Lower Division

And Academy at the Lakes’ 2019 Musical Will Be… The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy!

Posted on: October 5th, 2018

At the annual Founders Day Assembly on Thursday, Oct. 4, Mr. Mark Heller announced the 2019 K-12 Musical, The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy. The Musical will take place at University of South Florida Theatre 1 on Friday, March 15 through Saturday, March 16. Jeremy Silverman and Margee Sapowsky will be returning this year to […]


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Summer Reading Recommendations for Elementary School Students

Posted on: May 9th, 2018

Words by Debbie Szarko There is no better time to get caught up with your reading than over the summer! Our Lower Division Librarian, Mrs. Szarko, selected a number of her favorite books for Kindergarten – 4th Grade students. I started working at Academy at the Lakes during the second year of its inception. After […]


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The Importance of Nurturing Curiosity at School

Posted on: April 26th, 2018

Words by Araina Jewell, Director of Curriculum, Academy at the Lakes Do you remember the days when your infant or toddler put everything in her mouth, from her toes, to a toy car, to the edge of the coffee table? Do you remember when your young child opened up every lower cabinet in the kitchen […]


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Lower Division Celebrates 100th Day of School

Posted on: February 8th, 2018

100th Day of School & PJ and Hot Cocoa Day from Academy at the Lakes on Vimeo. Lower Division students celebrated the 100th Day of School on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in conjunction with PJ and Hot Cocoa Day: an event in which special guests vision PreK3-Grade 4 classrooms to read stories. Students donated $1 to […]


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Lower Division Students Earn Radiant Peace Education Awards Honorable Mention

Posted on: January 31st, 2018

Each year, Lower Division students from Academy at the Lakes participate in the Radiant Peace Education Awards, along with students in grades 1-4 from all around the nation. According to RadiantPeace.org, “The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos, […]


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2017-18 Lower Division Giraffe Club Officers Elected

Posted on: October 20th, 2017

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4th Graders interested in becoming part of the Giraffe club gave speeches to the entire Lower Division during Morning Assembly. Giraffe club Speeches 2017-18 from Academy at the Lakes on Vimeo. These speeches are just one of many opportunities Lower Division students have to practice their public speaking skills as part […]


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JK and SK Join Seniors in Special 25th Anniversary Founders’ Day Cake Baking and Decorating

Posted on: October 3rd, 2017

One of Academy’s traditions is the annual Founders’ Day Cake Baking and Decorating with Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, and 12th Graders. In the morning, JK and SK separate into Houses where, with the help of teachers, students bake Founders’ Day cakes. Later in the day both grades travel across the street to decorate the cakes […]


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Total Solar Eclipse Used as a Learning Tool Across All Grade Levels at Academy

Posted on: August 22nd, 2017

McCormick Campus Eclipse 2017 from Academy at the Lakes on Vimeo.   On Monday, Aug. 21 students in grades PreK3 – 12th Grade were given solar eclipse glasses and participated in various age-appropriate activities throughout the day. Lower Division students took turns viewing the eclipse outside while Upper and Middle Division students gathered in the […]


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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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My Day as a Reporter at Academy at the Lakes

Posted on: April 19th, 2017

Words by Julia Pesch ’26 Reporter for a Day – Julia ’26 from Academy at the Lakes on Vimeo. Actors, Firefighters, and more. Reporting is fun, and can be a little hard sometimes, but today I was a reporter. I asked kids what they want to be when they grow up, and what college they […]


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