Heather Stone
Friday Letter

January 10, 2020

Dear Afya Families,


We were thrilled to host two members of the Baltimore City School Board today.  They met with our leadership team and took a tour of the school.  They were so impressed with our program, more importantly, with our scholars.  We are so proud-thank you for all that you do to support our work.


8th grade parents-January 17th is the LAST DAY to fill out your high school application.  It is vital that this is completed on time.  Please contact our School Counselor, Ms. Beauttah ( for any questions or concerns.


The School Family Council meets on Monday, January 13th at 4:00 pm.  Input from families is an important element of our success.  Please join us if you are able.  Contact Ms. Grant ( for more information.


Our scholars began taking their Interim Assessments during their math this week.  They will take their ELA/humanities interim assessment on Monday and Tuesday.  The results of the assessment will show how scholars are progressing towards mastery of grade level standards. Please help your child do his/her best by discussing the importance of this assessment as well as ensuring he/she gets plenty of rest each night.


We look forward to seeing our families at the student-led Mid-Year Conferences which will be held on January 23 – January 24.  School will be closed for students, and advisors are reaching out to schedule individual meetings with each family.  Please expect meetings to last roughly 30 minutes. I invite you to come hear your child reflect on their year so far and set goals for the rest of the year. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to grab a snack in the main hallway. The class with the most families attending conferences will earn a prize.


Panthers Update

Coach Boyd and I were pleased with the poise of our young team in the season opener against Barclay. Led in scoring by Amonte Johnson and Tiras Wilkerson, our boys stuck together and gutted out a 22-20 win to start 2020 with a 1-0 record. Amonte and Jamir Davis helped to stabilize the team as we persevered through the rust of not practicing since 2019. Gerard Stewart showed commitment to team basketball by consistently making the extra pass. Ti’ras flashed glimpses of domination in the paint both offensively and defensively. Our bench worked hard and cheered loudly as most of them played in their first middle school basketball game. But the real difference maker was Khalil Chambers. Khalil had the big task of playing nearly the entire game due to foul trouble and eligibility of players. Khalil was able to showcase his ability to balance the necessary agility and aggressiveness in precise moments to make big plays. While his stats didn’t show up in the box score, his grit helped guide us to a win.


Come check us out vs KIPP on Monday at Tunbridge.  ~Coach Aquila and Coach Boyd


Be Well,

Tiffany Halsey