Each year, the Academy of Christian Leadership (ACL) enters our students’ artwork in the Columbia County Fair, and typically we do very well by the judges.  This year was no different, and ACL won first place, with Hawthorne Valley taking second, and Darrow School earning third.  This is a wonderful accomplishment for our school, but especially for our students and our art teachers, Kyung Cozza and Terry Cozza.  In addition, Meghan Guerrero won an individual award for one of her pieces (pictured below).  Please view the slideshow below to see more student artwork. Congratulations to all of the students!
For immediate release

The Academy of Christian Leadership (ACL) announced today that it will suspend operations for the 2012-13 school year.  A variety of factors led to this decision.  According to Board President Pat Cavagnaro, “Our student numbers have been declining since 2008 and it is apparent that our families are struggling financially.  The immediate reason to close for a year is low enrollment.  But the decision was about more than money.” 

Fitter = Smarter?


At ACL, we value physical fitness in part because exercise helps to develop the virtues of perseverance, courage, and tenacity, but scientists are giving us even more reason to run, jump, and pick up the barbell.  Here is another article to add to the growing stack of studies that show how deep the link between fitness and academics goes.

According to these researchers, one's fitness level can affect the size of one's hippocampus.  What is the hippocampus, you ask?  Just like most other brain area, the hippocampus has numerous functions, but one of the most interesting is that it is what transfers memories stored in short-term memory to long-term memory.  Think about it: if your brain didn’t make any distinction between long and short term memory, you’d be stuck with all of those embarrassing moments from growing up or it would be too hard to forget that scary story your Uncle Joe told you about cemeteries at night.  So while we don’t want to remember everything, we do want to remember a lot more than we presently do, and having a larger hippocampus can help that.  No wonder why these researchers found that fitter kids did better on memory tests!



Classroom setup matters. What works?
Pat Cavagnaro, Principal

My favorite education blog can be found at http://oilf.blogspot.com/ (“oilf” stands for ‘Out in Left Field’).  Beals frequently discusses Constructivism in education.  The educational philosophy of ACL is solidly anti-Constructivist. 

Constructivism may not be a term you are familiar with, but you need to be.  The Constructivist philosophy drives education in public schools and is starting to creep into private and charter schools. This philosophy will, in not too many years...

Dr. Benjamin Hart, Assistant Principal

In a recent op ed column in the New York Times - "Is Algebra Necessary?" - Andrew Hacker argues against making algebra a required course for high schoolers to complete for graduation.  

Algebra, as many of us will recall with varying degrees of pain or pleasure, is that branch of “pure mathematics” that often has one manipulate variables, solve for x, solve for x, and graph equations.

As a staple of education in modern Western and Eastern nations, Hacker’s claim should strike us as little less than shocking.  But why would a well-educated CUNY prof make such a claim?

X reasons are discernible in Hacker’s piece...

No doubt folks have already seen the video posted on Youtube this spring where a group of Middle School students in NY bullied their bus monitor, Karen Klein.  If you haven't, you'll find the video here(Although, be warned: it's deeply troubling; this blogger only made it through about 10 seconds of the 10 minute video.)

It isn't enough to discuss appropriate discipline for these children: we must also try to understand the "hows" and "whys," and an excellent blog by John M Grohol, PsyD, discusses the psychology surrounding the incident.  Although Grohol neglects to mention a central issue -- sin -- his explanation sheds light on bullying and the perfect storm that could occur when the following factors are mixed together:

A great post from the Prayer Book Society USA by Roberta Bayer, who is editor of Mandate Magazine and Assistant Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College

Bayer writes, "A Christian classical education which moves hearts to love of God, teaches prudence and moderation, diligence in study, the history of mankind all as a preparation for a theological education in divinely revealed truth is proper to humans who are made to know Him."  ...read the entire article here.

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