April 20, 2018
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The Academy Hill Players Present "The Tempest"
William Shakespeare was alive and well at Academy Hill last week!
Thanks to a generous grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the expertise of the Education Division of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, and several dedicated volunteers our middle school students enthusiastically presented TWO versions and FIVE performances of "The Tempest!"
On Wednesday, Joe Earls brought his experience with Shakespeare in the Classroom to our overview of the play, assisting our 6th graders as they introduced the text to the lower school.
On Thursday evening and twice on Friday, the middle school presented a full production to the school community, family members, friends, and Shakespeare & Company!
CTP Standardized Testing Score Reports
Individual student score reports from the Spring 2018 administration of the Education Research Bureau Comprehensive Testing Program (ERB CTP) will be available to parents of current 3rd, 5th and 7th grade students late next week. Please check your mail throughout the week, and contact Ms. Kelli if the reports have not arrived by Monday, April 30.
Clusters are Coming!
Believe it or not, Cluster Days are nearly here!

One of the most highly anticipated academic activities of the year is the arrival of the annual enrichment clusters at Academy Hill. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this end-of-year teaching and learning tradition, clusters include a three day period of intense, authentic exploration into a new or unfamiliar topic. Students are placed into heterogenous age groups within a prescribed range, and assigned to a cluster based on one of their stated preferences. Each year, we offer new topics and introduce familiar topics to a new audience.

In the past, parents and community members have facilitated or co-facilitated a cluster. Once again, we are excited to reach out to our Academy Hill family as we seek to create a diverse, engaging menu of cluster options for our students. Do you have a unique or interesting hobby? Does your professional work afford you the opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with students?

If you are interested in facilitating or co-facilitating an enrichment cluster on June 4, 5 and 6, please contact MELISSA EARLS
 as soon as possible. We will be distributing cluster choices to students shortly after the April break.

Announcing the June SPARK and SPARK*EL Programs
SPARK*EL

This is a unique enrichment program for the early childhood set, ages 3*-5, who have not yet been to Kindergarten. Each week features a different subject, including a variety of big ideas for little people. We focus on imagination, exploration, cooperation, and sharing, while enjoying lots of playtime! 

June 11-15 Week 1: ARTS Each day will feature a different art medium, and the week will culminate in an art show. A trip to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst will be incorporated into the arts camp. 
June 18-22 Week 2: SCIENCE Science camp will expose our early learners to a variety of hands-on experiments. A science fair featuring the children's work will be held at the end of the week. A trip to the CT Science Center in Hartford will be a special outing. 
June 25-29 Week 3: ENGINEERING/SIMPLE MACHINES The Early Learners will engage in both individual and group engineering projects. They will also learn about and solve problems with simple machines. 

SPARK

Academy Hill's SPARK summer program consists of dynamic enrichment courses designed to ignite the interests of students in meaningful ways and to enliven their natural curiosity and sense of wonder. 

Week One: June 11 - 15 
Hiking/Exploring American Sign Language Book Making Yoga Grand Camp Kitchen Chemistry Kids Coding I Kids Coding I Fitness Fitness Games Kids Coding II Kids Coding II 
Week Two: June 18 - 22 
Nature Art Art Mixer Yoga Board/Card Games Kids Coding I Kids Coding II Get S-M-Art Grand Camp Around the World Around the World Game Show Game Show Pre-Algebra Boot Camp (entering grades 6-7-8) Drama Production (entering grades 4-8) 
Week Three: June 25 - 29 
Hiking/Exploring Board/Card Games American Sign Language Book Making Kids Coding I Kids Coding I Get S-M-Art Grand Camp Kids Coding II Kids Coding II Fitness Fitness Games Algebra Boot Camp (entering grades 6-7-8) Drama Production (entering grades 4-8)

For more information or to register, please visit the SPARK Enrichment page on our website by clicking  HERE, or see the brochure sent home in your student's Friday Folder!

Spring Open House: Invite Your Friends!
Join us for our Spring Open House 
Wednesday, April 25
8:15 am to 3:00 pm

To register please contact Kathleen Burke, Director of Admission, 413-788-0300 x131 or 
kburke@academyhill.org
1190 Liberty Street, Spring eld, MA 01104 www.academyhill.org



The Travelers' Magical Marketplace
Ms. McNierney's Travelers have created a business called the Magic Marketplace. On  April 25th and 26th , students from all grades will have the opportunity to shop at the market. Prices range from 50 cents to $1.50. There will be handmade  items and food from around the world. 

Valley Gives Day is May 1st: Remember Academy Hill!
Valley Gives is a 24-hour fundraising event sponsored by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The purpose of the day is to support the important work of charitable and non-profit organizations throughout Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties.
Support from our current and past families, alumni, and friends in the community will help us to continue our mission.
 
NEW THIS YEAR! Help us spread the word by setting up a peer-to-peer fundraising page. Set up your own Valley Gives page and share the link with your neighbors, co-workers, and extended family. Ask them to make a gift on May 1st. The more the merrier! Contact Melissa Pevay (mpevay@academyhill.org) to get started. It is simple!
 
Valley Gives will hand out multiple monetary prizes throughout the day. Increased participation leads to more opportunities for us to earn a bonus prize. Valley Gives begins at 12:00 am on May 1st
Check out the ACADEMY HILL PAGE today! 




Parent Association Corner
The Parent Association will be holding a meeting on April 30th at 8:30AM to discuss the upcoming Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (May 8th ~ May 11th).

Please join us if you would like to help out.

If you'd like to help but cannot attend the meeting, please contact
Heather Andress at hmn4858@gmail.com


Next up: HIGH MEADOW DAY!

Please look for the High Meadow sign-up form in the most recent Friday Folder!

Save the date: Monday, May 7

Remember: There is NO SCHOOL on High Meadow Day! The entire school community is invited to join the fun at this annual event.

Final words...
SAVE THE DATES AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
  • Parents Association Meeting: April 30
  • Spring Open House: April 25
  • High Meadow Day: May 7, NO SCHOOL (All invited to H.M.)
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week: May 8 - 11
  • Clusters: June 4, 5, 6
  • Graduation and Closing Ceremony: June 8               
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