Without planning, three of the four math teachers wore their City Academy tees on the same day. Of course when we saw this, we knew there was plenty of math involved. How many of the following math questions can you answer:
1) What fraction of the math team is not wearing a CA tee?
2) What is the ratio of team members wearing a CA tee to total math team members?
3) If a fifth team member showed up and was not wearing a CA tee, what would be the probability of a CA tee being selected at random?
4) Bonus: Can you make out what word the math team is miming?
Answers: 1) 1/4 2) 3:4 3) 3/5 4) MATH
April is Literacy Month at City Academy. We’re celebrating with our students, faculty, staff, and volunteers!
This week, several individual City Academy supporters and community partners, such as Bring Me A Book St. Louis, participated in story-time. These volunteers read books such as Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein in upper grade classrooms and Flight School by Lita Judge to early childhood students.
After the stories were read, scholars brought the books to life though novel engineering projects. Novel engineering allows our students to integrate literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). This unique approach to literacy affords our students the chance to problem-solve. Scholars must identify a problem in the story, determine a solution, and then create a prototype.
Second grade students completed novel engineering projects based on the book Flight School. In the story, a spirited penguin is determined to fly. Since his body was not built to soar, the penguin must find the tools he needs to soar.
Second graders created prototypes for the penguin’s problem. Students created wings, propellers, and jet packs that the penguin could use to fly through the sky.
Second graders completing Flight School novel engineering projects with Friends Committee Member, Tyler Krueger
We are grateful for volunteers and community partners who inspire our students to celebrate literacy every day. Community support allows our students to flourish and succeed at City Academy, secondary school, college, and beyond.
Learn more about how you can support our scholars
EDUCATION FOR ALL
Every child deserves hope, and black or white has nothing to do with it.
I had just graduated from my private liberal-arts college and was working for a large St. Louis corporation when a friend asked me to volunteer as a tutor at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club. That’s where I met Anthony, a second-grader attending school in an underperforming district that would later lose accreditation. His mom cared deeply for him, but the family had few educational options. She turned to Mathews-Dickey, a St. Louis nonprofit institution that has provided athletic, enrichment, and educational opportunities to children in north St. Louis for more than 50 years.
Anthony and I had very different backgrounds and lives, but we quickly found how much we had in common. For the next eight years, we met weekly. We talked about algebra and athletics, economics and comics, pie charts and pizza. I shared my love of books, and he shared his passion for art. I gave Anthony my perspective on the endless possibilities for his future, and Anthony helped steer mine.