Principal’s Corner

Greetings AHA families!

Here we are “rounding third and heading for home”. 90% or so of the year is in the books and spring is in the air and the kids (and teachers) are anxious for summer. Let’s take a peek at the wonderful events and happenings at AHA in April.

Missing an item from last Principal’s Corner, Mr. Evans went to a Cottonwood City Council meeting to urge The Council to take a look at pedestrian safety on Cherry and Main Streets. I presented a PowerPoint and spoke of the conditions of the road and the dangers they present to pedestrians. Already we have seen patchwork done to Cherry St. and there is word of a flashing pedestrian beacon going in at the crosswalk of Main and Cherry. AHA welcomes any and all improvements to increase pedestrian and roadway safety for Cherry and or Main St.

Our solar panel project is nearing completion. As you all can see, the structure is up and now we await the “tying in” of the panels to one another and then into the building. We thank you for your patience during the construction.

Elementary Students

The Cottonwood Fire Dept. and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office both came to present to our K-3 about fire safety and about making good choices. Special shout out to Deputy Do Right!

3rd grade explored Sedona Red Rock State Park with Park Rangers. 6th grade traveled to the Sewage Treatment Plant to see the process involved in treating sewage.

High School

Art students were treated to the World Wildlife Zoo in April where they were able to draw nature scenes and pictures of animals that they saw as they navigated through the zoo.

High Schoolers enjoyed a “fire and ice” themed Prom here at the school. It was a dazzling decorated display and fun was had by all. Students attended a presentation from Ottawa University, a small local university in the greater Phoenix area, about program offerings, scholarships, athletics, enrolling, etc.

Students in grades 7-12 attended the 2nd Annual Student Town Hall in the gym with their principal. We talked about what is working, what needs improving, and how we can better engage school activities and our community. It was a very productive time and both sides gleaned a lot.

Shotgun Club competed in a multi-day Trap Shoot Tournament in Tucson. Our shooters conducted themselves very well as evidenced by other coaches and shooters commenting positively about our team to Coach Freeman.

Our soccer seasons came to a close in April. Our teams fought hard and battled well. It was a tough first year in the new CAA, but the stage has been set for a breakout season next year!

Senior Orals took place this month and as always, we were treated to wondrous displays of literature, history, heroes, theatre, Classics, and The Constitution! If you would like to be a future, honorary member of the Orals Board of Review, please let us know! We’d love to have you!

Our Lego Team competed in the Lego Championships this past weekend and placed in the top 3! Our Lego Team has been a pleasant surprise to us all, not only in its growth and opportunity, but with how well our team has performed. Several first place finishes and a top 3 finish at the Championship! Great things are on the horizon with this group of Lego builders!

Lastly for the High School, about two dozen students are on an epic adventure through Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and as we speak…California! You can follow their adventures by following #ahaontheroad17 on Instagram.

Please stay tuned for next month’s Principal Corner, as we will be announcing some changes coming our way for the 2017-18 school year (staff changes, course offerings, etc).

Until next time,

Kind regards,
Principal Evans

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