May, 2015

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Quick Calendar Notes

Field Trips – Monday & Tuesday, 6/1 & 6/2

Students will be out and about early next week – please ask your student for a permission slip to sign if you have not already seen it!  Please pay special attention to what to pack and the dress code for the field trips.

Graduations and Awards Ceremony – Wednesday, 6/3

gradJoin AZ Academy at 9:00am in the Cruzana Manor Ruins for the kindergarten, 4th grade, and 8th grade graduation ceremonies.  After a short break, the Awards Ceremony for the entire school will begin.  Note that students are dismissed for summer break immediately afterward, which will be around 11:30AM – have a great summer!

Report Cards & Conferences – Wednesday, 6/3

reportTeachers will be available from 12:00 – 3:00PM for conferences on Wednesday afternoon for the pickup of report cards and standardized testing results.  If other arrangements are needed, please email or your student’s homeroom teacher.

Class of 2015 Commencement Exercises – Tuesday, 6/9 @ 6:00PM

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Jail or Bail, 2015 – Hard Time for a Great Cause!

AZ Academy’s parents, instructors, and friends lined up to be in jail this year at the Triathlon Jump-Up on May 1st in Christiansted to raise funds for the school’s Scholarship Fund.  With Chained Freedom entertaining the jailbirds, everyone had a great evening and did their “time” in Jail.  Thank you to everyone that volunteered, visited, and supported the AZ Academy community!
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Teachers Felt the Love during Teacher Appreciation Week

Who do we love? Our teachers!  Ms. Paula is fond of saying she can make the greatest plans for the school, but without the teachers doing incredible work every day, AZ Academy would be nowhere.  With copious gifts throughout the week, then entire staff was lavished with appreciation for the hard work they do every day for each of our children!

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Another Successful Dance for Middle and High School

Arriving at the Divi Carina Bay Casino, middle school and high school students were greeted with twinkling lights, a dance floor, and decorations to make for a wonderful evening of celebrating their youth.  Everyone had a great time…we’ll let the pictures tell the story!

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Spirit Week was a Blast!

Tossing water balloons, running relay races, and competing in beach events like tug-o-war and sand art – sounds like fun!  But for AZ Academy, it isn’t just a way to pass time – it’s the honor of the Blue Team versus the Silver Team in the annual square off between these two dynamic teams.  After a year-long competition at Spirit Events each month, where the Blue Team dominated, the final week of events during Spirit Week turned the tide.  The Silver Team rallied all week long, winning most events.  But it wasn’t enough to close the gap the Blue Team had built up throughout the year, leaving them victorious.  Throughout history, here is the score:

  • Silver Team – 3 victories (2009, 2010, 2012)
  • Blue Team – 2 victories (2013, 2015)
  • Other Years – 2 ties! (2011, 2014)

We are building a strong community and culture through these friendly competitions – let’s see who will take it next year – Go Blue! Go Silver!

Here are a few photos from Beach Day’s fill-the-jug race and sand art contest, but click here to see videos of lots of the events during Spirit Week!

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Final Friday Closing Ceremony was Wet & Wild

Take a weekly Closing Ceremony, mix it with some water, and what do you get?  A wet and wild time, even under gray skies!  AZ Academy’s students and staff gathered at the Cruzana Manor pool this Friday to have a final Closing Ceremony for the year.  Instead of doing a copy dance, students did copy jumps from the pool wall, and instead of celebrating the Student of the Week from the pavilion, we issued “3 Big Claps” from the pool as we honored those that go above and beyond and deserve recognition.  All in all, it was a great way to end our final week together!

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Parent Surveys…Here’s Another One!

So far, 20 parents have completed the AZ Academy Parent Survey, 2015 – thank you for your feedback!  For those of you that haven’t had the chance, click on the link below to give the school your invaluable input…

In addition to the survey link above, there is another survey we would like you to complete that reflects on the academic, career, and personal growth guidance given at the school for each of your students.  Complete one for each of your enrolled students in the following grade levels –thank you in advance for helping AZ Academy refine its programs!

Guatemala Group Update

The Guatemala Group’s service learning trip has been a spectacular exploration of global citizenship and cultural awareness!  Seven days into their eleven day trip, everyone has had an incredible time volunteering at Transitions Foundation, taking Spanish lessons, and visiting the historical sites in Antigua.  Here are some of the photos from their trip…we look forward to more when they get back!

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The Coffee Must Go!

We are down to our last few bags of Guatemalan coffee for the year. Overwhelmingly, the staff votes that it is awesome coffee – it is Fair Trade and so fresh, that other name brands just won’t do anymore!  Get your bag before they’re all gone. The price has been marked down from $16 to $14 for AZ families, so stop by Room 1A to buy a bag or two next week!

Temper Tamers Group – Island Therapy Solutions

Island Therapy Solutions is announcing a new group that will begin on Saturday, June 6th at 10:00 a.m.  The group is entitled “Temper Tamers Group” which will have a Child and Parent component.  The Children will learn how to share, take turns, and get along with other peers; while the Parents will learn tips on how to reduce temper tantrums.

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact their office 340-719-7007.  Please see the Temper Tamers Group Flyer for more information.

Job Fair – June 22nd @ UVI

The Department of Labor is hosting a job fair on Monday, June 22nd from 1:00 – 5:00PM in the UVI Great Hall.  Although it is specifically targeted to graduates, the fair is open to the community and parents may benefit from attending. Please see the Job Fair at UVI Flyer for more information.

Mr. Clark’s News

We have finished our pronouns unit in grammar and the students did fantastic on the assessment.  We also finished the book entitled, The Kid Who Ran for President as a class.  We continue to practice our writing and test taking skills.  The students studied the Revolutionary War and how our government was formed in Social Studies.  Math students are finishing up the fraction unit with a test soon, and we’ll also be looking at decimals until the end of the year.  In Science, we’ve been studying the layers of the earth and formations.  We recently looked at geysers and what causes them.  We had a blast trying to recreate several using Diet Coke and Mentos.  The kids came up with some creative ways to get the best height out of them!

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Science Corner

The science department has been hands on as usual. The Earth/ Space Class have been studying the moon phases with Oreos. I can’t think of a sweeter way of learning. Next stop for the class is the outer reaches of our solar system. The Life Science class was testing their reaction times. They learned that the neurons fire off quicker than a blink of an eye. Some students learned that their less dominate hand is actually faster with reacting than their dominate hand. The Physical and Physics classes have been continuing work on their solar cookers. The solar cook-off will be on Tuesday. May the best cooker win!!!

The English Language – A Patchwork Quilt

Crowther root word quiltThe English language is made up of many languages. This makes our language seem like it makes no sense and has too many exceptions. But if we delve into the etymology (history) of a word, we find that our language, in fact, has many rules, we just don’t necessarily know them unless we study them. That’s why Mrs. Crowther’s students are asked to know their Greek and Latin roots and affixes, and to think about the family to which each word belongs. Knowing those things can help to make sense of a word’s meaning and a word’s spelling, making reading, writing, and spelling a more thoughtful process than a an exercise in frustration because we think there are too many exceptions to the rule. The patchwork quilt with root words and affixes on the Room 1A door is a snapshot into that process. Come by anytime to add your square onto the quilt!

3rd Grade News

As the school year comes to a close, the third grade has been hectic (in a good way) as usual! The children did a fabulous job reading and using imagination during Peter Pan, and math class has focused on fractions, number lines, and the difference between equal and equivalent.  In science, they have been learning about the types of matter, mixtures and solutions, and physical and chemical changes.  We have been experimenting with different mixtures like an egg and vinegar, baking soda and vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide and yeast!  Next week they will even get to make marshmallows after hypothesizing what happens when you make gelatin.  The children have done a fantastic job using the scientific method to make hypotheses and write conclusions.  And of course we all had a fantastic time celebrating AZ at beach day!

Rain Forest Fun!

Our class has learned throughout the school year about various habitats and special adaptations that allow the animals to survive in each environment.  The class began learning about the rain forest this week and explored books, such as The Great Kapok Tree and The Umbrella.  The children learned what defines a rain forest and are beginning to understand how choices that humans make can positively or negatively affect the future of this crucial habitat.  Each child is creating a mural of the rain forest animals in their natural environment as a culminating activity. We have quite a group of artists in our first and second grade classroom!

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Thank You for Such a Great First Year of Teaching at AZ!

Hi! Ms. Morgan here!

As many of you know, this was my first year as a teacher, not only at AZ, but anywhere. I won’t lie; it was intimidating at first. Taking over middle and high school English in October was like being the new kid in class all over again, and there was no way I could just hide in the back. It was certainly a challenge to jump right in, but the warm and inviting community here at AZ made my first year of teaching a year I will never forget. I have had a wonderful time meeting and becoming friends with AZ’s staff, parents, and students. Each one of my students has made a lasting impact on me, and I cherish the time we had together. I will miss AZ and the family I have found here as I take the next step in my education back home in Pittsburgh. It may be a cliché that every teacher is also a student, but that was certainly true for me this year. I have learned so much from teaching and getting to know my students, and I will be forever be grateful to everyone at AZ for this experience. Thank you so much!

Wishing Every Dragon All the Best,

Ms. Morgan Larchuk

Gigantic, Titanic Math!

Now that finals are done, all the middle school math classes are embarking on a fun and educational math journey to finish up the year.  Each class is researching statistics about the Titanic and coming up with interesting mathematical facts to put in their own Titanic Mini-Book.

There is so much math involved from the year the ship was built until it set sail, its top speed and all the interesting statistics about the sinking.  We are really sinking our teeth into history in this project!

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PreK – Kinder News

Oh what a year it has been in pre-K/Kindergarten!  I am truly impressed with how much each and every one of my students have grown over the past 9 months!  This month we talked about different habitats and the various living things you can find in each.  Our favorite habitat seems to be the ocean (no surprise there!)!  We also had the chance to make bouncy balls, rainbow milk and awesome volcanoes!  The kindergartners are all reading up a storm and the pre-kers are not far behind!  In math we have been studying measurements and money.  We had a blast during spirit week and now everyone tells me that they wish we could have beach day every day!  It has been an incredible year full of learning, laughter and fun!

Thank you, AZ Academy, for a wonderful year!  The “Fire Burns Within”!

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