ACADEMY ADVENTURES MIDTOWN

Building on Strengths and Filling Buckets!

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SCHOOL UPDATES!

February flew by!


Students in grades 3rd-5th participated in the first of many state tests. On February 21st, the upper elementary students took their Writing Field Test. It was a great opportunity to practice for the State Tests in March and April. Students are getting extra tutoring with Ms. O and Ms. V on test taking strategies to help them feel more confident when they take the tests! We are so proud of the progress the students have made on the weekly "show what you know" Fridays and know they will do great on their state testing!


Students had fun celebrating 2-22-22! It was Twos Day with lots of fun activities based on what they are learning. Students also finally got to see their signed Splat from winning the coding contest in December! The 3rd-5th graders even got a special pair of Splats Sunglasses!


March will be another busy month! We have our 3rd Benchmark Tests in Renaissance; Spring Break; and Clever Clovers Spring Break Enrichment Camp! Registration began on March 1! Camp will be three (3) days of fun learning and test preparation! We encourage all students to attend!


Thank you for your continued support of program! Please never hesitate to contact Mrs. Angela, Mr. Jack or Mrs. Gilbert if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns.

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MARCH 15-17, 2022

Academy Adventures Midtown is excited to be able to offer a three (3) day Enrichment Camp for students! The theme is Clever Clovers! Students will participate in fun activities to bridge learning gaps and preparing students for state testing. Daily STEAM projects will help to make it memorable.


Registration began on March 1st. Watch Class Dojo for details and more information. If you have questions, please speak with Mrs. Angela or Mrs. Gilbert.

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Thank you to all the families who participated in the Parent Teacher Conferences. Teachers enjoyed getting the opportunity to discuss how your child(ren) are doing as well as receiving your feedback. If you did not meet with your child(ren)'s teacher, please contact them to set up a time. It is really important as the school year comes to end.
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The students continue to make us proud with their "show what you know" Fridays assessments! We have seen a continue increase in scores and retell by all the students. Not only are the children doing an amazing job of "showing what they know" but we have seen their confidence levels increase significantly! They are excited to take the test and see how they do!


Don't forget, you can sign up with Renaissance Star to get reports on your child's progress. You can also contact your child's teacher for updates.

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We continue to see a lot of tardies. It is important for your child to be at school daily and on time. When your child is late, it often throws off their entire day because they are out of routine. Please make an effort to get your child to school daily, on time. Make any appointments for after school or days school is not in session.


Early release days are mandatory school days. They are built into the calendar you receive at the beginning of the school year, to allow you to make necessary arrangements. Students are expected and required to be at school. At the beginning of the school year, all parents signed an attendance agreement that stated:


  • The law requires children between the ages of 6 and 16 to attend school during the hours a school is in session. Attendance is mandatory, being necessary for instruction and achievement as determined by the education standards of Arizona.
  • By law, Arizona Revised Statute §15-803, excessive absences are those that exceed 10% of the attendance days for instruction. Students may be administratively withdrawn from school due to excessive absences or ten (10) consecutive absent days from school.


If your child will be out more than 3 days, we highly recommend that you contact your child's teacher for work so your child does not get behind. Excessive absences may cause your child(ren) to be withdrawn.


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

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I forget how time flies when we’re having fun! February has come and gone in a blink of an eye. Over the past month, we have had some amazing growth. Each week, your children continue to show what they know and it is apparent they know what they are doing. The test scores continue to show academic growth, and with the all hands on deck staff at Academy Adventures Midtown, your childt is destined to succeed! I want to thank all the parents for their time for Parent Teacher Conferences; talking about your students is a passion of mine, and sharing their strengths, data and academics with you has filled my heart.


Kindergarten students have increased their phonemic awareness over the past month. Kinders have practiced their sounds individually and we are progressing towards putting the sounds together to increase our reading. We will continue to practice our sight words through repetition and practice. Students have increased their strengths in handwriting. Kindergarten has started the concepts of rhyming words, and is demonstrating a strong understanding. They have practiced these rhyming words through traditional fairy tales and poems. As Kindergarten moves through the next month, there will be a goal of reading at least five sight words fluently. I am excited to see how they become enthusiastic readers.


First Grade amazes me every time we have class! Through the weeks, the first grade students have increased their reading fluency and abilities to sound out words. We have had a lot of practice with spelling. As they continue to explore spelling, they are becoming comfortable in writing sentences. Over the next couple weeks, students will focus on becoming strong writers and understanding how writing and spelling can make them incredible readers.


Second Graders are becoming quite the detectives in determining what kind of text they are reading! Over the past couple weeks, second graders have been introduced to various types of informational texts, as well as comparing and contrasting classic stories. Second grade uses reading tools, such as highlighters, while reading to identify clues in a text to support answers, as well as identify words they struggle reading. Once these words are identified, they use a dictionary resource to make themselves an ongoing list of words they have learned. In the upcoming weeks, we will shift into writing assignments, using sight words and high frequency words to ensure there is a bridge between reading and writing. We will focus on personal narratives, where the second graders will tap into their imaginations and become little authors!


Third grade have become experts at syllables and identifying where to chunk up words to assist them in reading with fluency. In doing so, students have the increased abilities to read with rhythm and expression. Third grade has demonstrated a mastery of this skill. Third grade has become exceptional note takers, as they have begun personal notebooks where they jot down what they have learned as an additional resource to reference when needed. As we approach state testing, students will focus on writing at grade level, as well as oral fluency. I have no doubt that they will demonstrate mastery at this in the near future!


Fourth grade has been introduced to some amazing nonfiction stories over the past couple weeks. One of the most memorable moments of this month has been when we explored timelines. We made our own timelines for our school. Fourth graders have started their own personal notebooks that allow them to take notes while in class and they can refer to their notes when needed. We have used highlighters throughout our reading that encourages focus as well as text evidence when they need to answer specific comprehension questions. As state testing is approaching, we will be exploring our confidence in writing multi paragraph responses to prompts. This will not only tap into their abilities to write, but also create an environment where they are comfortable conveying their thoughts and feelings through writing.


Over the past month, I have seen a shift in the culture of fifth grade. The depth of knowledge is explored in many ways with this class, on any topic. There is an inviting motivation to analyze stories, writings and poems. Because of the inquiries, deeper understanding has begun to show. Fifth grade has become more confident in their cursive handwriting, as it is practiced almost daily. With state testing fast approaching, students will focus on dissecting various texts to use to support their claims and answers when responding to the reading. I cannot wait to introduce more topics to their exploratory minds!


Each month I get to express my gratitude to those who work with your children, and that includes you! Thank you for choosing Academy Adventures Midtown and allowing us to educate your child in a way that fits them! I am blessed, humbled and motivated by these children of yours, and they are the reason I continue to grow myself. If you ever have any questions, comments and/or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with me.

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February went by in a flash! The students had a fun-filled February where they continued to show their amazing growth in confidence and academics and overall bucket-filling behavior. They always amaze me, and I know they will continue to do so as we start to wrap up the year. Since testing season is approaching, we’ve been focusing a lot on test-taking strategies; breaking-down and understanding questions, and doing the best we can to help these amazing kids feel more comfortable with the testing environment and routines.


Kindergarten has moved on from working with numbers to 20 and has started adding numbers within 5. This upcoming month we will be working on including numbers up to 20, making sure the students have a strong foundation for their basic addition skills so that when we start to include the bigger numbers, it still stays clear. All our amazing Kindergarteners have improved with number recognition and writing their numbers without needing a visual. Their addition skills have continued to improve day to day, and I am so proud of all the hard work each of them brings to class each day.


First grade has been adding and subtracting numbers to 40 again, but have focused a lot on the regrouping aspect, which is when we “carry” during addition and “borrow” during subtraction. With first grade now being one of the biggest classes, I am so eager to see where we move going forward. They love to help one another and are great at using the manipulatives to better understand the simple addition and subtraction we do within the more complex problems. Their growth within the last two weeks with their understanding of place value and the steps involved in solving these double-digit problems is phenomenal!


Second grade has continued to work with measurements while wrapping up our unit on length, width, and height by comparing the difference units and finding the differences, seeing which is shorter, which is tallest and so on. We have also started introducing a new unit over the past two weeks involving mass. We started with kilograms and are really stressing the use of vocabulary, so that we can differentiate the ones used in measuring length versus mass. So far, these students have shown a huge interest in using the scales to compare objects. This past week we started reading scales and figuring out what different objects weigh based on the amount of weight in the counterpart of the scale. I am so excited to finish this unit with them this month and am looking forward to how they will continue growing and building on their strengths as we start to wrap up the year.


Third grade has started a new unit on fractions this past month. I think that they are really understanding them and connecting their knowledge to multiplication and division and how we can represent those problems using fractions. This past week they have also been able to manipulate fractions using these operations and seeing how we can find equivalent fractions. These amazing students have worked so hard and are showing amazing strengths. I’m glad they are building such a strong foundation because I know that it will help them a lot later. I am so incredibly proud of these third graders and all the hard work they have put in this year so far and am excited to see what the rest of the year holds!


Fourth grade has finished their unit on fractions and has moved on to the topic of decimals. We started this unit by discovering how we can represent fractions as decimals and how important place-value is. We did a lot of work on growing our place-value vocabulary into the two places after the decimal point, the 10th’s and 100th’s place. The past two weeks, we have been working on comparing decimals, seeing which was greater and which was less and started working on rounding them. The students have been rock stars with this new topic and are really building on their knowledge of place-values! It’s amazing to see their improvement just through the past two months! I know that these students will continue to build on their strengths and improve every day!


Fifth grade has continued working with decimals, using operations from addition to subtraction, to multiplication and division. In our packet work, we’ve been working a lot on our basic multiplication and division facts to help with our memorization and quick facts so that when we use those operations in more complex or larger digit problems, they have a better foundation and less frustration when breaking them down digit by digit. These fantastic fifth graders show such great work ethic and are constantly wanting to improve! Their passion and hard work show in class and has contributed to their progress. They are all such bright students, and I am confident in their continued growth throughout the rest of the year!


Each student has made such incredible progress throughout this year, it’s crazy to think that February is already over, and we have about 3 months left to the school year. I thank all of you, students, parents, and staff, for all the hard work, dedication, and effort you’ve put in this year! Without you all and all that you’ve done, our school would not be what it is today, and our students would not be who they are today. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

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We will begin 2022-2023 Enrollment in March! Watch for the forms to be sent home and for details on Class Dojo!


If you know anyone who will be in grades K-5, please have them contact the school for information. What better way to fill the school for the 2022-2023 school year than with your friends and family!

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The After School Enrichment Program is going great! Thank you to Mr. Gilbert and Ms. Lia for the great job they are doing in keeping the children engaged!


We have added some tutoring into the after school program.


A few reminders:

  • Behavior expectations are the same after school as they are during school
  • The after school program ends at 5:00 PM. Please make sure you are picking up your child(ren) on time
  • There is no after school program on early release days


If you have any questions regarding the after school program, please check with your child's teacher.

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We know that the more involvement parents have in their child's education the more successful the child will be! We are always encouraging parents to be involved. Some of the ways that you can be involved include:


  • Sign up on Renaissance to get updates on your child's assessment scores
  • Reading with your child nightly
  • Keeping in contact with your child's teacher
  • Asking your child specific questions about their day
  • Encouraging your child to always do their best
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THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2022! --> EARLY RELEASE (11:30 AM)

All students will be released at 11:30 AM on Friday. There will be NO after school program.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022 --> NO SCHOOL - TEACHER IN-SERVICE

School will be closed March 11th!

MARCH 14-18, 2022 --> SPRING BREAK -- NO SCHOOL

Students are off for Spring Break!

MARCH 15-17, 2022 --> CLEVER CLOVERS SPRING BREAK ENRICHMENT CAMP

Don't forget to sign your child(ren) up for Clever Clovers Spring Break Enrichment Camp!
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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: Angela Towner Mertz, 520-777-3757 or email at: info@academyadventuresmidtown.com.