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Updated! November Principal Points from Ms. Spencer

November 25, 2020

Dear Raptor families,

As we continue to navigate these challenging times, I want to reach out and express to you my full gratitude for our Raptor community and the role you play in it.  As a supporting parent or guardian, a member or volunteer in one of our parent organizations, or simply a community member who values the excellence in academics, service, and leadership that AMHS embodies, I thank you most sincerely.  Thanksgiving is absolutely my favorite American holiday, one that has somehow remained nearly unaffected by commercialism, and universally celebrates our collective gratitude for freedom, family, and friendship.  I hope that the constraints of our time have encouraged you to find creative and uplifting ways to join with each other in giving thanks this year. 

I am hopeful that our school community will continue its diligence with health and safety considerations so that the holidays ahead will not cause any disruption to the in-person learning that the vast majority of you have requested.  AMHS is proof positive that masking and social distancing work in containing the spread of infection, as all of us on campus have committed to the strict adherence to these vital protocols resulting in our ability to continue with on-campus learning uninterrupted since September 8.  I am respectfully asking that you, too, follow the advice of our health experts in your homes and social settings over the next weeks and months as we look forward to the vaccine that may return us to some sense of normality.

And the season for giving is very alive and well at Magnet!  PIE and the AMHS Foundation are reporting strong fundraising success as they approach the last few weeks of the Thanks for Giving campaign ending December 31.  There is still time for you to do your part in any way small or large.

Our students have concluded two highly successful collections of toys and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, and food items for Blessing Boxes.  Mr. Stackhouse’s Grade 10 homeroom led the pack in Christmas Child collections and Grade 9 took top honors in the Blessing Boxes.  Still ongoing is a collection of school supplies for children in need, and we will soon be announcing further holiday giving efforts such as Toys for Tots.  Academic Magnet always has a big heart!

One final BIG celebration:  Human Geography and US History teacher Carl Garris has been named CCSD Rookie Teacher of the year for 2019-2020!  If your child has had the pleasure of being one of his students, you know firsthand what a positive experience that is.  Congratulations, Mr. Garris!    

Dates to remember:

Monday, November 30 is a B day.

Winter Break begins after a full school day on Friday, December 18 and we return to school on Monday, January 4 (B day).

The first semester ends on February 4, 2021.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

Warmest regards,

Catherine Spencer, Principal