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Music Meets Technology in the Classroom: Using GarageBand
  • Academics
Chris Holtzem

At Aspen Academy, 5th-8th grade students have the opportunity to show their musical creativity using a tool called GarageBand, which incorporates technology and music. These students have varying degrees of musical backgrounds, and I like to provide opportunities both to use the provided and pre-recorded loops and sound effects, as well as the recording of their own.

be kind.
Kristina Scala

The recent events in our community and across our nation fill me with sadness, anger, frustration, and sorrow. These repeated acts of violence and prejudice, rooted in racism, are unconscionable.

In difficult moments like these, I come back to our values: Be Kind. Do Good. Work Hard. Make the World Better.

Aspen Academy Update from Head of School
  • Academics
Kristina Scala

We are all so grateful for your partnership and resolve as we’ve ventured into this unique COVID-19 journey. Your trust, support, and confidence in Aspen Academy to be discerning, prepared, and to always have the health, wellness, and progress of our students at the forefront of our minds as well as hearts.  We recognize the personal, familial, and economic challenges that many are feeling and experiencing. Our community has come together with a level of determination and positive pragmatism that has simply been outstanding individually and as a collective

Building resilience in times of crisis: How do you want to remember this moment?
  • Child Development
  • Entrepreneurship
Kristina Scala

Certainly, none of us could have ever imagined what life would be like during a global pandemic that has resulted in states of emergency at the national, state and local levels. As business leaders and as humans, many of us are struggling with uncertainty and balancing working from home while also attempting to help our children with their own home learning.

Mental Health Month: Helpful Reminders & Resources
  • Health and Wellness
Jessie Skipwith

May is Mental Health Month and, each year during this time, I get really excited by the variety of new ideas, research and information that is shared across the mental health community. This year, in particular, we are all being given ample opportunity to self-assess our resilience, self-care, grit, and yes - even our limits. 

 
Found Object Art -- From Ordinary to Extraordinary
  • Academics
Octavia Betz

Our art students continue learning and expressing their artistry while at home in new and exciting ways. The students went on a live scavenger hunt around their houses to find things the could arrange as practice. Once we were done experimenting, students created two different compositions that incorporated color theory and some form of symmetry.

Make the World Better: A Community Comes Together Through Service Learning
  • Gratitude
  • The Aspen Difference
Jennifer Gravlee

In February, walking through the halls of Aspen Academy, you would have seen giant cardboard boxes decorated outside classrooms, overflowing with items identified for our annual community service project. This year’s partner, Packs of Hope, provides backpacks filled with essential clothing items to children and youth who are transitioning into out-of-home or foster care. The organization serves 8 counties in 10 locations, delivering more than 300 packs a month to children ages newborn to 18 years-old.

Tips for Keeping Students Focused While Learning At Home
  • Health and Wellness
Jessie Skipwith

As we move into our sixth week of virtual learning with Aspen Academy students, one theme has been shared by numerous parents: How do I keep my student focused and engaged during online learning? The tips below are the top recommendations based on my over 20 years as an educator, administrator and counselor, supporting student success for students with various needs and they remain true for learning in classrooms, as well as learning at home.

Celebrating Challenge, Community and Compassion
  • Child Development
Jessie Skipwith

Every week I have the wonderful opportunity of working with my Impact class in our new Zoom platform. Impact is our Middle School class that guides students through a process of self-discovery, healthy risk-taking and learning to embrace an openness to growth in all areas of their lives.  Three days a week I come together with a wonderful group of students who share their challenges, their at-home learning experiences, and so many of the critically thought out, creative solutions that they are coming up with to overcome many of these new obstacles.

STEAM Education in a Virtual Learning Environment
Chris Lazartic

A month ago, many of us transitioned to a virtual school or work model. This may have brought significant changes to our lives, both professionally and personally. My life as an educator changed, but I was able to adapt to continue to offer quality learning experiences to my students. As the Middle School STEAM Coach at Aspen Academy, one of my roles is to teach an Innovation class to students in grades 5 - 8. Below are some tips that you can use, either as a parent or educator, to continue to inspire science, technology, engineering, art and math skills while learning outside of the traditional school building -- as well as a challenge!

Aspen Academy Students Compete in Virtual Shark Tank Businesses Competition Despite Pandemic
  • Entrepreneurship
Aspen Academy Contributors

Despite school closures, students at Aspen Academy continue learning and fueling the future with new ventures. After making it through two rounds of “shark tanks,” pitching their businesses to successful entrepreneurs in early April, seven Eighth Grade students were selected for the final round of pitching on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Students received coaching, counsel and were asked questions by entrepreneur judges whose careers span industries from retail to healthcare. The finalists’ businesses range from jewelry and soothing instrumental music to a spice blend and grips for gaming controllers.

Virtual Learning: Using Socratic Seminar for Thoughtful Discussions
  • Academics
Nicole Kruse

For many of us, virtual learning is giving us opportunities to become creative in our approach to instruction, and leverage technology to deploy our favored classroom tool. Learn more about how we're integrating Socratic seminar into our virtual learning.

Saluting Aspen Academy Community Healthcare Workers
  • The Aspen Difference
Kristina Scala

We thank the health care professionals in the Aspen Academy and larger community for their expertise, dedication and tireless work in tending to the sick and those in need of support. You are our heroes. 

STEAM robots
  • Child Development
Kelsey Sullivan

Over the past week, I've spoken to a number of parents who were feeling anxious about how they would entertain their kids over Spring Break without the online school routine. I was inspired to create this resource for young learners, to support with some screen-free creativity.