August 5, 2020
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. Let me take a moment to officially introduce myself to the Ardrey Kell community…I feel as if I hit the ground running and never took a moment to share with you. I am a product of CMS schools (Beverly Woods, Barringer and Carmel) and returned to teach in CMS when I graduated from the University of Virginia. I have 26 years of experience in CMS as a language arts teacher at Carmel and an assistant principal at Northeast Middle, Mint Hill Middle and Ardrey Kell. For the last twelve years I have been the principal at Community House…a job near and dear to my heart. My husband is an assistant principal at Cuthbertson High School so there is a lot of school talk in our household. J My oldest son, Parker, graduated this past year from AK and is headed to Clemson whenever COVID allows. My younger son, Carson, is a rising 10th grader and my nephew, Asher, will also be a rising 10th grader here as well. I consider this community my home away from home and I am thrilled to continue working with you all! COVID has thrown us a lot of curves, and one that has been a huge disappointment for my family is the cancellation of our annual family trip. It was my goal to have my children see all 50 states prior to leaving for college. We came close, but COVID prevented us from completing our list this summer. Our lengthy family road trips to national parks have been memories that I will always cherish J
And clearly, the other thing COVID has taken from us is a regular start to school. While we continue to brave the many unknowns facing us, I know one thing, the staff and administration are ready for your child and are 100% committed to providing your student with the best education possible. As you know, CMS is currently operating under plan C which means ALL students are doing remote learning. If and when CMS changes to Plan B, students will attend school Mon-Fri one week, every three weeks, based on their A,B or C designation. Your child's assigned rotation is not being communicated at this time but will be in the event we move to Plan B during the school year. Students who chose to go full remote (Full Remote Academy) are labeled as group D and will be remote the entire first semester.
As you may have read in other communications this summer, in response to events in our school community, locally, and nationally, Ardrey Kell is taking an active stance against racism. Thus far, we have established a parent task force to discuss the reality of racism at AK and develop plans to make needed changes. We will also be developing a student task force in the near future to obtain student voice around eliminating prejudice, bias, and hate and creating a safe space for all members of our community. As the year progresses, students will be having discussions around respect, tolerance, and acceptance as part of our daily advisory period. Our staff will also continue their work with cultural proficiency throughout the school year. Finally, it will be shared with all staff, parents and students that we have a ZERO tolerance policy for racial or discriminatory language and actions at AK. Any and all situations of racial and discriminatory language/actions will be sent directly to me for investigation, conversation and appropriate consequences. Please note that this does include social media posts that impact the school community. I am making you aware of this because it will take all of us working together to create the needed changes. These guidelines and expectations will be reviewed in homeroom during the first week of school. All students will sign a form indicating they are aware of this school-based expectation to refrain from racial/discriminatory language in school, online and at school-sponsored events. The end goal is that each student at Ardrey Kell feels valued and respected every day.
We are looking forward to "seeing and teaching" our students again! As always, we will keep you updated with any important changes. Feel free to contact any staff, counselor, or administrator with any questions you may have. We are committed to making 2020-2021 a great year despite the challenges we face! And don't forget to check us out on social media to stay up-to-date on AK:
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