Yearly Archives: 2017

Introducing the Park Academy Vlog! A series of mini-videos that will feature topics relevant to the latest Park Academy Blog posts. Our first video comes from Sandy Nemer, 5th grade teacher at Park Academy. Sandy answers the question, “What is Whole Language” with a brief background and definition, and why Park Academy uses an Orton Gillingham approach instead.
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By Maddy Roach, Park Academy Reading Teacher There are so many different resources available to our students to assist with executive functioning skills. Organizing, planning, prioritizing, multitasking, etc… most students at Park Academy have some struggle with one or more of these skills, and our goal as educators and partners in their educational experience is to help them figure out […]
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By Linda West, School Counselor Executive function challenges? Dyslexia? ADHD? Will my student ever go to college? The answer is a resounding “YES”! Will it take determination, resiliency, and perseverance? YES! Is it worth the extra time, effort and commitment? YES! Building the foundation for college success begins at Park! Park Academy’s focus on strengthening executive functioning skills, encouraging students’ […]
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“Why do I even need this class?” said one of my middle school students. “I tried this at my old school, and I couldn’t do it then and got zeros every time...You can’t make me do this.” These were the words that one student shared out loud, others nodded in agreement. “What is an agenda, anyway?” said another. “We have to write down homework? But we don’t have any homework!”
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– Park Academy Parent Before dyslexia and ADHD, I had never heard of Executive Functioning skills. Is it how to make reservations for a private jet? Dictate a letter? Never heard of it. Talk about being thrown into the deep end of the pool as a parent. *Executive Functioning: prioritizing, planning and organizing, self-regulation, managing time, self-starting, mental flexibility, multitasking, […]
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(Executive Functioning and Park Academy Students) By Craig Lowery, Head of School Mom: “Hey kiddo, time to get up! Get dressed, grab your backpack, and come downstairs for breakfast. … 10 minutes later… (kid is sitting on the floor, flipping through a magazine)… Mom: “Why do we go through this every day?!… What did I tell you to do?” Kid: […]
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By Margaret Mart Having lived and studied in three different countries, I’ve been exposed to a number of teaching philosophies. These cross-cultural experiences in education have shaped my own classroom strategies to incorporate new and different ways of teaching from around the world. I feel that this philosophy has helped me become a better math teacher, particularly for the students […]
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By Linda West Back to school… but wait! We’ve had the family potluck, parent night and school pictures! Students are entering classes ready to learn, demonstrating good citizenship and learning new organizational tools… Most of the time! It’s common to hear comments such as “great start”, “best year ever” or “I’m so glad to be at Park” from students, parents […]
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School Mornings Park Academy Parents Understand What a relief, back to structure and routine. A summer of too much screen time and no camps. My son won’t even attend a day camp, let alone a sleep away camp. He has a hard time keeping up with what’s going on, following directions and getting rest when he needs it. It creates […]
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Park Academy Mission: Park Academy empowers students with diverse learning challenges to reach their highest potential of giftedness while excelling academically and becoming responsible citizens and community leaders. This week 90 bright-eyed, slightly nervous students, walked through the Park Academy doors to begin a new school year. They breathe life into the school and provide purpose for the meaningful work we do as […]
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