The Aviator Gazette
January 11, 2021 | Issue #6 ------------------------------------------------"Back to Business" Edition
A Message from our President
Dear Aviator Family and Friends,

On behalf of the entire Helix family, I once again wish you a Happy New Year. I am so excited about 2021. This year, Helix will bring to Baton Rouge two innovative new schools: Helix Aviation Academy and Helix Legal Academy. Helix Aviation Academy is literally one of a kind. It will be the only K-12 aviation school in the country actually located on an airport. We are grateful for our partnership with the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and the leadership of Airport Director Michael Edwards and Assistant Airport Director Gregory Pierson.  

Our construction company is only a few short weeks away from completing the renovations of our new school building. We have added new classrooms to complement our 10,000 square foot hangar. Many have asked how much is the tuition. I am proud to say that we do not charge tuition at Helix Aviation Academy, and it is free to all students. Similar schools around the country are private schools, but we are a tuition-free public school. How exciting!

Founding Principal Charita Sellers is doing a wonderful job preparing for the upcoming year. We are looking forward to teaching your children about the limitless world of aviation and cyber technology. With our strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), our new 6th grade students will enjoy a world-class education in a nurturing environment.   

Come Fly With Us” at Helix Aviation Academy!


Preston J. Castille, Jr.
President, Helix Community Schools
Our Vision and Mission
We want to share our Vision and Mission in every issue because they define our approach to education as well as describe our desired future outcome for our students.
Vision: The vision of Helix Aviation Academy is to empower scholars to become young adults who take an innovative approach to problem-solving and thrive in competitive aviation and cyber technology careers.  
Mission:  Helix Aviation Academy prepares all students for achievement in college, career, and a life of opportunity and choice through a deep understanding of the limitless world of aviation, including flight, aeronautical engineering, aircraft technology, and cyber technology. 
Aviation Spotlight
Joan Robinson-Berry
(Vice President and Chief Engineer (ret.)
Boeing Global Services)
Joan Robinson-Berry retired as vice president and chief engineer for Boeing Global Services in June 2020. Her accomplishments are numerous in the field of aerospace during her 33-year career that has broken barriers and elevated the industry. Joan’s trailblazing began early – she was the first African American from her childhood neighborhood to graduate from college with an engineering degree. Joan was the first female engineering graduate at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and the first African American program manager at McDonnell Douglas. At the Boeing Company, she was the first African American on the Boeing Engineering Process Council, the first Boeing Fellow to the African Scientific Institute, and the first African American vice president on the Shared Services Leadership Team. Read More
Helix Aviation Academy Partners
We, here at Helix Aviation, would like to take the time to pause and give thanks to our partners in education that are working in conjunction with our team to make our school one of greatness for our incoming 6th graders for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 school year.
Curriculum Spotlight:
Foundation of Helix Aviation Academy Math Vision
For students to have access to college and career opportunities and choices in their future lives, they must be able to make sense of the world through a mathematical lens. Therefore, learning mathematics requires conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application of real-world problems. A student will develop mastery and expertise in a number of mathematical practices that have long-standing importance in mathematics education. 

In our middle school mathematics program at Helix Aviation Academy, our vision is set by what we will see in our scholars. We are building a program in which we will see the mathematical practices come to life through the shifts (focus, coherence, rigor) called for by the standards. We will continue to refine the components of and resources for the program, on our path to see these practices and shifts embodied by our students. 
Creating the Future
with Tomorrow's Leaders
Virtual Teaching Tips for Educators
“As the physical distance increases between you and your students, so can the psychological and emotional space. Here are some tips that can help.”

Community Outreach Events
Toy Give-Away Pickups
For registered families who could not pick up gifts on 12/22/20 and our previous make-up day on 1/6/21, please contact our Recruitment Manager, Solarian Sept, at to schedule a time to pick up your child’s gift.
Enrollment is OPEN!
We have limited seating for our first 6th grade class. 
To Enroll Your Student
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Next year's 6th grade class will be special because they will be our first graduating class in May of 2028 as we reach our full range of being the first K - 12 Aviation Academy in the country located on an airport.
Upcoming Events
at Helix Community Schools

Helix Aviation Academy
4400 Airpark Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70807

January 30, 2021
Time TBA
Come On Out and See Us!
We will have hands on activities and stations for students of all ages.
We can also answer any questions you may have about our school and programs.
Let The Fun Begin!!!
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the world's oldest airline, established in 1919.
 John F. Kennedy Airport in New York was originally named Idlewild Airport.
The internet and online check-in were first introduced by Alaska Airlines in 1999.
Pilots and co-pilots are required to eat different meals in case of food poisoning.
The Boeing 747 wing-span (195 feet) is longer than the Wright Brothers' first flight of 120ft.
About 1/3 of your taste buds are numbed while flying. Maybe that meal was not bland after all?
And Away We Go!
(Aviation Cartoons and Quotes)
“At Helix Aviation Academy, we know that HARD does not mean IMPOSSIBLE.”
Aviation Corner
(A new game, mini activity, or mini lesson in Aviation each newsletter)
Newton’s second law explains how much force is needed to cause an object to move faster—to accelerate. According to this law, an object’s acceleration (a) is proportional to the sum of all forces (F) exerted on it.

Mathematically, you can write this law in two ways: Force = mass x acceleration, or F = ma or Acceleration = Force/mass, or a = F/m.
If you think about an aircraft, this formula implies that a heavy plane with a small engine would need a long runway because it would take a long time for it to reach takeoff speed. In fact, if you know the weight of a plane and how fast you would have to accelerate to reach takeoff speed on a runway of a particular length, you could use Newton’s formula to calculate exactly how powerful the engine would have to be to supply enough pushing force to accelerate for takeoff.
Want to see The Second Law in action?
Click below to learn how . . .
Return to School Safety
"Return Safely"
As children return for the second part of the 20 - 21 school year, it is essential that schools do everything they can to protect k-12 staff from covid 19.
Check out these strategies provided by the CDC: 
9 Habits of Successful Flight Students
“We help students develop habits at Helix Aviation Academy”
A number of factors may contribute to a student pilot’s success—a great instructor, support from a flight school, a stretch of good weather conducive to frequent flights. But you can take the reins of your flight training and tackle challenges faster by adopting habits that set you up for success.
Helix Aviation Academy
Upcoming Events
January 18, 2021 - MLK Holiday
January 30, 2021 - STEAM Saturday at Helix
Community Schools
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