Douglas Wood, the author of Miss Little’s Gift and Old Turtle

Douglas Wood, the author of Miss Little’s Gift and Old Turtle, shared his story with us during the Hooked On Books presentation. Douglas told us that school was not easy for him, and that he became an author because a teacher believed in him. The students were able to connect with his story and enjoyed singing along with his songs. Douglas Wood, el autor de los cuentos Miss Little’s Gift y Old Turtle, compartió su historia con nosotros durante la presentación de Hooked on Books. Douglas nos dijo que la escuela no era fácil para él, y llegó a ser un autor a causa de que una maestra creyó en él. Los estudiantes podían conectar con su historia y les gustó cantar con... Continue reading Douglas Wood, the author of Miss Little’s Gift and Old Turtle

Culture Night

Culture Night On February 12th, 2018, Gary Lussier Sr. (Speaker and Story teller of the Red Lake Chippewa) delighted audience members with storytelling of Dakota legends on how different things in nature came to be. Second grade students shared their creative interpretations of these same stories. Our first graders sang and played, “All Around the World” as our kindergartners showed off their dancing skills for the audience. Artwork was displayed as well as pictures depicting learning through physical education. Ultimately, we felt the evening was a celebration and successful culminating event of learning about Native People and Ways of Being. Thank you to all school staff who provided their time, talent and effort to make learning tangible and the showcase a success! Thank you to all of our families for coming out to support our La Academia family. We appreciate you! Noche de cultura El 12 de febrero de 2018, Gary Lussier (Hablante y narrador de cuentos de Red Lake Chippewa) deleitó... Continue reading Culture Night

Aztec Dancers

Aztec Dancers Our school welcomed a very special group last month. Kalpulli Ketzal, an Aztec Dancing Troupe, put on a spectacular show that included traditional dancing along with explanations for each dance. Older students even got to try out the steps of some of the dances. Concheros – Danzantes Aztecas Le dimos la bienvenida a un grupo muy especial el mes pasado, Kalpulli Ketzal, un grupo de concheros, quienes nos dieron un gran espectáculo que incluyó bailes tradicionales con su respectiva explicación. Incluso los estudiantes más grandes pudieron bailar un poco estos... Continue reading Aztec Dancers

What’s next in Middle School for our La Academia Immersion Students?

What’s next in Middle School for our La Academia Immersion Students? Our current La Academia fifth graders will enter middle school this fall at Chaska Middle School West. Students will take a Spanish Language course called Expresiones in 6th and 7th grade. They will also take a U.S. History course in 6th grade and a Civics course in 7th grade. These courses are also taught in Spanish. Learners in these courses will continue to develop language proficiency in Spanish. Students will also be provided with opportunities to explore various cultural connections. The course content and standards in the social studies courses are similar to English-only middle school classes. In Expresiones students will participate in creative, bi-cultural experiences, and project-based units. The class will incorporate Advanced Placement themes and power standards from Language Arts and Spanish courses. Students will have the opportunity to earn high school Spanish world language credit. The program at... Continue reading What’s next in Middle School for our La Academia Immersion Students?

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart La Academia and Kinder Academy are celebrating February’s Heart Health Month by coming together for donations to the American Heart Association. Jump Rope for Heart is a great program where students are able to raise money for the association as well as learn and celebrate during PE class time. The celebration event will happen during the student’s PE time on Friday February 9th and we ask that all online donations and money envelopes are due back to Mr. B or Mrs. Sherman by Wednesday February 14th. *Families who want their child to participate, but do not want them to work for prizes, should talk to their children and notify Mr. B or Mrs. Sherman. Jump Rope for Heart La Academia y el Kínder Academy están celebrando: Febrero, el Mes de la Salud del Corazón, haciendo una donación conjunta a la Asociación Estadounidense del Corazón. Jump Rope for Heart, Saltando la Cuerda por el Corazón en español, es un gran programa donde los estudiantes pueden recaudar fondos... Continue reading Jump Rope for Heart