Elementary News



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  • MAP Testing postponed until February
  • All extra-curricular activities will run as usual starting this week
  • General Assembly; Thurs., Nov. 21st @ 8:30
  • 2nd quarter clothes/toy drive continues until Friday, Nov. 22nd

Message from the Principal

It is our pleasure to launch the new ACS Website. The purpose of this website is to establish a powerful and meaningful web presence, and to celebrate the learning community we have established here at ACS with the rest of the world. I hope you enjoy browsing the new site.

The Cougar Hub will remain the primary resource for parents who want accurate, up to date information about the school in real-time.


On Thursday and Friday faculty and staff met together to prepare to receive students at school on Monday. A training led by external psychologists has equipped us to help children understand crisis in their lives and how to recognize social-emotional stress in ourselves and in others. We also read the following article: Talking to Children About Violence which is a terrific resource for parents as well. We ask that you read it and speak with your children about the events of the last 3 weeks in a developmentally appropriate manner. We plan to do the same and we look forward to welcoming you and your children back to school as a team of educators founded in integrity, committed to diversity, and focused on excellence.

We believe that a return to a predictable routine with trusted adults will serve our children well as we move through the next few days, weeks and months. We will have professional counseling services (internal and external experts) available for students throughout the week and beyond as needed to respond to group and individual needs as they arise.

Absences and Grades

We will be "holding students harmless" when assessing the work they produced or did not produce since October 22. This means that if grades earned on summative work submitted after October 22 raises their overall grade (as it was recorded prior to October 22) we will count it and if it doesn't, we will exempt it so it does not count. There will be no penalty for work not submitted between October 22 and November 17.

Beginning Monday, November 18 teachers may assign new work and/or work to be made up in a manner that they determine is realistic and achievable by their students. All absences between October 22 and November 15 will be marked as excused.

Absences beginning Monday, November 18

Normal attendance procedures: please alert your level secretary or the attendance office if your child cannot make it to school. An alternative learning plan may be developed for them as determined appropriate by the Senior Leadership Team.


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