Congratulations Class of 2020!

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Last Friday was our last day of virtual learning for our graduating sixth graders, and while graduation has been delayed, we still found ways to celebrate the class of 2020!

Teachers and staff visited graduates to deliver yard signs, mementos and gifts to each sixth grader, and even got to see most of them (from a safe distance).

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Third and Fourth Grade Scientists Zoom with Fox 2 Meteorologist Chris Higgins

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Students in third and fourth grade science classes wrapped up their ecology unit this week with a livestream Q & A with Fox 2 meteorologist Chris Higgins.

The unit began with creating nature journals to record daily abiotic elements of weather such as temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and clouds. After students practiced recording data, they incorporated analysis in small ways by looking at how the weather/abiotic elements interacted with the biotic elements such as the plants, animals, and us!

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Third Grade Wax Museum Project

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Every year, City Academy’s third grade class completes a Wax Museum project. Each scholar chooses a historical figure to research and eventually portray in the living Wax Museum. To prepare for the presentation, students write a research paper, draw a portrait, and create a display backdrop about their chosen historical figure.

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Extended Day Program Teaches Business Skills

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Students in the Cricut Crafting Extended Day program did an excellent job selling their Dear Black Girl/Boy, Africa is the Heartbeat, and Africa is in My DNA shirts for Black History Month. Their project incorporated 4 out of the 7 Nguzo Sabo (Kwanzaa) principles during this project: Umoja (Unity), Ujima (Collective Works and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) and Kuumba (Creativity).

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African-American Family Celebration

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As part of Black History Month celebrations, City Academy annually hosts an African-American Heritage Celebration for our students and families. This years’ celebration, “A Kaleidoscope of Excellence: Stories and Portraits that Celebrate African-American Heritage,” was held on February 27, 2020, and offered families a chance to explore different activities and presentations celebrating African-American culture.

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Graduation Ceremony 2019 | Speech by Jordyn Jefferson

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Good evening, my name is Jordyn Jefferson. The best way to describe myself as a student at City Academy is through the lens of a rose.

Roses are fragrant, attractive, bright and colorful and when they bloom, they illuminate grace and beauty. They appreciate sunny skies and rainy nights with intentional thorns that protect them from harm.

Today, I stand as the delicate rose I just described, but I didn’t start City Academy as a rose already bloomed. I was a seed, eager to sprout. I began growing my roots that gave me stability. With each spurt of growth, I became resilient and firm. Not even a strong storm could weaken my stem or cause me despair. Each time I gained knowledge, a petal formed. There were times my petals frayed from disappointments and failures, but always another petal would bloom causing me to have hope.

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Graduation Ceremony 2019 | Speech by Jayden Cooley

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Reaching the Summit

Good evening my name is Jayden Cooley. I believe my classmate, Alex, with whom I’ve shared my journey with since junior kindergarten used the analogy of his experience at City Academy as a rollercoaster ride. I would agree. We have experienced some really great times at City Academy and I have enjoyed the ride as well, Alex. But allow me to share my experience at City Academy. Since I can remember, I have always been fascinated with mountains. Not necessarily inclined to climb one, but metaphorically or symbolically. Symbolically, the thought of climbing a mountain represents a sense of achievement. Even with a few stumbles and sudden shifts; reaching the summit seems gratifying. Something similar to my time at City Academy.

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Graduation Ceremony 2019 | Poem by Kaliah Birchfield

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Good evening, My name is Kaliah Birchfield. When I first entered City Academy in first grade I was a seed awaiting my chance. A chance to grow into a blossoming tree. With every year, this once tiny seed, grew more into a tree whose branches are now ready to embrace its new journey. Thank you to my parents, my siblings and my peers for helping me flourish and spread my branches.

This evening I’d like to share with you a poem I wrote about my journey and growth at City Academy. It is titled: My Shield Of Branches.

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Graduation Ceremony 2019 | Speech by Alex McCloud

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My Rollercoaster Ride

Good evening, my name is Alexander McCloud and I must say, I am the only student that has been at City Academy for a decade. No, not really but it has felt like a decade. I have spent eight L-O-N-G years as a student at City Academy, but it has been a LONG fulfilling journey. My experience here has been something similar to a roller coaster ride. I’ve experienced some tight turns, some steep slopes, and sometimes inversion and didn’t know if I was upside down or sitting straight up.

Like most kids my age, amusement parks and rides can be invigorating. You usually start with your hands waving in the air; excited to feel the breeze and soon you’re locked in and without warning you are off; screaming from the top of your lungs, with harsh winds slapping your face and with each twist and turn, it feels like your stomach is having a ride of its own.

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Graduation Ceremony 2019 | Speech by Za’Cari Bland

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A Grace of New Beginnings

Good evening everyone, my name is Za’Cari Bland. This evening marks the start of new beginnings for me, but I can not continue my path without first acknowledging my “new beginnings” or opportunities as a City Academy student.

I had a unique experience as a student at City Academy and in the beginning, thought of it as a disadvantage. While most students started school at the beginning of the school year, my beginnings at this great place, started midway through my first grade year. Expectations were already established, rigor was enforced and friendships had been bonded. For me, I was the girl on the other side of the wall trying to find my way. I was in despair, empty and isolated. The somber emotions quickly came to past. Soon, I realized that I had a chance at something new. The grace of new beginnings. A chance to make friends and to be a friend, a chance to welcome new challenges, a chance to take risks, a chance at finding my purpose and last but not least, a chance at striving for excellence.

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