To Be, Rather Than to Seem

2018-2019 Elementary School Information

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Please refer to the drop-down menus below for information pertaining to the start of school. An email with homeroom teachers will be sent home by August 10th!

2018-2019 Handbook

School Supplies

Summer Reading

The grades below are for fall 2018. Please note each file is more than one page.

Summer Math

7th and 8th Grade

This summer we will be using ALEKS math to have students practice their math skills. The students have had practice during class logging into the program and doing some assignments, so they are familiar with navigating the website. The math teachers have created assignments in ALEKS that will reinforce the skills that students mastered this year, so the transition to the next grade is made more smoothly.

All student work must be numbered and completed in the composition notebook students were given at the end of the year. Their math teacher explained how they should organize their work in sample assignments. This composition notebook will be turned in to their math teacher on the first day of school.

You can access the website by using the directions below:

  • Go to
  • Enter username and password
  • Rising 7th Graders: Click on To-Do in the Course I box
  • Rising 8th Graders: Click on To-Do in the Math Accelerated box
  • Click on the ALEKS math icon
  • Click on the next ALEKS math icon
  • Click on Assignments
  • Select an assignment. ALL assignments must be completed.If you do not score an 80% or higher on an assignment, you need to complete up to 2 Quick Checks to attempt mastery.
  • The online work in ALEKS and the composition notebook must be completed by the first day of school. It will be counted as a quiz grade.

Please feel free to contact Tricia Dieck ( or Becky Elliott ( with any questions.

New Student Orientation Information (PK-8th)

Pre-K (Please note there are two parts.)
  • Monday, August 13th - Parent ONLY Orientation from 8:45-10:45 a.m. This will be in the Chapel and parking will be available in the MacDill parking garage. Please allow some extra time to arrive, park, and cross the bridge to the main campus to ensure your presence for the 8:45 a.m. start. Please bring school supplies with you on this day.
  • Tuesday, August 14th - Open House for parents AND students from 8:45-10:45 a.m. This is an opportunity to show your child his/her classroom and for him/her to meet the teachers. Parents and students can drop in anytime during the two-hour window. Parking will be available in the front visitor spots or on the West Drive.
K-4th grade

On Monday, August 13th, please feel free to come by the school between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There is not a formal presentation during this hour. It is intended to allow your child(ren) to meet their teacher, see their room, and drop off their school supplies. Parking is available in the MacDill parking garage, so please allow time to cross the bridge to the main campus. This is also a great time to drop off your immunization forms if you have not already!

5th Grade

On Monday, August 13th, there will be an orientation for new 5th-grade students from 8:30-9:30 a.m. You can drop off and pick up your child on the West drive (drive that runs parallel to MacDill). This is also a great time to drop off your immunization forms if you haven’t already!

6th to 8th Grade

Your orientation is on Monday, August 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.) You can drop off and pick up your child on the West drive (drive that runs parallel to MacDill). This is also a great time to drop off your immunization forms if you have not already!

There will also be technology help sessions for new students in grades 6-8 immediately after school from 3:15-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15th, and Thursday, August 16th. Again, your child can be picked up on the West drive at the end of these sessions.

Returning Student Orientation Information

Kindergarten to 7th Grade

Returning students in grades K-7 do not have an orientation time. On the first day of school, there will be 8th grade students at each of the drop off locations to help assist your child with their school supplies and in finding their homerooms.

8th Grade

Throughout 8th grade, there will be leadership opportunities for the students. One of these opportunities is the first day of school when the 8th-graders act as ambassadors, welcoming students and assisting some of our younger students with their school supplies. In order to prepare the students for this opportunity, we are asking that all 8th-graders come to school on Tuesday, August 14th, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. to prepare.

On the first day of school, Wednesday, August 15th, 8th-graders will arrive to campus at 7:30 a.m. for the 8th Grade Class Breakfast. After that, they will help students at arrival carry their school supplies and find their homerooms.

First Day of School Information

As you know, the first day of school this year is Wednesday, August 15th. Please note that our normal start time on Wednesdays is 8:45 a.m. (On every other day of the week, it is 8:00 a.m.) Eighth-grade student ambassadors will be at each various drop-off point to welcome students to school.

The first day of school, your child will receive a packet of information and forms to sign, so please be on the lookout for those.


Early Bird is available in the Brady Center free of charge starting at 7:00 a.m. Please enter our campus from MacDill traveling north and use the West Drive. (Please note: Left-hand turns are not permissible traveling south on MacDill.)

Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. should be dropped off at one of the following drop-off points. On Wednesdays, this time is 8:25 a.m.

  • West Drive (runs parallel to MacDill) – Any grade level can be dropped off here.
  • North Drive – Any grade level can be dropped off here. Please note that the only location to drop off on the North Drive will be adjacent to the four square court area. To ensure the safety of our students, dropping off by the classrooms on the northeast corner is NOT an option.
  • Front Circle Drive – Any grade level can be dropped off here.
  • South Drive: Students in grades pre-K, K and 1 (and their siblings) can be dropped off on the South Drive at the southeast entrance. Parents arriving prior to 7:40 a.m. (or 8:25 a.m. on Wednesdays) may NOT wait in the drop-off area. These parents must drop off at Early Bird or circle the building until the teacher assistants are present.

Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. must enter from the front of the building off Bayshore, and their parent must check them in with the ES assistant to receive their tardy pass. On Wednesdays, please follow these procedures if you drop off after 8:45 a.m.


Pick-up assignments are alphabetical according to last name. (Please note that we monitor pick up the first two weeks of school and if we need to make adjustment to accommodate traffic, we will communicate that.) Again, please note that left turns are not allowed from MacDill onto our property.

  • A-G: South Drive - Traveling north on MacDill Ave., enter campus at southernmost MacDill Ave. entrance and proceed to the South Drive (keeping the new middle school building on your left).
  • H-M: North Drive – Traveling south on Bayshore Blvd., enter campus at northernmost Bayshore Blvd. entrance and proceed to the gates next to the four-square court area.
  • N-Z: West Drive – Traveling north on MacDill Ave., enter campus at MacDill Ave. entrance and proceed under the bridge to the pickup area in front of the Brady Center.

Students in pre-K have two options for pick up. The first is a pre-K only pick-up at 2:20 p.m. on the front Bayshore Drive. The second option is the regular 3:10 dismissal from the designated points listed above.

After 2:30 p.m., there are no early dismissals. The only exception to this is when our middle school athletes have an away match.

Dress Code Reminders & Beginning of Year Information

Dress Code Reminders

For boys:

  • Hair should be neatly trimmed above eyebrows in the front, above the collar in the back and above the ears
  • All-black leather athletic shoe (this includes the sole)

For the girls:

  • The length of jumpers or skirts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee.
  • All-navy or all-black Mary Janes, Oxfords, Sperrys, or athletic shoes (this includes the sole)

For PE:

  • On their scheduled PE day, students may wear the dri-fit uniform purchased through the Jag Shop (extras are available to purchase in the shop) or the standard uniform purchased through Risse Brothers. (The former PE running shorts from the Jag Shop are not allowed this year.)


Students bring a snack to school each day to eat in the morning. These snacks should be peanut-free. Due to occasional inclement weather, there are times when these snacks are eaten in the classrooms. We keep the classrooms peanut-free due to students with severe allergies.

Other Links

Jag Shop PE Uniforms

Those who preordered Jag Shop PE uniforms may pick them up Monday, August 13th, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

or Friday, August 17th, from 8:05-10:00 a.m. in the Jag Shop. The Jag Shop also has extras in stock for purchase.

Extended Day

Registration for monthly, semester and annual payment is now open. After-School Programs information will be available after the start of school.

Extended Day Registration

After School Programs

Registration for After School Programs is open through August 31st at 9:00 a.m.! Click below for more information.

After School Programs

Immunization & Paperwork Reminder (K, 7th Grade, ALL New Students)

If you have not yet done so, please submit the following to Deb Norris as soon as possible, but no later than August 13, 2018.

  • School-Entry Health Exam Form (DH 3040)
  • Florida Certificate of Immunization (Form 680)
  • Birth Certificate (new students)

Students will not be permitted to attend school in August until a current Florida Certificate of Immunization and Proof of Medical Examination are received.

Web 2.0 and G Suite for Education (New Families PK-4th Grade)

At Academy, we continually explore innovative ways to motivate and engage students in their learning. Throughout the school year, students will use a variety of online educational Web 2.0 tools as a resource to enhance their learning experiences. However, because your child is under 13, a parent must give permission before he or she can access these educational tools. Please complete the Web 2.0 and G Suite for Education Consent form, available under Forms in My BackPack, at your earliest convenience.

New Middle School Student MacBook and iPad Distribution

New students in grades 6-12, including girls rising from the 8th grade, may pick up their MacBook and iPad during the week of July 30 through August 3rd from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. On Wednesday, August 1st, you may pick up until 5:00 p.m. Plan to allow approximately 10 minutes per each device getting picked up.

Please note that rising 5th-graders will be issued their MacBook and iPad during the first week of school.

If you have not already done so, please be sure the Apple ID Consent Form has been filled out and returned to school by July 15th. This form is available in your My BackPack account.

Email any questions to , Director of Technology.

Students are required to have an Gen 5 iPad case. Because iPads are not insured by the school, the Academy requires on of the following cases to protect your investment.

SAGE Dining

Middle School Fall Sports Tryouts

Please note that the EL2 and EL3 forms are mandatory. They must be completed and turned into AD Kevin Vargas or Athletic Trainer Donny Schaefer each school year before any student-athlete is allowed to participate in practices or tryouts for any AHN athletic team.

Fall Sports Tryout Schedule

Varsity Girls Volleyball (7th-8th Grade)

  • Wednesday, August 23 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 24 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)

JV Girls Volleyball (6th Grade Only)

  • Monday, August 27 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, August 28 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)

Varsity Boys Soccer (6th-8th Grade)

  • Wednesday, August 23 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 24 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)

Varsity Boys & Girls Cross Country (6th-8th Grade)

  • Practice: Monday, August 27 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Practice: Tuesday, August 28 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)

2018-2019 Planning Calendar

NOTES: Additional Faculty Professional Days and Parent-Teacher Conferences are TBA. Planning dates are tentative and subject to change as deemed necessary by the administration.

August 8-10Faculty Professional Days

August 13-14Student Orientation Days
August 15First Day of School
August 31Faculty Professional Afternoon -
ES - 12:00 dismissal
HS - 11:30 dismissal
September 3Labor Day Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
October 25-26Parent-Teacher Conferences
ES - Noon Dismissal Thursday, October 25
No School Friday, October 26
November 19-23Thanksgiving Break - No School
(School Closed November 21-23)
December 21Noon Dismissal
December 24-January 4Christmas Break - SCHOOL CLOSED
January 7School Re-opens
January 21Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
February 1ES Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day
HS - No School
February 15Faculty Professional Day - No School
February 18President's Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
March 10-16HS Mission Trips
March 18Faculty Professional Day - No School
April 15-22Easter/Spring Break - No School
(School Closed April 18-22)
May 24Last Day of School
May 28-30Faculty Professional Days

Optional Summer Enrichment (K to 4th Grade)

We are often asked if there are other resources that students can use over the summer to either reinforce learning or as a form of enrichment. Below you will find a list of resources that your child might enjoy using in addition to the summer requirements.


Offer your child a journal or spiral notebook to write about all their summer fun! Not only will this serve as a memory keepsake, but a chance to keep writing and handwriting skills sharp over the course of the summer months.

Grammar Practice

Your child has an online subscription to MobyMax ( This program will be used to complete the required summer math. However, MobyMax also has a language module. Students have spent time working in this module over the past couple months to practice grammar skills and conventions. Students are able to continue practicing language skills and conventions as enrichment over the course of the summer. After selecting the language module from the MobyMax home page, students are prompted to complete lessons. Please note language skills practice is NOT required for summer work.

Keyboarding (Rising 4th Grade)

Next year, 4th-grade students will be introduced to MacBooks during writing class. In order to work efficiently on a laptop, they will learn proper keyboarding technique using an online program called Typing Quest. Access to Typing Quest is available to students all summer, so they are welcome to get a head start. Typing Quest lessons are self-paced and can be accessed at any time following the step below.

1. Click here to log in.
2. Enter the student's MobyMax username and password.

For additional practice, they also have an account with Typing Club:

1. Click here to log in.

2. Their username and password are the same as above.


The Lawrence Hall of Science developed a series of apps that provide step-by-step instructions for hands-on science activities as well as videos, simulations, and live data feeds. To download the apps, search Lawrence Hall of Science in the App store.


Download the ScratchJr app for younger students (ages 5-7) or create a free account for older students at Find ideas for using Scratch products at

Parent Book Club

Two book suggestions from Mrs. Fishman:

Optional Summer Enrichment (5th-8th grade)

We are often asked if there are other resources that students can use over the summer to either reinforce learning or as a form of enrichment. Below you will find a list of resources that your child might enjoy using in addition to the summer requirements.