Am I Smarter than a Second Grader?

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This year I got a promotion, of sorts, with my volunteer work at City Academy. I went from reading to Kindergartners to tutoring second graders.

It turns out that second grade at City Academy is serious work. The homework is significant. They learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division all in one year. From time to time, there are word problems that look like they belong on a Mensa quiz. The kids are reading chapter books and writing reflections on their books every week

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Celebrating Literacy

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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).

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New Literacy Program: Accelerated Reader

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City Academy students are immersed in a culture of reading and writing in order for them to become life-long learners. Literacy is at the foundation of our curriculum, even as students enter junior kindergarten. As partners, parents and faculty work together to build this culture of literacy by modeling the behaviors of lifelong readers.

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Buddy Morning Changes Lives

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Buddy Morning is a great opportunity for both community supporters and students. Twice a year, community partners, donors, supporters, and volunteers spend one-on-one time with a student and experience our unique mission.

City Academy has hosted twenty-one Buddy Morning events since 2006. Each attendee is paired with a scholar and has the opportunity to build a relationship through educational activities. Buddies participate in great activities including playing drums in music, building robots in science, and creating leaf rubbings in art.

Buddy Morning attendees are individual supporters and community partners of City Academy. Many attend because they are able to see first-hand the exceptional education and community transformation that is taking place at City Academy. In fact, many individuals attend so often that they are called Super Buddies. Super Buddies have attended at least five Buddy Mornings. Many are paired with the same student buddy each time, building a lasting friendship.

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Education For All | Letter from the President

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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.

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Keep Moving Forward | Remembering MLK

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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

This seminal quote delivered by Dr. King served as both a rallying cry and proverbial exclamation mark to conclude a stirring address made before the scholars and faculty of Spellman College in April 1960. As I recently re-read through the entirety of the message, I was immediately overcome with excitement and humility. I noticed how well our school’s mission and the subsequent fulfilling of our mission poetically align with his poignant thoughts on the critical role of education in remedying the societal ills and birthing hope for our country’s future.

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Wells Fargo Advisors Alumni Service Award 2016

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Each year, Wells Fargo Advisors recognizes a City Academy alumnus with the Wells Fargo Advisors Alumni Service Award. This year, two graduates were recognized at our Annual Luncheon on December 1: Marshall Strawbridge ’11 (The Fulton School ’17) and Mark Wheeler ’11 (Whitfield School ’17).

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Kindness

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How do we promote kindness?

This question was posed to the twenty-four kindergarten students at City Academy. Our kindergarten teachers want to ensure that even our young scholars learn Cooperation, become Assertive, take Responsibility for their own actions, develop Empathy, and learn Self-control (C.A.R.E.S.). Although kindness is part of this C.A.R.E.S. philosophy, our kindergarten teachers – Ms. Gunn and Ms. Schott – have focused on promoting kindness in the classroom throughout the month of November.

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Spanish Language Immersion

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¡Hola clase !

The Spanish program at City Academy is muy bueno! Every student at City Academy participates in our Spanish program, and each class is structured to best enhance the learning of each grade level.

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