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October 2020: Press Pause and Reflect

Happy Fall, Ti
tan Families!

We hope this newsletter finds you well.  While it is hard to believe, we are already half way through the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.  It is an ideal time for students and their families to reflect on what is going well and what strategies and ideas need to be added or adjusted.  First quarter interim grades will be available for viewing on Thursday, October 15.  Interim reports help students see the progress they are making in each class -- they provide a "data point" for reflection and may prompt students to think about steps they can take to finish the first quarter strong.   We know that talking with teenagers about their progress in school can be tricky for parents.  Keeping the conversation positive and helpful rather than argumentative and confrontational is worth the effort!

Here is a starter list of questions that students can use to reflect on their progress so far:
  • When I review my grades in PowerSchool, what do they tell me? 
  • What is going well for me and why? 
  • How can I make sure these things keep going well? 
  • Where am I being challenged? 
  • Do I have any NHIs? Why? What can I do? 
  • What support do I need to continue to do well or start doing better? 
  • Where can I look and who can I ask for support? 
We encourage all Titan students and families to find something to celebrate!  Reach out to other family members, friends or your school counselor to share in your celebration.  This school year is different from all others. We will continue to adjust and push forward. Let's be sure to acknowledge our perseverance and adaptability. 

As always, school counselors are available and ready to support our awesome students and the larger school community.  Reach out via email, Canvas, and/or through Google Voice to share your celebrations, talk through your reflections and/or ask for support.  We are here to help.   

Healthy Titans are happy Titans! 

The idea for this newsletter was shared by Maureen Selgas, the school counselor for Teams 1 & 3 at our Minnie Howard campus.  Thanks, Ms. Selgas!
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ACPS Express 9/30/2020: Family & Student Survey • Identity Project Read-Ins • Family Webinar: PowerSchool for Parents • National Merit Scholar Semifinalists • Responding to Your Feedback on Virtual PLUS+ • ACPS Graduation Rate Holds Steady …and more.
 
ACPS Express 9/23/2020: Planning for the Transition Back into our Schools • Board Votes to Consider Maury Name Change • Community Read-Ins Begin this Week • TAG Update • Facilities Work …and more.
 
ACPS Express 9/16/2020: Are Kindergarten Zoom Hours Too Long? • MAP Growth Academic Screener • Redefining the Titans: T.C. Williams Community Outreach Begins • ACPS/Alexandria Police Department Annual Community Review …and more.
 
ACPS Express 9/8/2020: Getting Connected for the First Week of 2020-21! • See How the First Day of Virtual PLUS+ Went • Food Distribution Updates • Learning Tips for Parents …and more.
 

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