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Faculty Learning, Leading & Speaking
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Aspen Academy Contributors

Last year brought numerous opportunities for our own team of remarkable faculty and staff members (amidst other experts in their fields) to share their knowledge, learnings, and leadership with parents as part of our Parent University offerings and other events. Each year, we strive to showcase leaders in our community and their talents to inspire others. Many thanks to the team who contributed to events throughout the year! 

 
8th Grade students prepping elements of a Rube Goldberg machine for their STEAM project.
  • Academics
Aspen Academy Collaborators

As students wrapped up the culmination of their learning for the 2020-2021 school year, 8th grade students showcased the marvel of their STEAM education with sophisticated Rube Goldberg machines, inspired by our STEAM instructor, Katie Behrmann! Check out their videos below.

Capturing a Unique Year: Students Showcase Success & Accomplishments in Yearbook
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  • The Aspen Difference
Aspen Academy with Peter Griffin

Each year, our 7th and 8th grade students create a yearbook that celebrates and tells the story of the year. In a year unlike any other, our students pulled together to create a remarkable yearbook that captured highlights and happenings on-campus and off-campus. The brief interview below with Peter Griffin of Jostens, shares some of what made this year different for our students and how they successfully created a time-capsule of the recent pandemic while also showcasing accomplishments from the year.

June Celebrations!
Jessie Skipwith

The Aspen Academy community is made up of members of the Human Family from so many backgrounds and walks of life. Each month provides us a chance to see, hear and recognize these members of our family for the contributions to humanity, society and our community that we see around us every day.  As we enter into these upcoming summer months, we can all feel invited to do our part in creating a community that acknowledges and welcomes all people, and to be more aware and intentional in our understanding about the lives experienced and lived by all of those around us; who Make the World Better...

Aspen Academy Update from Head of School
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Kristina Scala

Whew! We made it! Together, we climbed something akin to Mount Everest together, and folks, I just want to tell you that there's no one I'd rather do big work with than you. You have listened, supported, understood, leaned into the uncomfortable and unknown, loved and helped each other, and demonstrated grit, determination, empathy and levity. You've been amazing partners, coaches, teachers, learners and dear, dear friends. The gratitude and love that I feel for each and every one of you is immeasurable.

Boy reading in a boat over summer
  • Academics
  • Child Development
Dana Kohls & Corey Sampson

2020-21 has been an exceptional and unique year of learning, growth, perseverance, and dedication to our community. It's hard to believe that summer vacation is right around the corner and it is so well deserved. We want to stress the importance of summer fun, play and family time together. We also know that families are looking for ways to maintain skills or practice new learning, so we're sharing some resources to support with the momentum from this year over the summer.

Ian Liu presents his business, Chronos during the final round of Shark Tank
  • Academics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy
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Aspen Academy Contributors

Students at Aspen Academy continue learning and fueling the future with new ventures despite the pandemic. After making it through two rounds of “shark tanks,” pitching their businesses to successful entrepreneurs, six Eighth Grade students were selected for the final round of pitching on Friday, May 7th.

Students present grade level business pitch in Leadership class
  • Academics
  • Entrepreneurship
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Jennifer Gravlee

One of the notable things we hear from alumni parents and their teachers is that they are poised and demonstrate incredible confidence for their age. That’s because they practice. As part of our leadership and entrepreneurship curriculum, our students create grade level or class businesses. Learn more in this blog by Leadership Coach, Jennifer Gravlee.

magnifying glass
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Jennifer Gravlee

Each Monday, Leadership Coach Jennifer Gravlee shares a inspiring message with our team, called "Monday Motivation." She recently shared this and we thought families might enjoy the read and reminder about our focus!

Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Cindy Hewatt, School Counselor, LMFT

As we come to the last few weeks of a very unique and challenging school year, it is a great time to be aware of our own, and our children’s, mental health.  We have seen here at Aspen Academy what schools are seeing nationwide, an increase in anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.  What I like to tell our students is that there are no “bad” feelings, all feelings are there for a reason, it is how we are able to manage those feelings that can be healthy or lead to more challenges. Read on for resources to support you and your students.

financial aid
  • Admissions
Lynda Sailor

At Aspen Academy, in addition to our commitments to next-generation education, leadership and entrepreneurial development, and community strength and service, we are committed to creating a community we love being around. Our families come from over 40 zip codes around the Denver-area, and represent different needs. For some families, we’re pleased to offer financial aid in support of their being at Aspen Academy. Learn eight insights about our financial aid program in this blog by co-founder and Business Officer, Lynda Sailor.

Student shopping at the 8th Grade Business Expo
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  • The Aspen Difference
Jennifer Gravlee

Every 8th grader at Aspen Academy starts their own business. Yes, you read that correctly. Every year, eager 14-year-olds take on a task that many adults have not even done. The hard work they put in, their business ideas and pitches are quite remarkable, but are nothing compared to the skills they walk away with. Learn more in this blog from Jennifer Gravlee!

Save the earth tips from 5th grade students
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Amber Craig

For Earth Day 2021, fifth grade students cultivated a list of important was for us each to "make the world better" and be good stewards of our environment for their work in Leadership. Check out their tips in this blog!