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Secondary School Notes 2019-2020

Week 3 Setting Routines

We are now well into the school year where the routines of school have been established and we are not really able to start with the engaged learning that our students crave! Please continue to engage with your student about what they are 'learning.' It is important that we support their growth, while helping the advocate for themselves as learners.

Open House at AOSR

Thursday our AOSR parents got to be students again! We opened this year with our Open House evening, providing an overview of the year and our program in the cafeteria and from there parents were able to follow a student schedule to see each of their child’s teachers and hear what enriching learning experiences will be forthcoming this year. Thank you for such a lovely turnout and for helping us 'Go Green' with a paperless event, it is one of the things that I truly enjoy about working at AOSR-the partnership that exists between the parent community and the school. Our students are the true beneficiaries of this partnership.

MS MAP Testing

This week and the beginning of next week all Middle School students will be taking the external  Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. Testing will occur in the morning during first period and be conducted on line using their school computers and more details will be sent to parents via e-mail their AOSR e-mail. We use this data to help find growth patterns within our students that will enable us to tailor their instruction.

Falcon Booster Bar

This Friday we are hosting another Booster Bar on campus. AOSR continues to develop its sense of community and development of a partnership between the teachers and parents. It is very comforting to work in a place where we are all striving for the same thing-improve student learning and experiences.

Falcons are Flying!

This weekend we have all of our Fall teams competing. We are hosting Volleyball all weekend, Tennis has left for Vicenza and our Cross Country runners will be racing on Saturday in Naples. We will be having a Booster Bar this afternoon and our athletes are super excited. It is fantastic to see so many of our students engaged and involved. Please come out and support our students as they represent AOSR!

School Photos

This coming week we will be having our school photos. Below is the schedule of the grades with the specific days for each grade level and class photos.

School Photo Week Schedule

World Coastal Cleanup Day

This Saturday many of our Secondary Students will be participating in the World Coastal Cleanup day. It is great to see so many of our students engaging with their community and becoming involved in world solutions.

Do you have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

According to Dweck, in a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

So, the question for us as an educational institution, and for you parents at home, is how we instil the Growth Mindset in the students (and children) that we serve? This is a topic we talk about here at ASD and will continue to focus on. Please take a look at this quick video describing the effects of a Growth Mindset.

If you have any thoughts, please feel free to pass them on to me. I love hearing from parents as we work together.

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


Full Steam Ahead!

Week 2 Underway

We have now been in school for nine days and the school is already roaring on all engines. The Volleyball, Tennis and Cross Country programs are all in full swing, and the ASA’s are gaining a great deal of momentum. The teams are all keen and excited and now the real work now begins. I have visited every classroom in the school and I can tell you, the learning going on in these rooms is extraordinary. Your children are engaged and focused. They are learning new skills and consolidating old ones. They are pushing teachers on difficult and complicated topics in a way that challenge the faculty. They are truly a pleasure to work with and I look forward to another fantastic year.

Welcome New Faculty

I would like to welcome our new teachers to AOSR; your children may have mentioned them to you. They have all made a positive start and are adding new facets to our already strong team of teachers. They are:

Ms. Culbert(IB&AP Physics), Mr. Rahm(returning) (Computer Aplications and Design), Ms. O'Brien(changing divisions) (MS Resource)Mr. Israel (MS Social Studies, AP/IB Econ, AP Comparative Government) Ms. Fenton (MS/HS Math), Mr. Foregeron (6/7 Math), Ms. Brown(HS Math, AP/IB Math), Mr. Melhorn (Music), Ms. Ouellette (Choir and Drama), Ms. Wentworth (HS Art, IB Art), Ms. Bogart(MS English), Ms. Villa(MS English). We are very fortunate to have such positive and dedicated educators added to our exceptional staff.

Middle School Community Meeting

Last Wednesday Ms. Ellyson brought our Middle School together to develop community and speak about all of the wonderful opportunities that are available to our Middle School students. There was a tremendous amount of energy and the students received a great deal of information. This was also another opportunity for Ms. Overstreet to speak about the new laptop distribution. Now every Middle School student has access to a laptop!

College Visits starting this coming week

We are very fortunate to have so many top colleges and universities wanting access to our students. Ms. Jeffrey does a fantastic job reaching out to schools and establishing relationships with their admission officers. These visits are a great way for our students to connect a name to a face with their application while also receiving more information about a particular school/program and the admission process. Below is a schedule for the coming week.

September 23: Davidson, Middlebury and Clarena McKenna 1-2pm HS Library

September 24: Bentley University 1-2pm, HS Library


Open House Night at AOSR

This coming Thursday our AOSR parents get to be students again! We are getting ready for our Open House evening, providing an overview of the year and our program in the Cafeteria and from there parents will be able to follow their student's schedule to see each of their child’s teachers and here what enriching learning experiences will be forthcoming this year. Thank you for such a taking such an interest in your child's education and our school, it is one of the things that I truly enjoy about working at AOSR-the partnership that exists between the parent community and the school. Our students are the true beneficiaries of this partnership. This year we will not be printing out each individual schedule, instead parents will access their schedule via PowerSchool. Thank you for helping us keep AOSR 'Green!' Below is the welcome letter and Schedule of the evening.

MS/HS Open House Schedule

PTO Welcome Meeting:

This coming Wednesday our PTO will be hosting their welcome meeting. This meeting will take place at 9:30 in the cafeteria. We are so fortunate to have such a positive and involved parent community. Please come and see how you can contribute to all of the wonderful events that happen here on campus.

AOSR is Active and Engaged!

Our students are off and running with all of the different activities that they have access to. This weekend the Cross Country and Tennis teams will be traveling and we will be hosting Volleyball, along with a Booster Bar! Please come out and support AOSR and ask your student how they can get more engaged.

Pick Up and Drop Off

I want to thank everyone for a successful and smooth opening to the school year. It is been so nice to see our secondary students model respectful behavior as they come onto campus. Each morning I walk onto campus, showing my ID and opening my bag, as does every parent that comes on. It is very reassuring to know that our children get to learn in such a safe and secure environment. Thank you again for modelling this behavior to our entire community.

Thank You for a Wonderful Start

It has truly been a pleasure to begin this school year.The AOSR students and parent community is such a special place and these past two weeks have certainly reaffirmed that for us as well as our new faculty, students and families. I look forward to the exciting events that lie ahead.

Kind Regards,

Justin Walsh

Secondary School Principal


Secondary School Library Hours
Monday – Wednesday 8.30 – 16:45
Thursday - Friday 8:30 – 15:30

Secondary School Online Catalog

Suggested Summer Reading List

Research and Citation Tools

Useful Links for Students

Useful Links for Teachers


Ms. Marta Rahm 
Phone: +39 06.33438314