‘The world may be turning the corner, but WE are at the end of the train.”
-David Burrows (emphasis added)
I was speaking with my mother the other day, and she was in a state. She was so excited, she couldn’t sit still. It was frankly an amazing, and very welcome, sight. For a year now, excitement has not been on the menu back home. However, now that the COVID vaccines are rolling out, it’s all anyone can talk about. She told me that it feels like we’re turning the corner.
I have to admit, even though I have in NO way suffered like the folks back home, it was a relief to hear that sentiment. It has been a tough year for everyone to one degree or another, and just knowing that there are vaccines out there, and that they’re being administered, provides a lot of comfort.
So, you may be thinking that this is a suspiciously sunny post for Dr. Odum. Well, you are absolutely right, I am feeling pretty optimistic about COVID...overall. In terms of our actual lived experience, absolutely nothing has changed. We still have a robust health and safety protocol in place at AISL, and will keep that system until we are absolutely sure that everyone is safe, and COVID is not transmissible in the AISL community. So what does that mean? That means until EVERYONE is vaccinated, we operate like NO-ONE is vaccinated.
Please help us in reminding the kids that COVID is not over. That simply because some people may have been vaccinated does not mean that they are exempt from wearing a mask, or social distancing. The AISL community has done a great job keeping the school open, and as safe as possible. The only reason for this success is because we are all buying into these protocols and following them as closely as possible. One day we’ll be through this, and then we can all meet the lower half of everyone’s faces, but that day may be years away, and until then, we have to stay strong.
Dr. Rick Odum
NHS Induction Ceremony
The fifteenth induction ceremony for new members of the Leopards Chapter of the National Honor Society was held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 19:00-20:00 in the Performing Arts Center. The ceremony, presided over by out- going President Madison Kelly, focused on the theme of “Perseverance”.
The guest speaker was Ms. Kutemba Konga, founder of the Open Arms Community School.
Twenty-one new members from Grades 10, 11 and 12 were inducted into the Leopards Chapter on this 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the National Honor Society. Inductees were nominated for membership by school secondary faculty on the basis of achievement relating to the four pillars of the National Honor Society: Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service.
The meeting ended with the announcement of next President of the chapter, elected at a meeting prior to the induction. Natasha van Soest will hold that position from this time until the next induction ceremony in March 2022.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions attendance was limited to one family member per inductee. Others were able to observe the induction will be able by connecting to the Google Meet.
As part of her application to The New School Parsons Paris, Maya had to submit a significant portfolio of her work. She has now learned that she has been accepted to Parsons Paris (her FIRST-CHOICE university), to study for the Bachelor of Fine Art in Fashion Design.
Parsons Paris offers bachelor’s degree programs based on the curriculum of Parsons’ New York campus, but with unique focus areas and learning opportunities rooted in the traditions and innovations of Paris and Europe.
At Parsons Paris, students investigate a range of creative tools and methods, building a solid foundation for study and practice in their chosen discipline. They also take liberal arts courses to broaden their abilities as artists and designers. Instruction is in English, but students can also enroll in French language courses, for which they will receive liberal arts credit.
This BFA Fashion Design program is offered both in Paris and in New York City. It develops students' design-thinking and creative problem-solving strategies as they explore form, silhouette, material, and process. Students create innovative, sustainable, ethically made, and beautiful fashion for global markets.
In their final year, students design and produce a collection of garments and accessories that will be presented to international talent managers and specialized press at a final fashion show in Paris.
Graduates work with the industry's leading labels; many establish their own businesses. Career opportunities include Fashion Design, Styling, Merchandizing, Market-communications, Public Relations, and Graduate Study.
The New School Parsons Paris Merit Scholarship
Maya has earned a non-repayable merit scholarship to attend Parsons Paris. This is based upon her performance through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the American High School Diploma, and her creative portfolio.
The Leopard's Tale is our main medium to keep our families informed on such things as the day to day happenings on campus, after school activities, summaries of any arts and sports events, helpful resources, and important dates and reminders.
Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend: