ACADEMY ADVENTURES MIDTOWN
BUILDING ON STRENGTHS & FILLING BUCKETS!
Our students continue to amaze us with their progress in academics, attendance and attitude! As you walk through the classrooms, you see students engaged in learning, helping each other and practicing their bucket filling skills! Students radiate confidence in themselves and their work. It is heartwarming to see.
We are officially rated a "C" school by the state! This is the first time in three years we have received a letter grade from the state. Previously we were listed as a "failing" school. To move from "failing" to a "C" is a large jump and we are very proud of our students and teachers for all of their hard work! We know we will only continue to improve our rating this year.
School starts at 8:00 AM. Please make sure that your child arrives on time. Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:55 AM. Arriving late can be very disruptive not only for your child, but for the other students in the class as well. If your child is late or leaves early you must sign them in/out.
We are finally seeing signs of Fall with cooler temperatures, especially in the mornings. Please refer to the uniform policy (copy provided below) on what is acceptable. Sweaters, jackets, sweat shirts, etc. must be solid in color and cannot be worn in the classroom. As a reminder, uniforms are required and have specific requirements. Polo shirts must be solid or stripped (no logos, no animals, no other prints). Pants, shorts and skirts/skorts/jumpers must be solid navy blue, khaki, gray or black, denim is not acceptable. If your child is out of uniform and we do not have something they can borrow you will be contacted to bring new clothes. If you have uniforms that are in good shape that your child has outgrown we would greatly appreciate donations. We like to keep extra uniform shirts and bottoms on campus to help families in need and students who need to change.
November is a busy month. We have one of our favorite Title I Family Events, Book Tasting! We have a couple of early release dates, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Break and a few days we do not have any After School Program. (see Mark Your Calendars below or click on the link below for the online calendar.) As always, we have an open door policy and encourage parent/guardians to stop by and check out their child's learning environment. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mrs. Angela, Mrs. Gilbert, Ms. Emily or Mr. Jack.
WE HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY RATED A "C" SCHOOL!
Congratulations to all of our teachers and students! Academy Adventures Midtown has moved up to a "C" rated school! The past several years we did not get a rating and previously we were rated a "failing" school.
We are so proud of how hard our students worked and all the time and effort that our teachers put into educating your children! Looking at the incredible progress the students have made so far this school year, we have no doubt that they will continue to meet and exceed the state's expectations!
Thank you to all our parents/guardians for your continued support of the school and your children! We could not do it without you!
We want to welcome our new students and their families! We are excited to have them join us!
We are continuing to recruit new students. Enrollment is much lower than we would like and are hoping to increase our enrollment by 5-10 more students. If you know anyone who has children in grades K-5, please let them know about the school! We have referral incentives for families who help recruit students! Referrals are the best way to increase enrollment!
What better way to fill the school than with friends and family? For more information, please contact the school. Thank you for your continued support.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2023 --> TITLE I ANNUAL FAMILY BOOK TASTING EVENT
We are so excited to be able to bring the Book Tasting event back this year! It has been a big success the last couple of years. It is a fun family event the combines literature and food! We pick several books based on food, read and talk about the book then have a food that goes along with it. Usually we have an appetizer, main item and dessert!
If you have not had an opportunity to participate, you won't want to miss out! Watch for more information and the RSVP to be going home soon.
Don't forget to enable notifications on Class Dojo. This is our primary way to communicate with you at a school level and staff level. All events, emergency information and other information is published in the School Story. Please make sure that you have notifications set up so that if there is an update or emergency you will get the information.
If you have any issues with Class Dojo, please contact your child's teacher for help. Please note, you are NOT required to pay for Class Dojo. We only use the free portion. The paid version is optional and not required.
We continue to be diligent with sanitizing frequently touched areas throughout the day. Children are reminded regularly to wash their hands before and after meals and being outside. The school is deep cleaned in the evenings with wiping down all frequently touched areas including desks, tables, doors, door knobs, chairs, etc. Health and safety continues to be a high priority.
As the weather changes and gets cooler there is often more illnesses being spread. If your child is sick or showing symptoms of being sick, please do not send them to school. We will send any child how who shows signs of illness. Children must stay home a minimum of 48 hours after their symptoms are gone without the use of medications. If your child will be gone several days, please reach out to your child's teacher and they would be happy to provide some work so your child will not get behind.
We appreciate your cooperation and help in keeping everyone healthy!
Academy Adventures Midtown is passionate about supporting the entire child in their academic and emotional growth. Cloud9 World provides many skills to help our students deal with every day situations occurring in their lives either at school or at home.
In October, students focused on courage. According to Cloud9 World, courage is acting bravely in the face of fear. You do the right thing even when it is difficult or scary. You try new things. You admit mistakes. Courage is the strength within your heart. When you don’t give up, you are acting courageously.
In November, students will be focusing on honesty. According to Cloud9 World, honesty is being truthful in your words and actions. You don’t tell lies even when it would be easier than telling the truth. You see and accept the truth because you don’t have to lie to yourself or others when you do. When you don’t pay attention to gossip or allow prejudice to influence your thoughts, you are being honest.
The hippo represents the importance of being honest, the benefit of truth, and the power of belief.
We hope you will engage with your child at home and discuss the character traits with them each month. To help, below are parent sheets to help you discuss the current monthly trait with your child. If you would like more information or how you can log into Cloud9 at home, please contact your child's teacher.
Thank you to all of our parents who have been participating in the Positive Learning Behaviors with Mrs. Gilbert on Friday mornings. This is a great opportunity to provide some Social Emotional Learning (SEL) classes to parents focusing on "Positive Learning Behaviors". This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive some guidance from Mrs. Gilbert on how to best support and encourage your child's learning. As a reminder, these are not parenting classes! We are not here to tell you how to parent your child. We are here to help support your child's learning in a positive manner.
Every week the meeting is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 AM. Come learn ways you can positively help and encourage your child to do their best on their school work, at home and at school.
Watch for weekly information. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Gilbert either by phone (520-777-3757) or through Class Dojo.
We look forward to having you join us!
“...and maybe one day we all will discover-you can't judge a book, or a pumpkin, by its cover”. Spookley the Square Pumpkin helped the Early Elementary students learn that everyone and everything has a purpose, no matter what. Throughout the month of October, I had the privilege of watching the students find their abilities and gain their confidence in their education.
In ELA, students have been writing Rainbow Words of the day. These are High Frequency words that are going to increase reading fluency in the near future. The Early Elementary students have done weekly book studies to help them understand, identify and connect with characters, setting, author’s purpose and sequencing. Our students are amazing and have swiftly moved into daily writing with CVC rhyming words. These fun daily activities have continued to grow their abilities in sounding out and reading. The reading magic happening in the classroom is something that I look forward to everyday.
During math, the Early Elementary students have solely focused on addition and subtraction within 0-20. They have explored many ways to assist them in solving these math problems, including number lines, crossing out and writing pictures. Vocabulary in math is crucial for understanding what operations are needed. Daily math problems have proven that students that practice make progress!
As we move through the next month, we will continue to work on the foundational skills that will continue to grow not only their education, but their confidence in themselves for their education.
I am thankful for the everyday opportunities to be with the students here at Academy Adventures Midtown. I am blessed to be with my little best friends everyday! If you ever want to chat, or listen to me brag on your students, you can call or send me a Dojo at any time!
”Come said the leaves to the wind one day, Come over the meadows and we will play. Put on your dresses Scarlet and Gold. For summer is gone and the days grow cold” -George Eliot. We have officially started the fall season here at Academy Adventures Midtown and with that comes a lot of fun activities! I have seen so much growth from the students not only in their daily tasks but out in the playground and during the After School Program. It brings me so much joy and pride to share what all they have been working on.
During Pumpkin Palooza, the students spent the day doing festive activities. The students in third through fifth grade did an investigation on candy corn and created a STEM project to catapult candy pumpkins. They completed rotations where they made slime and conjured potions to explore some fun science reactions!
During our day to day lessons, students have been gaining a lot of confidence in their math and ELA skills. The students have been enjoying a new math fact practice online called Math Magician. Students are timed for a minute to try and answer as many questions correctly as they can. It has become a fun little competition in class that the students have been excited for every morning. In ELA we have been focusing on figurative language, how words create images in our minds and reading with emotion. It has been amazing to see them grow in their confidence and pride in their work because they truly bring in their best efforts and work hard!
The students continue to astonish me and bring light to my day with their hard work and dedication to their education. Thank you, parents and staff, for all that you do with them! I know these next few months will be busy with Holidays coming up, but I am eager to have fun with these remarkable students in the activities to come! If you have any questions, concerns, or anything else, please feel free to reach out on Class Dojo or send me an email!
ANNUAL TITLE I FAMILY BOOK TASTING EVENT! (NOVEMBER 16, 2023 @ 11:30 AM)
We are so excited to host our Annual Book Tasting Family Event! This is one of our favorite events! If you have not had the opportunity to participate, mark your calendar and join us for a morning of reading and eating!
We will be picking books that are related to food, students will read them to the audience and there will be a treat that goes with the book. We will have appetizers, entrees and dessert! So come hungry!
We hope you will join us for this fun family event!