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A Knightly Newsletter September 2021

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

September was a busy month for the Knights! We had science SIM field trips, school pictures, Ms. Lindsay’s lessons in 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade classes, and much more. Our 4th graders got to spend lunch with their 8th-grade buddies during a U-Knighters activity and our new National Junior Honor Society members had their induction ceremony. Congratulations to the new NJHS members! Keep up the great work as we near the end of the quarter and finish strong! Ms. Wilfert

Student Council Update

On September 21st, the Student Council had its second meeting for this school year. The members approved several upcoming school field trips, like a Feed My Starving Children in February. They also approved the first spirit day of the school year, Halloween Day! The spirit day will be held on October 29th, and a few rules will be implemented. Students can not wear Halloween masks or makeup. Also, your attire has to be a Halloween costume and not a regular outfit that you grabbed from your closet. As always, you must pay $1 at the door if you are dressing up.

National Junior Honors Society- NJHS

This month we had our virtual NJHS Induction Ceremony. CONGRATULATIONS to all of our new members! Avery Cleary, Crew Comish, Lauren Cooper, Kendal Cox, Lincoln Delguidice, Sasha Dowlin, Erick Garcia Martinez, Sienna Goforth, Violet Gustafson, Ava Horihan, Emma Hughes, Jessica Olmedo, Bryson Parker, Anna Patterson, Nicolas Perez, Evelyn Pritchard, Anna Reeves, Arianne Rencher, Marcus Rogers, Eva Schmelter, Kira Schultz, Ripley Swinehart, Alexis Todd, Paul Trendler, Xavier Vaughan, Kendall Von Burg, Ryan Weinstein, and Charlotte Whitmer. Thank you to our officers and members who put on a wonderful ceremony. Another big thank you to our guest speakers, Chase Baugh (former Academy student), Joey Sandoval, and Ms. Wilfert.
This month on September 9th, NJHS members had a chance to serve their community. They had a terrific time creatively painting the letters and eating snacks. The letters they painted went to a community garden in Apache Junction. NJHS officials are looking forward to planning more events like this.

Mrs. Lindsay's Counselor's Corner

This month our 4th and 6th graders learned about mindfulness and how they can use their 5 senses to be present at the moment. We can all use mindfulness as a strategy to help us calm down when we are having strong emotions or are feeling overwhelmed. 5th Graders learned how they can use empathy to help understand someone who is different. Did you know?? September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. Visit Teenlifeline.org for more information.

Knights of the Round Table

Students from each grade level are selected randomly by the registrar to attend feedback sessions with the principal. Students meet in grade-level bands of 4th and 5th graders, 6th and 7th graders, and 8th graders. Students are asked a series of questions about Mesa Academy and what is going well for them, what they would like to see changed, etc. Knights of the Round Table sessions are held quarterly.

Dress Code

Knights as we begin a new quarter please remember our Dress Code requirements. Shirts should be the Academy polo (which is a shirt with a collar and buttons going about ⅓ of the way down with the academy logo on the left side). The colors for your polo are red, white, and blue, for sixth through eighth there is the exception of a black shirt. All pants, shorts, and skirts should be a beige color and should be at least to your fingertips. Your socks should not have any visible patterns of non-school colors. As always no hats inside.

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Noteworthy Knights

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

Battle of The Books

Battle of the books sign-up will end right before we leave for October Break. Please consider joining this Super Fun Competition! If you love to read you will love being part of the Battle of the Books. If you have questions, please see Mrs. Garrison in the Media Center. All team members need to get their T-Shirt order form and money to Mrs. Garrison before we leave for October Break. They will be called in and hopefully, they will be in, the third week in October. Our first Battle is Thursday, November 4th

A special note from our Nurse's Office

Vaccinations are the best way to protect your child against the seasonal flu. Mesa Public Schools, Mesa Fire/Medical will offer free influenza (flu) vaccinations at our schools this fall. The vaccines will be administered the week of Oct. 18 th . (18, 19, 21 or 22). The free vaccines will be available and administered at your child’s school. Mesa Academy has an opportunity to host a flu shot clinic for our Mesa Academy students if there is enough parent/guardian interest. If you are interested in your child receiving a flu shot at an on-campus clinic, please return the consent form that was sent to everyone via email to the Health Office or the Mesa Academy front office before October Break. Once we see the level of interest we can determine if we will be able to hold a vaccine clinic on campus. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Betance in our Health Office 480-308-7436.

6th Grade Space Field Trip

Academy sixth-graders participated in an extraordinary adventure in learning! Students eagerly arrived at the Space Integration Module (SIM) ready for a student-led mission to explore the galaxy. The Space Integration Module provides an environment where students are problem solvers, innovators, and inventors, applying knowledge of Arizona Career and College Ready Standards in an authentic learning setting. The SIM Mission is broken into three components; Mission Control, Exploration Vehicle (X-VE), and International Space Station (ISS). Each mission can actively involve students in an exciting four-hour learning experience.

September Family Picnic

On September 16th, families flocked to the Falcon Field Park for a school picnic! Students and family members had an amazing time hanging out at the park playing badminton, capture the flag, and enjoying the playground. Many of them took advantage of the Chick-fil-A Fundraiser as well. We want to thank the PTO for organizing this spectacular event!

Constitution Day @MAAS

Our Constitution Unit extends beyond a day or a week in 8th grade! We examined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and students wrote their own declarations. We examined the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and the major compromises of the Constitutional Convention. We did a close reading of the Constitution by mapping the Preamble and completing a scavenger hunt of the Constitution. Our guest speaker talked about the Judicial Branch and landmark supreme cases. Students are in the process of creating their own constitutions for an ideal form of government in a "What would you do ?" project in which they are stranded on a desert island and must create their own forms of government. They will wrap up the quarter by "pitching" their ideas to their classmates in an effort to come to a consensus. We will then have a class Constitution for each period- hopefully!

Remembering 9/11

On September 10th, our Knights began the Day of Remembrance with a moment of silence. Some of our teachers had specific lessons centered around the date while others shared recounts of the day 20 years ago and what 9/11 means to them. In our Spanish classes, our older students read about the Memorial and Museum in N.Y. City. In our Social Studies classes, students were asked to interview adults about what they remember and later shared with the class. All in all, Knights used the opportunity to reflect on the events of 9/11 and how our country and people have been forever changed because of it.

Yearbook Club

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 alshults@mpsaz.org.

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.

UKnighters

8th graders had a lunch date with their 4th/5th-grade buddy.

Service Learning

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.

Art Club

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.

MAAS TEACHER SPOTLIGHT FOR SEPTEMBER

Every month our Newsletter team will Spotlight our amazing teachers and share a bit of who they are with you. This month we decided to kick off our spotlight series with our Language Acquisition teachers. Although our 3 Language Acquisition teachers are in the West Hallway, they teach most of our Knights. Every 4th and 5th-grade student is required to take Mandarin, Spanish, and Computer Tech as part of their Wheel. In 6th grade, students have to decide between Mandarin and Spanish. Did you know that Mesa Academy students are the only junior high MPS students that will move on to high school with up to 2 years of World Language High School credit? That is the same requirement needed to be admitted into an AZ 4 year College/University.

Señora Gina Boesch

Sra. Boesch teaches Spanish A, I.B. Spanish, and C-Tech for the 4th and 5th graders. In September IB Spanish students focused on conjugation for the past tense. They researched several National Parks in Latin America and created presentations about them. In Computer Tech, they focused on using Word document tools properly. Next quarter, Spanish students will be exposed to tons of cultural aspects of Latin America while we celebrate "Hispanic Heritage Month". Comp. Tech will be experimenting with some block coding and learning about "Google suite". We asked Sra. Boesch what she enjoyed most about MAAS and she shared, "The Students' excitement towards learning.." Sra. Boesch would like to be proficient in Italian in order to communicate with half of her family that lives in Italy. When asked why she teaches she shared, "Because it's fun! Every day is an adventure, and let's be serious, kids are awesome and they keep you young at heart!" Thank you Sra. Boesch for all you do for our Knights!
8th Graders in I.B. Spanish practicing their SKILLS!

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.

Mandarin Chinese Level A Students fully engaged in the language!

Señora Verónica Sandoval

Can you find Sra. Sandoval somewhere in this picture? She is in here somewhere surrounded by our very own 2021-22 Newsletter Team!

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.

Here are two 4th graders exchanging biographical information and our 7th graders testing their skills with the verbs SER and ESTAR.

PTO Newsletter

Please visit our PTO Newsletter to stay up to date with all of the amazing activities and events our organization has planned for MAAS.

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Thank You!-MAAS Newsletter Team: Aiden Dawson, Anna Reeves, Emma Hughes, Cora Hanna, Claire McNamee, Cosette Sampson, Arianne Rencher, Liam Zappone, Hadley Kennington, Olivia Merrill, Joey Sandoval, Olive Van Slyke, and Ryan Weinstein. Have a great Fall Break!

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