Stony Point Academy

 2641 Dutton Meadows  

Persistence, Excellence, Contribution                                            

Issue Fifteen

May 1, 2017

SPA SUPPORTS OUR COMMUNITY

Happy May!

 We have officially been notified by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for all our hard work, dedication, and support.

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) announces the action taken at the Spring 2017 Commission Meeting. The ACS WASC Commissioners have determined Stony Point Academy (K - 12) meets the ACS WASC criteria for accreditation. This accreditation status is based on all of the information provided by the school, including the initial visit report, and the satisfactory completion of the on-site initial accreditation visit. It is the decision of the Commission to grant Stony Point Academy (grades Kindergarten through 12th) Initial Accreditation Status through June 30, 2020.

Congratulations!

With state testing underway, one way that parents can really help their children is by carefully choosing the words that are used when they praise them.  Every word parents say and action they perform sends a message to their children.  These words and actions tell children how to think about themselves.  Parents should always praise their child’s effort instead of praising accomplishments.  The following are some examples:

Do Not Say:  You are really athletic!

Do Say: You really work hard and pay attention when you are on that field!

Do Not Say:  You are so smart!

Do Say:  You work hard in school and it shows!

So the next time you are ready to praise your child, stop and think about how to use that opportunity to praise his or her effort instead of accomplishments.

Department of Science

In 7th grade Life Science students made interactive posters and presentations on how the human body works. In 8th grade Physical Science students are learning about how light and sound travel in waves. Finally, in High School Biology, students are learning about the different systems that make up the human body, conducting labs that focus on the respiratory and digestive system.

Department of Physical Education

May brings a lot of things out in US from spring fever to hay fever we all have to endure the temptation to not push as hard as we might need to. Our physical fitness testing went very well and I'm excited to see arkids progressing in their Fitness.

Physical education in May will be looking like badminton for the next two weeks as well as Ultimate Frisbee with a combination of soccer basketball and kickball towards the end. Fitness is always a portion of our daily routine in with better wetter we will get the opportunity to utilize the park and its facilities without having to cross what I affectionately call Lake Minnetonka.

Go Dolphins!!!

Department of Mathematics

We are fast approaching the last month of our school year. Yearly CAASPP tests for mathematics will be given the week of May 8 - 12. Early bedtimes will help your child be at their best for this test. The week after Memorial Day is our last full week of school, and students will have two, one-hour math finals that week. All math students have written their finals dates in their planners. Talk to your child about the importance of preparing for finals by doing math problems. Students will be tested on all topics from the second semester.

7th graders have moved to more advanced geometry topics. They have been working with perimeters and areas of circles for the last few weeks. Most 7th graders have mastered advanced problem solving and are learning how to use a scientific calculator. Their next geometry challenge is surface area and volume.

8th grade students have learned how to use factoring to solve quadratic equations. Now they are moving on to graphing quadratic equations and learning some new methods to solve quadratic equations when factoring does not work. This high school level math class is very challenging and will require much effort from all students to be able to finish the course successfully.

Engineering students have just finished designing a house and have moved on to begin designing a playground structure. Students should be collecting recycled materials to build their playground structures. All work on this project will be done in class.

ASB

The last coin has been counted, and the results are in! Because we worked together, Our Pennies for Patients campaign was a big success. We raised $301.11 toward helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society meet its goal of eliminating blood cancers forever. Thank you so much for helping and encouraging your child to participate in Pennies for Patients. There’s only one more thing we’d like to ask you to do:

 

  • Tell your child how proud you are of him or her for making a difference for the thousands of children and adults battling blood cancers!

 

The money your child collected during Pennies for Patients helps the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provide a wide array of resources to help those affected by blood cancers. If you know someone who has been recently diagnosed or is dealing with treatment or diagnosis challenges, LLS funds the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, which connects patients and their loved ones with someone who has been through a similar diagnosis. For more information, click here.

Thanks again for your help with Pennies for Patients. We could not have done it without you!

Department of Humanities

ELA:

2016/2017 7th Grade English Language Arts and History school days are dwindling rapidly! We have experienced some impressive academic growth this school year, and I am proud of all of them for all the hard work and determination.  We are beginning the ELA CAASPP assessments on May 1st, and continue with the Math Assessments the following week, so they'll be some tired students in a couple of weeks.    

In Mr. Ciccotelli's English class, students are gearing up for state testing by working on the writing portion of the SBAC. Using the writing prompts and rubrics from past tests, students are writing and peer editing to ensure success during testing.  While in Social Studies, students are following the narrative of what drove the United States apart in the later part of the 1800's, as the divisions of North and South and the issues of slavery eventually lead to the Civil War.  And in the Creative Writing elective, students have been drafting and developing character in an original story to show their understanding of plot, setting, and dialogue.

High school students are working on writing an argumentative essay about a controversial topic of their choice. The essay will be written as a process paper, including research, pre-writing graphic organizers, notes, conferences, revision, editing, and multiple drafts of the paper. Additionally, in support of their writing, students are continuing their study of ACT/SAT vocabulary words and the syntax of complex sentences.

History:

In the social sciences, the students are learning about the causes of the Great Depression and the rise of totalitarian governments.

Electives

World Religions and Philosophy are going well.  Students are given other perspectives in the world through culture, religion, and traditions.  With knowledge of these perspectives, students make comparisons and analyze real life situations.

Homeschool Program

Home study students are getting out and enjoying the sunshine by going on outdoor field trips this month.  Several are involved in outdoor science activities and enjoying working on longer term science projects and experiments.  We are getting out into the community by participating in math projects where we interview people and analyze the data collected.  We’re also just trying to stay focused and finish out the year strong!