All of the 7th grade is reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. They are learning about culture in the novel and connecting it to themselves as we all read it. We are also using the identity of the characters to help students write about their own identities in narratives. “May the odds be ever in your favor!”
Five AWCPA students, attended the APS El Sistema Orchestra program held at Hinkley High School this summer.
These students attended four hour rehearsals every day beginning June 10th and ended the camp by performing a concert on Friday, June 21. The orchestra was conducted by Dr. Arturo Gonzalez. Members of the Aurora Symphony volunteered their time each day to coach the students. The Orchestra performed the Overture to Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson and Selections from Pirates of the Caribbean.
The 18th of May was a pleasant spring day in Aurora, Colorado. The morning was cool and the air crisp. Deans of Students, Ms. Addison and Mr. Simpson awoke early, and rendezvoused with their respective groups, the SHARP Sistas’ and Brothas’, in the A’ West parking lot. Students stepped into the school van, and the drive to Golden, Colorado, home of the Colorado School of Mines, as well as gateway to some of the bigger canyons and rock crags in the Front Range commenced.
Meanwhile, Ms. Jodi Doyle, Truancy Advocate, Mr. Kardaleff, eighth grade social studies teacher, and Mr. Lipson, school counselor were already at North Table Mountain setting up top-rope rocks climbs for the sistas’ and brothas’.
At 8:00, Mr. Lipson met the crew of students and Deans in the lower North Table Mountain parking area. Students tightened their shoelaces, and back pack straps, and drank from their water bottles before hiking to the base of the cliff; a twenty minute uphill work out.
Students helped one another out on the approach hike. Those who felt strong carried others’ items. People stayed together, and looked out for one another’s safety and well-being.
At the base of the cliff, students took turns climbing various routes on the volcanic rock walls. Climbs were of various degrees of difficulty. The SHARP Sistas’ took the lead, and demonstrated how to get things done - climbing, resting when needed, and then pushing on towards the top.
For some participants, success was measured having hiked from parking lot to cliff base. For others, the experience was not complete until all available climbs had been attempted. Back in the parking lot, students and staff created metaphors inspired by the day’s climbs. Word and phrases like perseverance, compassion, healthy fun, good company, and finishing what one starts were discussed. It appears that lessons from rock climbing can be used in everyday life; including success in school.
Perhaps when AWCPA takes another climbing trip, you will want to join us?
Amber Rivera and Lisa Bingham were nominated and selected to attend the Colorado Masonic Band Camp.
The five-day Band Camp will be conducted by the University of Northern Colorado and their band staff. Students are sponsored by Masonic Lodges and affiliated bodies throughout Colorado. The band will play a concert on the UNC Campus July 3rd and march in the Greeley Rocky Mountain Stampede Parade, in Greeley Colorado on Thursday, July 4th.
Congratulations Amber and Lisa!
Aurora West College Preparatory Academy sixth-grade student Aleksa Thomas is poised to become a great leader, and she recently took advantage of a rare opportunity to sharpen her skills.
Teachers and other mentors throughout the community selected Thomas to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. The annual event offers mature, high-achieving middle school students the opportunity to learn about leadership by studying the leaders of the past and by focusing on social advocacy to make a positive impact in their homes and communities.
Conference sessions are designed to educate, inspire and motivate students by giving them the confidence and leadership skills that will take them through high school and beyond. Students receive personal guidance and direction from dedicated and experienced faculty advisors and are also provided with materials designed to foster self-directed experiential learning.
Aurora West College Preparatory Academy junior Amber Corbett is proving that she's not your average basketball player. The Lady Spartans' captain was recently named the 2013 3A Confluence League Player of the Year.
"It's a great honor and shows that all of the hard work that I put in is paying off," Corbett said.
Corbett racked up some impressive stats in the 3A classification this season, including a number one ranking in scoring and three-point percentage. She also ranked in the top 25 in assists, blocks and free throws.
Aside from her talents on the basketball court, Corbett is making the grade in the classroom as well. Currently, she takes college classes at CCA. In fact, one of Corbett's most memorable moments during the season was a particular game where she only played three quarters. She had to leave for a scholarship interview and was pleased to find out that the Lady Spartans won the game.
"Having the team come in and tell me that we won ... it was definitely the highlight," Corbett said.
Corbett's success this season should come as no surprise, as she used the offseason to play for the Colorado Rush basketball team and attend the University of Colorado Basketball camp. She has also played for the Boys and Girls Club and helped run the open gym for the Lady Spartans at Aurora West.
Hats off to you, Amber!
AWCPA’s Lady Spartan Basketball Team, coached by Redonia Clark, was featured on the Prep Sports Show on Channel 9 News. The Lady Spartans won their game against Southern Colorado Early College by a score of 64-20. Eleventh grader Amber Corbett led the team with 37 points, including six “3 Point Shots”. Being a student-athlete at AWCPA is a very rewarding experience. Student-athletes must maintain their grades, be outstanding role models for their school and classmates, and display good sportsmanship at all times.
The next sport season for Middle School is 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball and practice begins Tuesday, January 22. The next AWCPA High School Sport is Girl’s Soccer. The first practice begins on February 25th.
All students are welcome to come out for the team and participate! All student-athletes will need to have a completed physical and permission slip to be able to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Anderson, AWCPA Athletic Director.
8 students, 2 parents and 3 teachers participated in our Race for the Cure team, "Pink Spartans".
Thank you to everyone who supported our team and made donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
There’s a first time for everything.
In sports, many athletes remember the first time they made the varsity team, sank a game-winning shot, kicked a game-winning goal or won a championship. Well, for the Aurora West College Preparatory Academy boys soccer team, two important firsts happened recently.
Aurora West defeated Salida High School 2-1 in the first round of the Class 3A soccer playoffs, earning their first playoff win in their first-ever playoff appearance. Staff members and nearly four dozen spirit bus riders cheered on the Spartans and coach Ryan Adams.
Remarkably, the team makeup consists of only underclassmen and juniors. The school’s first senior class will graduate in 2014.
The team defeated Salida in the first round of the 3A competition, but lost 5-3 to Frontier Academy in the second round. The team proved that they can compete with any team in the state and we are looking forward to an outstanding season next year.
Congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment!