Almond Acres Charter Academy https://www.almondacres.com Growing Great Kids! Thu, 06 Aug 2020 23:53:40 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.almondacres.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/cropped-Logo-w-Name-Marketing-Colors_WHITE-32x32.png Almond Acres Charter Academy https://www.almondacres.com 32 32 In the MIDDLE of the Action! Almond Acres Middle School https://www.almondacres.com/blog/in-the-middle-of-the-action-almond-acres-middle-school/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 23:52:10 +0000 https://www.almondacres.com/?p=2653 “Because of the programs at our school, like Destination Imagination, Leadership, Project-based learning and Theater, my daughter is thriving — not just surviving — in middle school! Her confidence has grown, she has outstanding grades, and her character is strong.” Almond Acres Charter Academy parent Learning is a collaborative process. At Almond Acres Charter Academy […]

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“Because of the programs at our school, like Destination Imagination, Leadership, Project-based learning and Theater, my daughter is thriving — not just surviving — in middle school! Her confidence has grown, she has outstanding grades, and her character is strong.”

Almond Acres Charter Academy parent

Learning is a collaborative process. At Almond Acres Charter Academy (AACA), the education of our students is built on having a strong and inspiring support system in place. We deliver our high-quality service and project-based curriculum via our dedicated and experienced teachers and our we-are-a-family, tight knit AACA community. 

We actively maintain a partnership and open communication between parents, students, teachers, and community members. This is our learning team and how we grow healthy kids. We give our students this foundation so they can feel confident in their ability to investigate their world and who they are. It sparks a desire to learn and grow, and ensures flourishing academic experiences full of opportunities and exploration. This is especially true at our middle school. 

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Our middle school is known for having small classes. With a 1:28 student-to-teacher ratio, our instructors truly know each sixth – eighth grade student. 

Our middle schoolers get to be leaders. They give tours to prospective families and they help every morning with our Shared Start. Our middle schoolers even create events as part of our project-based learning units. Our seventh graders created a Family Forum where families came together to discuss issues pertinent to middle schoolers while playing games in a relaxed atmosphere.  The Family Forum allowed for conversation about challenges our middle school kids are currently facing. Not only was the event well-executed, the middle school students showed tremendous maturity and willingness to both share and listen. We grow great kids! 

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Our middle schoolers act as admirable role models for other kids and families. Our middle school students recently took on the responsibility of promoting literacy. Some focused on our AACA school itself by tutoring kindergarteners, giving up their own recess(!)  to work with the younger students on sight words and reading. Other middle schoolers built and stocked a tiny share library to be installed between our kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Moving beyond our school, some students built a tiny free library for their neighborhood, helped out in a childcare environment and read to children at a homeless shelter. 

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One middle school student focused on literacy around the globe – and chose Uganda to make his mark. By making and selling homemade strawberry jam, this Almond Acres middle school student raised funds to work with a local charity in Uganda and raise enough funds to provide pens, paper, and English textbooks for an entire classroom! 

Being a small school, our middle school students can access many activities and experiences. Our middle school kids can play on the volleyball team AND be in the school play. They can pursue a wide variety of scholastic and extracurricular endeavors  – and gain exposure to their talents and interests as well as natural gifts. This confidence is so valuable at this critical age! 

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About AACA

Almond Acres Charter Academy is a public, tuition-free K-8 school that employs credentialed teachers and administers state-mandated testing to provide families in northern SLO County an additional choice in public education. The school is located in San Miguel and is open to all students in all communities. AACA’s mission is to help students succeed academically and socially by educating the whole child: heart, mind, body and soul. We grow great kids! 

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A-HA! Almond Acres At-Home Academy https://www.almondacres.com/blog/a-ha-almond-acres-at-home-academy/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 18:40:22 +0000 https://www.almondacres.com/?p=2602 The post A-HA! Almond Acres At-Home Academy appeared first on Almond Acres Charter Academy.

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If you’re considering alternatives to classroom instruction for fall 2020, check out Almond Acres’ flexible At-Home Academy option. This exciting choice is open to all — not just current Almond Acres Charter Academy (AACA) families.  

Our At-Home Academy is a distance learning option for a limited time.

Our charter and our Almond Acres charter school are not changing. Rather, we are offering an additional option for families this fall. 

Our At-Home Academy offers the consistency and minimal disruption many families crave right now.

Our Covid 19 plans for in-person learning are in flux much like schools everywhere. At-Home Academy offers a reliable, uninterrupted approach that is integrated, prescribed and responsive. 

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Our At-Home Academy is an iteration of AACA’s distance learning.

Being a small school allows us, at AACA , to nimbly adapt to the changing needs of our families. This past spring during the pandemic our AACA distance learning program debuted our strength in designing education that’s outside the box of traditional school programs. 

95% of our survey-responding AACA families felt our distance learning program exceeded or greatly exceeded expectations

Our At-Home Academy is a timely option to traditional classroom instruction.

Our recent distance learning metamorphosis and its success catapulted us to think further about ways to support our families for fall 2020. We feel energized and excited to add a distance learning At-Home Academy for all families who want this comprehensive educational opportunity.  

Our At-Home Academy is more flexible.

Our At-Home Academy allows for flexibility and autonomy in schedules. Parents organize the school day and pacing of school work around household schedules and rhythms.

Parents are the learning coaches for your children.

By choosing our At-Home Academy, you’ll receive comprehensive AACA curriculum guides, training opportunities, and regular school collaboration. 

Parents have more control.

Our AACA At-Home model consists of instruction happening in the home while families absolutely maintain the close family/school connection that is special to AACA. 

We use the same curriculum for A-HA and site-based students.

Students in the At-Home Academy will use the same curriculum as peers in the site-based model. At-Home Academy students will also enjoy curated, self-directed versions of our Service and Project Based Learning units.  These are a core component to our beloved AACA academic program. Additionally, when safety allows, all students will be encouraged to participate in our many field trips and guest speaker presentations.

Our ACCA At-Home Academy families will foster positive behavior and good citizenship lessons together at home.

You can choose to join our daily virtual Shared Start assembly where we enjoy learning from the Habits of Mind or the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or watch it later when it’s convenient for you. 

No one is missing out.

AACA’s vibrant school culture and climate is still all yours. At-Home Academy parents can participate in events happening on campus virtually or in-person whenever possible.  You can participate in Shared Start, the Program Site Council (AACA’s equivalent to a PTO/PTA) and attend our Growing Great Kids webinars (available on demand) where we share and learn strategies to assist with a variety of parenting scenarios.

At-Home Academy families share in all of the school-wide virtual or in-person – both activities AACA offers.

These include annual events like: 

  • Maker Faire
  • Musical theatre production
  • 8th grade promotion
  • Kinder Celebration
  • Read Run Relay
  • Talent show
  • Back to school night
At-Home families are encouraged to attend our 2x/monthly Friday virtual celebration events.

These include awards assemblies, positive behavior reinforcing events and more. 

Almond Acres Charter Academy is designing this At-Home program to meet the needs of our current families and any future families.

If you’re interested in exploring the At-Home Academy program now available through AACA, please email us: info@almondacres.com or call our school office at 805-467-2095. 

Enrolling for Almond Acres and At-Home Academy is the same.

Since AACA is a charter school, and we are a school of choice, no interdistrict transfer is required to enroll. Enrolling for in-person AACA and At-Home Academy is the same – parents just need to check a box during the enrollment process

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About AACA

Almond Acres Charter Academy is a public, tuition-free K-8 school that employs credentialed teachers and administers state-mandated testing to provide families in northern SLO County an additional choice in public education. The school is located in San Miguel and is open to all students in all communities. AACA’s mission is to help students succeed academically and socially by educating the whole child: heart, mind, body and soul. We grow great kids! 

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Flexible = Exceptional https://www.almondacres.com/blog/almond-acres-flexible-exceptional-distance-learning/ Tue, 14 Jul 2020 22:25:23 +0000 https://www.almondacres.com/?p=2573 We’re Nimble. At Almond Acres we had to adapt to COVID 19 like every other school, and we adapted fast. From our surveys, 100% of our families were satisfied with our transition to distance learning. Here are some key reasons why:  We maintained! We held on to our routines and programs in the first week […]

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We’re Nimble. At Almond Acres we had to adapt to COVID 19 like every other school, and we adapted fast. From our surveys, 100% of our families were satisfied with our transition to distance learning. Here are some key reasons why: 

  1. We maintained! We held on to our routines and programs in the first week of closure. Shared Start kicked off every morning and teachers re-engaged all students into the class. Our students and families could count on us consistently —  every morning M-F at 8:00 am! We saw each other, connected and set the tone for the day ahead. Staff and our student leadership team ran the meeting and each day had a theme, same as it did at in-person school. Mondays we addressed the habit of mind and Tuesdays we reiterated TeRRiFiC citizenship. Wednesdays we wished happy birthdays. Thursdays we shared what makes us thankful. Fridays we shared some funnies.  Best of all, our students showed up! We got 150-200 views daily and some kids kept wearing their uniforms! 
  2. We kept it simple and consistent! We used the same apps and platforms across all classes and grades. Flip Grid, Zoom, Google classroom. Parents, families and students all learned and accessed the same distance learning protocols, regardless of their grade. If one application didn’t work for all grades of our kids, we changed it. Quickly! 
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  1. We stayed connected! We set the expectation early – and we met it — that students would see their teachers everyday. If they weren’t online, we’d give them a call. We worked together to problem-solve and to maintain structure. 
  2. We shared! Photos, funnies, student artwork, creations and birthday wishes. We are a community first and foremost and we showed it even when not together in the same building. Character development is an enormous part of our curriculum and we continued our commitment to it, even when learning from afar.
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  1. We persevered! We even continued annual events virtually such as the Read and Run Relay, Maker Faire, and a Talent Show! 

We’re immensely proud of our Almond Acres family for how well we ALL adapted to  COVID19 and the uncertain landscape. We are energized by the positive reviews we continue to receive from families — students and parents — about how we did. And whatever is decided for Fall 2020 and the school year ahead, you can bet we will be ready to share, maintain, connect, keep it simple and consistent, and persevere! 

Every child is unique. At Almond Acres tuition-free public charter school, we serve grades K-8 and we educate the whole child: heart, mind, body, and soul.  Our focus on meaningful educational experiences within our community embraces service and project-based learning.  We also emphasize character development and strong citizenship standards alongside our robust curriculum. We are enrolling now. We grow great kids! 

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Almond Acres Offers a New At Home Distance Learning Option for the 20/21 School Year https://www.almondacres.com/news/almond-acres-offers-a-new-at-home-academy-in-the-north-county/ Mon, 06 Jul 2020 22:19:58 +0000 https://www.almondacres.com/?p=2550 Following the great success Almond Acres Charter Academy (AACA) experienced with its recent distance learning program, the school is excited to announce that it will be enrolling students in a new At Home Academy program beginning in the Fall of 2020.   Being a small school allows AACA to respond to changes in the needs […]

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Following the great success Almond Acres Charter Academy (AACA) experienced with its recent distance learning program, the school is excited to announce that it will be enrolling students in a new At Home Academy program beginning in the Fall of 2020.   Being a small school allows AACA to respond to changes in the needs of their families with swiftness and AACA’s distance learning program demonstrated a strength in designing education that truly is outside the box of traditional school programs. 

AACA has been providing a site based instructional program since the school began in 2012.  When COVID-19 forced districts across the state to close their doors and transition to a distance learning model, AACA recognized an opportunity to expand its program offerings. When survey results reported 95% of families felt the distance learning program exceeded or greatly exceeded expectations, the AACA team felt confident in once again implementing a programmatic change.

During the distance learning program, parents were surveyed several times to gauge their feelings on the possibility of a at home option moving forward.  Multiple families reported they were interested in exploring an at home option and their reasons were varied.  Some expressed a long term desire to do distance learning but they were reluctant to forego the school culture and climate offered at AACA.  Other families shared concerns about possible restrictions in the form of health and safety guidelines that may be in place when schools reopen.  The administration examined multiple options for an at home program and created the Almond Acres At Home Academy.

The AACA At Home program will consist of instruction happening in the home while families maintain the close family/school connection that is special to AACA.  Parents will be provided with comprehensive curriculum guides, training opportunities, and regular school collaboration to provide the primary instruction.  Parents will also have the opportunity to participate in the Program Site Council (AACA’s equivalent to a PTO/PTA) and attend AACA’s Growing Great Kids webinars where they will learn strategies to assist with a variety of parenting scenarios.  

Students in the At Home Academy will not only be using the same curriculum as their peers in the traditional model, they will also be given self directed versions of the various Service and Project Based Learning units that are a core component to AACA’s academic program.   Additionally, students will be encouraged to participate in the many field trips and guest speaker presentations connected to those units.

All of the school-wide activities offered at AACA will include the families enrolled in the At Home program.  Some of these include annual events such as Maker Faire, musical theatre production, 8th grade promotion, Kinder Celebration, Read Run Relay, and talent show. The families will also access a daily virtual Shared Start assembly where they will receive instruction on the Habits of Mind, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and the positive behavior expectations that grow citizenship traits in all AACA students. Families will also be encouraged to attend the new Friday celebration events (awards assemblies, positive behavior reinforcer events, etc) being held twice monthly.  AACA has successfully held several of these events virtually during distance learning and will continue to do so if required by safety guidelines.  

In addition to these program components, families would be encouraged to participate in outside of school events.  AACA hosts a Meet the Teacher Picnic before school starts and the At Home families will be introduced to the various grade level teachers, support staff, as well other AACA families.  Back to School Night, Open House, and the annual Art Show will also include these families and showcase student work completed as part of the At Home Academy curriculum.   

“As a small charter school, we have the ability to quickly respond and affect change.  This At Home Academy will allow families to be part of our school, implement the framework and philosophy, receive guidance from staff, and still have flexibility based on their individual needs.  We are able to use much of what we created and implemented during distance learning to then create this additional option.” stated Amy Baker, Program Director. 

Almond Acres Charter Academy is designing this At Home program to meet the needs of its current families and any future families.  If anyone is interested in exploring the At Home program now available through AACA,  information can be obtained by emailing info@almondacres.com.  Since AACA is a charter school, and therefore a school of choice, no interdistrict transfer is required to enroll.

Enroll now!

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Middle Schoolers Work to Improve Literacy Around the Globe https://www.almondacres.com/news/middle-schoolers-work-to-improve-literacy-around-the-globe/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 12:52:00 +0000 https://www.almondacres.com/?p=2345 Prior to the start of distance learning, seventh graders at Almond Acres Charter Academy were asking the question, “How does literacy, and understanding literature, change the world?”  The students learned about the negative impact of being illiterate and the United Nations push for literacy. As part of their study, students personally took on the responsibility […]

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Prior to the start of distance learning, seventh graders at Almond Acres Charter Academy were asking the question, “How does literacy, and understanding literature, change the world?”  The students learned about the negative impact of being illiterate and the United Nations push for literacy.

As part of their study, students personally took on the responsibility of promoting literacy.  They brainstormed ways they could help, investigated needs, and used real life skills to help expand literacy in a variety of ways.

Some of the students chose to improve literacy within their own school.  Seventh graders, Kenichi Parkhurst and Libby Higgins, tutored kindergarteners, giving up their own recess to work with the younger students on sight words and reading, as well as providing fun, kinesthetic ways to perform word work (e.g. forming spelling words with playdough). Hannah Bourgault and TJ Dawson built and stocked a tiny share library to be installed between the kindergarten and first grade classrooms.

Hannah Bourgault builds a tiny library to place on the Almond Acres Charter Academy campus.

Moving beyond the Almond Acres campus, students Olivia Heinbach and Summer Colegrove, labelled snack cups at the Kennedy Club Fitness Children’s Center. The customized cups allowed children to review and practice sight words while enjoying a snack during their parents’ workout. Lucas Slawson built a tiny free library for his neighborhood. Lucas Vertrees filled a need by reading to younger students living at the homeless shelter.

Lucas Vertrees reads a book to the children at a homeless shelter.

Going well beyond our school and community, Brandon McWilliams focused on a nonprofit across the globe in Arua, Uganda.  A school needed support for their literacy program.

Zozu Project, the nonprofit Brandon collaborated with, celebrated him with an article titled Our Favorite Fundraiser of the Year- By a 7th Grader!

Brandon McWilliams makes homemade strawberry jam to raise funds for a school in Uganda, Africa.

An excerpt from the post written by Elsie Soderberg reads: 

Last month we got a surprise email from a young man. His name is Brandon, and for a 7th grade class project he was studying global literacy. They were learning about how learning the simple abilities of reading and writing can change someone’s life, and in his words “As part of our study, I want to help improve literacy in the world.”

He wondered if students at Solid Rock Christian School could use books, pencils, pens, and paper to improve their literacy. If he raised money to provide those supplies, he asked, would the students be able to benefit? “Absolutely yes!” Elsie [our Director of Communications] emailed back.

So, Brandon put on his own fundraiser making jam in his family’s kitchen and selling it at school. It wasn’t fancy. All he needed was some glass jars, strawberries and sugar, and a folding table to put them on. Amazingly, by this small act of love, he raised enough for pens, paper, and English textbooks for an entire classroom!

This material outcome is a great blessing, but there’s more. Brandon is in 7th grade– the exact same age as the students who will benefit from his work. He realized that he could do something, didn’t need it to be big and glamorous, and wasn’t daunted by fear of failure. Maybe he’s teaching us- what standard do we think we need to meet before we can do something?

This style of hands-on, real life learning that is driven by the students’ natural curiosity, is called project based learning.  Almond Acres takes it one step further by encouraging students to incorporate service into their studies as well.

“It brings me so much joy to see our kids learning and serving at the same time,” said Brandon’s mom, Melanie McWilliams.  “They’re using creative thinking to come up with project ideas. They’re using their writing skills to email resources. They’re using their technology skills to research.  They’re even using mathematics and science when they make jam or a small wooden library. Most importantly, they’re using their heart to make our schools, community, and world a better place.”

Via: Paso Robles Press

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Almond Acres performs the musical, ‘Madagascar Junior’ https://www.almondacres.com/news/almond-acres-performs-the-musical-madagascar-junior/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:58:21 +0000 https://www.almondacres.com/?p=2347 –A cast of more than 55 students from Almond Acres Charter Academy recently starred in the musical, Madagascar Junior. The production was held at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation Berg Auditorium and was directed by Claire Fundaro. “Almond Acres offers a unique opportunity for its students through the process of production,” said Claire Fundaro. “The lessons […]

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–A cast of more than 55 students from Almond Acres Charter Academy recently starred in the musical, Madagascar Junior. The production was held at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation Berg Auditorium and was directed by Claire Fundaro.

“Almond Acres offers a unique opportunity for its students through the process of production,” said Claire Fundaro. “The lessons that are taught in theatre will impact all aspects of these students’ lives. They’re given the chance to grow their confidence from auditioning, to rehearsing in front of their peers, and to the final product which creates a strong character within them. The process is invaluable, and I’m so grateful to be a part of the magic that only theatre can create.”

With only two weeks of rehearsals, the students were show-ready, according to the school. Parents and students worked together behind the scenes to construct sets, props, and design costumes.

Being a part of the school’s annual theatre production is something that students look forward to every year. “I like to pretend to be someone I am not, and I like that I can put a lot of my emotion into something,” said student, Divy Emmons, who starred as Marty the Zebra. “I can go on a whole journey with my character. My biggest highlight of the show was spending time with the whole cast because I made stronger relationships with some people and the cast was awesome!”

The production was made possible with the support of local individuals and businesses namely the Rima and Stoltzfus Families, Joyce Vertrees, Gena Beckett and Jill Ponti, Realtors with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hallmark Realty in downtown Paso Robles, and Jerissa Parkhurst with EF Educational Homestay Program. Raffle prizes were donated by Cambria Bicycle Outfitter, Keri Border, and Mr. and Mrs. Thompquist.

Almond Acres is a charter school located in San Miguel that has a Visual and Performing Arts Program. In addition to an annual theatre production, it also hosts an annual art show and an annual talent show.

Via: Paso Robles Daily News and Paso Robles Press

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History Comes Alive for Fourth Graders During Overnight Stay at Mission San Antonio https://www.almondacres.com/news/history-comes-alive-for-fourth-graders-during-overnight-stay-at-mission-san-antonio/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:21:16 +0000 https://www.almondacres.com/?p=2309 San Miguel, California: – Fourth grade students of Almond Acres Charter Academy had the unique experience of being transported back in time during an overnight field trip to the Mission San Antonio de Padua located near Fort Hunter Liggett.  Established in 1771, the well-preserved mission is steeped in California history. It can accommodate up to […]

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San Miguel, California: – Fourth grade students of Almond Acres Charter Academy had the unique experience of being transported back in time during an overnight field trip to the Mission San Antonio de Padua located near Fort Hunter Liggett.  Established in 1771, the well-preserved mission is steeped in California history. It can accommodate up to 65 guests in its renovated living quarters. 

The trip was one that students will likely never forget.

“When I went on the trip, I felt like I was living during the early mission time,” said Vaughn Hanson.  “It was an amazing experience.”

“I loved this field trip because it was a great learning experience,” said student Amelia Baker.  “I learned very valuable information like the San Antonio Mission was the third mission established.”

“It was like a step through a time machine,” said another student, Marshall Hutchinson.

Over the course of two days, students were encouraged to learn through docent-led tours and self-discovery.  During their stay, the students sought to answer the question, “What artifact best tells the story of the California missions?”  They investigated the grist mill, threshing floor, and reservoirs; measured cemetery walls; sketched pictures; inspected architecture, artifacts, and plants; and wrote down thoughts and observations.  They interviewed experts, like Joan, a mission docent, and used the knowledge they gained to adjust their conclusions.  

Not only did the students explore during the day, but also in the evening. Three community astronomers, Glen, Scott, and Larry, came and shared their passion for the night sky.  They connected how the Native Americans used the night sky to tell stories and how some cave paintings reflect that knowledge. They showed the students how the mission padres may have used the planets for navigation. Using current technology with their telescopes, they pointed out clusters, planets, and constellations. 

“I liked the overnight field trip because we got to see Jupiter and Saturn,” said Roman Sanchez Ramirez, a fourth grade student.

Incorporating state standards for math, science, history, and english into creative projects and field trips, boosts students’ knowledge retention levels.  This style of education is called project based learning. 

“In traditional education, we focus on one subject one at a time,” said Bob Bourgault, Executive Director at Almond Acres. “We’re doing everything we can in our educational programs to tie all subjects together and let kids be creative.  This increases the students’ neurological strength, and more importantly, it makes learning fun!”

The trip was made possible thanks to the generosity of a fourth-grade parent.

“What a memorable and incredible experience!  This visit to Mission San Antonio was a powerful first-hand acquaintance with mission life that will stay with students throughout their lifetime,” said Lisa Leopard, fourth grade teacher.

“We had such a remarkable field trip with our students,” said Joanna Lisonbee, fourth grade teacher.  “We not only experienced, hands on, what mission life was like and the impact it had on California history, we also had a unique opportunity to connect with our students in a whole new way.  We all built a great understanding of the mission era, great memories, and great connection that will last!”

via: Paso Robles Daily News

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Almond Acres Hosting Auction at Warbirds Museum on Nov. 15 https://www.almondacres.com/news/almond-acres-hosting-auction-at-warbirds-museum-on-nov-15/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:01:08 +0000 https://www.almondacres.com/?p=2256 PASO ROBLES — Almond Acres Charter Academy is hosting its annual benefit auction at the Estrella Warbirds Museum on Nov. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. This year’s auction will help raise essential funds which benefit AACA’s Project Based Learning, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics), and athletics programs. AACA will highlight their Fund-A-Need […]

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PASO ROBLES — Almond Acres Charter Academy is hosting its annual benefit auction at the Estrella Warbirds Museum on Nov. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. This year’s auction will help raise essential funds which benefit AACA’s Project Based Learning, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics), and athletics programs. AACA will highlight their Fund-A-Need goals and gift their students with materials, field trips, and hands-on experiences to help them grow.

The event will provide opportunities for attendees to meet everyone involved with the school and network with other community members. Tickets are $50 which includes finger foods by Chris Beckett and Katie Castillo of Roots on Railroad, music by Sparrow Entertainment, beer and wine, and access to both silent and live auctions. The theme for this year’s auction is “Top Gun” — dress is semi-formal, contemporary or 80s style.

The event is sponsored by Pankey Ventures and The Partridge Family Olive Company. Auction items have been donated by local businesses.

Tickets can be purchased by Nov. 1 by visiting TheAlmondAcresAuction.com. For more information, visit the AACA website at AlmondAcres.com or call the office at 805-467-2095.

via: The Paso Robles Press

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Almond Acres Charter Academy closes escrow on new school site https://www.almondacres.com/news/almond-acres-charter-academy-closes-escrow-on-new-school-site/ Mon, 09 Sep 2019 17:25:55 +0000 https://www.almondacres.com/?p=2140 –Almond Acres Charter Academy closed escrow on a 3.1-acre property on 1145 Niblick Road Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. The tuition-free public charter school serves 240 students in North SLO County and will be relocating to Paso Robles where 70-percent of its families reside. “I’ve been a part of the facility team for five years,” said […]

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–Almond Acres Charter Academy closed escrow on a 3.1-acre property on 1145 Niblick Road Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

The tuition-free public charter school serves 240 students in North SLO County and will be relocating to Paso Robles where 70-percent of its families reside.

“I’ve been a part of the facility team for five years,” said AACA Board President Samer Mohamed. “We’ve been actively looking for a home that we can call our own in which we can grow and thrive as a school.”

After a seven-year search for a property that met the school’s budget and safety requirements, the facilities team can now focus on the project’s next steps.

“The fact that we are going to be in a permanent structure building with our own playground and our own activity field is exciting,” Perino said. “We will have the resources we need to fully execute the educational programing that Mr. B and his team have developed.”

Perino said that he is excited to get moving on developing the blueprint design and construction of the school’s new location, with a swift goal of opening for instruction in Fall 2021.

“Now that we have closed escrow, the real work begins,” Perino said. “We will be working with our bond issuer, the City of Paso Robles, Paso Robles Unified as well as San Miguel Joint Unified school districts, as we move forward with the permitting process and the different approval processes for construction.”

Almond Acres is a tuition-free public charter school that is required to have some of the same fundamental certifications as a traditional public school, Mohamed said.

“The difference [between a charter school and a public school] is we have some more flexibility in how we can teach and what type of curriculum we can offer,” said Mohamed.

When asked about the learning environment at the charter academy Executive Director Bob Bourgault, also known as Mr. B said. “Learning is something you do, not something that happens to you. We spend a lot of time helping each child understand how they’re smart.”

Almond Acres is currently accepting enrollment applications for grade levels K-7. Tours are available upon request. For more information, visit almondacres.com.

Via: Paso Robles Daily News

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Almond Acres Academy celebrates eighth grade promotion https://www.almondacres.com/news/almond-acres-academy-celebrates-eighth-grade-promotion-2/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 18:08:24 +0000 http://www.almondacres.com/?p=1737 Almond Acres Charter Academy celebrated the promotion to high school of their eighth grade class on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The celebration was held in the Lillian Larsen Gymnasium in San Miguel at 4 p.m. This is the fifth year the academy has had an eighth grade class being promoted to high school, and the […]

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Almond Acres Charter Academy celebrated the promotion to high school of their eighth grade class on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The celebration was held in the Lillian Larsen Gymnasium in San Miguel at 4 p.m. This is the fifth year the academy has had an eighth grade class being promoted to high school, and the San Luis Obispo County community was invited to participate and attend the celebration.

While the eighth grade class stated that they are looking forward to new opportunities in high school, the students also reflected on their experience at the small, close-knit charter school. Some of their favorite activities this year included girls volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and Art in the Dark–an evening art show the class organized and hosted. “We’ve become family,” they said, “and made some great memories.”

The eighth graders may be taking the next step toward their future, but they will be leaving their own mark on the charter school campus. “At Almond Acres Charter Academy, we place a high value on helping students recognize and implement their natural talents to make a difference in both their school and community,” said Bob Bourgault, Executive Director.  As such, the graduating 8th graders spent numerous hours giving back with their time and abilities.  Many in the class helped organize and implement a canned food drive, week-long childhood cancer awareness activities and fundraising, along with cleaning up the middle school quad and schoolwide makerspace.  They also planted a sunflower garden as their lasting gift. The 8th graders will forever be remembered for their contributions to both their school and community.

Via Paso Robles Press

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