Monday Memo

AAA News You Can Use-April 4

How People Learn

As teachers we come to school everyday wanting students to learn, but have you ever thought about how people learn? Research highlights that students use their preconceptions (schema) about how the world works in order to attach new information to something they already know to create understanding. However, if a student's preconception is inaccurate or a misconception, the student will fail to understand the new information or may only memorize the new information for a test. Without connecting new information to something they already know, a student will not develop a deep conceptual understanding of what we are teaching.

How do you determine a child's preconceptions before teaching a lesson? What type of feedback do you provide when there is a misconception? How does the assessment of learning insure that it is not just memorization?

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School is a book published by the National Research Council.

Technology Survey

For All Certified Staff: In an effort to improve system practices, Academy for Academics and Arts is conducting a Alabama Technology Transform 2020 Survey: Teacher. please go to:

This survey must be completed by our entire AAA Certified Staff including Teachers, Media Specialists, Counselors, Special Ed Teachers, and other AAA Certified Staff by Friday, April 15th.

There will be a sign in sheet in the workroom stating that you have completed the survey.

Spring Testing

April 6-27 DIBELS Testing

April 11-21 Star Testing*** THIS A NEW DATE***

May 2-13 ACT Aspire (SEE DETALS BELOW)

May 16-20 SchoolNet Testing

We will get more information about out End of Course Tests for Geometry and Algebra next week....

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As you have feedback or ideas for the the team, please share.

Debbie Smith

Brian Hunt

Gary Leopold

Kerri-Noelle Humphrey

Shelly Cagle

Erica Coleman

Save the Date!

AAA Faculty Retreat will be held at Camp McDowell on July 18 and 19. Be prepared for a great time!
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Common Planning Time

Please plan to meet with me during your common planning times. We will meet in your learning pod areas. Bring any questions you have about end of the year, testing, plans for next year, PBIS, etc.

Kindergarten-Tuesday, 9:55

First grade-Wednesday, 11:50

Second grade-Wednesday, 12:20

Third-Wednesday, 1:20 **Can we meet on Thursday?***

Fourth-Tuesday, 10:30

Fifth-Wednesday, 11:20

Sixth-Tuesday, 9:00-9:40

Seventh/Eighth-Thursday 9:00-9:40

Fire Alarm Testing

Please be aware that they will be testing the fire alarm for the theater on Tuesday morning at 9. We will not be treating this as a drill so remain in your classrooms and continue work.

Peter Pan Tickets are BOGO for AAA students, families, and faculty!

Huntsville Ballet Company is offering a special buy-one-get-one-free opportunity for all AAA students and faculty to attend their exciting high-flying adventure ballet, Peter Pan. Performances are at the VBC Concert Hall on Saturday, April 9 at 2:30 and 7:30 and Sunday, April 10 at 2:30. Please visit Huntsville Ballet or call 256-539-0961 for tickets or further information.

This Week at a Glance



  • Leadership Team Meeting 7:15 am
  • PTA


  • Faculty Meeting 3:30 in the media center


  • Strings Concert 6:30 (make up from last week)


  • Kite Day
  • 1/2 Day PD lunch on your own and ready to begin at 12:30 in media center
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April 7 Jenny Stricklin

April 8 Asia Hester

April 16 Priscilla Hamel

April 23 Marty Barrett

April 25 Rebecca Campbell

Dismissal Duty for this Week


Walk Ups

Stricklin, Hester, VandeVoorde


Frevert, Goodwin, King, Gaines

(One things are settled inside-please send one teacher outside to assist in loading cars)

STAR Progress Monitoring this week: ELA

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Don' Forget and Things To Do!

  • Keep mind our wellness plan at all times. Celebration parties are limited to two per year. If there is something your team wants to do, please check the Academy Handbook or with an admin to make sure we are following all guidelines.
  • When emailing large groups, especially parents, be sure to use the blind copy tool. This will prevent parents from seeing other email addresses and being able to reply all. If you need help with this tool, check with a teammate or our fabulous tech, Lona Parker.
  • Please be on prompt for arrival and dismissal to PE.
  • If you haven't already made a contribution to the Sunshine Club, please get with Mrs. Dunn.