Academy Adventures Midtown
-Building on Strengths & Filling Buckets!-
YEAR END REVIEW!
Going into the school year there were a lot of unknowns. Would we start on time? Would we only be in Distance Learning? When can students be on campus? How do we deliver curriculum? How do keep engaging students? When on campus, how do we ensure the health and safety of everyone? The questions were endless with very little guidance. But that didn't stop us!
Unlike many schools, Academy Adventures Midtown began the school year on time as planned. All students were in Distance Learning the first few weeks but we managed to get computers to everyone so they would not miss out. A few weeks later we opened the school for students who needed a safe place for Distance Learning and finally after Spring Break, we all came back together in the classroom! The program continually evolved throughout the year with staff and parent input. Students, staff and families adjusted to the ever changing requirements and schedules! There was never a dull moment, but together we made it through with very few bumps in the road!
So many of our normal traditions like school performances, making tamales, making lasagna, cookie decorating, family events & dinners, field trips, water day, fundraising and our end of year family field trip had to all be put on hold. However, we know how important those activities and events are for our school culture and what makes us so unique so we came up with innovative ways to carry on traditions and make some new ones!
We were unable to continue our healthy snack program but were very lucky that a local non-profit, Cakes for Causes, stepped up and made healthy snacks for our students! We did a Zoom All School Performance instead of an in-person performance. We offered Family ART and STEM classes every week and provided supplies to help make participation easier. Instead of making tamales and lasagna, we sent home kits to families to make a Tamale Pie and Lasagna. Cookie kits donated by Cakes for Causes were sent home for cookie decorating and we played Polar Express on Zoom. We sponsored many Title I Family Movie Nights and Game Nights via Zoom. Every morning the entire school would sign into Zoom for announcements, some games and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). We had some computer programming classes added using Unruly SPLATS and took some virtual field trips. Awards ceremonies took place on Zoom, instead of on the patio. As we go into the end of the school year, we will be putting on several events such as Field Day, Wonka Palooza and Movie Day to help finish off this year in a memorable and fun way for our students.
Although it was not a traditional school year, we are so proud of our students and the growth they made and their perseverance. They became true bucket fillers! We learned a lot and as we plan for next year, some of the new traditions we made this year will be carried over and some of our old traditions will come back!
Most of all, we must thank our parents/guardians! Our program would not have been successful without your support and your assistance with getting your children online for classes and making sure they got their work turned in. THANK YOU!
A NOTE FROM PAPA JACK
A FREE SUMMER OPPORTUNITY!
We celebrate the fact that May is here. So much has gone on in the lat 15 months. We are faced with the incredible challenge of teaming up (parents and teachers) to provide as good an education as we could for our children. And now it is time to plan for the next year and do our best to prepare all of our students. The school Board has directed the teaching staff to be available this summer to help students fill in the learning they may have missed due to the effects of the pandemic. We do not want to see students further behind.
Sign your child up for summer school and give them an opportunity to catch up. We will be reminding you!
ENROLLING FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR!!
Thank you to all our families for your response in completing the Re-Enrollment forms! We are so excited that most of our families are returning! If you have not completed the form, please click on the link below.
We are accepting enrollment for new students in grades K-5. Please speak to your friends and family and encourage them to enroll their child! What better way to fill the school than with friends and family?! As a reminder, we do have incentives for families who refer students.
Mrs. Gilbert's Class
April showers bring May flowers, and boy - have my students bloomed! Over the ending weeks of the 2020-2021 school year, the growth in our bucket-filling students has been exceptional! Our students have been able to move with finesse and fun! We have had our Galileo and CAT Testing, which I KNOW your students have shown academic growth one way or another.
Over the past couple months, I have been noting confidence in each of your students. I am living my hopes and dreams of seeing children LOVE coming to school, feeling safe and most importantly, feeling confident in themselves! I have you as parents to thank for that!
My Kindest Kinders are sailing through blending words to read sentences! Watching their determination and eagerness to read has been magical. With superKids, we continue to touch on rhyming words, letter writing, and punctuation. The three of those combinations help our Kinders continue to become stronger readers! Kinders are CRUSHING their SMART Goals with intervention with Ms. V.! Our amazing interventionist has helped fill small gaps and increase our excitement for learning! Kinders have learned their 3 Dimensional shapes, and have been able to identify these in real world situations. This lead us into Data and Measurement. There are were a lot of fun-filled, hands-on activities that I we had a BLAST doing together!
Fabulous First continued to show how FABULOUS they really are! We will ALWAYS explore and practice ways to help us become strong readers! Throughout SuperKids, we have learned how to describe our nouns with adjectives, as well as using contractions. We have also become masters at identifying and decomposing compound words! SMART goals are being met left and right with intervention with Ms. V! Not only are specific goals worked on, the individualized approach and support are helping us become stronger and confident in our reading skills...which means our comprehension skills are through the roof! Within GoMath, First grade has not met a word problem we haven't been able to solve! We have successfully moved into the last portion of math: Data and Measurement! Over the past few weeks, we explored various ways to gather data, interpret and graph!
I will ALWAYS brag on my SUPER Second Graders! Almost ALL of them have been able to read their 100 Sight words at 100%!!!! If that’s not impressive, I do not know what is! By continuing to practice our sight words, it has made poetry and descriptive writing that much more amazing and easy! With our SuperKids, we are practicing cause and effect, problem and solution, as well as spelling rules and patterns. We have been able to write ‘friendly letters’ to another class all the way in Washington! This was the prime time for them to show they can write in a formal format! It was pretty neat! I will never not be impressed with them! Second Grade is continuing Data and Measurement with GoMath. We will be ending our GoMath journey with some reteach on word problems and math facts! I cannot wait to see how these facts are crushed!
May has brought us some MAGICAL, WONDERFUL, GOLDEN and AMAZING ways to wrap up an incredible and monumental school year. Every month when I sit down to reflect to write my newsletter, I try to find the right words to express my gratitude for being able to teach here at Academy Adventures Midtown, and each month, I still cannot find them. It is my absolute privilege to be here with your students. If at any time, you have questions, comments, concerns, or hear for 10 minutes how amazing your student is, I can make availability!
Mrs. Campbell's Class
Here we are at the end of the school year. It has been an incredibly crazy year full of ups and downs, excitement and frustrations, and through it all, grace, patience, forgiveness, and lots of support. I want to take a moment and thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to work with you to teach your child this year. I greatly appreciate your support and hard work as we navigated Distance Learning and the switch to In-Person Learning, which presented a whole new set of challenges. I have enjoyed being a part of your child’s learning.
5th Graders and 5th grade families – I wish you every success for next year and every year after that. Remember to try your best in everything you do, whether it is school, home, work, or life!
In CKLA, we learned how animals are classified, about the human body, stories of ancient Rome, about light and sound, Vikings and Norse mythology, and about the universe. We learned about early American civilizations, contemporary fiction, Don Quixote, the Renaissance, and the Reformation. We also learned more about the parts of speech, how to write an essay, and similes and metaphors.
In GoMath we learned about multiplication and division, factors and multiples, fractions and how to read and write them as well as how to add, subtract, multiply and divide them. We also worked with place value, decimals, and how to read and interpret data.
In science, we learned about vertebrates and invertebrates, animals and where they live and how they move. We learned about how our senses work and how we affect our world. Energy, electricity, Morse code, magnets, life cycles and habitats were a few more of the topics we covered.
Social studies was all about the United States, Native Americans, how the U.S. was settled, how our government was formed, and the Constitution was created. We had glimpses of the world that we live in as well as of other countries.
We learned about Spelling, letter patterns, synonyms and antonyms, and using questions to form complete sentences for an answer. We looked at how prefixes and suffixes change words, how words relate to each other to form categories and we worked with analogies.
And just as important as all of the curriculum we learned, we practiced bucket filling. We practiced being kind with our words and actions. We practiced helping others. We practiced taking care of our school. And we practiced changing behavior to show that we are sorry when we made a mistake, because words are easy, but actions have more impact.
I asked students “What is something you will remember about this school year?” and here are their answers. Brisa – The teachers and kids are awesome! They are all bucket fillers! And wearing masks. Gracee – The things we do in after school. Key’vea – when we do P.E. Hindi – reading. Sanyah – The teachers are great! The students are nice! Brian – I like hanging out with my friends. Tristan- having fun! Kevin – learned how to be a mime and show ‘n’ tell. Tony – working with Mrs. Sahin. Gilberto – playing. Abby – getting to meet new kids in class. Lilli – doing Splats. Mya – my classmates and teachers and all the people that went here when I was here for years. Erika – virtual classes were something new but a nice experience and being able to go to school and see teachers and friends was great!
I am looking forward to seeing you for our summer school program! It will be a fun time with opportunities for your child to catch up on some of the things they might have missed.
Again, thank you everyone for the opportunity to work with you to teach your child and for the care and support you have shown me!
Due to the pandemic, some of our traditional end of year activities will not be able to happen. Never fear...Mrs. Angela, Mrs. Gilbert and Mrs. Campbell put their heads together and came up with some fun ideas and surprises to make the end of the school year fun and memorable! We are super excited for the Wonka Palooza! Check out the schedule in the Events at the bottom of the newsletter!
For our students who are still on Distance Learning, you are also invited to join us for any of the events planned! We don't want you to miss out!! Just let your teacher know if you would like to attend!
Join us for our final Title I Family Movie Night! We will begin at 6:30 PM and will be showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! This will help get us ready for the Wonka Palooza on Tuesday!
Don't forget to sign up for your FREE Movie Kit which is themed after the movie! Any family who signs up AND joins us to watch the full movie will be entered to win 1 of 2 Golden Tickets!! Don't miss out on the fun!
Part of our fun End of Year Celebration will be the Wonka Palooza on Tuesday, May 25th! We will have lots of fun, Wonka themed activities for the students. Some of the activities will include the Wonka Walk (think Cake Walk, with a twist!), Decorating Ticket Shaped Cookies, Invention Room (create your own Candy Bar!), Photo Booth, Fizzy Room and Candy Experiments! Students will have a chance to win 1 of 5 Golden Tickets.
It is for enrolled students only. We will begin at 8:00 AM and go until 11:30 AM when school is dismissed. Don't let your child miss out on the fun!
KOLD NEWS 13 STORY!!
The students have had so much fun with SPLATS this year! It took a bit of time to get in the groove, especially with Distance Learning, but the students have accomplished so much!
Students collaborated and came up with their own special game! They named it Unruly Tag! They combined sounds, lights, countdowns and code to create the game. The game was entered into Unruly SPLATS first ever Game-A-Thon! We are hoping they win! We will keep you posted.
This year in SPLATS, students have learned about block coding, using variables and how to create interactive games using computer programming! We are excited to continue the program next year, as well as some new programs for our K-1 students! Students are never too young to start learning!
In case you missed it last month, the link to our KOLD News 13 story is below! We were so honored that Unruly SPLATS reached out to us to see if we would be interested in having local news come and interview our students for March Madness. Our students ended up raising $80 by coding and stomping! This money was donated to a great cause chosen by Unruly SPLATS. We were honored to be a part of the FUNdraising!
Academics: Students demonstrating superior academic performance
Attitude: Students having a "want to do" and "can do" attitude
Thank you Mr. Benny & Mr. VanVactor!
Academy Adventures Midtown is lucky to have awesome parents who love to share their talents with our students! Over the past several weeks, we have had two of our awesome Dads come in and work with the students!
Mr. Benny has done lots of Magic with our students and most recently he has been showing our students some new dance moves! The students are having so much fun!
Mr. VanVactor has come several times to talk to the students about music and singing! He has also helped them do Karaoke! The students LOVE to sing and we just may have a few rock stars on our campus!
Our students always get so excited when they know Mr. Benny or Mr. VanVactor will be on campus! Thank you for taking time out of your busy days to spend time teaching our students something new! We look forward to having you back soon!
This is just one of many ways to be involved at the school. If you have a special interest or talents you would like to share with our students, please contact Mr. Jack! We always love to have our parents involved and students LOVE to have their parents on campus!
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU!!!
Academy Adventures Midtown is thankful for the partnership with Cakes For Causes! Bakers have supplied many of the students snacks this year. I think the all time favorite was the Zoo Themed Cupcakes! What a fun surprise for the students! We hope to get to continue working with them next year.
Cakes for Causes also donated a bunch of our treats for the Wonka Walk and the sugar cookies the students got to decorate during the Wonka Palooza!
Check out Cakes for Causes and their mission! www.cakesforcauses.org
FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021 - TITLE I FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT!
Join us for our year end Title I Family Movie night!! WE will be watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory online @ 6:30 PM.
We will have a very special movie themed kit you can sign up for! AND...for anyone who attends the entire movie from start to finish will get a chance at winning 1 of 2 Golden Tickets for a very special prize!
LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL - EARLY DISMISSAL
MONDAY, MAY 24, 2021 - FIELD DAY!!!
We will begin the End of the Year Fun with Field Day at the school! We will have many fun activities and treats planned. Students who are attending Distance Learning are welcome to come to campus and join in on the fun!
School will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. No After School Program!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2021 - MOVIE DAY!
Did you know that Tom and Jerry did a version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?! Well they did! It ties in our last Family Movie Night where we showed the new Tom and Jerry and our final Family Night where we will be showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
We will be showing the movie and giving out a fun themed treat for the students to while watching the movie! Students in Distance Learning are welcome to come join us for the movie!
School begins at 9:00 AM and will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. No After School Program.
THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
It is a sad day...we have to say good-bye to our 5th grade students who we will miss but know they will do awesome in Middle School. We will miss all of our students, but we are excited to get ready for our Summer Program and Fall!
School will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. No After School Program.
SUMMER FUN PROGRAM - BEGINS JUNE 7th!
We will be having four (4) one (1) week sessions beginning June 7th! The program will incorporate fun, academic based activities and small group and/or individual instruction in ELA, Math and Writing to help bridge the learning gaps from Distance Learning.
The program will run 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM and is free for all enrolled students in grades 1st - 5th.