Alice in Wonderland (posted by Michelle Daley; 01/19/17)
Alice in Wonderland Don’t miss a combined campus production of Alice in Wonderland. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Location: Ponderosa High School Dates/ Times: January 26th @ 7pm, January 27th @ 7pm, January 28th @ 2pm and 7pm, January 29th @ 2pm and 7pm Purchase Tickets at: www.aapa.myevent.com

Dress of Choice Requirements (posted by Michelle Daley; 09/30/16)
Clothes worn by all students during Dress - of - Choice days shall be modest, appropriate, in good condition, and neat in appearance . All clothing should be free of holes or tears, even if by design. Students are not allowed to wear clo thing that contains wording or images that could be interpreted as racial, vulgar or offensive in any way. Tops must be modest in style, having sleeves that cover the shoulder, a shallow neckline and enough length to completely cover the stomach (i.e. tan k tops, sleeveless shirts, cropped t - shirts, and deep v - neck t - shirts are not acceptable). Bottoms must also be modest in style ; skirts and short s must be fingertip length or longer; leggings must be worn with a top or dress that is fingertip length or longer . For safety reasons, sandals, flip - flops and open - toed shoes are not acceptable footwear on any day. All regular student grooming policies regarding hair, hats, jewelry, make - up and nail polish and body art also apply on Dress of Choice Days. Student s not adhering to Dress of Choice guidelines will face the consequences described in the AA Consequence Matrix .

Middle School Dances (posted by Michele Quintana; 12/28/16)
2016-2017 School Dances
The Student Councils have planned for 3 middle school dances. The first dance was combined with both CP and MB students and took place at the Castle Pines campus. Due to space and other considerations, both Student Councils have decided that the remaining two dances of the year will take place at separate campuses.
For those parents new to the middle school scene, these “dances” are essentially a school social. We try to discourage the kids from asking “dates” or pairing off for these events, and no formal dress is ever required, though the Student Council will sometimes pick an optional fun theme and announce it to their classmates at school. We just want the kids to relax and have fun together!
Cross-campus dances are chaperoned by American Academy middle school staff from both campuses. With the help of a $5.00 admission fee, the student council provides a DJ and snacks for the evening.
All dances take place from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. We do ask that parents please plan to be on time to pick up students – the teacher chaperones are volunteering their Friday evenings so our kids can have a safe and fun place to hang out, and they have already put in a full day of teaching prior to setting up, chaperoning and cleaning up the dances. They are certainly very tired and ready to head home by 8:00 pm and on-time pick-ups are MUCH appreciated.
SCHOOL DANCE DATES: November 4 (Castle Pines), January 20 (at separate campuses), April 7 (at separate campuses)

High School Information (posted by Michelle Daley; 01/18/17)
APPLICATION PROCESS
All private high school's applications are now available through each school's websites. For a list of our local High School and their pertinent information, please see documnet under DOWNLOADS for Area High School Information. For any students applying to any private high school, must ask teachers personally for recommendations and set up a meeting time with Mrs. Daley by email mdaley@aak8.org. Please be aware that recommendation requests are done first come, first serve and it takes a significant amount of time to complete for each one. Patience and respect are a necessity during this process.
CASTLE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
Castle View does have individual family tours and Shadow Days available for 8th grade families. 8th Grade Night is Thursday, December 1st from 5:30-8:00. Registration materials will be available in December. Visit the Castle View website for more information.
DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
8th Grade Freshman Night will be January 19th 6pm-8pm in the North Gym. 8th Grade IB Information Nights at Douglas County High School. The first meeting will be on November 10th, 2016 at 5:30pm in the North Commons of the high school. The second one is on December 8th, same time, same place. Students and their parents are invited to attend and hear about our school, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, how to apply, and what to expect in the next four years. This is the link to their website for important information: http://www1.dcsdk12.org/secondary/dchs/index.php?pagenum=119
JOHN ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL
John Adams High School is narrowing down its location in the I-25/470 area and is accepting intent-to-enroll forms for incoming 9th and 10th graders for the fall of 2017. This college-preparatory charter high school will offer academic excellence and character education that continues the legacy of charter education that students have received in elementary and middle school. A series of information meetings will be held in Parker and Castle Pines in the next few weeks. American Academy parents and middle school students are invited to attend. • Tuesday 10/25, 6:30 p.m., Challenge to Excellence Charter Academy, 16995 Carlson Drive, Parker. • Thursday 10/27, 7 p.m., Parker Core Knowledge, 11661 Pine Drive, Parker. • Wednesday 11/2, 7 p.m, North Star Academy, 16700 Keystone Blvd., Parker. • Saturday 11/12, 3:30 p.m., Castle Pines Library, 360 Village Square Lane, Castle Pines. For more information and intent-to-enroll form, go to www.johnadamshs.org.
LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL
Applications are online at http://www.lhsparker.org/admissions. 8th Grade Preview Day October 7th from 11:30-2:00. Shadow Days are now available.
REGIS JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL
Applications are online at https://regisjesuit.schooladminonline.com. Shadow Days are now available and their Open House is on October 23rd from 10:00-2:00. Mandatory Entrance Exam is Saturday, December 3rd and all applications are due December 7th.
THUNDER RIDGE HS
International Baccalaureate (IB) Night. Thunder Ridge Thursday, November 29th @6:00pm TRHS. Visit the following website for more information https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8BuMNK_YO6lMW9MOXc3Q2lJTDQ/view
ROCK CANYON HIGH SCHOOL
8th Grade night is Wednesday, January 11th from 5:30-9:30. Registration materials will be available on January 11th. Visit the Rock Canyon website for more information.
VALOR CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL
Applications are online at http://govalor.com/inside-admissions/. RSVP for Explore Valor night on October 26th. Application deadlines are Nov 14th, Dec 12th, Jan 20th, and after February there is a rolling admissions process but student class sizes are limited.
STEM HIGH SCHOOL
STEM OPEN HOUSE Who: All current 8th, 9th and 10th grade students and their families When: Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. Where: STEM School and Academy, 8773 South Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL
Ponderosa High School has shadowing opportunities occurring now. To find out what Ponderosa has to offer, please contact Peggy Laverty, Registrar. Open registration is from November 1 - January 5, 2017. Please visit Ponderosa's website for more information.
SKY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
To sign up for a shadow day or a school tour go to www.skyviewacademy.org, and click on “About SVA” —> “enrollment”. Upcoming Shadowing Days are Jan. 24th, Jan. 31, and Feb 7th.
HIGHLANDS RANCH HIGH SCHOOL
8th Grade Night on January 25th. Please refer to the hrhsfalcons.com website for more information.

Math Retention/Acceleration (posted by Michelle Daley; 09/30/16)
Math Retention/Acceleration
For information regarding High School math tracks and American Academy's new Pre-Algebra requirements, please see the Math Presentation under "Downloads" on the left hand side.
This Week's Specials Schedule
6E: Music - Ms. Pearo
6M: Art - Mr. Riggs
6S: Music - Ms. Pearo
7E: Art - Mr. Riggs
7M: Art - Mr. Riggs
7S: Music - Ms. Pearo
8th Pd 2: Music - Ms. Pearo
8th Pd 4: Art - Mr. Riggs
8th Pd 9: Music - Ms. Pearo
Next Week's Specials Schedule
6E: PE - Ms. Drake
6M: Tech - Ms. Paumen
6S: PE - Ms. Drake
7E: Tech - Ms. Paumen
7M: Tech - Ms. Paumen
7S: PE - Ms. Drake
8th Pd 2: PE - Ms. Drake
8th Pd 4: Tech - Ms. Paumen
8th Pd 9: PE - Ms. Drake
Event Calendar
Jan 20
Student Council Middle School Dance, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, CP gym & cafeteria (separate campuses)
Apr 7
Student Council Middle School Dance, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, CP gym & cafeteria (separate campuses)