Dear Parents and Students:
Welcome back to school! Thank you for your help in supporting a wonderful start to the new school year. The 6th graders who attended Camp Sparty were full of spirit, respectful, and eager to be on campus. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with all of the students on the first day of school during the grade level assemblies. While we did spend time reviewing school rules, I hope more than anything your student was reminded of their role in making A.E. Wright a great place to go to school. At the end of the assembly, I challenged the students to treat each other with kindness, to work as a team, and to be "awesome" in all that they do. This year we introduced two recycling stations in the lunch areas in which the students are encouraged to dispose of their lunch waste in containers identified for liquids, food and trash, bottles and cans, and general recyclables. When possible, we encourage all students to use reusable containers and to take the time to put recyclable materials in the appropriate bins. So far, I have been impressed with the respect the students are showing the campus by doing their part to keep it clean and the positive attitude and enthusiasm for learning the students are demonstrating in their classes.
A few things......
As you know, the campus gets rather crowded the half hour before school starts and the half hour after school ends. It is imperative that all students and parents follow proper safety rules and exhibit patience when picking up and dropping off students. For those parents of children who pick up in the carpool loop, please do not come to school before 3:05pm and park in the loop. Remember, the left lane is for thru traffic only. Students may NOT get in the car in the left lane. Additionally, you must always pull forward when there is available space. Your student should be watching for you and should be ready to follow you until you reach a point where you cannot pull up any further. I've seen several parents park in the District Office lot and then try to use the D.O. gate to exit the parking lot instead of going around the loop. This is not allowed! The gate is locked for a reason. If you want to park and wait for your student, you must exit via the carpool loop. For those parents of children who walk to school, please review with your child the importance of using a crosswalk and crossing in a group when crossing the street. If your child walks to school or crosses a crosswalk to get to the shuttle, please stress with your child the importance of looking both ways and making sure any oncoming traffic sees and acknowledges your child before crossing. When possible, I encourage you to walk your child across the crosswalk so you can help remind your child of the safety rules when crossing a street. For those who drive to school, please remember that speeding, double parking, parking in the red, and rolling through stop signs are illegal. If you witness a car driving unsafely around our school or in your neighborhood, I encourage you to write down the license plate number, make of the car, description of the driver, and report the driver to www.sttop.net. While on the subject of safety, don't forget to address "stranger danger." Some of our kids are so trusting when it comes to conversing with adults they don't know.
Back to School Night
Back to School Night is on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014. The evening will begin at 6:30pm with a meeting in the GYM for all 6th grade parents and 7th and 8th grade parents who are new to A.E. Wright. Classroom visits that follow your child's schedule will begin at 7:00pm. A Back to School Night flyer will be sent home with your child on August 25th. Please allow extra time for parking! Please note: the evening is for adults only.
7th Grade Honor Society and 8th Grade CJSF
7th and 8th graders who think they may qualify for 7th Grade Honor Society or 8th Grade CJSF based on their June report card should apply for membership August 25- 28. Students who attended a school other than A. E. Wright last year may apply, and based on June grades, could also qualify for membership. Students who did not attend A. E. Wright last year must include a copy of his or her report card with the application. Application forms will be available on the counter outside the Attendance Office on August 25. Students who apply for and are accepted into 7th Grade Honor Society or 8th Grade CJSF may wish to attend one of two overnight field trips this fall. 7th Grade Honor Society members may attend the Catalina trip while 8th Grade CJSF Members may attend the Yosemite trip. Applications for these trips will also available on the counter outside the Attendance Office on Monday. Completed forms are due by 3:30 pm on Thursday, August 28. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED! If you have any questions regarding these trips or cannot meet the deadline, see Mr. Bostrom in room S-2 before the deadline. For membership and trip information, please visit the Honor Society page at www.aewrightmiddleschool.net.
Partnership With California Lutheran University (CLU)
During the fall semester, we will have five teacher candidates on campus every day working with A.E. Wright students as part of our newly formed partnership with CLU's Graduate School of Education. The teacher candidates, also called co-teachers, will be in classrooms with A.E. Wright master teachers in the morning and then attend university classes in the afternoon. Every year A.E. Wright hosts student teachers from a variety of local universities. The Professional Development School model with CLU differs from traditional student teaching models in that both the A.E. Wright master teacher and the CLU teacher candidate will work together in a co-teaching situation for the majority of the semester, professors from CLU will regularly be in the classrooms and will holding university classes for the co-teachers on the A.E. Wright campus in the afternoons, and CLU professors will be working with A.E. Wright staff to provide quality staff development in the areas of literacy and student engagement. We are excited to work with CLU as they are a leader across the nation in the Professional Development School model and are excited for the benefits to our students of having additional adults in the classroom who are providing high quality learning experiences with the most current research-based teaching methodology.
Early Release Days
Students will be dismissed at 1:10pm on September 4, September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30, November 6, December 4, January 15, February 12, February 26, March 12, March 26, and April 23 this year. Campus supervision is only available until 1:30pm. Therefore, students may not stay on campus past 1:30pm. If you are in need of childcare on Thursdays only or any other day after school, childcare is available at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center for a nominal feel. For more information, please contact the Community Center at (818) 880-2993.
For Your Calendar:
August 25-28 Honor Society & CJSF Membership Drive
August 27 Back to School Night
September 1 School Closed
September 4 Early Release Day, 1:10pm Dismissal
September 10 Parent Faculty Club Meeting, 9:00am
September 12 6th Grade Dance, 3:05-4:30pm
September 18 Early Release Day, 1:10pm Dismissal
September 19 End of the 5 Week Grading Period
September 25-26 School Closed
|Period 0||7:50 – 8:40|
|Period 1/HR||8:50 – 9:30|
|Period 2||9:35 – 10:10|
|Period 3||10:15 – 10:50|
|Period 4||10:55 – 11:30|
|Nutrition||11:30 – 11:50|
|Period 5||11:55 – 12:30|
|Period 6||12:35 – 1:10|
The Wright Answers is A.E. Wright's newsletter put together by student volunteers during their lunch time. We hope you enjoy our first edition! Listen to the morning announcements in August to hear when meetings are held so that you can participate in this fun journalistic experience! Click here to see the first edition!
FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT PICK UP & DROP OFF PROCEDURES
Please click here to see the Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures. We appreciate you following the procedures and being polite and courteous on the traffic loop. As a reminder, there is increased traffic during the first few weeks of school and we encourage you to use alternate pick up and drop off locations. Or drop earlier in the morning and pick up later in the afternoon to relieve congestion (by 3:20pm the line is mostly clear).
BUS TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
The Las Virgenes Unified School District operates a fee based home to school transportation program forstudents enrolled in the District’s regular education program to some, but not all schools. Please to get more information and details.
STAY IN THE LOOP
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PLANET AID COLLECTION BIN
Time to clean out those closets!! Planet Aid helps recycle used and sends the clothing to needy people in developing nations. There is a yellow drop bin located in the parking lot near rooms 1-4.