Thank you for a great year! As this year comes to a close, Advent is already very busy preparing for next year.  The summer will be spent planning, training, and fine tuning our strategic plan, including a focus on making certain that through the APA (Advent Parents Association) every family  feels connected and an integral part of this special community.

Part of Advent’s path forward must include taking time to reflect. Join our faculty and staff in pausing to appreciate some of our 2016-2017 highlights. Many of the noteworthy highlights are due to the leadership of the Class of 2017. Join me in recognizing these remarkable young men and women for providing an example for your younger ones to follow. The Class of 2017 spent ten years together at Advent. We know Advent is better because of them and believe they will be difference makers at Altamont, Indian Springs, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate, and John Carroll. These high schools are going to be amazed!

Also noteworthy is that the Advent Class of 2013, graduating this year from high school, will be attending some great colleges and universities. Look for them on the campuses of Auburn, Bates, Tulane, Alabama, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Notre Dame, Yale, Purdue, Rice, Colgate, Birmingham Southern, University of the South-Sewanee, Carrolton College, and LSU.

Noteworthy Highlights (certainly not an all-inclusive list):

  • AISA President Award recognizing Advent as best K-8 School in State
  • Upper School experienced first ever student-led parent conferences
  • New activity period providing support where needed and activities based on interest
  • SAIS Value Accreditation Survey indicates superior parental support
  • Over 8400 Advent Blog views and more than 2400 visitors looking at our blog and that number is growing
  • Larger presence on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Recipient of the Attorney General’s Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
  • Expanding curriculum beyond classroom to include JUNA (Junior United Nations Assembly of Alabama), with more on the horizon
  • State First Place Sixth Grade Spelling Bee
  • State First Place Art in 3D Arts/Crafts and in Photography
  • State Art Best In Show
  • State First Place Middle School Creative Writing Competition
  • State First Place Elementary Creative Writing Competition
  • State First Place Middle School Reading Comprehension
  • State First Place Middle School Math second year in a row
  • Superior ratings at State of Alabama French Convention in Tuscaloosa
  • Grades K-6 basketball produced two Private School League Champions
  • Cross Country runners competed in national meet
  • Middle School Girls Basketball won the Birmingham Area Private School Championship
  • Soccer experienced a 71% increase from last year in BUSA participation
  • First 8th grade Ice Skating Surprise
  • $120,000 raised in auction to support the arts and scholarships
  • Second Annual Advent Alumni Get together at Thanksgiving
  • Second APTV Statewide broadcast of The Festival of Lessons and Carols

This highlight list could go on and on, and I am confident I left off something big,  but let’s call this year a wrap. Thank you and best wishes for a safe and family-focused summer. We look forward to seeing you in August! Go Panthers!

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Palmer Kennedy