ACCOKEEK ACADEMY


Principal's Page

Dr. Judy N. Adams

"We cannot predict the future, but we can create it!"

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Dear Accokeek Academy Parents, Guardians and Students:

I am humbled and honored to have served this community for the past seven years. We welcome new members to our community and hope that each of you will embrace them as well. We are excited to announce that we are moving closer to our vision of becoming a child-centered professional learning community with a culture of continuous improvement where respect, effort, efficacy and excellence abound. As a Maryland Green School, I ask that you go to our website: http://www1.pgcps.org/Accokeek to find all information throughout the school year in an effort to reduce our paper consumption. You may also be included in the school’s Text Alert System. Text 81020 and enter @accokeek as the message and send.

We will continue our One-to-One Chromebook initiative with adding 2nd grade and continuing through 8th grade. Environmental Science will also be a focus. Please look for the continuation of our exciting Vocal and Instrumental Music program as well as our Model Arts Integration Program. Exceptional programs such as our Men of Distinction and our Cabaret will also continue. With our academic focus, we continue to make improvements and meet our goals. Students and teachers will take responsibility for learning by analyzing data to reveal misconceptions and lead to higher achievement. This will assist students in taking ownership of their learning. But it takes a village to improve the work that we do and to ensure that all of us take responsibility for our school, our learning, our resources and all of the opportunities that we can. As you prepare for the opening of school, please make an effort to have your child to complete all of the Summer Packets found online http://www1.pgcps.org/summerpackets/ for their previous and upcoming grade level. This will help to get our students back into the habit of school and assist in alleviating the “summer loss” given our longer summer.

Our school hours for all students are from 9:15am until 3:55pm. Parent pick-up will be from 3:35 until 4:00pm. If you are dropping off or picking up your student in grades K -5th, please enter through the Lower Campus entrance on Berry Road at the Lower Campus sign. For grades 6-8, please enter through the Upper Campus entrance on Livingston Road at the Upper Campus sign. We encourage you to remain in your cars and allow us to escort your children to and from the building. All grade levels will ride the same school buses for both arrival and dismissal. Additionally, it is important to note that the front parking lot is our bus lot and no cars should enter here during morning arrival or afternoon dismissal. Only on the first day of school may parents that choose to escort their students into the building park in the Bus Lot. Please be mindful that passing buses off-loading students is a violation of law. Persons conducting official business between 10am and 2:30pm, may park in the bus lot. There will be 100% ID checks for all parent pick-ups. We ask for strict adherence to these safety procedures.

As you plan ahead:

· The Voluntary Uniform Policy for Grades K-5: K-2nd graders will have light blue collared shirts and navy blue pants; 3rd-5th graders will have burgundy collared shirts and navy blue pants. All black shoes are recommended.

· The Mandatory Uniform Policy for Grades 6-8: 6th graders will have solid royal blue collared shirts; 7th graders will continue with their solid gold shirts and 8th graders with their solid heather gray shirts; all grades will continue with navy blue pants. All black shoes are recommended but colored shoes will be acceptable. The entire uniform policy is available on our school’s website.

· School Lunch Prices: $2.75 for K-5th; $3.00 for 6th -8th grades. Details can be found at: http://www.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition/

· We are an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) School. AVID requires every student to organize using a specific color-coded binder system. School supplies, Agenda Books, and sturdy Staples Binders are available for purchase online until August 21st. This year all School Supply Kits will be purchased online and picked up at the Back to School Fair on Thursday August 30th. The requirements per grade level can be found online. School Supply Kits are prepackaged by grade. The School Supply Kit is $40 for all grade levels. The Agenda Book is $7 and the Binder is offered for $10. Please see our website to order in advance. Agenda Books remain mandatory so that we may strive for 100% daily signing. Accokeek Academy Hoodies are now on sale for purchase online for $30 until August 30th. Hoodies may be worn over their uniform shirt. We encourage you to purchase our school supply packs as they enable us to provide items for our new School Store and to families unable to purchase.

· You are encouraged to join our PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) and suggest your ideas. We are delighted that our PTSA President, Mr. Hallie Williams (President@aaptsa.org), will continue for another school year.

· Bus schedules will be mailed directly to your home in late August from the Transportation Office. Bus information will also be available on the PGCPS website in August. Any concerns will also be addressed during the BTS Fair. All Kindergarten students will again be issued vests to ensure that they are delivered to an adult each day.

· All students have required immunizations to ensure they are fully registered. Please visit our website for details.

Please mark your calendar:

· Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00-10:00am Kindergarten Orientation – All Kindergarten students and parents are invited.

· Thursday August 30, 2018 5:30-6:30pmAccokeek Academy’s Back to School Fair where we celebrate the new school year! We provide transportation information, school supplies and you have the opportunity to meet the staff and several community organizations for extracurricular activities.

· Friday August 31, 2018 - New 6th & 7th Grade Middle School Student Orientation (Mandatory for 6th Graders). Students are required to wear their appropriate uniform to New Student Orientation. Regular school buses will run on Orientation day. Please be sure to note both the AM and PM numbers, as they are often two different route numbers. Ensure that your child makes a notation of bus numbers in her/his notebook to ensure she/he boards the correct bus. Students should be at the bus stop 10-15 minutes early each day. If you have questions or concerns regarding the bus routes and stops, please call the transportation department at (301) 952-6570 or check the school system’s website. You are also encouraged to sign up to the school’s Text Alert System. Text 81020 and enter @accokeek as the message and send.

· Tuesday September 4, 2018 – First Day of School for All Students

Students are encouraged to be on time. However, no student is to arrive before 8:45am as there is no supervision available. This will be strictly enforced for the safety of all students. Students are encouraged to check the windows of the cafeteria for their homeroom assignments the weekend before school begins. All students will receive their schedules on the first day of school. Parents are encouraged to escort their students to school on the first day to celebrate the importance of the new school year.

· Tuesday September 11, 2018 6:30pm –Lower Campus (K-5th Grade) Back-to-School Night.

· Thursday September 13, 2018 6:30pm – Upper Campus (6th-8th) Back-to-School Night.

o All parents and students are encouraged to attend and meet their teachers and learn the expectations of their schedules and course work.

Finally, be aware that our curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards. Information can be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/pgcps.org/common-core-parent-portal/ . Take the time to review this information and share with your child. Refer to this page often throughout the school year. Also be mindful that in order to create the best environment for all students, appropriate behavior is essential. Remember that our buildings are our responsibility to preserve for now and the years to come. Promoting positive behavior is essential to protecting instructional time for academic excellence.

Wishing you and your child the best school year ever where respect, effort, efficacy and excellence will abound as we Soar to Success …THE ACCOKEEK WAY!

Educationally yours,

Dr. Judy N. Adams, Principal