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  • Child Development
Cindy Hewatt

This is a year of new challenges for students and families and can lead to an increase in stress for both. An important thing for parents to remember is that our kids are often mini mirrors of ourselves. If we become stressed and anxious we can pass this on to our kids.  So first and foremost, our primary job as a parent is to be aware of and to cope, as best we can, with our own stress. Read on for 12 strategies for managing stress as caregivers.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Jessie Skipwith

School is underway and in full swing! Certainly emotions are high.Yes, excitement, wonder and joy are abundant! At the same time, nerves, stress and anxiety are also at heightened levels. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is a time when professionals in schools and the mental health community recognize the importance of providing information and support in identifying appropriate signs and symptoms for students at risk. Read on for more...

School is Virtual in 2020: How can parents and teachers engage students with technology?
Chris Lazartic

As technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, educators also continue to leverage it as a way to engage their students. There is no doubt that technology is both essential to preparing students for the future and a fun way to hook learners of any age. That being said, it is important to use technology in the appropriate ways to facilitate appropriate development and understanding. Below are some tips and examples to consider when engaging your students with technology.

We Can Prepare Even in Times of Uncertainty: Social-Emotional Support, Academic Strategies, and Confronting Racial Injustice
  • Child Development
  • The Aspen Difference
Jessie Skipwith

As we ready ourselves for a new school year, one certainty is that there are many questions on the horizon for all of us. There are many ways we can prepare for a new, exciting, and adventurous school year. We can choose our attitude, and intentionally frame our perspective, as we encounter all that life throws our way.  Although the 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any before, we can choose positivity and optimism, we can choose persistence, and we can choose gratitude. 

Supporting Your Students in Coming Back to School
  • The Aspen Difference
Aspen Academy Contributors

This year is shaping up to be unlike any other. Seemingly every conversation is filled with wonderings about what school will be like. So, we asked some of our faculty members: “What can parents can do to support students coming back in the coming school year?” Here’s some of their advice!

2020-2021 School Plan
  • Academics
  • The Aspen Difference
Kristina Scala

Recent weeks have been a rollercoaster for educators all over this country as new and sometimes conflicting orders, regulations, and guidance comes from multiple sources. Over recent weeks, school districts have announced major start date delays and/or that they are only able to offer an online model to their students for the coming year. Barring a new order from the state or county health agency, that will not be happening at Aspen Academy. Our HyFlex Model supporting on-campus learning and virtual learning, for those that cannot be on campus with us, is ready and will begin as scheduled on August 26 (with a staggered First Day based on grade level).
 

hearing screening
  • Health and Wellness
Jessie Skipwith

Research tells us that early intervention is best when it comes to understanding possible challenges that a student might be facing. Learn more about upcoming screenings for our 2020-2021 school year.

Transforming Education: Future Holders Launches Nationally
  • Child Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy
  • The Aspen Difference
Katie Becker

We hope that your receipt of the back to school plan brought you some comfort and clarity for what school will look like this fall. Your student is our priority. We remain steadfast in our commitment to the health and safety of all of our community members, while also ensuring that phenomenal programming continues each day. 

On a separate note (as many of you already know), our Aspen Youth Leadership Institute (AYLI) and Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI) curricula have been rebranded, expanded and moved online! We are thrilled to be launching Future Holders nationally. This is one more way that we will expand the reach of our Aspen Academy vision, continuing to be a national leader in innovative and transformative education. 

We Have to Have a Talk (or Several)
  • Child Development
Jessie Skipwith

As we look forward and continue to create a safe space for all in our community, we need to have healthy dialogues even more often. 

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.

Focus For The Summer: Recentering, Learning & Listening
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Jessie Skipwith

At the time of this writing there are undoubtedly a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts surrounding the current state of affairs of our world today.  We are seeing now, more than ever, the importance of caring for the emotional health and wellness of our young people who are likely experiencing feelings of uncertainty and frustration, fear and anxiety, pain and grief. Our communities are learning, processing and growing forward with a deeply-seated sense of hope for all members of our family. Read on for more...

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.