Principal's Message

Julie Prestsater, Principal
AEC Students and Families,
Welcome back! I hope you had a safe and restful Winter Break and you’re excited about second semester. While 2020 was a difficult year, I am very proud of you for persevering through one of the toughest times in your educational career. It’s important to reflect on the good that can be found in these trying moments—whether it be more time spent with family or renewed hope for social justice in our community and beyond. 2020 has shown us that we have the power to create change and the need to just slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.
As we head into 2021, let’s continue to take on new opportunities with clear eyes and a passion for success. Let’s continue to make new connections with our families, friends, and teachers—Zoom, FaceTime, Google Duo, and many other video conferencing apps have made this possible. And let’s continue to show each other grace through the many challenges we may face as we move forward in the time of a worldwide pandemic.
If you haven’t already given some thought to your New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to reflect and set some academic and personal goals. Remember: you are starting fresh. You have resources available to you and people at school who love and care for you. Together, we can take it to a whole new level! Keep in mind all the support that is within your reach:
●       Office Hours in the morning and afternoon, Tuesday through Friday
●       Support time built into a 90-minute block at VVHS
●       Quarter classes at CDOHS, CDS, and CSOP
●       Check-in period EVERY Monday
●       AEC Student Help Desk – Click here.
●       Your counselor!
●       Your principal!
Stay strong, focused, and continue to strive for excellence in all areas of your life.
As a reminder, we are starting 2nd semester in a distance learning format. There are some changes to the bell schedule based on input from staff and students. Please review the revised bell schedule so that you know what to expect—it can be found here. I will continue to keep families informed of any updates to the school program through Canvas announcements, inbox, e-mail and the Sunday call. Parents, if you need help creating a Canvas account or you are not receiving emails, please click here so we can help you receive all school communication.
Lastly, please be aware that school is not in session on the following dates:
·       January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
·       February 8th – Lincoln’s Day
·       February 15th – Presidents Day
AEC, I can’t wait to see the amazing things you will accomplish in 2021!
Julie Prestsater
Alternative Education Center