Principal Blog - June

AXL Community,

As we wrap up the school year and head into a summer of rest and reflection, I find myself astonished by the great things done by the Crew of AXL Academy. Together, we:

  • Successfully returned to school post-quarantine with tight health controls and an environment that was as close to a "normal" school day as possible, while embracing our ability to loosen things even further for the second half of the year.

  • Hosted all of the traditional family events that we have been unable to host for the last few years, such as Back to School Night, Expedition Nights, High School Fair, Fall Festival, Talent Show, and Multicultural Night.

  • Engaged scholars in high-quality and rigorous Expeditions and related fieldwork. Our elementary scholars explored the ecology of Castlewood Canyon, brought the stories of Peter Pan to life, tracked the life cycle of birds through the incubation & raising of baby chickens and ducks. Our middle school scholars designed their own zoos, created their own countries and governing constitutions, and simulated a courtroom setting to put a character from The Outsiders on trial. This only scratches the surface of the creative work our teachers engaged our scholars in this year.

Over the summer, we are excited to plan for new additions to what we can provide our community, such as:

  • A new mentoring program for scholars that focuses on father figures and male role models, known as Watch D.O.G.S. This will create greater opportunities for father figures to have greater involvement in our school community while providing increased adult presence on campus and volunteers to lead reading groups, mentor 1:1, and engage scholars in conversations about careers.

  • Work around equity and anti-bias to certify AXL Academy as a No Place For Hate school. No Place for Hate (NPFH) is a holistic, school-wide co-curricular equity team strategy from the Anti-Defamation League that has been in use in schools for almost four decades, and we look forward to engaging scholars, adult crew members, and families in this work.

  • A new elective for our middle school scholars, Social Justice, that will encourage our scholars to engage in research-guided exploration of issues of equity and need in order to develop their own possible solutions to those problems. Part of the job of public schools is to develop scholars into citizens capable of grappling with the big problems of society, and this class is meant to provide that pathway while maintaining a sense of fun and discovery.

We hope that all those in our greater Aurora family are able to take time this summer to restore and renew, and we look forward to seeing you again in August. Stay tuned for more exciting updates!