Seven years ago, City Academy embarked on a new program in innovation and design. Robotics was added to our science curriculum for fifth and sixth graders. However, students expressed so much interest in learning more about robotics and programming that our science teacher, Mr. Erik Taylor, provided them the opportunity to further develop their skills every Thursday in Robotics Club.
For the past six years, our robotics curriculum and club have included fifth and sixth graders building, developing, and enhancing robotic vehicles throughout the school year. However, Mr. Taylor wanted to increase the robotics program this year. He decided to add robotics to the third and fourth grade curriculum. While third and fourth graders are now building vehicles in science class, fifth and sixth graders are working not only on developing vehicles but also robotic arms!
We’re living in a pivotal time in history. For those of us in St. Louis, we often feel like we’re in the epicenter. Our children, our families, and our community have been and continue to be directly affected by events in our region from the past nineteen months.
This semester, sixth grade students have studied a pivotal time in world history, World War II. For many elementary school teachers, it’s often easier to gloss over the infractions, events, and deaths that occurred during this time rather than teach about this chapter in history to young students. However, City Academy teachers have bold expectations for our students and do not often take the easy road.
Sophie is awesome
In so many ways,
She visits City Academy
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
With energy to spare
She’s a small ball of joy,
She helps students communicate
Both girls and boys.
Sophie has been around the block
Helping all kinds of people,
From students to patients
She’s visited all the townspeople.
“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” – Rosa Parks
These words are stenciled on the walls of City Academy along with several other inspiring quotes. So many schools celebrate Rosa Parks and many other influential African-Americans during Black History Month each February. I like to think that City Academy continually celebrates history and the heroes who have inspired us. I spend much time reflecting on the great many people who have shaped our school, as well as my belief that children, regardless of income or race, will overcome barriers with their determination, hard work, and a support system of exceptional educators with bold expectations.
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 what makes our school so special. These buddies participate in a learning activity together and are given a tour of the school by their student buddy!
City Academy hosted the 18th Bi-Annual Buddy Morning on October 28, 2015, which attracted 101 individuals form the community. Each attendee was paired with a scholar and had the opportunity to build a relationship through educational activities.
Today marks one month since we returned to school. The first days of school were filled with excitement, anticipation, and a wonderful energy that was infectious throughout City Academy. Students and teachers may not be as anxious as they were on that first day of school, but their excitement and contagious energy still abounds.
The first few weeks of school have allowed teachers to reminisce about their first days of school as students and as teachers, and have allowed students to share their hopes and dreams for the new school year.