MC Principal Letter

Hello ANCS Family,

In the last two weeks of Women’s History Month our students spent time researching about, and doing presentations on, various women suffragists in the U.S. Our students learned about Susan B. Anthony as well as women of color who fought for women’s right to vote, including Zitkala-Sa, Sojourner Truth, and Shirley Chisholm. Students presented their learning to their peers this week during advisory.

On Monday during Morning Meeting, we began the week learning about various women who were pioneers in their field. Students learned about the connection between Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, and the current nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson; the link between Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, and Kamala Harris the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history; and the path from Geraldine “Jerrie” Fredritz Mock being the first woman to fly solo around the world, to Zara Rutherford being the youngest (19 years old) to do the same with a 5 month journey that concluded in January 2022.

Our students are also learning more about the women at ANCS Middle, as there are posters of each of the women in our building placed around the building sharing information about their proud accomplishments, hidden talents, and the legacy they want to leave. This was another great idea put together by our Celebrations Committee (the members of the committee are: Alina Hinton, Christina Jones, Desiree Bennett, Dyan Taylor, Hilary Smith, Jenelle Hanes, Nurse Leslye Ryan, Trey Jackson). I’m really proud of the work that our teachers have done to celebrate women in the month of March.

As you know we have also been conducting Spring Conferences in the month of March. We wrapped up conferences last week and I heard lots of feedback about students being prepared (to various degrees) to share their learning goals and their progress since End of Term reports went out in December. Spring Advisor reports, which students referenced during their conferences, have been uploaded to ManageBac so you have direct access to those reports as well.

To 5th grade parents:
Finally, in the past we have done a 5th grade visit to the Middle Campus that allowed those students to get a feel for what middle school is like, see the building, and meet some teachers. COVID has interrupted our ability to do this, but we are going to get it going again! Right now we are looking at Friday, April 15th as the date for this visit. It occurs during school hours and the students visit with their 5th grade teachers (parents are not a part of this visit). The last time that we did this a few years ago we also had parents drop their students directly off at the Middle Campus in the morning where their 5th grade teachers (who chaperone them during the visit) met them and brought them into the building. We will let you know if we plan to do it this way again – we are finalizing these details at this time and when we have everything all ironed out (including finalizing April 15th as the date) we (representatives from both campuses) will reach out to you.

For parents who want to learn more about what teaching and learning is like at the Middle Campus, we are going to put together a virtual session in the coming weeks for that as well, so stay tuned for additional information. There were a few 5th grade parents that reached out about attending one of our IB family information sessions that was designed for current families so we decided to put something together for 5th grade families this spring.

Enjoy the rest of the week and have a great Spring Break!

Kind regards,

Mark