1. Where do I go the first day of school?
All students are to enter through the Bain Building (1 Beverly Road) front entrance ONLY ON THE FIRST DAY. After that, it will be a Senior Privilege and seniors will be the only ones allowed to use it. All other students are to use the entrance doors behind the building by the locker room.
2. When do the school doors open in the morning? When do they close?
The school doors open at 7:00 A.M., and close at 3:15 P.M. in the Bain Building and at 5:30 P.M in DeGaeta Hall. Afternoon supervision is available from 3:00 P.M. until 5:30 P.M. in the DeGaeta Hall Cafeteria.
3. When do classes start and end? What kind of cycle are we on?
First bell is at 8:05 A.M. School begins promptly at 8:10 A.M. and ends at 2:40 P.M. We are on an eight day rotating cycle. If you are not sure what "cycle day" the current day is you can always open up "NetClassroom" on your computer and find it there.
4. What is the dress code?
On most school days students will be required to wear: dress shoes, socks, a belt, dress pants or khakis, a collared button down dress shirt (long or short sleeve) or an Oratory polo shirt (only Oratory polo shirts are allowed). All students are welcome to wear a suit coat and tie during the school day; however, they are not required, except for special occasions and on the days we have Mass. See the full Dress Code Policy in the RAM LIFE Parent-Student Handbook.
5. Do we always have a formal dress code during the school year?
No. There will occasionally be a "tag day" where you may wear relaxed clothing of your choice (within reason). There is a small fee to participate in "tag day" with the donation going to a charitable cause.
6. Are we allowed to wear sneakers?
You are allowed to wear sneakers during gym class, and going to and from school, but NOT during regular school hours.
7. Do I need a change of clothes for Phys. Ed. class?
Yes. It is required that you bring some sport clothes to wear in Phys. Ed. class. (Any clothes with references to alcohol, drug, and tobacco logos or slogans are not allowed).
8. Can I have facial hair? Can I have earrings? Can I have visible tattoos?
No facial hair, earrings, piercings, or visible tattoos of any kind are allowed.
9. What happens if I get sick during school?
You should inform your teacher if you are feeling ill. You may be referred to the nurse's office. If you are in DeGaeta Hall, the teacher may have a student accompany you to the nurse's office.
10. How do I get to and from the Summit train station?
You have the option to either walk or take an Oratory shuttle bus to or from the School. The bus schedule (subject to change) is as follows: an Oratory bus picks up students FROM the train station in the morning on the westbound side at approximately 7:30 A.M. & 7:45 A.M. (All times are adjusted to train schedules.) The Oratory bus LEAVES from the designated area in the front of the school in the afternoon to take students to the Summit train station on the westbound side at approximately 3 P.M.
11. Is there a student discount ticket for the train? How do I get one?
Each semester you will need to obtain a student discount form from a NJ Transit train station staffed with a ticket agent. Fill out your portion and bring or mail it to Ms. Silletti at the reception desk where it will be validated with the Oratory seal and returned to you. Then you will be able to purchase a monthly student discount ticket.
12. Am I allowed to have snacks and such in my pocket while in class?
You are not allowed to carry or eat food outside of the cafeteria.
13. Can I walk around with my backpack full of books from class to class?
Yes. Backpacks are allowed to be carried to the classrooms and/or through the hallways during school hours.
14. Who do I go to if I have a problem with: a class/schedule, another student, a teacher, ...etc.?
Problems with a class or course schedule, email Mrs. Gambino at: email@example.com with your question and she will forward it to the proper counselor. Problems with a student, a teacher, etc., see Mr. McGowan. His office is in the lobby area of the Bain Building. Problems with Internet usage, see Mr. Roccella in his office located near the locker room in the Bain Building.
15. Am I allowed to call home if I forgot something? Which phone can I use for everyday use?
You are allowed to call home but only in the nurse's office in the Bain Building or on the "student phone" at the reception desk in DeGaeta Hall. Ask Ms. Silletti for permission, and she will give you assistance if needed.
16. Can I have a cell phone?
You may have a cell phone, it is best to keep it on your person but it must be "OFF and out of sight" during school hours. It will be taken away if it is seen in the classroom and you will have to retrieve it from Mr. McGowan or Mr. Daugherty at the end of the school day.
17. Where do I go if I lose something?
If you lose something of value, see Mr. McGowan. Otherwise, there is a lost and found bin located in the locker room of the Bain Building and the Facilities office in DeGaeta Hall..
18. Am I allowed to listen to music with a headset or ear-buds in school?
Yes, but only with headphones or ear-buds and only before or after school and during your lunch in the lunch room (not in the hallways or classrooms).
19. Are we allowed off campus during the day?
All students MUST stay on school property during school hours.
20. May I download software, music, and or videos onto my laptop that I use in school?
You may download things at home, within the confines of the law, but not anything at school unless requested by your teacher. Carefully read the Student Handbook for specific information regarding technology and its use in school.
21. What sports do we have at Oratory?
In the fall, we have Soccer and Cross-Country for the Varsity and Middle School, as well as Freshmen and JV Soccer. In the winter, we have Varsity Swimming, Fencing, Indoor Track, Bowling, and Ice Hockey as well as Basketball for the Varsity, JV, Freshmen, and Middle School. In the spring, we have Varsity and JV Tennis and Lacrosse, Varsity & JV Golf, Varsity and Middle School Track, as well as Baseball at the Varsity, JV, Freshmen and Middle School levels.
22. How do I sign up for sports? Are there tryouts? Are there cuts?
If you are interested in playing any sports this school year, all questions can be answered by our Athletic Director, Mr. Pat Gist. He can be reached by phone at (908) 273-1084 x118 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23. What extracurricular activities and/or clubs do we have after school hours?
For a listing of current clubs please click here. Activities and events include "Ram Day"; community outreach programs such as "Bridges" and "SHIP." There are more clubs and events added each year.
24. What is a "swipe card"?
It is the plastic, credit card sized "key" that will allow you to enter both DeGaeta Hall and the Bain Building from 7 A.M. to 3:15 P.M. on school days. You will need to "swipe" it past a black box located at certain entrances. It will also act as your Oratory ID card once your photo is taken and placed on the card. We are giving you the card encased in a plastic sleeve attached to a blue lanyard. You will be expected to wear it around your neck throughout the school day. Take good care of the card. You will have the option of purchasing meals with your swipe card. You will need it for the rest of your tenure at Oratory and will be expected to return it before graduation. There is a fee of $30.00 for replacement.
The content of these questions is subject to change. Please refer to the Ram Life Student-Parent Handbook and our website for the most up-to-date information.