Secondary School Notes

Week 23: Time for Reflection!

Week 23-Time for Reflection

This week we will be having our Settimana Bianca, which will be an important break for our students to relax and reflect.  It is important of course for our students to stay connected with their learning, but there is also a time for a break. Our teachers will be providing refresher type work, while many of our IB and AP students will be using this time to make sure that they are on top of all of their requirements leading into our last push when they return.  I hope everyone has a restful and relaxing break. 

Course Selection Time

This past week we have met with all students in grades 8-11 to begin our course selection process for the coming year.  All students have access to their course selection via PowerSchool and have been shown how to go through this process.  Students will have until the 11th of March to make their selections.  It is important during this time that they speak with their teachers, parents, counselor, and themselves while doing some research into the type of program that they are looking to take in the future. Please make sure to speak with your student regarding their choices for the coming year. If as a family you are certain that you are not returning to AOSR it is still very important to complete the course selection process. This allows the next school to see what types of courses your student would have been eligible for and it will help them make a more informed selection.  Please feel free to contact the HS office if you have any questions.

Middle School Drama Production

The past two evenings I have been fortunate enough to be in the audience for our MS Production.  What a fantastic event. It was so lovely to see how confident and invested the students were with their roles. These evenings were the culmination of weeks of work by the students as well as Ms. Sanders and Ms. Adams.  I am always so amazed at the amount of talent and poise our students posses.

Middle School Trip Information

We are getting closer and closer to our MS trips!  Students are excited and really engaged with this process. In the weeks following our break we will be having targeted meetings with each age group and trip.  Ms. Ellyson has been sending information home via email and will continue to do so. These trips highlight our Profile of a Graduate traits and allow our students to put these traits into practise within a real world setting.  These are considered integral to our MS Curriculum and we are so fortunate to be able to offer this program to our MS students.

NHS Induction

This past week over 40 students within the High School received letters of application to the National Honor Society induction process.  Our students who have a 3.5GPA or higher are eligible to apply and highlight all of their service and leadership traits that they have exhibited throughout their High School years. It says a great deal that we have so many worthy applicants!

College Counseling Services

This past week Ms. Jeffrey was able to present two workshops to our parents and students about the college application process. We also had two university reps on campus this week.  This information is so valuable and we are very fortunate to have such a qualified and experienced college counselor on staff.  Please continue to check our website and your email for continued information from our counseling office.

Falcons are Flying!

This weekend are varsity Basketball program is traveling to Sigonella. Once they return they will be having a short rest and then a quick turnaround to attend The European Championships along with our Cheer Squad. These students have put in a great deal of work and it has been lovely to see their growth throughout the season. Our community continues to rally around them with our home games, Booster Bar, pep band and concession stands.  Good Luck Falcons!

Our Middle School Basketball team will be competing this Saturday with Ambrit. The students have been also working very hard and are excited to have a chance to compete.

Our Spring Sports will be starting very soon after the holiday, with preseason training for track and soccer beginning right when we come back. Please visit the AOSR Sports page for more information.

Technology News

AOSR Expands BYOD Program

We will be expanding our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program to 9th Grade in September 2020. This means all 9th to 12th Graders must bring their own computer to school each day starting in September 2020.

Families can choose almost any device, but the computer should meet the specifications found at

If you plan to purchase a new device, this is a great opportunity to have your son or daughter research computer models and propose to you what they would like to purchase. Ask them to tell you why they want that model, where they can get the best price, and what warranty and support are included. If you already have an older laptop that meets the specifications, then no need to buy a new computer.

Consider purchasing a protective case to help protect the computer from damage.

You can contact Rick Part at edtech@aosr with any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of AOSR and our students.

Kind Regards,

Justin Walsh

Secondary School Principal

High School Academic Profile

Well Rounded Students

AOSR students stand out as well-rounded individuals with access to an enormous range of athletic, and artistic activities as well as clubs and organizations to engage in outside of class.


Our student athletes compete with pride and sportsmanship against their peers at schools across Italy and other countries throughout Europe.

  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Soccer
  • Cheerleading

Students learn to value creativity and think outside the box, becoming more comfortable with risk taking and more adept at honing a craft.

  • Music ensemble
  • High school chorus
  • Theatrical productions (including the annual Shakespeare festival)
  • Painting
  • Photojournalism
Clubs and Activities

Students are exposed to principles of leadership development, project planning and character building.

  • Environmental Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Council
  • Global Issues Network (GIN)
  • French, Italian, and Spanish Honor Societies
  • Omnibus: the literary and art magazine
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Cinephiles: Film Club
Community Service

There is a premium on community service at AOSR and over 25% of our students participate in service efforts on and off campus.

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Recycling
  • Library service
  • Classroom helpers
  • Supporting a cultural center in the slums of Salvador Bahia, Brazil
  • Volunteering with Retake Rome
  • Volunteering at the Rome Refugee Center