Middle Division

Student Showcase: Spanish Games

Posted on: May 20th, 2016

Spanish Games Instructor: Senora Estrella Class: 6th Grade Spanish B Senora Estrella’s 6th grade Spanish B class collaborated to create Spanish games that review cultural facts, grammar, and vocabulary. Students either designed an original game or translated and created their own Spanish versions of popular English games. Each game included at least 25 Spanish questions/concepts […]


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Middle Division Instructor Attends Special USF Session

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016

On Tuesday, March 1, 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Instructor Mr. Joel Williams attended an event hosted by the University of South Florida’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Students and Her Majesty’s Consul General of the United Kingdom in Miami, Fla. entitled “Five Years After the Arab Spring: US-UK Policy, Threats, Challenges and Opportunities […]


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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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Invention Convention: Inspiring Young Dreamers and Doers

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016

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Mrs. Elizabeth Magnusson, 5th and 6th Grade Science Instructor, is passionate about bringing the inner innovators — the dreamers and doers — out in her students. In a world where creativity and innovation are rapidly becoming more sought-after than formal education, that is a gift that will only grow in value as the students progress through their educational journey and, eventually, into their careers.


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Academy Students Advance to Regional Science Fair Competition

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Academy Gym buzzed with discovery and anticipation as 8th through 12th graders presented their Science Fair projects to their peers and a panel of judges. Focusing on the critical thinking, communication, and creativity skills that are essential to AATL’s core curriculum, students chose a topic of interest for their Science […]


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Student Showcase: Letters to Veterans

Posted on: November 18th, 2015

AATL Student Showcase

5th and 6th Grade students recently spent some time thinking about our beloved Veterans.

After watching a brief video highlighting some interesting, and little known, Veterans Day facts, the students reflected on what it means to be a Veteran of our armed forces. They pondered the great benefits that have come to those who have served, along with the many risks and perils that our Veterans have faced.

Some chose to write letters of thanks to include all Veterans, while others chose to honor a special family member or loved one who devoted his or her time to serve our great nation. The genuine thanks expressed by our suite students to all Veterans clearly shines; their words have come straight from the heart.


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Smith ’21 Qualifies for Swimming State Championships

Posted on: November 5th, 2015

Academy at the Lakes 7th grader McKenna Smith has qualified to compete in the FHSAA 1A State Swimming Championships. McKenna finished 5th at regionals in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.14 and is seeded 22nd in the state meet. The state meet will be held on Friday, Nov. 6 in Stuart, Fla. This […]


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Academy 8th Grader Admitted to MENSA

Posted on: October 20th, 2015

Congratulations to Antonio Quintana ’20, who was recently admitted to MENSA, the International High IQ Society. According to the MENSA website, the organization “provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members. There are members in more than 100 countries around the world. Activities include the exchange of ideas through lectures, discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and […]


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Best Of The Best: Top Pasco Prep Athletes, Coaches

Posted on: June 7th, 2015

This article was originally published on TBO.com

With the school year over, here the Tribune’s list of the top prep players and coaches of the year for 2014-15 season.

Players and coaches of the year were selected by correspondents Mike Camunas, Andy Villamarzo, Tony Castro and Steve Campbell.

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BASKETBALL

Ethan Haslam, Sr., Academy at the Lakes

BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Like his brother, Jake, and his father, Tom, the shooting guard made an unexpected trip to states, and the long lasting memory may well have been the game prior to the Wildcats’ state semifinal at the Lakeland Center. In the region final, Haslam scored 35 points in a win against 2014 Class 2A state champion Orlando Christian Prep, a team that had blown out AATL the previous two postseasons.

Tom Haslam, Academy at the Lakes

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

No season can be as memorable as the one Haslam had guiding the Wildcats this year. Haslam was able to share the experience during his son’s final high school season, plus the team became the first Pasco County boys basketball team to reach states since Wesley Chapel in 2002-03. Academy finished 20-10, and despite losing to Orlando Agape Christian 57-36 in the state semifinals, Haslam believes, win or lose, his team had a season to remember.

Audra Leipold, Fr., Academy at the Lakes

GIRLS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Leipold was impressive last season as an eighth-grader, but she was able to follow that with an improved freshman season. The shooting guard passed 1,000 career points and posted season averages of 19.9 points and 5.0 assists while leading the Wildcats back to the Class 2A state semifinals. Leipold is on a torrid pace that could see her surpass 3,000 career points before she graduates.

Karim Nohra, Academy at the Lakes

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

Through 23 years of coaching girls basketball, the 2014-15 season might have been one of Nohra’s best coaching jobs to date. Using a six-player rotation during the regular season and playoffs, Nohra led the Wildcats to a 27-2 record and reached the state tournament for the fourth straight season. Nohra also passed the 500-win mark during the regular season, and one of the area’s best coaches will take aim at winning his first state title next season.

Read more on TBO.com


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Teacher Feature: Dr. Gary Compton

Posted on: May 21st, 2015

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With his credentials and experience, there are many things Dr. Gary Compton could be doing every day, but Academy at the Lakes is where he chooses to spend his time.

Why?

It’s simple: Because of our community – something that has drawn families and faculty alike to Academy.


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