Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our annual Silent and Live Auction is coming up - we're looking for sponsors

Our beloved annual Silent and Live Auction is back again this year! This important event that raises scholarship funds for our school, and which contributes a great deal to our ability to offer an Academy education to students who could not otherwise afford to attend, will be held during the evening of Saturday, April 25, 2015. Venue details are being finalized, and will be announced soon.

The auction committee is looking for businesses to sponsor the event in order to defray the costs associated with putting on the event and help to publicize businesses that share our commitment to children who think differently, and we hope that you will be able to help, either through your own business or that of someone you know who understands the importance of the school in the life of its students.

There are several levels of sponsorship:

- $500 sponsors will be named as Platinum Level sponsors, and will have the business name featured on a sign at the entrance to the venue, as well as a full page ad in the event program

- $250 level sponsors will be named as Gold Level sponsors, and will have the business name featured on a sign at the entrance to the venue and a half page ad in the program

- $100 sponsors will be named Silver Level sponsors and will have the business name featured on a sign at the entrance to the venue and a quarter page ad in the program

- $50 sponsors will be named Bronze Level sponsors and will receive a business card sized ad in the program

If you have or know of a business that might be interested in sponsoring the auction, please respond to this email and let us know.

Many thanks,

The Ann Arbor Academy Auction Committee

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween Party 2013

We had a great time celebrating Halloween this year!  Check out the awesome costumes!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Our ISACS site visit is underway

As many of our families already know, we have been undergoing the process of receiving full accreditation from ISACS, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, for the past three years. We were provisionally accredited by ISACS in the spring of 2010, and since then we have done a constituent survey, written a long self study addressing all areas of our curriculum and operations, and had an audit. It has been a long process, but a very good one for the school. ISACS has been helpful and kind, and has provided educational and administrative support the whole way through.

The culmination of the accreditation process is the site visit, done by a team of educators from other ISACS schools. We have a mix of people from schools in the Midwest, including Horizon Academy and St. Paul's Episcopal Day School in Kansas City, Elgin Academy in Illinois, Laurel School in Ohio, and Eton Academy, University Liggett School, Detroit Country Day School, and Greenhills, from here in Michigan. It has been such a pleasure to get to know these good people, and to learn from them as they evaluate the Academy. We have heard back from them so far, several times, about how dedicated our teachers are, and how kind and respectful our students are to each other and to the other members of the school community. We know we have a great school, and it's been a lot of fun to show it off to the visiting team!

The site visit began on Sunday evening, with a kick off potluck dinner attended by current families, board members, and alumni and their families. It was a great way to introduce the team to who we are as a school, and they all raved about the food and the company. Over the last two days, we've met with the team and they've observed classes, as well as met with the board, parents, teachers, and students. The team donates their time, and many of them are here on their spring break. We are very grateful, and are eager to hear their commendations and recommendations tomorrow. We won't find out the final decision from ISACS until several months from now, so it will be hard to wait, but in the meantime, we've learned so much and made so many good connections that our plates will be full.

Thank you to the visiting team, and to all the members of the Ann Arbor Academy community who have worked so hard over the past three years to get us to this place!

Update: We received word in July that we had been granted full accreditation from ISACS! Thank you to everyone who made this happen - we appreciate all the members of our wonderful Ann Arbor Academy community!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Science Fair 2013

Yesterday, after two snow days worth of delays, we held our annual Science Fair. Eppie organized it and guided the students as they worked hard for 5 weeks to develop a question and gather and present data to test a hypothesis. This was Eppie's first year at the helm of the Science Fair, and she did a wonderful job! The students had interesting questions and did a great job presenting their data and discussing their work with the judges. Thank you to our judges: Matt Larson, Tim White, Don Wilson, and Becky Hankin. It's the judging that makes the fair really shine, and we appreciate your time and expertise!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Today I had the pleasure of accompanying three of our National Honor Society students and Grant, our NHS adviser, to the Red Cross in order to present a check for $101.01 to the Red Cross for disaster relief. NHS, led in this by Alexey Perkins, raised money to help victims of Hurricane Sandy this fall. The students ran a penny drive, and we are delighted with the results. The Red Cross was very grateful, and presented us with a certificate acknowledging our donation. We were treated to a tour of the facilities after the check was presented, and we hope to involve our NHS students in some volunteer opportunities at the Red Cross in the future. Thank you to Grant for helping the students put this together, and Brian for taking the photos. Meredith

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays! The White Elephant Gift Exchange.

We had our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange on our last day before Winter Break. The kids brought in lots of great presents and we had a lot of fun! Happy New Year!