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Things We Pinned: Spring Activities for Kids

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 Tags: , ,


Spring is in the air! The weather is warming up and it is the perfect time to learn about Spring through play. We recently pinned several great activities for your children to enjoy during this season. Check out our Spring Pinterest board here and check out our favorites below:

Teacher Feature: Mrs. Desiree Rodriguez

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 Tags: , ,” alt=”Teacher Feature” width=”670″ height=”455″ class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-17295″ />

It was fate.

Mrs. Desiree Rodriguez was driving down Collier Parkway exploring her new hometown, when she came across a beautiful school called Academy at the Lakes.

“I was just driving by and I saw this little sign and I said, ‘I wonder what that is?’ We drove in and it turned out to be a school,” Mrs. Rodriguez said with a smile. “It was just one of those things.”

She went inside, spoke with Lower Division Director Assistant Ms. Twila about the school and immediately submitted an application, took a tour, and interviewed with the Lower Division Director.

Soon, Ms. Twila called her in to substitute teach a class.

Academy Students Receive Honorable Mention for Radiant Peace Art Contest

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 Tags: , , ,

  In December 2014, 50 Academy at the Lakes students in grades 1 through 4 entered the Radiant Peace Art Contest. This contest was sponsored by the Radiant Peace Foundation International in St. Petersburg, Florida, a nonprofit educational organization. The Radiant Peace Foundation’s mission is to inspire, encourage, and promote Radiant Peace throughout the world. […]

Drop the Octave Visits Academy at the Lakes

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 Tags: , , , ,

  Drop the Octave, an all-male a capella group, featuring alumnus Jason Pitcairn ’11, from Gettysburg College visited both campuses on Wednesday, January 14 performing for Middle and Upper Divisions in the Gym and 2nd through 4th Grade on the Reinhart Family Deck. The charismatic group performed a range of songs from Meghan Trainor’s All […]

Student Showcase: I Am a Soldier

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 Tags: , , , ,

AATL Student Showcase

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.

Photo Bomb: Halloween at Academy


Halloween festivities were in full swing last Friday at Academy at the Lakes. Students, teacher and faculty dressed up for the day’s activities.

Lower Division students came across the street to McCormick Campus and went trick-or-treating on Middle and Upper Division.

Student Showcase: Picasso Style Self Portraits & Letters to Grandparents

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 Tags: , , , , ,

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 […]

How to Read to Your Child

How to Read to Your Child

Reading aloud is about more than learning to read, it is about making connections between parent and child.

Reading to your child can create an emotional bond like no other. It’s a bond that will withstand varying stages of growth and development and it also will provide an avenue to communicate.

Academy Celebrates Founder’s Day & New Renovations

  On October 9, the school continued its tradition of celebrating Academy’s founding year (1992) and honoring long-time employees at an annual assembly. Recognized during the assembly were all employees who have worked at the school 10 or more years. This year, there were four new members joining the 10 and 20 year ranks: Penny […]

Giraffe Club Election Results Announced

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 Tags: , , , ,

It is an Academy at the Lakes’ tradition for our oldest Lower Division students, our 4th graders, to lead our Giraffe Club. In keeping with Academy’s public speaking program, each of the Giraffe Club officer candidates gave a speech at a special assembly on September 26. Following the candidates’ speeches, Lower Division students cast their […]