“With the synergies of all our efforts, what we can achieve becomes very powerful.” – Erica Venne
Mission-made and mission-proud. At City Academy, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional education and empowering our students. To meet the needs of our growing student body, we are expanding our faculty and staff. One new position we added this year is the Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator. This is a great example of generous community support impacting education equity.
We are excited to re-introduce Erica Venne as the new Instruction and Curriculum Coordinator. Erica is now in her fifth year at City Academy. Previously, she was a Spanish student teacher, fourth grade humanities teacher and fifth grade humanities teacher at the school.
Each year, our third and fourth grade classes participate in an overnight excursion to Shaw Nature Reserve. For students, the trip is an opportunity to gain hands-on, in-the-field experience. For our science teachers – Ann Luciani(3rd & 4th grades) andErik Taylor (5th & 6th grades), this is a great opportunity to educate beyond the classroom.
Educational development is at the forefront of many parents’ minds. With nearly twenty years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Jeff Horwitz, our Early Childhood Director, has several tips on creating learning environments for all ages both in and out of the classroom. While our teachers and staff educate children at school, their are many techniques that parents can use to engage children in learning outside of the classroom.
This week, we launched our twentieth school year. It was exciting to see the optimism and excitement of everyone, especially our students. One parent shared that her daughter bounced out of bed, fully dressed and ready to go, having slept in her school uniform!
For me, first days are a time for reflection. I am reminded of how far we have come since opening the school in 1999 at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club with only 42 students. As we celebrate twenty years of exceptional education, we are excited to open our doors to a record number of students: 202!
At our first graduation in 2005, we created the Oliver Langenberg Award. This award honors a St. Louisan whose contributions have made City Academy and our broader community better. Oliver Langenberg was City Academy’s first donor in 1998, a year before we opened! Think about that. He gave money to a school with no students or teachers. Mr. Langenberg believed in the vision for a school of excellence for all families. He had faith that we would get it done. I will always be grateful.
Today, I am honored to have Mrs. Joanne Knight here, along with her daughter Anne Davidson, and to present this year’s Langenberg Award to the Charles Knight Family.
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!
For City Academy students, an overnight field trip to Shaw Nature Reserve is a right of passage.
The Missouri Botanical Garden Shaw Nature Reservehas 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.
April is School Library Month! We’re celebrating our library, librarian, and literacy programs all month (and year) long.
The City Academylibrary 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 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).
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 Foundationto 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.
“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.