Aspire Academy News

January 2023

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Greetings Families,

I hope you were able to enjoy some rest on winter vacation. We are very glad to welcome students back. Please read on for all the information you need for a successful return.

Our 2nd term ends at the end of this month. January 26-27 will be Student at Home Work Days. Teachers and staff will be working and available via email. These next few weeks are an important time to focus on time management and asking for support when needed to complete all Term 2 classes. Our 3rd term begins January 31.

Here is the Aspire Academy 2022-23 Calendar for your reference. A revised calendar to make up for missed school due to weather will come in future newsletters.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2023!

Kecia Fox



Support Lab Days for 2022-23

On site student support is on Wednesdays at Aspire Academy. If you need help come on in! We're located at 3302 Cedardale Road, suite B300.

Morning session: 9am-11am

Afternoon session: 1pm-3pm

Get Help one-on-one!

Alejandra, our paraeducator (aka superstar), is available throughout the week to meet with students via Zoom, or in person. Email her at, or use her scheduling link to set up a time.

Aspire Online Staff:

Cara Bryant, Program Lead,

Richard Bradley, High School Teacher,

Carrie Brooks, K-8 Teacher,

Elizabeth Needham, K-8 Teacher,

Gillian Sinclair, High School Teacher,

Alejandra Guzman Villa, Paraeducator,


Student Council members designed and created Goody Bags for each on site Aspire student. These were very appreciated! Thanks for all your hard work and thoughtfulness. Your care and initiative make Aspire Academy a better place.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16

Annually we have a school holiday to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. This is a time to reflect and act on how each of us can contribute to making the world a more just place for everyone. MLK's legacy inspires us to work toward a world free of hate, violence, poverty, and injustice. We do this through working together in our communities with care and compassion. This year, The King Center's theme is "Cultivating a Beloved Community".

Financial Aid for College or Career

Financial Aid Day Advising Slidedeck presented to seniors by School Counselor, Mrs. Chang. Unless a student is planning on going straight to work after earning their diploma, they should apply for Financial Aid.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on Oct. 1. Students nationwide are applying for aid that might support their college education or career training.

Washington offers the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)for people who aren’t eligible to file for federal financial aid.


Jessica Santa-Cruz for academic growth and showing that she cares about her grades.

AnaKelly Castaneda-Roque for bringing a positive attitude and commitment to her learning and goals.

Spencer Pearson for a great attitude and taking risks in class. Excellent progress!

Gracie Neff for always being honest and working hard towards her goals!

Gabriel Morales-Sanchez for being such a hard worker and making great progress this term. He is always willing to participate when asked and is managing his time exceptionally well.

Britseida Lopez for making excellent progress on completing her assignments, reaching goals outside of school, and showing maturity in difficult situations.

Thomas Romero-Portillo for hard work staying ahead of pace. Always shows up for in person support.

Danielle O'Meara for finding joy in learning and showing friendliness to her peers and teachers.

Arry Sires for showing kindness and joy to everyone around her. It is a pleasure to have Arry in our school.

Andrea Rodriguez for showing leadership on the Student Council and taking initiative to spread kindness and joy to others.

Bailey Dillman for showing a lot of personal growth and hard work to reach her goals.

Hugo Salazar-Velazco for his diligent work ethic and commitment to learning, positive attitude, and willingness to ask questions.

Chanelle Torro for always being willing to help out others, and completing all of her work.


Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) state laws provide for flexible, yet structured learning. At Aspire, students are required to attend school on site for half a day. The other half of their day is independent work at home. It is very important to schedule this at home work time.

Time Management: students are more successful if they set a structured time and place for their at home school work and stick to it. It can be helpful to write down this schedule and post it where others can help support staying on the schedule. Building good time management skills is an important part of success at Aspire Academy.


  • Make sure the school has your current contact information.
  • Email teachers if students are struggling (contact information below).
  • Ask your student for a specific example of what they are enjoying learning.
  • Ask your student to see their grades and celebrate their successes.
  • Call us when your student is absent. We miss them when they are gone.


Attendance Matters, You Matter

Student attendance is so important! Please contact Denise Acosta at 360-428-6216 or to report an absence. Excused absences include:

  • illness
  • bereavement
  • athletes playing in a school-sponsored athletic event

CALENDARS AVAILABLE: Do you want a MVSD school year calendar? We have them! Stop by the office for your copy.



By Tess Gallagher

I go to the mountain side

of the house to cut saplings,

and clear a view to snow

on the mountain. But when I look up,

saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in

the uppermost branches.

I don’t cut that one.

I don’t cut the others either.

Suddenly, in every tree,

an unseen nest

where a mountain

would be.

School Lunch

All students receive a free lunch at the end of the session they attend. Snacks are also available during school.

If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, please fill out the following form. It may qualify you for reduced tuition, scholarships, or other benefits.

Free or Reduced Lunch Application

Income Guidelines FRL


Vision: Aspire Academy is a learning community where students are supported to hone their skills, talents, and passions by challenging themselves at school and in their community.

Mission: At Aspire Academy, we create interdisciplinary pathways to students’ best possible futures by investing in their passion and potential today.

Our Staff

Kecia Fox, Principal,

Denelle DeVries, Assistant Principal,

Denise Acosta, Secretary / Registrar,

Nicole Chang, School Counselor,

Kelsey Baechler, Social Worker,

Johana O'Campo, Bilingual Liaison,

Brian Shannon, Special Education Teacher,

Lauri Miller, School Nurse,

Lorena Zazocoteco, Custodian,

Aspire Onsite:

Barb Tanis, CTE Teacher and Program Lead,

Jennifer Vetter, English Language Arts Teacher,

Taylor Latimore, Math and Science Teacher,

Amber Housouer, Art Teacher,

Aspire Online:

Cara Bryant, Program Lead,

Richard Bradley, High School Teacher,

Carrie Brooks, K-8 Teacher,

Elizabeth Needham, K-8 Teacher,

Gillian Sinclair, High School Teacher,

Alejandra Guzman Villa, Paraeducator,

Non-Discrimination Policy

ENGLISH: The Mount Vernon School District does not discriminate in employment, programs, or activities on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent William Nutting, or the Section 504/Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Clint Carlton, Director of Special and Support Services,, 124 E. Lawrence St., Mount Vernon, WA, (360) 428-6110.

SPANISH: El Distrito Escolar de Mount Vernon no discrimina en ninguno de los programas o actividades según el sexo, la raza, el credo, la religión, el color, el origen nacional, la edad, el ser veterano o la situación militar, la orientación sexual, la expresión de género, la identidad de género, discapacidad o el uso de un perro guía capacitado o animal de servicio y proporciona un acceso equitativo a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos de jóvenes designados. Se ha designado a los siguientes empleados para encargarse de las preguntas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Bill Nutting, Superintendente Asistente y Coordinador del cumplimiento de los derechos civiles o Coordinador del Título IX, 124 E. Lawrence Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273, (360)428-6110 o Clint Carlton, Director de servicios especiales y de apoyo y Coordinador de la legislación para los Estadounidenses con discapacidades o la Sección 504, 920 S. Second Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273, (360)428-6141.

RUSSIAN: Маунт Вернон школьный округ предоставляет равные права и возможности участия во всех программах или видах деятельности независимо от пола, расы, вероисповедания, религиозных взглядов, цвета кожи, национальности, возраста, статуса ветерана или военнослужащего, сексуальной ориентации, гендерного самовыражения или самоопределения, инвалидности или использования обученной собаки-поводыря или животного-поводыря, и предоставляет равный доступ бойскаутам и другим специализированным молодёжным группам. С вопросами и жалобами о возможной дискриминации обращайтесь к следующему ответственному работнику (работникам): Титул IX, координатор по соблюдению гражданских прав, Билл Наттинг, помощник суперинтенданта, 124 E. Lawrence Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273, (360)428-6110; Секция 504 / Координатор ADA, Клинт Карлтон, Директор Специальных и Вспомогательных Служб, 920 S. Second Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273, (360)428-6141.

For additional information, CLICK HERE: MVSD Equity & Nondiscrimination