Words from Dr. Carroll…
AIMS Accreditation Visit
Seneca Academy is a member of, and is accredited by, the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS). In order to maintain our accreditation, every 10 years we go through an in-depth self-study process that is followed by an accreditation team visit. We began our 10-year self-study process almost two years ago, and our accreditation visit is next week! Teams of faculty, staff, Board members, and parents have worked for months to reflect upon our school and programs, and to articulate what we do here at Seneca Academy. Last month we delivered the results of this work (a 100+ page document) to the five-member visiting team. Next week, they will join faculty and staff members on Tuesday for a late afternoon reception here in the Gathering Room, and will spend Wednesday through Friday visiting classrooms and meeting with teachers, parents, administration, and Board members. They will then write a report summarizing their observations, and giving us commendations and recommendations. Basically, they are looking to see if we meet the AIMS standards for schools and to see if we are “doing what we say we do.”
I welcome this process! I believe it is very healthy for an organization to periodically take stock of its practices and also to have outside evaluation. The visiting team members all work at other AIMS schools as teachers or administrators. They understand independent education.
If any parents are interested in talking with the AIMS team, they will be meeting with parents on Thursday March 26th from 3:30-4:00 p.m. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
to let me know if you would like to attend this meeting.
A giant thanks to the MANY people who have worked so hard on this process. Thanks especially to the AIMS Steering Committee (Carol Schnatz, Priscella Celentano, Debbie Tanzi and Pam Toohey) and to the hard-working teachers, assistant teachers and Board members who spent so much time thinking and writing the self study!! Thanks also to Seneca Academy parent Bill Wolle who edited the whole thing!
Mrs. Lautz’s sculpture club has been working on a Seneca Fox sculpture for quite a while. Irene K. and Keera E. presented it to the school at Tuesday morning assembly. It currently lives on the piano. We appreciate their creative gift!!
We had another wonderful International Festival this past Sunday. Our community’s diversity was celebrated through country posters and representative artifacts, clothing, food and performances. Students and parents in our Parents Day Out program through our 5th grade, as well as teachers, administrators and Board members enjoyed the wonderful festival. Thanks to all of the volunteers, presenters and cooks who made this wonderful event happen! Thanks especially to our International Festival chair, Amy Skelton.
Unit of Inquiry Highlight: Fulfilling Societal Needs
Mrs. Giller’s Class Learns about Comfort Cases
One of our former Seneca Academy parents, Rob Chasteen-Scheer, shared with the 3rd grade class his work to help children in the foster care system. Our knowledgeable and respectful students asked great questions as they learned about how Mr. Chasteen-Scheer came up with the idea for Comfort Cases and how he works to fulfill a need.
Comfort Cases, a non-profit charitable organization that provides vitally needed personal items to children in the foster system, offers children the necessities as they begin their journey to the rest of their lives. Through the simple act of providing a bag with personal items that they can always call their own, Comfort Cases is making a difference. Learn More about this organization at http://www.comfortcases.org/