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!
Ninth graders at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy experienced the rewards of community service as part of their High School Orientation this summer. Students collected trash from around the AWCPA vicinity in an effort to clean up their neighborhood and learn the importance of volunteering. During their Orientation, students learned a variety of skills that will help them be successful in high school. The class of 2016 is ready to serve and ready to learn as they begin their high school careers at AWCPA.
Check out the pics from our recent trip to Cherry Creek. Thanks to all the staff members who helped make this possible. Click for more pictures of our field trip.
What a fantastic job the cheerleading squad has done this year! Be sure to congratulate them on a job well done. The following is the current listing of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad:
|AGUILERA, ARELY captain|
|SCHOUMACHER, KAYLA co-captain|
|VARELA, HECTOR co-captain|
Thank you to everyone for making our Coin Drive for the Children's Hospital such a huge success! Our goal was to raise $1000 for children and their families who are in need at the hospital. After counting the money on Friday, our school raised over $1500! In addition, we have 100% participation from 4th period classrooms - every single class gave something. The winning classroom for the middle school was Ms. Ramsey with $145. The winning classroom for high school was Ms. Shrum with $315. These two classes will receive a pizza party. Congratulations and thank you to everyone.
Did you know that this year 70% of the students at AWCPA have NEVER received a referral to the office? The vast majority of students at AWCPA exhibit good behavior every day and receive SHARP Spartan tickets for being Safe, Honest and Trustworthy, Accountable, Respectful and Persistent. Students use their Sharp Spartan tickets to purchase treats after school, buy school items at the Sharp Spartan store, attend a movie night or buy a free dress day. Sixth grade teacher, Mrs.Olson, is just one of the many teachers who “catch her students being good” on a regular basis.
Things are hopping in the AWCPA Media Center! On weekdays from April 16 to 20, the Media Center will host its final Book Fair for the year. The Book Fair will be open before and after school, during Parent Conferences, and during the day for classes to visit. This book fair is especially exciting because it is BOGO: Buy One-Get One free. For every purchase, students can select a free book that is equal to or less expensive. In addition to a wide variety of books at all reading levels, the book fair will also have school supplies and small novelty items for sale.
This year the NCAA Women’s Final Four Tournament is being held in Denver. To celebrate this event, Athletic Director, Mr. Anderson, has organized students for the Middle School Madness program, an interdisciplinary curriculum that uses basketball-related activities to encourage students’ sense of hard work and fair play. Students in Mr. Kirkegaard’s Visual Arts classes used imagery and symbols to create a mural that communicates their reflections on the theme of the unit, “The Power of Youth-Making a Difference in Your Community.” Mr. Thompson’s Math classes participated in a basketball unit that involved making free throw attempts, collecting data and computing the ratio and percentage of their throws, just like real game statistics. Some students are writing essays about the power of youth for an essay contest, as well. Students at AWCPA are enthused about having the opportunity to participate in the excitement of having the 2012 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Denver.
Why did your family come to the United States? Unless you are Native American, ALL of our families came to this country from somewhere else. Students in Mrs. Rybolt’s literacy classes are studying immigration. To find out more about why people come to the U.S., they interviewed some of our recent immigrants in Ms. Spanel’s ELD classes. These students have come here from all over the world. Many of them could not go to school in their own countries because it was too dangerous. They truly appreciate AWCPA and the freedom to learn that they have here.
Mon Mon is a sixth grader who came to AWCPA from Burma, a country rich in history and tradition. She has been in this country about three years and has learned to speak English very well. She says this is because she has had very good teachers. Mon represents her culture by dancing with a professional group in a beautiful costume of red, white and gold. Mon’s advice to other students is that you should listen to your teachers and follow their directions. If you are respectful and pay attention, you can really learn here.
“Two brothers who love to learn and love to play.” That’s a good description of eighth grade twins, Dameion and Jaylinn McGary. Not only do they participate in track, wrestling, basketball and soccer, they also keep notebooks with lists of all of the sports scores and important statistics in the NFL and NBA. The brothers advise students who would like to do well in school to sit away from their friends, finish all of their work, and pay attention in class. If you do these things, they say, you will learn new things that will improve your mind.
Eighth grader Cheimerie Ogbonnaya has only been at AWCPA for a year but she is already earning excellent grades and has become involved in track, wrestling, volleyball, National Junior Honor Society and Student Council. Her favorite subject is literacy because she loves to express what she is feeling in writing. She also really enjoys the diversity at AWCPA. It is rewarding to go to school with all different kinds of people. Cheimerie’s advice to students is to keep an open mind. Teachers are trying to help you – give them a chance.
Amber Rivera has been a student at AWCPA for five years and she has never had a referral. As a tenth grader she plays volleyball and basketball, plays in the band, belongs to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and helps coach middle school volleyball. Amber thinks the best thing about going to high school at AWCPA is the opportunity to go to dances and play sports, but also to develop the understanding that learning is a serious business. Her advice to her fellow students is to focus, do your homework and respect your teachers. It also helps you to concentrate if you don’t sit with your friends!