The Collegiate FYI COLLEGIATE ACADEMY OF COLORADO March 5, 2015 Volume 2015, Issue 9 Letter from the Principal Dear Collegiate Families, We are wrapping up our first week of the well publicized PARCC math and language arts tests! I am happy to report that even though we did experience some of the technology glitches seen in other schools around our district and state, overall, the new computer based tests have gone far more smoothly than many had feared. While it is sometimes difficult to see the positives during these assessment weeks, the PARCC tests will offer us school level results similar to past assessments and these results assist administrators in understanding our systemic and curricular strengths and weaknesses. Whether the name of the test is CSAP, TCAP, CMAS or PARCC, the data provides teachers with valuable direction on how to adjust their instruction to better meet our students’ needs over the coming year. So long as we keep that focus in mind, this time of year assessment time - becomes far more bearable. It was great to see many of you at our re-scheduled Dr. Seuss Night last night! Mrs. Ferraro and Mrs. Page, along with our student council kids, did an incredible job of putting together a fun and free night for our community. The feed- back from our students, both young and old, has been very positive. Thank you for all of the donations and volunteers (families, students, and staff) for making this event possible. I hope that you will join us for this Saturday’s Community Pancake Breakfast sponsored by our School Improvement Team. The competition promises to be fierce, with previous competitors and pancake champs like Mr. Gitner and I taking on untested challengers, Mrs. Zilkenat and Ms. Roberts. What is on the menu? I’ll be testing out a couple of new recipes on my wife tonight (Sorry, no preview of the flavors in this letter- you’ll have to come on Saturday to taste for yourself!) or I may bring back a classic variety that led me to victory in our first Iron Chef Pancake Competition last school year. The competition is always fun, but the real joy is in seeing our community come together on a Saturday morning for a simple meal with friends, familiar faces, as well as some new members of the Collegiate community joining us for the first time. These are the types of events that re-energize Gus and I as school leaders and remind us of how blessed we are to be a part of this particular school family. As we wind down the third quarter of the academic year this Friday (Where did the time go?!), this is a great time to sit down with your student (s) and check in on their academic progress as well as any challenges they are facing. Going into the fourth quarter, there is still plenty of time to stage a comeback for those students who may not have “played” as hard as they should have during the first three quarters of the game. (On the other hand, one might argue that they played too hard!) Kidding aside, our terrific teachers and staff here at Collegiate have committed to being the best 4th quarter coaches in the league and over the next ten weeks, they will push your student hard to be their very best, to try their very hardest, and to struggle to the finish line. Like sports coaches, they will also provide plenty of support and encouragement along the way, and with your help and partnership on the STP team, we will see all of our students reach their full potential as we seek the peak! Chris Becker Principal Individual picture orders are due ASAP! Please turn them in to either front desk. We also have a limited number of extra class photos for sale at the corresponding front desk. CORE Values: INTEGRITY PERSEVERANCE QUALITY OWNERSHIP Inside this issue: SENIOR SPOTLIGHT, FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE, YEARBOOK 2 PANCAKE BREAKFAST!!! 3 CLUBS, FUNDRAISERS, BOOKS FOR BREAKFAST, BURRITOS, SPIRIT NIGHT, WRITING CONTEST, ETC 4 ART SHOW, SPONSOR, SPRING BREAK, SPIRIT DAY, LUNCH MENU 5 CARPOOLING, FOUNDATION, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, BOX TOPS 6 CORE VALUE AWARDS 7 COLLEGIATE ACADEMY ART CONTEST 8 ELITCH GARDENS 9 Volume 2015, Issue 9 Senior Spotlight ~ Marion Jacksack This week we are shining the spotlight on Marion Jacksack! She joined Collegiate in the 9th grade and graduated a semester early to focus on her three college courses. Marion enjoys playing the flute and working with horses. She has trained multiple young horses and greatly prefers their high spirited nature to their older and more easy going counterparts. Marion was accepted into CU Boulder and was awarded a $2500 annual scholarship. She will most likely choose to attend this university and study international relations; however, she has not yet made her final decision since she has also been accepted at CSU and Regis University. Marion, you are an impressive young woman and we are proud to have you at Collegiate Academy! Father Daughter Dance - March 14th - 6pm-9pm Our parent organizer, Kristi puts together a beautiful, high quality event with a limited budget. There will be dancing, snacks, and lots of fun! Please consider supporting this special event for our little girls and their fathers, grandfathers, and other father-figures by donating supplies/volunteering. Click here to access the sign up genius and search by [email protected] ahead of time at the Elementary front desk or $30 at the door. Each additional child will be $5. For more information please contact Kristi at 303-669-2536 or [email protected] Tickets go on sale this Monday, March 9th! They will be $25 per couple Order now - ybpay.lifetouch.com. Yearbook ID code: 8602415 5143715 We need your pictures! Our publishing and order deadlines are on March 16th! Our yearbook editor is looking for candid pictures from each grade/class; plus we need photos from the major events we have had this year. Please take some time to go through your photos and email them to [email protected] or drop them off. Page 2 Thank you!!! The CHAMP is Back: Pancake Cook off Saturday March 7th - 9am-11am Free Family Event! Vote for our next champion through your tips! We have four competitors this time around and you can read their bios below. The Professor of Pancakes is back! Christian Becker is making a return to the griddle this Saturday, and he has put all competitors on notice. The community of Collegiate Academy is well aware of the professors skills and talents, but what has remained a bit of a mystery is what has the professor been doing since his last competition. Over the past 12 months, the Professor has been in his lab dreaming up some truly unique pancakes. He spent the summer learning the finer points of Molecular Gastronomy and had a brief season of working on a "deconstructed pancake". Ultimately, a pile of flour and egg proved to be an utter disaster. He then traveled to Fiji. Rumors throughout the pancake world spread that Becker was targeting Gitner's pineapple upside down pancake, and crafting his return to the top. Come watch the Professor in his lab this Saturday. Mrs. Zilkenat is one of our most beloved elementary teachers. Oddly, the closest thing to a pancake she has ever made is an Eggo Waffle. She is passionately dreaming up of a unique creation that is truly original. Greatness might emerge this Saturday, and you should be there. Chef Pamela "PamCake" Roberts joins the Iron Chef Collegiate Competition for the first time this Saturday! Pamela was inspired to create the ultimate PamCake after a late night of watching Seinfeld with a group of fellow CU Buffaloes in the Spring of 1994, on the t.v...not on the internet, dvr, dvd, or even vhs...the t.v., at the time dictated by the t.v. guide. On this particular evening the standard midnight fare from Taco Bell, Domino's, and the like just would not do because this was the night the famous episode titles The Wife first aired. Jerry Seinfeld's now famous words, "You got a lot to learn about pancakes." kept rolling through Pamela's mind as she searched for the perfect snack. The image of bringing her own syrup to the neighborhood diner and being forced to answer to the angry owner haunted her until she decided to create (without Pinterest) the perfect pancake complete with her own secret topping. The PamCake was born and Boulder never recovered. Some claim there are less innocent reasons for Boulder's demise. Be sure to stop by on Saturday to try Chef Pamela's claim to fame but do not let her catch you with your own syrup! After a childhood cutting his culinary teeth as a shot order cook for the finest IHOP franchises in the world, Andrew Gitner brought his talents to Collegiate Academy. A generous outpouring of community support vaulted him to success in the Fall Pancake cook-off fundraiser. Upon a tsunami of homemade pineapple syrup, Andrew rode into the hearts and stomachs of Collegiate students and parents while doling out smiley-faced pancakes and a competitive spirit fueled by coffee and charisma. The Collegiate FYI Upcoming Events Young Rembrandt’s Club Wednesdays 3:05 - 4:05 pm 03/18/15 - 05/06/15 Click here for information and to register. Current Students - Intent to Attend - 2015/2016 School Year Reserve your spot today with this short form! If you have already completed this form, please do not do it again. Only about one third of you have completed this form which makes budgeting and staff planning for next year very difficult. Please click here to complete this quick form with a yes or a no for each of your current students Grades K-11. Butter Braids - On Sale Now through March16th We are taking orders for Butter Braids! Just in time for your holiday celebrations! Forms are available at both front desks and are going home in Thursday folders today! Orders are due March 16th and can be turned in at any time. We will be delivered April 1st at 1pm in the Elementary lobby. Coming Soon - Kids Power Martial Arts Club - Flyer Next Week Grades K-8 are invited to sign up for this $30 six week class. The club will meet on Wednesdays beginning April 1st and ending May 6th. Keep an eye out for the sign up flyer next week. Books for Breakfast and Burritos - Friday, March 13th Come join us in the café for a touch of the Irish and a breakfast snack or Good Times Burrito! Our Wellness Committee sponsors these times to encourage families to spend some time together before rush- ing off to school and work. We meet from 77:30 and the first 20 families will receive the book for free compliments of Kids’ Adventures. Burritos will also be on sale during morning carpool and at both front desks for $2 each. McDonald’s Spirit Night is Back! - Thursday, March 19th Join us for dinner on a fun -filled Thursday night! Dinner will be prepared and served by your CAC teachers and administrators! We will be there from 4-8pm and our school receives a percentage of every CAC order. Outside Opportunities School of Mines Soccer Camp - click here. Page 4 Youth for Understanding USA - Exchange student program - click here 2nd Annual Jeffco Writing Challenge - click here Volume 2015, Issue 9 The art exhibit will be on display at the Jefferson County Education Center located at 1829 Denver West Drive, Building #27, in Golden, CO. The opening celebration is on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to attend and view work by Dakota U., Annie E., Adrian P., and Bailey B. Spring Break March 21st - 30th Elementary “Neon” Spirit Day Friday, March 20th Pull out your neon clothing! Jeffco Elementary Art Show Red Rocks Community College Friday, March 6th 5pm-8pm Monday Wednesday Friday Entréé Salad w/Roll / BBQ Chickén Drumstick w/Roll / Hamburgér / Chééséburgér / Friés Black Jack Pizza Hamburgér/Chééséburgér w/Friés Entréé Salad w/Roll / Big Daddy’s Pizza / BBQ Pork Sandwich Black Jack Pizza / Chickén Chorizo Quésadilla Corn Dogs w/Friés Tuesday Thursday Entréé Salad w/Roll / Galaxy Pizza / Spaghétti & Méat Saucé / Applé Swéét Potato Baké Black Jack Pizza / Corn Dog Corn Dogs w/Friés Prétzél, Chéésé, Sunflowér Sééds / Tériyaki Chickén / Béan & Chéésé Burrito / Oriéntal Véggiés Ovén Friéd Chickén Black Jack Pizza ~~~~~~~ Turkéy & Chéésé Sandwich / Chickén Nuggéts / Frénch Toast w/ Fruit Saucé & Sausagé Patty / Pintos & Chéésé Burrito Bar Black Jack Pizza Page 5 Middlé/HS only HS only ~~~~~~~ Daily (Sécondary Only) Prétzél, Chéésé, Sunflowér Sééds The Collegiate FYI Carpooling Needs Becky lives in Roxborough in the West Village area and is looking for a carpool for her 7th grade daughter. She can be reached at 303-9298430. Anna can be reached @ 303-906-7349 and needs rides for her 7th grade daughter from Wadsworth between Coal Mine and Pierce. Nona or Tanya can be reached at 303989-3951. They live near Jewell and Kipling in Lakewood. They would like to share carpooling for their middle school boy. Suzanne lives in the vicinity of Kipling & Bowles and needs help after school getting a Kindergartner and 9th grader home. My contact number is 303-907-1878. The Foundation Meet Monthly - 3rd Tuesday Elementary School Library 6:30 pm Please email: [email protected] for more information. ~~~~~~~~ The Foundation is a group of parents/guardians and other family members, teachers, students, and administrators tasked with overseeing all fundraising, grants, group purchases, and donations collected for all K-12 students of Collegiate Academy. This group makes decisions regarding which fundraisers will occur, which grants we will pursue, how funds will be distributed, etc. President - Niccole Board Co-Vice Presidents Elizabeth Miller & Mary Minger Secretary - Terry Usry Co-Treasurers - Carol Jalowiecki & Pamela Roberts Directors - Barbora Meese & Nerissa Magnuson We are so grateful that Carol has joined us as treasurer. She has an extensive accounting background and strong desire to help CAC provide a quality educational experience! We really need more parents as well as students involved so please consider attending a meeting with- out a required commitment. We would love to have you and your input for one evening or a longer commitment. ~ Thank you We are running low on clothing in our recycled uniform store! If your child borrowed items from the store, please return them to us as soon as you are able. We also appreciate donations of clean and gently used uniforms pieces. The store is an invaluable resource for many of our new and current families too. Board of Directors Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesdays(Weekdays vary to accommodate member schedules so please check the school calendar at collegiateacademy.net for exact dates) 6:30pm ~~~~~~~~ Scott Close, Chair (Parent Member) Ken Patton, Vice Chair, Treasurer (AtLarge Member) Sherry Ballengee, Secretary pro tem (Elem. Teacher Rep) Mike Meese (Parent Member) Debbie Randall (Parent Member) Chris Becker (Principal) Gus Johnson (Asst. Principal) Collegiate Academy is a communityfounded and run charter school. Authorized by Jeffco Public Schools, CAC operates autonomously under the direction of its own Board of Directors. The CAC Board of Directors consists of five elected parents, two at-large community member, the administrative team, two high school students elected by the student body, one elementary teacher, and one upper school teacher elected by the teaching staff. The Board of Directors welcomes our newest parent member, Debbie Randall, who brings a background in social work to the team. Debbie has been regularly attending our meetings for some time and we are excited to have her formally become a member of the Board! We still need to fill multiple positions—attend a Board meeting and see if this might be a good fit for your talents! Holding a position on the Board of Directors is an excellent opportunity to have direct input in your child’s education. For more information, a letter was included in the January 15th FYI or you can email the Board directly at [email protected] Volunteer Opportunities WE ARE 70% OF THE WAY TO OUR GOAL OF $1500 FOR THE YEAR! PLEASE SUBMIT ALL OF YOUR BOX TOPS THAT EXPIRE THIS YEAR BY MAY 21ST! THANK YOU! The Father Daughter Dance is on March 14th and we need a team to make it a special time for our young ladies and their father, grandfather, or father figure. Contact Kristi at 303-669-2536 or [email protected] Our Silent Auction & Carnival is coming up on May 2 and this is our biggest community event of the year! Positions available include: build and design games, silent auction, gather vendors and donors, help with food, etc. Our next meeting is Wednesday, Page 6 February 11th from 6-7 in the Elementary Conference Room. Contact Terry Usry at 720-4906837 or [email protected] Butter Braids will go on sale the last week of February with all orders due before Spring Break for delivery by Easter. Contact Mary - [email protected] Grades 3-5 Crazy 8’s Math Club needs leadership. All activities are clearly outlined and available. We just need a couple of parents to lead the program. Junior First Lego League needs a few more adult leaders too. Other club ideas are also welcome. Contact Gus. [email protected] The School Improvement Team is looking for families that are willing to Adopt a Classroom this summer. Tasks will include painting and sprucing up. Contact Gus. [email protected] COLLEGIATE ACADEMY OF COLORADO Our Vision 8420 S Sangre de Cristo Road Littleton, CO 80127 Phone (303)972-7433 Fax (303)932-0695 [email protected] To provide the highest quality k-12 college preparatory education in Colorado Our Mission To help students prepare for and succeed in college and their career by providing a Core Knowledge foundation that establishes the key values of lifelong learning, allowing them to recognize and to develop their unique and innovative ideas. CORE VALUE AWARDS Integrity • Perseverance • Quality • Ownership ~Integrity~ Mrs. Galloway nominated Jacob S. for always working and trying to do his best in each of his subjects and for being kind. Mrs. Casassa nominated Kate J. for always doing what she should, even when no one is watching. Ms. Capolungo nominated Alicia D. for always doing what she should be doing. Mrs. Zilkenat nominated Cassidy L. because she models integrity for the entire class by always working her hardest to be a good friend, student, and citizen. Mrs. Weber nominated Noah E. because he is the definition of integrity. The things he does in class are done with grace, dignity, kindness, and patience. Noah's teachers know they can always trust and count on him to achieve and exceed the expectations academically and behaviorally. Mr. DeVries nominated Jessica B. because she shows integrity and honesty. Mrs. Ballengee nominated Colin C. because he always shows his integrity in his work, actions, and responsibilities. Mrs. Page nominated Ranah E. because she always knows what is needed for boom points, has what she needs nearly every day, has the integrity to admit when she doesn't have it, and the tenacity to complete her work instead of feeling defeated. Mr. Ziegler nominated Daniel M. because he asked for assistance a week ahead of time and is following through with WOOing a test to raise his grade. "the quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.” ― Sherman Alexie Official T-Shirt Order Forms Day Without Hate is a student-led, grassroots organization that promotes nonviolence, respect, and unity within our schools. This year’s DWOH is Friday, April 24. Help your child join his/her fellow students to help end school violence and promote peace. By encouraging students to be tolerant, friendly and kind, and teaching them that there are nonviolent solutions to problems, hopefully as a community we can create a better world. All proceeds from the T-shirts go directly to fund our Peace Scholarship and expenses for our rally. Over the past three years, Day Without Hate has awarded nearly $20,000 in scholarships to students promoting peace in their high schools and communities. This year, we hope to double that award. Please make your check payable to your school and return your order form by March 17 no exceptions!! Schools place orders in bulk for shirts. Sorry, individual order for shirts are not accepted. Your child will receive his/her shirt by April 17. Youth T-shirt ($5.00 each): S (6-8) ______ M (10-12) ______ L (14-16) ______ Adult T-shirt ($5.00 each): S _____ M _____ L _____ XL ____ 2XL_____ 3XL _____4XL ____ TOTAL shirts ordered: __________ Student’s Name: ________________________ Grade: _______ Teacher’s Name: ________________________ Collegiate Academy Art Contest Do you enjoy painting, drawing, taking pictures or sculpting? Have people always told you that your artwork is amazing? Enter one of your works of art into Collegiate Academy’s art contest. Eligibility Any student in Middle or High School may apply. You do not need to be enrolled in an art class. All submissions are due in the library by March 9th, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Artwork must be school appropriate. Students may only enter one submission. The winner will be chosen by a panel of local artists, teachers, and administrators. Criteria Your art will be judged on the following criteria: originality, composition, skill, and concept. There will be two categories- two dimensional and three dimensional. All artwork needs to be submitted with an artist statement. Once a work is submitted, it becomes the property of the school for display. Prizes All artists and their families are invited to the “Gallery Opening” on Tuesday March 17th from 5 to 7pm. Food and drink will be served. The top eight submissions will be put on permanent display in the Cafeteria. First prize will receive a $20 iTunes card.