February 10, 2020
From the Academic and College Counselor's Desk
Greetings from the Office of Academic Affairs. We are currently in a time of transition. This is the time when I transition from working with seniors on college to working with juniors. Additionally, Mrs. Thompson has newly been appointed Assistant Director of Judicial and Community Affairs and has moved downstairs. We are in the process of interviewing and hiring a new counselor so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, parents of juniors, now is the time to begin to put plans in motion. When spring term begins, I will start my junior meetings. These are individual meetings to discuss their schedule, grades, test scores, when to take the next test, as well as college planning. I will have them begin to use our Naviance program to research schools. This is a very important step and students need to review admission statistics and be able to compare them to their own.

As a family please have discussions about schools, locations, majors, and if you are traveling near a school set up a tour or admissions presentation. Begin discussing the cost of college and start looking at the Net Price Calculator on each college website. This will give you insight on how much aid you can expect.
The college application process takes planning and being organized. This is the first step and it is an exciting time.

I look forward to working with the juniors, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at  jhoffmeyer@asms.net


Julie Hoffmeyer
Academic and College Counselor
Announcements
Lead ASMS
If you are interested in serving as a student leader for Admissions or Residence Life next year (in a role like Ambassador or RLST), we are hosting 2 interest sessions TODAY Monday, February 10 . We will overview the application and interview process and share some exciting updates!

Two options:
12:10pm-12:40pm, Board Room
4:00pm-4:30pm, Media Room (Big Scream will start after)

You'll be asked to sign in, so if you're truly interested be sure to attend!
Me and My Shadow
SGA Officer Elections will be on April 7th. If you would like to shadow any of the SGA Officers please let them know.

The positions are:
Parliamentarian - Joy Buchi
Sergeant in Arms - Marie Naylor
Secretary - Carson Lott
Treasurer - May Jung
Vice-President - Jalexis Edwards
President - Akanksha Rawat
BSU's African American History Week
Be on the lookout for BSU events this as we celebrate African American History week!
Monday: Micro-aggressions Town Hall at 7:00 PM in the TV Room

Tuesday: Slam Poetry at 7:00 PM in the TV Room

Wednesday: Game Night (black card revoked, spades, and more!) at 7:00 PM in the TV Room

Thursday: Karaoke Night (Black Classics is the theme) starting at 7:00 PM in the TV Room

Friday: Black History Jeopardy Night starting at 7:00 PM in the TV Room
Don't miss the trip of a lifetime!
Mrs. Brewer will be leading an educational tour to  Madrid and Andalusia  for ASMS Special Projects 2021. This trip is open to current ASMS sophomores and juniors who will be returning to ASMS next year. Click here to register, see the itinerary, and cost information. Use ID: Brewer-1824. For more information, reach out to Mrs. Brewer (sbrewer@asms.net).
It's FINALly happening!
View the updated 2019-2020 Winter Term final examination schedule here .
Admissions Deadline
is THIS FRIDAY!

Help spread the word! Know an outstanding high school sophomore or junior? Encourage them to apply to ASMS! The  application for admission deadline  is coming soon on  February 14, 2020 . More information is  available here .
Adventures in Math & Science (AIMS) summer camp

Registration for the  Adventures in Math & Science (AIMS) summer camp  is now LIVE! Don't miss the chance to reserve a spot for your son, daughter, friend, or family member. AIMS is open to students who will be in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th grades next academic year. We will offer 3 sessions in June.  Learn more or register here !
Be My Valentine
Students - Key Club is selling Valentines candy grams for $1 . They come with candy and a personalized message of your choice to your friends. Message Noah Clifton (noah.clifton@asms.net) or Zoe Blair (zoe.blair@asms.net) for more details!
Don't Miss the Bus
Parents - The sign up for the bus for Mardi Gras break is now on Campsite . Sign up by Mon., Feb. 17 .
REACH for it
Students and Parents - Reach requests for Mardi Gras break are due Tuesday February 18!
Your Wish is GRANTed
Students, Faculty, and Staff - The Parents’ Association provides enrichment grants to support and enhance the learning experience, improve climate and build a sense of community at ASMS. 
 
The PA is opening a second opportunity to apply for grants this year through the  application form Application deadline is February 15, 2020.  

Questions? E-mail the Grant Committee Chair (David Mercer,  dmercer@gmail.com ) or talk to Vanessa Joly in the library.
Oh Goody!
Students - This Monday and Tuesday during lunch, the SGA Academic Affairs Committee will be handing out free end of the term goodie bags to celebrate the hard work of every student this past winter term!
School Calendar
Good News
Student May Jung is Raising Awareness on Climate Change
May Jung did a presentation recently on the Alabama Environmental Youth Council at the University of South Alabama. May started this initiative on the teen level as one did not exist in the state. She has worked hard and long on creating this council. Way to go May!

Mardis Gras at ASMS!

Einstein Hall Staff and the 2020 Senior Class presented ASMS’ Inaugural Krewe of Dragons Parade! Students watched the Order of the Myths to understand the rich history of Mardi Gras in Mobile. They paraded down route A and feasted on some of carnival favorites: chicken on a stick, nachos, and you can’t forget King Cake and Blue Bell’s King Cake Ice Cream. 💜💛💚
Kelly Finley Speaks at ASMS Assembly for Black History Month
Last week the ASMS Black Student Union hosted Mrs. Kelly Finley , News Director, Anchor, and Host of 92.1 The ZEW as well as President and CEO of KFin Productions. Mrs. Finley shared about Black History in Mobile and inspired students to use their voice, get out into their community, and make a positive difference.
Dr. Rambo's Class Presentations
Dr. Rambo's Organic Chemistry class is giving five minute presentations on current events in chemistry. Presentations are focused on an organic compound that is being utilized in research or an applied field such as medicine or engineering!

Pictured: Melanie Calderon, Sofia De Los Santos Gallegos, Sam Dunlop, Samantha Gutierrez 
Alaina Kelly Honored with President's Volunteer Service Award
This award recognizes the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. It honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too. Alaina (junior) completed over 123 hours of community service in 2019 and received the bronze award for her dedication to service. She received a personal letter from the president, a certificate, a bronze medallion, and pin.  Congratulations Alaina!
ASMS Chess Team wins 1st Place
Victory! ASMS won the Mobile-Baldwin CountyLeague! Congratulations to 
James Yang   Jacob Kim Grayson Fulmer , and  Miguel Gapud ! Your ASMS Dragon Varsity Chess Team is coached by  Mr. Kickliter  and  Mr. Dolbeare .
Heroes AND History
Students in this term’s Heroes and History course learned about how superheroes have assisted in educating the community about important concepts for over 70 years. Public Service Announcements or PSAs are now common on TV and radio, but they were often found in comic books too. Each student in the class made a short panel showing how a superhero might address a current problem in today's society!  🦸💥🦸‍♀The class is co-taught by Dr. Gerard and Mr. Dolbeare.
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