Dear AITE Family,
Second semester classes began on Monday. Official grades for the 2nd quarter will be available on Power School on February 3. Have a great weekend!
AITE had 1 reported COVID case this week.
While there have been some changes to the Board of Education’s Attendance Policy, what has not changed is that written documentation for all absences is still required. Please email Penny Giantomidis at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a note when your child returns to school with the date and reason your child was absent. The note must be received within 10 days of the absence. Absences one through nine are considered excused when the parent/guardian approves the absence and submits appropriate documentation. For the tenth and all other absences thereafter, a student’s absences from school are considered excused only with proper documentation for the following reasons: student illness (verified by a licensed medical professional, regardless of the length of the absence), religious holiday, mental health wellness days (These days cannot be taken consecutively, nor shall they exceed a total of two days per school year), death in the family, mandated court appearance, lack of transportation (if transportation is provided by a district other than Stamford), field trips or school-related activities, or extraordinary educational opportunities (must be pre-approved by District administration and be in accordance with CSDE guidelines).
COVID Test Kits
We have several at-home COVID test kits available to distribute. Please have your child stop by the main office if you would like some.
The first cycle of programming will continue through March 3. As a reminder, all staff is assigned to a flex period and all students are required to attend their flex classes. Students were asked to complete a brief survey about their first week of Flex Time, which was posted to their Flex Time Google Classroom page. The survey is still open for students who have not completed it.
Congratulations to AITE students Lucas DeVault and Alicja Liszka, who placed in the 2023 Scholastic Writing Competition for their entries. Lucas wrote a dramatic script titled “Guarded Heart” and won a Gold Key Award for first-place, and Alicja wrote a short story titled “Reap What You Sow,” which placed third in the competition.
Congratulations to AITE students Maggie Fleischer, Fazil Amjath Khan, Abdullah Pasha, Tejasvi Rawat, and Aditya Raj Rijal, who spoke at last Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting about adding an additional religious holiday, Eid al-Fitr,to the BOE’s school calendar.
Mock interviews took place virtually on Wednesday, January 25 from 2:00 – pm to 3:00 pm. AITE would like to thank the members of the Executive Board of AITE’s PTSO, who organized this event as well as all of the community volunteers who generously donated their time to conduct the interviews. Students were able to practice the tremendously important skill, which will serve them well in the future. We hope more students will take advantage of this opportunity next year.
School Closing Information
All SPS families will be notified of closings, delays, or early dismissals via school messenger phone calls and emails. To ensure receipt of these messages, parents and guardians should make sure all contact information is up to date in PowerSchool. Families are also encouraged to subscribe to District Urgent Alerts.
AITE science teacher, Danielle Weber, who in addition to receiving a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Outstanding Teacher of the Year award (only 79 teachers across the US were selected) was selected as PTLW’s National Teacher of the Year for the Biomedical Program. This is a very competitive and prestigious award and we are very proud of all that she has done to make AITE’s program exceptional.
TJ Salta, AITE alumnis and recent graduate of Quinnipiac University, is performing magic in a new Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas called the Mad Apple.
AITE students Ava Lesser and Nora Amsellem successfully raised over $50,000 this past school year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Their initial goal was to raise an ambitious $35,000; however, by the time their fundraising campaign concluded, they well surpassed their goal, raising a total of $53,274 from an estimated 750 different donors.
Because Ava and Nora surpassed the $50,000 mark, they have been rewarded with a research grant and were recognized as one of the top 8 teams in the Fairfield/Westchester area. They will have the opportunity to direct the funds they raised towards a specific research initiative within LLS and have been asked to share their materials with the National Team to be used in their nationwide efforts to raise money and awareness.
AITE is proud that the in the report by the visiting team for our recent NEASC Decennial Accreditation Visit the school was commended for “its safe, supportive, and inclusive culture and environment, the staff and administration’s awareness of students’ social and emotional needs, and the emphasis on building and maintaining strong relationships.”
AITE student, Arnav Gover, won first-place in the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) World Series of Innovation, Saint-Gobain Sustainable Cities Challenge. The World Series of Innovation is an annual innovation challenge series focused on advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). His project, Cardbio, focuses on the creation of an environmentally friendly composite material for sustainability and commercial use. It has been awarded the top entry in the Saint-Gobain Sustainable Cities Challenge, which requested innovative ideas to achieve progress on one of the UN Global Goals #11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. Thousands of young entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world entered the competition in the fall, and the top ten entries in each challenge bracket moved on to the final round of judging earlier this month. The winners were announced on March 31. Arnav has won $1,500 and he will have the ability to work with St. Gobain engineers to turn his concept into a reality. Arnav and other students at AITE worked on submitting solutions to the challenges in Entrepreneurship class with teachers Mr. Schrag and Ms. Zanga.