May 3, 2018
 FIELD TRIP RECAP: "DO. RISK. GROW." Academy students, faculty, and staff went on an all-school outdoor education field trip last Friday with Fulcrum Adventures . During the field-trip students engaged in adventure-based and value-based team building exercises. They grew together through vulnerability and empathy, by taking risks and pushing boundaries. We are so proud of our students! They faced their fears and focused on their values. Click here for more photos and videos .
 YEARBOOK﻿S FOR SALE! Yearbook Club has steadily been working on the 2017-2018 Academy yearbook. This is a hardbound book covering all of your memories from this school year. Secure your yearbook today through one of the two methods below. PURCHASE ONLINE (\$38) Click on this link Find our school by typing Intellectual Virtues Academy Select "Shop My School" Add To Cart PURCHASE VIA FORM (\$30 until May 10, \$38 until June 6, \$45 after) Fill out the yearbook form Return the form to Ms. Cynthia, Mrs. Sanders, or the "Turn-it-in" box on the cafe bench
 CURRICULUM SPOTLIGHT: ALGEBRA Math at the Academy is designed as an exploration of mathematical concepts through real-world application and solving complex problems. Students learn though experimenting, investigating, asking questions, making and testing conjectures, reflecting on work, and then communicating their ideas.    For example, Algebra students are solving Edgar Allan Poe’s problem of The Pit and the Pendulum, where Poe describes a prisoner who is trapped and trying to escape a large, swinging pendulum with a sharp blade at the end. Students are investigating whether he really has enough time to escape the pendulum by using a series of controlled experiments and a basic analysis of the resulting data. They are determining what variables actually affect the swing time of a pendulum—they experimented with string length, pendulum weight, and starting angles. Each one is compared to a standard, baseline pendulum to see what falls outside of the acceptable deviation from the mean.  These experiments are designed to lead into the next step—building a full-scale model of the pendulum and measuring exactly how much time the prisoner has to escape. The idea is that students can just plug in numbers and learn how to solve a problem that way, but it would be more impactful and memorable if they get to investigate it and figure it out experimentally—more like an engineer or scientist would.
 NOW ENROLLING FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR Share the Academy with your friends, neighbors, and family members! The Academy is currently enrolling students going into 9th, 10th, and 11th grade for the 2018-19 school year. We have limited spaces available in all grades for next year. Interested families should start the process by submitting an application today. Learn more by viewing the Academy " At a Glance . "
DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE: Dr. Armine Movsisyan

Dear Triton Family,

Thank you for your continued support of all of the activities we have here at the Academy. We want to thank all of our families who have been engaging with us at our Exhibition of Learning and off-campus team-building ropes course. We remain grateful for your continued partnership and look forward to successfully closing the school year together. March and April were very productive months and the remainder of the school year will also be filled with many activities. Please refer to the Upcoming Events in this newsletter.

Starting in May, all students at the Academy will participate in the State of California’s annual educational assessment system and our internal assessments. Testing will take place with the regular block schedule based on the content area of the test. The assessments are as follows during the weeks of May 14-25:

• May 14 - 25: Northwestern Evaluation Association (NWEA)
• May 16: English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
• May 18: Boston University schoolwide Self Evaluation (Grade 10 only)
• May 23: California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP Science - Grade 10 only)

Our students have shown significant growth in the past semester. It is very important that our students understand the significance of their effort on state testing. Students should take the test seriously but not become stressed over it. Leading up to the testing time, we will send out a list of ways that you can help prepare your learner for the testing experience.

Thank you for your continued support.

With Triton Pride,

Dr. M
 UPCOMING EVENTS  Friday, May 4 NO SCHOOL Faculty Academy May 7-May 11 Teacher Appreciation Week May 11 at 9 a.m. May 14-May 25 School Testing May 16 at 9 a.m. May 10 Chromebook Check May 20 Deadline to enroll in Summer School June 1 at 9 a.m.
 FAMILY ALLIANCE The Family Alliance meets in the Cove on the third Wednesday of every month at 9 a.m. Please join us for the next meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 9 a.m.