3 ASB Middle School Handbook
Dear Parents and Students,
First and foremost, the Middle School (MS) offers an inviting, safe and supportive
environment for students to learn and grow. Students are empowered to explore the
attitudes, values, and habits of mind that will allow them to make complex choices both in
their learning and in preparation for life.
Middle School is a time of developing independence when students begin to make decisions
about their learning and to inquire and explore in ways that enhance their development.
Students become more aware of their role in groups, valuing others’ choices and recognizing
the strengths in one another. ASB Middle Schoolers realize they have a responsibility to use
their knowledge, skills, and understanding, in partnership with others, to make a difference
in the world. Collectively, our Middle School represents cultures and nations from all around
Our diversity helps us to learn about perspective, culture, compassion, and consensus. These
experiences help us better understand our opinions, values, and goals and also ensure that
when we leave Middle School, we are more confident and capable. Through participation in
both classroom and Co-Curricular activities, our students are filled with a sense of hope for
what is to come and are tasked with helping create a just and sustainable future.
The middle years are a time of exponential growth, and the talented and dedicated ASB staff
work in partnership with parents and students to maximize potential in both academic and
social/emotional development at this crucial time. We look forward to getting to know all our
Middle School parents and students. Through the information in this handbook, we hope you
will get a sense of the increasingly sophisticated thinking and learning students are involved
in at the Middle School level.
Please take the time to read through this information carefully. Students, please share it with
your parents/guardians so that you and they have a clear understanding of the way things
work at ASB. If you have any questions about this or anything during the year, don’t hesitate
to ask a teacher, advisor, our counselor, or to come by the MS office and speak with us. Our
door is always open to you.
We hope that this school year is a happy one, full of learning, friendships, and personal
Very best wishes,
Casey Faulknall Toby Aickin
Middle School Principal Middle School Associate Principal