• Ravenclaw Newsletter - December 2018
  • December is upon us and with that the end of the year is nearing. And soon too the end of the school year.
    That means many of us are scrambling to get things done and in order before then, but also an abundance of celebrations, merry-making and fun. Hopefully you will all find time for both. And certainly at HOL there is a lot going on!

    Ravenclaw News
    The Blue and Bronze Olympics has just ended. And what an exciting event it was! Hopefully it'll always be as great as it was this time around!

    This year all Eagles are invited to join us as we travel the world and find exiting and interesting December Celebrations everywhere, that all take place at this time of year. You can join at any time and there are many different types of tasks, so head on over if you'd like to join.

    Alte is accepting submissions for it's latest edition until the 10th of December. The theme this time is Views, but that does not mean what you send in must necessarily fit the theme. So if you want to write something, create a puzzle or a graphic, why not do so and send it to Alte?

    Also worth mentioning is of course that our very own RQT will be playing against Gryffindor on the 15th of December. Come cheer on your team!

    As always, anyone who is interested in playing Quidditch themselves should absolutely try it! It's easy and all you need to do is go on IRC and use one of the bots there to practice. Maxim Trevelyan and Arielle Lemoyne will also always be happy to help you with any questions you might have. Simply contact them and they'll help you onwards.

    HOL News
    Like last year, there is a Secret Elf Present Exchange this year. You will have until the 9th of December to sign up, so hurry and get those wishlists in! It is a great chance to make a fellow HOLer a small gift, get something in return yourself, AND earn 30 house points on top of that!

    Another option for earning a some points is submitting to the Gryffindor or Slytherin newspaper. The Pawprint deadline is on the 28th of December, while SerpenTimes has their deadline on the 15th of January.

    Like Ravenclaw, the other houses all each have a December activity. Slytherin has the Slythmas Silver Snake, Gryffindor is taking a ski trip at their Lodge, and Hufflepuff have their Huffle HOLidays. All of which are open to all of HOL.

    If you love reading, you might enjoy the Winter Reading Challenge. It runs between the 10th of December and the 27th of January.
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter - November 2018
  • Hello all you wonderful little Eagles! I hope you are having a great term! Can you believe it is already November! :O Where is the time going?

    Ravenclaw News:
    Well, we have just wrapped up Trick or Treat in the Nest. I hope everyone enjoyed the activity and beans will be awarded very soon! I caught the flu with the crazy weather changes around here. BOO!

    With November here, it is time for the Blue and Bronze Olympics. Woot! Who else is ready? The theme for the BBO this year is Magizoologist Training Camp and it is brought to you by the lovely Hannah Thomas and Alexander Brighton! I know I am extra excited for this activity. It is going to be a lot of fun so keep an eye out on the forum.

    Our very own RQT will be playing their first game on November 10th at 9 pm HOL time so don't forgot to stop by and cheer the team on! We will be playing against Slytherin.

    The Alte newspaper will be accepting pieces for the December newspaper up until November 30th so feel free to contribute to get us some more points!!!

    Make sure you check out the E=MC Hammer and the Debate Club for some fun games and interesting discussions!

    Also, let us all put our hands together for our amazing Gail Allen for winning the Order of Merlin for Helpfulness! Very well deserved!!!


    HOL News:
    Character Clash has come to an end and I wanted to congratulate everyone who participated! I thought it was a lot of fun and I hope everyone who participated enjoyed it.

    With a new month, comes a new book club choice! This month we are diving into The Phantom Tollbooth. It is going to be a lot of fun so join in the discussions! The Book Club also has a weekly Flash Fiction writing challenge!

    HOLLERs has already supplied everyone with some fun new puzzles so don't forget to go check them out!

    Hufflepuff has let it slip that they will be having an event in November all about food so keep an eye out for that! Who doesn't love food right? ;) Of course, they also have the November games tent going on throughout the month of November which is always a lot of fun.

    Slytherin has the Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix read along with their Puzzle Exchange, the new Arcade Club which is focusing on Asteroids this month, and Gobstones Club going on so go check them out!


    As always, make sure you are turning in your homework to get those points and have a great month!
  • Posted by Vanessa Tilley in Uncategorized on Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:28 pm | No comments · Add comment

  • Ravenclaw Newsletter October 2018
  • I apologize now for how boring this is going to look and be, but I'm just not feeling it right now at all.

    Ravenclaw News

    Bagman's Bingo is now over. Thank you Polaris Black for running it. I never submitted my boards, but I was two away from a blackout on one and three on another. One can never go wrong with bingo.

    Trick or Treat in the Nest has started up, hosted by Vanessa Tilley. To read more about it and join in the fun, click here.

    The Alte is accepting submissions until October 10. This is a great opportunity to earn up to 90 points, so be sure to check it out. You can submit your ideas, up to 50 points worth here. For the extra fun activities to earn those last 40 points, go here for Bingo and here for Drabble Babble.

    The Ravenclaw Quidditch Team is always looking for new players. If you are interested in joining or just want more information, contact myself (Shiloh Adlar) or Prof. Arielle Lemoyne.

    HOL News
    The SerpenTimes is requesting submissions which can earn you another 90 points. All work is due by October 15. More information here.

    Sign ups for Character Clash are now over, but for those who made the cut off, don't forget to participate to bring in those points. There is a possibility of 120 up for grabs.

    Quidditch Pickups are still a thing this year. If you are interested in playing quidditch, I highly recommend attending these to get familiar with how the system works on HOL. The schedule is located here.

    Don't forget to complete your homework each month. This is the best way to earn points for the house. Ravenclaw at this moment is in fourth place, and I for one do not want to know what it will be like if we lose the house cup after holding it for so many years. (Thankfully I'm a seventh year now, so I can just sneak off if I need to, but let's not tempt fate.)
  • Posted by Shiloh Adlar in Uncategorized on Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:10 am | No comments · Add comment

  • Ravenclaw Newsletter September 2018
  • 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
  • Posted by Polaris Black in Uncategorized on Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:50 am | No comments · Add comment

  • 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
  • Posted by Kendra Givens in Uncategorized on Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:21 pm | No comments · Add comment

  • 2017-2018 Ravenclaw Newsletters
  • Wow! What a summer! I hope you are all excited to be back at HOL and for our new students, I hope you are ready to meet new people and discover all that HOL has to offer! Our goal is to keep our Eagles active in the Roost and throughout HOL in general, so participate in everything you can, sign up for as many classes as you can handle, join us on IRC for late night chats, and of course, never be afraid to ask questions!

    To Recap:

    Our new Reserve Prefects, Gail Allen and Kendra Givens, took us to Rowena’s Realm amusement park where we all gathered together for a month of rides, games, food, and surprises! They put a lot of work into Rave Summer Camp and have done a marvelous job thus far as reserves. Keep it up, you two!

    We also have two new prefects, who I’m sure you’ll be seeing around the Roost and HOL hosting fun activities of their own, so please congratulate Hannah R. Thomas and Shiloh Adlar!

    Shiloh was also promoted to Quidditch Co-Captain over the summer and along with Captain Prof. Arielle Lemoyne, has been leading daily practices with RQT. Congratulations to Vanessa Tilley who won the RQT Summer Botting Tournament with 2327 points and a shout out to the RQT members who participated: Alexander Brighton, Gail Allen, and Kendra Givens, (and the retired-but-not-retired, “It's in my HoH contract” Prof. Kyrie Adderholt and Prof. Limine Snidget.) I’m excited to see what RQT does this season!

    What’s Coming Up/What’s Going On:

    In the Roost, our September activity hosted by RQT Captains, Arielle and Shiloh, will be starting on September 3. Get ready for a month of quidditch fun as they invite all Ravenclaw students to participate in their recruitment camp!

    On HOL, Off to School began last week and will continue throughout the month of September. Be sure to check it out as it will allow everyone, newbies and oldbies alike, to get to know one another better. This is an excellent opportunity to meet others and to build a sense of community back on this site.

    Class sign ups are open! Go through the list of classes, find the ones you want to take and sign up for them. Students are allowed to sign up for a maximum of five classes per term. While we would like everyone to be able to take all five classes, we understand RL should take priority and can get very busy. Classes, however, are the easiest and best way to earn points! Think about it, each class is worth 300 points per term and if you take five classes per term and earn the perfect 300, that’s 3000 points right there! That’s crazy!

    One other very easy way to earn points is submitting to house newspapers! The Wizarding Times just closed their submissions, but you can still submit to the SerpenTimes until October 15. You can earn up to 50 points for this. Don’t feel like writing an article or creating a game? Check out the Exclusives section where you can earn up to 40 points! If you’re really feeling up to it, do both!

    Be sure to keep an eye out on how to submit to the Alte, our own house newspaper, in the coming days!

    Speaking of the Alte, let’s give a shout out to Gail Allen and Prof. Ryan Granger for joining the editing staff! I’m sure they’ll do an excellent job!

    Let’s also not forget about the HOL Forum. Summer cleaning has been done and the forums are fresh for us to use. There are plenty of areas to discuss your favorite movies/tv shows, games, music, sports/teams, and there are even new subforms for The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts! Ravenclaw prides itself on being the most active house on HOL. Let’s keep that streak up, and remember to follow all HOL rules when you post!

    I can already tell that this will be an amazing school year, and I look forward to spending it with you!
    GO EAGLES!
  • Posted by Shiloh Adlar in Uncategorized on Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:52 pm | 10 comments · Add comment

  • 2017-2018 New Eaglet Letter!
  • Welcome to Ravenclaw!

    We’re delighted to welcome you, our newest members, to Ravenclaw House and look forward to getting to know you better. And to all returning members, it’s great to see you again, as always!

    Because it can sometimes be a little confusing getting started on a new site, particularly one like our own, where there are so many things to do, we're offering this letter to give our eaglets some direction, and help them get a good foothold both here in Ravenclaw and on HOL. It will stay updated throughout the year, so you can always check back if you've forgotten something or are looking for clarification, and you won't have to worry about anything being outdated.

    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.

    If you have questions about any of the information presented below, or are just looking for some general advice, 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. Although a few sections may be out of date, especially with respect to names and dates, the Handbook is still a great source of information on how things work around HOL in general (with classes, accounts, positions, etc.), so we'd encourage you to click through it as early as possible.

      HOL Forum: At your earliest convenience, you should sign up for the HOL Forum using your complete HOL name as your username. House or site-wide announcements are often posted on the forum, along with notices about contests or other activities being held that are open to members of all houses. There are also sections dedicated to chatting between students, as well as sections for many of the classes currently being run during a given term.

    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 monthly activities, there are several forums where you can post and interact with your fellow Ravenclaws, and other forums that include posts where you can learn about how to earn house points, how to get involved in Quidditch, and in general how to get the most of your HOL experience! We encourage you to click around and check out all the information and opportunities available to you!

      Nests: Now that you've been sorted into Ravenclaw, you've also been sorted into a nest (so named for our house colors, Blue and Bronze) here in the Roost, 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:

      • Blue (A-J) - Ariella McManus, Astrid Black, and Hannah R Thomas
      • Bronze (K-Z) - Polaris Black, Scarlet Lacarnum, and Shiloh Adlar

      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. In general, 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: Blue and Bronze.

      Blue came out on top in last year's competition; will they be able to pull out another win, or will this year see Bronze take home the honors? Time will tell!

      Orientation: If ever you're looking for more information, the Orientation section of the Roost is a good place to start! Currently, there are sections 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. Additionally, if you find there's a topic you feel should be covered but isn't, feel free to request it!

      Adopt-an-Eaglet: Currently not available.
      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!

      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!

    Activities around HOL and Ravenclaw

      Chatrooms/IRC: The HOL chatrooms are some of the most active parts of HOL, and are a great place to get to know your fellow students! On occasion when you join it could be a busy time for a lot of people who have school or work (especially true in the middle of the week - weekends are often much better for IRC), so you might not get an immediate reply; at other times, the chatrooms are quite lively with several people chatting, so don't be discouraged if things are a little quiet when you first connect - just try another day or time! A list of official channels can be found in the HOL Handbook here; 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 chatrooms, a handy guide can be found in the Roost's Orientation section.

      • The chatrooms are also host to HOL's version of Quidditch, which is a fun (and addictive) trivia-based game. In case this mention or the previous mention of the RQT caught your attention, you can read more about Quidditch in the Quidditch Handbook.

      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.

      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.


      On the Roost: The common room forum is host to a few sections that relate to our house's particular character and interests.

        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. ;)

        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!

        The Door Knocker: Unlike our book counterparts, we're not required to answer a question or riddle every time we want to enter the common room, but we do still have a Door Knocker that gives us puzzles to exercise that characteristic Ravenclaw wit and intelligence.

      HOL Clubs: HOL itself also has a few other clubs, catering to a few other interests.

      • HOL Tolkien Society: Enjoy J.R.R. Tolkien's work? You'll find that several others on HOL do, as well. The HOL Tolkien Society is a place for you to get together with others fans for fun discussions and games.
      • 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.
      • HOLLERS: This section aims to create an environment where members from all houses can get together easily and make new friends. There are plenty of discussions and activities there, so we'd encourage you to take a look!

      Art Department: Currently not available.
      As the name might suggest, students with artistic inclinations might want to check out the HOL Art Department.

      The main Art Department has been down for some time now so an alternative art department has been set up in the Roost. 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.

      HOL Arts also hosts:

      • Trading Cards: Every HOL member can create a "trading card" that represents them that will be shown on their HOL profile (you might have seen some while checking out others' profiles; they're on the right). For making a card, you'll earn 10 house points.

      Library Department: Currently not available.

      Similarly, the HOL Library Department offers 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.

      The HOL Library is also home to:

      • Getting Into Harry Potter: You can share your story of how you became a Harry Potter fan; this story will be added to your HOL profile, at the very bottom. You'll also earn 10 house points for this submission.
      • Book Writing Project: This project is a collaborative effort to "fill in the details" of many of the books mentioned in the Harry Potter series. Every chapter you write will earn you 10 house points, once it is approved.

      Hogsmeade: If you find yourself with beans to spare, Hogsmeade might be a good place to stop by. 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; wands don't have any practical use on the site, as of yet, but it's interesting to see what you get - and besides, who'd want to run around Hogwarts without a wand? <<

    Ravenclaw Staff

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

        Prefects

          Ariella McManus
          Astrid Black
          Hannah R Thomas
          Polaris Black (Head Prefect)
          Scarlett Lacarnum
          Shiloh Adlar

        Reserve Prefects

          Gail Allen
          Kendra Givens

        Professors

          Prof. Arielle Lemoyne
          Prof. Cassandra Lobiesk
          Prof. Gustavo Flores
          Prof. Kyrie Adderholt (Head of House)
          Prof. Limine Snidget
          Prof. Mark Mandrake (HOL Caretaker)
          Prof. Neville Prongs
          Prof. Ryan Granger
          Prof. Silmarien Szilagyi (Deputy Head of House)
  • Posted by Polaris Black in Uncategorized on Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:09 am | 1 comment · Add comment

  • 2016-2017 Ravenclaw Newsletters
  • Happy September Eagles and welcome to a whole new academic year!! The year of 2015-2016 is behind us and wow was it a good one, with us bringing home the very deserved house cup! :r6: Rumour has it that Kyrie keeps it in her office and is VERY reluctant to part with it, so let’s all take advantage of the point opportunities that present themselves this year!

    House News

    In case you haven’t already heard, Ravenclaw has landed two shiny and new (for now…) head Prefects in the forms of Matilde Rayne and Polaris Black!! They’re both brilliant additions to the role so let’s try to not burn down the roost in their first year…

    So what happened to our former beloved Head Prefects?? We banished them. Okay no, we would never do that, we couldn’t live without our dynamic duo. Instead, they return as newly graduated professors! Congratulations to Prof. Ryan Granger and Prof. Arielle Lemoyne!

    This isn’t the only shift in the prefect ranks recently. Both Hannah R. Thomas and Scarlett Lacarnum have become Ravenclaw Reserve Prefects and Astrid Black and Joey Stark have just joined the Prefects! All are wonderful and deserving people (especially that last guy <<) so don’t feel hesitant to contact any one of them if you want to ask something, or just make a new friend to chat with!

    Huge congratulations also go to Niniel Sanders for passing her NEWTS and becoming a Post-Grad student! Anyone who's ever had contact with Niniel knows how well-deserved this is!

    In True Eagle fashion, Ariella and Polaris have wasted no time in starting up this year’s activities with the very exciting Hogwarts Magical Pride Month! Grab yourself a muggle and get ready to celebrate your magical selves! The activity begins on the 3rd of September!

    With the end of the Summer Quidditch League, we once again turn our attentions to our brilliant house team, RQT. Everyone, new and old, is encouraged to join in the Quidditch fun by botting on IRC. It’s fun and addictive and you can earn activity points for doing so! If you enjoy that, please, come along and try out for the house team and help us fly to victory this year!


    HOL News

    After days of being tantalised by this terms class list, class sign up is officially OPEN! There’s a ton of exciting new options this term as well as many old favourites, some are even making a come back after long hiatuses! Head over to the main site to sign up and get learning and earning! :bookish:

    There’s still time to submit to the art department’s latest challenge. Design a book cover for the story of your life and start earning points already!

    This year is set to be a great one; I can’t wait to get to know all you new eaglets and to work again with everyone else. Let’s keep that cup!
  • Posted by Joey Stark in Uncategorized on Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:43 pm | 9 comments · Add comment

  • 2016-2017 New Eaglet Letter!
  • Welcome to Ravenclaw!

    Greetings to our newest members - we look forward to getting to know you! And to any returning members who are taking a look in - hello and good to see you, as always!

    Because it can sometimes be a little confusing getting started on a new site, particularly one like our own, where there are so many things to do, we're offering this letter to give our eaglets some direction, and help them get a good foothold both here in Ravenclaw and on HOL. It will stay updated throughout the year, so you can always check back if you've forgotten something or are looking for clarification, and you won't have to worry about anything being outdated.

    Additionally, even if you've been around for a while, you may want to at least skim over some of this information, to be sure you're caught up with any changes or additions made to the house or common room.

    If you have questions about any of the information presented below, or are just looking for some general advice, 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: Let's get all the icky (but important) technical stuff out of the way first, shall we? In order to keep the site safe and smoothly running for all here, there are a few, simple rules that we ask all of our members to follow - you'll find these in the HOL Handbook. Additionally, while a few sections may be out of date, especially regarding names and dates, the Handbook is still a great source of information on how things work around HOL in general (with classes, accounts, positions, etc.), so I'd encourage you to click through it as early as possible.

      HOL Forum: At your earliest convenience, you should sign up for the HOL Forum using your complete HOL name as your username. House or site-wide announcements are often posted on the forum, along with notices about contests or other activities being held that are open to members of all houses. There are also sections dedicated to chatting between students, as well as sections for many of the classes currently being run during a given term.

    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 monthly activities, there are several forums where you can post and interact with your fellow Ravenclaws, and other forums that include posts where you can learn about how to earn house points, how to get involved in Quidditch, and in general how to get the most of your HOL experience! We encourage you to click around and check out all the information and opportunities available to you!

      Nests: Now that you've been sorted into Ravenclaw, you've also been sorted into a nest (so named for our house colors, Blue and Bronze) here in the Roost, 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:

      • Blue (A-J) - Matilde Rayne, Ariella McManus, Ashley Margaret, and Joey Stark
      • Bronze (K-Z) - Polaris Black, Astrid Black, Leonie Hauri, and Siobhan Burke

      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. In general, 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: Blue and Bronze.

      Bronze came out on top in last year's competition; will they be able to pull out another win, or will this year see Blue take home the honors? Time will tell!

      Orientation: If ever you're looking for more information, the Orientation section of the Roost is a good place to start! Currently, there are are sections 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. Additionally, if you find there's a topic you feel should be covered but isn't, feel free to request it!

      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!

      RQT: It's never too early to foster an appreciation for (or get involved in *hint, hint*) 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, Arielle Lemoyne and Matilde Rayne, with any questions. Otherwise, feel free to join the team IRC channel, #ravenclawquidditch, and give some trivia a shot!

    Activities around HOL and Ravenclaw

      Chatrooms/IRC: The HOL chatrooms are some of the most active parts of HOL, and are a great place to get to know your fellow students! On occasion when you join it could be a busy time for a lot of people who have school or work (especially true in the middle of the week - weekends are often much better for IRC), so you might not get an immediate reply; at other times, the chatrooms are quite lively with several people chatting, so don't be discouraged if things are a little quiet when you first connect - just try another day or time! A list of official channels can be found in the HOL Handbook here; 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 chatrooms, a handy guide can be found in the Roost's Orientation section.

      • The chatrooms are also host to HOL's version of Quidditch, which is a fun (and addictive) trivia-based game. In case this mention or the previous mention of the RQT caught your attention, you can read more about Quidditch in the Quidditch Handbook.

      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.

      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.


      On the Roost: The common room forum is host to a few sections that relate to our house's particular character and interests.

        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 brand new War Room for all your needs relating to proving what we already know - that Ravenclaw is the best house on HOL, hands down. ;)

        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!

        The Door Knocker: Unlike our book counterparts, we're not required to answer a question or riddle every time we want to enter the common room, but we do still have a Door Knocker that gives us puzzles to exercise that characteristic Ravenclaw wit and intelligence.

      HOL Clubs: HOL itself also has a few other clubs, catering to a few other interests.

      • HOL Tolkien Society: Enjoy J.R.R. Tolkien's work? You'll find that several others on HOL do, as well. The HOL Tolkien Society is a place for you to get together with others fans for fun discussions and games.
      • 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.
      • HOLLERS: This section aims to create an environment where members from all houses can get together easily and make new friends. There are plenty of discussions and activities there, so I'd encourage you to take a look!

      Art Department: As the name might suggest, students with artistic inclinations might want to check out the HOL Art Department. 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.

      HOL Arts also hosts:

      • Trading Cards: Every HOL member can create a "trading card" that represents them that will be shown on their HOL profile (you might have seen some while checking out others' profiles; they're on the right). For making a card, you'll earn 10 house points.

      Library Department: Similarly, the HOL Library Department offers 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.

      The HOL Library is also home to:

      • Getting Into Harry Potter: You can share your story of how you became a Harry Potter fan; this story will be added to your HOL profile, at the very bottom. You'll also earn 10 house points for this submission.
      • Book Writing Project: This project is a collaborative effort to "fill in the details" of many of the books mentioned in the Harry Potter series. Every chapter you write will earn you 10 house points, once it is approved.

      Hogsmeade: If you find yourself with beans to spare, Hogsmeade might be a good place to stop by. 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; wands don't have any practical use on the site, as of yet, but it's interesting to see what you get - and besides, who'd want to run around Hogwarts without a wand? <<

    Ravenclaw Staff

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

        Prefects

          Ariella McManus
          Ashley Margaret
          Astrid Black
          Joey Stark
          Leonie Hauri
          Matilde Rayne (Head Prefect)
          Polaris Black (Head Prefect)
          Siobhan Burke

        Reserve Prefects

          Hannah R Thomas
          Scarlett Lacarnum
          Shiloh Adlar

        Professors

          Prof. Cassandra Lobiesk
          Prof. Gustavo Flores
          Prof. Kyrie Adderholt (Head of House)
          Prof. Mark Mandrake (HOL Caretaker)
          Prof. Neville Prongs
          Prof. Rhiannon Llewellyn (Head of House)
          Prof. Silmarien Szilagyi (Deputy Head of House)
  • Posted by Matilde Rayne in Uncategorized on Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:38 pm | No comments · Add comment

  • 2015-2016 Ravenclaw Newsletters
  • Hello hello!
    It's about time to pack up your school stuffs and get ready for the new term!
    There are many exciting things in this early school year.
    Old and new eagles, gather around, let me break these down for you...

    House News:

    Kyrie Adderholt left her student status and went to Professor!
    And it doesn't stop there, she's now running Ravenclaw together as co-Head of House with Prof. Rhiannon Llewellyn and Prof. Silmarien Szilagyi as Deputy Head of House.
    Congrats! <3

    That means, Prof. Cassandra Lobiesk had stepped down from the Office.
    Even though she promised we could still see her in the hallway running after Prof. Ulol, entering the Roost with handful of freshly baked muffins, and writing in the corner somewhere, she will still greatly missed.
    Thank you for your great service to Ravenclaw, Cassie :) <3

    Kyrie graduated left us with blank space for Head Prefect, but she's quick at write people's names on it.
    The dynamic duo Arielle Lemoyne and Ryan Granger were appointed and she couldn't choose better people than them.
    Even though I worry about Arielle's mental health sharing a Head Prefect room with Ryan, I'm sure she can handle it!
    Congratulations, Arielle and Ryan!! :D

    More slaves people are added to Prefecthood and Reserve-Prefecthood.
    Congratulations Polaris Black, Ashley Margaret, and Kaiwa Alexandra, new Prefects (yaaaaaaaaaay).
    And congratulations Siobhan Burke, Dolly Frazer, Shiloh Adlar and Leonie Hauri, new Reserves! You survived PiT, that's a great deal.

    Okay, you can congratulate them later in private.
    Now, move on.

    You may have notice that we had been so busy moving around because now, we have big 2 nests, Blue (A-J) and Bronze (K-Z).
    Check your nest and make sure you're updated with the new... everything!
    Oh and if you lost your stuffs while moving, please contact me. I keep all the lost stuffs, pets and... persons.

    Have you ever seen trolls in tutus?
    Me neither! But apparently we are having them now in the Roost.
    Learn control to control trolls in tutus here

    Quidditch is the best sport ever!
    And Ravenclaw has the quidditch team other houses dying to have.
    Our captains, Arielle Lemoyne and Matilde Rayne are really nice and will be overexcited to help you if you're interested.


    HOL News


    Don't forget to sign up for classes before it's too late!
    So many good, exciting, and new classes to choose.
    Choose five classes, I dare you!

    HOL Appreciation Month is just started. You can earn up to 120 points from this activity.
    Go for it!

    And if you haven't heard about Quidditch Olympics, that's alright.
    Because the first ever Quidditch Olympics is being held, right now!
    Why not being a part of history?
    Besides, it's never not fun if it has "quidditch" on it.

    That's a lot of news.
    Enjoy the first day of school!
    Behave, have fun, earn more points than you did last term :P
    See you around!
  • Posted by Kaiwa Alexandra in Uncategorized on Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:58 am | 10 comments · Add comment