Dear AITE Family,
Next Friday, October 6 is the half-way point between the start of the school year and the first quarter. You can check your children’s progress at any time throughout the year by looking at their grades on Power School. Please contact your children’s teachers directly if you have any questions or concerns, especially since there is still plenty of time for students to make improvements from now until the quarter ends.
AITE had 4 reported COVID cases this week.
Here is the link to SPS’ BOE Attendance/High School Regulations 5113A:
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.
Authorized Free Period – Seniors Only
Seniors who have accumulated 20 credits by the end of their junior year may apply for an authorized free period. Seniors who remain on campus during this time must report to the Media Center or Senior Lounge, unless they have a pass from a staff to be in a different location for a specific purpose. A parent/guardian must complete the Permission for an Authorized Free Period Form before the senior is granted this privilege. Permission for an Authorized Free Period Parents must complete this form by Tuesday or counselors will begin scheduling seniors into classes where they have an opening.
Seniors, who are eligible for an Authorized Unassigned Period, are still bound by the policies and expectations pertaining to personal conduct and behavior as outlined in the Student Handbook, District Policies and Regulations including the District’s Open Campus Policy and Regulation (#5112), and will be subject to disciplinary action for violations.
Here is a screen shot of the forms that are currently in the Parent Portal of PowerSchool:
Please check the links embedded in other areas of this email for forms that are required to request permission to park on campus, request a locker, and for seniors to have an authorized free period. They are in blue.
PSATs – Save the Date
All students in grades 10 and 11 will be taking the PSAT exam on Wednesday, October 11. Students in grades 9 and 12 will have a 3 and a half-hour delayed start. You will receive a separate letter with more information about the PSATs from Ms. Prince, who coordinates this assessment.
Senior Portrait Dates
Legacy Studios will be at AITE to photograph seniors for the Yearbook on the following dates by appointment only: October 18, 19, and 20, and November 6 and 30. Seniors will be photographed in a graduation gown and stole for the Yearbook; however, they may wear other attire if you are going to purchase a package. There will be no additional dates, so please make sure your senior schedules an appointment so they are included in the Yearbook. Please use this link to schedule your appointment: Senior Portraits
Special Bell Schedule – Monday, October 2
We will follow a Connection Time schedule on Monday, October 2 so all students can complete the DESSA student self-report in their Connection Time classes. Students can see their Connection Time teacher and room location on Power School. Please see my attached letter for more information on the DESSA. Seniors who have an authorized free period should report to school by 8:40 am on Monday. Connection Time will take place between periods B1 and B2. Classes will be slightly abbreviated.
Student Parking on Campus
Students’ use of motor vehicles at AITE is a privilege granted by the school to authorized students only. Students who have not completed this form must park off campus, until we receive it: Student Parking on Campus Form
Student vehicles may only be parked in the lot adjacent to the tennis courts. Students may not park in any other areas, which are designated for staff and visitors. Students are subject to the rules, regulations and administrative guidelines in the parking regulations and must comply with all state laws. Students who violate these rules/laws are subject to disciplinary consequences appropriate for the circumstances, including but not limited to loss of the privilege.
Administration of the DESSA Monday, October 2
Progress Report Grades Friday, October 6
Columbus Day – No School Monday, October 9
School Day PSAT Day Wednesday, October 11
Early Release for Students Wednesday, October 25
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.