AAE Family Newsletter

October 1, 2021

Hello Families!

We hope you are well as we enter this second month of the 2021-22 school year.

Mid-quarter progress reports will be sent home by October 13, 2021. Many of our classes continue to work on setting expectations and building community, and therefore, it is possible that there will be some classes where no grade will be reflected on the progress report. We encourage you to continue to check PowerSchool for updates to students' grades. Please also see our Teaching and Learning Priorities letter below for information regarding our new grading system.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The AAE Admin. Team

Update to Protocol for Close Contacts

We would like you to be aware of the protocol that CREC will be using to determine which students need to quarantine when they are identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Students who are close contacts but who have been fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. They may continue to attend school but must wear masks for 14 days. While all students will be masked here at school, the recommendation would be that vaccinated people who are exposed should wear masks outside of school as well.

Students who are close contacts and who have not been vaccinated will need to quarantine for ten days following the exposure. They may not attend school. If a quarantined student receives a negative Covid test on the fifth or later day after exposure and remains symptom-free, the quarantine may be shortened to seven days.

Picture Day 2021 - Friday, October 8!

Say Cheese!

Picture day will be on Friday, October 8, 2021 at AAE. Make up picture day will be on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. We will send out an email next week with information on how to order pictures.

Sixth Grade Newsletter

See the file below for our sixth grade newsletter.

Seventh Grade News


Students will be now taking their knowledge of scale factors and copies and applying it to scale drawings. We will be constructing our own scale drawings. Problems we will be discussing have amps or floor plans where we will be discussing the scale of the drawings. Please see the letter attached below with more information about math placement for eighth grade.


In reading class, students have just chosen their books that they will read. Students were given a choice to read the realistic fiction (or fantasy) novel of their choice. They are also allowed to read the book individually or with a small group. Please know that the students will have 3 weeks to read their books. They have divided their books into three-week increments, but I would LOVE it if parents could help support me at home and encourage your children to read for approximately 20 minutes each night. Please reach out if you have any questions or if you would like to borrow a book to read with your child!


Students will begin the chemistry unit of fireworks! Students will be exploring chemical and physical changes through Lab Experiences. They will also participate in an atom, molecule, and compound challenge. Students have already started to explore differences between matter and energy in a hands- on activity! I am loving the wonder and curiosity our 7th graders are bring to the classroom! Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Social Studies:

In social studies class, we are continuing to work through some of the basics of understanding social studies. Some topics include understanding culture where we can appreciate and look at cultures that different from our own, and the different types of government that exist in the world. Students are currently working on one of seven types of governments, researching how the power is divided, and creating a large poster that displays their learning. The posters are coming out great!


¡Buenos días! Students in Spanish class have been learning about Spanish speaking countries. They should now know where they are located on a map, their capitals, and their flags. We have also been celebrating Hispanic Heritage in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. See our work on Schoology. Up next will be the Spanish alphabet and numbers. ¡Gracias y hasta pronto!


Hello Families! In writing class, we are delving into realistic fiction stories. We are at the beginning of the process to develop our characters, settings, problems, and solutions. We are doing this by brainstorming moments from our own lives. Students have spent the beginning of the year getting class routines down, and we are doing great! I am very excited to see my writers create and develop their stories.

National Junior Honor Society News

Hello Students and Families! I am so excited to be leading the NJHS this year! Please see the information below and should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at lesmith@crec.org.

Who is included in NJHS?

“To become a member of NJHS, you must be selected as a candidate by your chapter’s faculty council. Students who meet their chapter’s cumulative GPA requirement are then considered for membership on the basis of service, leadership, citizenship and character” (NJHS.us). At AAE, we invited seventh grade students who had a high GPA throughout seventh grade to apply. Those students will get more information about the application process this coming week.

What do students need to do to apply?

Next week (the week beginning 10/4), students will receive their applications and instructions. If interested in applying for NJHS, the student will need to complete the official application, have parent approval, get 2 teacher recommendations (1 seventh grade teacher and 1 eighth grade teacher), and write a 5 paragraph essay related to the NJHS standards. This will all be explained to the students next week.

When and where does the NJHS meet?

The NJHS will meet biweekly, on Thursdays, in Ms. Smith’s room.

What do NJHS members do?

NJHS members work to build leadership skills and help their communities through service. According to the NJHS website, “Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NJHS activities. NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, US Territories, and around the world . Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

As such, NJHS chapters and students are in schools that care not only about student achievement, but also community engagement.

NJHS students and their peers volunteer in their communities at the highest rates and make connecting with and serving within the community a priority. The average chapter contributes:

  • 650 hours of school/community service
  • $1,000 in charitable donations
  • 500 pounds of food to local, state, and national causes.”

What are the deadlines?

1. Applications (includes application, parental agreement, teacher recommendations, and essays) due by October 15, 2021

2. Inductees will be announced by October 29, 2021

I look forward to meeting with your children this year and helping them to become the best possible versions of themselves!

Breakfast and Lunch Menu October 2021

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Counseling Corner (Grades 10-12)

Scholarships with October Deadlines:

· Horatio Alger National Scholarships : https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/

· Heisman High School Scholarship: https://heismanscholarship.com/materials-for-schools/?utm_source=Initial%20Email%201&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=2021%20Educator

· Epic Flight Academy: https://epicflightacademy.com/aviation-scholarship/


· Women in STEM Event (Sept. 30th, 2021, 4pm) : https://app.strivescan.com/professional?id=8527

· Financial Aid Events:

1) On Oct. 5th, AAE will be hosting a virtual Financial Aid night via Zoom from 6-7pm (see attached flyer) so that you can get a general overview of the Financial Aid Application Process and hear from a panel of Financial Aid Representative from various colleges.

2) On Oct. 12th, AAE will be facilitating a Town Hall Meeting focusing on the scholarship search with guest speaker Tanika Mangum, CEO of Paid4College (see attached flyer)

3) CREC will be hosting a FAFSA Fest on Oct. 20th with in-person or virtual options. From 12-6pm families can receive assistance with completing the FAFSA form. At 6pm, Mr. Hernan Cortez, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at UConn Hartford will be giving a presentation on the financial aid process (see attached flyer).

Be sure to check out these events! It is never too early to plan how to play for you or your child’s education.

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CREC 2021 Session Flyer.pdf


· Preparing for College Workbook: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19J30RHuvF4HrMZDosQFF0YCF5xInXSx7/view

· SATs are on Oct. 13th!!! Check out the Student Guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XZcQ6_fBAhTYjNbdByJSbI_Sml6noeaW/view

· PSATs are coming on Oct. 26th!! Check out the Student Guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T-nZklRTly7W07ceYqfePq7oqTV46c4n/view

Grading Town Hall Event - Wednesday, October 5

Please join us on Wednesday, October 6th from 5:30-6:30 for our first Grading Town Hall. During this session we will review the changes that have been made to our grading and assessment practices in grades 6-12 and provide additional information about the rationale for and implementation of these changes.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

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Teaching & Learning Priorities Letter

Dear AAE Families:

You may or may not be aware that for the past three years, members of the AAE faculty have researched and piloted a variety of improvements to their grading and assessment practices. This year, we will implement several changes to our school-wide grading system. Alongside the other CREC secondary schools, this work will ensure that our teachers’ grading practices are research-based, are clear and consistent across the school, and promote equitable outcomes in student learning and achievement.

To achieve these goals, we will:

  1. Ensure that grades are more clear and meaningful by reporting student behaviors separately from academic performance. The behaviors that will lead students to success will be taught, assessed, and graded using the AAE Academic Habits Rubric.

  2. Ensure that all grades and all classes utilize consistent language when describing student academic performance, through the implementation of the AAE Academic Performance Scale.

  3. Ensure that our grading policies promote student growth and improvement, are transparent to all stakeholders, and are resistant to bias and inequities.

We recognize that you may have questions as we make these important changes, so we will be hosting a special information session during our Open House on Wednesday, September 22nd. We will also be planning a special Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 6th from 5:30-6:30 pm on grading information, as well as AAE Grading InfoSessions around reporting periods.

If you have more immediate questions about these changes, please contact the leaders of our Teaching and Learning Priorities Committee:

Adam Johnson (adjohnson@crec.org)

Amanda Avery (aavery@crec.org)

Lauryn Conti (lconti@crec.org)

Connecticut Science Center Programs

This is a reminder that applications for the Teen Investigate Science Center programs close this Sunday! However, we still have several spots available to sign up.

If you are interested in Part two, I encourage all students to sign up! This is a great experience you do not want to miss out on.

Our programs are FREE, and we offer lunch and bus passes for CTFastTrack for those who need transportation. There are no grade or GPA requirements. We are open to all students. In addition, students who complete an Investigate session are then eligible to apply for our Teen Summer Internship Innovation Program!

Investigate is a yearly program we host four separate times during the school year for four Saturdays each. This fall, we are excited to host two separate on-site investigate! Sessions for high school students. Each Saturday is a hands-on workshop that provides opportunities to explore multiple areas and increase enthusiasm for STEM. Each session provides a foundation for an interest in STEM careers and makes gains in content areas not strongly addressed in school. We cover topics from cooking to computer coding. Each program is application-based, but we try to get as many students through our program as possible. We are looking for students who show interest in STEM regardless of school grades.

Attached are two separate flyers for both our fall sessions of Investigate! Both sessions are counted separately. Students can apply to one or both if they would like, online at:


Session one dates: (10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6)

Application deadline for session one: 10/3

Session two dates: (11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18)

Application Deadline for session two: 11/14

We will also offer two more separate Investigate! sessions in the Winter/Spring of 2022. Check back on our website for applications in December.

We also offer a leadership-based program called Teen Advisory Council! The Teen Advisory Council brings together twelve teens with a wide range of experiences. Each council member is open-minded, creative, and motivated with diverse interests and backgrounds across the Hartford region. The Teen Council aims to create meaningful opportunities for teens of all backgrounds to be involved at The Connecticut Science Center. In addition, teen Council members provide valuable feedback, insight, and a voice on current and upcoming science center youth-focused programs.

To apply, please visit:


Applications deadline: 10/10

If you should have any questions, please email me at teens@ctsciencecenter.org or by calling 860-520-2166

Please visit our web page at https://ctsciencecenter.org/teens to see the other great programs we offer.

Sign up to receive updated info about the Teen Program SIGN UP TODAY!

There are fliers attached below.

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Free Meals Extended for the 2021-2022 School Year

Windsor Food Service Students (All AAE Middle and High School Students) meal fees have been waived for the 2021-22 school year. This means that there is no fee for students to order breakfast and lunch.

It is important that if your family qualifies for free and reduced meals that you still complete the paperwork and submit it to the school so your child can receive the other benefits (such as reduced AP test price) associated with the program. Please see forms attached.

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AAE Website Link

Be sure to bookmark our AAE Website. It is updated frequently with important information for students and families.