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. These students were nominated by their teachers.
Inquirers develop their natural curiosity, acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research, and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.-Grace Garcia
Thinkers exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned ethical decisions. -Jett Howell
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. - The 4th Grade B Team, Adelyn Udall, Shane Elevich, and Maddie Clements, Tommy Holliday, and Davis Sterling
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. -Evan Nau, Lauren Cooper, and Olivia Van Slyke
Balanced students understand the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.-Ruby Hayward
Reflective students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. -Manuel Roldan Aguero
Constitution Day @MAAS
Ever wonder who makes the awesome yearbooks every year? The yearbook club! This awesome club is for those who like design and photography. For more information, email Mrs. Shults at email@example.com.
Novel Writing (NaNoWriMo)
Did you know that the month of November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo? If you like to write and create your own world, this club is for you. The club started before November. Contact Mrs. Procopio for more information, or visit her webpage and click on Novel Writing Club.
Service learning is available to 7th and 8th graders. The club is hosted by Mrs. Chiren and is a GREAT way to express your service to your community. (This is NOT NJHS). If you earn enough service points, you could get the Silver Service Award Certificate! Email Mrs. Chiren or visit her website for more information.
The 4th and 5th-grade Art students just finished their name folders and really wowed Mrs. Chiren with their imagination and creativity! AR01 students are working on One-Point Perspective Cityscapes and we might have some urban planners or budding architects in our midst.
Other Extra-Curricular Activities
While many Knights enjoy some of the clubs offered at the Academy, some of us also participate in organizations, clubs, or activities outside of school that are part of the district. For example, Mesa Youth Sports contains many different sports and teams that you can sign up for. In addition, for students interested in things such as music, you can audition for Metropolitan Youth Symphony, which includes both band and orchestra. MYS is not run by the district, but lots of Academy kids are in their symphonies. In addition to these, there are many other options if you’re looking for something fun to do outside of school! Students also do many non-MPS activities, including video games, dance, various sports, music lessons, and more. Some of the sports that these students play include football, soccer, basketball, and even golf! Make sure to relax and set aside some time for yourself! Keep gaming, dancing, staying active, and relaxing! It’s important to not get stressed about school. Take a few minutes to do what you love!
A special shout-out to our future Eagle Scout!
Jackson Glas, a Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout project for the community collected donations for Follow Your Heart. Follow Your Heart is an organization in Mesa that helps foster and adopt dogs. It is also a pet hospital to help sick dogs. This organization has big goals and big hearts. They are always looking for donations and help. Jackson ran a donation drive to help Follow Your Heart thrive. Mesa Academy families donated supplies and funds. Every penny and donation will help treat a sick dog. Thank you to all of those that participated and a huge -YOU ARE AMAZING to our very own Jackson Glas as he works to complete his Eagle Scout requirements.
Mrs. Tu (Tu lao shi)
Did you know that our Mandarin Chinese teacher, Mrs. Tu, has been teaching for over 25 years? What other language do you think she'd like to speak? Click on the interview below to learn more about her and what her students did this 1st quarter.
Señora Verónica Sandoval
Señora Sandoval is also one of our Spanish teachers at MAAS. She teaches Spanish A, Spanish B, and 4th and 5th Grade Spanish. Sra. Sandoval would love to be proficient in American Sign Language because it is such a quiet language and is like a secret code but, she would also love to learn Portuguese because it is so similar to Spanish. When asked what she enjoys most about MAAS she shared that she appreciates that we have a small-town feel. When asked why she teaches she quickly responded with, "I teach because it's a new challenge every day, it keeps me on my toes, and I thrive on encouraging students to build their own self-worth ." For September, students in room 12 focussed on learning the skills needed to compare and describe others as well as learning how to express preferences. Our 4th and 5th graders now know how to carry on an introductory conversation and are practicing how to talk about others. In October, our students will use the skills acquired in the first quarter to learn and communicate about the segments of Hispanic Heritage Month.
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