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

An Evening of Cultural Literacy Thanks to Kinder Academy and La Academia staff/students for hosting Gary Lussier Sr. in early January. On January 4th, Gary Lussier Sr., an educator in the Minneapolis Public Schools and member of the Red Lake Nation of American Indians, shared his perspectives and understanding of Native culture/American Indian Studies with staff and students at our school. Gary consulted with staff from all grades on how to integrate perspectives of Native culture into the curriculum. He also shared his regalia, songs, dances and stories with the children. We all were totally engaged and thankful for Gary’s visit and can’t wait for him to come back! Over the last 4 weeks, we have woven in elements of Native Culture through our Specialists time and in homeroom classrooms. We have considered differences and similarities between ways of life for Native People and our own lives. Now, we are ready to show off our work! Gary is coming back to La Academia on Monday,... Continue reading

>WIN (What I Need)

WIN (What I Need): WIN time is beginning in all grades at our school. Building thirty minutes of WIN, or ‘What I Need’ time, into our schedules helps us better personalize for our learners. This is a time when teachers and para-professionals work collaboratively to provide interventions and enrichments for students. It is also a time when students may have a chance to pursue their interest areas or learn about things they are passionate about. WIN (Lo que necesito [por sus siglas en ingles]): El tiempo de WIN está comenzando en todos los grados en nuestra escuela. Apartar 30 minutos para WIN, o tiempo para “lo que necesito” en nuestros horarios ayuda a personalizar mejor a nuestros aprendices. Este es el tiempo cuando maestros/as y paraprofesionales trabajan colaborativamente para proporcionar intervenciones y refuerzos a los estudiantes. También es tiempo cuando los estudiantes pueden tener una oportunidad de perseguir sus áreas de interés o aprender sobre cosas sobre las que están... Continue reading >WIN (What I Need)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support: La Academia and Kinder Academy teachers and administrators have been working on implementing the first stages of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) in our school. PBIS is an approach for helping schools select and organize evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students. Intervenciones y Apoyo para el Comportamiento Positivo: Maestros y personal de La Academia y el Kínder Academy han implementado las primeras etapas de PBIS (Intervenciones y Apoyo para el Comportamiento Positivo [por sus siglas en inglés]) en nuestra escuela. PBIS es un método para ayudar a las escuelas a seleccionar y organizar las intervenciones en el comportamiento basado en la evidencia en un continuo integrado que refuerza los resultados del comportamiento académico y social de todos los... Continue reading Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support