October 8, 2021
Academy Hill Celebrates its 35th Anniversary!
Academy Hill will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its opening on Tuesday, October 12. We have treats and surprises ready for our students as we prepare to look back on our storied history of creating the visionaries, innovators and leaders of the past 35 years. Thank you for being a part of our inspirational journey.
The 2021 - 2022 academic year marks the 35th anniversary of the opening of Academy Hill School as an independent day school for bright and curious students from throughout Greater Springfield, the Hartford area, and the Lower Pioneer Valley. We are incredibly proud of of our history of creating the next generations of visionaries, innovators and leaders.

Please join us throughout the year as we celebrate this important milestone.

On Tuesday, October 12, we will mark the 35th anniversary of the first day of school at Academy Hill! We have several surprises ready for this most special day. We are asking all AHS staff and students to wear their Academy Hill gear or colors (navy and maroon) that day. Please check your parent email for more details!

For more information about the founding of Academy Hill, visit the

Newest Class of National Junior Honor Society Students Inducted into AHS Chapter
Academy Hill welcomed the 2021 inductees to the National Junior Honor Society in a brief ceremony held last Monday. Our newest members were recognized by the Faculty Council for their strong demonstration to the five pillars of the organization: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. The National Junior Honor Society is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most prestigious student recognition programs. At the ceremony, each new inductee spoke to one or more pillars of the NJHS, and answered questions about the various activities that impressed the selection committee.

We congratulate Lauryn Piela, Camden Dow, Ella Rousou and Adrianna Chechile on their accomplishments.
Secondary School Information Fair: October 19
On Tuesday, October 19, Academy Hill will welcome admissions representatives from over ten area secondary schools to our campus. The Middle School students and their families are invited to join us from 6:00p - 7:30p to learn more about these schools and their programs, and to determine which are of interest as they pursue academic options after graduation.

All adult (18+) attendees are required to show proof of full vaccination status OR a negative PCR test administered within 48 hours of the event. Thank you for keeping our community safe.
2021 - 2022 Academic Calendar Now Available
For a first look at the recently released 2021 - 2022 Academic Calendar, please click HERE to visit the Parent Page of our website. Thank you!
2021 - 2022 Initial COVID Safety Protocols and Information
The Academy Hill COVID Response Team - a dedicated team that includes school leaders, along with medical professionals, infectious disease and public health experts from among our parent community - meets regularly to review our COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The most recent version of the Safety Plan can be found under the Parent tab on our Website. As we update or revise the plan, the latest version will be posted to the website in this location. As a reminder, all families agreed through the Parent and Student Handbook acknowledgement form that they are responsible for reading and complying with the most recent version of the Academy Hill COVID Safety Plan.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.
Candids!
Mark Your Calendars
Thursday, September 30 and all Thursdays unless noted
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends
7:00p via Zoom

Monday, October 11
Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day
NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 12
Happy 35th Anniversary Academy Hill!

Tuesday, October 19
Secondary School Information Night

Friday, October 29
Parent Association Halloween SPOOKTACULAR

Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2
Parent - Teacher Conferences (via Zoom)
Invitation link for registration to be sent via email
NOTE: There is NO SCHOOL on conference days!

Thursday, November 11
Veterans Day
NO SCHOOL

Friday, November 19
Trimester One Grades Close

Wednesday, November November 24 - Friday, November 26
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
NO SCHOOL

Please continue to check back often for changes to the academic calendar.
Any major changes will also be announced via parent email.
Thursday Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends!
We are thrilled to be able to continue regular Thursday Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Earls and Friends. Please plan to join us as we travel the world and explore new cultures together! This year we will hear unfamiliar tales, but also revisit some of the families and traditions we learned about over the past year and a half. Parents, please look for a link to Thursday Bedtime Stories in your email!

Next Story: Thursday, October 14 at 7:00p via Zoom

Next selection: One, written and illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi

Summary: A winner of 15 literary awards, including the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor and the Teacher's Choice Award, One is a creative and colorful tale about what happens when friends come together to take a stand.
Alumni Corner
The next edition of the Alumni Newsletter will be released in December.

As you look ahead to winter, please send along any updates. We look forward to receiving college matriculation news from our Class of 2018 alumni!

While current conditions may prevent us from gathering in person this holiday season, please remember your elementary/middle school alma mater in your annual giving plan! Thank you!


Please send updates to academy@academyhill.org.
Parent Association News and Updates
All current AHS parents are considered members of the PA. There is no official process to join the Parents Association, and there are no dues!

    Please email the Parent Association for information about current PA activities.

Activities to look forward to include the annual Halloween Spooktacular!

Please remember to check your child's Friday Folder for news from the Parent Association!
For all current AHSPA news and information, join the Parent Association Facebook Group
Academy Hill has been named a Constant Contact All Star Award Winner for 2018. Thank you to our subscribers for reading and responding to our emails! We remain proud of our strong commitment to home-school communication.
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