AMP'd In-Person Returns for 2021-2022!

  • The Aspen Difference
Kristina Scala

We are so excited to invite parents and students to be on campus and celebrate this remarkable tradition that showcases student leadership after going virtual in March of 2020.

We recognize that everyone has different thresholds for being around large crowds. We’re well within TCHD guidelines for gatherings AND we’ll live stream the event (link to be sent closer to the performance via Canvas). We encourage you to make the best choice for your family and know that we are providing opportunities to attend in-person or virtually.


A few reminders and guidelines for Friday:

  • If you live in the neighborhood, please walk or bike to school on October 1!
  • Parking: Please limit to 1 car if you’re staying for AMP’d. If the main parking lot is full, proceed to the South Lot or the Shopping Center for overflow parking.
  • Masks are required indoors.
  • 8th Grade students in BSE, please arrive at your designated shift time.
  • Families performers, (8th & 3rd Grade), arrive at 8:00 AM, and park in the main lot, surrounding the islands. Please do not park along Curtis Park, as that is a designated Kiss N Go carline lane.
  • Kiss N Go Drop Off Lanes will occur as usual, at the normal times for non-performers.
  • Kids enter via Main Entrance (north doors). There will be a Bear’s Cafe kiosk there for students to purchase breakfast snacks before heading to their homeroom. (Please provide your student with cash);
  • Parents enter via South Entrance/Bear’s Cafe/Farm where coffee and snacks will be available for purchase.
  • Students must report to their homerooms for attendance and temperature checks before AMP’d. They will enjoy the performance with their classmates in designated seating.

Our BSE students have not had the experience of running Store and Cafe last year, so this will be their debut. Please show patience and grace.  

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AMP'd Health & Safety

AMP’d (Aspen Morning Program) has been an amazing connecting and building event in our community for years. It’s an extraordinary opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning; develop their self-confidence and public presentation skills; hone their project management skills; and share with their parents the collective joy and connection of being a part of this wonderful community.  Kids performing for their parents is one of the most remarkable moments of pride a parent can experience -- and bolsters a student’s confidence and pride in themselves. That practice is an important part of the tradition and experience of Aspen Academy. It’s an element that is missed in a virtual AMP’d performance.

Parents have asked us to bring back this tradition for the sake of the kids and the community and our team has spent countless hours, developing a plan that ensures that our COVID mitigation risk strategy remains as robust as ever. So many folks are missing a connection to our community and eager for the ways we could create community engagement in a safe way. In the face of the COVID health pandemic. As we considered bringing this event that is so special to kiddos and families alike, we recognize the need to balance social-emotional health needs as well as the COVID fears that despite multiple layers of precautions that some of our families feel.

We respect and honor each family’s choice to decide whether they/their child(ren) will attend in person or to watch the livestream performance of AMP’d. If you choose for your children not to attend the event, simply bring them to school at 9:30 am to give time for all the cars to clear the lot.

COVID Mitigation Protocols In Place for AMP’d:

●      Pre-Performance E-Mist sanitization of all auditorium surfaces

●      Student Health Screen at home by parents

●      Student temp screen and hand washing/sanitization upon arrival

●      Auditorium HVAC

○      Air exchange 10-14 times per hour

○      IAQ Technology air disinfectant through needlepoint bi-polar ionization.

○      MERV filtration This is the same filtration level as is used in hospital surgery rooms

○      Increased ventilation with all outdoor Auditorium Doors open for additional fresh air.

●      Staggered student and parent arrivals and dismissals to mitigate any risk of cross exposure

●      Parents are asked to finish their Bear’s Cafe morning goodies outdoors before entering the auditorium so masks can remain on.

ALL of these protocols are above and beyond the standard indoor event center protocols set forth by the health department which is now allowing for full attendance without any mask protocol anywhere else in the state.

Thank you to all of you and to those of you who have sent in your perspectives or questions. I know we’ve got a wide swath of perspectives on this.  We’ve provided plenty of options so that each of you can do what you feel is best for your family.



About the Author

Kristina Scala is committed to equipping the generations of future leaders to be life-ready; as an award-winning entrepreneur she is transforming education. She inspires and motivates others to live purposeful and authentic lives by being kind, doing good, working hard, and making the world better through what we think, say, and do. She is a thoughtful and creative leader, enthusiastic educator and master facilitator who presents on topics of education and personal, leadership, entrepreneurial, and parenting development.

Scala is a thoughtful and creative leader, enthusiastic educator, and versed facilitator who presents topics of education and personal, leadership, entrepreneurial, and parenting development. Kristina is the founder and president of Aspen Academy, Future Holders, Bear’s Student Enterprises, The Aspen Academy Investment Fund, and MODI - Move and Discover, a school furniture line (for which she was granted a patent in 2019).

Ms. Scala is a blessed momma to Canyon, Sage, and Dillon. She received her Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Business Administration from California State University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Denver’s Morgridge School of Education. She is also a graduate the Entrepreneurial Master’s Program at M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). She was featured in the PBS documentary, Exceptionary Women.

In education, Scala serves on the state board of accreditation for Cognia and on the finance committee for the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. She serves on the board for Tennyson Center for Children and the University of Denver Women's College. 

As a leader and entrepreneur, Scala is an active member of Entrepreneur Organization and a Founding Guide for Ascendeur. Scala has also served as a panel member at Denver Startup Week and as a judge in the final round of the Global Student Entrepreneurial Awards Competition for several years.