Dear AITE Family,
Today is the start of our February break, which includes Presidents’ Day. I hope you all enjoy this time off with your family and friends. Since the holiday season, there has been an uptick in illnesses, like the flu and RSV, so please stay healthy, and if you are traveling, please be safe. Classes will resume on Wednesday, February 21, and it will be an A-day. Today is also National School Resource Officer Day. On behalf of our AITE community, I would like to thank our SRO, Jamar Edwards, for the work he does every school day to keep our schools safe.
We had 2 reported COVID cases this week.
Written documentation is required from a parent/guardian upon the date of the student’s return from an absence. It can be sent in one of two ways:
1. by email to AITEAttendance@stamfordct.gov from the parent or
2. a written note from the parent sent directly to the office
The documentation must contain the date(s) of and the reason for the student's absence from school. Parents should contact their child's school counselor regarding the collection of homework assignments if their child will be out for several days.
CIEE Deadlines are Approaching
The deadline for CIEE Summer 2024 application has closed for both merit only and financial need applications. The students will hear from CIEE the week of February 20 on their application status and scholarship decision. Students and families will have one week from scholarship announcements to accept their scholarship, pay the acceptance deposit, decline their award, and opt out of travel. Students who are not applying for a scholarship can continue to apply to any of CIEE’s programs on the High School Summer Abroad Programs through April. Do not miss out on this tremendous opportunity to travel abroad.
Congratulations to Michael Iacovacci who won first place this week in the American Legion’s Oratorical Contest’s districtwide competition. Michael now moves on to the statewide contest where he will compete for a $2000 scholarship.
Kids Helping Kids (KHK) is proud to present the 2nd annual Hope Day, a free community event initiated by KHK volunteers who wanted to create a space for local residents to learn about all the mental health resources available to them. This year, the event is being held this Saturday, February 24th from 12 - 3 pm at UCONN Stamford. The event planning committee has recruited more than 30 vendors to be there and share information about the services they provide. The event will also include opportunities for the public to learn more about the calming effects of YOGA, building confidence and a positive self-image. All are welcome to join! To learn more about Hope Day, please visit the KHK website.
In-School SAT Day
The date for In-School SAT day is Wednesday, March 13. The make-up date, in the event of inclement weather, is Tuesday, March 19. All students in grade 11 are required to take the assessment. There will be a delayed opening for all other students in grades 9, 10, and 12. More information will be provided as we get closer to the date.
Physicals Required for Grade 10
Students entering Grade 10 in Fall 2024 are required to have a recent annual physical on file with Stamford Public Schools. We recommend that you schedule your child’s physical around their birthday. It can be difficult to get an appointment right before school begins. Your child’s healthcare provider will need to complete this form for the school nurse.
If your child does not have a regular healthcare provider, click here for a list of providers in Stamford that offer school physicals.
School Closing, Delays, and Early Release Information
· 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 News and Alerts.
· Staff will be notified of closures or delays via phone calls and emails. Staff may subscribe to District News and Alerts or opt-in to school messenger notifications by populating the appropriate fields in their DayForce account. More details can be found in last week’s Getting to the Point.
· Early dismissals will be announced in the buildings.
February 16 February break (School Closed)
February 19 Presidents’ Day (School Closed)
February 20 February break (School Closed)
February 28 Early dismissal for students at 11:45 am (School-based PD)
2024-2025 Important Lottery Dates
Lottery Application Due Date - January 16, 2024 - 4:00pm
Lottery Draw Date - February 1, 2024
Lottery Acceptances Due - February 21, 2024
Upcoming AITE Information Sessions
Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 9:30 am – 11 am
Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 6 pm – 7 pm
AITE Magnet School Application
AITE only accepts applications for incoming 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.
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.