I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We enjoyed a wonderful holiday season here in our district that was loaded with concerts, classroom parties and acts of giving by our students, parents, staff and administration. The generous acts of kindness our school community extends during the holiday season and throughout the year never ceases to amaze me. Thank you to all those people who gave their time, effort, money, or kind words to help us touch others in need.
We have several important events coming up to start off the year. Don’t miss the annual Harmon School play, Madagascar Jr., which will be held at AHS on January 26th and 27th. We have such talented students in the drama program (some who have even gone on to appear on Broadway!) that you won’t want to miss this family favorite.
Student class scheduling, with lots of great help by our guidance counselors, is just around the corner. I invite you to attend the high school’s Educational Options Night held by our AHS Guidance Department on February 2nd. Come and hear more about course options such as Advanced Placement (AP) and College Credit Plus(CCP) courses that a student can take advantage of to earn college credits. You will find that it is full of valuable information regarding the different programs and can help you make decisions about which program is the best fit for your student before scheduling begins.
Our teachers will be having a Professional Development Day on February 17th. While our students will have the day off, our staff will be busy participating in professional learning activities. This professional development is geared to assist our teachers in staying up to date with new trends and best practices, helping them to increase their knowledge and fine tune their instructional practices, all of which are critical to providing our students with the best educational opportunities possible.
This spring we are looking forward to our Miller School Kick Off to Kindergarten, PTO Spaghetti Dinner, Leighton and Miller School’s Dads and Donuts, Harmon School Family Breakfast, elementary school’s Princess Prom, orchestra’s Steak N’ Strings night, Spring Fling, Grandparent Tea, AHS musical, 6th Grade Camp, and so much more. We will wrap up the school year with our annual concerts and all of our wonderful senior graduation traditions. Even though we will continue to be very busy with all of our activities, our focus will remain on our rigorous curriculum and reaching our high academic goals.
We are looking forward to a new year filled with lots of learning and personal growth. As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Go Greenmen!