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Dateline DA is a monthly e-newsletter for the Denver Academy community including alumni, parents and friends. Dateline serves to highlight and report on important school issues and events, as well as topics that relate to diverse learners, learning differences and the educational community at large. Comments, story ideas, and submissions are welcome. Please contact Communications at Denver Academy.

Denver Academy also sends out weekly event emails to current parents--or others who would like to receive them--to provide a quick snapshot of happenings on campus. We send out two emails each week: one for the Lower Division (Elementary and Middle) and one for the High School.

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2017

News Archive

  • May

    Award-winning Author Avi Visits Denver Academy

    Jolene Gutiérrez, M.L.S., Denver Academy Librarian
    An award-winning author of books for children and young adults, Avi has had a relationship with Denver Academy for 20 years. When he initially visited DA, he told me he was interested in our school of diverse learners because he is a diverse learner himself. After struggling in school and being discouraged by his parents when he said he wanted to become a writer, he set out as a young man to prove them wrong. He has, in spades.

    Some of the 80+ books he’s published (many of them books he read and edited pre-publication with Denver Academy classes) have won the Newbery Award, have been published in many different languages, and have been optioned for films.
     
    His message to our kids is that if you want something badly enough and if you work hard enough, you can achieve your dreams. One of the 6thgraders, Roman, summed up Avi’s visit by saying, “What did I learn from Avi? I learned not to give up.” To see highlights from his video, go here
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  • April

    DA Track and Field Team Having Great Success

    Chris Hegele, Assistant Coach
    4/22/2017

    Denver Academy Track and Field Season is well underway and the team is having great success! The team had a good experience last Saturday at the Byers Invitational. Parker H. keeps lopping off chunks of seconds and establishing new personal records (must be the new hairdo!) every time he runs. Jena S. ran her first 400-meter run as did Naomi B. Joe W. is performing well, Sam H. is showing greater confidence in his ability, and Isaac N. is an iron man in the long distance runs. Ashley A. gave a good effort in the mile (1600 meter) run, Sam T. ran his first mile (1600 meter) run on Saturday and Run T. is inspiring with her attitude and effort. Way to go team!
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  • Elementary School Blog 2017: Spring is in Full Swing!

    Jennifer Perry, Dean of Elementary School
    4/14/2017
    Spring is in full swing in the Elementary Building! Teachers and students hosted dads or special guests for Doughnuts with Dad. Thanks to all who made this morning so much fun! 
     
    Experiential Days were a blast for us too. Students created terrariums, dioramas, iMovies, gooey science experiments, and more! Students were able to choose activities that were of interest to them. They spent three mornings delving into their selections with these intense, hands-on learning days. Afternoons were spent with a visit from Hawk Quest and a painting class with our very own Ms. Prezkuta. 
     
    Our amazing Literacy Team, along with Arts and Media, led a SMASH, BOOM, BANG Graphic Novel Day. Students learned more about onomatopoeia (words that are sounds), which are found in a lot of graphic novels. They also investigated the difference between comics and graphics novels. They even had the chance to create their own comics online! 
     
    Classes have been taking advantage of the beautiful Colorado weather and working outside at the pond. This outdoor learning space provides endless opportunities for writing, science and team building. We are so fortunate to have this space!
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  • January

    High School Solar Car Construction

    DA High School Students Help Lead Million Solar Stars Initiative

    Adam Hall, Million Solar Stars
    DA students are helping lead a Million Solar Stars (MSS) initiative to raise awareness for expanding solar power at schools in Denver, Dubai, and beyond. The MSS project is a platform for students to engage with hands-on solar power lessons inside classrooms and on campuses.  Learners build solar light models, participate in solar challenges, and design, build and race solar model cars. 

    MSS students practice leadership skills through raising awareness and support for solar power and engage school administrators and community members with presentations and multi-media productions. Additionally, students help analyze potential rooftop and ground mounted sites for solar. MSS students have observed pilot solar array installations at schools in Denver, Colorado, Shanghai, China, and will soon observe a pilot solar array installation by CitySolar at Universal American School in Dubai. 
     
    Once the pilot system is up and running, learners study and analyze solar monitoring data with science, math, and business lessons.  Students then work with school administers and community businesses to determine whether large scale solar arrays on their school make educational, environmental, and economic sense.

    As a pilot project, Denver Academy MSS students are raising awareness and support to bring solar lights to a school in Bangkok during their summer experiential trip.  The goal is to utilize solar lights for science and math lessons and enable kids to read and do homework at night.  Additionally, we're working to install solar power at the Bangkok school we will be visiting. The solar array will provide clean energy for the school. Ultimately, MSS students are interested in helping facilitate additional schools in developed countries to partner with schools in developing countries to support and expand solar light learning. 

    MSS has had success expanding solar power to schools in Dubai, UAE, Shanghai, China, Denver, Colorado, USA, and hopefully soon, to schools in Kenya and other countries in Africa.  Million Solar Stars has gained endorsement from Dr. Jane Goodall and Professional Racecar Driver, Stefan Wilson.  We are raising awareness and support to expand solar power at additional schools in the United States, UAE, Africa, China, Central America, and beyond.  

    In December, DA students used Million Solar Stars Starter Kits to build solar cars and are learning about solar as part of their science and math curriculum. To find out more about Million Solar Stars, visit the website,
     
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