A Knightly Newsletter October 2020


Welcome to our 1st Edition of the Mesa Academy’s Knightly Newsletter! We are so proud of all our Academy Knights - students, teachers, staff, parents, community - for your dedication, perseverance, flexibility and focus as we move through the 2020-21 school year. We're looking forward to reading about all the great things our Knights are doing and accomplishing in the pages of our newsletter. Go Knights!

-Nikki Wilfert, Principal and Sidney Williams, Interim Principal


Announcing our 2020-21 Student Council Officers!

We want to congratulate this year’s Mesa Academy Student Council Officers:

Brody Sterling (President) CJ Moore (Vice President) Joey Sandoval (Secretary) Peter Dimuzio (Treasurer) Lauren Cooper (Publicist) Silvie Schmelter (Director of Health & Wellness) Brody Herrick (Parliamentarian) Mrs. Chung-Wipff (Sponsor)

Academy Clubs

National Academic League (NAL) will be starting up SOON! We are still awaiting information as to what a socially distanced game season will look like, but we can say that it will be fun! We're looking for students who are fast thinkers and good public speakers. Know anyone who fits that description? Be sure to listen to ABS announcements for try-out dates!


The aim of all IB programmes 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. The following students have been nominated and recognized as:

Open-Minded-Ripley Swinehart 6th Grade and Caden Rencher 8th Grade.

COMMUNICATORS: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.- Ugo Ubosi 4th Grade, Isaac Eppard 5th Grade, Ripley Swinehart 6th Grade, Ashley Mendoza 7th Grade,Peter DiMuzio 8th Grade, Avah Pena 5th Grade, Emme Andrews 6th Grade, and Brody Sterling 8th Grade

Thinkers-Chase Anderson 5th Grade, Aiden Knowles 6th Grade, Tyson Fernandez Dailey 4th Grade, Anton Magda 7th Grade, Abby Whitmer 5th Grade, Samuel Seller 7th Grade, and Sienna Goforth 6th Grade.

1st Quarter Highlights for…

Mr. Spencer’s 6th grade Social Studies students moved from hunting and gathering to full-on complex civilization in less than 9 weeks! While his 7th-grade students traveled around the world got filled with Enlightenment thought and witnessed a social and political revolution! Mrs. Hayward’s students have been working on Science Fair. They are working hard asking questions and defining problems to plan and carry out their investigations. Great investigations are taking place NOW! Ms. Muñoz and her students were super busy in Math! In Algebra I, they added to their knowledge by learning how to solve absolute value inequalities and equations. They were introduced to the power of the Desmos Graphing Calculator. In the meantime, students in MA08 learned about transformations on a coordinate plane and have begun a deeper dive into solving linear equations and inequalities. Wait! There was more, her MA07 students learned about rational number operations and are focusing on integer operations before we move onto equations.

Chinese and Spanish students at MAAS took some time to learn proficiency levels of language development and the characteristics for each level. The level I students worked on sharing their likes and dislikes while our 4th and 5th-grade students practiced introducing themselves, learning to communicate about the date, weather, and seasons. Our 5th-grade Spanish students are practicing their countries and capitals using catchy songs and games.

New NJHS Academy Knights

7th Graders: Lilah Anders, Maya Anderson, Gianna Andreadis, Desiree Angulo, Stephen Argabright, Melany Becerra Mejia, Anise Carroll Covarrubias, Revan Collier, Abagail DeWeese, Maya Dominguez, Alexander Easter, Krew Eckman, Aurora Fuller, Abigail Glenney, Ruby Hayward, Jane Henriksen, Thomas Holliday, Kieralyn Kennington, Lily Krzeminski, Wyatt Leverington, Anton Magda, Claire McNamee, Vivian Merrill, Gouri Nair, Keira Nguyen, Emmalee Ohmer, Zachary Owens, Avery Poulin, Marlow Price, Dillen Quinn, Brendan Rauch, Daniel Reese, Cosette Sampson, Joey Sandoval, Samuel Sellers, Kaci Stoddard, Brexton Tompkinson, Olivia Van Slyke, Maja Walkosz, Noah Watts

8th Graders: Lucy Goldstein, Amelia Guerin, Tristan Harrington, Adam Matsukawa, Jayden Nguyen, Kenny Olmedo, Evan Reeves, Rach Uhrich


Created with images by Luke Michael - "Red, White & Blue" • British Library - "Armour of Henry Third, 1867"