It is hard to believe that we are almost done the 2020-2021 school year! Phew, we made it!
As I reflect on this past year, I would be remiss if I did not thank students and families for their ongoing support of Alternative High School. As in previous years, School Council has made a huge difference in the learning opportunities offered to our students. My sincerest hope it that we can return to in-school and off-campus opportunities that enrich student learning and play an important role in the culture of our school.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to address the difficult times we are currently facing around the world. The pandemic has been especially challenging for many of our staff and students, but the world has also been altered by acts of racism and intolerance that have rocked us to our core. At Alternative High, we need all of our students and families to know that we stand in solidarity against all forms of racism, discrimination, intolerance and oppression. Schools have an important role in teaching tolerance, acceptance and understanding. AHS is committed to ensuring we provide opportunities for all students to achieve their goals and reach their highest potential. I truly believe we can work together to make a positive difference and make this world a better place!
As we prepare for the 2021-22 school year, Alternative High School is saying goodbye to some of our staff and graduating students. At the moment, we are saying goodbye to Eric as he pursues retirement and Amber as she transitions to Discovering Choices. Next year, Dr. Don will be back in his captain's chair along with Rhonda Williams who brings a wealth of experience as an assistant principal. We are so proud of our graduates – their resiliency and perseverance make us hopeful for the next stage in their journey. Congrats grads – you did it!
Please expect the year to start with many of the same COVID-19 protocols in place. Closer to the first day of school, CBE and the school will communicate more information about what these protocols will be.
It has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Alternative High School community and I leave here a better leader and teacher. Thank you for your patience, support and opportunity to get to know the school community. On behalf of the staff at Alti, I would also like to wish students and families a wonderful and relaxing summer. We look forward to our return to school on September 1, 2021.
Gayleena Clark (she/her)
Acting Principal, Alternative High School
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