November 23, 2022
Dear AITE Family,
Every day at the end of my daily announcements I share a quote or thought that I have found, which resonates with me. The quote I selected today was, “We tend to forget that happiness does not come as a result of getting something we do not have, but rather recognizing and appreciating what we do have. “ I recognize that AITE is a school of choice, but I appreciate that you chose to be here and the sense of community that has been created, because of this.
I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
AITE had 3 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).
School is closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. School will reopen on Monday, November 28 and we will follow a Mentor Monday schedule.
SPS Magnet Lottery
The SPS Magnet School lottery application is now open for the 2023-24 school year. Complete information about our magnet school program – including application deadline, lottery draw date and acceptance deadline – is available here and at the top home page of our web site www.aitestamford.org under AITE Application.
*Please note that if you have a child that is returning to AITE next year and you have an incoming 9th or 10th grade student that you would like to attend AITE, you still must apply through the lottery, where you will be able to indicate that the applicant has a sibling who attends AITE.
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.