Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Perspective is a funny thing. As a school leader, as any leader does, trying to see your organization from multiple angles is a great challenge. No matter how easy it may be for us to temper our experience with helping gain perspective, it becomes infinitely more challenging to understand the perspective of young people. School leaders either fail to recall the conscious experience of being a high school student, in which they fail to relate, empathize, or generalize their own experience to that of a student's; or they key in on commonalities from their own experience that can resonate with students today.

In my haste to run an orderly school with universally high expectations, I often fail to recall the reasons why I visited the school nurse when I wasn't sick, asked to use the bathroom when I had no intention of using the bathroom at all, why I deflected with disruptive comments in class when I just didn't understand material and didn't want anyone to know, or made disrespectful and obnoxious comments to student-athletes from opposing schools. Yet, I see students engage in these behaviors and automatically think they are doing something wrong.

Because I'm constantly refining my perspective, I proudly declare I'm a "work in progress" and happy to admit it. And maybe, that's not such a bad thing for our kids to see in their principal.

Enjoy the rest of your week and if you have a student at Acceleration East, please remember that we have distributed 1st quarter student progress reports and after-school tutoring kicks off today! 
With Phoenix Pride,
Mr. Doug Loftus
2019-2020 Calendar
Dates to Watch For:

* Sept. 15: Start of Hispanic Heritage Month across the USA
* Sept. 16: 1st Quarter Progress Reports distributed
* Sept. 17: Start of After-School Tutoring, 2:30-4:00 pm
* Sept. 23-27: SPIRIT WEEK (each day has its own theme beginning with Monday's "Culture Day")
* Sept. 27: Pep Rally
* Oct. 18: Met Gala, 7-11PM
* Nov. 5: Spirit Night at Texas Roadhouse, 4:00-8:00 pm.
"Catching the Winning Behaviors"
AEHS Phoenix students being recognized by their teachers for their extra efforts over recent days . . . 

Brandy Tineo-Plaza, Ivyliz Rodriguez, and Javier Williams were "bragged on" on by their teachers: Ms. Ker and Mr. Roberts
Jazmyne Midence received a candy bar from Mr. Roberts for being such a great student this 1st nine weeks!

Kara Keenan earned her candy bar from Ms. Melton for scoring 100% on her math test last week.

Phoenix and Ty'riah were also recognized by Mr. Roberts for their super work.

Joshua Torres was bragged on by Mr. Roberts for continuously being prepared in class.

Mr. Roberts, World History teacher, spotlighted Coralys Santiago here at the middle of the 1st nine weeks of 2019-2020. This week our teachers distributed student progress reports for the 1st quarter.
Rigor in the Classroom
Mrs. Maldonado's class

Last Friday Mrs. Maldonado covered the difference between the main idea and the theme in the students' reading.

Surprise Visit!
Mrs. Maldonado's (teacher featured just above) daughter Nadia serves in the U.S. Air Force and made a special visit on Friday that completely surprised her mom!- Fox 35 News story.

Spirit Night
Thank you to Texas Roadhouse for their support . . .

Texas Roadhouse really made our families feel welcome during Spirit Night. The next Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night is scheduled for Nov. 5th. from 4-8PM. Please save this date!

Principal Loftus with Janet, restaurant manager

Vital Signs
Hispanic Heritage Month '19
In the USA, the share of Hispanics with at least a 4-year college degree has been steadily rising over the long-run (purple line in chart).

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Read the full article
Motivational Moment!
Wisdom to Live By for the Week of Sept. 16-20

Scott Kelly On Goals
If we have a goal and a plan, and are willing to take risks and (make) mistakes and work as a team, we can choose to do the hard thing.
~ Scott Kelly, astronaut

Pat Summitt On Success
It's harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb.
~ Pat Summitt, basketball coach

Elon Musk On Analysis
Constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
~ Elon Musk, entrepreneur

Andrew Carnegie on Extra Effort
There are two types of people who never achieve much in their lifetime. The person who won't do what he is told, and the person who will do no more than he is told.
~ Andrew Carnegie, industrialist

Make it a great Tuesday and remember, go that extra mile whenever you can . . .
that part of the roadway is never crowded!

Doug Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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