The Path February 2021

An Albuquerque Academy Community Newsletter


Students Return to Campus | 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees | Three Writers Earn Scholastic Gold Keys | New Alumni Relations Coordinator Mandy Warr '99 | Tuition Assistance Application Deadline February 22 | SAGE Dining's Prickly Pear Pickled Onions | May Center Summer LEAP Program Coming to the Academy | Campus Zoom Backgrounds

Students Return to Campus

Students in the 6-7 division were welcomed back to the Academy campus on Monday, February 8 for in-person classes with music, balloons, and goody bags. They are the first division to return to campus. Grades 8-12 will start in-person classes next week.

Want to learn more about the return to campus? Check out this article featured in The Advocate, Back to School.

Introducing the Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

Class of 2021

Last fall we received more than 100 nominations for the new Albuquerque Academy Athletics Hall of Fame, but our Hall of Fame Committee could choose only five members for our inaugural class. It was not an easy decision!

Introducing the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2021:

If you'd like to send us memories or photos of our inductees to use at the induction in the fall, please click here.

Three Writers Earn Scholastic Gold Keys

Three Academy students received Gold Key Awards — the highest regional honor — in the 2021 Scholastic Writing Competition: Rosa Bieber-Stanley ’21 in the critical essay category, William Weinstein ’23 in science fiction and fantasy, and Elizabeth Wilder ’26 in science fiction and fantasy. Their work will be considered for national honors in the spring. Works by several other students also were recognized.

New Alumni Relations Coordinator

Mandy Warr '99

Help us welcome our new alumni relations coordinator, Mandy Warr '99, to the Academy's advancement team! In her role, Mandy hopes to connect with and engage the Academy's alumni community.

Mandy is a local business owner with professional experience in software, construction, and hospitality. In her free time, she enjoys art, travel, and rock climbing.

Do you have alumni news or stories to share? Let us know here and follow us on social media to stay up to date on alumni news!

Tuition Assistance Application Deadline

February 22, 2021

Mark your calendars: It is time to renew your family’s tuition assistance for the 2021-22 school year. You will need to log in to your account on the School and Student Services (SSS) website, complete an application, submit the $55 fee, and upload required documents by February 22.

If you have any questions or need help with the application, please contact Emily Kienzle.

From the SAGE Dining Kitchen

Prickly Pear Pickled Onions

When the DOT Garden team borrowed SAGE Dining's kitchen facilities to make prickly pear syrup, they thanked them with a few jars of the syrup, leading Chef Drew and Erin to explore more ways to use prickly pears. They use this prickly pear pickled onion recipe in many dishes, including street tacos, Bahn Mi-style slaw, salad dressings, and charcuterie boards. It’s versatile and keeps for weeks in the fridge. Give it a try!


3 T, 1 1/4 t Granulated sugar

13 T, 1 7/8 t Red wine vinegar

6 T, 2 3/8 t Water

2 1/2 t Prickly pear syrup

1 Dried bay leaf

1 1/4 t Whole black peppercorns

3 3/4 oz Red onions

To prepare ingredients:

Peel and thinly slice red onions.

In a sauce pan, place the sugar, red wine vinegar, water, prickly pear syrup, bay leaf, and whole peppercorns. Bring to a boil, and allow sugar to dissolve.

Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain the peppercorns and bay leaf out of the liquid and discard.

Return liquid to the heat. Bring back to a boil. Add red onions.

Turn off heat and allow to cool for at least one hour. Refrigerate until needed.

For more delicious recipes, health and wellness articles, and all things SAGE Dining Services, go to www.sagedining.com/blog.

May Center Summer LEAP Program Coming to the Academy

May Center for Learning is expanding into Albuquerque through a partnership with Albuquerque Academy. Summer LEAP (Learning, Empowerment, Advocacy, Principles) is a half-day, six-week program for students entering grades 3-8 that emphasizes executive functioning skills and essential skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. It will be offered mornings from June 7 to July 16, 2021 on the Academy campus. Tuition assistance is available for families that qualify.

Appropriate for students with diagnosed learning differences like dyslexia, students who want to make gains in their academic skills, and those transitioning to a new school or program, Summer LEAP empowers students to learn more about how they learn best and teaches the skills to ask for what they need in the classroom. Summer LEAP teachers complete extensive professional development in best practices for diverse learners, including those with diagnosed learning differences. Daily language therapy instruction is provided.

“Being able to return to the classroom over the summer in a small-group, specialized setting will help children living with learning differences gain confidence about going back to school and help make up for any learning loss associated with remote learning,” says Amy Miller, executive director of May Center for Learning.

Families interested in participating in the Summer LEAP Program should apply through May Center for Learning. Visit maycenter.org to learn more.

Academy Zoom Backgrounds

As long as access to campus remains limited, get your fix of the Academy's 312 acres with one of our Zoom backgrounds. Click here to download a photo.

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