Messages from the President

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