There is tremendous excitement building about our new Infant through 12th grade school, Atlanta Jewish Academy. With AJA t-shirts, AJA sunglasses, and AJA chocolate, the enthusiasm has just mushroomed. I can't believe that we have been in school for only two weeks and yet the name AJA is naturally rolling off our tongues. This is our new identity.
Of course, no school can function without a school mascot. But what should it be?
In keeping with our philosophy, which values student input and student engagement, we have begun the process of empowering our Middle School and Upper School students in choosing the mascot. The students in each division were given forms on which to submit their ideas. They were asked to include a suggested name as well as a reason for why that particular mascot would best represent our school. On Monday, the Middle School students voted on their favorite choices, and I tallied the votes in real time via a Google Doc that the students saw live on the classroom Smartboards. Our top three choices have been combined with the Upper School's top three choices to form a new ballot of six options. We will all vote on the six top choices and will be ready to unveil the final decision tomorrow to the whole school.
Stay tuned for the final decision. Go, AJA!!!