Friday, March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

Good afternoon families-

I hope you are settling in and have found some time to enjoy each other's company during this stressful time. It has been a surreal week and I have been beyond impressed with the AHS faculty/staff as well as our students. It was wonderful to see the students that came in to retrieve their belongings at AHS. I miss them all so much. As we settle in to some online enrichment for students I want to assure you that the AHS administration and faculty are available for support for your students and you. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, general comments, etc. We may not have many answers but can certainly research what we don't know and correct any misinformation you may be hearing from your students.

At this point all students have received emails with instructions for online enrichment opportunities. Superintendent Adams shared a link to available resources. The AHS Online Enrichment page is linked here as well. It is a work in progress and updates will be made continuously.

If you are a parent with questions about the SAT's or AP tests I highly encourage you follow the College Board website. As of today SAT's are cancelled through May and AP tests are being administered at home. We're not sure what that will look like but will provide more information as we get it!

Like you and your students we have many questions about what upcoming events will look like. The recommendation has been to cancel all field trips for the remainder of the school year. I am working with the junior and senior class advisors to determine what this means for things like prom and senior week. We will share information as soon as we have it.

Below are some emails I have sent to students over the past couple of days.

We are planning virtual class meetings next week as a way to stay connected. All students received an email invitation (similar to the one below) that includes a form to send questions and concerns ahead of time. They have had great questions already!
 We hope to see many AHS faces and remind them we are here for support and encouragement.
We will meet with a class every day at 1pm:
Class of 2020- Monday
Class of 2021- Tuesday
Class of 2022- Wednesday
Class of 2023- Thursday

Good afternoon juniors! 

I hope you are all hanging in. It has been a crazy week. Now that we are all out of the building officially for a bit of time I wanted to send out a time for us to meet and check in virtually. The Deans, AD, and I will be available to chat virtually on Tuesday at 1pm. 

I know you all have a bunch of questions. I have attached a form here so you can ask questions ahead of time. We will look at them before the meeting and hopefully be able to find some answers for you before we talk. 

At 1pm Tuesday just log in the link below that says Join Zoom Meeting. We are looking forward to seeing you all!

Topic: Class of 2021 check-in w/admin

Time: Mar 24, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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We are strongly encouraging social distancing and know how hard that is for adolescents.

Happy Thursday evening students-

It has now been a full week since we were sent home from school. This is truly a crazy, unprecedented time. At this point, you should have all heard from your teachers regarding the many learning activities they worked quickly and tirelessly to create. 

The AHS teachers have done an amazing job making sure you are set up for success. Please thank them for their hard work and dedication and spend some time completing the activities. It will help with boredom! This is difficult and confusing for us, as adults too. Our district is so fortunate to have educators who are flexible and willing to think outside the box and create opportunities for you within the state guidelines and expectations. 

In order for this to work, it is so important to take this pandemic seriously. I was so happy to see so many of you today but I have to be honest that I was also scared to realize you have not quite grasped the importance of social-distancing. We have received a few calls from concerned parties about groups of students on the fields. Several of you arrived in pairs and groups today.  As hard as it is, students should not be congregating in groups, getting together to hang out in person or even playing on our fields. It is so important to adhere to the suggestions of the many medical professionals who are asking us to separate to help "flatten the curve." My eyes filled with tears several times today thinking about the possibility that we might not have a prom in May or graduation in June. It is simply heartbreaking. That is why I want to see everyone work together to respect and practice the recommendations out there. 

I am sure you have seen these articles but I wanted to share them anyway. Take a few minutes and read them.

We are missing you and each other. We are thinking and worrying about you constantly and wishing we were all together. We are hearing from you that you miss AHS too. Hang in there and do your part to help flatten the curve. The sooner we as a society are able to beat this the sooner we can get back to school, and hopefully proms and graduation.

Take care and stay healthy-

Ms. St. Coeur (on behalf of the entire AHS admin team!)

This is really a difficult time to navigate as a school community and we are doing our best to provide what is best for our students. Please continue to ask questions and provide suggestions. And let us know how we can assist.

Stay safe and healthy!

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