Off and Rollin’

It has been a busy term! From poetry, robotics, Tic-Tac-Toe speed racing, building bridges in science that are unbreakable! The students at Maple Lake Academy are working hard.

Here’s what we’re working on in school:

English – Students are currently working on Poetry Projects from writing their own to sharing them with others. Out of a list of 15 options, they get to choose if they write a poem about their families, share a poem with the community, stand on a chair and recite it to the house and many other challenges that pushes them out of their element. It’s proving to be both academically and personally challenging as they try to write their own voice into verse.

Math– Students are just buzzing away at their numeric calculations. Jeff is a wizard at using the smart boards and making the classes visually stimulating as they learn graphs, functions and breaking down algebraic equations. I sat in on a class last week and was blown away at how much I had forgotten but had a classroom of teens willing to “school” me on what I was missing.

Social Studies– This term we started World Civilizations and the students are creating 3D projects of what Mesopotamia looked like from agriculture, economy and language. When I visited their class, they all spouted off the different key elements of what makes a civilization. I was once again “schooled” but this time in unison!

Science– There are so many hands on activities that happen in science. Recently, the students had the opportunity to dissect a cow eye ball after learning the make up of it. In other classes, they are building indestructible bridges and working on their ECO challenge projects for Thanksgiving Point’s annual competition. The students are working on making clothing out of recyclable items, designing t-shirts about awareness of endangered species and writing songs about the earth. The ECO challenge is April 12! Wish them luck!

Student Government–  The students just had re-elections. Some won for their second term while new candidates filled their leadership positions. The class focuses on building attributes that make up a leader and then they practice those skills as they work as a group to bring about a term project that unifies both the classroom and community.

Robotics– The focus of this term’s class is working as a group to create different challenges. Last week they had to make a crane. It was fun to watch them congregate together and throw ideas out where they were then discussed to make their robot come to life.

PE– Physical Education! It has been revamped and restructured to incorporate a more rigorous workout as well as learning opportunities for applicable health. At first, there were a lot of complaints. “I’m so sore from all of the squats!” “I can’t stand the health portion! Why, MaryLynn, why?!” Our teachers and therapists have even joined in on some of the exercises!

Overall, great things are happening in school. We are seeing less students with missing assignments. They are working hard and trying their best to improve not only their work ethic but their overall skills when it comes to thinking deeply, managing anxiety specifically with assignments and deadlines and advocating for help.

We are impressed with our students and look forward to finishing off the term strong.

 

Spirit Week

“It’s Time to Show Your Spirit!”

This past term Maple Lake Academy planned and participated in their own Spirit Weeks through their individual Student Government classes.

This term we introduced a brand new class to Maple Lake Academy, Student Government. This class focuses on building leadership skill through planning and executing group projects geared toward building unity and comradery within their class and community.

Each school chose to do a Spirit Week with a large event at the end. The Boys School Spirit Week included celebrating Culture, Fantasy, Star Wars and ended with a BBQ/Carnival finale with an ice cream eating contest and all!

As impressive as it was to witness their abilities to inhale chocolate syrup and ice cream, what was more impressive was their ability to prepare for the week. As a group, they organized their budget, presented it to Team to get approval and even shopped within that budget! The boys wowed Team with their professionalism when they sought approval for their activity and budget. They were well rehearsed, shared speaking portions and accepted feedback like champions!

The Girls School Spirit Week included Pajamas, Glam!, Hometown Celebration and Twin Day. We had tours during the week and impressed Ed Consultants with how spirited our staff and students were. One was even jealous they hadn’t brought their own PJ’s!

Their large event of Spirit Week was a Homecoming Night! The girls planned a budget but upon presenting to Team, realized that they had overshot their budget by a mile! However, instead of forfeiting the night and giving up, the girls were presented with an opportunity to work for the money. They decided to earn the rest of the money by picking apples in Shelley’s orchard. After bushels of apples, ladders and mud, they were able to save Homecoming night!

The night of, the School and RT combined to teach the girl’s about skincare, hair styling and make up tutorials before they glammed up for dinner at Guru’s Cafe and Wonder Woman!

The night was a blast! The ladies donned corsages and posed for many many pictures!

All in all, both schools did a wonderful job at creating activities that offered opportunity for unity and closer friendships. They had to work in groups, deal with different perspectives and pull their weight with help from excellent teachers and staff for both Spirit Weeks to be a success. We are proud of them and look forward to more opportunities where our students continue to step up and take the lead.

 

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Kids Say the Darndest Things!

Here at Maple Lake Academy, we hear many things throughout the halls, here are just a few of our most hilarious!

“Do you need some help right now?” “Yes, I dire need help!”

Capture“I have a disturbing feeling that this is what it feels like to go to prom and not want to dance with the person that brought you.”

“But Oprah is terrible and Jodi is not”

“I know it looks like I’m doing nothing, but at a molecular level I’m actually quite busy.”

Completing a word search from MaryLynn, Student A: “This word search has NO rhyme or reason!!” Student B: “That’s women for you.”

“You can’t quit me, I’m like air; you can’t live without me”

“I’m always hungry, I’m in the throngs of puberty”

“My training for therapists would be: ‘emotions are the worst, but sometimes you have to listen to people talk about them’” Capture

“It’s not being rigid if you’re right, Stephen!”

Group of boys huddled, snickering near a whiteboard with a marker in hand: “Hahaha Revenge!” “No! Stop! The joke’s not insulting if it’s spelled wrong, then it’s just stupid!”

We adore our students here at Maple Lake. They keep us laughing.

News Flash!

Maple Lake Academy would like to Welcome the newest addition to the Education Department, Ms.Julie Smith! Julie is our new English teacher!

Julie Smith picJulie Smith graduated from BYU, with degrees in English Teaching and History Teaching. Since then, she has taught public school and private school, but her favorite place to work is at residential centers like Maple Lake! Julie is married and has five kids. Her family has lived in Utah, Missouri, and Nevada. She loves to read, write, and travel – especially to historical sites. Some of the fun things she has done include walking up The Statue of Liberty and down The Washington Monument, sleeping over in a zoo, and camping in Alaska. She also interned in Washington DC when she was in college, and was an summer exchange student in Japan when she was in high school. She is super excited to work with the students at Maple Lake Academy!

We are excited to have her a part of the team!

 

 

 

News Flash!

A lot has been going on here at Maple Lake Academy! From long days with RT to class field trips and fun project assignments.

Two field trips this year have been to a Teen Author Boot Camp and our annual Eco Challenge at Thanksgiving Point.

The Teen Author Boot Camp was a day long youth conference where over 1,000 teen writers came to receive training from the best writers out there. We went to five workshops that focused on how to write an action packed scene, how to create character depth, taking risks as an author, had lunch and met professional authors.

During our annual Eco Challenge with Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, our students competed in different events from creating designer clothes and accessories with recycled items, wrote songs about the environment, drew and painted pictures about pollution and endangered species and wrote and acted out a skit they had written about being good to our earth. During our break, we walked around the beautiful tulip fields which are a local highlight at Thanksgiving Point.

During the summer, we have enjoyed weekly trips with the Recreational Therapy group and look forward to the new term’s school year and the projects and trips it will bring. Until then! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Students enjoying the summer day researching for their Children’s Book project.

 

Techie for Life: Lego Competition

Recently, both schools participated in a Lego Competition sponsored by Techie For Life. They were challenged to create and build their own unique Lego designs. The categories were: functional, artistic and scale-model.

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Techie for Life sent each school, individual packs of Legos to use and document.

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The students were excited about the hands-on challenge and the freedom to design their own creations.

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From living room scale models, animals, cellos, spin-tops and light rays, the Lego creations were endless.

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In the end, both schools won awards in various categories including:

  • Most Popular
  • Most Artistic
  • Best Scale-Model

Several received honorable mentions and received a myriad of prizes based on technology and robotics. Maple Lake Academy was well represented and made a lasting impression on the judges.

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