The Comet's Tale  
April 28, 2017
Meet ASTEC's new Assistant Superintendent
Huge news from the ASTEC leadership team!
 
Our fearless leader Dr. Freda Deskin  has named the first-ever ASTEC Assistant Superintendent. She searched far and wide and, as is often the case, the perfect candidate was one of us all along. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Keith Blackston,  an amazing ASTEC math teacher who will be the new Assistant Superintendent starting June 1.

Blackston has a Bachelor's Degree in Family Studies and Gerontology from Southern Nazarene University. He also attended Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Central Oklahoma.
 
More about Blackston in next week's The Comet's Tale! 
ASTEC ranks among state's top schools
It may come as no surprise to anyone who knows ASTEC - the school is one of the state's most respected public schools, charter or otherwise.

And Dr. Freda Deskin, ASTEC's Founder, CEO and Superintendent has a perspective on school administration unrivaled by most, given her nearly five decades in academia.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual list of the country's best high schools and ASTEC Charter High School ranked an impressive 32nd in Oklahoma.

The ranking comes largely from ASTEC's participation in Advanced Placement course work and its graduation rate in the mid-90 percent. Click here to read the article. 
 
Seniors don caps and gowns
There is nothing quite like the feel of a crisp graduation robe and the aroma of a pristine mortarboard fresh from its wrapping to instill a shiver of excitement in a senior  on the brink of graduating from high school.

This is a season in their lives when our graduating Comets are closing one chapter and beginning another, following their paths as young adults with a new freedom and maturity.

Our seniors felt that glow of anticipation as they tried on their caps and gowns for the first time this week. Graduation is May 12, the last day of school is May 19; May 20 is the first day of the rest of the lives of our ASTEC Comets Class of 2017! 

Relish these moments, seniors. Remember your high school days; they are some of the most important formative years of your lives. And remember ASTEC and the family you will always have here.

Once a Comet, always a Comet! 
All Sports Banquet Brings Teams Together

The ASTEC All Sports Banquet was last night and our superb scholar athletes were honored.

Jarvis DeLeon was named Comet of the Year!

It's been an exceptional year for ASTEC sports, thanks to all our outstanding coaches.

Here's a quick shout-out to our Comets Coaches who were recently honored by ASTEC Board of Directors Chair Debra Murray for their dedication to ASTEC Scholar Athletes. 

Jacob Miller, Athletic Director

Casey Barnett, High School Girls’ Soccer

Michael Horn, High School Boys’ Soccer

Jason Nwisienyi, Assistant Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball

Danny Porter, Rowing and Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country

Chris Pratt, Assistant Boys’ Soccer

Jill Shore, Cheer

Kerry Tremain, Bowling

Angela Dormiani - Tennis

Ryan Patterson - Golf

Blake Lindley - Middle School Boys' & Girls' Soccer

Clarissa Urbina -Middle School Boys' & Girls' Soccer


Photos: Top,  Comet of the Year - Jarvis DeLeon poses with Athletics Director Jacob Miller and Coach Danny Porter. 
Next row, cross-country girls' team (left), cross-country boys' team (right) 
Lower grouping top row: Cheer (left), Tennis (right) 
Next row: Golf (left), Bowling (right)
Next row: Rowing (left), Girls' Basketball
Bottom row: Boys' Basketball, Boys' Soccer
Angels in our midst
We are getting very close to being able to provide each and every ASTEC graduating senior a 2017 ASTEC Charter Schools Yearbook. 

YOU can be a Yearbook Angel by buying a $50 yearbook for a deserving senior. 

Please support our Comet Seniors as they make their way from ASTEC  to college or other higher education. Your donation is tax deductible and the gratitude you'll receive is priceless.


ASTEC Comets to give the gift of life
ASTEC scholars give of themselves in so many ways.

They raise money each year for various nonprofit organizations, such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America (Ms. Dormiani's class will soon enjoy a free Olive Garden lunch for raising the most for LLS). They walk in countless awareness walks including the recent American Heart Association Heart Walk. In fact, as ASTEC scholars, our kids are required to serve the community. But they do it with love.

These kids give their blood, sweat and tears for their community and are about to do it again with the May 1 ASTEC Charter School Blood Drive.

Like the shirts say, ASTEC has some of the city's best and brightest HEROs! 

There are some rules: If a scholar is under 18, he or she needs a permission slip from parents. Donors must be at least 16 and weigh at least 125 pounds. Be sure to eat breakfast and lunch and drink plenty of fluid before giving blood. 
Graduation is around the corner 
About 95 ASTEC seniors are approaching their final days of high school. They're gearing for their senior prom (Party Like Gatsby!) to be held April 22. 

The athletes are ready to receive their coveted letters at the All Sports Banquet on April 28. And our senior Comets are busy having senior portraits taken, sending graduation announcements and trying on caps, gowns and honor cords.

Eighth grade Promotion is May 9. 

The Senior Banquet will be held May 5 at the Will Rogers Theatre and Commencement Ceremonies will be held May 12 at First Presbyterian Church. 

Edibles and Activities 

MENUS

May 1 to May 5, 2017

All meals include fresh fruit. All breakfast meals include milk or juice and cereal as a choice.
All lunch meals include fruit, milk or water and salad bar.

Monday 

Breakfast: Buscuit & Gravy

Lunch: Cheeseburger and French Fries

Tuesday

Breakfast: Toast with Scrambled Eggs

Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Knot

Wednesday

Breakfast: Waffle and Sausage

Lunch: Ham & Cheese Sub, Garden Salad 

Thursday

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Toppings

Lunch: BBQ Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Roasted Carrots, Dinner Roll 

Friday 

Breakfast: Donut and Trix Yogurt

Lunch: Chicken Fajitas, Spanish Rice, Beans, Chips and Salsa

Mark Your Calendar!

May 1 to May 19, 2017


Monday, May 1
Final Blood Drive -  The Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot outside Exit C near the mall courtyard from  8:30am to 1pm .  Please see Mr. Perkins or a STUCO representative for more details.  

Tuesday, May 2
Middle School Soccer 
ASTEC vs. Belle Isle
Boys at  4:30 p.m. , Girls at  5:30 p.m.  - 5904 N Villa Avenue, OKC 73112

Thursday, May 4
History State Competition  
Ms. Hanna and select scholars will be attending. Time and location TBA.  

First Tee Golf from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 
(see Mr. Patterson for more details)

Friday, May 5
Senior Banquet from 6 to 8 p.m.
Will Rogers Theatre,
4322 N Western Ave, OKC 73118

Tuesday, May 9
8th Grade Promotion 

Friday, May 12
ASTEC High School Graduation

Friday, May 19
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!