A Knightly Newsletter April 2021


Knights, you’ve almost made it to the end of another interesting and very much not normal school year. We’re proud of your accomplishments and your flexibility as we navigated all the unusual challenges, but, being Academy Knights, you persevered and continued to ensure that Mesa Academy is a great place to be. Thank you for looking out for each other, being great friends, scholars, and leaders! Speaking of great, soon we will be sending off our awesome 8th graders to high school. They will take with them many years of Academy experience and we know they will continue to be leaders in the classroom and beyond! -Nikki Wilfert, Principal and Sidney Williams, Interim Principal


2021-22 Student Council Elections--The end of the 2020-21 school year is quickly approaching and it is time for you to cast your votes for our 2021-22 Student Council Officers. This year's voting will take place online on the week of May 3rd. Stay tuned for more announcements.

Spirit Day-- Mark your calendars for Friday, May 14th. On that day, you can come dressed as your favorite book or movie character! Please follow the Mesa Public Schools dress code policy and pay $1 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to a charity on behalf of MAAS .

April Highlights!

April Fools

This April Fools Day all manner of mischief went on with the Knights. Some notable mentions were a googly eye fridge that was certainly a “sight” to see, a backpack made wastebin packed with crumpled paper, and Oreos that didn’t taste right with a toothy twist and long gone expiration date. Our Remore Knights also participated (A twist to the teachers) with outrageous hats and musical shenanigans. Teachers also had some pranked of their own with a periodically difficult periodic table “test”, social studies quizzes that were only slightly impossible, and a shocking revelation about the rabbit skeleton in the lab. But teachers weren’t exempt from the pranks, especially in the case of Mrs. Nockels whose 4th graders executed a flawless literary-based disappearance that left her 8th hour empty. The Knights seized this April fools day.


As the AzM2 tests began we wanted to find out more about the perspectives of the knights. Students were surveyed and by vote, the hardest AzM2 was the Math by almost half the votes, with reading as a marginally lower vote. We also had some confidence with 16% saying the tests were a breeze and unfortunately some felt the tests were all tough. But no matter the stance preparation tactics seemed to follow a common ground, sleep swept the board. Studying and breakfast also made an appearance and some believed a simple positive outlook would pull through. Whatever the level of preparation and difficulty level of this year’s AzM2s, the Knights can and will do great.

Cue the applause....


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.

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. Kira Schultz , Jessie Olmedo, Olivia Merrill, have been nominated and recognized as inquirers.

Knowledgeable students explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. Olivia Kleiner and Jayden Flood have been nominated and recognized as knowledgeable students.

Thinkers exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned ethical decisions. Preston Rule and Maja Walkosz have been nominated and recognized as thinkers.

Principled students act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. Taetem Wiskirchen, Joshua Padilla, and Dani Dennison have been nominated and recognized as principled students.

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. Sebastian Arellano and Lucas Angulo have been nominated and recognized as caring students.

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. Anise Carroll Covarrubias and Kevin Palacio have been nominated and recognized as risk-takers.

AZ State Science Fair Winners

A Knightly Congratulations to Alexis Kelly and Adam Canty. Adam Canty won second place in Physics and Astronomy, Adam states, “I didn't expect it, but then they called my name and I was like 'THAT’S ME!!!!' To win something like that is so exciting, especially when you are competing with kids from all over the state. AzSEF has been a great experience for me. It has taught me that stuff may be hard, but the rewards can be great.” We can all agree that this has been a tough year, but certainly, rewards are abundant, as shown by Adam.

Alexis Kelley won first place in Behavioral and Social Sciences. The topic she studied was “the relationship between elements that go into the designs [of logos] and [a person’s] attraction to them.” Logos are hard to please everyone, but Alexis concluded that “the best way to make a logo stand out is to ensure that it portrays the brand and conveys the values of that specific company.” In her mind, the best part of the experiment was to see the data fluctuate as more people participated in the surveys.

Using Social Media as an Instructional Tool in Science

Admit it, you have found yourself on more than one occasion looking through Instagram at the many ideas shared by some very talented individuals. Well, Mrs. Hayward took Instagram and used it for one of her lessons. Our 8th-grade students made an Instagram page for a Scientist they were learning about, Demitri Mendeleev. Demitri Mendeleev created the Periodic Table and lived an interesting life. Take a look at a few of our Knights' Instagram pages to learn a bit more.

Individuals and Societies

This month 5 knights participated in the Arizona Law Day Contest. This contest raised awareness of important laws. The 3rd-5th graders had to write a paragraph and draw a picture about a law important for learning. The 6th-8th graders had to write a paragraph or poem about 1 of two laws: Drug-Free Zone or Disruption of an Educational Institution. This contest was different from the ones in the past; instead of judges deciding the winner, there was a public vote. The winners of the contest will be announced this month. Stay tuned for an update, and good luck to all knights who participated.

Thanks for taking part in our April Survey. We are in the homestretch... keep pushing KNIGHTS... WE GOT THIS!!! -- MAAS Newsletter Team, Sebastian Arrellano, Emma Hughes, Evan Reeves, Arianne Rencher, and Joey Sandoval.


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