Marianna's Farewell
Thank you to all those who came out on Thursday, June 25th to give Marianna Bagge a final farewell. In honor of her 20 years of Service at Accelerated Schools, the Fine Arts Room was dedicated in her honor. She was beyond excited to see all of you despite the unusual circumstances. Happy Retirement!
Front Porch Restoration Update. Project # 2020-01-047
Michelle Tuengel , Senior Associate Director and Admissions

The Fitzroy Porch Rehabilitation project is almost complete.  
In mid-June, the capstones were brought in and added to the refinished column support areas of stone, which have been chiseled over the last 2 months. By the end of June, Spectrum will return to reinstall the wood columns and do touch-up work on the wood elements. This part of the construction phase of the project should be complete by the end of June.  

During the first part of July, B&E Services will be coming in to fix up the landscaping around the front porch, and add some beautiful flowers and greenery.  

Accelerated Schools is grateful for the help and support of Historic Denver , and The State Historical Fund to help with this large project for our amazing building.  

If you have any questions about the building or the renovation project please contact Michelle Tuengel at mtuengel@acceleratedschools.org.  
Taking a Closer Look at Juneteenth and Article VI of the U.S. Constitution
High School and Middle School Instructor

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger , landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.


Kayley and Payton, two of my US History students, researched Juneteenth and did a project to reflect what they learned!

Mae, one of my civics students, researched Article VI of the US Constitution and made connections with what is currently happening in the United States of America!

Please enjoy this amazing student work!

7 Tips to Cope With Kids Stuck at Home This Summer
Kyle Pepper , Enrollment Counselor and High School Instructor
For many families, the summer months can be a very challenging time of year. These challenges can become exacerbated, especially with the current circumstances of the COVID-19 global pandemic affecting and changing all of our lives in so many different ways. Camps are closed this summer and outdoor activities like team sports will likely be limited if not entirely canceled. Keeping this in mind, parents will likely need to utilize coping strategies to help kids stay occupied and on track during these long summer months. In order to help reduce and alleviate some of these stresses, experts have suggested several tips for parents and families struggling to foster growth and connection in their children during this overwhelming and confusing time.

  1. Keep your plans flexible
  2. Try stress-reducing techniques
  3. Encourage your child’s interests
  4. Put kids at home to work
  5. Expect some emotional upheaval
  6. Embrace boredom
  7. Enjoy the downtime together
Welcome to the Land of Opportunity
Georgina Bruce , High School Instructor

The year was 1666 – and for Britons, it was turning into rather a nightmare:
In April, Dutch ships brought unwelcome stowaways – black rats infested with fleas that carried the Bubonic Plague . By summer 100,000 Londoners had succumbed to the disease which soon spread like wildfire through the rest of the country. The arrival of Halley’s Comet , ever an omen of ill-luck, was followed in short order by a devastating fire that rased >90% of London’s buildings to the ground. Meanwhile in Cambridge, a young man by the name of Isaac Newton was dismayed to learn his college was to be closed to prevent the spread of the disease. It would be two years before Newton was finally able to return to Trinity College .

Sound familiar?? (n.b. Trinity will be strictly online only until 2021)
Isolated in the wilderness of Lincolnshire , miles from anywhere, no contact with friends, annoyed by a brood of younger half-siblings and vastly at odds with his step papa, Isaac hid away in the attic and started tinkering. First, he played with light – experiments that he would later turn into one of the seminal works on optics. Gravity was investigated next; and finally, when Isaac got really bored, he invented something we’ve all heard about: the dreaded Calculus !

I n a summer without camps or proper holidays (at home or abroad), when amusement parks and pools may not be open, why not try to fill some of the seemingly endless hours with meaningful activities? Here at Accelerated , we offer a range of fun activities from ‘Kitchen Science’ and art projects, to foreign languages and more academic subjects. Enforced inactivity can become a great opportunity to catch up, get ahead – or stretch your wings and explore something new.
 
Science doesn’t have to be something you do in a lab or read about in books. The Apple (Jobs’ - not Newton’s) was born in a garage. And Elon Musk messed about with a computer game in his room to escape an unfortunate home situation. He was only 11 when he sold his very first simple game.
Why Computer Science is Fun and Important!
Liam Murphy , Director of Community Outreach and Enrollment Counselor

This summer I was very excited to be selected to teach Computer Science! Computers are everywhere, in our pockets and on our wrists; in our cars and appliances; and at work, home, and school. These days, understanding how computers work and how people can use them to create solutions is not just for “techies.” Students of all ages need foundational skills in computer science. These skills will prepare them for the future and open doors to in-demand careers and other opportunities from coding to HTML.

Here is the good news: Students can start developing computer science skills right away, and they do not even need a computer to begin!

They do, however, need hands-on, minds-on opportunities to learn how computer scientists think and to use “computational thinking” skills to solve problems, develop solutions, and create video games. These skills are important to success in school and beyond.

The opportunities students must help provide can be especially important to students traditionally underrepresented in computer science, such as girls and young women, and all students to obtain confidence will surpass their own expectations.

Whether you are a novice or a tech guru, this class will provide a solid foundation for each and every student with a sense of pride to use the fundamental programming to use in all the educational pathways they might take with Accelerated Schools .

American Dream
Olena Way , High School Instructor

In my online English class, some students discussed and wrote about the American Dream. They expressed different opinions on how realistic or unrealistic it can be. Noah, Anthony, Piper, and Kevin chose to write about the American Dream. Since our students come from various backgrounds, it is great to have different views and ideas in class. They all did a great job on this assignment after reading the articles as well as novels by Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck .

With the 4th of July around the corner, I felt like it was time to review the American Dream and the way we see it. Based on the classics of American literature and modern take on things we are looking into today's reality and future perspectives. Our students are our future, so let’s take a closer look at what they think. I would like to share one of their essays.

Updates From Multi-Curricular Studies
April de Roin , High School and Middle School Instructor

In Middle School science, we are doing independent research projects. Projects have included: volcanic activity, mountain lions with an emphasis on Colorado , the physics of skiing, and forces. Eighth graders will be getting a “science math camp” week where we go over formulas common to high school science. 

Middle School reading is a combination of reading skills, independent reading, world literature (we just did Chekhov ), and communication. One of the students is introducing us to Henryk Sienkiewicz , a Polish author.   

Reading Interventions is split between small group sessions and very individualized 1:1 instruction. This class is designed to meet individual student needs in reading. One of the students is practicing her sequencing skills in science labs and recipes where the steps are out of order. Another finished a complex Dickens read. Students are also preparing to dissect math word problems using their own reading strategies. Recognizing the gifts in each student!
Colorado History: Things that Happened in July
Daniel Toomey , Recruitment, Admissions, and High School Instructor

The month of July has a few notable tidbits worth revisiting.

The Hottest Temperature Ever Recorded in Colorado

If you feel like this month has been hot, it has. Around Denver, we’ve had more than 9 days in the 90s, but that’s nothing compared to what folks in Bennett, Colorado experienced on July 11, 1888.
That day, temperatures hit a whopping 118 degrees .

No Colorado city has been able to touch the record heat. And in all honesty, that’s probably a good thing.
To give you an idea just how long ago that was: Grover Cleveland was president, T.S. Eliot was an infant, and Colorado had only officially been a state for 11 years.

An American Anthem Inspired by Colorado

Most of us have probably sung this song a hundred times, or can at least remember the tune.‘America the Beautiful’ – inspired by the stunning beauty of Pike’s Peak – was written 124 years ago this month by Katharine Lee Bates while on a trip to Colorado Springs .

The lyrics today probably sound a little different than the original poem written in 1893, but the role Colorado played in inspiring the lyrics is still pretty obvious:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

It’s an important part of American history – from sea to shining sea.

First Liver Transplant Happens in Denver

Denver has a long history of being the first to do things – things like electing women to the state.
One lesser-known accomplishment? Being home to the first liver transplant in 1963. Thomas Starz pioneered the liver transplant operation and is often referred to as “the father of modern transplantation.” Thomas Starzl;
And although it would take several more years to see short-term success, (during that time, patient survival was only at about 25 percent) the procedure marked the beginning of what would become a life-saving surgery for many.
By 1967, Starzl performed the world’s first successful liver transplant at the University of Colorado .
Today, the survival rate is much higher, and Starzl remains one of the most cited experts in his field.
He died at age 90.

The Colorado Rockies are Born

A Major League Baseball expansion agreement in 1991 led to the birth of the Colorado Rockies.
At the time, Denver was listed as one out of 10 serious candidates for two spots in the expansion.
But on July 5th, the National League selected Denver and south Florida as the two teams to begin to play in 1993.
During their first two seasons, the Rockies shared Mile High Stadium with the Denver Broncos while Coors Field in Lower Downtown was being built.

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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