COMING UP THIS WEEK
Welcome back to a new school year
During the school year, you'll receive AHA's parent newsletter, STARS Connection, in your email on Thursdays.
School starts this week
School starts on Monday, August 27th, with a shortened day of school featuring staggered start times:
- Ninth grade—7:50 to 11:40 a.m.
- Tenth and eleventh grade — 8:30 to 11 a.m.
- Seniors — 9:30 to 11:40 a.m.
- Buses will leave at noon.
AHA will celebrate a liturgy the first day of school. Students do not need to be in uniform, but it is a dress-up day. Consult your back-to-school packet for appropriate dress or get it here.
Plan Ahead- Road Construction Delays
There are many road construction projects in the area. Please allow extra time for the morning commute. Students are tardy if not in their classroom by the time the bell rings at 7:50 am.
Reminder about Student Schedules
Please have your student check their schedule in NetClassroom to make sure they have the most current and accurate schedule. If they or you have forgotten your NetClassroom password, visit this page to request a new one. Ninth graders can pick up a paper copy of their schedule on Monday morning in the lobby between 7:15 and 8 am.
School pictures for grades 10-12 is Monday, August 27
Students in grades 10-12 will have their photos taken by Jostens on the first day of school. Ninth graders who didn't have their photo taken at Orientation on Friday, August 17th can also have it taken that day. You will order photos online; no form or payment is needed on August 27. Get more info on School Pictures, as well as the online ordering code.
Computers to be issued on Tuesday, August 28th
Ninth graders do not need to bring their computers to school the first day, August 27th but they do need them for Tuesday, August 28th. Tenth, 11th and 12th graders will be issued computers in Homeroom on Tuesday, August 28th.
Wednesday, August 29th is a late start and the Academic Reception
If your child received a Scholar of Distinction or High Honors designation in all three trimesters of the 2017-18 school year, you should have received an invitation in the mail for the Academic Reception. It will be held this year on August 29th from 7:30 - 8:30 am. Because August 29th is a PLC or late start day, classes do not start that day until 8:25 am, so that students being honored can attend with their parents.
AHA uses PLC schedules bi-monthly so that teachers can meet in Professional Learning Communities. Classes begin at 8:25 am. Buses will run at their regular time and there will be supervision for students who arrive early.
Friday, Aug 31st is an E schedule
The first Friday of school is an early dismissal, with school ending at 1 pm. Buses begin the afternoon routes at 1:10 pm. On E schedule days, regular hot lunch from Taher is not available. An AHA student group sells pizza from Richfield-based American Pie for $1.50 a slice. Students must pay with cash and are unable to use their school lunch account on these days. For a list of all of AHA's daily schedules and times, click here.
Summer Reading assignments and quizzes
All AHA students have summer reading assignments that need to be completed for the first day of the 2018-19 school year. Read more.
Service Hours for grades 10-12 can be submitted right away
Students that completed service hours (not the same as work study hours) during the summer can add hours to x2VOL to meet their service requirement for the upcoming year. Remind them to login through Naviance Family Connection, available on the Students tab of the AHA website. Students in grades 10-12 need 20 hours submitted between June 5, 2018 and May 25, 2019. Students earning Blue (for 40 hours) and Gold (for 60 hours) need to have those hours completed and submitted between June 5, 2018 and May 1, 2019. When students attend mission trips and other immersion experiences, they can submit a maximum of 8 hours per day for each day. Ninth graders will get information and account info at the end of September.
2018-19 PACC Course registration will occur in the Fall
AHA offers PACC courses through the University of St. Mary's. PACC courses are accredited by St. Mary's and give AHA students college credit for earning passing grades in the following AP classes: US History, Government, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Language & Composition, Literature & Composition, Calculus AB/BC, Statistics. Read more about PACC, and if you have questions about the program, see your counselor, the teacher of the course, or Principal Heidi Foley.
Students will be reminded of PACC registration in the first week of 18-19's classes. Registration will occur in September.