School SAT Day for all juniors will take place tomorrow Tuesday, March 28. Testing will begin promptly at 7:25 am. There will be a 4-hour delayed opening for students in all other grades. Students, who are not testing, should arrive to the building at 11:25 am and report to the Cyber Café, the Media Center, rooms 107, 110, or 111 until testing concludes. We will run all A-Day classes tomorrow for 25 minutes, and students will have a 30-minute lunch during their A1 class. Please see the attached special bell schedule for class times.
ACADEMY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
SAT Day Special Bell Schedule
March 28, 2023
Testing 7:25 am – 11:40 am (Proctors and monitors will receive the revised
detailed schedule with their testing materials)
Period A1 11:43 am -12:41 pm
Lunch/Class Wave Schedule
*All regular test time juniors and freshmen will have first lunch wave; plus, Peterson, Pollicella,
and Stout (Pollicella and Stout’s students will eat in the Media Center)
1ˢᵗ Wave: Lunch: 11:43 am – 12:13 pm
Class: 12:16 pm – 12:41 pm
*All sophomores and senior classes will have second lunch wave.
2ⁿᵈ Wave: Class: 11:43 am – 12:08 pm
Lunch: 12:11 pm – 12:41 pm
Period A2 12:44 pm – 1:09 pm
Period A3 1:12 pm – 1:37 pm
*Extended time test takers will have a 30-min. lunch when their testing concludes.
Period A4 1:40 pm – 2:05 pm
Happening at AITE
Ms. Rivera's Weekly Communication
Dear AITE Family,
Today we held our annual March Madness Student-Faculty Basketball Game at Rippowam for the first time since the pandemic. The faculty emerged victorious and remains undefeated, since the event started in 2021. A good time was had by all! This event and others that have been making their comeback since COVID help to promote school spirit and strengthen our sense of community; they help to create a sense of belonging, which is one important aspect of school climate. Speaking of school climate, we hope that all of our students, staff, and families will take a few minutes to complete our School Climate Survey. You can find more details about the survey below.
AITE did not have any reported COVID cases 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 email@example.com 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).
*Here is a link to the BOE Attendance/High School Regulations 5113A-R.
Please review the document carefully: https://docs.google.com/
Next Wednesday, March 29 students will be dismissed at 11:45 am. Students must leave the building at dismissal as there are no after school activities, because staff will be participating in professional development activities.
School SAT Day
In-School SAT Day for all juniors will take place on Tuesday, March 28. There will be a 4-hour delayed opening for students in all other grades. There was a letter that was emailed to all families earlier this week with details, including the schedule for the day.
*Juniors must make sure they bring their school issued laptop, fully charged to their testing room. The test has a built in calculator, however, juniors may bring their own College Board approved calculator to use instead. Please see the College Board Calculator Policy: https://satsuite.collegeboard.
Silvermine Art Show
The Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, CT is sponsoring its annual Teen Visions Art Show and Competition, this Sunday between 1pm and 3pm at. This show features artwork from our top visual artists at AITE, WHS and SHS.
Spring recess will begin at the end of the school day next Friday, March 31. Students and staff will return to school on Monday, April 10, which will be an A-Day.
SPS School Climate Survey is Now Open!
School climate affects every aspect of the school experience. Research has shown that a positive school climate correlates to higher attendance rates, test scores, promotion rates, and graduation rates. When everyone feels welcome, safe, and valued in school, it positively impacts both teaching and learning.
The survey is available in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, and Ukrainian. Students will have time in their Mentor Monday class on March 27 to complete the survey. Staff will have some time on March 29 to complete the survey. Families have until the end of the month to complete the survey. Click here for more information and the FAQ. The link to the survey is on the home page of our web site aitestamford.org as well as the district’s website. Your feedback will help us maintain what we are doing well and also help us make improvements where needed to ensure everyone feels welcome, safe, and valued.
We Need Your Help!
Several members of our PTSO will be graduating this spring, and many more the following year! We are reaching out to parents/guardians for help, as we need parents/guardians who are looking for ways to get more involved with our PTSO, in ways that are both big and small. Please contact Susan Leferman, Beth Goodman, or Cheryl Devault at AITE’s general PTSO email address: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.
AITE Pride Points
Outstanding Teacher of the Year
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.
AITE Alumnus Performs with Cirque du Soleil
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.
$50,000 Raised by Students this Past School Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
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.
Commended by NEASC Decennial Accreditation
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 won 1st-place in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship World Series of Innovation, Saint-Gobain Sustainable Cities Challenge
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.