January 2020 Newsletter

Fellow alumni:
On behalf of the association and the executive board, I wish you a happy new year. Also, I thank you for all your moral and financial support in the past years. I pray that the new year brings us success and joy in all our endeavors. I now present you with some updates about our association:

Regional Reunion

On behalf of the association, I congratulate the Eastern Regional Chapter for its successful local convention in the great state of New Jersey on October 12, 2019. We thank the organizers, especially our eastern regional officers, for all their efforts and sacrifice in ensuring a successful event.

Finance

We thank members who are meeting their financial obligations, primarily the 2019 alumni dues and the endowment funds drive. We urge those who have not paid their annual dues and pledges to do so via PayPal or direct deposit into the association’s accounts. Please visit our website for more information and directions.

  1. Annual Alumni DuesThe 2020 alumni or membership fee is $150, and we urge you to pay your dues via:
    a. PayPal
    Visit our website (aachsa.org), click on the “Payment Center” tab, click on the “PayPal ” tab, and follow the instructions.
    b. Mail
    AACHSA
    P.O Box 654
    Lanham, MD 20703
    * Please note you can still make payments for the previous years.

c. Endowment Fund

Our goal is $100,000 or more by September 5, 2020. We urge all alumni to pledge toward this goal. A pledge of $500 or more will be quite helpful in our effort to achieving the goal; however, any amount is very much appreciated. We continue to see progress in donations made, and we thank those who have pledged and fulfilled their financial obligations. We plan to publish the names of all donors very soon. Our finance department is currently compiling the names and amounts donated towards this endeavor, and we promise to post the information in a special edition of the newsletter.

4. CHSA Educational and Infrastructural SupportA fact-finding mission into the abysmal academic performance of CHSA student indicated the following as the root causes: 1) high teacher attrition, i.e., low teacher retention; (2) high student teacher class ratio; (3) inadequate learning resources; (4) low parent participation, i.e., meager student participation in remedial class and tutorials; (5) small number of boarding students; and (6) conflicting curricula, i.e., lack of effective curricula (state vs. national). The findings prompted the establishment of the Education Reform Initiative Committee, and the committee made the following recommendations: (a) encourage boarding school and (b) reduce
classroom size, i.e., student/teacher ratio. 

Based on the recommendations of the Education Reform Initiative Committee and the urgent requests of the school administration, the executive board decided to: (a) encourage boarding school and (b) reduce classroom size, i.e., student/teacher ratio.
After an extensive study and careful consideration, and agreement with all stakeholders, we have decided to support our Alma mater by investing part of your alumni dues and donations into the future of the students. We have chosen to pilot the following:
1. Award boarding house scholarships to two students for the 2019/20 academic year at the cost of about N150,000 (Nigerian Naira)/student/academic year.
2. Responsible for the retention and monthly salaries of five credentialed of five core subject teachers (2 math, 2 English, and 1 computer science teachers) for the 2019/20 academic year at the cost of N20,000 (Nigerian Naira)/teacher/month/academic year.
3. Increase partnership and collaboration with the PTA and school officials.
4. Establish an evaluation system for monitoring student academic performance and teacher competency.

As aforementioned, the project is a pilot study, and we hope to increase the number of boarding school scholarships school and the number of teachers by the end of the first semester/term after a thorough evaluation. We also encourage members to help to sponsor or co-sponsor students for
boarding school. The cost of boarding school is about N150,000 (Nigerian
Naira)/student/academic year. For more details, contact:

olaone01@yahoo.com
nationalvpregionalop@aachsa.org
treasurer@aachsa.org
president@aachsa.org
executives@aachsa.org

We sincerely hope our efforts will help alleviate the academic challenges, appalling academic performance, and overcrowded classroom condition, our fellow Compronians, the current CHSA students, are confronting. Again, I would like to reiterate that the state of our finance is good and well managed. Due to a hacking incident that we experienced a couple of years ago, we are unable to post our account balances on the website. However, please feel free to contact the national treasurer for more information: treasurer@aachsa.org. Again, thank you very much!

2020 National Reunion

The national reunion will be in the city of Las Vegas after the Labor Day holiday. We are still in the process of securing a location that is within our budget for the event. We hope to provide you with detailed information by the end of January.
       Reunion fees
The cost of attending the national reunion is $100, paid the alumni dues paid for 2019 and 2020. The $100 reunion fee is part of the total annual dues of $300 paid for 2019 and 2020, i.e., $50 from 2019 alumni dues and $50 from for 2020 alumni dues paid. As a reminder, members planning to attend the national reunion must pay their alumni dues for 2019 and 2020.
      Elections
Finally, we are required by our constitution to hold an open and democratic election for the offices of (a) the national President and (b) the national Treasurer. We hope to create a page or link on our website for members who may want to be considered for either office through the ballot during the business meeting at the national reunion. We urge candidates to be in good standing with their annual alumni dues and be familiar with the requirements of Constitution and the By-Laws:
(Article III, Section 2; Article IV, Sections 1, 2, and 3. Article VI, Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; Article VII, Section 1, 2, and 3.)
For more information. visit our website:
          http://aachsa.org/about-aachsa/aachsa-constitution/
          http://aachsa.org/about-aachsa/aachsa-by-laws/

We urge you to help spread the news about our upcoming national reunion in Las Vegas. We hope you can join us in the celebration of our alma mater.

I want to express my appreciation and admiration for your financial support through your alumni dues and other donations. May the good Lord reward you kindly for your help. Again, your financial support is critical to our efforts to help our beloved Compro regain her past academic glory. We appreciate you very much.

Finally, on behalf of the executive board, I wish you and your families a happy and prosperous year 2020. I pray that God continues to bless you, abundantly.

Best regardsShina Oshinuga
President