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Middle Division

2017 Summer Reading Recommendations for Kindergarten – 6th Grade

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017

Want to find some great summer reading books your kids during the summer break? Here are some of my favorite picks for rising Kindergarten – 6th Grade students chosen from School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2016 provided by expert school librarians across the country. With strong characters, fun plots, and wonderful storytelling, all the […]


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5th Graders Earn Honors at Pasco County STEM Fair

Posted on: May 4th, 2017

Photo Credit: The Castillo Family A science fair project is the perfect union of our Academy at the Lakes Curriculum and Core Values. From Critical Thinking and Communication to Balance and Distinction, these projects challenge our students to grow in many ways and help them develop into confident, skilled, and thoughtful science-minded leaders of tomorrow. […]


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McKenna Smith Wins Titles; Swimmers Shine at District Championships

Posted on: November 1st, 2016

McKenna Smith ’21 headlined for Academy at the Lakes’ swimming team at the District Championship meet on Oct. 27 at Berkeley Prep, winning titles in both the 50 and 100 freestyles. Based on her performance at Districts, McKenna has qualified second overall in both events for the Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 4 at Florida […]


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Dale Carnegie Skills for Success Workshop Series Offered at Academy at the Lakes

Posted on: October 12th, 2016

The Dale Carnegie and Academy at the Lakes partnership program: Generation.Next will take place weekly beginning Sunday, Jan. 8 – Feb. 26 from 2:00pm – 5:30pm in the Upper Division building on McCormick Campus. Generation.Next is a leadership workshop presented by Dale Carnegie for students in Grades 8 – 12. The course focuses on five […]


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Author and Co-Founder of HGTV Speaks with Academy Students

Posted on: September 15th, 2016

Academy at the Lakes was very pleased to welcome business executive and author Susan Packard to campus on Wednesday, September 14 for a special lunch with our Future Business Leaders of America club and separate chats with the boys and girls in Grades 7-12. Ms. Packard is the author of New Rules of the Game: […]


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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

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 […]


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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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