In looking at the Senior Bulletin Board today, I was reminded that there are less than 2 weeks until graduation and 12 school days until the final exams for grades 9-11. Although the extended days of fun in the sun may beckon, we ask your support in helping students maintain a healthy lifestyle so that they are able to perform well on these assessments.
Semester examinations will be as follows:
Thursday 7 June, Blocks H and G
Friday 8 June, Blocks F and E
Monday 11 June, Blocks D and C
Tuesday 12 June, Blocks B and A
Students only have to attend school when their examinations take place on those four days. To help our students best prepare for these important assessments, the four days prior to the start of the examinations are designated Review Days. No new material will be taught, nor homework given, nor grades awarded for any assignments during these four days (2 blocks per class) prior to the beginning of the examinations.
If students need to stay in school before, between or beyond their two-hour examinations, quiet rooms have been designated for them to study as well as having the library and cafeteria available. The first examination each day will be between 8.45-10.45am, and the second examination between 11.45-1.45pm.
Experience has shown that some students can become upset while checking powerschool for their grades during the examination week. This could have a potentially negative impact on their subsequent performance on other exams. Consequently, we shall not be opening semester 2 examination scores or teacher comments until mid-day on Friday 14 June. Final report cards will be emailed home to parents in a pdf shortly after the close of the year.
The 2012-2013 Yearbook for students will be distributed to Seniors at the Senior dinner. Underclassmen will receive their yearbook the following week.
Some may have noticed that students are auditioning now for the upcoming HS Musical in the fall. We came to this decision in order to alleviate conflicting commitments in many of our students’ schedules. This carries with it multiple benefits including a longer time frame for students to learn music and lines. Provisions have been put into place for new students to audition via video and parts will be available to newcomers.
As we look towards another summer vacation that affords opportunities to connect, explore, and unwind, we encourage families to continue create opportunities to make memories and share experiences together. Research has shown that the largest contributor to sustained, lifetime happiness is the relationships one maintains. Not surprisingly, the most influential of these is that with one’s family. So whether you are enjoying the summer caravanning in Holland or are boarding a plane for another adventure, make the most of the time you have with your teen.
Our thanks for your support as we have aspired to provide an exceptional educational experience for your children. To those who are leaving the ASH community, we wish you and your families well. To those returning to ASH next year, we wish you a joyful, recuperative and fun summer vacation, revitalized to begin the 2012-13 school year with purpose and energy.