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The Simple Guide to Teaching Life Skills
  • Child Development
  • The Aspen Difference
Katie Becker

Over the years we have embarked on the process of explicit teaching of concepts that are often assumed to be “absorbed” in the context of home or school. Concepts including: attitude, emotions, responsibility, listening, etc. In today’s world, we cannot assume that these skills naturally develop -- we have to teach them.

Work Hard.
  • Academics
  • Advancement
  • Gratitude
Kristina Scala

Many in our community make a choice to contribute to our Annual Fund that funds professional development opportunities for our faculty. For that, we are incredibly grateful. Learn about some of the exciting ways faculty is being engaged and enriched through professional development opportunities.

Resilience is More than a Buzz Word
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Jessie Skipwith

Resilience is a life skill that speaks to an individual‘s ability to rise above any number of life’s challenges, problems or setbacks that might be faced on a daily basis, especially during the trying years of developing adolescence. Becoming more adept at this skill allows not only people in general, but our young people in particular, to pick themselves back up when they find themselves knocked down.

Educating the leaders of tomorrow through coding and communications skills
  • The Aspen Difference
Kristina Scala

It was almost 37 years ago that Time magazine named the personal computer “Man of the Year.” Since then, massive shifts in technology have revolutionized the way we do business. From email and the internet to artificial intelligence and blockchain, tomorrow’s workforce has grown up during decades that include this rapidly shifting technology.

Lifelong Learning: How Teachers Recharged This Summer
  • Health and Wellness
  • The Aspen Difference
Aspen Academy Contributor

Summer is a time for our teachers, administration and staff to regroup. Aspen Academy faculty, staff and students are continuous learners even during the summer months. Read on for a few highlights of how our faculty embraced learning this summer.

The Importance of Attendance
  • Academics
Corey Sampson

As our Head of School, Kristina Scala, is fond of saying: “the world is run by those who show up and hustle.” What this implies is that the first step is to show up. Getting to school is paramount to success in school.

Together we are Stronger; Together we are Safer
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
  • The Aspen Difference
Jessie Skipwith

As we near the end of the first full month of school, it is important for all of us to reflect on the month of September and to look forward to the month of October as our beloved students continue to demonstrate their passion, wonder and curiosity here at Aspen Academy.

Top 5 Learnings From Middle School Retreats
  • Academics
  • The Aspen Difference
Corey Sampson

Each year, Aspen Academy students start their year off by attending our Middle School Retreats for two days. Here are a few of the big takeaways for what students experience in this focused time together...

How Curiosity Changes Things…Calendar Changes for 2019-2020 School Year
Theresa Letman

This year, Aspen Academy is on a journey of curiosity, of understanding and celebrating one another, and of learning more. We’ve discovered some ways we can better celebrate our own curiosity. We evaluated our 2019-2020 calendar and have adjustments to better serve our families and to be consistent with our values. 

First page of the PDF file: BeKindCalendarSeptember1
Jennifer Gravlee

This month, Aspen Academy celebrates our one rule, "Be Kind" with a series of weeklong challenges. This week, our theme is "Kindness and Curiosity" and students are challenged to ask three questions in conversations to learn to be more genuinely curious. 

Back-to-School Musings from a New Addition to the Aspen Academy Team
  • Child Development
Katie Lynn Hamel

Despite being very ready for the first day of school, and it being my 37th official First Day of School (if you count my first days as a student and teacher), I still was a bit nervous. I had done so much of this before: gotten the classroom ready, had the pencils sharpened, I had learned the names of the students. Yet I knew, every day is a new adventure and I truly wasn’t sure what was going to be in store.

6 Ways Aspen Academy Makes Safety a School Priority
  • Health and Wellness
Bridget Aylward

Our top priority at Aspen Academy is the safety of our students, staff and community. Each year, we remind our community of the safety measures we practice and enforce  that enable us to create a space where everyone thrives. We dedicate the month of September to the Health & Safety of our school and community.

4 Reasons to Teach Leadership to 4 Year Olds
Katie Becker

Leadership is often misunderstood. We frequently associate the word leader with the person at the front of the room, commanding everyone else’s attention. But with a shift in paradigm, we might recognize that leadership simply begins with the capacity to lead one’s self.

Learning Through Gardens: Outdoor Learning Labs at Aspen Academy
  • Health and Wellness
Aspen Academy Contributor

This summer, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, recognized Aspen Academy for creating a Certified Schoolyard Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. Aspen Academy has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provides essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.

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.

I'm curious...
  • Academics
  • Child Development
Kristina Scala

Lately, I’ve been inspired thinking about the role of curiosity in our lives. Where is curiosity showing up for you?

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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