Friday Letter

January 11, 2019

Dear Afya Families,

Next week, our scholars will take their Interim Assessments during their math and humanities classes. The results of the assessment will show how scholars are progressing towards mastery of grade level standards. Please help your child do his/her best by discussing the importance of this assessment as well as ensuring he/she gets plenty of rest each night.

We look forward to seeing our families at the student-led Mid-Year Conferences which will be held on January 24 – January 25.  School will be closed for students, and advisors are reaching out to schedule individual meetings with each family.  Please expect meetings to last roughly 30 minutes. I invite you to come hear your child reflect on their year so far and set goals for the rest of the year. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to grab a snack in the main hallway. The class with the most families attending conferences will earn a prize.

Some of our eighth graders have been selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 12. Selected students will receive two service learning hours. These hours will count towards their 75-hour high school graduation requirement. A letter with more details about NAEP is being sent home with 8th graders today.

Baltimore City Public Schools is reviewing its grading policy and regulation. City Schools is asking for input from students, teachers, and parents. District staff will use the results of these surveys to inform potential changes to the policy and review these changes in a focus groups in February. The policy will be finalized at the April 26th Board of School Commissioners meeting. Please take a few minutes to respond to this important parent survey.

Panthers Update

The boys basketball team finished 2-0 this week in their first two regular season games. This improved their overall record to 5-1. On Monday our defensive momentum from the preseason carried over and guided us to a 29-13 win. We did not allow a point in the 2nd or 3rd quarters. The game was only as close as the final score suggests due to pulling off the defensive pressure toward the end of the game. Amonte was the first 6th grade boy to start a regular season game in my three years here at Afya. He stepped up into the role and thrived throughout the entire game, including a buzzer beating 3 at the end. Kyree, Darius, Aaron, and Jamir helped push Crossroads to the ropes by the end of the first quarter. Some quick foul trouble for Rodney allowed for an extended run for Kenneth and Jaleel. We also played and won against the SEED School on Thursday. Go Panthers! Mr. Aquila

The girls basketball team played hard from start to finish in a 41-3 game against the SEED School on Thursday. Our defense held the SEED School to only 3 points while we poured on the offense scoring 41 points. Our girls maintained self-control and discipline and kept piling on the points. Go Panthers! Mr. Talley

The NAL team traveled to Hampden EMS on Thursday and although we tried our hardest, the Hampden team edged us out by quite a bit. Our final score was 75-29. Special shout to our player of the game, Jayden Alexander! Come see us at our game next Wednesday, January 16, in the Big Room. Go Panthers! Ms. Harris

Be well,

Tiffany Halsey

Upcoming Events:

  • January 14th - Interim Assessment: Humanities
  • January 15th - Interim Assessment: Humanities
  • January 16th - Interim Assessment: Math
  • January 17th - Interim Assessment: Math
  • January 21st - SCHOOLS CLOSED - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • January 24th - Mid-Year Conferences SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR STUDENTS
  • January 25th - Mid-Year ConferencesSCHOOLS CLOSED FOR STUDENTS