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      How to get sorted   10/05/2017

      To find the Sorting Form, click on the "Sort Me!" tab at the top of the page.    Before you go to fill out the form, make sure that you have a username that follows our rules. If you don't, your form will be rejected. You can change your name once yourself, by going to Account Settings -> Display Name. If you've already used your one change, you can request a name change in this topic. Be sure to read the first post in the topic carefully so we can get you updated without any back and forth.   Don't rush to answer the form! There's no prize for sending it in first. Please take your time and fill out the form thoughtfully, so the hat will have the information it needs to put your character in the right house.     Calendar: Sorting Form appears: Thursday, October 5th Sorting Form closes: Friday, November 3rd (No forms will be accepted after this date) The Sorting Ceremony closes: Sunday, November 5th, about 10am Central Time You find out your new house: Sunday, November 5th, 11 am Central Time First day of the new school year: Monday, November 6th   (For reference: Central Time Zone includes Chicago, Illinois)   How to get sorted:   1. Register with a name that follows our rules. The registration agreement explains the rules about names. You can also find them in the Rules.   2. Remember you may only send in one form total for this school year. If you send forms in from multiple accounts, we will not sort ANY of them. Then we have to feel bad about not sorting you. Don't make us feel bad, please.   3. Click on the Sort Me tab and fill out the sorting form as thoroughly as possible. The better we understand your character, the more likely we can put you in the right house. See "How to use the form" below if you're confused. For some in depth information on each house, please check out this topic on sorting. (Note: After you fill out the form, a copy will be PMed to you. Please save that because we delete them from our system after sorting.)   4. Wait for a PM from the Sorting Hat. Be patient, it could take a few days. If you don't receive a PM from the Sorting Hat within 4 or 5 days, contact one of the moderators.   5. If your form is: Accepted: Congratulations! You should now go post in the Sorting Ceremony topic in the New Member resources forum. This is very important. This post is where you'll go to find out what the Sorting Hat had to say about you. Don't skip this step! Rejected: Don't worry, you can still be sorted. Be sure to read the reasons for the rejection carefully, then edit your form (just click on the Get Sorted! link again) to fix the problem. Once you've done that, you can send the form in again. 6. That's it! Once you've gotten your acceptance letter AND posted in the Sorting Ceremony, you're all set. You'll find out where the Sorting Hat put you on Sorting day when you can check the Great Hall for the edited Sorting Ceremony.   How to use the form: The form is pretty straightforward and user friendly. Here are a couple tips: You don't need to fill the whole thing in at one sitting. You can finish one page at a time and save it. Then finish the rest later. Don't use your browser's Back or Forward buttons. Use the buttons in the form to Navigate.  If you don't fill out all the questions on a page, you can't save or move on. If you don't meet the word number requirements in the In Depth section, you can't submit the form. Use the "Check Word Count" buttons to see how many words you've used. If you fill in the wrong answers on the quiz page, you won't be able to submit the form. After you've submitted the form, you can't access it anymore. But if your form is rejected, you'll be able to see it again with your old answers still filled in. Still have questions? Ask here.    Note: Section I: Short Answer Please include a brief explanation with each answer. I'd like to remind you all to include an explanation with all the short answer questions. The answers to those questions aren't very useful for sorting unless you explain them.   Otherwise, we don't have enough information to sort you with. (Translation: we'll have to reject it.)     Many thanks as always to Arianna Wright for her hard work revising and updating the form and to Faraz Memon for initially coding it many years ago. <3
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Mrs Blithe

Lesson Nine, Off to Hogwarts!

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Pre-Hogwarts Primary
Lesson Nine
Off To Hogwarts!

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The last class had finally arrived and Delaney was thrilled. She was so excited that the two of them had had such a successful year of teaching at PHP and that all their students had managed to survive as well. And not only that, but the excitement she saw in each of them as the summer drew closer and closer to an end was contagious, and she found herself equally excited for them, as they prepared to head off to Hogwarts.

However, she was sad to see them go. She liked most of them, even a few of the more troublesome ones. And she was nervous that she hadn't taught them enough. That they wouldn't be prepared! Even as she went through all the things she knew needed teaching, still she wondered if she hadn't been thorough enough. But it was far too late for that, she knew. The pair of instructors had agreed to keep today's topic light, and fun, because there was no way a group of kids this age would bother paying any attention to things they had to teach in their last lesson before they finally got sent off to Hogwarts.

"Hello, hello! I can see you're all very excited about the end of Pre-Hogwarts Primary. I am incredibly sad, and will most definitely miss all of you," or at least most of them, "but today we're talking about the one thing you lot can actually focus on! Getting Sorted!" Turning to Mr McRobbie, Delaney allowed him to take things from there. He'd done the Hogwarts thing more recently than she had, after all.


It hadn’t seemed like that long ago that Max had welcomed this class into PHP, and now they were saying goodbye! He was much more used to having a class for a whole academic year before he got to the teary goodbye stage, and yet there he was, having spent barely any time with the class at all. It did mean that he got to spend more time with Livvy and the boys, but the attachment to his class of Pre-Hogwarts Primary students was real, and the last lesson was going to be a good one.

“So I was a Gryffindor when I was at Hogwarts,” he began, always interested to watch the more pureblood, Slytherin elitist amongst them recoil in horror when they learned they’d spent time in the company of a Gryffindor, “and I was a muggleborn, so I had no idea what sorting was going to be like, how many of you feel the same?” a few tentative hands creeped up, “you might’ve heard stories about dragons, dunkings and dark magic, but it’s not like that at all, I promise,” he gave them a quick smile, hoping to reassure them.

 

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Sorting!

Sorting is everyone's favorite time of year! On VH, the sorting only happens once every 5-6 months. At the top of your screen, there's a link that reads SORT ME! When it is time for you to be sorted, the Mods will make an announcement, and the link will take you to the Sorting Form, which you fill out and submit.

The sorting form is open for about a month, so there's no need to rush it. Take the time to think about your answers, because once you submit your form, you cannot go back and change anything. You should try to be done with it by a day or two before the deadline though. If you haven't finished it by the deadline, you'll have to wait till the following year to be sorted.

After you submit your form, you'll first receive a copy of it via PM, and then you'll either receive an Acceptance or Rejection Letter via PM from the Sorting Hat.

 

  • If your form has been Accepted, you may then go ahead and post in the Sorting Ceremony, and you're done until the night before Term begins when you learn your new house!
  • If your form has been rejected, the Sorting Hat will tell you in the PM you receive why it was rejected, and then you will have to go back and fix whatever the problem was, and resubmit it when you've finished correcting it.
  • If you don't understand why your form was rejected, your best bet is to PM a Mod, and they'll explain it to you in greater detail and tell you what you need to do to fix it and get yourself sorted in time.

Here on VH, the sorting is not done by an automated quiz. People who have been on VH for a while, such as Professors, Prefects, Alumni, or their alts, are asked to help sort. These people look over your form carefully, reading your answers and trying to determine which house will suit you best. It takes at least three people to sort each form, so there is a lot of time and effort spent trying to get everyone sorted, and placed into the right house.

 

 

 

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As you probably know, there are Four Houses at Hogwarts. These are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, & Slytherin. Please don't make the mistake of thinking one house is better than another, for any reason. Whether you've got the books, the movies, or anything else on your mind to help mold your opinion of any of the houses, all four are amazing. While many people have a favorite house, they all have so much to offer!

 

 

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Now, after you've finally been sorted, and have discovered which of these lovely houses you now call home, your new house Prefect's will have a thread for you in the Great Hall, Welcoming you to your new house, and taking you back to your Common Room, ICly.

Once you 'arrive' in your new Common Room, the Prefects typically have Sorting Night Activities planned, so be sure to check those out! It's a great way to meet and interact with your new house mates, of all years! Plus, some of the activities give out prizes, and who doesn't love free candy?

Also in your Common Room, your prefects will have posted a Sign Up Sheet for Mentors. It is strongly recommended that you sign up for a mentor. If you are new, it will give you someone to talk to, and ask questions who has been on the site for a few years. And whether you're new, or not, it'll give you someone to RP with, and maybe you'll even meet someone new! There's no downside! Each house has it's own Mentoring Program and style, but are all built around the same concept: Meeting new people in your house, and older students helping out the younger ones!

 

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Since we've just talked about your awesome new House Prefects, it might be important for you to know exactly what they're there for, right?

House Prefects are selected every year, from the new 5th year students. There are two from each house selected, making it 6 prefects per house, and 24 total. The Heads of House make the prefect selections each year, after receiving opinions from the other Professors throughout the year. The people who are selected to become prefects are the people who are continuously active on VH, both IC & OOC. They attend lessons, participate in House, & School wide plots & events, help others, and are friendly, respectful and outgoing.

The Prefects on VH are here to help you. That's their job. They are similar to Ambiance characters, because they can pop in and out of any thread, whether or not it is closed. Don't hesitate or feel shy if you have a question! PM a Prefect or post in the Q&A, and one of them will answer you.

 

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One last thing we'd like to direct your attention to is Virtual Hogwarts: A History. It is an IC accounting of what has happened at Hogwarts since the days of Harry, Ron & Hermione, and explains the current events of VH. It is broken down by VH year, and includes an overview of the school wide plots taking place that year, as well as a few fun or interesting RPs and plots that happened throughout the year.

 

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Mr McRobbie & I, along with the rest of the VH Staff, want to Congratulate you on finishing Pre-Hogwarts Primary! Good Luck on your Sorting Form, and Have Fun at Hogwarts! :wub:


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Homework

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Assignment: Tell us which house you think you'll get, and why (minimum 50 words). Also, once the Sorting Ceremony is posted, please post a link here to your Sorting Post! (NOTE: The Sorting post link is not required to get credit for this lesson.)
Extra Credit: RP your character explaining the houses, giving their own thoughts & opinions, to someone else in class.

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RP your character telling someone else in class how they believe everyone gets sorted.

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RP your student performing a random act of kindness for another student on Sorting night. This need not be a named student, but if you wish to mention someone else, be sure to get their permission, and add an OOC note that they've granted it.

50 word minimum for any EC option.

When you have finished your workbook, please make a final post stating that you are done so we can mark you off for the year! While this bit is also not required, please consider noting your total assignments/EC completed in this final post, such as "Assignments: 9/9, Extra Credit: 7/9." We do grade each workbook individually, but this note helps to ensure we haven't missed any of your edits if we graded you earlier. Also, some people prefer to receive a different certificate and intentionally skip an EC or two, so this helps keep us from being credit-happy and giving you a higher mark than you expect. ;)

 


If anyone has any questions about THIS particular lesson,
feel free to post it here, and one of us will answer it as soon as possible! <333


Extra Reading: How to Get Sorted, Further Assistance

 

 

 

 

 


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