• Ravenclaw Newsletter - March 2020
  • Get your proud on Eagles – it’s Ravenclaw Pride Month! :D

    Ravenclaw News

    Many thanks to Prof. Ryan Granger, a fabulous DHoH, for running Quaffle Toss in February. The Quaffle Tossing Champion threw the Quaffle the furthest, based on strategizing the throw and wind factor. A good time was had by all.

    OK Eagles, you’re in for a treat! In honor of Ravenclaw Pride Month, our fabulous PiTs, Mia Fountain and Torii Taylor will be hosting an incredible activity called The Library. Each week there will be a writing and an art prompt, three puzzles, four riddles, and a new list of penpal questions to ask your partner! You must sign up to be a penpal, otherwise no signup is required. All puzzles, riddles, and prompts will be due 31 March. You can earn activity points and even some awards so what are you waiting for?

    The ballot has been posted so don't forget to vote for The Eagles 2020!

    Thankfully, DHM Kyrie Adderholt, our indefatigable HoH will be returning to a more active role after overcoming some RL health issues. It’s no secret that Slytherin definitely has its sights on winning the House Cup this year and they have currently inched into first place. To avoid some tough love, please take advantage of as many Points opportunities as possible to ensure it remains on Kyrie’s shelf - we don’t want anyone to find out she has a permanent sticking charm on it! :D

    After a temporary absence, we’re also thrilled to welcome back to staff our beloved professors Gus Flores and Arielle Lemoyne - you have been sorely missed!

    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 nextt issue should be published some time in April and the issue theme is Colour.

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

    GO RQT!!! Come watch in #quidditch or cheer in #grandstand when Ravenclaw vs Gryffindor on Saturday 14 March at 9 PM HOL time

    HOL News

    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!

    You have until Sunday 15th March 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.

    Most classes are still open for sign-ups, so if you haven’t registered yet, check out the class list. Make sure you read the course outline before you sign up and don’t forget, you can sign up for a maximum of five classes. There's no better way to earn lots of points!
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter - February 2020
  • Welcome back!

    It's such a pleasure to see you all again after the winter break.
    As always the start of a new term is an exciting time and I hope you're all enjoying it as much as I am!

    Ravenclaw News

    Quaffle Toss
    Prof. Ryan is officiating the Roost Activity this month, giving us all the chance to show how far we can toss a quaffle. I encourage everyone to go and try their hand at it here.

    RQT played two matches in January, winning against both Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. So give a huge hand to them! And while you're at it, maybe you consider joining yourself? Speak to Prof. Arielle Lemoyne or Maxim Trevelyan if you're intersted and they will surely help you on your way!

    E=MC HAMMER
    This Month's Theme Songs will all be a bit nostalgic. After all, the beginning of a new decade is an exciting time, but also a time to look back on the past and this year we will be looking back to the songs that came out ten years ago. Why not go there and share a few of your favourites?


    HOL News

    Of course we all have to sign up for classes, and wow are there a lot of awesome ones to choose from whether you prefer canon Harry Potter classes or would rather learn about something else, there will surely be something of interest to you.
    Go here to check out which ones you want to join.

    The Library Department has two projects for you to enjoy.
    You can write an inspirational speech – maybe it'll even inspire some of your fellow students? Or you can write out what you think would have happened if a character of the Harry Potter books had made a different choice at some point of their lives. Did I mention both of these offer points for doing them?
    Go here to find out more

    Likewise the Art Department also has two projects for you to participate in, either showing your favourite object or showing the animals from a magical Zoo. And like above, these are also worth points.
    Go here to check it out

    The Book Club is focusing on Discworld by Sir Terry Pratchett this month.
    Go to the disc atop a flying turtle to learn more

    Gryffindor has been invaded by Nifflers and would very much like the help of all of HOL to get their rubies back.
    Head on over to their common room to help them.

    SerpenTimes is taking submissions again. This time the theme is Focus and the deadline is the 15th of March. Go here to find out how to submit.
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter - January 2020
  • Happy New Year everyone! Here's to making 2020 yet another amazing, productive, and Ravenclaw-rific year!

    Ravenclaw News:

    House Cup Race - We're back in the lead! (At the time of posting this at least we are.) Let's keep it that way! The end of the term is upon us which means there's plenty of opportunities to earn lots of points. Be sure to turn in all your last minute assignments so you can earn your quills.

    Alte - Have you read the latest edition of the Alte? You better check it out! It's full of great articles, reviews, puzzles and more. It's also a great way to earn some extra points year round. (Hint hint wink wink)

    E=MC Hammer - There isn't an activity for this month, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Check out the E=MC Hammer forum today to see what new activity is happening there. It's always fun to interact with your fellow eagles and learn more about each other and today's pop culture.

    RQT - Our amazing quidditch team returns to action on January 26th! Be sure to support them as they take on Hufflepuff. Want to join RQT? Learn more about it here! They are always looking for new faces to help them fight to take home the cup.

    HOL News:

    IT'S THE END OF THE TERM - RED ALERT! RED ALERT! The end is nigh! ...The end of the term that is. If you didn't read it above, FINISH YOUR HOMEWORK. Teachers, be sure to submit points and award quills! There's lots to do and time is running out.

    Class Applications - Have you always wanted to teach a class at HOL? Here's your chance! Class applications close on January 20th, so get them in while you can!

    Have a great end of the term and we look forward to another fantastic year ahead!

    Do you have any suggestions for 2020? Let us know! Send me a Roost message about things you'd like to see!
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter - November 2019
  • December is here! The final month of the year and at least for me, the time where I start to think about the end of the term drawing ever nearer and the need to start working to finish any things I might have been neglecting until now.
    It is however also a time for celebrations, merry-making and fun.
    Hopefully you will all find time for both.
    Certainly at HOL there is a lot going on this December and I am here to tell you all about it!

    Ravenclaw News

    Hopefully you have not encountered and of the fiendish snowmen of the Sinister Order of Snowmen who are terrorizing the world around this time, but if you have, or if you simply want to help put an end to their tyrrany, then you should join us in trying to expose them here.

    The deadline for submitting to Alte has just passed, so we will soon be seeing a new issue for you all to enjoy this December, so keep your eyes open for that!

    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 22th of December, while SerpenTimes has their deadline on the 15th of January.

    The Art Department and Library Department also have new projects for December, letting you show your appreciation for the House Elves in the Art Department, or sharing a unique food-related tradition or a story of some extraordinary weather in the Library Department. These too will earn you points, so it really helps us in the race for the house cup to do these!

    Like Ravenclaw, the other houses all each have a December activity. Slytherin is preparing for their Silver Snake Exchange, so keep your eyes open for that. Gryffindor is taking a sweet adventure to the famous Chocolate Factory, and Hufflepuff have a Hogwarts Christmas Celebration. All of which are open to all of HOL.

    If you love reading, you might enjoy the Winter Reading Challenge. It runs between the 9th of December and the 26th of January.
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter - November 2019
  • Welcome to November Eagles and Eaglets!

    Ravenclaw News

    If you are a new Ravenclaw (or a returning Ravenclaw) and need help finding your way around HOL and the common rooms or if you just need a friend then head over to Ravenclaw Orientation and let another Eagle adopt you. Click here for more information.

    The first Ravenclaw Quidditch game of the season is coming up on November 16 against Slytherin. Let’s show them what we’re made of. If you aren’t on the team, but want to be, contact our brilliant team captains Maxim Trevelyan, Prof. Limine Snidget, and Arielle Lemoyne. Otherwise, come and watch us beat those snakes. It’s going to be an exciting game!!!

    The deadline for the December issue of Ravenclaw’s newspaper, the Alte, is November 30.

    Check out the Debate club and take part in some awesome debates. Click here to see what debates you can give your opinions on.

    The E=MC Hammer also has interesting things going on. Come and see by clicking here

    HOL News

    There are projects going on right now in the Art and Library Departments. If you like to write or be creative and earn points along the way, then make your way over and check them out. The deadlines for the art projects are November 9, so you better hurry up. Apparate over with this: Art and Library

    The next Quidditch Pickups are on Sunday, November 17. You don’t need to know how to play Quidditch to attend. Just come, have fun, and learn some new games. You can find all the information about the Quidditch Pick ups and the games over here.

    There is always something fun going on in HOLLERS. Click here and see what challenges await for November. There is something for everyone.

    If you want to earn some extra points, a great way is by submitting to any of the house newspapers. The deadline for Slytherin’s newspaper, the Serpentimes, isn’t until January. Keep an eye on the other houses for submission deadlines.

    I think that’s about it for this month. Hope you all have a great November.
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter - October 2019
  • Welcome everyone! The first official month of the 2019-2020 HOL school year is over. I hope you all enjoyed the activities and signed up for your classes. There's more to come though!

    Ravenclaw - Over here in the Roost, we have many activities to choose from.
    The monthly activity for October, Spooksmania, is being hosted by Alexander Brighton. It's all about Halloween!
    Share your spooky songs with us in E=MC Hammer!
    Let us know your thoughts on Traditional versus Online Education in the Debate Club.

    HOL - Unfortunately, as the website is currently down I am unable to point out any current Library or Art Department prompts. I will update this once the website is up again!
    But as for the HOL forum, the Quidditch Schedule for the year has been posted! Go see when you can cheer on your house team (or compete if you are a player).
    HOLLERs also has their monthly challenges up for October, they seem interesting! But beware of the Nonogram.. Also feel free to check out their Creative Outlet section!

    Gryffindor - As we wander into the Den, we can see the lions setting up Gryfftoberfest! What a lovely celebration of house pride and everything Gryffindor.

    Hufflepuff - the Badger's well-known DoHGaS has their October challenges up and running, see if you can earn some diamonds!

    Slytherin - It does not appear that the Dungeons has an activity running this month (at least, to us non-Snakes). However, the deadline for the next SerpenTimes article is in two weeks! Submit to them and you can earn points for Ravenclaw.

    Enjoy the lovely month of October, everyone!
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter - September 2019
  • 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
  • Posted by Kendra Givens in Uncategorized on Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:01 pm | No comments · Add comment

  • 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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