Good morning, my name is DeMiah Jackson. I have experienced peaks and fragments of triumph and failure, but one thing for sure, I learned a lot, met great friends and teachers and had a great time.
I learned so many things about myself the past nine years. One quality I am most proud of is learning what it means to be a student. Becoming a student meant acquiring strong study habits, learning the value of meeting deadlines, and the power of self-advocating and problem solving. This did not happen overnight. It wasn’t until my 3rd grade year with Mrs. McDonough that I became more invested in my learning. This is when the really, really complex thinking and working came to life. It was the time of grappling away with my first research paper and memorizing my first speech in preparation for the Wax Museum. It was challenging, but another opportunity to learn something new.
Our sixth grade scholars have been working hard since January to develop a Global Campaign surrounding water. Working with a local nonprofit, they will be collecting shoes to support the building of wells in communities across the globe that do not have access to clean water. They have formed committees to tackle communication through artwork in the school building, through social media, and via presentations to advisories and the Board of Trustees. Parents can support the campaign by helping students gather gently used shoes that are no longer being utilized in your household to donate to the campaign. You can also help your student spread the word to family and friends, and collect more shoes for the program.
The campaign will run from April 1 through April 30. Each class that reaches their goal will receive a prize, and the grade that has the most pairs of shoes will have a pizza party outside in May.
Our partnership with WE Schools supports our commitment to empower City Academy students to become global citizens. Through project-based learning like this campaign, our students are able to step outside of their own experiences and develop empathy for their neighbors here in St. Louis and across the globe. Engagement in these spaces allow continued growth of character and skills they will carry with them on their paths to success. Leadership, program development, community engagement, team building, and creative thinking are just some of the tools they will utilize as global thinkers to effect change on a small and larger scale. Our students are understanding that through service-learning projects, hope is given, and there is nothing more powerful than hope.
Last Friday was our last day of virtual learning for our graduating sixth graders, and while graduation has been delayed, we still found ways to celebrate the class of 2020!
Teachers and staff visited graduates to deliver yard signs, mementos and gifts to each sixth grader, and even got to see most of them (from a safe distance).
Students in third and fourth grade science classes wrapped up their ecology unit this week with a livestream Q & A with Fox 2 meteorologist Chris Higgins.
The unit began with creating nature journals to record daily abiotic elements of weather such as temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and clouds. After students practiced recording data, they incorporated analysis in small ways by looking at how the weather/abiotic elements interacted with the biotic elements such as the plants, animals, and us!
Good evening, my name is Jordyn Jefferson. The best way to describe myself as a student at City Academy is through the lens of a rose.
Roses are fragrant, attractive, bright and colorful and when they bloom, they illuminate grace and beauty. They appreciate sunny skies and rainy nights with intentional thorns that protect them from harm.
Today, I stand as the delicate rose I just described, but I didn’t start City Academy as a rose already bloomed. I was a seed, eager to sprout. I began growing my roots that gave me stability. With each spurt of growth, I became resilient and firm. Not even a strong storm could weaken my stem or cause me despair. Each time I gained knowledge, a petal formed. There were times my petals frayed from disappointments and failures, but always another petal would bloom causing me to have hope.