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6 Ways We Make Middle School Magical

6 Ways We Make Middle School Magical

On any given day, if you take a walk through the Almond Acres Charter Academy (AACA) middle school wing, you’ll hear the sounds of learning and joy in our halls and classrooms: Spirited debates and discussions, laughter among friends, and conversations between...

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

This week at Almond Acres, we are studying Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood. Seeking to understand often requires the skill of listening. Whether as a student, an employee or in a relationship, the skill of listening is essential to learning and...

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

It may be the start of the school year, but our minds are at the end of the year at Almond Acres. The fresh, new school year is the perfect time to look to the future and make plans to grow towards our goals and dreams.  Habit #2: Begin With the End in Mind is a...

Brain Power: What Kind of Learner Am I?

Brain Power: What Kind of Learner Am I?

Smart is notJust being bestAt spelling bees,A tricky test.Or knowing all the answers ever…Other things are just as clever.Every hour of every day,We’re smart in our own special way.And nobody will ever do…The very same smart thing as you.All the Ways to Be Smart by...

Parents as Partners

Parents as Partners

When schools and families work together, good things happen for children. At Almond Acres (AACA), we see good things popping up all around: in children’s smiles, the achievements of our students, and the positive connections between students and teachers.  Our...

Beating the Back-to-School Jitters

Beating the Back-to-School Jitters

Are you beginning to feel the Back-to-School jitters? If so, you’re not alone! Everyone feels a little nervous about a new school year and a new adventure – students, parents and even teachers! We invited resident teaching and parenting expert Amy Brabenec to walk us...