

    Reserve Prefects
    Astor Arensin
    Joey Stark
    Odessa Love

    Professors
    Prof. Kyrie Adderholt (Head of House)
    Prof. Arielle Lemoyne (Deputy Head of House)
    Prof. Ryan Granger (Deputy Head of House)
    Prof. Astrid Black
    Prof. Limine Snidget
    Prof. Neville Prongs
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  • 2018-2019 Ravenclaw Newsletters
  • It’s the First o’ September!

    I just want to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning Eagles – it’s a great time to be a Ravenclaw attending HOL. Not only did we win the House Cup by nearly a riddikulus 1400 points, but our very own Shiloh Adlar broke the all time individual points record! I know the bar is high but we still got this!!!

    Ravenclaw News

    Many thanks to Gail Allen and Kendra Givens for running summer camp and escorting a group of inter-house travelers on a whirl-wind tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World with an optional Treasure Hunt included. We’re exhausted and barely made it back in time to get our school supplies, but I think all will agree, it was a fantastic journey!

    For a change of pace, I contacted the Department of Games and Sports and got permission to host Bagman’s BINGO this month. Participants can play up to three cards at a time and for each card played, 20 beans will be added to the pot. You have three shots to get a standard line winning pattern and the first one to cover a card wins the jackpot. Details will be posted shortly.

    In case you didn’t know, our amazing HoH Prof. Kyrie Adderholt, has joined the Head Office as Deputy Headmistress. And breaking news, she just passed the bar exam so we have our very own member of the Wizengamot in house! W00T W00T!!!!

    And CONGRATS to Prof. Arielle Lemoyne and Prof. Ryan Granger, who have both been promoted to Deputy HoH – we’re all looking forward to working with you again!

    Prefects Astrid Black and Scarlett Lacarnum have completed their NEWTs and graduated HOL – CONGRATULATIONS! And Astrid has elected to come back as a full-fledged Professor, so check out her classes!

    Prof. Gustavo Flores is now Professor Emeritus. Thank you for all your contributions, Gus – we’ll miss you! <3

    Attention Eaglets and Eagles! Do you know your way around the Roost and HOL in general? If you’re interested in participating in the Adopt-An-Eaglet program, read all about it by clicking here..

    Our unique newspaper, the Alte Sententiam, is always looking for talented writers, artists, and puzzle-makers. If you’re thinking you might want to contribute, check out FAQ by clicking here.. Our first issue should be published some time in October.

    And don't forget to check out E=MC Hammer and the Debate Club - there's always something interesting going on!

    GO RQT!!! Co-captains Prof. Arielle Lemoyne and Shiloh Adlar are always scouting for new talent so don’t be afraid to contact them if you are interested in joining our Quidditch Team.


    HOL News

    The first phase of the Castle Renovation (HOL 5.0) has been pretty painless and I think most of those trick stairs have been fixed. The classrooms have all been redecorated and the courses are much more accessible and inclusive. The view is even more incredible and I just know you’re going to enjoy exploring the place.

    Our very own Vanessa Tilley and Art Department co-Head has informed me that during the next phase, the Art Department will be relocated from Ravenclaw to the main Castle website. Be on the lookout for new projects sometime in October.

    As always, points opportunities will be posted in the Rave War Room so check back often. The next HOL-wide activity will be Character Clash, beginning on Monday 24 September and ending Sunday 28 October.

    You have until Saturday 15th October to submit to SerpenTimes and there are lots of points to be won! To learn how, click here..

    Our very own Maxim Trevelyan and HOLLERS Assistant has extended his HOLLERS summer challenge Backpacking ‘round the World deadline to Sunday 9th September. There’s no sign-up required and you can work at your own pace. And don't forget, there are always Challenges and Creative Outlet Projects just waiting for you to complete!

    The class list has been posted and there are some old favorites in addition to some exciting new subjects. Make sure you read the course outline before you sign up for the class. Don’t forget, you can sign up for a maximum of five classes.

    Most important, enjoy yourselves and have a great year! :D
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  • Ravenclaw New Eaglet Newsletter 2018
  • Welcome to Ravenclaw!

    Welcome, new eaglets, and welcome back to our veteran eagle friends too! We’re so excited to start a brand new year here and see what awesome things we can accomplish. With the recent release of HOL 5, we’ll all be on a somewhat new adventure together this year!

    There is a LOT on both HOL and within Ravenclaw to get involved in. It can seem a little overwhelming at first, so we’re offering this newsletter especially for our newer members to help you get a grasp on how to access things on the site and what things you need to be mindful of when participating. As things are still being updated with the release of HOL 5, not all features of the site are currently available. We’ll list here if a feature is not available yet, and then there will be an announcement on the site from the site developers when those features become available.

    Even if you've been around for a while, you may want to review some of this information to be sure you're caught up with any changes or additions made to the house or common room, especially with the release of HOL 5 being so recent.

    If you have questions about anything at any time, feel free to ask any of the Ravenclaw prefects or reserve prefects (listed at the bottom of this post) and they'll be happy to answer or to point you in the right direction. Remember, we're here to help!

    HOL Fundamentals

    HOL Handbook: In order to keep the site safe and running smoothly for everyone, there are a few, simple rules that we ask all of our members to follow - you'll find these in the HOL Handbook and the HOL Code of Conduct The handbook covers all of the HOL basics, including profiles, points, chain of command, classes, chat, etc. Both of these documents are brand new and updated with the release of HOL 5, so please take some time to read them!

    HOL Forum: At your earliest convenience, you should sign up for the HOL Forum using your complete HOL name as your username. The HOL forum is where a lot of the action happens here, including major site announcements, HOL-wide activities, clubs, etc. You can check for new or unread posts using the menu function at the top right of the page if you want to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

    Ravenclaw Basics

    The Roost: If you've made it this far, then you've already successfully registered for the Ravenclaw common room, otherwise known as the Roost! In addition to the monthly activities we have running, there are several forums where you can post and interact with your fellow Ravenclaws. There are also informational forums where you can learn about how to earn house points, how to get involved in Quidditch, and how to get the most of your HOL experience in general! We encourage you to click around and check out all the information and opportunities available to you! Please know that while Ravenclaw is clearly the best house, you are also welcome and encouraged to sign up for an account with the other common rooms and participate in activities that they have available to non-house members also. Links to other houses can be found here.

    Nests: Now that you've been sorted into Ravenclaw, you've also been sorted into your house nest (Blue or Bronze) according to the first letter of your HOL first name. You can find the nests about halfway down the main forum page. Each nest can play host to its own discussions, debates, games, etc. but by no means are you restricted to posting within your own nest - feel free to visit your neighboring nest to see what they have going on!

    Each nest is overseen by a team of prefects, who will serve as the main points of contact for all of the students in their nest. The nests are divided as such:
    o Blue (A-J) – Gail Allen, Hannah R Thomas, Polaris Black.
    o Bronze (K-Z) – Kendra Givens, Shiloh Adlar, Polaris Black.

    We also have an annual competition between Blue and Bronze where the nests compete in five categories: House Points, Activity Points, the Bronze and Blue Olympics, Ravenclaw Pride Month, and Quidditch. You can help out your nest by completing your homework, participating in activities both here and on HOL, playing or practicing Quidditch - and just being an active HOL member in general. You can find more details at your nests by clicking here for Blue and Bronze.

    Orientation: If ever you're looking for more information, the Orientation section of the Roost is a good place to start! There you’ll find information on navigating the main site, classes, clubs and activities, and sections of the Roost, as well as a tutorial for connecting to the HOL chatrooms via IRC. There’s also an activity involved with beans to earn, so go ahead and check it out. If you have questions beyond what’s posted there, feel free to ask one of your nest prefects.

    Adopt-an-Eaglet: Ravenclaw offers new first years the opportunity to partner with a more experienced housemate through the Adopt-an-Eaglet program, located within Ravenclaw Orientation. This person can answer questions, give advice, keep in contact, and generally help our newest members learn the finer points of Ravenclaw-ness. Coincidentally, it's also a good way to make a new/first friend on the site! If you’d like to have a mentor, please post your name there and we’ll get you matched with someone ASAP.

    RQT: It's never too early to foster an appreciation for or get involved in HOL Quidditch! The ever-fantastic Ravenclaw Quidditch Team has won the Inter-house Quidditch Cup nine times - the best record of all the HOL houses! We're always ready and eager to welcome any and all eagles interested in trying this amazingly fun game! If you're interested in joining the team, you can contact the co-captains, Prof. Arielle Lemoyne and Shiloh Adlar, with any questions. Otherwise, feel free to join the team IRC channel, #ravenclawquidditch, and give some trivia a shot! In case the mention of Quidditch caught your attention, you can read more about it in the Quidditch Handbook, which is located directly under the HOL handbook here.

    Activities around HOL and Ravenclaw

    Chat rooms/IRC: The HOL chat rooms are a great place to get to know your fellow students! There are almost always a few students hanging out in the chat rooms, though the chats are a bit busier on weekends when people are not at work or at school. A list of official channels can be found in the HOL Handbook. Of particular interest, the main HOL channel is #hol and the Ravenclaw house channel is #ravenclaw. If you're unsure of how to reach the chat rooms, a handy guide can be found in the Roost's Orientation forum. The chatrooms are also where Quidditch matches and practices are held.

    Alte Sententiam: The Alte is Ravenclaw's bi-monthly house newspaper. From reviews to scientifics to puzzles to graphics to articles about any number of topics, the Alte is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. Or, to satisfy your more creative inklings, you can submit your own articles, stories, or graphics to be published. The Alte is consistently a good read, so I'd encourage you to check it out whenever a new issue is released.Currently, Gail Allen and Professor Ryan Granger, and Polaris Black are in charge of the Alte.

    The other houses also have newspapers with varying degrees of activity. You can check the Great Hall in the HOL forum for updates on when the other houses are accepting submissions.

    Clubs and other Fun Stuff

    On the Roost: The common room forum is host to a few sections that relate to our house's particular character and interests.
    o The War Room: Want to learn about all the ways you can earn house points and help Ravenclaw in its quest for the house cup? (Which, by the way, is currently sitting in our trophy room... where it should stay. Forever.) Check out the War Room for all your needs relating to proving what we already know - that Ravenclaw is the best house on HOL, hands down.
    o Debate Club: Being the thinkers that we are, Ravenclaws are prone to having strong opinions about just about anything. If that sounds like you, then the Debate Club might just become your favorite part of the Roost!

    HOL Clubs: HOL itself also has a few other clubs, catering to a few other interests.
    o Book Club: The Book Club provides a place to discuss your favorite books or authors (other than HP or J.K. Rowling, of course!), as well as participate in different activities relating to literature, creative writing, etc. The club hosts a monthly book discussion, so stayed tuned to announcements for the next month’s book selection!
    o HOLLERS: This section aims to create an environment where members from all houses can get together easily and make new friends. This club hosts monthly activities full of puzzles and adventure. We encourage you to take a look!

    Art Department:
    The main Art Department is still under construction with the release of HOL 5, so an alternative art department has been set up in the Roost until the traditional art department is back up and running. Throughout the year, different projects are released. Students can then create a drawing, photograph, or graphic (or whatever else) relating to the project topic and submit it. Other students can rate and comment on others' art, and after the voting period, everyone who submitted a (valid) piece will earn House points.

    Library Department:
    The library department is also currently unavailable due to the ongoing construction of HOL 5, but has historically also offered a number of projects throughout the year for students to share a bit of creative writing and earn house points. As with the Art Department, it's always great going through and seeing the sorts of things others have created.

    Hogsmeade:
    Another location soon to be renovated with the creation of HOL 5 is Hogsmeade. If you find yourself with beans to spare, Hogsmeade will be a good place to visit. You can buy an owl, cat, or a toad at the Pet Store; purchase some chocolate frogs in Honeydukes; or otherwise store any extra beans in Gringotts. Also, you can have your wand choose you at the wand shop. Be sure to visit when it’s up and running!

    Ravenclaw Staff

    Remember, prefects (especially your nest prefects) and reserves should be your first point of contact with any concerns!

    Prefects
    Polaris Black (Head Prefect)
    Kendra Givens
    Gail Allen
    Hannah R. Thomas
    Shiloh Adlar

    Reserve Prefects
    Vanessa Tilley
    Alexander Brighton
    Shadow Gaunt

    Professors
    Prof. Kyrie Adderholt (Head of House)
    Prof. Arielle Lemoyne (Deputy Head of House)
    Prof. Ryan Granger (Deputy Head of House)
    Prof. Gustavo Flores
    Prof. Limine Snidget
    Prof. Neville Prongs
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