January, 2017

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Quick Calendar Notes

Tuesday, February 7th – Poetry Contest

Tuesday, February 14th – College Fair @ Complex

Saturday – Monday, February 18th-20th – Agricultural Fair

Monday, February 20th- NO SCHOOL for President’s Day

Tuesday, February 21st – Quarter 3 Midterm

Friday, February 24th – Movie Night at 6 pm

Tuesday, February 28th – Quarter 3 Progress Reports

4th Grade

Happy New Year!  Hard to believe that half the school year is already over.  Fourth grade students did very well coming back after the long break.  That’s not always an easy thing to do.  In Language Arts we are looking at non-fiction pieces of writing and continuing with grammar.  We finished reading the book Frindle and are moving on to a great story entitled, The Boy who Ran for President.  The math group is halfway through the geometry unit and doing well.  Both fourth and fifth grade Social Studies classes are currently working on projects.  Fourth grade is looking at economics and how to run a business, while fifth graders are doing various creative projects about colonial America.  As always, please contact me anytime if you have questions or concerns.

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Pre-K/Kindergarten

Our class has had a very busy few weeks! We are moving through the alphabet and have celebrated the letters ‘Ll’ and ‘Mm’ by tasting lemons, making lions, writing letters to a classmate, and even learning math with M&Ms. Mrs. Thomas will be returning to the classroom next week and the children are very excited to share with her all our ‘happenings’ since she has been away. Welcome Home Mrs. Thomas!!

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5th Grade

Hello to all staff members and students! My name is Quan Bush and I’m the new 5th grade teacher instructing ELA, Math and Science. I am very excited to continue my journey as a Dragon. While completing my undergraduate studies at Tiffin University in the States, I was a Dragon, as well as being an Intervention Specialist at a K-8 school, so I guess I am meant to continue being a Dragon. I am excited about reading the book “The Birchbark House” with my students in ELA, learning about “Weather Patterns and Weather Climates” in Science, as well as Eureka Math lessons. It is 2017 and let’s make GREAT THINGS HAPPEN FOR OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF MEMBERS!

Ms. Bush

Stay Fit 4 Life!

AZ Academy’s annual Stay Fit 4 Life event held at Fort Christiansvaern was a huge success!  Students participated in a variety of stations led by community volunteers to promote exercise and health education.  Included in our fun-filled day was a nutrition station, an inflatable obstacle course, Zumba, relay races, and much more.  It was the perfect way to start the New Year and become educated about Staying Fit 4 Life!

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Expanding and Restricting our Domains: Field Trips and Graphing

Students in grades seven through twelve went on a field trip to Great Pond. Following that field trip, students are writing magical realism stories (ELA V/VI) and incorporating it into their memoirs (ELA III). Next up: grammar unit! While students might not be thrilled for the grammar unit, know that it will make their wonderful creative writing that much stronger! Families, thank you for giving your students feedback on their creative writing (if you haven’t seen their writing yet, ask them!) and look forward to helping them with grammar next! In Integrated Math II, students are learning how to manipulate functions into absolute-value and inverse functions. It is a combination of geometry and algebra. Tables and graphs! Tables and graphs! The common refrain. Just as parents sometimes want to “restrict the domain” of their students’ wanderings, your students are now “restricting domains” to better graph their functions and show how they are inverse. Please enjoy the video of the field trip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGr0XhO6K-8

Ms. Eden

1st and 2nd Grade Excellent Adventures

Welcome back everyone to another round of adventures this New Year.  To begin our adventures 1st and 2nd grade found a lost kitten during P.E. class which Miss Dana proudly took care of and was adopted at the end of the day. Congratulations Miss Veliz on the newest addition to your family! Now onto school matters, to facilitate the students reading experience, reading strategies have been put up on the class and also each student have their own set of strategies on their desk. This will help remind them of different ways they can decode words when reading and enhances their reading independence. We had an exciting time at our annual Stayfit 4 Life. After a thrilling morning, we visited the fort. Some students were reluctant to go as they had been there before but they would not be left behind and I got to see all the exciting places they thought were the best part of the fort. We read the signs and had wonderful discussions about each part of the fort. At the end of the journey they got honorary junior park ranger badges. Thanks Miss Lorie for being our photographer on the trip to the fort. On return to the school we wind down with a movie to settle the end of the day. Excellent Adventure!!

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Winter Races for the Spirit Event in January Were a Hit!

To culminate the winter break, AZ incorporated a snowy competition for this month’s spirit event. We started off with Frosty dress; each group had to dress up their youngest member as a snowman. I must say they were quite creative.  Their materials were restricted to construction paper, toilet paper and glue. Then the buddy groups switched to the Winter Rotation Stations. First, they had to pin the nose on Frosty while blindfolded, then they drew a snow man blindfolded, and finally unscramble the winter words. The finale included a relay race where the students had to push a snowball (aka cotton ball) with a ruler to the end of the track and place it in a container. At the end of the count it was the blue team with the most snowballs. Did I mention there was an obstacle course to get to the end of the track to drop off the snowball? snowmencompetition frostywingsoffire snowmangabesimonsnowman robbysnowman rothwelllyla

Mrs. Clarke-Charmon

Professional Development Day

AZ Academy recognizes that professional development days are challenges for parents, but there are two groups that love them – 1) students, who get an unusual, non-holiday day off, and 2) teachers, who get the opportunity to collaborate and learn together. But for our January professional development day, everything got a little flipped – the teachers had to teach!  Back in December, four different professional development opportunities arrived from the Department of Education, and Paula Heller encouraged every teacher to choose a day and attend a workshop.  Classes ranged from reading to specialized instruction, and everyone who attended a day had an incredible experience. Now, teachers who attended a workshop together had to prepare a presentation for January 27th to share with the rest of the staff.  This is a classic “train the trainer” model, where knowledge and new understandings are gained and then shared back with the group.  In addition, Carlos Perkins of the (public high school alternative school) presented a workshop with teachers on strength-based theory, which encourages us all to focus on the strengths people bring to the table instead of their deficits. All in all, it was a highly productive day for the faculty that will be even more impactful for students as instructors apply what they learn in the classroom!  Also note that 6 teachers are headed to St. Thomas from February 7-10th for a series of workshops, so we are excited about more growth opportunities for our AZ Academy community!

Ms. Paula

Diving for Debris

10 female high school students from Free Will Baptist High School, Central High School, and AZ Academy began an incredible program this month funded by NOAA, UVI, and a private donor.  “Diving for Debris” is an educational program where students learn about the causes, impact of, and solutions to marine debris, while it is also an action program through hosting a beach/snorkeling clean up and a pier diving clean-up.  In partnership with Cane Bay Dive Shop, all 10 young women will be dive certified and earn 4 other certifications, including first aid/CPR.  AZ Academy is excited to have written the grant and to host the program with Angie Ortiz as the school’s representative.  Also, we look forward to full community participation for our clean-up events!

Ms. Paula

February’s GO GREEN Campaign Theme

January 2017 kicked off AZ Academy’s GO GREEN campaign with a bang by encouraging students not to use single-use water bottles, and the response has been incredible!  There are virtually no single-use water bottles on campus anymore, and the occasional one seen is in the process of being re-used again and again.  Keep up the great work, AZ Academy! Now it is time to reveal February’s theme – CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION!  In partnership with The Home Depot Team, we will be replanting all of the beds on campus and creating new beds for our Spirit Event on February 10th.  Parents are welcome to join us in this exciting event!  In addition, each homeroom will adopt a section of the campus to be in charge of keeping clean everyday, including the road front, around the buildings and eating areas, and in the Cruzana Manor ruins. What students will discover over the remainder of the year is that going green is rewarding and it enhances their awareness of the environment.  Three big claps!

Ms. Paula

Did You Say Parkour?

Parkour is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Parkour includes running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and other movements as deemed most suitable for the situation. Parkour’s development from military training gives it some aspects of a non-combative martial art. Parkour is an activity that can be practiced alone or with others and is usually—but not exclusively—carried out in urban spaces. Parkour involves seeing one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potential for navigating it by movement around, across, through, over and under its features. The kids love it!!!!

See this video :)

Mr. Smith