Food Trucks Are Coming Back!
Michelle Tuengel, Senior Associate Director and Admissions

Accelerated Schools is working with The University Park Neighborhood again to host the summer food truck nights. Summer Food Trucks Rallies Flyer

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic , we will not be able to have families gather on the school grounds. However, every Thursday night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. there will be two (2) food trucks at Accelerated Schools; one truck serving savory items and one truck serving sweet treats. They will be parked on the both ends of the circular driveway. The Food Trucks will be following the state guidelines for The Service Model of Safety.

Here is a list of examples regarding food trucks coming to your community under the Service Model of Safety.
ALL orders are online so no exchange of money or Facetime ordering. 

  • No waiting, no lines, just pick up your food.
  • We will continue to operate under this model until ALL restrictions are lifted. 
  • Trucks use signage about social distancing, put out cones marking 8 ft, etc.
  • Trucks park 20 feet or more apart. 
  • We send you a spreadsheet with all links and menus. 
  • Trucks use masks, gloves, etc. 

We hope you will be able to stop by to help support these small businesses and this great neighborhood.
If you have any questions please call 303-758-2003 or email Michelle at  
Recognizing Memorial Day in U.S. History and Civics
Mickey McMillan
High School and Middle School Instructor

Memorial Day , an American holiday, is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

My classes will be taking a closer look at the history of Memorial Day, The Anthems of America , Betsy Ross , and The American Flag . The students will also be doing a compare/contrast of Memorial Day vs. Veteran’s Day . Be sure to ask your child what they’re learning!!

As taken by History: Memorial Day
Our Music Couldn't Wait
Val Montano, Music Instructor
Music class at Accelerated Schools has always been a hands-on class, with students spending a considerable amount of time playing piano keyboards, guitars, recorders, and a large variety of percussion instruments. 

This quarter was going to be quite different without the use of our splendid musical equipment, but our music students kept going. They voluntarily submitted their compositions, performances, and links to contemporary music with their commentary added to it. Payton submitted interesting modern musical entries, including her polished performances on her piano at home. Ronan played his electric guitar to a recording of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a monster of a piece, with 26 different chords. Kaylee sang The Star-Spangled Banner with her warm and beautiful tone. Ben submitted a long-awaited electronic composition, full of energy and passion, along with a link to a composition that has been his inspiration since he was twelve years old.  

Did we think that our music would have to be put on hold for a while? No, certainly not, because our Accelerated Schools family couldn’t wait.
Innovative Learning Inspired by a Pandemic
Georgina Bruce, High School Instructor

As Colorado continues to recover from the aftermath of COVID-19 , science pupils at Accelerated Schools have been investigating the devastating plague that hit Athens in 430 BC, killing a third of its population (including their leader Pericles). A tragic episode that holds many lessons for us today.

The calamity was reported by the contemporary historian Thucydides , whose searing description of the ‘ Great Plague ’ is worth reading for its literary virtuosity alone. Commentators today have drawn parallels between the responses of Athenians - ranging from the heroic to the contemptible - and those of valiant medical staff, a frightened public, and hysterical panic-buyers of today.

But surprisingly, none has drawn attention to the crucial lesson Thucydides himself intended. “What doesn't change”, wrote the historian, “is human nature; you can expect people to react in similar ways when they encounter events like those that have occurred in the past” . He embarked on his work, he says, because a clear grasp of the events he was living through could guide responses to similar events in the future.

He modeled his method on that of the most innovative medical practitioner of the day, the physician Hippocrates . Rather than prescribing prayers and religious rituals, spells, and incantations, or exotic herbs and dangerous quack remedies ( Please refrain from ingesting disinfectants !), Hippocrates and his contemporaries were visiting sick patients, meticulously noting their symptoms, and keeping track of how they responded to prescribed treatments such as regular patterns of sleep, exercise, and a balanced diet. Nowadays, this would be described as ‘the Scientific Method’. 

"One of the worst aspects of the plague was the despair into which people fell on finding they had caught the disease. Those who were convinced they had no hope were far more likely to die," observed Thucydides. "Another was the high rate of infection among those who cared for the sick… In addition, the plague led to greater crime, since criminals calculated on escaping detection and penalties. And they were quick to take advantage of those who were terror-struck as well as the gullible looking for a miracle cure."

What might we learn from these observations in the 21st century?
First, that people should avoid becoming infected by close contact, and that meticulous hygiene is crucial. Secondly, to support science in its pursuit of a remedy rather than credulously investing hard-earned money in quack cures in times of crisis. And thirdly, it is important for people to preserve a positive state of mind.

The Athenians survived the plague of 430 BC with astonishing resilience. 
Just as we will survive the current pandemic . History need not simply recall the horrors of the past. It can guide us towards adopting precautions, remind us that accurate observation is vital to find, if not a panacea, then a vaccine to fight our latest in a long line of nemeses and to ensure a better response in the future. Above all, to reassure us that “normal” life will one day return.

Like the Athenians of old, our pupils have proved to be remarkable in their resilience. Indeed, many students have been proactive, becoming involved, and taking charge of their education at this time. By deciding to make their studies meaningful and relevant for themselves, their enthusiasm and excitement have been contagious and a joy to witness.

One great advantage of Accelerated Online school is that you can earn your credits wherever you happen to be - and at whatever time of day (or night) is best for you!!
It's Not All About Numbers
Alysyn Merrill, High School and Middle School Instructor

As we are ending our regular school year and beginning the summer session, I would like to remind parents/guardians and students that there are some amazing resources available for summer math fun! Just because the school year has ended, does not mean you have to!!!

Whether you like to play games or be creative, there are endless opportunities to be explored. Math is in so many of the daily activities we already do that we often forget to recognize them. How many can you think of? Can you keep a math journal that shows how you apply math to your everyday life? Some great ideas for enjoying math this summer could include baking, cooking, having a yard sale, keeping track of how many miles you ride your bike or drive your car, how much money do you need to save to buy that cool new gadget you are wanting? The possibilities are endless… but the summer is NOT!

So check out the activities on these great websites or research your own to share with us when school starts again in the fall. I can’t wait to see you all again!

The Magical Realism in World Literature
Olena Way, High School Instructor

We had a writing contest in my Literature classes, a number of my students started writing their stories and only two of them submitted a final product. Jamisen and Piper are the rock stars of the day, Piper got to win the school competition. The first place was supposed to be given to the most realistic story with a little twist of magic in it. The best one is approved to be published in the newsletter. I hope you enjoy it!

Multi-Curricular Studies
(So what is that?)
April de Roin, High School and Middle School Instructor

At Accelerated Schools, we offer a variety of programs for students. We have an International Studies Program that involves students studying here in the States and abroad. My ESL/ELA Biology students are currently studying genetics. The English and Latin vocabulary in Biology means that these students are doing double duty.

Another specialty program here is Reading for students with difficulties. We work with a variety of issues- processing, visual, auditory, dyslexia, memory, and cognitive. Instruction may be a small group or individual. A number of highly recognized programs are used to best meet the students’ needs. This is an advantage over some reading centers that offer only one method of instruction.

Like many of our staff, I hold several degrees and multiple teaching endorsements. In addition to the special International Studies and Reading Programs, I teach middle school and high school science, and middle school reading. In Middle School Reading, we have recently studied genres and Shakespeare to prepare for high school literature classes. In Middle School Science, we just finished studying the competing forces at work on bridges. The students demonstrated their knowledge by designing, building, and testing bridges. High School Physical Science and Middle School Science students are preparing to do STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art & Math) projects.

See some of our projects. Well done future scientist!
Amazing Bottle Cap Art by Accelerated Schools Students
Marianna Bagge, Director of Community Outreach and Recruitment

This “Colorado Mountain Scene” piece is a museum-quality art piece! I am so proud of all the students and staff who have contributed to this piece throughout the school year. And the patience everyone had to make it happen. 

At the beginning of the school year, students and I sat down to discuss our “All-School Art Project” and this bottle cap idea was very intriguing to all us. We spent some time pondering about the recycled plastic bottle caps and a theme as we did the Dale Chihuly Inspired chandelier a couple of years ago. Together we decided that we can save “some” caps of the world and put them to “good use”. We all thought this was a cool way to create art. Three students (Audrey C., Jamisen B., and Kevin C.) got busy talking and drawing up a theme. We discussed the size of this piece and decided to get an approval to “GO BIG & GO BOLD”. The art piece is 4 ft x 8 ft! Of course, we also had to figure out small details like which wall could hold this piece in the mansion, how to hang it, and how to build a frame for it. After all the logistical issues were cleared, I special ordered a 4 ft x 8 ft board, and the work began. Every student who has taken an art class this year has had his or her hand in this inspiring art piece. Families, staff, students, and many friends have saved bottle caps for us all year long which we are very thankful for. Out of the three schools, the Elementary school students as a group have contributed the most (both bottle caps and work hours). Individually, our three designers have all done their huge share making this piece come alive and execute it very skillfully. This piece is truly impressive and simply beautiful (if I might say so)!   

This magnificent floor-to-ceiling wall piece represents the enthusiasm, cleverness, intense work ethic and so much more than our art students possess, and it does not amaze me. A cool way to create art indeed! Our mission was to make sure we can share the beauty with our community as well with anyone visiting our building.
Please help us celebrate our students’ talent and creativity by asking your family members and friends to visit our school to see this magnificent piece of museum quality artwork.

On a personal note, I want to thank everyone, especially Miss Jane, for allowing us to work hard on a piece that will be placed in the wall on the second-floor landing of the mansion. I have enjoyed working with each student this school year. We are so fortunate to have so many talented and creative students at Accelerated Schools. We set our bold and big goal and now have met this goal and it feels wonderful to share it with each and every one. Thank you, students, for making me feel fortunate to have been your art teacher working side by side with each of you to build our dream and see it come to fruition.  I congratulate each of you and hope to see your artwork in the future. Please be sure to let me know about your art show openings, I’ll be there if not in person, in spirit anyway. 
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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