Creativity

Student Showcase: Letters to Dorothea

Posted on: February 11th, 2015

AATL Student Showcase

Mrs. Mirielle Williams’ 6th Grade students recently read Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Egypt Game.

While reading, the students discover an interesting mother-daughter dynamic. Twelve-year-old April, the protagonist, lives with her grandmother in a new town.

April struggles to maintain a connection with her mother while trying to make new friends, and ultimately, longing to figure out who she really is. April receives an upsetting letter from her mother, Dorothea. She is so upset that she tears it up into tiny pieces and flushes it down the toilet.

Channeling their “inner April,” students examined point-of-view and put themselves in her shoes.


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Student Showcase: Shakespeare Play

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015

Shakespeare Plays Instructor: Ms. Aimee Nadow Class: Language Arts Students in Ms. Aimee Nadow’s Language Arts classes have been working cooperatively in small groups to prepare for their acting performances of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. This activity fosters collaboration as a cast, communication as performers, and creativity in costume and prop choices. View the video […]


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Promoting the Joy of Reading: Expanding the McCormick Campus Library

Posted on: January 15th, 2015

Promoting the Joy of Reading | Academy at the Lakes

The research paper.

One of my favorite high school memories.

While many will assume that my current vocation, as high school English teacher prompts this sentiment, the many are wrong.

Like others, I loathed the three by five notecards, the tedious bibliographies, and the endless revisions. However, I loved where the process brought me – the library, and this is where the fond memories come in.

With only a roll of dimes for the copy machine, my friends and I headed to our local college library to write our masterpieces. We arrived at our destination sans cell phones, sans laptops, and sans parents.

I cannot tell you one topic I researched; however, I can recall every detail of those Sundays spent in the library – the persnickety librarian, the endless shelves of books, and the laughter with my friends.


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Student Showcase: To Kill a Mockingbird Persuasive Essay

Posted on: November 21st, 2014

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To Kill a Mockingbird Persuasive Essay:
Boo Radley, More like Boo Hoo Radley, Because He’ll be Crying, Because He’s Guilty
Mrs. Kimberly Vreeland
Written by: Taylor Williams
English I Honors


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Student Showcase: I Am a Soldier

Posted on: November 14th, 2014

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Each year in honor of Veterans’ Day, Academy students write meaningful poems, letters, and essays to our nation’s heroes. Makena Clemence ‘24 from Mrs. Mullarkey’s third grade class wrote a piece entitled “I Am a Soldier,” in which she modeled the style of her piece after the children’s book Atlantic.


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Student Showcase: 1000 Paper Cranes

Posted on: November 7th, 2014

1000 Paper Cranes

One 6×6 inch piece of paper plus 20 intricate folds equals one origami paper crane. In Japanese legends, cranes are powerful creatures that are respected for their ability to bring luck and grant wishes. The legend states that when one thousand cranes are created, the crane will grant a wish or eternal luck. Art students in grades 5-12 worked for two weeks to create one thousand paper cranes. Afterward, the students combined the cranes into garlands. Finally, the installation art piece was complete and ready for its theatrical debut.


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Student Showcase: Picasso Style Self Portraits & Letters to Grandparents

Posted on: October 30th, 2014

Picasso Style Self Portraits Mrs. Shelley Grossbard Art Class, 4th Grade Students painted a monochromatic self-portrait in the style of Picasso.  Students chose one color to create their value paintings – paintings that display varying tints of one color.  Some students used a mirror to draw themselves while others used a photograph of themselves. Paintings […]


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Lion’s Club Peace Poster Winners Announced

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

  Students in Ms. Gates’s Middle Division Art class created posters for the Lions Club Peace Poster International Contest.  The theme for this year’s competition was “Peace, Love, and Understanding.”  Each student’s poster reflected their own idea about what the theme meant to them.  Earth, peace signs, united hands and puzzle pieces were just some […]


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Academy Difference: Advisory Program

Posted on: October 27th, 2014

Academy Difference: Advisory Program

Hundreds of good old-fashioned, hand-written letters, the kind requiring pen to paper, are en route to Class of 2014 Academy graduates. The letters, written by Upper Division students, will land in New York and Chicago and as far as California.

And while those letters are bringing smiles to our alumni, current Wildcats are also spreading smiles on campus by writing letters during advisory and delivering them to their respective buddies.


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Student Showcase: The Greek Gossip

Posted on: October 21st, 2014

AATL Student Showcase

The Greek Gossip
Mrs. Rodowsky
Modern World History, 9th Grade


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