Letter from Cathey Goodgame – October 23, 2019

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

We enjoyed having so many people on hand for last week’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day! Much of the time at the Middle Campus for this event is spent in Advisory groups and we always try to highlight some student activities in the opening session before sending our guests off to Advisory. This year we heard first from our cross country captains – Alejandro, Branch, Charlize and Maia – who shared their personal stories about their experiences as runners at ANCS. The spotlight moved from athletics to academics as we next heard some fantastic poetry from 8th graders Aubrey, Guthrie, Samuel and Zoe. Finally, we focused on the arts as Alejandro performance a phenomenal version of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon. A great time was had by all and we’ll have to work hard to top the work of these amazing kids next year!

The Flag Football and Cheer teams are gearing up this week for their final weekend of regular season play. On Friday night they will take on Chattahoochee Hills and on Saturday night they will kick off against Centennial Academy. Both games will be at Badgett Stadium at 6:00pm. Regular prices apply for admission to Friday night’s game – $6 for adults and $3 for students – but admission is free for Saturday’s game due to a rainout earlier in the season.

The two Ultimate teams are also getting close to the end of their respective seasons. The girls are currently undefeated and they hope to stay that way as the top seed in the end of season tournament on Saturday. The Open (co-ed) team will play Wesley on Monday at 4:30 at Grant Park and will have their end of season tournament the following weekend, November 2.

As fall sports come to a close, it’s time to start thinking about basketball season! We are currently looking for a girls basketball coach and hope the school community can help us find one. If you or someone you know is interested in coaching our girls team this season please email Santina Cambor or call 678-904-0051.

We’re excited to again have the opportunity to participate in the City of Atlanta’s Cultural Experience Project (CEP). The program, launched more than a decade ago, aims to provide each APS student the chance to experience one of our local cultural venues. During November, our 6th graders will visit the Alliance Theatre for a production of Ghost, 7th graders will see Mathemagic at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and the 8th graders will visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The CEP secures admission for students and their chaperones, meaning that families are asked only for a $5 donation to cover transportation costs. We ask that all families, if able, send $5 our way by mid-November. You can bring/send cash or check, made out to ANCS, or you can click here to donate online. Online payments will have a small processing fee. Once you reach the page look for “Middle Campus Arts Field Trip” under the Class Trips section and click there to enter the quantity to add to your cart. We are also asking families to donate a little extra, if able, so we can cover the cost for all students to attend these wonderful trips. If you are able to pay for more than one child please just enter an additional quantity online or send a little extra in by check or cash. Thanks in advance for supporting this experience for our students.

Finally, Student-Led Conferences are happening next week and we are excited to see all of you in the building in support of our students. Student-Led Conferences at the Middle Campus are very different than parent-teacher conferences you may have experienced as a student yourself or with your child at another school. The conference is led by the student, with the adults serving as active listeners, and is designed to give students an opportunity to present evidence of their progress towards developing competence in the Learner Profile Attributes, exhibiting the ANCS Guiding Principles to their fullest potential, and developing goals and strategies to improve learning over the course of the year. You should have heard from your child’s advisor(s) by now about scheduling a time for your child’s conference. If you haven’t, please reach out to him/her directly to sign up for a time.

Wishing you well,

Cathey