As this newsletter is being published, we are in the midst of Parent/Student/Teacher conferences. I hope you enjoyed a day of celebrations with your child’s teachers, hearing about progress made from the beginning of the school year. The photo above shows students in action in the Science 7 classroom. They are creating a Rube Goldberg machine, custom designed to fill a faculty member’s order. This is one of many examples of hands on learning in the Middle School.
Wednesday, April 25 is a special day for AC. We will be hosting Special Olympics basketball in the morning, starting with opening ceremonies at 9:00am in the Athletic Center. All community members are welcome to attend. April 25 is a half day for students. Student dismissal at 12:00 noon, with professional development for faculty all afternoon.

Counselor’s Corner
Hello parents! This past week in Cougar Time we were able to start dissecting the area of respect: what it looks like, feels like, sounds like in our classrooms, in our cafeterias, on our fields, and its importance to us individually, as a middle school, and as a community. Check out some of the ideas our middle schoolers put together here in these photos, and if you get a chance to check out our bulletin board in person, it is near my office in front of Ms. Nute's room.  

Parent Expert Presentation: Drug & Alcohol Impact on Teens with Silvia Martins
Friday, April 20th 2:00 - 2:50 pm.
Dr. Martins is a psychiatrist and psychiatric epidemiologist, maintains a faculty position at Columbia University, and she is the parent of a third grader here at AC. She is an expert on depression, anxiety, drug use and smartphone addiction in adolescents. She has kindly offered her time for this parent organized event to meet with MS and HS parents to listen to and discuss your concerns. All high school and middle school parents are invited to her presentation and discussion.

Reminder: Student Absences
If your child will miss two or more days of school, for any reason, s/he must obtain a Pre-Arranged Absence form from the MS Office. The student takes this form to all teachers to discuss homework obligations, and then the form is signed by the MS Principal. Additionally, parents should call the MS Office as far in advance as possible to report these types of absences. Thank you.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 21, for International Festival. This is the largest community event hosted at AC during the school year. It is not to be missed!

With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."