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A New Focus on Purpose-Based Learning
Aspen Academy Contributor

In September, speaker Ross Wehner joins us at Aspen Academy for a Parent University talk on "Exploring Purpose With Our Children." Learn more about the importance of purpose in creating resilient lives for us and our children by reading on.

Welcome Back From ELEVATE
Team ELEVATE

Team ELEVATE would like to extend a warm welcome back to the 2019-20 school year! We hope that you, your families and loved ones, all had a wonderful summer enjoying those activities that you find rejuvenating and enjoyable. We are looking forward to an amazing year with your children and families here at Aspen Academy and we want to invite you to reach out to Team ELEVATE at any time. The ELEVATE program is here to support ALL students and families in the Aspen Academy experience. ELEVATE focuses on meeting the needs of all students by meeting individual students ‘where they are” along their academic, social-emotional and developmental journey.

Back-to-School: Suggestions for Smooth Transitions (for parents & children)
  • Academics
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
  • The Aspen Difference
Aspen Academy Contributors

Back-to-school can feel like and exciting and stressful time for many parents and children. Our directors offer easy suggestions to support students and parents in the transition from summer to school.

Supporting Students in Learning to Advocate for Themselves
  • Academics
  • Child Development
Jessie Skipwith

As students enter Middle School, these are formative years to practice skills helpful in the high school years. Among the important transitions students make during this time is a shift to developing capabilities to be more accountable and advocate for themselves. Learn three ways we support Aspen Academy students in making this transition.

Social Media & Stereotypes
  • Academics
  • Child Development
Nicole Kruse, Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute Coach

Middle school students at Aspen Academy learn about the connection between social media and stereotypes.

The Difference it Makes to Be Kind.
Aspen Academy Contributors

In April, we celebrated our value of “Be Kind,” with a month-long campaign including acts of kindness, a community art project, and overall focus on this value. Aspen community members Mrs. Cho and Mr. Skipwith share their experiences, "I try to do my small part to make sure I can be at least one kind voice for everyone whenever they may need it."

Coding: The Language of the 21st Century
  • Academics
Aspen Academy Contributors

With technology rapidly on the rise, artificial intelligence surfacing in business applications and big data creating a foundation in all our lives, coding is becoming the language of the 21st Century. Learn how students -- and parents -- at Aspen Academy are raising the bar...

4 Keys to Creating Transformative Learning: The Roller Coaster Project
  • Academics
Jessica Cho

At Aspen Academy each April, the hallways in the Middle School are abuzz with excitement: everyone knows that 6th grade is about to begin the Roller Coaster Project. The Roller Coaster Project combines an understanding of Physics with the ability to work in groups.

Make the World Better Entrepreneur Profile: Creative Canvas
  • Entrepreneurship
Theresa Letman

Eighth Grade student Alessa Jackson, CEO of Creative Canvas, founded the organization as a non-profit. She produces one-of-a-kind, commissioned splatter-painted canvas artwork with proceeds benefitting nonprofit organizations...

Person holds up sign reading, "give thanks."
  • Gratitude
Theresa Letman

"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for." - Zig Ziglar

My kid seems addicted to video games, what do I do?
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Dr. Sheryl Zeigler

Nothing seems more powerful for boys these days than the lure video games. Learn strategies for resolving challenges with video games in your family.

4 Things to Look for in a PreK Program
  • Child Development
  • The Aspen Difference
Aspen Academy

Students who enroll in high-quality pre-k programs can eventually earn 23% higher incomes than if they skipped the early education. So, how does a parent choose a great PreK?

Make the World Better Entrepreneur Profile: Project Bobby Bear
  • Entrepreneurship
Theresa Letman

In 2014, when Annie and Emily Fox founded their non-profit called Project Baby Bear, they set out to make the world a better place one teddy bear at a time. Over the past five years, the pair have donated thousands of teddy bears to children and adults "who need a smile, a hug, or just a little extra love."

Be Kind
Kristina Scala

Since Aspen Academy opened its doors in 2005, we have maintained a commitment to this one rule: Be Kind. In April, we launch our "Be Kind" Campaign. Read on to learn more.

Day Camps: Finding the Right Fit
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Mary Stein

"I want my children to be surrounded by safe, mature and compassionate adults who will hold them accountable while also having fun and playing with them." Learn more...

Won't You Be My Neighbor? Film Screening & Conversation
  • Child Development
  • The Aspen Difference
Theresa Letman

Aspen Academy has been selected by the film's producers to host a screening for the recent film Won't You Be My Neighbor? featuring the life of Mr. Rogers. 

2019 Service Week
  • The Aspen Difference
Kristina Scala

This week, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who changed the world with his dream and his vision to serve others and ensure that their differences were given a voice. His work is not done. His vision inspires one of our values, “Make the World Better.”

students show at Bears Store
  • Entrepreneurship
Nicole Kruse, Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute Coach

There are many important lessons that occur each week as our students are in the process of creating their class or grade level businesses. As part of the process, students have begun to learn more about the ideation process of generating a product including developing prototypes and researching the cost of items to build the product.

Traditions: 10th Annual 8th Grade/Faculty Basketball Game
  • The Aspen Difference
Theresa Letman

Since Aspen Academy opened the doors on our University Boulevard campus in 2008, the students and faculty have played a basketball game against one another on the Thursday prior to Winter Break.

Car Ride Conversations on Entrepreneurship: Did You Know?
  • Entrepreneurship
Nicole Kruse, Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute Coach

There are many important lessons that occur each week as our students are in the process of creating their class or grade level businesses. As part of the process, students have begun to learn more about the ideation process of generating a product including developing prototypes and researching the cost of items to build the product.

World Peace Game
  • Academics
  • The Aspen Difference
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