2020-2021 School Year

We are thrilled to kick off the 20-21 school year with E-School. We are choosing to view this challenging moment as an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to live our values, to use technology in new ways and to foster innovation and creativity. Our commitment to our students remains unwavering, even during this difficult time. Click here to read DSST Public Schools' network updates about the 20-21 school year and read on for AST MS specific information.

 

Technology Access

If you have issues with your laptop or accessing the internet, please reach out to your student’s advisor as soon as possible. You can also email student.helpdesk@scienceandtech.org, describe your issue, and DSST staff will be in touch to help you.

 

Student and Family Handbook

Click here for a downloadable verision in English of our handbook. Spanish version will be available shortly thank you for your patience.

E-School 2020-21 Family Guide English

E-School 2020-21 Family Guide Spanish

 

Cell Phone Policy

The purpose of our cell phone policy is to create a professional, safe, and respectful community where students can place their sole focus on learning. The cell phone policy is in effect from the start of the school day until the end of the school day, including through interventions when applicable and during E-School. 

Click Here to learn more about our Cell Phone Policy.

 

Interventions

Refocus

Parents will be notified after school via robocall if their student is assigned a refocus. Additionally:

  • In person: Students will also bring home a completed reflection for you to sign.
  • Online: You will receive a copy of their completed reflection via Flyer.
  • In both scenarios: Weekly student paychecks will show the number of Refocuses students earn Refocus sessions are a mandatory behavioral intervention designed to teach students and to reinforce our Core Values and expectations. Students will be assigned to a Refocus session by any adult in the building if they do not follow expectations of Core Values and school norms.

When we are in-person, Refocus is served during lunch. When we are online, Refocus is sent to students as a virtual reflection that needs to be completed within 24 hours. In either context, students lose 5 points on their paychecks with each Refocus. Students who do not complete their Refocus interventions will be assigned a Dean intervention. 

 

College Prep

Parents will be notified after school via robocall as well as through weekly student paychecks which will show the number of College Preps students earn each week.

College Prep is required of all students who do not complete homework that is due that academic day in an acceptable manner. If students do not understand a concept, they must demonstrate ample effort in written form showing the attempts they made to figure it out. The teachers have the sole discretion to determine whether a student’s homework is deemed acceptable or not. Students who do not complete homework to the satisfaction of the teacher and/or demonstrate the effort necessary to try to figure it out will be required to complete College Prep.

When we are in-person, College Prep is served during lunch. When we are online, students are expected to complete their missing homework within 24 hours. In either context, students lose 5 points on their paychecks with each College Prep. It is essential that they attend so students will earn Refocus and/or Dean Interventions if they do not attend. Their grades may also be impacted by missing homework. 

 

Mandatory Tutoring

Parents will be notified via robocall by 10:00 AM the day of tutoring. When a student is signed up for tutoring in Compass, the student, their advisor, and their family receives an email notification. We want to give families a head's up about tutoring the evening before, and then a reminder autodialer will go out the day of at 10 am. We will assign students to Mandatory Tutoring based on how well the student performs on assignments and assessments. Essentially, this is part of our academic program to better meet the needs of our students. Mandatory Tutoring occurs on specific days of the week for each subject area.

When we are in-person, Mandatory Tutoring is served after school. If your child is assigned Mandatory Tutoring, please make arrangements for pick up at 4:55 PM. When we are online, students will attend Mandatory Tutoring online after the regular school day. In either context, students do not lose points on their paychecks with Mandatory Tutoring. It is essential that they attend, however, so students will earn Refocus and/or Dean Interventions if they do not attend.

Click Here to learn more about interventions at AST.

 

Core Value Pledge

Our Core Values are central to everything we do. For that reason, we have each of our students and their parents sign the Core Value Pledge each year, demonstrating their communitment to our values and community. Click Here to view the Core Value Pledge.

 

Dress Code

Why do we have a dress code? We believe having a professional, clear dress code policy keeps the focus on learning, reduces bullying, and is a fun way to engage in school pride! Click Here for specifics on our in-person dress code policy. During E-School, we are not requiring our students to wear uniforms.

Click here to learn how to purchase uniforms.

 

Flyer App

Flyer Connect connects and empowers families with translated communication, academic tools and social resources. DSST is now using Flyer at ALL schools to ensure we have the best communication tools in place, especially as we go into E-School.

Click Here to learn how to download Flyer and get verified.

 

Supply List

Click Here to view the supply lists for 6th and 7th grades for the 20-21 school year, and learn more about what students need to be successful during E-School.

 

Student Fees

STUDENT FEES: A downloadable version can be found here: Click Here

TECH DAMAGE FEES: A downloadable version can be found here: Click Here

 

Parent Resources

Click here to learn more about parent involvement opportunities, transportation, and other parent resources.