Lynx Middle School Newsletter

AIS West - August 2021

Welcome Back to School!

Dear AIS West Middle School Community,

We hope this message finds you well and that you are refreshed and ready for a new school year. We are thrilled to welcome everyone back on campus on September 12. This is going to be a great year of learning and growth. Please take a moment to read this newsletter to familiarize yourself with our teaching team and upcoming important dates. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.


PowerSchool will open for families and students on September 6. You will be able to view student schedules through the website and mobile application.

Online Learning Program

We understand that some families may not be comfortable sending their children to school during the COVID pandemic. Although we do not believe that online learning is the best option for students, we will continue to offer this program to those in need. Middle School students will join classes through Zoom following their schedules in PowerSchool. Please note that joining the online only program is a commitment for the entire term. Students may not move in and out of online learning during a term. Sign up here before September 9 if you are interested in this option.

Virtual Open House - Zoom - September 7

Parents are invited to our Virtual Open House on Zoom on September 7. This is a time to meet teachers, learn about our program and get excited about the year ahead. Links will be sent out in grade specific emails next week.

  • Grade 6 - 9:00 - 9:30
  • Grade 7 - 9:40 - 10:10
  • Grade 8 - 10:15 - 10:45

New Student Orientation - On Campus - September 8

All students who are new to AIS West are invited to our New Student Orientation on September 8 for 10:00 - 12:00. We will meet in the 4th floor library. Students will learn about our school, get set up with email and PowerSchool accounts, make a schedule and have a tour of the school. Due to COVID precautions, parents will not attend. We will host a special Zoom session for new parents at 2:00 on September 8.

Grade 6 Orientation - On Campus - September 9

Grade 6 students are invited to a morning of team building, friendship making and fun from 9:00 - 12:00 on September 9. We'll kick things off in the Auditorium and end with an ice cream social by Gate 1. We can't wait to meet you!!

Grade 7 Orientation - Zoom - September 9

All grade 7 students are invited to meet their teachers on Zoom at 1:00. A link will be sent in a separate email.

Grade 8 Orientation - Zoom - September 9

All grade 8 students are invited to meet their teachers on Zoom at 2:00. A link will be sent in a separate email.

September 12 - First Day of School!!

All students will be welcomed back to campus for the first day of the school year. See you soon, Lynx!!

Your partners in education,

Chelsea Armstrong

Middle School Principal

Mathias Sanders

Middle School Assistant Principal

Reham Sherif

Middle School Administrative Assistant

Dr. Randy Refsland, Director

I am very happy to be here at AISE-West and looking forward to working with a talented staff. I hope to be very visible and will visit classrooms on a regular basis. My office is open and I look forward to meeting everyone individually and having a chance to talk.

Chelsea Armstrong, Principal

Hi Lynx! This is my third year at AIS West and I'm so excited to continue our learning in the Middle School. I have an open door policy and am always available to meet with students, parents and teachers. Please stop by my office the next time you are on the 4th floor.

Mathias Sanders, Assistant Principal

I am the new assistant principal here at AIS West and very happy to join a wonderful school community. I am originally from Spokane, WA, USA. I enjoy reading, photography, and BASKETBALL!! It is my privilege and pleasure to serve the AIS community and I look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks.

Reham Sherif - Admin Assistant

Hello everyone, I'm Reham Sherif, the middle school administrative assistant, can't wait to see all of you. You will find my door is always open for your help.

Jonathan Potter - Learning Support

My name is Jonathan Potter and I am going to be Middle School Learning Support. I have been teaching in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area for the previous eight years. I enjoy sports, more specifically, American football, basketball, and baseball, but I enjoy watching soccer as well! I grew up playing these sports and I enjoy getting out and playing whenever the opportunity presents itself. I also enjoy hanging out with all of my new friends in Egypt! I look forward to building lasting relationships with students to help them reach whatever goals they have in the immediate and/or long-term future!

Angela Fushtey - Counselor -

As the Middle School Counselor at AIS West I am proud to part of such an amazing community of students. I can't wait to see all of you again and meet those who are new. My door is always open if you need to chat about anything related to social/emotional or if you just want to say hi.

Addie Parker - Counseling Intern

Hi there! I'm a school counselor graduate intern and I had the pleasure of working with students virtually in grades K-8 at AIS West last year. I'm so excited to finally join the AIS West community in-person this academic year! I currently live in Paris, France with my family but will be finishing out my internship here over the next 8 weeks. Soon after, I will graduate from The College of New Jersey this December 2021 with a Masters in Counseling. I look forward to a great year ahead!

Maureen Johnson - Librarian

Hello. My name is Ms. Maureen. I am the Secondary Librarian. Originally, I am from the U.S., however most recently I had been living in Istanbul, Turkey for the past nine years. I have taught in many countries mainly in the MENA region. I love to read and and to support others with reading. My hobbies include: reading, traveling, history, politics, current events and films (foreign and English). Stop by the Secondary Library and give me some recommendations for excellent Egyptian films with English subtitles.

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