Dear AST Families and Friends,
We would like to start by congratulating our JV Girls Volleyball team for winning their tournament at AST this past weekend. Their teamwork, positive attitude, and ever-improving skills are fun to watch. We took a brief moment to pause and honor them before the entire high school.
This week is the end of the first quarter. We will be getting report cards out to students and parents as quickly as possible over the coming days. We are working to get the reports out more quickly than in the past, but we cannot speed the process at the cost of the quality of meaningful information for students and parents. We are seeking the perfect balance.
October is an especially busy month.
This weekend, our teachers will be in a two-day professional development workshop around proficiency-based grading and high-quality feedback and reporting.
Afterward, they will join the students in the restful fall break next week.
On Saturday, October 12, we will host our first ACT assessment. ACT is a common alternative to the SAT in the U.S. and some students can perform much better on that assessment.
We return to regular classes on Monday, October 14th.
On Wednesday, October 16th, our 10th- and 11th-grade students will take the PSAT in the morning at school.
October 17th is the next PA Meeting--finalizing the plans for the Halloween Activities and talking about Thanksgiving.
October 18th is the start of HSINMUN, our first MUN trip of the year. This is also the next half day.
The week of October 28th is Spirit Week culminating in our Halloween Activities on November 1. During this week, Anthony and Annie will also be away at the annual EARCOS Leadership Conference.
There are a lot of valuable things packed in along with our academic learning in the month of October.
Have a great break,