COUGAR COURIER 09-30-2016

Making Music In The ‘Garage’


This fall, 93 of our Middle School students have been learning about technology tools and digital citizenship in a class designed especially for new students. Students in Mr. Joseph Leary (Music Faculty)'s section have been learning how to create music tracks with GarageBand, a digital music work station. Students utilize onboard virtual instruments or live audio loops in their compositions. Students gain the understanding of various musical recording nuances such as tempo, tracking, balance, layering, panning and much more. The students' final project in this module is to create a 32-plus count digital sound track. Mr. Leary also conducts the Austin Prep Band.

Distracted Driving Program Coming To Campus

A college program that provides teenagers with direct, first-person experience on the dangers of distracted driving is coming to campus in November.

From November 7-10, all Austin Prep students with a parking permit have a chance to take part in UMass Memorial Medical Center's Teen D.R.I.V.E.: Distracted Reality and Interactive Virtual Education Program.

The center’s website describes the program as follows: The Teen D.R.I.V.E. exhibit is a 44-foot vehicle housing two driving simulators — complete with computer screens, steering wheels and seats — that mimic the interior of a car. Teen D.R.I.V.E., which is funded by a generous grant from Allstate, travels to high schools throughout Massachusetts to teach students about the dangers of making poor driving decisions such as texting, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and peer distractions. The simulation experience gives students the tools to make better and more responsible decisions in real life.

The goals are to teach the message of vehicle safety by:

  • Providing an interactive driving simulator experience that addresses distractions such as texting, phones, peers, and alcohol use.
  • Involving teens through a peer-to-peer campaign to be held at participating high schools.
  • Measuring the impact of a simulated driving experience on teen's attitudes about their perceived driving skills in a variety of situations through a survey administered before and after the simulation.
  • More than 500 teens have experienced Teen D.R.I.V.E. at various schools and venues across the state.

Students who have a parking permit and would like to participate in the Teen Drive program must contact Ms. Tina Schiavone in the Main Office via email at tschiavone@austinprep.org by Friday, October 7th. Each student will be scheduled for a half-hour session with the simulator between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm on one of the days it will be on campus.

Daily Announcements Posted Online

Parents: Did you know you also have access to the Daily Announcements that are read aloud every morning and emailed to all students?

Access to the announcements is through the Parent Portal. Log in to the Portal and look to the right. Click on the link Important Resources for Parents. This brings you to a private section of the website. The first tab on the left is the Daily Announcements. The Announcements stay posted for three days, then rotate off.

The Daily Announcements contain information related to club meetings and school announcements, as well as colleges visiting for the week and games being played.

Special Ticket Price Ending Soon

 

Calling all the early birds: There is just under one week left for you to purchase your Signature Event tickets at the special discounted price!

The largest parent social event of the year is Friday, November 4th at Andover Country Club. The evening consists of silent and live auctions, raffles, and a cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations, and dessert.

The event is parents-only and all parents are welcome to attend. Last year, the event sold out.

Early-bird ticket pricing applies through Friday, October 7th before midnight. To register, click below.

SIGNATURE EVENT TICKETS

Teaching Assistants In Need of Hosts

The Department of Foreign Language will be hosting two teaching assistants from Centro Universitario Villanueva this year. The teaching assistants are third-year university students (between the ages of 20-21 years old) who will spend five weeks enriching our Spanish classes and working with our teachers.

We are in need of a family who would welcome one of these students into their home and provide them with meals and transportation to school each day from January 10 through February 14, 2017. If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact Ms. Celia Barletta, Foreign Language Faculty Chair, at cbarletta@austinprep.org.

REMINDER: Grade 6 Pasta Dinner is Tuesday

The Sixth Grade Pasta Dinner is Tuesday, October 4th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Dining Hall.

All members of the Class of 2023 and their families - including siblings and parents - are welcome to attend, but your RSVP is needed as soon as possible so there is enough food for everyone.

This annual tradition is hosted by the Middle School Faculty. If you have not yet responded and wish to attend, please contact Ms. Heather Jones, Arts Faculty, at hjones@austinprep.org.

Information Session For Puerto Rico Trip

Upper School students studying Spanish and our International Students have the opportunity to take part in the school trip to Puerto Rico from March 15-20, 2017.

There will be an information session for parents on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 pm in Room 313. A representative from Vámonos Tours will be available to answer any questions.

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Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom.

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