Report Card Night Information

Report Card Distribution will be Friday, December 7th, 2018.

It will be an 11:30 am dismissal day with no After School.

Times for report cards:

12:20-2:30 pm

4 to 6:20 pm

Homeroom teachers will be scheduling appointments with parents.

Please be advised as already relayed through Option C: There must be a zero balance in your FACTS account as of November 30th in order for you to receive your child’s report card and conference with your child’s teacher(s).  Payments cannot be accepted after November 30 as they need time to post to your account.

Grade 5 and 8 STEM Challenges

STEM Activity for Plant Growth and Reproduction

Grade 5 Students were asked to conduct an experiment based on their prior knowledge and current knowledge of plant growth and reproduction. This experiment is based on seedling germination and plant growth. Students came up with their own variables to test and then conduct their experiment using the materials given. We can’t wait to see our project grow! 

 

8th Grade STEM Challenge. Jello Earthquake!

     Earthquake withstanding structures have greatly improved since 1906, when an earthquake and the fires it produced, destroyed much of San Francisco.  In this challenge, students worked in groups using marshmallows and straws to build a structure that would withstand a simulated earthquake.

     Students acted as structural engineering teams to design the most stable structure.  Students tested their structures and were also given an opportunity to re-design their structure in the time allotted. They did a fabulous job!!!

 

Congratulations Student Council

Congratulations to our newly elected student council members:

Grade 8:

Elizabeth Berrios – President

Sophia Pierre – Vice President

Caroline Heaney – Treasurer

Frank Papa – Public Relations Planner

E.J. Archer – School Spirit Director

Grade 7 Class Representatives: Joel Cruz & Eric Gardiner

Grade 6 Class Representatives: Kaylie Cruz & Carmelo Rivera

Grade 5 Class Representatives: Lauren DeMeo & Annie Sullivan

Grade 4 Class Representatives: Zoe Danticat & Kiera Galligan

 

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Band!

“Music is life itself. What would this world be without good music?”

-Louis Armstrong

Dear Parents,

The music program is off to a great start this school year!

This is a just a reminder that it is still not too late to join. If your child has never participated before, there is still plenty of time to get them enrolled and caught up with the classes. If your child has participated, and would still like to join, we’d love to see them back again.

Classes in most schools are available to students in grades 1 and up (violin) or grades 3 and up (band instruments). Grades do vary by school, so please call our office with any questions.

Oftentimes our lives are so busy and packed with work and family commitments that we forget how important music is to us, to our community, and to our culture. We are all impacted by music, every day of our lives. I personally believe if there were more musicians in this world, we’d be a smarter and happier world. So many of the musicians that we now listen to as adults have gotten their start in their school’s music program – school music programs are the starting point! Please encourage your children to continue to learn to play an instrument. I promise that it will become something far more than just a hobby. It will become a part of who they are.

Again, if you haven’t registered yet, it is not too late! Please embrace this opportunity for them to make music with their peers. If they don’t, they may never have this opportunity again. Feel free to call us at (800) 921-4543 or you can register online at pemusic.com/join.

Sincerely,

Paul Effman

Haunted House Success!

A great time was had by all the children who attended the Halloween Haunted House!

Thanks to Mrs. Papa, Mr. Mola, and all the parent volunteers who helped to make this event a success.

Thanks to all the parents who showed support for this fundraiser!

Special thanks to Dana Lall, her son graduated last year but she is still a great supporter of the Academy!

Grade 5 STEM Work

Grade 5 had a great time in Science class:

STEM Activity: Build Your Own Roller Coaster!

 

Students in Grade 5 & 8 will take on the role of engineers who need to design a roller coaster. They will learn about the history of roller coasters, the different types, and the many things that affect roller coaster success. Finally they use a variety of Internet resources to guide them as they design their own roller coaster and test it for success.

Engineering Connection

During the design of model roller coasters, students encounter many of the same issues that real-world roller coaster engineers address. In order to build working roller coasters, students must recognize the constraints placed on their designs and the design of real roller coasters by the fundamental laws of physics. Students learn that their ability to understand and work within these constraints is paramount to the success of their roller coasters.

Objectives

Students will:

  • Learn about the different types of roller coasters and different materials used to build them.
  • Conduct simple experiments to help in designing a safe but exciting roller coaster.
  • Learn the basic laws of physics that affect roller coaster success.
  • Learn about the history of roller coasters.
  • Design their own roller coaster and test the safety of the design.