Academy Adventures Midtown

-Building on Strengths-

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Campbell's Corner

We appreciate the positive response and support from our families regarding the Academy Adventures Midtown School Board’s decision to close the school on Friday, December 13.


Thank you to our families who came in and helped make our baking days fun and successful! Making lasagna was fun and the students enjoyed eating what they made. It was great watching “The Polar Express” and decorating our cookies!


A big thank you goes to all our families who joined us for the Cookies and Cocoa Holiday Performance. It was great listening to the students getting into the holiday spirit. Thank you everyone for your hard work!


It has been a busy year so far and we are now at the halfway point. The students have been showing what they know. We see so much growth and progress daily and we are amazed at the difference since the beginning of the year. Students continue to work on the basics of reading as well as reading comprehension, different styles & purposes for writing and multiple methods for performing math problems.

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Kindergarten & 1st Grade Class

I cannot believe that the 2019-2020 school year is half over! I truly feel that my heart cannot be fuller and prouder, but your Kindergartners and First Graders prove me wrong daily.


Though December was a short, eventful month, some of our biggest classroom goals have been met! Our entire class has increased percentages on the Galileo Benchmark tests! Please be proud of your students!!


We will continue weekly Galileo Practice on the iPads when we return from Winter Break.

Mrs. Gilbert's class has utilized technology pretty heavy lately!. We use SuperKids and A-Z Reading now three to four times a week! I am working with Academy Adventures Midtown Admin on identifying the best academic apps to further provide our students with appropriate differentiation.


Over the past couple of weeks, Kindergarten continues to practice daily letter sounds, and understanding the letters and their sounds make up words. Doc, our newest Super Kid friend, is helping us with beginning and final sounds in words. Kindergarteners are becoming experts in identifying parts of a story, including main idea, setting and characters!


In math, Kindergateners will continue to practice writing and counting their numbers. This practice will help us become experts in addition, and completing number charts! Once we are comfortable with addition, we will transition into subtraction.


My brainiac First Graders are a force to be reckoned with!


Because of the increased use of differentiation in reading such as: Title One Groups, iPads, and positive academic atmosphere, these First Graders are becoming experts in Parts of a Story, Opinion versus Fact, as well as Fiction and Non-Fiction text. Our reading confidence is beaming right now and I literally could not be prouder of the student's hard work.


Math has been fast paced! Through Go Math! And Galileo Practice, your students have worked on number families, with sprinkles of how to tell time. When we return in January, we will focus more on telling time and measurements.


Your students continue to cook weekly and make some tasty treats! Whats even better about their cooking, is that it is healthy! I encourage you to ask them about a recipe and allow them to to help you cook for your family.


I can never say it enough... I am beyond proud of your students and feel honored and blessed to be apart of their academic careers. I want to thank you for their attendance and participation in school functions. Thank you


A special thank you to my wonderful work family, where every single one of them encourage, support and assist your students daily.


Have a happy, safe, and warm Winter Break, and I will miss the students dearly.

2nd & 3rd Grade Class

December is rapidly coming to an end. Tamale day was also a great success. We sold 26 dozen tamales. The students all took turns and learned how to make and wrap tamales. Making tamales is a huge undertaking, and the school completed the day with finesse. Thank you to the parents who helped and worked tirelessly to make the day a huge success and fun for our students. We were blessed to have your help! The meat aroma permeated the entire school and smelled utterly delicious. It made us all so hungry.


Lasagna Day was also a success. We sold 13 pans of lasagna! The students had fun making it and getting to taste it!


Thank you to all the families who joined us for the reschedule Annual Cookies and Cocoa Holiday performance on December 17th. The students did a great job. We hope you enjoyed the performances, cookies and hot cocoa!


Galileo testing is over. The students are getting more familiar with the computers.


The students enjoyed cookie decorating and watching Polar Express, while wearing pajamas! It was a fun way to end the first semester. There will not be any after school extended day on Dec. 19th.


The students have been enjoying learning how to use the computers and exploring the Reading A-Z Learning Center site. The students work at their level and the program helps them learn to read. It reads it to them, and they respond by reading along with the computer. The students really enjoy the Reading A-Z program.


In class we had an art project and made 3-D snowflakes.


Thanks for doing the homework with your child, please remember to continue to do so. Students get rewarded with Academy Adventures Midtown bucks to spend for homework. The reward is a treat they will be entitled to for completing homework at home. Thank you.


Have a wonderful holiday season filled with many blessings!

4th & 5th Grade Class

The 4th graders will continue practicing multiple step multiplication problems and multiplying 2-digit numbers. 5’th graders will continue adding and subtracting decimals and how to multiply decimals. In CKLA the 4th graders will finish their unit on Knights, Castles, and Chivalry while the 5’s will finish their unit on Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Both groups will then move into learning about poets and poetry.


4th and 5th grade continues to practice their multiplication facts during Rocket Math. Students are given 2 minutes to practice the facts on their level and then 1 minute to complete as many problems as they can.


Nightly homework should include reading, (including the stories we are texting you), spelling words and multiplication facts.

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DECEMBER COOKING/BAKING DAYS!

A big thank you to all our families who participated and volunteered their time for our Annual December Cooking/Baking Days: Tamales, Lasagna and Cookie Decorating. We hope you had as much fun as the students! The students always look forward to this time of year and the special activities and they love sharing it with their families!

ANNUAL COOKIES AND COCOA HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE!

Thank you to all the families who joined us for our annual Cookies and Cocoa Holiday Performance on Tuesday, December 17th. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed the show! The students worked hard and did a great job!!
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Title I Parent Texting Program!

Thank you for your continued participation in the Title I Story Texting Program! The students are reporting back that they really enjoy reading the stories and discussing them with their parents! We will continue to send out weekly stories and have a special activity for Winter Break, so keep an eye out! Your feedback is also very important to us. Please let us know what you think of the stories and any suggestions you may have.


Students have been working closely with their Title I Interventionists and there is a definite increase in scores for students! Many of the students have reached Benchmark for their grade level in reading! Interventionists will continue to work with students.


If you have any questions, please speak with Mrs. Campbell or your child's teacher.

Winter Break BINGO!

Winter Break BINGO was sent home to all students as well as texted to parents. It is a fun way to continue the learning during break. Have your child return it to school on January 6th for ATM "GOOD" Bucks! Don't forget to sign off on each square as well as sign the bottom and make sure your child's name is on it!

Title IVA - Healthy Snack Program

Apples and Cheese?! Not a snack idea many people would think of, especially children. The fun part of our Title IV-A Healthy Snack Program is the students are learning about different healthy snacking options and getting to make both savory and sweet snacks. This was a hit with our students this month! It makes a great snack, breakfast or side dish! Ask your child about what they thought and try incorporating it into a meal during break!



CHEESY APPLE CASSEROLE


Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 55 mins

Total Time: 1 hour & 10 mins


This Cheesy Apple Casserole is so versatile. It's great for breakfast or as a side dish.


Ingredients

  • 5 cups chopped apples. (Peel and core the apples, then chop)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Instructions


  1. Toss the chopped apples with the lemon juice.
  2. Spray a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and spread the apples in the bottom of the dish.
  3. Mix the melted butter, sugar, salt, flour, milk, vanilla extract and one cup of the cheese together with a spoon. Pour and spread over the apples.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes adding the other cup of shredded cheese on top during the last 15 minutes.
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If you park to come into the school, please pay attention to where you are parking and be respectful of the surroundings, including:


  • Do Not Block the neighbors driveways
  • Do Not Block mailboxes
  • Do Not Block the school's three (3) drive ways so people cannot get out of the parking lot
  • Do Not Park in front of the school door
  • Do Not Block the roadway


We appreciate your attention and cooperation in making the area safer.

  • Every Wednesday is Late Start! School begins at 9:00 AM. Students can arrive at 8:30 AM for breakfast. Please do not arrive prior to 8:30 AM, we do not have anyone to monitor your children.
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With Winter Break, we will announce all Attendance, Academic and Attitude awards for December in a separate newsletters after awards the first Friday of January. We don't want to ruin the surprise!
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WINTER BREAK!!!

Friday, Dec. 20th, 7:30am to Friday, Jan. 3rd 2020 at 2:15pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

No school during Winter Break! Winter break begins on Friday, December 20, 2019 thru Friday, January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. We wish all our families a safe and fun break/holiday season and we look forward to seeing you after break!

EARLY RELEASE

Friday, Jan. 17th 2020 at 11:30am

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

School will be dismissed at 11:30 AM and there will be NO after school.

SCHOOL CLOSED - CIVIL RIGHTS DAY

Monday, Jan. 20th 2020 at 7:30am-5pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

School will be closed in recognition of Civil Rights Day.

District Notice of Discrimination

Academy Adventures Midtown does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to all programs. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Patricia Campbell, 520-777-3757 or email at: info@academyadventuresmidtown.com.