January 2014

Month

Winners from our December Invention Convention submitted contest applications last week for the USF Young Innovators Contest. On January 29, the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors selected the top 10 inventors to compete at a live event on February 11, 2014. There are cash prizes at stake for the students and their...
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On Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 Head of School Mark Heller spoke with all Upper Division students about the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Seventh and 8th Graders participated in the Final Round of the AATL Geography Bee Jan. 15 for a chance to qualify for the State of Florida Geography Bee. The students who participated were: 8th Grade Anmol Warman SeungJin Park Taylor Williams Julia Mollick Pasha Yurchenko Grace Szarko 7th Grade Chelsea Joyce-Nyack Brooke Wilhite Evan St....
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Academy’s S.T.E.M. Club now has a functioning 3D printer, received as part of the club’s participation in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition (FRC). The school community can now experiment with this fascinating and revolutionary technology. In the short term, the club plans to use the printer to design and create custom parts for competitive robots. They...
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The Teacher Feature blog series celebrates our faculty’s passion for education and their joy in the journey of building our students’ futures. In this series, we will get to know these beloved educators. Just like our students and families, our instructors matter here. To learn more, visit our website.
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Congratulations to Elise Faith, class of 2022! She did a fantastic job of representing Academy at the Lakes at this year’s Florida Elementary Music Educators’ Conference All State Chorus. Being selected is quite an honor and reflects an individual’s commitment to excellence in singing. Elise went through an audition process and was selected from a...
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Throughout the month, Academy students in grades 5 through 8 will attend Anti-Bullying workshops presented by Mr. Robert Villavisanis, a professional mental health counselor, and Mrs. Debbie Villavisanis, a professional occupational therapist. The presentation and workshop will help students identify the various forms that bullying can take, including “cyber-bullying” and “sexting,” and will offer strategies...
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On Jan. 10 the Academy community celebrated Friday Night Fanfare in support of the varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. Families enjoyed activities including an agility course (provided by Daniel Peterson’s Performance Training), face painting, a performance by the Upper Division pep band, dinner from Carrabba’s – Lutz, and dessert from SugarDarlings. We extend our...
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Alumni revisited their high school ‘home’ on Wednesday, to speak with current Academy seniors about their college experiences. Alumni participated in a formal panel discussion, answering questions about topics including homesickness, academics, extracurricular activities, money, time management, and social situations. After the panel discussion, Academy faculty and staff left the room while seniors mingled a...
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