The Eagle Update
The Excel Academy Weekly Newsletter: September 13, 2021
Greetings Excel Community
Thank you so very much for the outpouring of support in the past week. As a new leader at Excel, my heart was full, and my cup ran over. I am so deeply grateful for those who took the time to reach out provide insights and ideas, and share heartfelt support during this sometimes uncertain time. Here we go into our second edition!
I shared the quote below in our morning all-staff huddle last week:
Passion is the energy that keeps us going, that keeps us filled with meaning, and happiness and excitement, and anticipation. Passion is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to, and in experiencing work and life to the fullest extent possible.
It was not credited to anyone but it was certainly powerful! It really made us think about the potential there is behind passion. One thing I learned during my empathy interviews with families and in hearing from students, is that passion matters and connecting passions and interests to learning and volunteering in our community can be a powerful catalyst for increasing engagement and joy. I hope that students who emailed me to join the Middle School Principal Council (MSPC) will share their ideas with me as we seek to harness the power and potential of students' passions. My own passion is elevating their voices and their choice in the design of our learning here.
In the coming months, you will also notice that our website is changing. (Some changes are already happening!) I have read lots of feedback from folks in the past, read the former Communication Committee documents, and harnessed the passion of our Dean of Culture, Marisa Anderson, to help me with improvements and updates to our website. We had a lot of access issues with Jeffco, but we found great support in their technology department and we were off and running. As we continue to work on this public-facing part of our school, we hope you find materials increasingly organized, current, accurate, and easily accessible. Thanks for your patience as we work on these pieces this year.
The second part of this important work will be harnessing the incredible talents here at Excel. We have already started working with the photojournalism students to use their photos and they are starting to interview different members of the Excel staff. As they engage in this work, we will highlight it on our site. We will also work with students to determine what types of materials they want to take ownership of on the site. I cannot think of a better way to make the most of each day than to harness the potential of our students and showcase that each week. I also want to make good on my promise to families; volunteer where you have passions! Please reach out to teachers, to the PTO, and to staff here to find a niche. The school is made better when we all come together.
Imagine that for one moment...all that passion, harnessed in this place, on behalf of kids. That is some incredible energy indeed!
With deep passion for this work each day with the community and staff,
Dr. Susan-Marie Farmen
New Business Manager
SOAR at Excel
Accepting of Others
These are student core values we are focused on at Excel. Students are filling the jar in the office with SOAR tickets and they are excited. Each week we will draw names in the office and highlight students who have been recognized. A focus on these values helps us always look for the best in others and these words connect to both our 7 Mindsets curriculum for social-emotional learning and our initial work toward what it means to be a highly effective school. We hope you will get to celebrate a SOAR moment with your student soon!
SOAR Winners = Eagle Ambassadors
Sadie Swainson- Second Grade
Lia Wallman- Sixth Grade
Avery Field- Seventh Grade
Julian Vigil- Eighth Grade
Each student will receive a certificate and will be displayed on the front hall bulletin board when we change it out for September. These students will also be acknowledged in a trimester-end celebration. More details to come!
Managing Covid at Excel: Gratitude from Dr. Farmen
Reminder: All Visitors and Volunteers
Please remember to send a beach towel with your student so there is a dry, comfy place for lunch.
Athletic Updates: Let's Play Some Sports!
All student athletes (cross-country, soccer, and volleyball) should have provided proof of vaccination. All unvaccinated student athletes are strongly encouraged to provide weekly negative Covid test results.
OTHER SPORTS NEWS: (Note: Vaccinations and testing requirements apply to the below):
- Line judges needed-Girls Volleyball games.
- Finish line workers needed-Cross-country meet at Excel on September 15th.
- Current game schedule-subject to change.
Kindergarten Sign Return
Dear Kindergarten Families,
Thank you to those who were able to return their Excel Yard Signs in the drop-off line. The signs are right inside the front doors and a list of students will be with the signs this afternoon. If you were unable to return your sign this morning, please return it at pick up today or tomorrow by the end of the day. Add your sign to the stack inside the front doors and cross your student's name off the list so we know it was returned. We appreciate your help! Please add a volunteer hour to your tracker after your sign is returned.
Final Call for MS Principal Council (MSPC)
PTO: Twisted Penny Fundraiser
Monday, Sep. 13th, 8am to Friday, Sep. 24th, 3:30pm
11500 West 84th Avenue
TWISTED PENNY FUNDRAISER
MONDAY, SEP. 13TH, 8AM TO FRIDAY, SEP. 24TH, 4PM
11500 WEST 84TH AVENUE
The PTO needs a little help with all the fun, so if you have an hour to donate and get some volunteer time right around pickup this week, use the Signup Genius List below and come count with us! We need a couple of extra hands each day for about an hour to help manage, count and report daily totals.
The students and staff are really excited about all the FUNdraising we get to do over the next two weeks. There are great daily classroom prizes and an Art Department to support! Thank you all for helping your students participate by sending in pocket change, and remember - greenbacks and checks are also counted as positive points (we are in a national coin shortage after all ).
Alana Mace (Excel PTO)