Secondary School Notes

Week 38: Moving Forward 

As we near the end of the 2018-19 Academic year it is important to not only reflect on where we have been, but also think about where we are going.  Many of our students are already thinking about future plans and how they can best prepare themselves.  One of the most challenging things for the long school holiday is the balance between relaxation and stagnation.  I most certainly encourage our students to take some time for themselves and as a family to enjoy their holiday and take a breather from the everyday workload of school.  However, it is also important to remember to exercise those academic muscles less atrophy sets in!  Please encourage your students to read, engage with the some of the resources that their teachers have compiled for the summer months.  It is important to rest and relax, but let’s stay engaged as well.

Celebrating Growth and Success

This past week we were able to take some time to acknowledge and celebrate the growth and success of our student body.  It was fantastic to see so many different students acknowledged for their hard work and achievement.  The events culminated with the awarding of the Profile of a Graduate Awards for both our MS and HS students.  These are the skills we want to cultivate in all of our students as they move forward take on new challenges. I want to thank all of the teachers for their deliberation over the awards, the parents for supporting their students and most importantly, the students themselves for all of their hard work.  Great Job!

End Of Term Reports

Today, June 13th, our end of term reports will be sent home via email.  These reports will highlight our students achievement through this part of the term, highlighting their Academic Skills and providing comments about their growth through the whole academic year.  Please go through the report with your student, asking them about their accomplishments and where they see areas for growth.

Holiday!

What a fantastic year, our students have grown, challenged themselves, made new connections and continued to be positive members of our community.  I am so proud of all of the efforts of our students this year, from Academic Awards, Community Engagement, Artistic exploration to Athletic achievement, this has been a truly growth focused and fruitful year. 

I encourage all of our AOSR students to remain engaged over the summer holidays and I look forward to their return on September 4th.

Maintaining Academic Focus

Summer holidays is a fantastic time to relax and reflect.  It is still important to maintain the focus and growth that your student has achieved throughout this year.  Students have the ability to access resources from their teachers online.  Google Classroom and other resources have been shared with the students to end this year. Summer assignments are also up on our school website. These will include summer work for AP & IB courses as well as suggested work for all subjects.  This is a great way for our students to continue the progress that they have started this year.

Thank You

Finally, I want to thank you for a wonderful first year here at AOSR.  The students and the community have been so welcoming, my family are very lucky to be able to be a part of such a caring community.  I look forward to working and growing with you for years to come.

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

Kind Regards,

Justin Walsh

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.

Athletics

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
Arts

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