CSI Portfolio Highlights
April 2020
In this special edition of the CSI Portfolio Highlights newsletter, we spotlight the amazing things CSI schools are doing in the face of the unique challenges presented by the current global situation. In these trying times, it's important to share some good news!

What are you doing to support students, teachers, or parents? Tell us about it and share your stories, pictures, and videos so we can amplify the positive things our schools are doing in their communities.

If you'd like to be featured in the next highlights newsletter, please email Amanda Oberg .
Please update your newsletter preferences and pass the link along to those who might be interested.
CSI News
CSI facilitates Model-Specific Remote Learning Charter Collaboration

In an effort to support charter schools as they work to implement alternative learning opportunities for their students during extended closures, CSI facilitated model-specific calls and email lists for both CSI and district-authorized charter schools to share implementation ideas and challenges. Models included:
  • Montessori/Waldorf
  • Early College
  • Classical/Core Knowledge
  • Alternative Education Campuses (AEC)
  • Project-Based/Personalized
  • Language Immersion

Notes from the calls can be found on the CSI Model-Specific Remote Learning webpage.
School Highlights
Pinnacle Charter School deploys school buses to deliver meals to students

"The Coronavirus pandemic is closing schools, but for Pinnacle Charter, 80 percent of their 2,000 students depend on free or reduced lunch. So without school in session, how will these children get the meals they need?

'We’re going to use our transportation system to actually get these meals out to the kids,' Miller said." Read more
Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins creates medical supplies

The Innovation Team at CEC Fort Collins is working to 3D print medical supplies such as masks, shields, and ear savers!
CEC Fort Collins and AXIS International Academy bring meals to community

CEC Fort Collins and AXIS International Academy in Fort Collins are providing free, healthy, scratch-made reheatable meals for anyone under the age of 18 via drive-up sites.

The Academy of Charter Schools prioritizes mental health

During remote learning time, The Academy of Charter Schools in Westminster is making counselors available via email for all students, and offering tips on how to stay healthy mentally and physically.
Two Rivers Community School sells toilet paper at cost

"What started as sort of a joke between teachers and the principal at Glenwood Springs’ Two Rivers Community School ended up being a small act of goodwill amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

With the decision last week for area schools to extend their spring breaks and the potential for a lengthier state-ordered closure, TRCS Head of School Jamie Nims got to looking at the supply closet...

Joking aside, Nims jumped on the idea and decided to order up even more toilet paper from the school’s supplier in Grand Junction. He’s been selling rolls at cost — $4 a pop — out of the school’s transport van in the school parking lot in West Glenwood since Monday.

'Two Rivers Community School is trying to do our part to help out during these uncertain times,' Nims wrote in a Facebook post. 'Oddly enough, right now that means distributing toilet paper for those who need it.'" Read more
Thomas MacLaren families help the community

Families of Thomas MacLaren School in Colorado Springs are helping the community by making masks and donating blood.
New Legacy Charter School ensures access

New Legacy Charter School in Aurora received a grant to procure Chromebooks, and staff members are connecting students with free internet services, ensuring every student is able to learn remotely.
AXIS International Academy gets creative

AXIS International Academy is getting creative engaging with the community. The school is using a "traffic light" Parent Sanity System, hosting virtual dance parties (including a school-wide Macarena), and encouraging artwork with #ChalktheWalk.

Successful Students
Students from five CSI schools named Daniels Scholars

This year, there were 2,265 applications submitted for the Daniels Scholarship Program. 456 were selected as finalists and were asked to interview. With that, 212 students were selected as the 2020 Class of Daniels Scholars. Students from five CSI schools were awarded. Congratulations to:

  • Kaitlyn LeAnne Detmers from Caprock Academy
  • Brenna Kayli Neeland & Joshua David Probasco from Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins
  • Mya Newberry from Colorado Early Colleges Parker
  • Tabitha Hope Jeub from Colorado Early Colleges Colorado Springs High School
  • Brianna Centeno from Pinnacle Charter School
Launch High School students create startup

Two freshmen students at Launch High School (Landon Boles and Parker Davis) have created a profitable startup business in just a short amount of time. Landon and Parker went through all of the phases of building a startup - discovered a need, envisioned a possible solution, performed market research, developed a business model, received outside startup funding, organized operations, established an e-commerce website and app, advertised their service and had their first customer - all within two months! Even more impressive…their startup was profitable within 2 weeks of being open for business.
Academy of Arts & Knowledge students get involved

Students at the Academy of Arts & Knowledge in Fort Collins have been participating in FIRE Challenges, where they share how they're "showing FIRE!". Students have also sent in video morning announcements with various performances that can be viewed on the AAK Facebook page.
Colorado Military Academy students "bring" their pets to school

Students at Colorado Military Academy in Colorado Springs are still participating in Spirit Week through distance learning. Students showed off their pets for "Bring Your Pet to School Day"!
Early College of Arvada students participate in Spirit Week

The Early College of Arvada had a Griffin Virtual Spirit Week last week where students showcased their Griffin pride!
Exceptional Teachers & Administrators
Staff from CSI schools have used unique techniques to reach their students, including recording videos to connect. Some of these videos are featured below:
Pinnacle Charter School teachers send message to students

Teachers and administrators from Pinnacle Charter School in Federal Heights sent an inspiring video message to their students:
Mountain Song Community School Principal shares weekly videos with students

Teresa Woods, principal at Mountain Song Community School in Colorado Springs, shares weekly videos with the school community:
Global Village Academy - Northglenn teachers show how much they miss students

Teachers from Global Village Academy - Northglenn created signs to share how much they miss students:
Animas High School staff welcome students "back" to Remote Learning

Teachers from Animas High School recorded videos welcoming students "back" to remote learning:
Animas High School is also hosting weekly "Osprey Parent Coffee" virtual meetings as an opportunity to connect with the community.
High Point Academy teachers participate in a car parade

On April 3, teachers from High Point Academy in Aurora drove through the neighborhoods of their students in a car parade. Students came outside to wave hello to their teachers and HPA staff members.
Leaders share homeschooling experience

School leaders from Montessori del Mundo and Colorado Military Academy have homeschooling experience and have been sharing resources with other leaders.
Want to be featured in this newsletter?

What are you doing to support students, teachers, or parents? Tell us about it and share your stories, pictures, and videos so we can amplify the positive things our schools are doing in their communities.

Share your positive charter school stories with us so we can highlight them in the portfolio highlights newsletter and/or on social media!
Colorado Charter School Institute | CSI_Info@csi.state.co.us | 303-866-3299 | www.csi.state.co.us