Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
Monday, August 26, 2019
With fellow principals Dr. Hilary Buckridge of Legacy Middle School and Mr. John Dobbs of Lake Sybelia Elementary School during last week's National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) conference. 
Leadership is the fabric by which a community creates identity and higher standards.      
At a school, leadership cannot exclusively come from the top down. It must come from the bottom up. And it doesn't always have to come from the students who have the positional authority of elected office. It comes from student's self-advocating for their schedules. It comes from intervening between two students in conflict. It comes from committing to a project that beautifies the campus. It comes from making the right decision, even though it's the toughest or least popular decision. It comes from seeing a need and acting on it. It comes from reminding others what's special and unique about them. It comes from putting your arm around a fellow student you don't know and telling them it will be OK. It comes from wearing Acceleration East's purple, black, and silver and knowing that your four years are what you make of it. And that you intend to make the most of it - for yourself AND others.   
Over time, we may go our separate ways, but with leadership from our students everyday, the bond can AND WILL last a lifetime. Go Phoenix school community!  
With Phoenix Pride,
Mr. Doug Loftus
2019-2020 Calendar
Dates to Watch For:

* Sept. 2: Labor Day (No school)
* Sept. 16: 1st Progress Reports
* Sept. 17: Start of After-School Tutoring from 2:30-4:00 pm

As was the case last school year, certain Wednesdays will be regular length school days to accommodate testing. The first of these is October 16th for PSAT and SAT where there will be no early release. Please plan ahead accordingly.
Rigor in the Classroom
Portuguese with Ms. Marcia Vieira
Pictured below in class last Tuesday, Ms. Vieira's students began their study of the Portuguese language by covering the alphabet.

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year
Mr. Pete Roberts, World History

2019-2020 Support Person of the Year
Agatha Parson, AEHS Food and Nutrition Manager

Dress Code
For Boys:
* Black or Khaki pants -- no holes or tears
* Shirts are allowed to be out
* Belts are optional -- no saggy pants
* No drawstring pants
* Closed toed shoes  

For Girls:
* Black or khaki pants -- no holes or tears
* Leggings are not allowed
* No drawstring pants
* Capris are allowed -- no higher than mid-calf
* Closed toed shoes

For Both Boys & Girls:

* School ID must be worn on a lanyard around the neck AT ALL TIMES
* ID must be visible AT ALL TIMES

Coats, Jackets & Sweaters:
* All non-AEHS outerwear must be removed upon entering the school building
* Only AEHS sweatshirts are allowed in the school building
* AEHS uniform shirts must be worn underneath
* AEHS hoodies (from previous school years) may be worn, but the hood must stay off your head

* Bandanas of any color are not allowed

*** PASS (Level 2 Referral) will be used for students who are out of dress code multiple times.
Ongoing Professional Development
A top priority at AEHS . . .
One of Acceleration East's top strategic goals for the school year is the continuous training of staff. We want our teachers and administrators to be on the leading edge. This past week Principal Loftus took part in a special event geared towards school administrators hosted by the NISL.

Monday's Motivational Moment!
A few quick reminders for the week of August 26th . . .

William McKinley On Optimism 
In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.
~ William McKinley, 25th U.S. president

James Cameron On Ambition 
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success.
~ James Cameron, director

Eleanor Roosevelt On Emotional Control 
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady

Angela Kelly On Routines 
Worthwhile things are not built in short periods of time. They come from a consistent series of actions.
~ Angela Kelly, soccer player/coach

Paul Coelho On Behavior 
The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.
~ Paul Coelho, author

And . . . The Turtle On Persistence!
Have a good Monday morning and a productive week!
Doug Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Monday, August 26, 2019
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