Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
 Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The more we come out and support our students in what they love to do, the harder they will work during the school day. The formula isn't complicated - its rooted in reciprocity and respect. As parents and educators, we put parameters in place for our kids to re-frame priorities around what's important. That's our job as the influencers in their lives. Let's respect the fact that their greatest memory from high school won't be my incessant calls to get to class or lesson 3.1 in class. It'll be the value-added experience of cheering at pep rallies, the thrill and agony of games played, the nervousness before and the elation after performances.

I used to think my satisfaction as principal would be derived by metrics, scores and appearing on lists. These things are nice and help drive our work, but my satisfaction comes from watching students in THEIR element; wherever that is, classroom, field, stage, court, pit, or otherwise.

With Phoenix Pride,   
Mr. Doug Loftus

Pictured at the very top and below: These students have earned a special trip and will be traveling to Washington D.C. - Jonathan Bazan, Natalie Munoz, Ariadne Qunitero, Willian Trejo

Vital Signs

Credit: Ms. Victoria S. Jenkins, 2019 Support Person of the Year
Rigor in the Classroom: Close Reading
Mrs. Maldonado conducted a "close read" in her ELA 11 class last week.

The passage that Mrs Maldonado was sharing with her students last Friday. The argument the students covered on this Friday was written by Jane Goodall, the famous English primatologist and anthropologist.

SAT Practice

Students in Mr. Hall's class practicing for the upcoming SAT on their laptops.
Ongoing Professional Development at AEHS . . .
Last week educators and administrators from other OCPS campuses were at Acceleration East for training purposes. Continuing professional development is a major priority at OCPS and at our high school. Our educators benefit from studying the latest developments in the field which then go into practice within the classrooms.

 Our tremendous DPLC team! Lynn Shewchuk, Alka Singh, Annie Naffziger, and Pete Roberts with Principal Loftus. (District Professional Learning Committee)

Mr. Morse, principal at Acceleration West High School, leading the guided visit activity on Thursday, February 28th.
REMINDER: This coming Saturday morning at Jones!

Student Engagement with Mrs. Williams

Mrs. Williams helping students with a novel. Mrs. Williams teaches both reading and ELA 9 at AEHS.

Mrs. Williams' students analyzing sentences working to determine the correct punctuation.  
This Week's Motivational Moment!

Every day, when you get to work or school, you get to decide how much effort you're going to put in. A little, the normal amount, or go completely overboard. Few choose that last option, which gives you an advantage.

You see, going the extra mile isn't very common (or else it would just be the normal mile). Why put in more effort than you need to? If you can keep up with everyone else by walking five miles, why go six? Well, there's at least one good reason: because you immediately stand out just for putting in the effort!

Enjoy the rest of your week!
Acceleration East High School 
Doug Loftus, Principal
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
March 3, 1845 (Statehood)
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