Dear AST Family and Friends,
As TAIMUN week comes to a wrap, please encourage your children to take a deep breath and reflect on and talk about the week. There was so much going on at such a high level it can be hard to take in. The ES students celebrated UN Day, had a field trip day, and hosted the students of Fah Zhi School. The 6th and 7th-grade students spent two days learning without walls. The 8th-grade students had their first TAIMUN experiences as secretaries during this epic event. They witnessed the debate, compromise, and the all-around process that leads to resolutions. The high school students lived and breathed the event as the delegates, members of the admin team, reporters for the press team, or the secretariat (student leadership team).
Support for these events comes from every member of the faculty and staff of the school. Without their support and student guidance, these experiences wouldn't be possible, and I want to publically thank them.
Next week, our student reflection continues as we host student-led conferences for middle and high school students on Thursday. Final scheduling is still underway and all parents are strongly encouraged to come in and be part of this reflection.
Have a great next week,
Tea Time with the Directors
On Thursday, in the midst of the student-led conferences, we will host the middle school tea time at 2:30 pm. This will include a short presentation from our counselor, Diane Wilson, about the transition into high school. This presentation will be repeated again in the early fall, next year. Please drop by and share your thoughts.
Student-Led Conferences Notes
Student-led conferences are a discussion about your child's learning. The conversation is an opportunity to talk about what they learned, why that is meaningful, and what they are still challenged by. Some questions that teachers and parents may ask include:
l Why is that important? interesting? challenging?
l What other things might that relate to?
l What do you want to do differently next time?
If a parent is unable to attend, students are still expected to hold their conference with their homeroom / advisory teacher. They are encouraged to try and bring an alternative adult from home or find an alternative adult on campus. The members of the staff and administration are already signing up to step in for parents as needed.
This is the second time for most parents and students. It may be rough around the edges, and we will talk about the experience, and improve upon it.