Dear AST Family and Friends,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year. The faculty and staff are working hard to prepare for everyone's arrival next week. We are very excited and are looking forward to getting this year started. Two key events for next week are the New Student and Family Orientation on Monday, and the First Day of School on Tuesday. The schedule for the New Student and Family Orientation is attached here. On Tuesday, everyone will start the day in the gymnasium together where we will get students connected with their advisory teachers, and get schedules into student's hands.
Have a great first week of the year,
New Student Information System: Alma
Over the summer, we have transitioned our student information system to Alma. (Previously this included Rediker's SIS and the Portal system.) We were not satisfied with the experiences of parents, students, faculty, or staff with the prior vendor, and spent considerable time last year looking at other options. The result of that search was Alma. The Alma experience is more intuitive and simpler for everyone to use. We are committed to a more accurate and up-to-date system for communication.
Once students and parents log in to Alma, you will be able to see the class schedules. You will have the first two weeks of the school year to make changes. For high school students, please see counselor Diane Wilson. For middle school students, please see Anthony Keen.
Faculty Communication Expectations
I would like to share the expectations that I have established with the teachers so that parents and teachers can all have a common understanding. If these expectations are not being met, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Grading Assignments: Assignments that are graded and put in the grade book should be entered within one week of the due date.
Email Response Time: Parents should receive a response to an email within two business days. This email may indicate a need for more time to research an issue but should include a timeline for a follow-up email.
Elementary LINE Messages: Parent should receive a response within 24 hours unless it is an emergency situation and then contact will be made sooner.
Upper Court Resurfacing & Other Improvements
Each summer improvements are made around campus, but the most significant project was the resurfacing of the upper courts. The new surface is made from a material that is similar to the surface inside the LAC. This means that while firm, the surface still gives a little bit making it safer for the athletes using the court. It has also been repainted and re-lined and looks welcoming to our student-athletes.
Additional projects around campus include subdividing a portion of the MPR to make another classroom space, new awning panes for the C building, additional lighting on Lincoln Way, and a number of other small improvements throughout the campus.
Middle School Electives
We have now emailed a form to all MS students at their school email addresses. They can indicate their preferences on this form. They will need to be logged into their school email to use the form. Additionally, the form can be found here.
Actual scheduling of electives for middle school students will happen on Monday beginning with the eighth-graders.