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ALA HS Weekly Update: Sept. 25, 2020

Our ALA High School educator team is committed to creating an equitable learning environment where all students feel accepted, motivated, and challenged. Our mission is to 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 Friday, Aviator High School Families!

We hope this communication finds you well and ready for an enjoyable weekend with your loved ones!

Please be on the lookout for progress reports via email early next week. These academic achievement snapshots of your student’s effort provide a solid talking point for strengths and weaknesses. If grades are lower than expected, it’s vital for your student to take responsibility for the results, but just as important for him or her to understand why. Are there missing assignments? Has attendance or tardies been a factor? Does your student pay attention during class and clearly understand the material being covered?

Moving forward with the goal of a strong finish for the first quarter, it is helpful for your student to reach out to his or her teachers either during office hours (8-9 AM, 11-12, 3-3:30 PM Monday - Friday) or via email to ask for support and suggestions for ways to improve. Our educators are eager to help, though they have MANY more learners than your student has teachers, so we appreciate our families keeping that in mind. We thank you for encouraging your child to take ownership for his or her learning by reaching out with questions as needed.

Speaking of questions, many of us have been wondering when we will be able to travel again as we did in 2019 and in years past. Middle school math educator Elizabeth Jackson is looking ahead to 2022 with plans for an ALA "Capitals of Scandinavia" adventure for students with EF Tours. If you and your student are interested in learning more about this exciting travel opportunity, plan to join Ms. Jackson this Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6:30 - 7:00 PM for a virtual meeting. Please click HERE for details, or contact Ms. Jackson at 919.842.5411 x 112 or via email at .

With the end of the month just days away, ALA HS's September Snapshot Contest will soon wrap up. Our high school students, parents, and educators are invited to share their best shots in the categories of People, Places, Pixels (digital artwork), and Paraphernalia. Find details and the entry form here: . The deadline is next Wed. Sept. 30!

Should you happen to have a connection with an area business or perhaps be in a position to donate some prizes for our winners, we would be most grateful to you as this is but the FIRST contest we have planned for the year. We would be delighted to have a dedicated prize patrol to assist our mission of rewarding students for their above-and-beyond accomplishments!

Looking for a quick, easy way to support ALA? Consider connecting to Boxtops for Education. For those of you who are familiar with this program, gone are the days of clipping labels and keeping up with small square scraps. There’s now an app available, and you can simply scan your receipts for ALA to receive a donation for every participating product purchased. We thank you for your support of our school in this way! Here’s the website to learn more:

As always, we are eager to aScEnD to new heights with your student! 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 joyful weekend ahead!


Janice Jett, PhD

ALA HS Principal

Sept. 30 is Internat'l Podcast Day - WANTED: Podcast People

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, ALA has the place for you!

Ms. Pyrtle and Mr. Wedlock are looking for students who want to create and produce a weekly podcast that focuses on ALA news and community projects. Please complete the ALA Podcast Interest Form - let's BE PROACTIVE and get this ball rolling!

Ready... Aim... Click! Enter ALA HS's September Photography Contest: People, Places, Pixels & Paraphernalia...

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Math & Science News

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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 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:

Update from Mr. Wedlock

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!

Murder Mystery Enrichment Activity

Rainy Friday and want to solve a murder most fowl? The Humanities team has just the enrichment activity for you! Help Inspector Herd solve the mystery of Charles Fanshawe's death on a cold December night! This is an exciting, interactive multimedia murder mystery for students that will have students engaged all morning! If you solve the mystery correctly and catch the murderer, your name will be put in for an ALA PRIZE PACK! Just go to Google Classroom and use this code to join: 2zd7htp. See you there, detectives!

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.

Our tech skills have proven really valuable this week, right? Here's the link for the latest updates from Digital Media guru Ms. Pyrtle:

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.

Attention, Tenth Grade Families...

Hello, 10th Graders and Parents,

As required by the State of North Carolina, all 10th graders will participate in the PreACT standardized test this year at ALA on Wed. Nov. 4th, 2020. More information about the administration of the test will be released to families as it gets closer.

We want to make sure all 10th grade students feel prepared and confident in their abilities to take the PreACT. Now is the time to start studying! Ms. Lipsey will be hosting a *mandatory* Sophomore Seminar with information about the PreACT and how to prepare for it Friday, September 11th at 11:00AM. I will also be hosting a follow-up Parent Seminar with the same information on Tuesday, September 15th at 5:00PM for those families that want to be involved. Both seminars will be held on the following Google Meet link:

While the PreACT is considered a "practice" test and will not show up on your students' college applications, it is still a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the college testing process. Additionally, many merit scholarship programs ask for PreACT scores when choosing recipients for funding. We encourage all students to take the opportunity seriously and study to prepare. Here's a website to learn more about the PreACT:

More information will be sent later, but if you have any questions, please bring them to the information seminars or email me at

Thank you,

Sara Lipsey

School Counselor, ALA

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ALA High School Open House Video

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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.