AAE Family Newsletter

Monday, January 23 2022

Good Evening!

Thank you for always keeping up with our newsletters. Our goal is to always ensure that AAE parents are informed and have an accessible resource that is easy to review and revisit when needed. We hope that this newsletter is meeting those needs!

Please also always feel comfortable reaching out to us directly. Alternatively, you can always email aaemainoffice@crec.org if you have a question for the main office team or aaeadminteam@crec.org if you have a question specifically for AAE school administrators.

Thanks very much!

Your AAE Administrative Team

Happy Lunar New Year!

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We welcome the year of the Rabbit, and say goodbye to the year of the Tiger

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Mid-Term Exams Start Tomorrow! (January 23 - 26)

This week, high school students will be taking midterm exams from Monday 1/23 – Thursday 1/26. These will be half-days, with dismissal at 11:00AM. 8th grade students will take “practice” exams. 6th and 7th grade students will not take exams. Friday is a full day of school.

High school students who do not have an exam scheduled (i.e. during research block or is a senior who was granted an exemption) may arrive late or be dismissed early. This applies to students who drive, or to students who will be dropped off/picked up by a parent. Students must sign in/out through the main office in accordance with our standard procedures. Students MAY NOT LEAVE campus unless they have signed out and/or have been dismissed by a parent. Students will be issued school-based consequences if they are found to have left campus unauthorized.

It is vitally important that students arrive to school on-time during exam days. Timely arrival allows students to maximize the full exam period and reduces disruptions to the testing environment. Students with excused absences

Please be aware that we will have early release days during Mid-Term Exams January 23rd - 26th. This is a change from the original calendar.

High School Winter Formal

High school students will be celebrating finishing their midterm exams with a Winter Formal!

Students can buy a ticket for $15 during their lunch wave to attend the formal on Friday January 27th from 6 -9 pm. Tickets go on sale starting this Monday the 9th.

Please note: Students will be unable to attend if they receive a major referral or have more than 10 unexcused tardies between Monday 1/9 and Friday 1/27. All students must attend school on the day of the formal. All students must leave school at the end of the day and return later for the formal unless they are an approved volunteer.

We hope to see all of your high schoolers there for food, music, dancing, and fun!

UConn Early College Experience Courses

It is with great excitement that we announce that AAE has been named in the Top 10 High Schools for largest percentage of our high school taking UConn courses through UConn Early College Experience for the 2022-2023 academic year! This is a huge accolade and recognition our school's strong culture of preparing students for college!

We tied as the #6 High School in CT with 34% of our high school population taking UConn courses through UConn ECE!

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American Computer Science league Contest

The eleven of our students participated in Contest 1 of the American Computer Science league (ACSL - www.acsl.org) which ended last weekend. These students studied independently and collaboratively to extend themselves in this world-wide contest.

Congratulations to the following students:

Zuly Diaz-Deleon

Sujay Chava

Aiden Coleman-Eckstrom

Saanvi Talanki

Harlow Ton-That

Jay Fernandez

Aarush Singh

Erica Nguyen

Ronak Ramesh

Daniel Martinez

Abhinav Meka

AAE School Gear

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The basketball team is doing another fundraiser for AAE gear. The link is attached http://fancloth.shop/CPNGU.

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Congrats to the AAE Robotics Team - Dutchman's Derivatives

Saturday, January 21st, the AAE robotics team, team 5518-Dutchman’s Derivatives, attended the first qualifier event for the FIRST Tech Challenge. The competition day involved going through robot inspection, judging, and actual matches. Throughout the day, they competed in 5 preliminary matches, at the end of these matches, the Dutchman's Derivatives placed in 9th, out of 22 participating teams. The team then got selected to be part of an alliance team for the semi-final and final rounds. After several close matches, it was time for awards. Team 5518 had an amazing performance, gaining 3 awards in total. These were the Motivate Award, Final Alliance Award, and second place for the Inspire Award. Overall, the team had great results, and will be making another appearance on February 11th, at DePaulo Middle School in Southington. The team encourages anyone who is interested to stop by!

Because of its amazing performance last Saturday Dutchman’s has qualified for the 2023 FTC State Championships to be held on February 18.

The team left the school just after 6 am and ended the event close to 7 pm.

Thanks so much to Ms. Rogers and Ms. Amir for being there with the team!

Please Welcome New AAE Teachers

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Mr. Alexander Ingram - High School Social Studies

Please welcome Mr. Alexander Ingram, our new High School Social Studies Teacher. Mr. Ingram will be taking over five high school Social Studies classes. Here's his bio:

I became a teacher to become a force for justice and equity. Poverty is cyclical and one of the best tools we have break that cycle, to form a more perfect union, is a free, fair, high-quality public education. I have a Master of Arts in Political Science from UCF, and I have been a proud public school teacher for 8 years.

My lifelong love of learning came from my first semester as a student at a local community college in Jacksonville Florida, a course in American Federal Government. There, Prof. Thom Costa talked about different ways of thinking about social and political problems, how the levers of self-government function in this country, and why, I, and the rest of the class, ought to be pulling on those levers to advocate for the polices we desired. That the world was on fire, and it was up to us to fix it; I was hooked.

In my career as an educator, I’ve often reflected on Professor Costa’s class, to create a space where I can facilitate that learning experience with students. I have had the honor to have taught: 7th grade civics, 12th grade on-level government, and AP Government previously. In my time as an educator in Florida the state education system embraced a model of high-stakes testing, where 7th graders are required to take an End-of-Course Exam, which would then translate not just my own pay, but the funding for our school, Darnell-Cookman. On average about 70% of Florida’s 7th graders pass, compared to Darnell-Cookman’s, a Title I school, one with that was majority minority student demographics, routinely ranged from 90%-95%, and 89% during COVID. For my AP Government students, the past several years I have seen each cohort average a 65% pass rate of a 3 or higher. Moreover, there are other students, who have deeply struggled with academics, and despite having taken at least one AP class each year of high school, had never received more than a “1” on an AP exam, and celebrating the growth of their first “2”, “3”, “4” and even “5” after taking my class.

While these metrics tell a story, the do not tell the whole story. I was proud of my 12th graders to see 100% of them register to vote all 6 years in a row; or watching, with no partisanship, as both my 7th graders and 12th graders collaborate on a silent walk-out, during class hours, in response to gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas; or the sense of fulfillment I receive after running into students while out-and-about, who are canvasing or helping others to register to vote; or having deep honor of writing letters of recommendation for a student who applied and received a position as a legislative staffer in our state government; or the deep satisfaction of recently receiving an email from a student who passed the Florida Bar, and wanted to thank me for cultivating her passion for the law.

Thank you allowing me the privilege to teach courses to our future under the CREC banner. In my career in academia, I have had the privilege of being a Florida Gator, a UCF Knight, a D-C Viking and now a CREC-AAE Jet

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Mr. Nasir Williams, Building Substitute Teacher (Picture coming tomorrow!)

My name is Nasir Williams, 25 year old born and raised in Hartford, CT. I used to play football for CCSU and SCSU, graduating from SCSU with a degree in business marketing. I have been working in the school system the last 3 years in the East Hartford Public School district. I am an avid sneaker enthusiast with an overactive sweet tooth.

Mr. Williams is presently covering for Ms. Costes during her absence. Please welcome Mr. Williams!

Aerospace Community Learning Center- After School Program

The Middle School After School Program - Session 2 has begun, and there are still openings in all clubs (some are almost full – first come, first serve).

Return all forms to Mr. Copeland cocopeland@crec.org paper or e-mail. Students will select their clubs with Mr. Copeland when they turn in their forms.

1. Open AAE – CLC Brochure 2022-23 – click on the registration link and fill out the online form – required for everyone.

2. Print, fill out, sign and return – Aerospace CLC Permission Slip – required for everyone.

3. Print, fill out, sign and return a bus permission form. Required to ride the late bus, not required for parent pick-ups.

Club selections vary by day, most clubs meet Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.

Session 2 choices are:

Monday & Wednesday

1. Board and Computer Games with Mr. Priester and Mr. Williams in Room 322

2. Lacrosse with Ms. Biggs and Ms. Hinostroza in Room 318

3. Tutoring with Mr. Coley in Room 224

4. Step / Cheer Club with Ms. Canty, Ms. Robinson & Ms. Nevers in the Auditorium

Tuesday & Thursday

1. Better Me Club with Ms. Robinson and Mr. Wright in Room 318

2. Board and Computer Games with Mr. Priester and Mr. Williams in Room 322

3.Science and Art with Ms. Cotton and Mr. Howe in Rooms 109 and 249

4. Life Lessons in Film with Ms. Hinostroza and Ms. Marriott in Room 128

5. Guitar Club with Mr. Tint in the Band Rooms - numbers 165 and 161

6. Concert Band with Mr. Pertesis - Band Room - number 165 (Tuesday only)

7.Tutoring with Mr. Coley in Room 224

After School Tutoring

High School and Middle School Tutoring is available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Tutoring is in room 124 and starts at 2:15 pm and goes until 4:45 pm – students are expected to be on time and stay in Room 124 the entire time.

Parents can pick up students early and should schedule early pick-ups with Mr. Copeland.

Free dinner is served in the cafeteria between 2:30 and 3:00 pm – free late bus transportation is also available.

Return all forms to Mr. Copeland cocopeland@crec.org paper or e-mail.

To sign up:

1. Print, fill out, sign and return – Aerospace CLC Permission Slip.

2. Print, fill out, sign and return a bus permission form if student will ride the late bus. This is not required for parent pick-ups.

High School Clubs

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High School Sports Competitions: Spectator Policy

Its very important that parent be aware of our spectator policy for sports competitions at AAE. The policy is:

All fans must enter through the main entrance. Visitors over the age of 18 must provide a driver's license or other form of ID. All students - whether from AAE or other schools must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for them throughout the game. We will identify certain games to all for more fan participation, with supervision, transportation, etc.

Policy rationale: During after school times our ability to supervise students is diminished greatly. Students often wish to travel to the local Stop & Shop /Target after school and we do not condone off campus travel without a chaperone. Thank you for understanding.

AAE Students may only stay after school to watch a home sports competition if that student will be joined by an adult chaperone OR if that student has followed the steps to join the AAE HS Sports Fan Club. The Fan Club is part of our after-school program and is staffed to ensure that students who wish to cheer on the JETS will have a safe and well-supervised means to do so. Permission forms can be found in the main office and at via the attached PDF below. Please see the poster image below!

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FEB 4 - Biomedical Engineering (BME) Discovery Program - registration needed! Spaces limited. "Prosthetic Legs"

CCSU Saturday Art Workshop for Children

The Saturday Art Workshop (SAW) is a CCSU program that offers opportunities to participating children from the Greater Hartford region to take art classes at the university. In Spring 2023, SAW will run for 7 weeks on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Classes are scheduled for March 11th, March 25th, April 1st, April 15th, April 22nd, April 29th and May 6th. On May 6th, there will be Exhibition, where the artworks which were created during this session will be showcased. There are no refunds for missed classes. There will be no class on March 18th as the University is closed for Spring Recess and April 8th, as the University is closed for the Good Friday Holiday weekend.

Saturday Art Workshop for Children

2022 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Academy of Aerospace and Engineering has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP computer science courses.

More than 1,100 institutions achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science exam takers meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2021-22 school year. In 2022, Academy of Aerospace and Engineering was one of 832 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles (CSP).

“We’re thrilled to congratulate our female AP computer science students and their teachers on this step toward gender parity in computer science education,” said [school leadership]. “We’re honored that our school earned this distinction and look forward to seeing these young women and others pursue and achieve success in computer science education and careers.”

“Computer science is the source code of our economy and so much of our daily lives,” said Trevor Packer, College Board Head of the AP Program. “In the five years since we began the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award, it’s been heartening to see schools like Academy of Aerospace and Engineering welcome so many more young women into this vital field.”

The first year of AP Computer Science Principles in 2016-17 attracted more students than any other AP course debut, and participation is on the rise. In 2022,134,651 students took the AP CSP Exam—more than triple the number of exam takers in the course’s first year. In 2022, 44,811 women took the AP CSP Exam, more than three times the number who tested in 2017.

Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to driving innovation, creativity, and representation. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $97,430 in May 2021. However, women represent just 24% of the five million people in computing occupations.

That’s why College Board research about AP CSP is so encouraging. According to the data, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than five times as likely to major in computer science in college, compared to female students of similar background and academic preparation who did not take CSP. The study also finds AP CSP students are nearly twice as likely to enroll in AP CSA, and that for most students, AP CSP serves as a stepping stone to other advanced AP STEM coursework.

These findings highlight the importance of schools nationwide achieving gender parity in AP computer science classrooms. Overall, female students remain underrepresented in our high school computer science classes, accounting for just 33% of AP Computer Science Principles participants and 25% of AP Computer Science A partcipants. Currently, 51% of the nation’s high schools teach foundational computer science. The 1,105 schools that receive this year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award serve as inspirations and models for all U.S. high schools.

AAE Math Team

Introduction and updates on AAE Math Team. AAE competes in monthly competitions in the Capitol Area Mathematics League (CAML). The league is currently made up of ~25 schools. As a team AAE is currently ranked an impressive 5th in our league.

Our team is young and has many new faces to Math Team. We are captained by Ronak Ramesh (11) who has 2 out of 3 perfect rounds completed. Our current A team is Abhinav Meka (11), Shruthi Anandraman (11), Laasya Chintapalli (10), and Atul Konda (10). Outside of Ronak all are new to AAE Math Team. We are hoping to continue our strong start and compete again this week! Please wish our competitors well and let’s not forget the rest of our team: Prish D. (11), Saanvi T. (10), Sujay C. (10), and Om B. (9).

If interested in knowing more about Math Team or joining reach out to any current members or reach out to Mr. Brown, room 242, tbrown@crec.org


The Vergnano Institute for Inclusion at UConn is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented students in engineering and STEM fields and runs several programs to work towards this goal. We want to announce the opening of applications for our Spring Engineering Your Future (EYF) conference. EYF is a free one-day conference for under-represented 8th-grade students that identify as male, transgender male, non-binary, and allies. During the conference, students will be introduced to role models that look like them in the STEM fields through talks, demos, and hands-on workshops. These activities will cover engineering disciplines and are designed to educate, excite, and leave students with a thirst for STEM.

Interested in applying? Please continue reading below:

Event Details:

When: Monday, April 3rd, 2023

Time: 8:00 AM - 1:35 PM (tentative to change)

Where: University of Connecticut – Student Union Ballroom

More information: EYF Website


APPLY HERE: https://forms.office.com/r/fA91ZDcmE8

Application Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2023

Application Details: When applying to attend the conference, you will be asked to put in the teachers' and/or chaperone's name and information and an estimate of the number of students attending. Ms. Skitromo is available as a chaperone if needed. You CAN submit the application without having the full list of students attending confirmed.

After Applying: Following the application submission, you will receive an email from engr-eyf@uconn.edu with information on the next steps for collecting student information. Confirmation of your registration, directions, and parking instructions will be sent before the conference. If further information is needed, feel free to contact us at engr-eyf@uconn.edu. Thank you for your time and looking forward to working with you all closely!

**If interested in attending, it is highly recommended that you register as soon as possible, as our venue limits the conference to a maximum of 300 students. In case of more interest than spots in registration, we will go by a first come, first serve basis and priority will be given to schools who commit to participation in the full conference. **

Grade 12 School Counseling Information

Grade 12 Counseling News:

  • The FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid is now available to complete online at www.FAFSA.gov. This form is REQUIRED in order for students to receive any form of Financial Aid (Scholarships, grants, loans, work-study) from the post-secondary program they attend. This includes 4 year colleges, 2 year community colleges, trade schools, and other training programs. Our goal is for 100% of AAE senior students to complete this form.

  • As an incentive, seniors students MUST complete the FAFSA form in order to attend to Ron-A-Roll Field Trip on February 16th!!

  • Mr. Rich Serrano, CREC’s College and Career Readiness Coordinator, is available on Mondays by appointment to assist students and families in completing this form if needed. He is available for in-person or Zoom meetings. Please contact him directly to schedule an appointment at

  • Please remember to check the Class of 2023 Schoology Page for new and upcoming scholarships. Here is how to access:
    • Log into your Student Schoology Account à Click on Class of 2023 Page à Click on Materials Tab on the left à Click on the Scholarship Folder.
    • Within the Scholarship Folder, descriptions and links for scholarships can be found in each posting. This is your opportunity to earn FREE money for college above and beyond your financial aid package. Do not miss this opportunity to avoid student loans and GET YOUR COLLEGE PAID FOR FREE!!

  • Students MUST log all college acceptances and denials in Naviance by doing the following:
    • Log into Navianceà Click on “Colleges I am Applying To”à Go to application column and click on “Edit”à Enter the result and click “Save”

  • Mid-year grade reports will be sent to ALL colleges at the beginning of February. Seniors should keep doing their best academic work, because colleges DO consider senior year grades for admission and scholarships.

Summer Programs

Stevens Institute of Technology program for rising Juniors or Seniors (current 10th or 11th grade). Cost is between $2800 (1 week program) and $4300 (2 week program).


Students should reach out to their School Counselor with questions or if help is needed.

SUMMET Summer 2023 Programs - Golden, Colorado


Girls Who Code Virtual Summer Programs & More…

https://girlswhocode.com/programs/ summer-immersion-program

MIT Summer Programs


Educational, Safety, Mental Health and Food Insecurity Resources

Below is a resource document pursuant to Public Act 21-46: An Act Concerning Social Equity and the Health, Safety, and Education of Children.

Educational, Safety, Mental Health and Food Insecurity Resources (https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/WSCC/Educational-Safety-Mental-Health-and-Food-Insecurity-Resources-for-Families-and-Students.pdf)

Career Readiness Academy

Consequences and Rewards for In School Behaviors

Dear AAE Families,

We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends and loved ones. As we return to school, we are reaching out to thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to implement our tardiness and detention policies. In recent weeks, we have seen a precipitous decline in the numbers of students arriving tardy to two or more of their classes each day. It is our hope that this trend will continue as we maintain the current policy.

As we continue to encourage students’ timely arrival to classes, we are also developing policies to address students who skip classes and those who leave class without permission. These infractions and their consequences can be found in the matrix below. It is our hope that clear policies and their consistent implementation will result in improved student attendance and promote favorable academic outcomes.

Parent notification of detentions for class tardies and ISS for skipped classes will occur via e-mail each afternoon. It is vitally important that you verify the accuracy of your e-mail address in PowerSchool. In the event you believe your child has been issued a consequence as the result of an attendance error, please reach out to the teacher who recorded the attendance in question. We hold firm in our steadfast commitment to the safety and success of all students and are appreciative of your ongoing support. Please reach out to a member of the administrative team with any questions or concerns.

Thank you and Parent Support

As parents we appreciate your support in our efforts. We ask that you speak with your AAE students about this ahead of time to reinforce the importance of being on time to class and general good behavior at school.

Thank you!

Adam Johnson, Principal

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Student Absence Protocol

If your student will be absent please email the main office at aaemainoffice@crec.org.

In order for your student's absence to be considered an "excused absence" a call, email, or parent or doctor note needs to be handed into our main office.

Thank you.

Parent Resource: 22-23 Grade 10/11 PSAT Scores: Accessing & Interpreting

Important Upcoming Dates and Details

Monday, January 23rd - Thursday January 26th - Early Dismissal: Mid Term Week

Monday , February 20 - Friday February 24th - No School: February Break

As a reminder, students dismiss at 10:50 AM on early dismissal days.

PDF: CREC Magnet Schools District Calendar 2022-2023

Access Health CT Documents For Parents

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