College Prep Academy, November-December 2020
Our new College Prep Academy newsletter will inform you of what's going on in our school. Highlights include student-written articles, upcoming events, school-related data, and information relevant to current students and their families. Be on-the-lookout for the CPA Chronicles each month.
We hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season!
Student & Community Highlights
Scholar Maya Welcher Interns at KTPS-TV
Holiday Spirit Extravaganza
Advisors Excel Visits College Prep
Ms. Tracy Khounsavanh Killough, Director of Community Engagement at Advisors Excel, and Mr. Larry Robbins, Deputy Superintendent for Topeka Public Schools, participated in a lively Zoom discussion with our 8th grade College Prep scholars during Topeka Public Schools' Principal for a Day event. In addition to learning about Ms. Killough's career experiences, College Prep scholars shared about future aspirations and experiences in the College Prep Academy.
Thank you, Ms. Killough and Mr. Robbins, for your steadfast support! We appreciate you both!
Thank you to our Partners at Stormont-Vail Health!
Stormont-Vail's annual Warm & Thankful event provided winter gear and school supplies for College Prep students. Please let us know if your scholar needs school supplies or winter accessories- such as gloves or mittens. We will be happy to meet you at TCALC or deliver the items to your home!
English Language Arts Spotlight: English 9
Student projects included video documentaries, poetry, and speeches. Future newsletters will showcase student work. You can also view projects on the College Prep website.
Below is an example of student work from our very own Makayla Segelquist. Makayla is a student at Highland Park and a second-year College Prep Academy student. Makayla's website can be accessed at https://msegelquist440.wixsite.com/doitinink
ROOM OF BOTTLES
If I were to put every single historical event into a little bottle, how many bottles would I have?
If I were to put every single bad historical event's bottle into a separate room, how many good bottles would I have?
How many happy bottles would I have?
How many sad bottles would I have?
How many terrifying bottles would I have?
If I mixed all of those bottles up, would they change the world?
Would anything change if I destroyed all good bottles,
And deleted them from human history?
Would anything change if I destroyed all bad bottles,
And deleted them from human history too?
What if I destroyed all the terrifying bottles, erasing them forever?
Would anything truly change if I destroyed every slavery bottle I could find?
Would human history truly change if I did so?
Most likely not,
I'll put the bottles back into a neat little shelf,
And keep them for all to see.
Two rows for all war,
Four rows for all famine,
Three rows for bad economic change,
And a room for slavery.
All bottles, tucked into neat, tidy shelves,
I'll keep the room locked up,
No one must know the horrors within.
Math Spotlight: Pre-Algebra 7
Please click here to see a Screencastify assignment from 7th grade scholar Kyla. Kyla is a student at Landon Middle School and a first year scholar at CPA. Kyla excels at utilizing digital platforms to present her learning for others. Kyla has become fluent with Jamboard, an online whiteboard where students can share their computations, and also with Screencastify.
Reminders & Upcoming Events
Last Day of Semester 1: January 29, 2020
January 29 is the last day for both Quarter 2 and Semester 1. Winter break is a great time for scholars to catch up on any missing work. College Prep will be hosting small group work sessions at TCALC on the mornings of December 28, 29, and 30 - please contact Ms. Wrisley if you would like your child to attend!
Remote Meal Distribution: December 30, 2020
Highland Park High School
Topeka High School
Jardine Middle School
Chase Middle School
Eisenhower Middle School
Robinson Middle School
Pine Ridge Prep