Thursday, June 8, 2017

Graduation Memories and Looking Ahead to Summer

Congratulations Class of 2017

On Friday evening June 2nd, under warm, beautiful skies (thankfully!), we wished the Class of 2017 well at our graduation ceremony. 
Graduates perform "Way Back When" at
ABRHS Commencement 2017

Abby, Honorary A-B graduate

One of the highlights of the ceremony was the presentation of the William Ryan Community Service Award to the Pets & People Foundation. We are immensely grateful for the comfort and happiness that Pets & People's therapy dogs provided for our staff and students this year in particular. The award was accepted by Joel Wolff, President of the Pets & People Foundation and Kimberlee Coleman, a Pets & People volunteer, with very special guest, Abby.
Our hearts were full as we listened to our inspiring student speakers and saw the incredible smiles on our graduates' faces as they accepted their diplomas.

As we sent our graduates off to be with family and friends and celebrate at Project Graduation, we felt a collective sense that the Class of 2017 has left a meaningful legacy in the A-B community, and we wish them the very best in their next great adventures.

Summer Reading

The ABRHS Summer Reading list has evolved over the last few years to promote and foster a shared love of reading across our school community. There are two sections included in the list. The first is a list of strong, current Young Adult (YA) titles, chosen for the large part based on reviews and awards/honors/best-of lists. We try to pick  books to cover a range of genres and interests so that anyone looking for a recommendation will be able to find something they might enjoy. We are particularly proud of the diversity represented by this year’s list. The second half of the list is a compilation of books recommended by adults at ABRHS (administrators, faculty, and staff), as we have many readers in the building. 
The goal of the Summer Reading list is to provide recommendations to our students and community, promote a culture of literacy and reading for pleasure, and to bring our community of readers together. In this spirit, the library will be hosting a Summer Reading Celebration in September for the entire ABRHS community to provide a place where students and adults can come together to chat about any book they read and enjoyed over the summer (it doesn’t have to be from our list!), and to enjoy some treats and prizes. Anyone interested can also join the ABRHS Summer Reading group on Goodreads, where they can keep track of books read over the summer and add other suggestions as well. 

Summer PDF (Playtime, Downtime, Family Time)

Our district's June Expanding Our Notion of Success newsletter focuses on PDF and provides resources that highlight the importance of play at all ages.

I hope you have a great rest of the week and a relaxing, sunny weekend.