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Week 21

Another full week at East Valley Acton Academy had students asking great questions, making discoveries, working hard, and having fun! Students began the week by rereading the Contract and Rules of Engagement that they wrote at the beginning of the year, recommitting to them at what is almost our halfway point in the school year. …

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Week 20

At the beginning of this week, we celebrated a birthday with a learner that was shadowing with us for the day.  Their joy and curiosity will be a wonderful addition to our community. The mornings this week were filled with the pleasant hum of productivity. Students continued to work on their SMART Goals, taking each …

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Week 19

We had a full, exciting first week of 2021 at East Valley Acton Academy. Happy New Year!🥳 Students are taking on many roles over the next few months. They began a study this week of robotics and yoga 🧘🧘🏼‍♀️🧘🏻‍♂️. They will build and program robots, ponder the difference between humans and robots, and practice daily …

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Fall?

Week 18

Ancient Greece: Acton Athens Time Travel…Socrates Participating in a Socratic Smackdown. Discussing topics like “Agree or Disagree: Democracy is only as effective as the education system that surrounds it.” Volunteer Judges, rate the discussion and points made.   …Sparta…Athens…Greek Mythology… Learning about Greece and its surrounding countries. Salt Dough Map of Greece. Learning about Ancient …

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Week 17

Welcome back to our Blog! Thanks for your patience while our website was redesigned and moved to a new hosting service. Our 4th session Quest is an intense focus on Ancient Greece and Greek Mythology. In Writer’s Workshop, the learners have discussed and compared the Greek world view to the contemporary view. Several enjoyed writing …

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Week 11

Welcome to our third session! It’s going to be another fantastic session packed with hands-on projects and deep work. Every day our learners arrive with fresh eyes eager to tackle the tasks of the day. We began the session with a launch on Growth Mindset: Where aspects of your life do you view with a …

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Week 10

To conclude our second session and prepare for the exhibition, they spent a lot of time reflecting this week. Reflecting on successes, failures, “I can’t moments,” where our tribe was strong and weak. According to research at the Harvard Business School, learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection and it …

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Week 9

We are in our final week of Physics challenges! These brains have been working overtime learning and designing. This has been a particularly challenging Quest for some, while others meet these challenges head-on! Lots of talks this week about what we need to do to get from our Panic Zone back into our Challenge Zone. …

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Week 8

Work hard, play hard, and change the world! This Session, East Valley Acton Academy Roadrunners are diving into the world of Physics, exploring the effects of gravity, forces, and masses. Using the skills acquired, Roadrunners will create a prototype of a new toy! This week the learners designed and built a catapult to launch pennies …

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Week 7

We had another full and fabulous week here at Acton Academy. We started our second week of Physics Quest with our focus on resisting gravity. The learners eagerly dived into making boats that could hold the most weight without sinking. Additional hands-on projects: making a rubberband rope then a net to catch our egg on …

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