We are praising God for another great year at ACS. On May 31, we graduated 21 seniors who will be going off to 13 different colleges (Stetson, UCF, Florida Christian, Southeastern, Seminole State, Andrews, Valencia, Southern Adventist, Baptist Bible College, University of North Florida, Liberty, Mid-Florida Tech and Bryan) with various career paths to follow. Two of the seniors received the Florida Academic Scholars Award; ten received the Florida Medallion Scholars Award; and five received other scholarships worth over $170,000. We are proud of the Class of 2012 and ask you to pray for them as they take the next step in their journey.
The final report cards may be picked up in the school office. We are open from 8:30 - 4:00, Monday - Friday and starting the week of June 18, we will be closed on Fridays. Please make every effort to pick up the report cards as soon as possible as they will also include information regarding necessary summer courses or recommended tutoring. We are also ready to schedule classes for students in grades 9-12. We can do this when you pick up the report card or during regular office hours.
Our enrollment has topped the 200 mark and we continue to have interested parents getting information about our school. (Some of our secondary classes are full to capacity and others are close.) Several of our new families have been referred by our current families which is a win-win situation for all of us: the enrollment grows and the current family bringing in a new family earns a $300 tuition credit. That is our way of thanking you for the word-of-mouth advertising.
We are turning our full focus toward the 2012-13 school year. Mr. Tony is busy cleaning up and fixing up. His first major task is repainting the classrooms in the elementary wing along with the hallway. Ms. McManaway is his trusty assistant for this project (I think she wanted to be sure her room was done to her specifications!). Please mark your calendar for a SUMMER WORK DAY ON JULY 21. We will use this day to tackle some final projects prior to the start of the school year. We can use all the help we can get, especially on the playground. Your involvement will be appreciated.
The end of this school year marked a few changes in our faculty and staff. MISS MERLE, our kitchen manager of 14 years, has decided it is time to hang up her apron. At the age of 82, she certainly deserves the opportunity to retire. She has served us well and I know the students will miss her. Miss Joan, her co-worker, will move to the place of manager for next school year and we know she will do a great job, too. Mrs. Joyce Bradley has served as our bookkeeping/human resource department since 1995. She will be retiring this month to have more time with her husband and to travel to be with those grandchildren. She has been so dedicated to this whole ministry and she will be greatly missed. Mrs. Williams has taught at ACS for five years, but she feels God is directing her to a different path. She has blessed the lives of many children in her time here and we are praying for God’s continued blessings and direction on her life. As of today, we have hired a new Kindergarten teacher and that is Mrs. Laura Burden. Mrs. Burden is a graduate of UCF where she earned her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has had ten years teaching experience and several of those years she used the A Beka curriculum. She is married and the mother of two sons and we are excited to welcome her to our faculty. Pray for her as she gets settled in this summer. In fact, please remember to pray for the school, the enrollment, the faculty and staff throughout the summer months as we prepare for another school year.
Book Fees were due on June 1, and past due after June 10. If you haven’t submitted this payment, please do so today. The Materials/Facilities Fee is due on July 1. Tuition payments are due beginning August 1.
Classroom SUPPLY LISTS are available in the office.
The 2012-13 school calendar is now available in the office and on our website. We will have our MEET THE TEACHERS on Friday, Aug. 10, and the first day of school is MONDAY, AUG. 13. Mark these important dates so you won’t miss out!
ANNUAL SPORTS PHYSICALS
All secondary students who plan to participate in any of our competitive sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball) must have their annual physical form completed and turned in before the official beginning of conditioning practices. This form is available in our front office. Please take care of this as soon as possible so your child won’t have to sit out any practices. SOCCER CONDITIONING is set to begin Tuesday, July 17, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This is for boys in grades 7-12. There is a VOLLEYBALL CLINIC for secondary girls, grades 6-12, every Thursday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Coach Jacobson is hosting an OPEN GYM on Fridays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for students in grades 6-12 who are interested in basketball.
SCHOOL PHYSICALS AND IMMUNIZATIONS
All students entering Florida schools for the first time are required to have a physical examination. This includes all K5 students and any other age student who is transferring from out of state. Health examinations performed out of state or out of the country are acceptable if they are dated within twelve months of school entry in Florida, are signed by the provider, and include the results of the components of the examination. STATE LAW also requires that students be up to date on all immunizations. A Certificate of Immunization (DH 680 form) must be on file in the school office prior to the first day of school. Kindergarten students must have 4 or 5 doses of DTP or Dtap; 4 or 5 doses of Polio vaccine; 2 doses of MMR, 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine; 2 doses of Varicella vaccine or documentation of disease. Students in seventh grade are also required to have the Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if the previous vaccine was given over two years earlier. Now is the time to verify that your student is up to date on all immunizations so they will be cleared to begin school in August..
UNIFORM RESALE STORE
Used uniforms will be available for purchase on Thursday, Aug. 2. You may bring in your worn uniforms and receive a voucher to be used at the Aug. 2nd sale. We will accept usable (no holes or major stains), clean (please wash and fold neatly) uniforms through Thursday, July 26. Voucher holders will have the first option to shop on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. and all others may shop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Sunshine Uniform Store located in Orlando is open throughout the summer months so you can avoid the back-to-school rush when purchasing new uniforms!
The PTF has been such a blessing to our school! Their fundraising efforts have been extremely beneficial to our students as they accomplish various projects. If you have not been actively involved with this organization, I hope you will consider being a part of it this coming school year. The major fundraisers are the ACS DINNER & AUCTION (Feb), GOLF TOURNAMENT (March), and the SPRING SPRINT (April). They will once again sponsor refreshments for Grandparents Day in October. Be prepared to join this organization at the Meet the Teachers event. We will once again have a PTF Classroom Coordinator for each grade. Some of the current coordinators are moving up with the class, but some grades may be in need of a new coordinator. Please let us know if you are interested and we will pass that information along to the officers.
Mrs. Dara Polino has enthusiastically served as the PTF Secretary for three years. She is stepping down from that position this year, but not without training her replacement. Stacey Thomas has worked side by side with Dara this past school year and is well prepared to step into that position. We are excited to have her join the other officers: Marcus Goss, President; Katrina Moon, Vice President; and Jennifer Farris, Treasurer. The officers and the organization have served ACS in an amazing way and we are very thankful for their proactive approach in accomplishing many projects. If every parent would get on board with this organization and be willing to give five hours of your time this year to one of the fundraising events, the results would be phenomenal.