Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
 Monday, October 1, 2018 
   
Positive momentum. As I got ready to release this current community update, those two words jumped to mind here on this first day of October. I know how busy many of our families and community partners are, but even a quick glance below at what some of our fiercely dedicated faculty are doing with their students paints a picture of terrific progress heading into the new month.  
 
Please remember that Wednesday, October 10th will be a regular full-day across all OCPS campuses (no early release) and that there is no school for students on Monday, October 15th (yet still a teacher work day). 
 
I hope your week is off to a great start and thank you so much for taking a look at a few recent images of student achievement here at AEHS. Your interest is deeply appreciated! 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Douglas K. Loftus
Principal   

Pictured very top: Students in Mr. Demarco's math class work through a rotation process as they study key geometry terms (story below).



U.S. History with Ms. Shewchuk
Ms. Shewchuk's class are pictured below working in groups and rotating to different stations and classifying terms and ideas. The students have been studying reconstruction and post civil war politics.





Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates

Grade
9/28
9/21
9/14
9/7
8/24
Direction
Trend
(Weeks)
8th
88.6%
89.3%
85.7%
86.6%
91.4%
Slowing
1
9th
93.1%
95.4%
89.7%
92.9%
94.3%
Slowing
1
10th
92.6%
88.7%
90.6%
89.9%
92.3%
Rising
1
11th
86.1%
91.9%
89.7%
91.5%
90.3%
Slowing
1
12th
76.3%
85.2%
85.9%
79.6%
80.0%
Slowing
2

Source: OCPS Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost class instructional time.
Direction: Rising, Slowing, Unchanged.
Trend: Number of weeks moving in the current direction.
* Weekly results provided courtesy of Ms. Vicki Jenkins, School Receptionist and 2018-2019 AEHS Support Person of the Year
 
Chemistry with Mrs. Dipasquale

Chemistry students in Mrs. Dipasquale's class were learning chromatography in the
final days of September


Mrs. Dipasquale going over the chromatography lab with her students last week




What Our Students Are Reading . . .
Most popular books during the month of September 2018
#1) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

#2) Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

#3) Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

* Credit: Ms. Amanda M. Havner, AEHS Media Center

Geometry with Mr. Demarco

Students in Mr. Demarco's class are defining, drawing and explaining geometry terms. As seen here, his students rotate through four different stations with specific steps: 1) define the term via textbook; 2) look for synonyms in the dictionary; 3) draw a diagram or picture; and 4) explain the term to peers.
 

Looking Ahead . . . November Special Events



Monday's Motivational Moment!
NEVER GIVE UP - FAMOUS FAILURES

Einstein was 4 years old before he could speak.

Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school and was considered "unpromising."

Oprah Winfrey had a rough and abusive childhood and was fired for her job as a reporter because she was deemed "unfit for TV."

When Thomas Edison was a youngster, his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. He was counseled to go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality.

F.W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21, but his boss would not permit him to wait on customers because he "didn't have enough sense to close a sale."

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. (Bob Cousy suffered the same fate, but he too is a Hall of Famer.)

A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he "lacked imagination and had no original ideas."

 
 
Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade and had to repeat it because he did not complete the standardized tests that were required for promotion.

Babe Ruth struck out 1,300 times, a major league record.
 
"Far better it is do dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though checkered with failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits who
neither enjoy much nor suffer much because
they live in the gray twilight that knows not
victory nor defeat."

~ Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president
 
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Make it a successful week and month of October!
Douglas K. Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Monday, October 1, 2018
 
 
 
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