Spanish Language Immersion

¡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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Buddy Morning | October 6, 2016

Buddy Morning sponsor, 2e Creative, with their buddies (pictured above)

Buddy Morning is a great opportunity for corporate groups and individuals to spend quality time with a City Academy student. Twice a year, community partners, donors, supporters, and volunteers spend one-on-one time with a student and experience what makes our school so special. These buddies participate in a learning activity together and create a great friendship with their student buddy.

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Snack Hacks from Ms. Marilyn

It’s the first week of October and for those of you who don’t know, that means it’s National School Lunch Week! All of us at City Academy know that parents are busy with a million things to do. We want to help you out a bit in one area: snacks!

Packing your kids lunches can be time consuming. We decided to ask our resident food expert and master chef, Ms. Marilyn, to give us some quick snack hacks that you can use when preparing your child’s lunch!

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Development Department

We are pleased to have a new structure to our development department and a team of dedicated fundraising professionals. Our development department is responsible for securing financial support that allows us to provide 100% of our students with scholarships. These individuals are dedicated to the mission of City Academy and are great advocates for our students.

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Dear (Math) Diary…

Dear Diary,

As I type this blog, I recall the ebb and flow of teaching some years when I had a class of predominant high achievers then other years when the majority of the class needed extra practice. During both extremes, I was challenged because I wanted to do more for each group but wasn’t sure how.

After seeking advice from my peers – something I recommend all teachers do – the idea of math journals came to light.

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First Day of School | September 1, 1999

The very first day of school for City Academy was September 1, 1999.  There were 42 students in three classes- junior kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade, who were part of the inaugural celebration. The following is the first day of school speech given by President and Co-Founder of City Academy, Don Danforth III.

First Day of School Speech 1999 by Don Danforth III

Ten years ago, I was talked into volunteering at a place called the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club. At the time, I had no idea what I was getting into and soon got caught up into Mr. Mathews’ philosophy of offering children the best opportunities possible. City Academy is the result of the successes of the Mathews-Dickey educational programs. It takes Martin Mathews’ simple philosophy of offering programs for children that will be the very best. That’s what we’ve set about doing, creating the very best school.

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Community Transformation: Dreams for Urban Renewal

As the only private, independent school in north St. Louis city, we are committed to providing exceptional education that transforms the community. One of the best examples we have of our community impact is our alumni. For many students, once they graduate from elementary school, they no longer have much contact with the school or with their teachers. However, for City Academy alumni, these graduates not only keep in touch with the school and the faculty, they are provided with academic assistance, programs, and internships at City Academy.

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Summer Art

Just because summer is here does not mean that children stop learning at City Academy! Many of our students participate in our summer program, Summer at City. Scholars receive rigorous academic instruction in the morning and then participate in summer camp activities in the afternoon. Students continue developing their skills and knowledge in science, language arts, math, and art in the summer.

This summer, we are fortunate to have Savannah Switzer as our Summer at City art teacher. Savannah studied at the Flint Institute of Arts in the summer of 2015 and is currently pursuing her dream of becoming an elementary art teacher. This summer, she has provided Summer at City students the opportunity to study a variety of art techniques while learning about various artists.

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Express Who You Are

by Jhani S. ’16 (Thomas Jefferson ’22)

Nona, my dad’s mother, died two years ago. The thought of her dying made my head spin. Since then, I have a blank page in my head. Yet many aspects of her I remember:  her cooking, her laughter, her appearance and even her favorite animal, a jaguar. But most especially I remember her nickname for me, KING.

This I believe: nicknames express who you truly are on the inside. The person who gives you a nickname does it out of love.

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