Letter from the MC Principal – January 7th, 2015

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 is off to a fantastic start. We were excited to see all of the kids yesterday after their restful and relaxing winter break.

With the start of the new year comes the re-enrollment process for the 2015-16 school year. Yesterday, our currently enrolled 6th and 7th grade students were given a re-enrollment letter to bring home to their families. This letter must be completed by all current families and returned to the main office no later than Friday, January 23 at 3:00pm. If you did not receive this letter copies are available online and also in the main office. Eighth grade students were not given a letter as they will not be re-enrolled for the coming year, however, now is the time to register siblings of all current students. If your child is in 8th grade and you need to register a younger sibling for next year, please get the re-enrollment form from the main office or from our website. If you have any questions about this process, contact Maria Larson at mlarson@ancs2016.wpengine.com or 678-904-0051 x504.

Earlier this week we received word that State School-Superintendent-elect Richard Woods is accepting applications for the 2015 Student Advisory Council. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible and interested students can find the application here: Link to application

From the Department of Education Press Release: 

The members of the Student Advisory Council meet three times during the school year with the State School Superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. Members are advisers and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia. Superintendent-elect Woods will be conducting the meetings, which will also feature various DOE personnel providing further information.

“Meeting with students and getting their advice will be a top priority of mine as State School Superintendent,” said Superintendent-elect Woods. “I am committed to making decisions that are in the best interests of our students, and hearing from them directly is how I can ensure that happens.”

All students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply. Meetings will be held in February, March and early May (dates are subject to change). Applicants should be able to attend all meetings. To be eligible for the Council, applications must be received by Friday, January 16, 2014.

ANCS Middle Campus has again been selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). A randomly selected group of 8th graders will take the assessment on Friday, February 27. Parents/Guardians of selected students will be notified and provided with additional information about the assessment by early February. Some general information about NAEP is included below:

First administered in 1969, NAEP is the largest nationally representative assessment of what students know and can do in various subject areas. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from state assessments because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results of NAEP are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

A child may be selected to take an assessment in reading, mathematics or science. The selection process is random. In addition to answering questions in one of these subjects, students will be asked some questions about themselves and their educational experience. These questions provide contextual information for the assessment, as well as information that may be related to students’ learning. If you would like to view sample subject area and student questions, please visit
http://nationsreportcard.gov/parents.aspx.

You may notice that your child is beginning to mention words like “reflection,” “portfolio,” and “exhibition” more often than he or she did just a few weeks ago. Throughout the year we are working to prepare our students for the end-of-year portfolio exhibitions, however, this is the point at which the process becomes more real to most students – exhibition days in May no longer seem so distant. Beginning this week, advisors and teachers will be doing more frequent check-ins with students about their progress on their portfolios, including reflections that should accompany each piece of work. Families have an incredibly important role as students complete this work and begin to prepare for their presentations. Sometime in the coming weeks ask your child to share something with you about his or her portfolio. Does he or she know how many pieces make a “complete” portfolio? How many does he/she have so far? Eighth graders are likely to know these questions already, 7th graders should but may need a few hints, and 6th graders will become much more attuned to this process during the month of January. Please note that Advisor Reports will be emailed to families on Monday, January 12. As always, feel free to contact your child’s advisor to discuss anything about which you might have questions.

Finally, our canned goods collection for the Atlanta Community Food Bank ends this Friday. Please encourage your child to bring items in to support this cause. The grade-level with the most cans by the end of the day Friday will win a pajama day later in January.

Wishing you well,

Cathey