AAE Family Newsletter
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Hello AAE Families
It's time to let all of you know that the winter weather is upon us, whether we like it or not! I want to make sure that all AAE community members are aware that any decisions made about potential cancellations or delays will be communicated as early in the morning as possible. Mr. Johnson and team will always communicate this information out via email, text and phone, and will share for publication and display at local media outlets. How many of you remember listening for school closings on the radio like I did as a kid? If you missed it the wait for the alphabetical list to cycle through again was the worst!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question for the main office team or email@example.com if you have a question specifically for AAE school administrators.
Thanks very much!
Your AAE Administrative Team
9th Graders - PSAT is Thursday - Important Reminders
Annual School Climate Survey and Raffle
As a token of our appreciation for taking the time to provide us with this feedback, we will be doing daily gift card raffles for the next two weeks. Once you have finished with the survey or if you completed it last week use the google form below to be entered into the raffle.
Please expect to hear frequently from us encouraging all parents to take the survey!
2022-2023 AAE School Culture & Climate Survey
Appreciation Event for AAE Staff - December 19 & 20
Free COVID Tests
COVID test kits are available at the nurse's health office. If your family is in need, please have your child come down to see the nurse. Test kit expiration date has been extended till 1/7/23.
Mid-Term Exams (January 23 - 26)
AAE HS Student Council Winter Events
PJ Day For The Kids - December 9
Thanks to all students and staff who participated! We raised almost $700 and some donations are still coming in. Thank you!
To make a donation online, please visit AAE's customized donation page at: https://give.connecticutchildrens.org/team/466569
Middle School Art Update
With first trimester classes having come to a close, please read the face of our sixth grader, Vincen, who deservingly found pride in his amazing sculpture work in the Art Room! Congratulations to all first trimester Art Students who actively engaged in their study of art as a communication tool. Continue to be creative! Ms.O
AAE National Honors Society Induction - Congrats to Inductees!
On Wednesday night the NHS induction ceremony was held here in person. It was awesome to see students and families here in the building celebrating student achievements.
Please congratulate the following students on their achievements:
Jason Trejo Perez
We would like to thank Mrs. Erin Bednarzyk for serving as advisor to the AAE National Honor Society. Please see photos from the induction below.
New AAE Staff Members
Cassidy Marriott, Associate Instructor
My name is Cassidy Marriott and I am a new Associate Instructor here at AAE.
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and went on to graduate from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where I studied Political Science and Economics. Upon completion of my degree, I jumped straight into corporate America and became licensed in Property and Casualty insurance while working for one of the top international specialty brokerage firms.
Since then, I've realized I have a passion for youth development and programming.
I have worked in tandem with the New York Board of Education where I helped to facilitate programs for homeless adolescents.
In my most recent role, I served as a Student Advocate/Mentor at Manchester High School where I met with administration and students on a daily basis while visiting the homes of the students to ensure their parents stayed abreast of their child’s progress.
In my new role at AAE, I am hoping to effect change by being another resource for both social and emotional learning. I am currently teaching two sections of the new Study Skills class where students will be able to apply what they learn in the real world once they transition outside of our school. I look forward to meeting you all and having a wonderful year!
Taylor Shopel-Nevers, Associate Instructor
My name is Taylor Shopel-Nevers. I am the newest Associate Instructor. I am currently enrolled in Post University’s Masters of Mental Health Counseling program to become a mental health therapist and I graduated in 2020 from Iona University with my Bachelors in Psychology.
I am an avid plant lover and am currently on the hunt for some rare plants. I have three dogs, Carter, Artie, and Corvus (I talk about them a lot). My favorite places to visit are Vermont and New Hampshire, they have the best hikes for all three of my babies. My favorite hobbies are cooking and decorating my house.
I am so excited to join the remainder of this school year!
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.
Adam Johnson, Principal
Middle School Sports: Winter Sports Registration and Beginning of Season
Students who want to participate in one of our Winter Sports need to register through the Final Forms Website: https://crecmagnet-ct.finalforms.com
Students have an option of playing Basketball or Indoor Track. All athletes need to have an up to date physical on file to play.
Registration runs through December 9.
First day of practice will be after school on December 12.
ALSO…put Dec. 8 from 7-8 PM on your calendar for the AAE Winter Sports Parent Information Night. This meeting will be held virtually and we will cover schedules, transportation, pick-up procedures, and grade/attendance/behavior requirements. Also, each team’s coach will have some time to share specific team information. Invitations will be sent out next weekend to all registered athletes.
Contact Mr. Campbell (ccampbell@CREC.org) with any questions.
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.
- 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
- Cell: 860-990-0098
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please remember to check the Class of 2023 Schoology Page for new and upcoming scholarships. Several were posted just this week! 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 end of January. Seniors should keep doing their best academic work, because colleges DO consider senior year grades for admission and scholarships.
After School Tutoring
After School Tutoring Schedule
High School Clubs
Student Absence Protocol
Middle School Winter Sports
Important Upcoming Dates and Details
Wednesday, December 7, Thursday December 8 & Friday December 9 - Early Dismissal
Wednesday, December 7 & Thursday December 8 - Family Conferences
Friday, December 23 - Monday, January 2 - No School for Winter Break
As a reminder, students dismiss at 10:50 AM on early dismissal days.