Essentials

Essentials Program

Our Essentials Program offers performance-based courses that continue to build leadership, confidence and pride for each student. We realize world language, performing arts, visual arts, technology and fitness, along with the academic content classes, create a space for students to grow and learn in all areas of their school life as well as discover their individual passions and gifts.

Middle School students in Grades 5-8 have the opportunity to build their schedule and create a customized learning experience by selecting their own essentials course offerings. Students are encouraged to dive into their passions as well as select classes that expose them to new adventures in learning.

Download the 2019-2020 school year essential catalog. 

RECENT BLOGS

Music Meets Technology in the Classroom: Using GarageBand
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.

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Found Object Art -- From Ordinary to Extraordinary
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.

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  • online learning
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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!

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  • Techonology Education
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STEAM robots
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.

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  • covid-19
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  • STEAM
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Mother and daughter looking at computer together
Chris Lazartic

As technology becomes integrated more into both the lives of adults and children, we want to provide extra time and resources this month to focus on the healthy use of this technology. Over the next four weeks, students will engage in Cyber Civics activities and discussions in Leadership and Innovation classes. Based on our safety focus this week, here are conversations and activities you can explore with your students. 

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  • STEAM
  • STEM
  • Technology