Early last week an AIS community service club hosted a benefit concert to raise monies for the facial reconstructive surgery of a young victim of domestic abuse. The Strings Director, who was the highlight performer, invited Anna Grace to perform her recital piece with him as part of the concert.  The entire hour was filled with beautiful music, and it was nice to see many families in attendance.
The following evening we attended our least favorite event of the school year, the MS and HS Band and Strings joint concert.  The concerts run about an hour, perhaps a little more, allowing families to be home around 2000, not an unreasonable time for the 10+ age group, and especially at the end of the school year when most of the learning is long over. Despite requests by the band and strings directors that the audience remain for the entirety of the program, many so, so appallingly rude MS parents left at the MS/HS intermission.  We have witnessed this time and time again over our four years here, and it is always a tremendous disappointment to us.  Do unto others? Teach your children well?  Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten? Not for these parents.
On Wednesday the school held, as Jack referred to it, “The Nerd Awards.”  AIS presents a small ceremony celebrating academic excellence across the HS, and there is not a single participation trophy in sight. Overwhelmingly the awards are given to upperclassmen with proven academic records, so it was a surprise to have received an invitation to attend. 
Anna Grace was but one of two Freshmen who received an award. Her award was presented by the Strings Director for her outstanding competition results leading to Honor Orchestra placement and her leadership in the school orchestra.  The photo is terrible, I know. I was more interested in applauding.
Wrapping up strings for the academic year, her studio held its recital Sunday evening. Anna Grace performed the entire Summer from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (including the solos), and her studio director (who is also the AIS Strings Director) invited the orchestra to accompany her. Understandably not everyone was available; it was nice to see not only the students who joined her, but a small cadre of friends who attended the recital as a study break (it’s final exam time) to listen to the group perform. That’s what friends are for. 
Last night was the end of the school year in terms of school functions (for parents, anyway), the HS Sports Banquet. The sports banquets are great fun. They are casual,  the food is delicious and no one leaves until the banquet concludes
The new school records were already in place in the “Knights to Remember” hallway outside of the main gym.  Congrats to all of the AIS Knights, who balance academic and extracurricular activities with teamwork, respect for one another, and the opportunities for leadership throughout the year.
And to our favorite Lady Knight: a straight-A student, Honor Orchestra violinist, and athletic record breaker, a special congratulations on a tremendous Freshman year! ❤️