First In Math (FIM) Is an online math program that provides immediate feedback on math skills so practice is meaningful and engaging. Through First in Math’s Deep Practice techniques, skills that might take months of conventional practice can be mastered quickly. Students are engaged, empowered, and energized. The drill of the past, with paper tests to promote basic number skills, is replaced with this computer program. University Academy learned about FIM in 2014 and encouraged parents to subscribe with family plans for summer math fun. Our school is now part of the Bay District project this year, offering the program to all UA students. Friendly competition helps motivate students, as they can check their ranking in the school, the district, the state, and the nation.
UA teachers can offer a FIM station during daily math time, assign problems as a math homework tool, and recognize students who are a FIM Student of the Day. The reward system that is part of the FIM program automatically generates an additional Family User ID to allow family members to work alongside their children.
Read more on the website (www.firstinmath.com/). Sign in with your student or Family ID, click Rankings to check the status of UA students, and you can see who is FIRST In MATH!
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.
The idea spread, and now students form teams, where members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level.
University Academy teachers and coaches supported the students whose teams competed at the regional level. Two of those teams went to the state competition, where they saw even more examples of creativity and collaboration. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Read more about Odyssey of the Mind.
Rock and Roll Academy (RRA) was founded by Telluride, Colorado educator/musician Mark Galbo in 2003. The mission of Rock and Roll Academy is to create and protect a space where students can make choices, take ownership of their learning, and develop independence of thought and spirit. University Academy embraced this simple idea that students could come to music on their own terms, play the music they love with classmates, and have a creative, collaborative experience in which they are fully in charge. Check out the original at: http://www.rockandrollacademy.com/
Mark Galbo traveled to Panama City to assist UA, and train RRA’s Facilitator, professional musician Jennye Shaling. Dedicated University Academy parents helped fund the start-up of the program, the only one in Bay District. As a result, students have music as part of their daily schedule, with upper grades alternating music class with Rock and Roll Academy each semester.
Students in each class form a band, select a song, and choose which instruments they want to play. This develops understanding of musical structure, teamwork, and live performance. The RRA Facilitator assists the students in learning their musical parts and each semester culminates in a full-blown rock concert.
Spanish is a unique part of University Academy’s school schedule, as language development with Spanish is part of the daily core curriculum for all grades 4K through 6th. Parents and community partners supported Spanish as the first choice for University Academy’s foreign language. This language development helps build strong reading and writing skills as common cognates are discovered and students experience the links between all languages and cultures of the world. As Middle School develops, Spanish will continue to be part of the schedule, ultimately providing students with up ten years of Spanish instruction.
Service Programs 2016-2017
Kindergarten’s service learning project is to support the Child Life Playrooms at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fl.
Sixth grade’s service learning project is to support the National Down Syndrome Society and the local Buddy Walk.
Fourth grade’s service learning project is to show appreciation to our local National Guard Armory.
3K and 4K will spread holiday cheer at the Mathison Retirement Center. We will also support our UA children in need by “stuffing the stocking” and having a “giving tree”.
January – Second Grade
Second grade’s service learning project is to support Healthy Start of Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties.
February – Fifth Grade
Fifth grade’s service learning project is to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program.
March – Seventh Grade
Seventh grade’s service learning project is to honor the National K-9 Veterans.
April – Third Grade
Third grade’s service learning project is to promote recycling among our families and community – book recycling!
May – First Grade
First grade’s service learning projects is to collect gently-used shoes for children and adults.