Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas

The faculty and staff of Ardmore High School would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It seems like just yesterday we started the school year in August with Meet The Tigers at First National Bank. You know what they say, time flies when you are having fun. Students return to school on January 3, 2013 and we look forward to great finish to another school year. We hope everyone remains safe during the holiday season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Exam Bell Schedule

Exam Bell Schedule

Day 1 Schedule – December 20 (Testing 2, 4, 6)

2nd period 7:55 – 9:26 (91)

RTI period 9:30 – 11:01 (91)

4th period 11:05 – 1:10 (124) (See Day 1 lunch schedule)

Break 1:10 – 1:24 (14) (Warning bell at 1:20)

6th period 1:24 - 3:05 (101)

Day 2 Schedule – December 21 (Testing 1, 3, 5, 7)

1st period 7:55 – 9:26 (91)

3rd period 9:30 – 11:01 (91)

5th period 11:05 -1:10 (124) (See Day 2 lunch schedule)

Break 1:10 – 1:24 (14) (Warning bell at 1:20)

7th period 1:24 - 3:05 (101)

*Teachers should post attendance EVERY period based upon who should be taking their exam.

* If a student did not show to take an exam that was expected, please e-mail Mr. Lewis.

Monday, December 17, 2012

School Safety

I certainly don’t believe I can make any more sense out of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown than the thousands of people that have been interviewed since the event took place. However, I did feel the need to communicate with the parents of Ardmore High School students. I will not make commentary on the causes, or contributing societal factors but will rather focus on the steps we are taking at Ardmore High School to make our school as safe as possible.

Like every other school we have a safety plan which includes a lockdown drill along with many other safety scenarios such as severe weather. We have two lockdown drills a year where we practice the proper procedures. We use these drills as times to evaluate and adjust our safety procedures. New research has come out since the Virginia Tech shootings which have caused schools to add a new component to the lockdown drills. We are constantly looking for the latest recommendations from the experts and I feel certain after the latest tragedy is studied new suggestions will be released through law enforcement and other school safety channels.

Our faculty and staff are very cognizant of school safety and are vigilant in supervision. We do not have a central entrance like many modern buildings, but we do monitor who is on our campus and visitors have a sticker which lets teachers know this person has been approved to be in the school. We also have a full time resource officer who is here when school is in session. In addition to our SRO, we have a close relationship with Ardmore Police and they are close enough to the school that they could be here in a matter of minutes to assist our SRO.

We must work to ensure we do everything we can to make our community and school as safe as possible. We rely on parents and community members to alert us to situations we may need to know about and working together we can accomplish so much more than working alone. We know there are no guarantees in life but we will continue to be vigilant to protect our most prized possessions which are our children.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ALSDE Newsletter

Click here for the monthly newsletter from the Alabama State Department of Education. The first article by Dr. Bice is especially good. Click here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Morning Drop Off Line

I noticed this morning that very few people are using the lane next to the school to drop students off in the morning. Once buses have left the campus you are allowed to use any of the lanes in front of the school to drop off students.

Exemptions Procedures

Here are the Exemption Procedures for Ardmore High School December, 2012

1.     All first period teachers must pass out exemption forms 1st period to their students needing on Tuesday, December 18.
2.     Students will take the form around Tuesday to be signed by the appropriate teachers.
3.     Students must turn in their exemption sheet to their 1st period teachers Wednesday, December 19.
4.     1st Semester Exams will be cumulative and cover material from the beginning of the semester.
5.     The semester average will be used to determine exemptions.
6.     Absences will count for the entire semester to determine exemptions.
7.     The last day students exempting all exams are required to attend is Wednesday, December 19. Wednesday, December 19 WILL count toward the determination of exemptions! Signed forms are pending attendance on December 19.
8.     Students may leave without checking in/out through the office for classes they are exempt.
9.     Students may only check in/out one time during the day.
10. Students NOT exempt and absent will receive an unexcused absence. If they leave campus w/o permission disciplinary action will be taken.
11. First period teachers will collect exemption forms and turn them in to the office before leaving for Christmas break.

Ardmore Teacher of the Year

Here is a link to our website with some information about our Teacher of the Year. Click here.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Inspirational Story

This a wonderful video.