July 21st = 10th ,11th , 12th grade Registration – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
July 22nd = 8th grade Registration - 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
July 23rd –9th grade Orientation & Registration – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
July 24th - 9th grade Orientation (Group picture ,Class Motto) 1:00 pm - 3:00
July 24th = 7th grade Registration - 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
July 23, July 24 & July 25th = 6th grade Orientation and Registration – 8:30 am – 11:30 am
CHILL started in Vermont through Burton Boards, and is in its 10th season in Denver. The Mission of The Chill Foundation is to provide opportunities to at-risk and underserved youth to build self-esteem and life skills through board sports. This is a free learn to snowboard program for underserved youth ages 10-18. Burton provides all of the gear for free, and Loveland Ski Resort provided instructors, and lessons for free for six weeks on Sundays. The students rode to Loveland on a Coach bus with the other Colorado youth that participated in the program. During the bus ride, the students were participated in weekly activities that focused on the weekly theme, which were patience, persistence, responsibility, respect, courage, and pride.
On February 15th, several of our students participated in Mon National day, and some of our staff came to enjoy the festivities.
Today, Mon people around the world wholeheartedly celebrate the 67th Anniversary of Mon National
Day in honor of the founding day of Mon Kingdom, Hongsawatoi (Pegu). The kingdom was founded by the two Mon princes, Samala and Wimala on the 1sr Wane of Maik (11rh month of Mon Lunar calendar) in 1116 B.E (573A.D). On this historic day, we urge Mons around the world to be united and work together for the Mon national cause.
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.