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ALA HS Update: April 9, 2021

Our ALA High School educator team creates an equitable learning environment where all students feel accepted, motivated, and challenged. We facilitate quality instruction with engaging, meaningful, and responsive learning experiences while providing social and emotional support to empower our students to achieve college, career, and life readiness.

Happy April, ALA HS Families!

Our first week back has been AWESOME! An increasing number of students are returning to campus, which warms our hearts! Speaking of our students, HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY shout-outs to Josh and McKenzie, and BEST WISHES to Noah as he and his family relocate in the days ahead - We will miss y'all! If YOU have a shout-out you'd like me to share in future newsletters, don't be shy about letting me know, and I'll do my best to accommodate your request!

After all, students are at the HEART of our mission here at ALA, and as we head into the final weeks of this term, educators are doing our best to encourage students to work for a strong finish. When learners attend class each day, actively engage with the curriculum and "own" their learning experience by submitting their assignments consistently AND on time, they WILL see positive results.

To encourage and reward excellent effort, we are planning an end-of-year celebration for our Aviator All-Stars, and our goal is 100% participation! Naturally, we wish to honor academic achievement, but we're also planning to recognize students who've made significant improvement as well as teens who are modeling ALA's RAISE values of respect, accountability, integrity, service, and personal excellence. We also hope to see students living out the SEVEN HABITS they have been exploring during Advisory.

To put on a SENSATIONAL year-end celebration, we could use your support! If you have ideas, are interested in being a volunteer for, or otherwise have a desire to contribute to our Aviator All-Stars Celebration (planned for early June), please email me at Many hands on deck will make for a joyful occasion for our deserving teens!!

Most families have already responded, but in case you're still getting into the swing after a particularly r e l a x i n g Spring Break, ALA Managing Director Justin Smith will soon be sending out an important communication update regarding instructional learning options effective with the week of April 19. Please be on the lookout!

As you can likely imagine, we are excited to offer enrichment learning experiences at ALA, and this week it is our pleasure to welcome retired Air Force personnel including Sam's dad Ian Wightman to campus to discuss Careers in Aviation and Space during two lunch and learn sessions planned for this Tuesday (meet link: and Wednesday (meet link:, Apr. 13-14 from 11:45 - 12:15 PM. Remote families are welcome to join using the separate links listed above.

In addition, we are grateful to partner with the Wise family at B&L Driving School in Lillington to offer Driver's Education at ALA. Assuming we have 10 students in solid academic standing available to enroll, our next session will begin on May 10. If you are interested in this opportunity, please click here for info:

If not enough families enroll for a May session, we will try again this summer.

ALA's Educator Appreciation Week is planned for May 3-7, and in addition to honoring a peer-selected ALA Educator of the Year, we'd LOVE to highlight several educators throughout the week who've made a difference for your teen and you during this past year. Click here for the link to a quick form to share the good news:

Finally, with soccer, softball, and baseball in action, we're in need of fundraising to support our variety of fine athletic programs. Here's the link for more information and to support ALA:

ALA Snapraise Fundraising Registration Link:



Seeking volunteers to serve on our Teacher/Staff Appreciation Committee! This committee will plan and host several events to honor and appreciate our hardworking ALA teachers throughout the year, culminating with Teacher Appreciation Week in May 2021. If you are interested in this committee, please contact Sherrie Brown at


If you are interested in being a substitute teacher at ALA, please contact Sherrie Brown at


Attention Aviators! Order uniform items here:

Please be reminded that we are always eager to aScEnD to new heights with our Aviator families! If you wish to provide us some feedback for how things are going for your family, we would be happy to have your insights. Here's the Feedback Survey Link:

Should you need assistance, please feel free to contact me at or call our office at 919-842-5411 Monday-Friday from 8:00 - 3:30. Our ALA website is also a great resource to answer many of the questions you may have about your ALA experience.

Best wishes for a weekend abundant in AWESOME!


Janice Jett, PhD

ALA HS Principal

Guess who's celebrating a MILESTONE birthday on Monday? Here's a little hint -

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ALA HS Registration in PROGRESS. Please encourage your teen to sign up to meet with Ms. Lipsey!

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Check it Out: FREE Girls' Golf Clinic at Local Quail Ridge

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Math & Science News

ALA's Mathematics Department Mission Statement:
The mission of the Mathematics Department at ALA is to deliver rigorous and engaging instruction that will promote student self-advocacy, risk-taking, and strong teacher-student relationships. By providing quality instruction, we will produce competent students that are equipped with problem solving and critical thinking skills to succeed in a changing world.

ALA's Science Department Mission Statement:

The goal of science education is to prepare students to be responsible citizens in an increasingly complex and dynamic world. At ALA, we will provide students with the foundation to achieve, collaborate, and participate in engaging learning experiences. Our science curriculum will accomplish these goals through NC state science standards, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Project Based Learning.

Click here for Ms. Lewis's Curriculum Night program:

Click here for Mr. Perez's Curriculum Night program:

Click below for the latest updates from Mr. Blanks, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Martin & Mr. Perez:

Humanities Update

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ALA's Humanities Department Mission Statement:

Humanities and Social Sciences challenges students to understand their responsibilities in a globally changing world and provides opportunities for developing socially responsible future citizens that encompass our core values of respect, accountability, integrity, service, and excellence in order to work collaboratively to make the world a better place. As the academy leader in offering high-quality, innovative education, the department prepares students for a successful life in a democratic society through preparing them for future careers of choice.

-Ascend Leadership Academy Humanities Department Mission Statement, 2020

Click below for the latest from Ms. Ladner, Ms. Lee & Mr. Wedlock:

Click here for MS. LEE'S CURRICULUM NIGHT presentation:

Update from Mr. Wedlock

Curriculum Night Info for 9th Grade WORLD HISTORY:

Curriculum Night Info for 10th Grade CIVICS:

Hey there! Are you interested in podcasts, radio hosting, or editing audio? Do you have a passion for community outreach? Do you want to stay up to date with all things ALA? If the answer is yes, then ALA has the place for you! Ms. Pyrtle and Mr. Wedlock are looking for interested students who would like to create and produce a weekly podcast that focuses on ALA news and community projects. Please complete the ALA Podcast Interest Form and let's get this ball rolling!

Digital Media News

The mission of the Digital Media department at ALA is to encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration to enable students to produce entertaining content that contributes to society in a way our students can take pride in.

Click here to view our Digital Media Curriculum Night program:

Electives Corner

ALA Electives Team Mission Statement:

As an elective team, we promise to equip you with the life skills needed to succeed both in and out of schools. We promise to create a safe, non-judgemental space that is culturally inclusive where every child can succeed. We promise to create a place where we can praise each other in good times and counsel each other in the tough times. We promise to challenge you, both physically and artistically, every day so that you can be the best student and person you can be.

Check out Art Teacher Ms. Louis Jean's CURRICULUM NIGHT slide show. She wins for BEST DESIGN featuring the students' GORGEOUS artwork -

LOST & FOUND - Please help us reunite these items with their owners!

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ALA High School Open House Video

ALA High School Open House Video

Ascend Leadership Academy High School

ALA High School is part of a grades 6-10 public charter school community with plans to graduate its first class in 2023. We offer a project-based learning environment with an emphasis on service and leadership development. Our small community of educators strives to build meaningful relationships with students and their families while exceeding their expectations for a quality educational experience.