Letter from Cathey Goodgame – February 6, 2019

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

Since September, our 8th graders have been researching issues in their communities, performing service, and reflecting on the impact of this service to complete their Community Projects. The projects can be done as individuals or in groups of 2 or 3 and are largely independent, with guidance from project supervisors and weekly learning sessions with Somer Hobby. Over the next two days, 47 groups and individuals will present their Community Projects to the Middle Campus school family on some of the following topics:

  • Children’s Health
  • Clean Energy
  • Elderly Depression
  • Flowers and Pollinators
  • Homeless Teens
  • Incarcerated Pregnant Women
  • Immigration Separation
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Poverty
  • Refugees
  • Teen Anxiety
  • Teen Suicide
  • Unadopted Dogs
  • Veterans in Need
  • Women’s Health and Hygiene
  • Youth LGBTQYA Runaways

We are looking forward to all of these presentations and are extremely proud of this group of 8th graders for putting so much focus and effort into this challenging process.

We hope you will join us next Wednesday for a very special Morning Meeting to kick off our annual Celebration of Black History. We will start the day together in an extended Morning Meeting full of singing, dancing, and poetry followed by a full day of rotations where students will learn about activists, peacemakers, art, food, and culture, among other things, led by students and adults in our school family. In addition to all of the activities happening throughout the day, the nutrition staff is planning what will certainly be a delicious meal centered around ingredients sourced from local African-American owned farms. This is always a powerful day at the Middle Campus and I am looking forward to this amazing celebration.

Basketball season continues this week as the Wolves take on Chattahoochee Hills. The girls will tip off at 5:00 at Crim High School and the boys will play immediately after, probably shortly after 6:00. Believe it or not, baseball season begins this week and soccer isn’t far behind. The Baseball Wolves will play their first game of the season on Saturday vs. Tucker. The game will start at 3:30 and will be played at Kelley Cofer Park on the big field. Go Wolves!

Finally, applications for enrollment for the 2019-20 school year are now available online and the application window will be open until 5:00pm on Friday, March 1. Remember, there is no need for you to complete an intent to return for next year as your child will be automatically rolled over. However, if you are planning on your current 6th or 7th grader not returning next year, we would like to know as soon as possible. If you have an incoming sibling for next year, you do need to complete an application by the deadline.

If you know new families who are interested in attending ANCS, please encourage them to complete an application and attend one of the upcoming Information Sessions. Sessions will be held at the Middle Campus on Saturday, February 9 at 9:00am, with optional student-led tours of the building starting at 8:30am, and Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30pm, with optional student-led tours starting at 6:00pm. Both sessions will be open to all families – families of current ANCS 5th graders and new families interested in the Middle Campus. ANCS 5th graders will visit the Middle Campus before the end of the school year so ANCS students do not need to attend these information sessions.

You can always feel free to reach out to Maria McFeeley or 678-904-0051 if you have any questions about the application or enrollment process.

Wishing you well,

Cathey