Antilles Actions Regarding Mosquito Threat
Dear Antilles Community,
Antilles School is dedicated to providing a safe, child-centered campus and learning environment for our students. We are also committed to providing a healthy working environment for our staff and faculty members, along with all our parents and adult visitors.
We are in the process of an action plan regarding the recent enhanced concerns around mosquito-borne disease. These steps include adding additional mosquito magnet machines (we have 8 already working and have purchased an additional 3 that will provide 11 on campus), using our pest control contractor to provide additional coverage with non-toxic chemical treatments, and working to provide additional screen devices in selected classrooms and areas that are more prone to mosquitos. We are also cooperating with local authorities to encourage their preventive treatment of selected locations in our area of the island.
If you have any additional questions or ideas regarding ways to make Antilles a safer, healthier place, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks for all you do to care for your students!
For The Hurricanes,
Michael Hughes, Ph. D.
Head of School
Kindness is showing you care, doing some good to make life better for others. Be thoughtful about people’s needs. Show love and compassion to someone who is sad or needs your help. When you are tempted to be cruel, to criticize or tease, decide to be kind instead.
In June, Class of 2014 Valedictorian and Presidential Scholar, Taylor Ladd received her medallion from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and attended a reception with First Lady Michelle Obama. Taylor is the first Presidential Scholar from the Virgin Islands since another Antilles alumnus, Abe Tarapani, was selected in the year 2000. Taylor’s parents, Ariane and Jim, and her brother, Jordan, Antilles School Class of 2013 Valedictorian, attended the medal ceremony. The following night, Taylor and the other Presidential Scholars attended a “A Salute to the 2014 US Presidential Scholars” at Washington, DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to family and friends, Antilles School Director of College Counseling, Chris Teare attended, as Taylor had selected him as her most influential teacher. Taylor has begun her studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she will also sail on the intercollegiate varsity team, having been actively recruited by the Harvard coaching staff, for her exemplary record both in the classroom and on the water.
We are happy to announce that the $1.1M renovation project, a complete transformation of the ELC (Early Learning Center) at Antilles School, is finished and open to welcome our young Hurricanes to the new school year! The new ELC, a gift from an anonymous donor, was started immediately after the June closure of school, and has been long anticipated by teachers, parents and students. The ELC is now a state-of-the-art learning facility, featuring so many amazing qualities:
~ An outdoor amphitheater for group gatherings with gorgeous “sails” to block the sun
~ Completely screened porches
~ New doorways-bridging indoor and outdoor classroom environments
~ Air conditioning for all indoor classrooms
~ New flooring, light fixtures, rugs and furniture
~ New storage facility
~ Reconfigured outdoor play area with astroturf surface
Comments from teachers about the new space include:
"The new furniture was absolutely needed and the kids will love it!"
"LOVE the air conditioning!"
" The new porches are like a whole other space for each classroom!"
" The new storage facility makes it so much easier to rotate materials so that the children can have fresh experiences."
But the best comment of all was from a new kindergartner who volunteered to his teacher, "Wow, this is the best classroom in the whole wide world!"
We couldn't agree more. PHOTOS
Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. You do a careful job, giving your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully. Caring makes the world a safer place.
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