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!
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.
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.
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.
We are fortunate to have amazing alumni who know the importance of giving back to the community. This summer, twenty City Academy alumni are volunteering and interning at our summer program, Summer at City. Many of these young alumni return to the school to pay it forward to the next generation of City Academy students. These alumni are volunteering in classrooms, on field trips, in the administration office and development department.
One alumnus who is interning this summer is Kendrick Smith ’08 (Chaminade ’14). Kendrick is our Communications Intern and is assisting us in sharing Summer at City stories.
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.