Celebrating Our International Students
Evan Simpson, Dean of Students

At Accelerated Schools, we have been proud to host students from throughout the world. Since its founding Accelerated schools has had hundreds of international students from dozens of countries. Because of the circumstances of this year students who would normally have traveled to and lived in the U.S. to study are working remotely from home, but that came with a bit of a blessing in disguise. Talking to two of our international students, Kevin (Yifan) and Charlie (Ruixuan), this was the first time they have been able to be home for Chinese New Year, which fell in February of 2021. Here is a bit of what they had to say about their celebration this year:

The Spring Festival event usually lasts 15 days. The celebrations include the New Year’s Eve dinner and the setting off of firecrackers. However, because the air pollution in Beijing has just eased in the past two years, Beijing’s urban areas are not allowed to set off fireworks. The youngest child in the family is given New Year's Eve money, and the whole family most importantly watches the Spring Festival Gala.” 
 
“For me, the most important thing is the reunion. I have not been home for the New Year for six years because of studying in the United States. This year I am not in the United States because of the coronavirus. This also happens to allow me to spend the New Year at home with my family.”
 
We’re so happy to have both of these students still studying at Accelerate Schools and still attending live classes despite a 15-hour time difference! Good work, Charlie and Kevin! 
Field Trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Debby Sharp, Middle School Instructor
Kyle Pepper, Educational Recruiter and Enrollment Counselor

On Thursday, February 4th, 2021, a select group of Middle School and High School students at Accelerated Schools went on an all-day, off-campus trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In order to attend an off-campus activity, whether it be skiing or the planned alternate activity, students must qualify both behaviorally and academically. 
 
Throughout the day at the museum, students explored several different permanent exhibits including the Space Odyssey, Egyptian Mummies, Expedition Health, Gems and Minerals, Wildlife Halls, and the Prehistoric Journey! Trips like these help to develop curiosity in students and help them to make critical observations and express their opinions. School-based, community outings also help to enrich, reinforce, and drive home some of the lessons that students may have learned in the classroom. Object-based learning experiences such as visiting a museum support the student’s ability to make interdisciplinary connections between ideas and concepts beyond the confines of school subjects. 
 
For the most up-to-date information on planning your trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, please visit https://www.dmns.org/.
University Hills Plaza Farmers' Market
Liam Murphy, Community Outreach and Enrollment Counselor

This summer, Accelerated Schools will be engaging community members and partnering with the University Hills Plaza Farmers’ Market, which will benefit the local economy and preserve agricultural land.

Please come out to the University Hills Farmers’ Market on the following Saturdays and support Accelerated Schools!
 
May 15th, 2021, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
June 5th & 26th 2021, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
July 17th, 2021, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
August 7th & 21st 2021, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Summer Camps at Accelerated Schools
February Happenings
For more than 40 years, concerned parents have turned to Accelerated Schools for individualized learning programs helping students overcome challenges, and excel academically. The fact is, a traditional school system is not designed to meet the needs of every child. When a student is not being successful, or is not thriving in a traditional environment, parents must often look elsewhere for a solution. This is were Accelerated Schools comes in.

Accelerated Schools begins by creating a learning program designed specifically for a student. Our work points are toward changing the ratio of failure to success and by cultivating an environment of accountability. Our students are given attainable goals and are rewarded by celebrating their accomplishments. Once a student starts experiencing success, their attitude, motivation and effort improve dramatically. This ends the negative cycle and leads to positive academic progress and positive self-esteem. 
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