New Academy Charter School

December 2018

Holiday Greetings and Best Wishes for a New Year!

The holiday season is a time for giving and reflecting as the year comes to an end. The staff at New Academy Charter School work hard everyday to give our students academic growth, a welcoming and caring environment, life experiences, guidance, and nutritious food. This wouldn't be possible without the collaborative effort of teachers, administrators, support staff, counselors, food management, and community members.

We are grateful for parents and community members for choosing The New Academy Charter School to provide their student(s) with not only an education but a place to develop their skills build their character and broaden their horizons. This Holiday season we are thankful for our students and the support of their families. Take a look to see what we’ve been up to...

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A special THANK YOU to Pittsburgh Police Department Zone 3 for their donation of toys!

Their donation was distributed to 14 New Academy Charter School families!

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New Academy Charter School served as a distribution center for Toys for Tots for the fourth year in a row. This year, 28 families received hand delivered packages from our very own Holiday Express Special Delivery by our teachers.

School Goal: Student Attendance

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School Climate Surveys

Attention Parents!

Your response is needed! In an effort to understand your view of the climate within our school, we are conducting a research study and we want your input. Please navigate to and login using this invite code: XTJFF3

Attention Community Partners, Student Volunteer Sites, Service Providers, Corporate Partners, Probation Officers, and Magistrate Offices!

Your response is needed! In an effort to understand your view of the climate within our school, we are conducting a research study and we want your input. Please navigate to and login using this invite code: 96L10F

Employee of the Month and Extra Effort

December Employee of the Month

Mrs. LaPalme-Wilson has taken the data world by the horns and is determined to identify our students needs and teach us how to teach them. She has created and refined her own program that helps us understand where our students are academically and with that information she researches and shares the best intervention strategies to meet our students where they are. Her passion and determination prove that she is relentless in her endeavors. Her vision always has students and teachers at the forefront. She dives right into action when she sees the need no matter how difficult the problem. We are more than lucky to have her talents, drive and character on our team. Thank you Mrs. LaPalme-Wilson!

Extra Effort Award Winners

Kionna Howell (Mental Health Therapist)- Ms. Kionna is compassionate about her job. She puts her heart and soul into everything that she does. We can always count on Kionna to go the extra mile when it comes to the students. She will drop everything just to make sure that everyone is okay. She shows strong leadership skills and always supports her team members. Kionna is an irreplaceable member of the Academy family. Thank you Ms. Kionna!

Alisha Schoen (English 2 Teacher)- Ms. Schoen has shown much creativity in her classroom and has taken the initiative to introduce and utilize inquiry-based instruction strategies to help the students navigate their own learning. Thank you Ms. Schoen!

Logan McIntosh (Science 1 Teacher) – Ms. McIntosh has created quite the environment in her classroom with the creative layout of her stations, the décor that reflects her subject area and the highlighting of her students’ work. There is always hands on learning and inquisitive thinking in her lessons. Ms. McIntosh embraces all of her student’s learning styles and encourages them to move around and exercise their minds. Thank you Ms. McIntosh!

Perfect Attendance: November

There were EIGHT perfect attenders for the month of November. These students did not have a single unexcused absence! There were also many other students who only had 1-3 absences! What an accomplishment, students! Keep up the hard work!!

Student Employment

On average, we have 15 students who hold part-time jobs after school. Our vans drive to just about every neighborhood in Allegheny County so we are able to drop those students off directly at work!

Current employers and neighborhoods include McDonald's in Penn Hills, Pleasant Hills, Downtown, and East Liberty, KFC in Wilkinsburg and Tarentum, Panda Express in Robinson, Home Depot in East Liberty, Hello Bistro in Oakland, Burger King in Avalon, Wendy's in Wilkinsburg, Pizza Palermo in Turtle Creek, Eat n Park in Monroeville, and Taco Bell in Manchester.

Are you or your student are in need of employment? If so, click the December 2018 Job Listings link below to see current job opportunities! We also assist our students in applying for jobs and practicing interview skills.

Life after High School: Student Field Trips

The Barber School of Pittsburgh

Recently, two young men had the opportunity to tour the Barber School of Pittsburgh located in the West End. While there, they were able to tour the facility, and observe classes, including the fully operational shop where students receive their practical hours. Both students asked excellent questions to ensure they were fully informed, and left with a strong interest in the program.

Triangle Tech

7 young men visited and toured Triangle Tech. The students received information on Computer Aided Drafting, Design, and 3-D Printing, HVAC, Welding, Electrical, and Carpentry. Because our students represented the New Academy Charter so well, they were all invited to take part in the Triangle Tech shadowing program, which allows them to follow a student schedule within their program of interest. So far, 2 or the students have taken advantage of this invitation, with 1 planning on enrolling for the summer.

Classroom Highlights

The STEAM students have been working on a unit about urban sustainability. The final project was for them to build tiny houses with sustainable systems.

This student's tiny house includes solar panels that will create enough electricity to run a television and lights. It also includes a swimming pool which uses gray water.

Community Involvement

Good Samaritan Food Pantry

Five students volunteered at the Good Samaritan Food Pantry. While there they packed Christmas grocery bags with nonperishable food items, sorted toys, and filled toy orders. The students had a lot of fun with the project and were grateful for their experience.
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Intersection Soup Kitchen

A group of students volunteered at Intersection Soup Kitchen in McKeesport. They had the opportunity to give back to a community by preparing and serving a hot meal to those in need.

Toys For Tots

New Academy Charter School students worked very hard and had a lot of fun volunteering at the Toys for Tots warehouse. They helped nonprofit organizations fill their vehicles with toy orders and carried in/sorted donated toys. The whole day was filled with a lot of walking, carrying, and laughing! After the project, the students enjoyed a nice pizza lunch.

Corporate Volunteers at New Academy Charter School

Employees from BNY Mellon continue to support our efforts to make our school environment a great place for students. Recently, Mellon volunteers cleaned out a room next to our gymnasium and reorganized our school uniforms in our school store. Weeks later more Mellon volunteers came to the Academy to paint the room that was cleaned out. And more recently, we had another group of Mellon volunteers assemble fitness equipment such as a workout bench, treadmill, and more. One volunteer in particular went above and beyond. Doug Clegg has volunteered with us several times. Each time he comes to volunteer he is always so pleasant and does such great work. You can really tell that he cares deeply about others. However, the most recent time that Doug volunteered with us he brought a piece of drywall, wood boards and all of the tools and materials needed to fix one of the walls in the fitness room. We are so very grateful for Doug and the many volunteers that have helped us transform our building into a great learning space for our students!

Next Month at New Academy Charter School

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Parent Resources


If you would like access to PowerSchool to review your student’s grades and progress please contact Jamie Hopkins at or call 412-515-2280.

Jeremiah's Place

Jeremiah’s Place is a safe haven for families who are experiencing a crisis or emergency and have no other safe or affordable resources available. For assistance place call (412) 924-0726. They are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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