Friday Letter

March 8, 2019

Dear Afya Families,

I spend a lot of time in our classrooms and in conversations with our students and staff. I am always delighted by the energy and effort of our scholars and the commitment that our staff bring to the work every day. Our staff expect – and demand – that each scholar brings his/her best and are always prepared to offer support in and out of the classroom. The intensity of the work is real, but the payoff comes when our students grow. We measure this growth in a variety of ways. Academically, we do that through assessments. One assessment that informs instruction and helps our teachers make real time adjustments is the Interim Assessment. Students will take round three of these assessments next week. We had a student score 100% on the second round, and we are confident that more of our scholars will show mastery when they take the assessment next week. Support your child prepare by making sure he/she gets a good night’s rest and comes to school on time.

Parent Climate Surveys were sent home last Friday. Thanks to all the families that have completed the survey on paper or online. These annual surveys provide our school with valuable information from our families - information that we use to improve our program as well as gauge how we are doing as a school. Survey results are also part of our school’s Maryland Report Card. Our school number is 337. If you have multiple scholars at Afya, you only need to complete one survey for the school. Scholars who return their surveys by Friday, April 5 will earn a NO UNIFORM pass for Thursday, April 12th.  If you choose to complete the survey online, please take a screen shot of the last page that says “survey completed” and send it to me via email, with your child’s and advisors’ names so he/she can get a no uniform pass. I really appreciate you taking time to complete this survey. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Afya is closed for students and staff next Friday, March 15th.

Panthers Update

This past weekend, Kailee Fleming and Elyce Hughes competed in the Baltimore Urban Debate League open competition. Kailee and Elyce had the difficult task of facing three different teams from the Baltimore City debate juggernaut, Roland Park.  Despite the odds, they finished 2-1 in head-to-head competition and proved they are a force within the debate league. Overall they placed as the 9th best team of the 27 teams that competed in their middle school category. Liya English, Travon Washington, and Greg also competed and did well in the novice category! Go Panthers! - Coach Aquila

Boys Basketball
The boys basketball team finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 12-4. Led by captains Kyree Benton and Rodney Judkins, the Panthers advanced to the final four teams in the league before losing to Thomas Jefferson. Over the course of the season there was great leadership from the aforementioned captains, as well as from Darius Lee. That trio joined the basketball team as contributing 6th grade members of the 2017 Championship team, and now leaders of this 2019 3rd place team. They will pass on the mantle to a new trio of 6th graders in Khalil Chambers, Amonte Johnson, and Gerard Steward (in addition to 7th graders Jamir Davis and Aaron Reese).The team was filled out by 8th graders Kenneth Hartwell, Damien Cheeks, Davion Thomas. Go Panthers! - Coach Aquila

Girls Basketball
The girls basketball season ended this week. The team played hard but fell short of taking the championship in a 23-21 game that went into overtime. Overall it was a great season!  Go Panthers! - Coach Talley

Be well,

Tiffany Halsey










Interim Assessment (ELA)


Interim Assessment (ELA)


Interim Assessment (Math)


Interim Assessment (Math)














8th grade

MISA Testing


8th grade

MISA Testing



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