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Ms. Rivera , Principal

Ms. Prince, Assistant Principal

Mr. Cozza, Assistant Principal

Ms. Rivera's Weekly Communication

March 24, 2023

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.


Ms. Rivera


COVID Dashboard

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 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:

Early Dismissal

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: 

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

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 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: if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.