Dear AST Family and Friends,
Welcome to 2018 and the new semester at AST. We have hit the ground running and the students are already busy learning. There is a great energy and happiness on campus and I hope you feel it at home.
We would like to welcome Mr. Valentino Salvato to our faculty. He is now teaching seventh and eighth grade math. He has jumped right in and already feels at home and like he has been here for a while. We are glad that he has been able to jump right in.
We are also excited to welcome back Mr. Jonah Lin after his sabbatical. He returns to our elementary art program and our middle school and high school graphic design classes. These popular classes filled quickly and he is settling back in nicely into life at AST.
There are a few changes that have been implemented this semester that we are excited to share with you. One of the changes that happened this semester based upon parent feedback is that all of our elementary school students will have PE both third and fourth quarter. We will again ask for feedback later to make sure this is having the result that we all intended.
Another addition is more after school support. More details are included below.
A third new component is a movement toward hot lunch. We have added a vendor serving hot lunch on Wednesday. It takes quite a bit more time to serve hot lunch so we are planning to have students help as servers for hot lunches. We will use the high school homeroom and middle school advisory groups. Each group will support a different Wednesday throughout the semester. This comes from a couple of thoughts. Logistically, this will allow more lunch lines and allow us to get everyone served more quickly. And, from a community perspective, it will give the students a chance to offer a small piece of service to the community. Both of these are positives.
And we will conclude this newsletter with a reminder that first semester report cards should be going home today.
Have a great week,
MS/HS After School Support
This semester we will have a teacher available every day for supporting any middle school or high school students that are looking for support. This can help those students that need support even when their teacher may not be available due to a club or sport commitment.
After School Support Schedule
Monday: Ms. Susan Kern, G3a - support for English and Homework
Tuesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework
Wednesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework
Thursday: Mr. Ethan Dombkowski, H3b - support for Social Studies and Homework
These are not classes with planned activities, but rather opportunities for support. Ms. Leach will no longer be hosting middle school homework help sessions as these teachers are now filling that role.
Please note that the directors may assign a student to attend one or more sessions on a regular basis. If a parent would like their child assigned to a session, please let us know and we will review their academic progress.