Lower Division

A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Posted on: July 9th, 2015

A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Like all of the grade levels at Academy at the Lakes, our rising PreK3 students have a summer reading assignment. This encourages students to read with their parents and continue their education while enjoying vacation and the Florida sunshine.

In conjunction with the summer reading assignment, preschoolers engage in a related activity that they will share in class on the first day of school.

PreK3’s summer reading assignment for the 2015-16 school year is A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. This is a cute story of a chameleon trying to find his place in a very colorful world.
As the book revolves around color, so does the corresponding assignment. Our preschoolers are instructed to create a picture using their favorite colors. The choice of media is up to the student – paint, markers, colored pencils, crayons. The opportunities are endless!

It is with this inspiration that we present you with several arts and crafts project ideas inspired by this adorable book, A Color of His Own.


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My Day As A Junior Reporter

Posted on: May 1st, 2015

By: Sophia Ramsey ’24 I spent the day as a junior reporter for Academy at the Lakes. Today I got to be a junior reporter for the day it was really cool to see what Miss Penny Rogers and Miss Bri Dold do as the academy reporter. Today I was allowed to interview all my […]


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Musicals Spanning the Ages

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015

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The Academy at the Lakes’ all-school musical is an amazing tradition.

The production of a fully-staged musical involving over 250 students, faculty and staff – with all rehearsals during the regular school day – is not only an incredible example of collaboration on all levels, but a unique and wonderful experience.

This tradition truly incorporates all of Academy’s “6 C’s” and allows our students – the scholars, the athletes, the artists, the musicians, the STEM teams – and faculty and staff to participate and shine.


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Things We Pinned: Spring Activities for Kids

Posted on: March 17th, 2015

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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:


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Teacher Feature: Mrs. Desiree Rodriguez

Posted on: March 6th, 2015

Teacher Feature

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.


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Academy Students Receive Honorable Mention for Radiant Peace Art Contest

Posted on: January 28th, 2015

  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. […]


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Drop the Octave Visits Academy at the Lakes

Posted on: January 15th, 2015

  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 […]


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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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Photo Bomb: Halloween at Academy

Posted on: November 5th, 2014

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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.


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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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