Lower Division

National Wildlife Federation Certifies New Schoolyard Habitat at Academy at the Lakes

Posted on: February 28th, 2017

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that Academy at the Lakes has successfully created a Certified Schoolyard Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. Academy has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provide essential elements […]

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Student Guest Post: Preschool and Elementary Students Give Graduation Advice

Posted on: May 19th, 2016

As a graduating senior and known existentialist, I have often wondered what I should do with my life. How could I make my mark on the world, be happy, and leave a legacy? Months of deliberation have lead me to one final conclusion: I have absolutely no idea.

Not a clue in the slightest, so I decided to ask the Lower Division kids what I should do after I graduate, and these are the results.

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Student Showcase: “My Man Blue” Poems

Posted on: April 14th, 2016

Mrs. Fowler’s 4th Grade class read the poem “My Man Blue” by Nikki Grimes. After reading the poem, students wrote their version of the poem employing vivid imagery and comparison.

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Student Showcase: Love Poems

Posted on: February 25th, 2016

Love Poems Instructors: Mrs. Kim Stein and Ms. Andrea Yoder Class: 2nd Grade 2nd Grade students in Mrs. Kim Stein’s and Ms. Andrea Yoder’s reading class wrote love poems during their recent poetry unit. Students focused on using their senses while writing. The poems were timely in light of Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of […]

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2016 Public Speaking Competition Winners Announced

Posted on: February 5th, 2016

On Monday, Feb. 1, Academy at the Lakes held its annual grade-level Public Speaking Competition to determine each grade-level representative for the Public Speaking Assembly to be held in the Academy Gym on Monday, Feb. 8. The annual Public Speaking Competition is an integral part of Academy at the Lakes’ curriculum as we seek to […]

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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


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


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

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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