June 16, 2022
GREETINGS FROM SPARTAN LANE
I hope you are enjoying the early days of your summer. Things around here are much quieter, the exceptions being the many campers and students engaged with summer programs and various crews at work enhancing our campus. Our leadership team wrapped up our annual two-day retreat earlier today. We were fortunate to meet at Memorial Hall over at the University of Georgia and enjoy quality conversations about our strategic plan, school culture, the honor code, professional development, campus safety, and enhancing our students’ learning experience. It is always helpful to gain some space and look at things from a 10,000-foot perspective. I can share with enthusiasm that all thirteen of us left our meeting feeling optimistic and energized about what next school year will bring to Spartan Lane. Community and bringing people together will be a priority for all of us, and we hope that many of you will be joining us when invitations are shared. I think we all have missed the community of Athens Academy and not being able to gather as we are so accustomed to.
Renovations on Trustees-Williams are making progress and the space looks much fresher and brighter, and we know that our Upper School students will love these teaching and meeting spaces. The installation of the new track is in process, and our running programs will benefit tremendously from the generosity of the donors who helped make this new surface a reality for us. We have been working on a number of other things too, and we know that our families will notice several differences when they return to campus in August. We are also leaning into our academic program and the well-being of our students, colleagues and community. I guess this is a restorative process too, and an important one, as the last two years have been exhausting for many of us. So, when we all return to Spartan Lane, please come with energy, enthusiasm, a smile and a bright outlook. Read more.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
SUMMER LEARNING WEBSITE (RISING K3-12)
REQUIRED & CHOICE SUMMER LEARNING INFORMATION
The Summer Learning website outlines all the summer reading, mathematics, and other learning requirements for fall for each grade level/class. Questions? Contact your child's division office directly.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES
The 2022-23 school year will be here before we know it, so you may want to go ahead and mark your calendar for some of these important back-to-school events. Questions? Contact your child's division office directly. Have great summer and we'll see you in August!

SENIOR PORTRAIT INFORMATION (CLASS OF 2023)
Athens Academy uses Bentley Photography exclusively for all senior drape/tuxedo yearbook photos. As a courtesy to our families, we are offering rising seniors the option to schedule a brief on-campus photo session this summer in the Chambers Center boardroom. Times are available on Tuesday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 10. Click here to register for an on-campus photo appointment. The on-campus sitting fee is $35 and can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. Families may also opt to schedule a photo session at the Bentley Photography Studio in Winder (770-867-2853, bentleyseniors@gmail.com). If you have any questions, please contact Bentley Photography directly.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Monday, June 27 - 2:00-6:00 PM
Sinkwich Spartan Center
Athens Academy is pleased to co-host a Red Cross Blood Drive with the Oconee County Rotary. Go to redcrossblood.org to reserve your space today!
UPCOMING EVENTS
School Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Red Cross Blood Drive - Monday, June 27 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the Sinkwich Spartan Center
Uniform Resale - Wednesday, July 20 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Chambers Center Lower Level
On-Campus Senior Portraits (Class of 2023) - August 2 & 10 in the Chambers Center Board Room (see above for details and sign-up form)
Uniform Resale - Wednesday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Chambers Center Lower Level
Ninth Grade Orientation - Wednesday, August 10 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall
Preschool New Family Orientation - Thursday, August 11 from 9:30-10:00 a.m. in the Harrison Performance Hall
Preschool Orientation (All PS families) - Thursday, August 11 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Harrison Center
Lower & Middle School New Family Orientation - Friday, August 12 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the Harrison Performance Hall
Back-to-School Drop-In, Grades 1-8 - Friday, August 12 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in teacher classrooms
First Day of School - Tuesday, August 16
Lower School Parent Afternoon - Sunday, August 21 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. in the Harrison Performance Hall
Middle School Parent Afternoon - Sunday, August 21 from 2:30-4:15 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall
Back-to-School Parent Coffee - Tuesday, August 23 from 8:00-9:15 a.m. in the Farmer Field House
Upper School Parent Evening - Monday, August 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall
Athens Academy Holiday Market 2022 - Wednesday, November 16 (Preview Night) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. & Thursday, November 17 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Sinkwich Spartan Center
Athens Academy seeks excellence with honor in the educational and personal experience of each student.