Dear ASE families,

Happy New Year! We are enjoying a great 2017 at ASE.
There are quite a few specials events this month. Please mark your calendars with the following activities. Our Reading Fair will be held Tuesday, January 10th. Our 2nd 9 weeks AttenDANCE will be held Friday, January 13th. Our MLK Service Project will be held at the school at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16th. We will celebrate our 100th Day of School on Wednesday, January 18th. New Stage Theater will perform The Greedy Giant at ASE on Friday, January 20th. Finally, on Friday, January 27th at 8:00 a.m. ASE will host a special Open House for all prospective parents.
We are currently complete our second round of MAP testing. Our school goal is for all students to be proficient (61%-80%) or advanced (81% or above) in reading and in math. If your student is below the 61%, we must partner together so that your student has the opportunity to obtain proficiency. Your child's teacher will be sharing the results once all of the testing is completed.
We will continue our focus on PBIS this year. Our traits of focus this month are courage and justice. We will encourage students to do their best each day by continuing our Mystery Bus program, The Golden Spoon award, Super Titan Program, and Team Titan Tickets. This month's PBIS Celebration will be  held on Friday, January 27th. We will celebrate our Super Titans on January 31st. ASE is a Model PBIS School. Thank you for all of your support in our efforts to provide positive behavior supports for all of our students.
This year we will also continue our focus on arts in the classroom. ASE was selected by the Mississippi Arts Commission as a Whole Arts School. During the 3rd 9 weeks we will focus on all four art forms: music, dance, theater and visual arts. Our theme is "The One and Only You" and focuses on what is means to be "an original." It is an opportunity for students to recognize each other's differences while gaining an appreciation for their own talents. Jazz artists such as Scott, Joplin, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong will be celebrated. We will also focus on author's such as Jerry Pinkney, Shel Silverstein, and Dr. Seuss. Visual artists that showcased originality such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh  will also be a focus.  
We are so happy to have you here with us at ASE. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. You are always welcome at our school, and we appreciate all of your support. 
Melissa Philley