A Knightly Newsletter January 2021


Welcome to 2021 and the spring semester! We’re excited to be back and are looking forward to a strong 3rd quarter of learning and academic achievement from all our Knights. We want to remind you to wear your masks, wash your hands often and practice social distancing inside and outside of school so that we can get back to having everyone in the building. Whether you do school from home or come in-person, remember to be inquirers and show that you are principled by putting in your best effort every day. Also, remember to be balanced; if you are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, please communicate with your teachers and get the support you need. We are all Knights and are here to help each other be successful. Be well and stay safe! -Nikki Wilfert, Principal and Sidney Williams, Interim Principal

Reminders from your Knightly Newsletter Team: As mentioned in the daily announcements, go to https://flipgrid.com/ba774e56 to submit a 15 second or less video about your favorite genre of music!

Knights, be sure to remember to wear your mask properly on your face, covering your mouth and your nose, try to stay 6 feet (1.828 meters) apart from everybody. Remote Students: Make sure to check in to your first-hour class on Wednesdays with your camera on until your teacher excuses you! You need to be on time for all your classes, have your camera turned on, and stay in class until your teacher excuses you. The rest of your teachers will let you know if you need to join their classes on Wednesdays. Everyone, don’t be afraid to ask questions to your teachers. They are there to help you! It's important to complete all of your assignments by their due dates. Most importantly stay POSITIVE!! During this pandemic, it’s extra important to stay positive. You got this!!

We have some new faces on campus! Fremont's nurse and health assistant will be @MAAS until a health assistant is hired for us. Maria Ortiz is our health assistant and will be here on Mondays and Tuesdays. Susan Barnes is our nurse and will be here on Thursdays and Fridays. They will alternate on Wednesdays. Make sure to say hi when you see them!


Our Student Council held it's first Spirit Day of the 2020-21 school year on Friday, January 22nd. It was a success! If you have pictures, please submit them to Mrs. Schultz and the yearbook staff. Thank you for participating. Please watch daily announcements for more upcoming news.

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. As IB learners, we strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.

Thinkers exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned ethical decisions. Abby Whitmer has been nominated and recognized as a thinker.

Communicators understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. Luis Rivera has been nominated and recognized as a communicator.

Open-minded students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience. Julia Norton has been nominated and recognized as an open-minded student.

Caring students show empathy, compassion, and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and to the environment. Ryan Weinstein was nominated and recognized as caring.

Risk-takers approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs. Edwin Alvarado has been nominated and recognized as a risk-taker.

A Huge Thank you...

Since we can't give interested prospective students and families live tours these students created our virtual tour which will be posted on our website for all to enjoy. Tour Guides: Sereniti Johnson & Kade Katzenmeier Filmer: Anaiz Daniels and Edits by all 3! The Mesa Academy Virtual Tour video will be available on our school website for all to view.

Do you have a teacher that you want to recognize? Make sure to complete a nomination form by 3/11/2021, explaning why this teacher is special.  Silver Apple Award.

What's planned for 3rd quarter at Mesa Academy?

A special WELCOME to Mrs. Fraser. She is busy getting to know her students while keeping them safe, active, and fit! Welcome to Mesa Academy.
Mrs. Procopio’s CB92 students are learning the basics of animation. How fun! The CB91 students are researching colleges and careers of interest. It’s never too early to plan out your life after high school. Finally, the CB89 students are learning the basics of coding and the notepad application. These skills can help people create websites. Go Knights!
In Science, students are working on their display boards for the fair next month. When you walk into Ms. Merlene's classroom, prepare to drown in the aroma of rubber cement ... probably one of the most demanded school supplies during science fair season. Along with preparing science fair displays, Mrs. Todd's 6th graders will learn about energy and matter.
Mrs. Chung-Wipff’s fifth graders are traveling to the 1860s and learning about the American Civil War! Is there a time maching in room 18 that we don't know about? Her sixth graders are reading and writing an essay on the book Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick! Mr. Spencer's 6th graders are jumping into Rome, India, and China. His 7th graders are going to discuss the events of both WWI and WWII. Ms. Wylie's students are sharpening their argumentative writing skills and focusing on literature studies.
Dr. Grieser and her musicians are practicing and perfecting songs and scales. They are also preparing regional excerpts for high school auditions.
Have a great start to our 3rd Quarter- MAAS Newsletter Team, Sebastian Arrellano, Rita Lopez Rosas, Evan Reeves, Arianne Rencher, and Joey Sandoval, wish you Happy Holidays.


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