Messages from the President

August 9, 2021

Dear ASMS Community Members,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at ASMS! The start of the year always brings much anticipation and excitement, and this year, the reopening of our campus is especially meaningful. Today, ASMS feels like ASMS again as we finally have our school community back together on campus.

At the same time, we know this school year will bring challenges, especially those related to COVID-19. We will prioritize safety in all things and do all we can to keep our campus open. I cannot commend our faculty and staff enough for what they have done to prepare to make this school year the best one yet in the school's history.

My hope for the school year is this -- that we as ASMS community members will be kind in all things. May kindness be a guidepost for us as we go through the year together. The world is divided and facing immense challenges, but in our community, we have the opportunity to be something set apart. In our conversations, problem-solving, frustrations, or communication, let us extend kindness to one another far above our circumstances. As we do so, we are sure to have a great year.

I look forward to all that our students will accomplish as we educate the next generation of leaders, scholars, and innovators. Go Dragons!

Sincerely,

President Hoyle

May 26, 2021

Dear ASMS community members,

As the school year draws to a close, I want to take a moment to commend the ASMS community and express my gratitude for each one of you. It has been a unique school year with obstacles that both challenged us and brought us closer together.

Students - We are proud of all you have accomplished. From your first day at ASMS, to your last day this school year, you were resilient, creative, and disciplined in making the most of each day. You made memories, met life-long friends, and above all else, you remained committed to academic excellence. Congratulations!

Parents / Guardians - Thank you for entrusting your student to ASMS. We appreciate the patience, flexibility, and support you extended this year. You played an integral role in your student’s success at our institution, and we are truly grateful.

Faculty and Staff Members - Your commitment to the mission of ASMS and your dedication to our students is what allowed us to continue to thrive in an unprecedented year. You kept our institution moving forward, and I am confident we have the finest educational leaders in the state of Alabama.

Wherever you are as this school year draws to a close, we celebrate you. Thank you for a very different but impactful 2020 - 2021 school year. May you have a fun, restful summer!

Sincerely,

President Hoyle

March 19, 2021

Dear ASMS community members and stakeholders,

ASMS is celebrating two excellent community achievements! I am pleased to announce that ASMS is officially accredited for the next five years, and we are now one of the only STEM-certified high schools in Alabama! These designations signify that our students are receiving a premier education.

ASMS has been preparing for Cognia Accreditation and STEM Certification since the fall of 2020. This past week, two Cognia review teams completed official evaluations of the school. ASMS had to demonstrate our performance in 30 Accreditation Standards and 16 STEM Certification Standards within separate Cognia frameworks. The evaluation teams reviewed more than 300 pages of longitudinal data, survey results, projects, programs, plans, anecdotes, photos, and videos, in addition to interviewing 56 ASMS school community members.

Due to the rigorous evaluation processes, rarely does a school complete both of these processes simultaneously, but I am pleased to share that ASMS completed both in the same week! Because of the dedication of our community members, we were able to make this happen, even amidst a global pandemic. When we receive the final reports from Cognia in the coming weeks, I will share their feedback with you.

I am grateful to all who contributed to this process. In our final meeting with the Cognia review team, one of the evaluators said, “ASMS is a true community.” Another said, “If I were at ASMS, I would be excited about what the future can bring to the school!”

I agree with both of these sentiments. We are a true community with a bright future, and it is because of the people we have at ASMS, including you! Collectively, our community members are our school’s greatest asset. I look forward to how these distinctions will keep us accountable to the highest level of excellence as we continue to enhance our courses, programs, and experiences for students.

Thank you,

John Hoyle, Ph.D.

President

March 1, 2021

Dear Students,

Welcome back! I wish you a calm, rewarding, and productive Spring Term. This community has demonstrated resilience and resolve during an unusual and challenging year. I am proud of how our students have remained focused and worked hard under difficult circumstances. I know this is true because of your immense success and remarkable accomplishments throughout Winter Term. Here are a few examples:

  • 76 students earned straight A’s during Winter Term.
  • 94% of students passed all their classes.
  • 10% of the senior class has been named National Merit Finalists.
  • Seven students received regional and national computer science awards from NCWIT.
  • Eight students (out of 20 total in Alabama) have been awarded medals and special recognition on the National German Exam Honor Roll for outstanding performance on the 2021 National German Exam for High School Students.

At the same time, we understand that with the difficulties of the school year, some of you may feel a bit weary going into this last term. Please talk with a faculty or staff member about your concerns or any hardships you are facing, so we can provide you with resources and encouragement.

Students, please continue wearing masks. We will do everything we can to keep the campus open, but vigilant mask-wearing will make the most significant difference. If you see someone without a mask, please kindly address them.

To build community, we will offer several activities this term, and I hope you can carve out a few minutes to participate as we make the final memories of the school year together. More information will follow, but here’s a rough schedule:

March 3 – Free Throw Challenge in the gym, 4 p.m.

March 5 – Polar Bear Plunge at the pool, 4 p.m.

March 10 – Pickleball in the gym, 4 p.m.

March 11 – Death Row Chicken Challenge in the cafe, 4 p.m.

March 17 – CanJam on West Campus, 4 p.m.

March 19 – Chubby Bunny in the Courtyard, 4 p.m.

March 25 – Wiffle Ball on West Campus, 4 p.m.

Please reach out if I can assist you with anything. Let’s finish strong and have a great Spring Term!

Sincerely,

John Hoyle, Ph.D.

President