AHA Principal Jennifer Moran

November 2017

Dear AHA Families, 

November is upon us and the weather finally feels like autumn.  By now, teachers, parents, and students alike have accustomed themselves to new and busy school routines.  

Friday, November 3rd marks the end of the first marking period, and you will be receiving student report cards on Friday, November 10th.  Families should review report cards together with their daughters and make adjustments to extra-curricular and study time accordingly.  Students and parents should assess what is working, and what can use tweaking. This should not be a negative experience, but a positive one where students try learning and studying in new ways they have never tried before. Another course of action, that I highly recommend, is for the student to request a meeting with her teacher for personalized suggestions that will help her recognize what adjustments she needs to make for that particular class.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers at our Parent/Teacher/Student conferences on Monday, November, 20th. This would be a good opportunity for parents to share with the teacher if the new suggestions are working for the student or not.  

Parents, please register for conferences in advance on PowerSchool, so the teachers know in advance who is coming in order to be best prepared for the meeting. Two sessions will be offered: afternoon from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Parking will be available at the back of the school. Please enter the school through the event doors near the Learning Commons and bring a list of your daughter’s teachers. All teachers will be seated alphabetically in the Student Commons. You may not need to meet with every teacher.  In fact, it would be helpful if you only met with teachers of subjects in which your daughter needs improvement. This will allow faculty members to meet with parents and students who really need advice and help.  Each conference should last 5-7 minutes.  If you need more time, you will be asked to make an appointment with the teacher for another time.

The weekend of November 10th is a no homework weekend.  No homework nights or weekends are structured so that teachers do not assign writing homework that is due on Monday. This means, no workbook pages, no math problems, no take-home tests, essays, or answering questions. I have reminded teachers of this, however, please understand that this does not mean that students can’t or shouldn’t be working on long term projects that have previously been assigned. Nor can it apply to AP coursework. Students in AP courses have been told from the start that they are enrolled in college level courses. These teachers cannot fully prepare students for their AP exams if the students are not doing the prescribed work that the College Board demands. Similarly, students should be reviewing their notes for all of the classes every night. Studying for tests should never be a night-before event. I’ve spoken with students and faculty regarding this issue. 

We have all been richly blessed.  Personally, I am thankful to be part of such a hard-working learning community where teachers, administrators, staff, students, and their families are all open to growth that is both personal and academic.  I am grateful for the support of families and friends.  I am thankful for these and all of the blessings Jesus has bestowed upon us, and I wish all of you a very peaceful and Blessed Thanksgiving. 

Sincerely,

Ms. Jean Mullooly

Principal

 

 

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