AAE Family Newsletter

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Good Evening AAE Families

Hello everyone!

We hope that you all have been well - the weather has presented quite a few challenges lately. We are also taking note of increasing COVID positivity rates, alongside lots of colds, sniffles and respiratory illnesses. Please stay hydrated, healthy and well!

During this past Wednesday's advisory lesson we focused as a whole school on our Lockdown protocol. This week we will focus on our school's Fire Drill evacuation protocol. Representatives from the Windsor Fire Department will join us to help put their professional lens on our protocols to ensure that we are doing our best for our students and staff. Ensuring the safety of individuals and our school community is our top priority at all times.

Important Reminder - we look forward to seeing you at our Open House on Wednesday, September 13th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Thank you so much for reading. If there is anything we can do, please don't hesitate to reach out to any of your AAE Admin Team members individually or by emailing us at aaeadminteam@crec.org.

Thank you!

Your AAE Administrative Team

Open House

We will be having our school-wide open house this Wednesday 9/13 from 5pm - 8pm. We can't wait to see you all there!

This Week's Lunch Menu

Please see the PDF file linked below to this week's lunch menu. You can also always access this by visiting out school website:


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Middle School Sports Sign-Ups

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Fall Sports Schedules

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Let's Go JETS!

Come out and support our student athletes.

Spectator Policy

All spectators must enter through the main entrance. Visitors over the age of 18 must provide a driver’s license or other form of identification. All students, whether from AAE or other schools, must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for them throughout the game. Throughout the course of an athletic season, certain games may be identified for fan participation with school-provided transportation and supervision.

Family Character Dare

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High School Technology Agreement

Please use the link below to fill out the technology agreement.


Students who do not have a form on file and/or those who did not return last years’ device will not be issued one until both of those obligations are fulfilled.

Jet Time

Welcome to the new school year! At Aerospace all students, grades 6 - 12, participate in biweekly SEL advisory sessions called Jet Time. Jet Time happens every other Wednesday, during the first half of the advisory block. We mainly utilize a program called Character Strong, which focuses on three main outcomes: increasing a sense of belonging for all students, improving skills that support student well-being, and deepening student engagement in their academics, in their school, and in their community. Here’s what the data tells us:

  • A sense of belonging in school is one of the most important conditions for learning and a fundamental support for social and emotional well-being. Nearly ⅓ of all students report a weak sense of belonging in their schools. Roughly half of 6th – 12th grade students say they don’t enjoy coming to school most of the time.

  • Mental health challenges for teens have been increasing and 7 out of 10 teens in the U.S. (between 13 and 17 years old) have named anxiety or depression as a major problem among their peers.

  • Student engagement drives learning and supports school success.

The research supports this content as a way to increase student academic success and college & career readiness. In each newsletter, you will learn about the topics your child has recently engaged with as well as resources for you as a family. Please do not hesitate to ask your child about Jet Time!

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September is Deaf Awareness Month

What is the official definition of deaf?

"Deaf" usually refers to a hearing loss so severe that there is very little or no functional hearing.

Did you know?

About two to four of every 1,000 people in the U.S. are “functionally deaf,” with the majority of them aged 65 years or older. More than 70 million people worldwide are deaf, with more than 80% of them residing in developing countries.

It is estimated that only 10% of deaf people are born into deaf families. The remaining 90% come from hearing families, who usually have a harder time trying to adapt to the hearing culture and are only introduced to deaf culture later in life.

Please see the link below to for some tips on being Deaf inclusive.

Free and Reduced-Cost Music Education Program for Greater Hartford Students

Greater Hartford area students have the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of music through private and group class lessons in Violin, Viola, Cello, Double-bass, piano, and voice... and the best part? It's available for little to no cost! We are delighted to welcome new students to join our school, and we will be enrolling throughout the year, so don't miss out!

Our Future Is Science Mentorship Program

Attention High School Students in Grades 10-12

Our Future Is Science (OFIS) is a multi-pillar initiative designed to inspire and develop the next generation of science leaders to make a greater difference in the world by understanding connections between STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) and social justice. Given the well-documented lack of diversity in STEAM education and in the STEAM workforce, OFIS prioritizes the participation of and engagement with young people who have faced inequities in their lives, come from historically marginalized groups, and/or are from underserved backgrounds.

The Our Future Is Science Mentorship Program is a near-peer, virtual experience that pairs high school mentees with STEAM graduate student mentors to help facilitate an academic year-long journey of mentorship, scientific learning, community engagement, and career exploration. For both mentees and mentors, we aim to develop the next generation of leaders who will impact the world through STEAM and an understanding of the linkages between STEAM and social justice.

For more information and to APPLY to be a high school Mentee - use this link: https://ourfutureisscience.org/mentorship

Deadline is September 30th.

Please let Dr. Bellinger mbellinger@crec.org know if you have applied!

12th Grade School Counseling Updates

Important dates:

Starting the week of 9/11: Ms. Weaver will be visiting Senior Seminar classes to review a timeline of senior year and to start working on the college application/financial aid process with students. Regular lessons will occur throughout the first semester to support students as they plan for the future.

9/13: AAE Open House Night- Be sure to stop by Ms. Weaver’s Presentation on Senior Year!!

10/3: Financial Aid Night in Hartford (more info will be forthcoming as event date approaches)

10/4: Scholarship presentation for senior students during Advisory by Paid4College CEO Tanika Mangum

10/11: SAT School Day for seniors- all grade 12 students have been pre-registered and fees paid for by CREC

December: The new FAFSA becomes available to apply for federal students aid.

Scholarship listings (updated daily, also accessible to students on Class of 2024 Schoology Page): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1goKt9_Yi7ph_XqILItuPCJpHUtrO95uYMocAWkZY72s/edit?usp=sharing

Other Scholarship Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rertAtK78ZDQSo5DUgyhalJTtU_vXWsZoYLInEK9OE8/edit?usp=sharing

Link to sign up for assistance with Financial Aid (FAFSA, CSS Profile, Scholarships, etc): https://drive.google.com/file/d/11pVLrObGRx-TFTnrk4PdFw3jyr41wza7/view?usp=sharing

Wellness Center

Mindfulness for All

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe
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Yoga for Teens

Yoga For Teens | Yoga With Adriene

CREC Magnet Schools District Calendars

School Calendar and Upcoming Dates

Important Upcoming Dates

Sept. 20 Early Dismissal—Professional Learning

Oct. 9 No School—Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Employment Opportunities & Training