Dear AITE Family,
The holiday season is upon us. Last night was the first night of Hanukkah. In the spirit of contributing to our local and global communities, several clubs are holding clothing and toy drives for different charities for the month of December. If you have any new socks or gently used hats, gloves, and other clothing or new, unwrapped toys, please consider having your child bring them in for one of these drives or you can drop off these items in the main office.
AITE had 2 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.
Performances for the Stamford All School Musical Production of Legally Blonde continue this Friday Saturday evening at 7:30 pm in the Westhill Auditorium. There is also a matinee performance at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 10. Congratulations to AITE cast members: Dina Hamrane, James Kolman, Greenley Lasko, Ella Leferman, and Kaitlyn Miranda and crew members: Braedan Devault, Lucas Devault, Miles DeSantis, and Marleah Solomon. For tickets go to [StamfordAllSchoolMusical.org]All-SchoolMusical
CIEE Deadlines are Approaching
The deadline for CIEE Summer 2024 application is January 24, 2024.
Click this link to access CIEE’s Summer '24 flyer: Link to CIEE Summer 2024 Flyer
Congratulations to AITE student, John Koehler, who submitted a short story that he wrote in Mr. Donnelly’s Creative Writing class to Writopia’s Halloween Anthology Contest in October and was recently notified that his work was accepted for publication.
Parent-Teacher Conferences – December 13, 14, and 15 (Early Release)
Students will be dismissed at 11:45 am on December 13, 14, and 15 because of parent-teacher conferences. Starting next week parents/guardians will have the opportunity to schedule conferences with their children’s teachers during these early release days. Teachers will be available for conferences from 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm. This year, parents/guardians can request a 5-minute time slot for the conference and must indicate whether they want to meet in-person, talk via phone call, or conference with the teachers via Google Meet. To schedule an appointment, please send an email to Penny Giantomidis email@example.com in the main office. Each conference is 5-minutes long, so please join the conference at the correct time so the teacher is able to meet with other scheduled parents/guardians on time. The last day to schedule an appointment will be Monday, December 11th at 12:00 pm. If you are unable to meet with teachers during these times, you can always email them directly with your questions or concerns. Counselors and support staff are also available to meet with parents/guardians on these days; however, you must contact these staff members directly to schedule an appointment.
Progress Report Grades – December 15
The midway point of the second marking period is Friday, December 15. The second marking period will close on January 19.
SCOPES December Meeting
The Stamford Coalition of Parents Expecting Success (SCOPES) is hosting its next meeting on Wednesday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Rippowam Media Center. Representatives from the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will discuss how parents can be actively and effectively involved in the development of their child's individualized education program (IEP). Click here to register to attend this meeting.
December 13, 14, and 15 11:45 am dismissal for parent-teacher conferences
December 15 Progress Report Grades in PowerSchool Parent Portal
December 22 11:45 am dismissal
December 25 – January 1 Winter Recess - School Closed
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.