Inspiring Kerry James Marshall Exhibit @MOCA

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Students from 10th and 11th grade enjoyed this major retrospective of Chicago artist Marshall, and of course the escape from school on a sunny spring day! The 2-hour bus ride to downtown was not fun, but experiencing such thought-provoking art with peers is always a treat. Chaperones had a relaxing lunch at the Grand Central Market, and all hope the Angels’ Flight gets back in service soon: that’s a steep hill back up to meet the bus!!

360 photos by teacher Paola Prato

What a Team!

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Being a member of this team has been a great joy and privilege – and as I retire to enjoy travel and creative pursuits, I will miss the daily interactions we shared. The AOAT has been my “home at school” for 12 years, and I’ll continue to support the Academy “family” whenever they need a chaperone or anything else.

Thanks, students, for the amazing send-off party, and especially for all your talent in designing the “Mrs. Mercer icon” for backdrop and t-shirt, and the retire-card-bloghand-lettered card. You’ve got skills, and I look forward to following your progress as you also move onto the next stages of your lives. Always remember the camaraderie of being part of a group who cares about you, and come back to inspire the next wave of graduates. retire-gifts

MOCA at the Geffen, & Street Art!

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In October, AOAT Seniors enjoyed a trip to Little Tokyo to tour the Geffen branch of MOCA, and had the added treat of a “curated” walk around the area’s blossoming street art scene, narrated by Ms. Prato. Students enjoyed the time with each other in an exciting part of our city, and teachers and volunteer chaperones got to relax away from the stresses of regular school days: a win-win!

AOAT Hosts Samueli Academy

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Samueli Academy, a Public Charter High School in Santa Ana that focuses on engineering and design pathways, visited Cleveland High School to learn about AOAT, and how our California Partnership Academy operates. Our Student Ambassadors gave them a tour of our campus and provided them with an introduction to what our learning community is all about. Our Coordinators and Lead Teachers hosted a lunch session to answer questions and mentor their team in planning curriculum connections. Connecting with other schools also helps us think about ways to enhance AOAT.

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Interns Celebrate Completing Their Summer Assignments

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The excitement was palpable as interns arrived to help with setting up the classrooms for the evening. Girls in heels and boys in ties moved chairs and tables and reviewed their presentations, then the guests began to arrive. A bountiful potluck supper provided by students and their families was followed by the dynamic Project Expo. This is a series of five-minute rotations, when interns present their final project and an overview of their summer experience through a powerpoint. The room was packed with hosts and families jockeying for seats to hear the students tell their stories.

The final portion of the evening was the awarding of certificates to interns and portrait photographs. This is when we thank the hosts for their generous support, and the parents for encouraging their children to participate. Another successful summer program completed, and the teachers have one last week to rest before fall semester begins…

 

Excellent Teachers with Serious Skills

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Both Gabriela Rosillo and Bill Diebold have taken the exams and passed their Adobe Certifications – Diebold in PhotoShop and Rosillo in PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign. They both teach design classes for our Academy of Art and Technology, as well as for the general population at Cleveland Charter. We knew they were experts with Adobe software, and now they have the certificates to prove it!