From the Principal's Desk
November 28, 2017Posted by Arik Mortenson on 11/28/2017
Dear ADL Parents and Families,
We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving break with family and friends. The first trimester is almost at a close. New program offerings, new staff members, new teams, and a new schedule have made for a dynamic fall semester at ADL. We were grateful to have some time during our in-service days for discussing how our core values as a school-well-being, relationships, opportunities, ingenuity, and perseverance-are reflected in our work.
As we continue to dive into the work of revisiting and imagining our vision for our school, I invite our parents, guardians, and family members to join in this dialogue with us. Over the next trimester, we will be hosting parent teas to engage your voice in this process. Please contact me in advance if you have any questions. Our partnership with families is a vital ingredient to our students’ successful middle school experience at ADL.
In addition to our visioning work, teachers also spent in-service time in various professional development opportunities, including a half-day training with our A World of Difference Ⓡ (AWOD) trainer from the Anti-Defamation League. Our AWOD peer leader group meets weekly. While the main focus of their preparation is planning to facilitate the AWOD program in 6th grade classrooms later this winter, they are also designing anti-bias activities for homerooms. If you have questions regarding the AWOD curriculum, please contact our school counselors Nicole Williams and Jessie Librizzi, or me.
In closing, I would like to thank all of our families who helped contribute to the Peer Leadership Annual Fall Food Drive. ADL donated almost 1200 pounds of food for the Heavenly Pantry food shelf. Thank you also to those of you who came out to cheer on our athletic teams this fall, and to listen to our amazing jazz and band ensemble’s first concert of the school year a couple weeks ago. “Crazy Train” and the “Moana” medley were two of my favorites! I am already looking forward to the choral and orchestra concert on December 14.
Thank you for all of your support.
P.S. On January 11, we will be co-hosting a screening of the documentary Screenagers in our school library in partnership with Brownell Library. More information will be forthcoming soon-mark your calendars!