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Calendar change!

The Traditional School Calendar has been adjusted to reflect the addition of one student day.  The last student day will be Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Thursday, March 13th 2:45-5:45 * Parent/teacher conferences
We look forward to meeting with you!!!
Congratulations Ms. Warlick!

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Marie Warlick!

Ms. Warlick started working at the AEC in 2006-2007. She teaches Eng. I, II, III, and creative writing.  She enjoys reading, playing football, riding bikes, hiking, camping, and watching NFL football on TV while drinking a cold, glass bottled Cheerwine and eating popcorn. Her favorite movies include all Harry Potter movies, The Help, and Fried Green Tomatoes, but none of the movies are as good as the book versions. Her motto is, “Different doesn’t mean bad or wrong; it just means DIFFERENT.” 

 February 17th is now a FULL day for students. 
Parent Teacher Conferences: March 13th & March 14th
 Parent Teacher Conferences will be March 13th & March 14th.
January 29th report cards
January 29th report cards will be distributed
Donation helps ALC start bike club
"Students at the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) will soon have the chance to tackle local mountain bike trails thanks to a donation from Trips for Kids WNC.

The nonprofit recently donated five bikes to the school’s new Mountain Bike Club, which aims to help kids learn more about the great outdoors and explore a new form of exercise.

ALC instructor Chris Coney first thought of starting the club when a friend who leads Trips for Kids WNC approached him about the bike donation."

Full article in the McDowell News.

Outside The Classroom
 2013 AEC Stock Market game winners! Congrats to these future Wall Street sharks. 
Outside The Classroom
AEC students participate in operation Christmas to help McDowell county kids in need of some Christmas cheer.
Parent/Teacher conferences will be October 10th (3:00-5:30) and 11th (10:45-12:45). We look forward to meeting with you!  

GEAR UP in McDowell County Schools is a program that helps students Gain Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Progams. During the 2013-2014 school year GEAR UP will serve 7th, 8th, and 12th grade students.
Parent(s) of Middle School Students:

Your student will be bringing home a "pass-along" folder every day. This folder will contain a daily progress report. Please review your students progress report, sign it, and return it daily. We appreciate your help! We look forward to a great year!!!!!
School Start Time

Please remember school starts at 8:15. If you arrive after 8:15 you will be marked tardy and three tardies equals and unexcused absence. 
School Supplies
Your student will need to bring paper, pen, and pencil to school. If he or she would like to bring extra supplies and leave them with the teacher that would be fine. 

Donations of tissues, cleaning wipes, and hand sanitizer is always appreciated! 

The first day of school is Monday
, August 26. Welcome back!!!!!!
Phoenix Academy
The Pheonix Academy is the junior high portion of the AEC. . .

Providing small class sizes and caring hearts, we seek to guide students through the ashes of life's difficulties and watch as they soar above circumstances. Students come from a variety of backgrounds but all with the same shared goal, "To make wise life decisions and attain a quality education complete with meeting our fullest academic potential."

In Phoenix Acdademy, students feel like they matter and staff strives to treat them as the adult citizens of our society they soon will become.
LEAP Academy
The LEAP Academy is the accelerated pathway for moving students from below grade level to at grade level. . .

Students enter LEAP as 9th graders via an application and interview process. High emphasis is placed on the students' committment to catch up academically and enter a high school environment. After a successful year in the LEAP Academy students will be promoted to the 10th grade. The staff of LEAP focuses its attention on meeting the requirements for high school graduation and the transition into a high school environment.
ALC~Alternative Learning Center
The ALC is the high school portion of the AEC . . .

Students enter our school for a variety of reasons, one of which is the atmosphere a small school affords. Here, students have the chance to turn life around academically and behaviorally as we endeavor to foster their abilities and maximize their potential. Our mission is to graduate competent young adults who are ready to enter the workforce or a 2 year college program. We challenge our students to succeed through wise choices and forward thinking! 
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