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Thursday, February 14th, 2019

 

8th Grade Retreat

 

The last day to register for the 8th Grade Retreat is Monday, February 18th. We have a total of 77 students in 8th grade and so far, only 41 students are registered on the school store and only 40 are registered on the Stone Canyon website. We need to have all students registered on BOTH the school store and Stone Canyon by Monday. If you aren’t sure if you have registered on both sites, click on the links below and if you already registered it will let you know.

 

 

FULL PAYMENT OPTION (DUE 2/18/2019)

 

 

Stone Canyon Registration

 

Cram the Cruiser (February 19 to February 22)

Join the Parker Police Department and help Cram their Cruisers for the Parker Task Force! AA will be accepting donations of lunch time food and snacks for others in our community who can’t afford school lunches. The items we are looking for include: applesauce, granola bars, microwavable Mac n Cheese, pudding cups, fruit snacks, crackers or anything else that can be donated to those in need!

 

6TH GRADE FAMILIES ONLY!

Since your children missed out on the Wish Week "Top of Choice Day" this past Monday with STEM-a-palooza, we are offering 6th grade students to bring in a food item for Cram the Cruiser on Tuesday, February 19th to their homerooms. If they bring one of the items listed above on Tuesday, they may wear their top of choice with uniform bottoms. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Letter from the Principal - February
 

Middle School Dance

The middle school dance is just around the corner! This Friday, February 8, from 5:30-8pm at the Lincoln Meadows Campus, we will be holding our second middle school dance of the year. The cost is $5 per student, or a donation of food for the dance with the receipt. The theme of this dance is Enchanted Forest and the suggested attire is Semi-Formal. As always, only students who attend one of the middle schools at American Academy may attend. If you have more questions, please contact me directly.

 

Wish Week (February 11 – February 14)

American Academy Motsenbocker is partnering up with Legend High School in conjunction with their Wish Week. Students will be asked to help raise money to support a local Douglas County student to make their wish come true in light of a difficult life situation they’re in. Please be on the lookout for an email from me regarding WISH WEEK as soon as tomorrow.  

 

Cram the Cruiser (February 19 to February 22)

Join the Parker Police Department and help Cram their Cruisers for the Parker Task Force! AA will be accepting donations of lunch time food and snacks for others in our community who can’t afford school lunches. The items we are looking for include: applesauce, granola bars, microwavable Mac n Cheese, pudding cups, fruit snacks, crackers or anything else that can be donated to those in need!

 

End of Trimester 2

This is your general reminder that the trimester is ending on Friday, February 22nd.

 

8th Grade Retreat Registration

REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON!

 

Mark your calendars! The 8th Grade Retreat will take place from the morning of Thursday, March 14th through the afternoon of Friday March 15th at Stone Canyon in Larkspur. Students will be dropped off in morning carpool on March 14th and return to American Academy around 2:15 PM on Friday, March 15th. The 8th Grade Retreat is a wonderful opportunity for students to build upon their leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills with their friends and classmates in an outdoor environment. Students will be able to try their hand at archery, zip line through pine trees, master a high ropes course, and much more! Registration for the 8th Grade Retreat is a two-step process:

 

 

Registration

 

  1. Register by February 18th using the link below or on the School Store under “Overnight Field Trips”.

 

 

 

 

  1. After your registration through the School Store has been submitted, you will receive a link to complete the registration process through Stone Canyon. You will receive this link by the end of the next business day.

On this site, you will fill out all medical and emergency information and print any medical forms that your student may need. Please note that very strict medication policies will be in place on this trip.

 

**ANY MEDICATIONS THAT STUDENTS BRING ON THE TRIP WITHOUT SIGNED MEDICAL RELEASE AND SELF-CARRY (if needed) FORMS WILL BE CONFISCATED AND PARENTS MAY PICK THEM UP IN THE FRONT OFFICE UPON OUR RETURN FROM THE RETREAT.

 

Both, the School Store and Stone Canyon registrations will close on February 18th. All Medical Release and Self-Carry forms MUST be filled out, signed by a physician and turned in to the Front Office no later than Tuesday, February 25th.

 

 

Click HERE for the retreat packing list.

 

Please contact Mallory Rios mrios@aak8.org for questions or concerns about the retreat.

 

6th Grade Field Trip

We will be having an ALL SIXTH GRADE FIELD TRIP, on Thursday, March 14th. American Academy sixth grade students were invited to observe Lutheran High School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast”. The event will take place at the PACE center in downtown Parker. This production is a great opportunity for students to experience performing arts from a local high school.

 

Students should arrive to school as normal. District school busses will be dropping off and bringing back students from the performance. The only cost for this field trip is to cover the cost of district school busses.

 

Please keep in mind that this is considered a normal school day, so our school illness protocol and dress code are in effect on this day.

 

In order for your child to attend this performance, we need all families to sign a field trip form and submit $3.30 per child. Sign up link below:

 

1819 MB - Grd 6 PACE "Beauty & the Beast"

 

Caps and Gowns for Graduation

It is time to order your child’s graduation cap and gown! Please be sure to place your order on the school store by Friday, February 22nd. The 8th grade graduation package costs $35.00 PER STUDENT and each package covers the cost of the following items: 

 

  • Cap and Gown
  • Diploma Cover
  • Tassel and 2019 Emblem
  • A Picture of the 2019 Graduating Class
  • Graduation Ceremony and Reception


Additionally, the 8th Grade Class would like to present the school with a special CLASS GIFT during the graduation ceremony to commemorate their time at AA. They are asking that parents consider donating an optional and ADDITIONAL amount per family to help them pay for the gift. 

 

Click here to order your 8th Grade Graduation Gown Package

 

 

If you have any questions about graduation, please contact Mallory Rios at mrios@aak8.org.

 

 

Thursday, January 10th

Letter From the Principal

 

 

Trimester 2 Parent/Teacher Conferences

On Thursday, January 17th, 2019 from 4:30-6pm, we will be hosting Parent/Teacher Conferences for middle school teachers. As always, these will be held in the AA Motsenbocker Cafeteria. In middle school, conferences are a first come, first serve basis. We ask that parents try to keep the conferences with each teacher to around 10-15 minutes. If you need more time, please arrange a meeting with that teacher.

 

 

6th Grade Field Trip

We will be having an ALL SIXTH GRADE FIELD TRIP, on Thursday, March 14th. American Academy sixth grade students were invited to observe Lutheran High School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast”. The event will take place at the PACE center in downtown Parker. This production is a great opportunity for students to experience performing arts from a local high school.

 

Students should arrive to school as normal. District school busses will be dropping off and bringing back students from the performance. The only cost for this field trip is to cover the cost of district school busses.

 

Please keep in mind that this is considered a normal school day, so our school illness protocol and dress code are in effect on this day.

 

In order for your child to attend this performance, we need all families to sign a field trip form and submit $3.30 per child. Sign up link below:

 

1819 MB - Grd 6 PACE "Beauty & the Beast"

 

 

8th Grade Retreat

Mark your calendars! The 8th Grade Retreat will take place from the morning of Thursday, March 14th through the afternoon of Friday March 15th at Stone Canyon in Larkspur. Students will be dropped off in morning carpool on March 14th and return to American Academy around 2:15 PM on Friday, March 15th. The 8th Grade Retreat is a wonderful opportunity for students to build upon their leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills with their friends and classmates in an outdoor environment. Students will be able to try their hand at archery, zip line through pine trees, master a high ropes course, and much more! Registration for the 8th Grade Retreat is a two-step process:

 

 

Registration

 

  1. Register by February 18th using the link below or on the School Store under “Overnight Field Trips”.

 

 

 

 

  1. After your registration through the School Store has been submitted, you will receive a link to complete the registration process through Stone Canyon. You will receive this link by the end of the next business day.

On this site, you will fill out all medical and emergency information and print any medical forms that your student may need. Please note that very strict medication policies will be in place on this trip. Here are the expectations for those who wish to have their students take medications on the trip:

 

“Bring enough medication to last the entire time at camp. All medications must be kept in their ORIGINAL BOTTLE/PACKAGING in order to be administered at camp. The ORIGINAL BOTTLE/PACKAGING will allow us to identify the prescribing physician (if a prescribed medication), the name of the medication, the dosage, and the frequency of administration. Any medication not in their ORIGINAL BOTTLE/PACKAGING will not be administered while at Stone Canyon. We require a doctor's signature on the medication form for all medications being administered at camp other than the items you gave permission to administer above.” – Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures

 

 

**ANY MEDICATIONS THAT STUDENTS BRING ON THE TRIP WITHOUT SIGNED MEDICAL RELEASE AND SELF-CARRY (if needed) FORMS WILL BE CONFISCATED AND PARENTS MAY PICK THEM UP IN THE FRONT OFFICE UPON OUR RETURN FROM THE RETREAT.

 

Both, the School Store and Stone Canyon registrations will close on February 18th. All Medical Release and Self-Carry forms MUST be filled out, signed by a physician and turned in to the Front Office no later than Tuesday, February 25th.

 

 

Click HERE for the retreat packing list.

 

 

 

8th Grade Yearbook Dedications

 Your son or daughter will soon be graduating from American Academy!  The yearbook staff would like to invite you to honor your child and all of his or her accomplishments with a special tribute in the 2018-2019 American Academy yearbook.

To honor your child, you may purchase a 1/6 page for $20. You can pay by check (made payable to American Academy) or cash. You may drop off payment at the front office. This money will contribute to the 8th grade gift at the end of the year! After you’ve placed your order, please email one photo (preferably a baby or toddler photo) and a note (6 sentences or less, including their name!) for your advertisement to kweil@aak8.org.  Your photo must be at least 300dpi or they will be blurry in the yearbook. It is also suggested that your child be the only person in this photo, but this is not required.  Please place your order no later than April 1st. Orders cannot be accepted after this dateIt is necessary to enforce this deadline so we have adequate time to complete the yearbook.

 

Please note that we will do our best to keep all 8th grade special tributes a secret unless you choose to share yours with your child ahead of time.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Weil kweil@aak8.org. Thank you for your cooperation, and we hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

 

Winter Middle School Dance

Friday, February 8th, 2019, from 5:30-8pm, the middle school dance for all three American Academy middle schools will be held in the AA Lincoln Meadows gymnasium and cafeteria.

 

For those parents new to the middle school scene, middle school dances are essentially a school social. We try to discourage the kids from asking “dates” or pairing off for these events, and no formal dress is ever required, though the Student Council will sometimes pick an optional fun theme and announce it to their classmates at school. We just want the kids to relax and have fun together!
 
IMPORTANT: for accountability, health, and legal reasons, these dances are open to currently-enrolled American Academy students ONLY.
 
Dances are chaperoned by their own middle school teachers. Occasionally, the Student Councils at each campus will opt to plan a cross-campus event; these are chaperoned by American Academy middle school staff from all campuses involved.
 
All dances charge a $5.00 admission fee (to cover snacks and a DJ for the evening, as well as to fund raise for student council programs). Please plan to be on time to pick up students after the dance. The teacher chaperones are volunteering their Friday evenings so your students can have a safe and fun place to hang out, and they have already put in a full day of teaching prior to setting up, chaperoning and cleaning up the dances. They are certainly very tired and ready to head home by 8:00 pm and on-time pick-ups are MUCH appreciated!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 29th

 

Letter from the Principal:

 

 

Dear American Academy Parents,

 

With one trimester down, we are full steam ahead barreling toward Winter Break! Since all of the students are well acclimated to middle school life, we are hoping for a smooth finish to the school year. That being said, please pay attention to some items in this email that pertain to helping keep up with your child’s academics.

 

 

Keeping up with your child’s assignments

Through the start of the year, we understand that transitioning into a new grade can be difficult for both parents and students. After having numerous conversations regarding the tracking of assignments, it feels necessary to refresh on how and where to check assignments for classes.

 

All students have their own system for tracking homework. Every student in the 6th grade has a daily planner and this tool is frequently used in their classes. Whether your child uses the planner or not, it’s helpful to have a central location to write down their daily assignments. Having these conversations at home about tracking assignments can help close a gap of miscommunications occurring at school.

 

Additionally, teachers are required to have assignments entered into Infinite Campus by the end of every school day (some have them in WAY earlier!). Log-in to the parent portal for Infinite Campus (https://campus.dcsdk12.org/icprod/portal/icprod.jsp) or the Infinite Campus app, and find your child’s To-Do List on the left hand side (on the app, go to Assignments and click Today on the upper right hand side). This is a list of assignments that your child needs to complete and is a great central location for this information.

 

Missing Assignments

When your child has a missing assignment in Infinite Campus, the gradebook will reflect this with an M in place of a score. We understand this always causes some confusion, so I want to help clear up any questions or misconceptions.

 

When an M is put into Infinite Campus (IC), this is both a score of 0 AND triggers a reminder in IC to each family that this assignment is currently missing. This occurs EVERYTIME an assignment is not turned in. This includes: being out absent (whether excused or unexcused), out on a STEM trip, leaving it in the car, dog eating it, et al. The reason we always place the missing tag is to alert the child and family that the assignment has NOT been turned in. Whether the assignment is graded for full credit is dependent on the reason for the missing assignment. Also, please remember that students have 2 days to turn in a missing assignment, with full credit, for every day they were absent.

 

Finally, I am always asked about student participation in Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs) in regard to missing assignments. If a student is failing a class, directly due to missing assignments in regard to an EXCUSED absence, they are ALLOWED to participate in ECAs.

 

Math Lab has returned!

For those families looking for after school math help, the middle school math department has brought back Math Lab. Math Lab is after school (3:30 to 4:30pm) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each day, one of our middle school math teachers will be in the room to work with students individually on their math assignments or help refine any concepts. This is a drop in course that is available on the school store (https://americanacademyk8.revtrak.net/Motsenbocker-Campus/Extracurricular-Activities-1021/). Click Academics and sign up whichever day your child needs help!

 

 
 
August 20, 2018
 
Our middle school team is so looking forward to teaching your wonderful students in 2018-2019! We will send home an email newsletter occasionally (not as often as you received them in Elementary School) and we post that same news here so you can reference the information online any time. If you have questions for any of our teachers throughout the year, please don't hesitate to email us! You can find our email addresses in the Staff Directory or by visiting the Staff page in the menu on this page.
 
Here's to a fantastic year!
 
 
 

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