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Flagstaff Academy Joins Colorado Schools to Watch List

The Longmont Observer was on hand to capture the excitement around Flagstaff Academy's "Schools to Watch" banner raising ceremony, which included the entire middle school, as well as district dignitaries such as Diane Lauer, Assistant Superintendent of Priority Programs and Academic Support. Flagstaff Academy is one of five Colorado schools (and the only charter school) to receive this designation and will be recognized at the National Schools to Watch Conference in June in Washington D.C. 
As reported by Macie May, Longmont Observer editor-in-chief, "in order to be awarded the title of a School to Watch, schools must meet a set of rigorous requirements and demonstrate their applications in classrooms to a team coordinated by the National Forum of Schools to Watch. Schools are recognized for a three year period and must reapply to receive the designation again. Schools to Watch began in 1999 as a national program that identifies middle-level grades across the country. These middle grade schools are required to meet 37 criteria to receive recognition."
Fourteen dedicated middle school scientists, inventors, and researchers presented their projects at the Corden Pharma Regional Science Fair, held at the University of Colorado in Boulder on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. As reporter Amy Bounds wrote:

"At the middle school level, about 75 students from seven Boulder Valley schools, a St. Vrain Valley charter school and three private schools participated.

James O'Hara, a sixth-grader at Longmont's Flagstaff Academy, built a shirt-folding robot based on his mom's view that "the chore of laundry is the worst."

Plus, he said, robotics and programming is his passion.

He programmed a Raspberry Pi computer system to move the plexiglass pieces that fold the shirt, assembling a circuit board with a soldering iron and learning to use power tools to build the rest.

"I learned a lot," he said, noting he has many ideas for modifications to improve his creation. "It's still the prototype phase."

The winners of the Corden Pharma Regional Science Fair will be announced Thursday, February 14, 2019 at a ceremony held at Southern Hills Middle School in Boulder. Results will be updated. 


Science of Dance at Flagstaff Academy with Apex Dance!

Flagstaff Academy enjoyed artist-in-residence at Flagstaff Academy Charter School - Apex Dance founder, David Reuille, who worked with K-3rd grade students on the Science of Dance! As part of a Xilinx "Educational Ecosystems" grant with Think 360 Arts, Reuille and dancer Elise Zanotti, worked with the students on various aspects of science and it's relationship to dance, as part of the school's overall Core Knowledge, science and technology-focused curriculum and dedication to the arts. In addition, they held open studios every morning and the last time Reuille visited the school, pieces from the open studio ended up in one of this company's performances. 

The residency "goes toward developing the whole child and not just the academic or what we perceive to be the technology side of education," says Wayne Granger, Flagstaff Academy's Executive Director. "The ability to be expressive and creative — to be successful and interested in the arts — can improve academic success."

Flagstaff Academy: TECH Wave of the Future

Flagstaff Academy was featured in the Longmont Times-Call 2016 Back-to-School article "TECH: the wave of the future." Flagstaff Academy has been a leader in technology-focused education since it began and our approach keeps growing with the times. This year alone, we've added an Innovations Teacher, who will be teaching a variety of computer science, programming, and other technology skills to K-8 grade students; all of our classrooms now have 70" interactive touch screen monitors for enhanced technology-focused teaching; an elementary SMARTLab, Library Media Center, Robotics, and Computer Programming. 

As new apps become available, students will be able to share their Chromebook screens wirelessly with the class and collaborate with their classmates through technology. We also know that our innovative staff will find even more ways to leverage these amazing tools to make the Flagstaff Academy experience one-of-a-kind. This nearly $300,000 investment is possible due to the savings from our bond refinance in June.

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Flagstaff Academy "Can" Do Attitude: School is Named Top Colorado School in National Aluminum Can Recycling Challenge

Summer might be here, but that doesn't mean we don't have great news to share! We proud to announce that Flagstaff Academy has been named the top school in Colorado in the Can Manufacturers Institute National Aluminum Can Recyling Challenge! Flagstaff Academy recycled 3237 pounds of aluminum cans, topping the Colorado Leader Board in the challenge. Flagstaff students recycled 3.82 pounds of aluminum cans per student and will be awarded a check in the amount of $1,000 by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the organization which sponsors the yearly challenge. The money will be used toward continuing to support the school's sustainability and Earth Day programs in the coming year. We're so proud of our Dragons, who show every day how much they care!

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