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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Then and Now: An Alumna Story

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Shawn Williamson ’07 (Whitfield School ’13, Texas Christian University ’17)

City Academy began in 1999 with three grades at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club. One student in City Academy’s first junior kindergarten class was Shawn Williamson ’07 (Whitfield School ’13, Texas Christian University ’17). Now in her first semester at Saint Louis University School of Law, Shawn fondly recalls her years at City Academy. “I loved school! My teachers took an interest in my education and always encouraged me. They set high expectations but also let me know that I could be successful.”

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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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City Academy Trivia Night Raises Record Funds For Scholarship Program!

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Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Over 500 people attended City Academy’s sixth annual Trivia Night on March 3, 2018, to test their smarts and prove their knowledge! This event was held at a new location, John Burroughs School, to accommodate the growth in attendance.

All proceeds from the event go directly to our Scholarship Program, providing scholarships to 100% of our students. By the end of the night, over $64,000 was raised for our young scholars, which will provide six scholarships to our students.

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My Giving Story: Mark Wheeler

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“I give to City Academy because of the support the school has given me. I want to help the next generation of students.”

– Mark Wheeler ’11

City Academy has given me opportunities that have shaped who I am as a person. I have held leadership positions in my community and secondary school because of skills that City Academy helped me develop. One of these skills is perseverance. Mr. Danforth always encouraged me to never give up. Even when something was out of my comfort zone, he encouraged me to persevere. I can still hear him say, “You will never know what you can do if you do not try.”

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Giving Story: The Towle Family

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“City Academy is so good and so right for the St. Louis community. We want to see the school continue indefinitely.”

– Chris & Laura Towle

Our family strongly believes in the transformational power of education. Don Danforth’s vision to provide exceptional education and bold expectations to children in St. Louis, regardless of their family’s income or zip code, was a vision we quickly supported. Once we learned of City Academy, we became supporters of the school’s endowment fund in 1999.

We give to the school’s endowment so that our support can continue in perpetuity. City Academy is so good and so right for the St. Louis community. We want to see the school continue indefinitely. City Academy’s endowment is tangible evidence that the community supports, endorses, and is confident in the mission of the school.

The education that City Academy provides is an incredible investment in children and families in our community. We are proud to support an organization that serves the St. Louis community for the greater good.

 

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Giving Story: The Richards Family

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“We enrolled our children in City Academy due to the culture of the school and the challenging curriculum. We give to the annual fund because we believe in the mission of the school.” – Reginald & Vanitra Richards, Parents of Kennedy ’24 and Kendall ’24

We joined the City Academy family in 2015 because we were looking for a school that would provide high-quality education for our twin girls. After attending an open house at City Academy, we found that the school not only met all of our needs, but offered additional opportunities that we had not considered.

We enrolled our children in City Academy due to the culture of the school, the challenging curriculum, the approach to learning, and our girls’ excitement about the school after their day visit.

We give to the annual fund because we believe in the mission of the school. City Academy provides exceptional educational opportunities to children in St. Louis. The school also provides many parenting tools to families that help support the social and emotional growth of children. We want to see City Academy continue to provide these opportunities to families for years to come.

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Alumni Award Recipient Zuri Thomas

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I’m so thankful and honored to be here today.  As a senior at MICDS, I’m consumed by all things related to finishing this final semester and getting ready for college. When I learned that I was a recipient of this award, it allowed me to pause and reflect on my experience at City Academy.  I came to City Academy in the third grade.  Prior to joining this community, I was in another local elementary school, and I knew I needed something different, something special. Little did I know how special this new change would be for me and my family.

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