The End of Term 1
We are now two months into our academic year, and the 2017-2018 school year is in full swing. Routines have been established, classes are wrapping up Term 1, and fall sports are coming to an end. Here is just a snapshot of some of the exciting things that have been happening around the school to build a greater sense of community.
At the close of summer we witnessed the devastating effects of hurricanes hitting our southern shores. Our student leaders stepped up and worked together to support those affected. Student Council organized the Powderpuff game and our juniors faced off against our seniors; the Class of 2018 Leaders worked at the Snack Shack. All the proceeds from the ticket sales and the concession sales went to the American Red Cross. Thank you to Ms. Buffam, Ms. Harvey, Ms. Saaristo, and out student leaders for a great fundraiser and a fun night!
Earlier in October we held our annual 9th grade parents’ night. Counselors hosted parents of our 9th grade students in classrooms to discuss the various levels of support we offer at the high school. We are so fortunate to have remarkable counselors who work tirelessly to support our students to find their “opportunities to experience success.” Thank you for all that you do!
On October 18th, students in 9th grade elected their class leaders and student council representatives. I was impressed by their willingness to dive in and assume leadership roles in the school. I look forward to seeing all that they contribute to our community! Congratulations to our newly elected leaders!
Class Leaders: Lindsey Kim, Kam Narra, Charles Wang
Student Council Representatives: Bri Baang, Nithya Jonnavithula, Leebon Morgan, Chris Sousounis, Amanda Wu
Last weekend, I was reminded (yet again) of how incredible our students truly are. On October 27th, the curtain rose for Proscenium Circus’ 50th anniversary with their production of Beauty and the Beast. The stage was jaw-dropping, the singing was breathtaking, and the acting was superb. Thank you to the cast and crew for reminding us of this important theme: to see one another for who we truly are, not just what we seem to be. Thank you to the 134 amazing students for a spectacular show and to their families for their support. A special note of thanks to our director, Ms. Jessica Harms, for all that she has done and continues to do for our students and our community. Also, thank you to Mr. Brendan Hearn for his technical expertise and dedication to our students. The best part of being an educator is witnessing students do what they love, and it is clear that these students love working together to create magic on the stage.
This past week was Halloween and our Social Studies department organized: Operation Finding (Principal) Dorey. Thank you to the members of the SS department for bringing smiles and laughter to the halls of AB last week.
Another surprise arrived as we came to school Thursday morning; we saw that our Ambassadors had written notes of affirmation on sticky notes and placed them on each and every locker!
Looking forward, we have an event for our seniors during next week’s extended advisory. Heather Harer, a member of our community is presenting to our seniors on November 14th about the dangers of impaired driving and the need for safety behind the wheel.
November marks a time when we are asked to set aside time for reflection and gratitude. Just from this abbreviated list, there is so much to be thankful for in our school community. As we enter into this busy time of year, when the days are shorter and the wind colder, I am struck by how much I have to be thankful for in this community.
Michael Csorba & the Administrative Team