March 9, 2020
Mrs. Cooley Reflects on Her Time at ASMS
She will be retiring after this school year!
I blinked. It feels like the past ten years flew by in a tenth of a second. With retirement approaching I reflect on my time at ASMS as Director of Finance. I chose accounting as a career because I like math and numbers. Some may see an accountant’s job as being tedious and boring, and not very rewarding. This is not so at ASMS. I don’t recall a dull moment.

I’ve watched the future. I’ve watched these young ladies and gentlemen go off to do great things and become a part of change in our world. What is more rewarding than being even a small part of that?
Announcements
Juniors taking the ACT
Juniors are taking the ACT with Writing on Tuesday. Be in the hall by the gym by 7:45 AM. Bring 3 wooden pencils, an approved calculator, and a photo ID. NO cell phones. It is strongly recommended you eat breakfast.
OCULUS
Have you created or written something this school year? Do you have a creative talent? Are you an artist, writer, poet, photographer, designer, painter, comic, illustrator, musician, or potter? Submit your work to Oculus Magazine!

Oculus is our school’s literary and arts magazine, a collection of the newest ideas and a platform for creators, everyone on ASMS’ campus. 

Click here for the full details . Submissions are due March 31.
N.K. Jemisin and Ursula K. Le Guin Seminar  
Acclaimed science fiction author N.K. Jemisin is coming to campus in April, and you can win one of her books for free to have her sign! We are hosting a seminar session on N.K. Jemisin / Ursula K. Le Guin on Monday, March 16 in the Media Room at 12 PM.  Participants will be entered to win copies of Jemisin's books. The sign-up sheet is available on the table in Academic Affairs. There are 24 spots available.
AIM to spend your summer with us!
Registration for the  Adventures in Math & Science (AIMS) summer camp  is now LIVE! Don't miss the chance to reserve a spot for your son, daughter, friend, or family member. AIMS is open to students who will be in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th grades next academic year. We will offer 3 sessions in June.  Learn more or register here !
Ready for your next adventure?
Mrs. Brewer will be leading an educational tour to  Madrid and Andalusia  for ASMS Special Projects 2021. This trip is open to current ASMS sophomores and juniors who will be returning to ASMS next year. Click here to register, see the itinerary, and cost information. Use ID: Brewer-1824. For more information, reach out to Mrs. Brewer (sbrewer@asms.net).
Staff Updates
Introducing the new Academic and College Counselor
Please welcome Ms. Katrina Millender as our new Academic Counselor. Her office is on the second floor of the Administration Building in the Academic Affairs area. Ms. Millender comes to ASMS from Project Promise, a non-profit in Chicago, Illinois. At Project Promise, Ms. Millender was an Assistant Director for a TRIO Upward Bound program. Ms. Millender is native of Mobile and is happy to be back! She has extensive experience in education, academic support, and college access. Ms. Millender holds a B.A. in Sociology from Stillman College, a M.S.W. from Chicago State University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate. Please stop by and say hello when you have a few minutes.
New! Residence Hall Night Clerks
As ASMS continues to enhance campus safety and security, we are piloting a new position -- overnight residence hall clerks -- in our girls' dorm. These individuals will be the primary overnight point of contact for our students and will be available to handle concerns or situations that arise. The overnight residence hall clerks will work closely with our residence hall staff. They will work from 11 p.m. from 5 a.m. conducting rounds, monitoring students, and ensuring the tidiness of the residence hall common areas.
 
Our overnight residence hall clerks, Ms. Erina Parker and Ms. Taronda Packer, will start the week of March 8th. Both have extensive experience working with children and young adults in residential settings.
 
As we continue to focus on safety and security, we will soon hire overnight clerks to serve in the boys' dorm.
 
Please let Mrs. Whitney or me know if you have any questions.
School Calendar
Good News
Students Present Research at a Math Conference
ASMS students Will Howton (senior) and Gregory Li (junior) are working with a faculty member, Dr. Andrei Pavelescu, at the University of South Alabama (USA) to conduct research on Jørgensen’s Conjecture. This problem has further implications on the Robertson-Seymour theorem, a principal result for graph minor theory. Together, they are investigating simple graphs under certain cases to determine whether the conjecture holds.

Read their full story and learn more about their research here !
Students WIN BIG at Regional Science Fair!
ASMS Students experienced GREAT success at the Regional Science Fair at USA on Friday ! There were 170 senior division contestants. Gabby Traylor, Akanksha Rawat, Marie Naylor, Gregory Li and Cary Xiao all won first place in their categories. Anushka Sikdar won second place. They are all eligible for state!

Cary, Gabby, Akanksha, and Marie were chosen as part of the 9 to compete for best in show. Students won 1st (Cary), second (Akanksha), and 3rd (Gabby)! All 3 have been awarded all paid expenses trip to ISEF in Annaheim, CA. And 1st and 2nd wins full 4 year tuition to South Alabama. For more info on their categories or projects the complete list of awards click here !
Students Honored by NCWIT for their Computer Science Accomplishments
This year, ASMS had 4 NCWIT award recipients:  Marcella Todd - National Honorable Mention, Vasilisa Douglas - Honorable Mention, Zoe Steele - Rising Star, and Callie Willet - Rising Star.  Marcella finished in the top 2-3% of 14,000 applicants. 

The National Center for Women in Information & Technology (NCWIT)  Award for Aspirations in Computing honors 9 th -12 th  grade students for their computing-related achievements and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. 

Please congratulate these students on their outstanding accomplishment! 
ASMS Cyber Dragon Team takes first AND second place at UA Capture the Flag comptetion!
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