April 11, 2022
What does ASMS means to you as a parent of a current student?
My daughter is in her first year at ASMS and what an experience it has been. She has not only done well academically but she has stepped outside of her comfort zone. My once introverted child has taken the stage in theater, ran cross country, been part of the tennis team, made incredible friendships, been part of the leadership of Ignite, and found one of her favorite classes- French! 

I often get asked "Was it a hard decision to let your child attend ASMS knowing she would have to live on campus?" My answer: She was prepared for this. She had been working hard for this opportunity since first attending AIMS camp. She knew the opportunities that could await her, but she also knew it would require sacrifice. As a family we knew if we got that acceptance letter, her educational experience would be priceless. Move in day was hard for me as a mom but also exciting because I was getting to watch firsthand as my daughter was experiencing something she has worked so hard for. I've watched her take this opportunity in stride and make the most of it. 

It is true that ASMS is no playground. It takes diligent studying and prioritizing. She had to find her rhythm and learn that the classes are harder and require more than just a thought. She recently took the French national exam, and we know how hard she prepared for it. 

One of the biggest takeaways I've had with our first year at ASMS is to really listen to my student. There have been some weekends where she just needs to come home and catch her breath and yes, even sleep sometimes. She is also involved in our local church and her youth group, so keeping that connection for her is imperative. 

We are so thankful for ASMS and what it means to our family. I've gotten to watch my daughter find her passions for education in her own way, and I cannot wait to see what the next years hold for her at this incredible school. 

Go Dragons!
Mrs. Allison Gailard
ASMS Parent to a Current Sophomore

*Pictured: Mrs. Gaillard with her family members at ASMS Family Celebration!
Announcements
2 Things
Tomorrow on April 12, 2022 students participating in the SGA Advisory program will meet with their advisory group and then attend the celebration. Other students will attend a presentation in the auditorium by the Osprey Initiative.
Keep it Short
ASMS will follow the regular “short day” schedule listed below for Thursday, April 14th. The bus will depart at 2:30 p.m. and the campus will close at 6:00 p.m., thus there will be no dinner served in the Cafeteria.
Short Day Schedule on Thursday, April 14:
1st -- 8:00-8:40
2nd -- 8:45-9:25
3rd -- 9:30-10:10
4th -- 10:15-10:55
6th -- 11:00-11:40
Lunch -- 11:45
7th -- 12:15-12:55
8th -- 1:00-1:40
Time to Play Pickleball!
On Saturday, April 30th the ASMS Parent Association is hosting the first annual ASMS Pickleball Open as a fundraiser! It is a mixed doubles tournament, and lunch is provided! If you can play, please sign up to play!!! Everyone is welcome to drop by Lott Park in Daphne, and if you want to volunteer to help run the event click that link below.


Student Updates and Opportunities
Lead the Way in Mobile
Youth Leadership Mobile seeks rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who demonstrate leadership potential and wish to become stewards of our Mobile community for the Class of 2023. During the nine-month program, the participants will expand their leadership skills, will be introduced to issues and opportunities in the community, and will learn how their leadership abilities can best fit those needs through the lens of servant leadership.

There are two steps to apply:
1) Submit the student application: A link can be found here.
2) Ask your principal or school administrator to fill out our recommendation form. The link can be found here.

*Please make sure to check the class calendar for conflicts on page one ahead of applying. Some dates are mandatory.

All parts of the application are due by Monday, May 16th, 2022. 
Around the ASMS Community
How well do you know Dr. Hoyle?
Dr. John Hoyle has served as ASMS President since 2019. He served as Interim President in 2018 and has worked at ASMS for over 15 years in professional roles ranging from public relations to teaching to admissions. However, how well do you really know Dr. Hoyle? Do you know his spirit animal or favorite sports team? Now you do! As time dwindles for our class of 2022, here are 22 fun facts about our President! Click the button to read.

By Senior Ava Frost, from Gadsden, AL
5 ASMS Alumni Participate In 2022 Panel For Students
5 ASMS graduates from varying class years recently served on a panel for ASMS assembly. The SGA prepared questions for the alumni to answer for the student body related to college, career, general life experiences, and more. Thank you to our 2022 alumni panelists! Click the button to read more about our panelists, their bios, and their academic & professional experiences.
ASMS Students Inducted into National Honor Society
Some of our World Languages students were honored at USA for having taken top prizes in the annual Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honors Society essay contest. This year’s topic was “Voice”. Students were required to write an essay in the language they are studying.

In Spanish, Olivia McAleer (senior) placed first, Mason Bayles (senior) placed second and Ligaya Gapud (junior) placed third.

In German, Kennedy White (junior) won first place and Albert Le (junior) took second. The students were awarded cash prizes in varying amounts according to their ranking.

Pictured: Kennedy, Ligaya, and Albert at the awards program
This past weekend the SGA hosted an event where students could participate in escape rooms at TK Escape Room. Pictured here is ASMS Community Assistant Markis Edwards with several students. They ALMOST broke out and said they enjoyed it thoroughly.
Resources
ASMS Directory: View it here.
Organizational Chart: View it here.
ASMS School Calendar: View it here.
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