Learning History Through Language

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Second grade video project connects history, language arts, and STEAM!

Second grade recently completed a unit on St. Louis history. This unit was an extension of their ongoing study of figurative language. The class began the history unit by learning about St. Louis. Through this unit, students discovered meaning of the symbols of our city’s flag, the confluence, and the geography of the area.

Second graders also examined past and present photographs of the riverbank. They were surprised to see how it has changed over many years due to flooding!

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Shaw Nature Reserve Field Trip

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For City Academy students, an overnight field trip to Shaw Nature Reserve is a right of passage.

The Missouri Botanical Garden Shaw Nature Reserve has been a longtime community partner with City Academy. For over ten years, they have hosted third-sixth grade students on overnight field trips. These trips, led by our science teacher and STEAM coordinator, Erik Taylor, have provided hands-on experience of Missouri’s native ecosystems to students.

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School Library Month | April 2018

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April is School Library Month! We’re celebrating our library, librarian, and literacy programs all month (and year) long.

The City Academy library is home to nearly 14,000 titles. But our library is more than just books, thanks to Librarian and Tech Integration Coordinator, Marybeth Huff.

Marybeth Huff, City Academy School Librarian and Tech Integration Coordinator

Marybeth has been with City Academy for the past ten years. In that ten years, Marybeth has been at the center of encouraging our students to become life-long learners. She has ensured the success of not only our literacy program but as the Tech Integration Coordinator, has implemented programs such as Coding and Digital Citizenship. This modern library approach provides books in many ways for the students, from overflow books going to each classroom, to a new plan this May for open e-books (free online books) and tumble books (audio books).

Early childhood students coding
Students enjoying the sun in our library

Multiple programs have led to our students’ literary success. The Accelerated Reader Program provides readers a challenge based upon the difficulty of the book. After reading a book, students take a reading comprehension test, even as early as in kindergarten.

Additionally, City Academy partners with Bring Me a Book Foundation to provide students with current hardback picture books. Bring Me A Book also makes possible our take-home book program in junior kindergarten and kindergarten. Through this program, Early Childhood students take home four books each week to read at home with their family.

Marybeth empowers our students to be strong, independent readers. She provides space for students to investigate their own interests and discover reading material relative to their curiosities.

View a few of our favorite library books

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Dear Mayor Krewson | Earth Day 2018

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“We need to be good stewards of our land. There are little things we can do to make a huge difference.” – Ann Luciani, Early Childhood STEAM Teacher

In honor of Earth Day, City Academy students have spent the last few weeks in nature. They have been creating anti-litter posters and collecting trash around City Academy. Though today is a day we celebrate nationwide, for our students, “Earth Day is every day,” says Ann Luciani, Early Childhood STEAM Teacher. In an attempt to effect change and help keep St. Louis City clean, students wrote letters to Mayor Krewson.

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National Volunteer Week 2018

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Why City Academy is Important To Me by Megan Chaney Walker and Daphne (4th grade student)

We’re celebrating our volunteers during National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2018)! One long-time volunteer, Megan Chaney Walker, has been volunteering as a mentor for many years. She also serves on our Marketing Committee and is a regular attendee at Buddy Morning.

Each week, Megan mentors and tutors 4th grade student, Daphne. Megan has been tutoring Daphne since Daphne was in our Early Childhood program!

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What’s New In Early Childhood Education: Writer’s Workshop

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Writer’s Workshop Implemented in All Classrooms

This school year, all City Academy students are participating in Writer’s Workshop. This is an industry standard that emphasizes the styles and ideas of writing. Writer’s Workshop was championed by teachers as a way to promote the importance of writing. Writer’s Workshop also helps students develop their reading skills.

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Extended Day: Families Benefit from After School Programs

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Academics do not just occur during the school day at City Academy. All 185 students participate in after school activities such as theater, mentorship programs, and robotics club. Our Extended Day programs afford students the opportunity to continue learning after the school day.

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Alumni Award Recipient Najee’ Walker

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Hello, I’m Najee Walker. I am a City Academy alumna from the class of 2012 and I am grateful to have the opportunity to receive the Alumni Award from Wells Fargo Advisors, as well as flattered that City Academy nominated me.

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Donating Your Holiday

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NO GIFTS FOR ME!

With the holidays approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about how blessed I am. And how I really don’t need a thing. (Especially since I have a December birthday, so I’ve just received gifts.)

So I’ve decided to “donate my holiday” to City Academy.

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Transforming Lives: The Thomas Family

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For several families in St. Louis, quality and affordable educational opportunities are out of reach. Like all parents, Tamara and Demetrius want the best for their children. After being disappointed in their neighborhood’s school district, they were thrilled to find an innovative school near their home.

At City Academy, the Thomas family has found a supportive community for their three children: Zuri ’12 (MICDS ’18), Zion ’13 (MICDS ’19), and Zain ’22. 

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