Dr. Judy N. Adams
"We cannot predict the future, but we can create it!"
Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!
January 2, 2018
Dear Accokeek Academy Families:
When an Eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher and become more than you believe you are capable of. Look at things from a new, higher perspective. Be patient with the present; know that the future holds possibilities that you may not yet be able to see. You are about to take flight.
Our theme this year is "Creating a Culture of Possibilities." Just as Eagles in the wild, live with intention. Even an eagle's mother will intentionally drop their young from the cliff - knowing that they are ready to fly. So I ask each of you including myself, to make a declaration that we will make this the year of intentional living. Make a decision that you will make this year a different year - both personally and professionally. Every morning when we wake up, we will look in the mirror and commit that today will be different and like no other. That we will create a culture of possibilities. There are schools all over America who produce results with their students each day. That have a higher level of poverty, the lack of technology, and a building in terrible physical condition but they achieve at high levels. We must be intentional about what we do and expect. Inspiring Eagles
To reach our vision of continuous improvement, we visit our Priority Question:
How can we change our school culture, aligning instructional strategies and classroom based assessments to the PARCC to build independent thinkers and resilient learners?
In answering our Priority Question, consider what we have done thus far this school year:
100% of all teachers now have a Google Classroom
Some teams have created Google Classrooms for their planning process
Students are accessing assignments online and able to access their textbooks
After School Tutoring proving the importance of additional school day instruction
iReady used outside of school by over 60% of students
Small group instruction is taking place in most classrooms for differentiation and to enhance personalized learning
MS Chorus has now more than 140 students
MS and ES Band is over 200 students
We started a Debate Club this year
ES Cabaret Club started this year
Boys Baseball team in its inaugural year goes to the finals
Boys and Girls Basketball teams go to the playoffs
Two faith-based partners are providing regular assistance to Lunch Fund, students in need and partnering
Began Eagle Bucks in ES
Formed a PBIS Committee in MS
Have a Crisis Intervention Position to provide more pro active meaures
Judge Hill developing a partnership for our most at risk male students
Began the Cadet program for 20 at risk boys and girls with the Prince George's Sherif Department
Clubs meeting weekly: Science Bowl, Art, Public Speaking, intramural basketball
SGA and NJHS actively involved in providing input and school activities
1st Quarter Honor Roll scholars in excess of 900 students
AVID partnering with the Dare to Dream program
Dr. Judy N. Adams
We will become a child-centered professional learning community with a culture of continuous improvement where respect, effort, efficacy, and excellence abound.
We will prepare our students to be lifelong learners and independent thinkers in a college ready environment; by providing literacy-driven and research-based instructional strategies with measurable assessments including PARCC and PSAT-8 readiness.