COVID-19’s Effect on Healthcare

Cheyenna Hall The Charter News 5/11/20 During the current COVID-19 Pandemic everyone’s focus has been on staying home and therefore healthy.  A lot of the following  questions have not been answered: Is it safe to go outside? Should we refrain from going to the doctors? Are you putting yourself and your family in danger if you go to the store? What should we be doing … Continue reading COVID-19’s Effect on Healthcare

What ACA’s High Schoolers are Doing

Cheyenna Hall The Charter Features  5/11/2020 Students have been put in a difficult and trying situation along with the rest of the world. So while students try and get all their homework done at home they also are trying to think of ways to occupy their time.  Cameron Burch, a freshman at ACA, has been spending more time in the great outdoors.  “I’m a very … Continue reading What ACA’s High Schoolers are Doing

What Will Graduation Look Like For ACA Seniors?

Madalena Larkins The Charter News 5/4/20 The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown graduation ceremony plans up in the air, leaving school administrators around the world to figure out how best to celebrate their graduating classes.  ACA sent out a survey to seniors and their parents, asking for their opinions on how best to celebrate ACA’s class of 2020, given the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic.  Respondents … Continue reading What Will Graduation Look Like For ACA Seniors?

ACA Rolls out New Leadership Class

Jack Taggart The Charter News 5/2/20 A close look at the course list for the 2020-2021 ACA school year will reveal that a new class will be available to highschoolers: Leadership.  The idea for the class came about when Mrs. Gerstner first became an ES at ACA, at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  Gerstner was concerned that some of her new ES students … Continue reading ACA Rolls out New Leadership Class

ODE Releases New Guidelines for Awarding Grades And Credit to Students

Madalena Larkins The Charter News 4/30/20 State officials released new policies for awarding grades and credit to students in grades K-11, amid the ongoing school closure.  Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released an announcement on April 15th, stating: “Students who demonstrate evidence of essential learning by the end of the spring 2020 term, shall receive a ‘Pass’ and the corresponding course credit.” During the second … Continue reading ODE Releases New Guidelines for Awarding Grades And Credit to Students

Which Streaming Service Should I Use?

Coronavirus, an unforeseen twist to the decade, has significantly altered people’s lives around the globe. Instead of going out with friends or interacting with the outside world at all, people are confined within their houses, and this new ordeal of self-isolation leaves many feeling adrift and listless, unsure of what to do with their time. Oftentimes, being productive is fulfilling and makes us feel good. … Continue reading Which Streaming Service Should I Use?

Comfort Food in Hard Times – Loaded Potatoes

Siena Geren  The Charter Opinions  4/27/20 Loaded Potatoes It is my hope that those of us who love and miss our ACA baked potatoes can find some comfort in this recipe from Don’t Go Bacon My Heart and that those who aren’t the biggest fans might try this recipe and see how they compare. This recipe is not the same as what we are all … Continue reading Comfort Food in Hard Times – Loaded Potatoes

What is Religion’s Role in a School Environment?

Haladar Wright The Charter Opinions  4/27/20           Religion is an important part of culture and people’s lives which should not be disregarded, but there are difficulties in discussing it at school. Religion, at its core, is a social topic and an integral part of people’s identity, regardless of what they believe. For these reasons, I believe that religion should be discussed … Continue reading What is Religion’s Role in a School Environment?

Defunct: Live Updates: Coronavirus, April 23rd — May 24th

This Page is no longer updated– it will be superseded by The Charter’s reopening live updates page. Tazwell Brandabur The Charter News Last updated 5/24/20 at 4:30 PM PT The Pandemic At a Glance: Cases: Deaths: Jump to: Latest: Worldwide: 5,453,399 345,077 Current Policy On May 15th, Governor Kate Brown allowed almost all Oregon counties outside the Portland metro area to U.S. 1,673,678 98,831 State … Continue reading Defunct: Live Updates: Coronavirus, April 23rd — May 24th

OCSD Bans Most Forms Of Communication Between Students And Teachers.

Tazwell Brandabur The Charter News 4/22/20 ACA, like all Oregon schools, has been operating virtually in response to the ongoing pandemic since March 16th. In the weeks after the closure, instant messaging like Hangouts Chat and video conferencing services like Zoom and Google Hangouts quickly became a fixture of ACA’s distanced learning strategy. That changed on April 13th. A memo released on April 10th by … Continue reading OCSD Bans Most Forms Of Communication Between Students And Teachers.

Comfort Food in Hard Times

Siena Geren  The Charter Opinions  4/18/20  Apple Pie Tacos  Whenever you get an apple pie craving, these tacos really hit the spot! This recipe for apple pie tacos is fast, requires very little on the planning end and creates the perfect bite-sized dessert.   These tacos are very fun to make, and it is easy to find something that even the youngest in your family can … Continue reading Comfort Food in Hard Times

Comfort Food in Hard Times

Siena Geren  The Charter Features  4/18/20  In these days of social distancing, on-line learning, and nothing being normal, the simple distraction of back to basics time in the kitchen preparing a delicious meal can be a step in the direction of sanity.  This week The Charter will be starting a weekly column of recipes with the goal of providing our readers with just such a … Continue reading Comfort Food in Hard Times

Governor Brown Lets Seniors Graduate Amid Ongoing School Closure

Madalena Larkins  The Charter News 4/15/20 “It wasn’t our choice to start a pandemic our senior year, and we don’t deserve to not graduate because of it,” announced Paige Stickney, an ACA senior. On April 8th, Governor Brown announced that all schools in Oregon would remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, and distance learning would continue for all students not in the … Continue reading Governor Brown Lets Seniors Graduate Amid Ongoing School Closure

ACA Student Creates Group Chat With More Than 150 Students

Madalena Larkins The Charter News 4/9/20 Twelve year old Levi Reynolds was at home without much to do after schools closed due to COVID-19. This resulted in him creating a group chat on Google Hangouts, which ended up having 167 members. “I made it because I was bored,” says Levi. It started out with around 12 kids from ACA that he knew, and one former … Continue reading ACA Student Creates Group Chat With More Than 150 Students

A Straight-Up DIY Mask Update:

The CDC says go ahead and make one. Tazwell Brandabur The Charter News 4/9/20 After several months of discouraging the use of masks by the general public, federal health officials now recommend that citizens wear improvised masks while “in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” The announcement came from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on April 4th. … Continue reading A Straight-Up DIY Mask Update:

ACA Distributes Supplementary Materials, Equipment to Students on Fridays

To provide Distance Learning for All during the extended school closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACA administrative team worked with onsite classroom teachers to gather and organize materials. Those materials were distributed to students and parents during a carefully orchestrated drive-through, curbside pick-up, Friday, April 3. Another pick-up day is planned for Friday, April 10, alphabetically in 1/2-hour increments between 9-11:30am. See below … Continue reading ACA Distributes Supplementary Materials, Equipment to Students on Fridays

The Effects COVID-19 and Technology are having on Schooling

Jack Taggart The Charter News 4/01/20 Governments are meeting the spread of the novel virus, COVID-19, with many strategies to slow the contagion, such as social distancing, health precautions, and even stay-at-home orders from multiple state governors, including Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Among these initiatives is the temporary closing of schools in all states (some are scheduled to close in certain districts, some have or … Continue reading The Effects COVID-19 and Technology are having on Schooling

COVID-19 Updates– Defunct

Everything you need to know about the Coronavirus, updated daily. Tazwell Brandabur The Charter News 4/21/20 The ongoing outbreak of the SARS-CoV2 virus has given rise to an information storm, as news organizations, social media platforms, and governments scramble to keep the public informed. Much of this coverage has proven false.  This page will be updated daily to include the most recent, accurate information about the … Continue reading COVID-19 Updates– Defunct

What COVID-19 Looks Like In Our Community

Siena Geren  The Charter Features  3/20/20 COVID-19 is changing our public spaces inside and out. While people begin to get clear instructions on how to stay safe and keep others safe, most are taking meaningful action. Advice about social distancing is everywhere and the community seems to be taking it seriously. But has it actually changed the look of our community? Has there been a … Continue reading What COVID-19 Looks Like In Our Community

Students React to School Closure

Madalena Larkins The Charter News 3/19/20 Nearly 600,000 public school students in Oregon are out of school. This comes on March 17th, after Governor Kate Brown announced that all public schools must close and remain closed until April 28th, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The decision of whether or not to reopen schools will continue to be re-evaluated.  ACA students had mixed feelings about the … Continue reading Students React to School Closure

Tough Love Grading Practices Produce Results

Tazwell Brandabur The Charter Features 3/15/20 Teachers themselves determine how students are graded, creating a spectrum of severity as complex and varied as the teachers themselves. This spectrum may lead to long-term consequences. A study published by the Fordham Institute in February, 2020, found that the way teachers grade students dramatically affects the students’ long term academic success. Students in classes with higher grading standards … Continue reading Tough Love Grading Practices Produce Results

Milwaukie Declares Climate Emergency. Where Does Oregon City Stand?

Tazwell Brandabur The Charter Features 3/15/20 “NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Milwaukie, Oregon, that a climate and ecological emergency, which threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world, is hereby declared.” This statement is part of a resolution passed by the Milwaukie City Council in January, 2020. The resolution, Council Resolution No. 7-2020, … Continue reading Milwaukie Declares Climate Emergency. Where Does Oregon City Stand?

The Other Side of Dyslexia

Siena Geren  The Charter Features  3/11/20       In a typical classroom of 30 students there are on average three dyslexics reports, reports APM. Although there is no class at ACA as large as this, the proportions of students affected by dyslexia in a typical ACA classroom would be one to two.        According to Learning Disabilities, as many as 43.5 million … Continue reading The Other Side of Dyslexia

Drama Club Junior Debates Next Production

Cheyenna Hall The Charter  Opinions 3/11/2020 This year the Drama Jr. Class performed Lion King Jr. the Musical. Now they are brainstorming  for next year. They should either do Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or The Wizard of Oz. Both of these would be great because we have done them in the past and it would be cool to see the differences with having a  … Continue reading Drama Club Junior Debates Next Production

Oregon Legislative Session Adjourns Prematurely After Republican Legislators Boycott Cap And Trade Vote

Madalena Larkins The Charter News 3/9/20 On Monday February 24th, Republicans in the Oregon state legislature participated in a walk out in an attempt to kill the cap and trade bill, a piece of climate legislation that would require fuel companies to pay for greenhouse gas emissions. They have not returned to the Capitol since. This prevented the chamber from voting, as two thirds of … Continue reading Oregon Legislative Session Adjourns Prematurely After Republican Legislators Boycott Cap And Trade Vote

Border Wall Creates Unintended Consequences for Wildlife

Madalena Larkins The Charter Features 2/20/20               Whether or not a wall should be built at our southern border is an intensely debated topic, however people often overlook the effects doing so would have on wildlife in the area.                Around half of the official 1,954 mile long U.S.-Mexico border is made up … Continue reading Border Wall Creates Unintended Consequences for Wildlife

“Whatever,” and Other Valid Excuses For Ignoring Climate Change

Jack Taggart The Charter Opinions 2/19/20 A long time ago, when top hats were in style, and movies were called motion pictures, two men sat in a warehouse, about to build what would be the first car (or automobile, whatever).  “Now let me get this straight,” one said to the other. “This thing will pump out gases that make the entire planet warmer?”  “Yep,” said … Continue reading “Whatever,” and Other Valid Excuses For Ignoring Climate Change

Do Relationships in High School Have Value?

Haladar Wright  The Charter Features 1/28/20 In popular culture, high school is painted as a landscape full of turmoil. Saturated with battling cliques, rampant emotions, and constant drama, Hollywood high school has many stressors. While typical “teenage” movies can be wholly inaccurate, a mainstay in fictional and real high schools is romance and young love. Romantic relationships are a common part of high school life. … Continue reading Do Relationships in High School Have Value?

Is College Worth it?

Tazwell Brandabur Chartered Territory 1/22/2020 With rising tuition and increased competition, a debate is raging on both sides of the political spectrum over college. News outlets from the New York Times to Fox have questioned the worth of a degree. The Charter asked parents, teachers, and prospective students around ACA about their college experience, and whether they felt any higher education they’d received was worth … Continue reading Is College Worth it?

We Are The Only Ones Who Can Fix This.

The Student Debt Crisis in America & What You Can Do About It. Tazwell Brandabur For The Charter Editorial Board 1/22/2020     Higher education has long been touted as a way out of unemployment, poverty, and into the modern world, but roughly forty percent of students are skipping college entirely, or enrolling in a trade school.  One major reason is the cost.  Institutions vary wildly … Continue reading We Are The Only Ones Who Can Fix This.

Why Students Should Never Opt Out of State Testing

Madalena Larkins The Charter Opinions 1/22/20 Just like other public schools, ACA students in grades 3rd-8th and 11th participate in state testing. There’s one difference.       ACA is required to meet or exceed the test and participation scores of conventional public schools in our district, and if we don’t we are required to create a School Improvement Plan, and failure to create or comply with the … Continue reading Why Students Should Never Opt Out of State Testing

How did you like the new timing of the fall music showcase?

Chloe Lute 1/22/20 This fall ACA’s musical showcase was in November as opposed to earlier years where it was in December. Aiden McMillan, Elementary Student “Well I felt a little unprepared but it was kind of nice to know that it was close, the only problem is they rushed us. “ Grana Khan, High school Student “Fine, I don’t care really” No picture available Natalie … Continue reading How did you like the new timing of the fall music showcase?

What’s the stupidest thing you’ve been dared to do?

Kailyn McKay Chartered Territory 1/22/20 “Do the floss on the highway.” -Winston Small “I once got dared to go out in the snow and stick my tongue to a metal pole and it got stuck, and it ripped off half of my tastebuds.”  -Rebecca Burton “Stuck my finger in my eye after covering it in California reaper oil.”  -Torren Lewis  “When my brother scratched his … Continue reading What’s the stupidest thing you’ve been dared to do?

I’ll Come Up With a Headline Later

Jack Taggart 1/21/20 The Charter Opinions “You shouldn’t procrastinate,” says Roy.  Roy is a little man that lives on my shoulder and tells me things that I know, but don’t want to do. Like an obnoxious shoulder angel, (“You shouldn’t eat another microwave burrito. You know you’ll regret it.)” He talks in an annoying monotone voice. But I ignore him and continue to read my … Continue reading I’ll Come Up With a Headline Later

Which staff member do you enjoy most at ACA, and why?

Connie Johnson, Parent. Mr. Toth. That man is amazing. He gets kids to learn. It’s just so amazing to see him teaching in a classroom, and to see it all click in the kids minds. Another great one is Mrs. Edinger. She is extremely patient with kids. I don’t know how she does it, but it is amazing. AJ McQuarters, Highschool Student. I really like … Continue reading Which staff member do you enjoy most at ACA, and why?

Do You Read The Charter? Why or Why Not?

Madalena Larkins Natasha Fedosov, 11th Grade ACA Student: “No, Because I don’t have time for it.” Diana Brainerd, Associate Director: “I read it like two weeks ago, because I like to see what students are writing about.” Abigail Reynolds, 8th grader: “No, it just doesn’t seem necessary to me.” Kathleen Ballard, ACA Parent: “Yes, I suppose because I was a journalism student in high school, and … Continue reading Do You Read The Charter? Why or Why Not?

Live Action Disney Remakes

Chloe Lute The Charter Features 1/13/20 Over the past few years Disney has released a number of live-action remakes of the classics. Dumbo, Alladin, and The Lion King are just a few of the many that have been made, or are set to be released in 2020. A live-action Mulan will be released this coming March. This school year Drama Club Jr. is performing Disney’s … Continue reading Live Action Disney Remakes

Excuses Used at School

Cheyenna Hall  Featured News  12/20/2019 Teachers and students alike have heard many excuses at school. Even if they aren’t the ones making the excuses they still remember them.  “There was homework??” and “What’s today?” are both excuses used by Kailyn McKay who is a ninth grader at ACA. These excuses make it sound like she was oblivious to the homework that was due and makes … Continue reading Excuses Used at School

Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club at ACA

By: Chloe Lute ACA’s Gender Sexuality Alliance, or GSA, has recently been reinstituted for the 2019/20 school year. The founder of the club believes it is perfect for anybody looking for somewhere where they can express themselves comfortably.  Gender Sexuality Alliance would be defined as the state of everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality, being joined or associated.  The GSA meets Tuesdays during lunch, in … Continue reading Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club at ACA

Is ACA Safe?

Tazwell Brandabur The Charter Features 12/21/19 Charter schools have long been the center of an intense debate at the local and national level– a debate that’s intensified with the coming presidential election. At this point, the three frontrunning Democratic candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, have openly called for a ban on charter schools. Sort of. Daunting as … Continue reading Is ACA Safe?

Inside The Charter Newsroom

Madalena Larkins The Charter Features 12/20/19 The class of nine and their teacher, Michael Lancaster, gather in the dimly lit media arts room for the last time before winter break. Kailyn and Cheyenna toss a half full plastic bottle back and forth across the room, Jack and Tazwell seem to be absorbed in something on their Chrome books, and Mr. Lancaster pauses in his explanation … Continue reading Inside The Charter Newsroom

Is the new playground better than the old one?

Kailyn McKay & Rebecca BurtonThe Charter News 11/20/19 Katelynn Reynolds, “No, my grandma’s living room is more interesting.” Laurie Phelan, “I don’t think so, but I’m not playing on it.” Allison Jackson, “No the old playground was way better.” Grana Khan, “I don’t think so, because that one was there for so long and I miss the old one.” Eljo (Elliot Lute), “ Yes, because … Continue reading Is the new playground better than the old one?

Underused Power-up Hiding in Plain Sight

It’s noon, and most of ACA is going on break. Ann Heppner isn’t. Instead, she’s preparing for what many ESes describe as a “tremendously helpful” class, one that can be “miraculously beneficial” for students’ grades. Mrs. Heppner walks into the classroom and greets her  two-person class. This is business as usual for any one of ACA’s “Lunch and Learns.”  The Lunch and Learn program has … Continue reading Underused Power-up Hiding in Plain Sight

ACA’s Lego Robotics Club

Jack Taggart The Charter News 11/18/19 ACA’s Lego Robotics club got started when Tara McLaughlin, Lego team coach and mother of two ACA students considered starting a Lego team at ACA, similar to the one she and her children had participated in at a school they previously attended. “I thought a homeschool environment could really benefit from [a] robotics outlet… I know how many kids … Continue reading ACA’s Lego Robotics Club

ACA Holiday Bazaar

Madalena Larkins The Charter News 11/18/19 ACA is hosting a holiday bazaar—on campus—on Friday December 6th and Saturday December 7th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There will be a variety of vendors,  both student and local, as well as a bake sale, kids crafts area, raffle, food, and live music performed by ACA musicians.   There will be 30+ vendors (as of 11-11-19) who will be … Continue reading ACA Holiday Bazaar

Beginning Band Class Created

Haladar Wright The Charter News Feature 11/18/19 You may hear the musical sounds of wind instruments emanating from room 114 on Mondays and Wednesdays. ACA has created a new class, the Beginning Band. It’s purpose is to teach students wind instruments and bring Band music to ACA. Valerie Johnson, the director of the class, created it to teach more instruments. “There was no music class … Continue reading Beginning Band Class Created

ACA’s Many Committees

Cheyenna Hall The Charter News 11/18/2019 ACA has many committees that staff members are involved in. Some are for the staff and some are more beneficial for the students. Staff members are the people who run the committees. There are many committees and each of them are different and do different things.  “The purpose of committees are to focus on school improvement. To support the … Continue reading ACA’s Many Committees

ACA’s Fall Concerts are Just Around the Corner

by: Chloe Lute Students at Alliance Charter Academy are tuning their instruments and shining their dress shoes for the quickly arriving music showcase weekend. The students, teachers, and parents are anxiously awaiting the music filled weekend. The students have been working hard in preparation for the showcases. Kiera McKay, grade seven, says “It makes me nervous and excited at the same time, nervous about being … Continue reading ACA’s Fall Concerts are Just Around the Corner

Student Starts Dungeons & Dragons Club

Rebecca Burton The Charter News 10/30/19 You can now see dragons, elves, and witches roaming the halls of ACA! This year the school has added a new club, the dungeons and dragons club where people can discuss their favorite characters and levels. Come as you explore the world of dungeons and dragons. This club is for the inspired dungeons and dragons players who want to … Continue reading Student Starts Dungeons & Dragons Club

What classes do you miss at ACA? Why do you miss them?

“Sculpting and painting, because it was part of art and I like art” – Kiera McKay, grade 7 “They used to have fencing, and I always thought it was pretty cool, so I was sad when it left”-Naomi Lee, grade 7 “I don’t think I miss any classes”- William Poindexter, grade 12 “I miss having clay class, because it was a fun hands on experience for … Continue reading What classes do you miss at ACA? Why do you miss them?

Astrobiology Brings Strange Visitor To ACA

Tazwell Brandabur The Charter Features 21 Oct. 2019. On October 21st, Mr Holland’s PE class found the gym invaded by a faintly humming silver dome, 20 feet in diameter and 10 feet high. Fortunately, this was no alien invasion of ACA, but rather the Starlab, a mobile observatory and planetarium, brought in by Mr. Lancaster’s Astrobiology class to teach constellations and planetary science. “Constellations serve … Continue reading Astrobiology Brings Strange Visitor To ACA

ACA’s New Counselor Mrs. Heinsoo

Cheyenna Hall The Charter News 10/28/19 Mrs. Alicia Heinsoo, ACA’s new counselor has been meeting with the students of ACA since the beginning of this school year. Mrs. Heinsoo states that she has “striven to provide a safe space for all students to feel respected and comfortable.” Although many students already have regular meetings with her there are also some slots in Mrs. Heinsoos schedule … Continue reading ACA’s New Counselor Mrs. Heinsoo

Stephanie Young Takes School Pictures

Madalena Larkins The Charter News 10/28/19 School pictures were different this year. Stephanie Young—a longtime ACA parent—took school pictures, instead of someone outside of ACA, like we’ve had in past years. It seems that there was an overall positive reaction to the new photographer and backdrop. Young chose to take the pictures outside in front of the bricks instead of doing them inside with a gray … Continue reading Stephanie Young Takes School Pictures

New Choir Teacher Hired

Tracey Edson, the new choir director, was just hired.  For the past month, the choir program at ACA has not had a teacher.  Several students interviewed expressed great excitement and happiness that Edson is here. Ashton Scott, a Junior, expressed feelings of surprise that Mrs. Edwards  hadn’t returned, but says he is still committed to making the choir program fun. Lauren True, a Junior, says … Continue reading New Choir Teacher Hired

Do you think the do/due planner system is good or doo-doo?

by Oliver Heimbigner & Haladar Wright Paige Stickney: “I think it helps some students, but for me personally, I use a different way. So I think it just depends on the person.” Makenna Gilbert: “Well, I think it’s pretty helpful because then you’re more organized and you know like, okay, because then you can, plan out that I can do my homework right now, or … Continue reading Do you think the do/due planner system is good or doo-doo?

What advice would you give new students and families this year?

Donna Larson, an ACA parent, declined a photo, but said: “I’d say new families should remember to volunteer- it helps get you used to what’s happening around the school.” Raymond Kennedy: “Take Mrs. Whittet’s math class.” Jilene Modlin: “Make sure you show up with plenty of time to find parking.” Logan Scott: “Have fun, even if you aren’t having fun.” Chris Stilwell: “When I see … Continue reading What advice would you give new students and families this year?

Senior Prank or Legacy Project?

By: Cheyenna Hall Since the first day of grade school, to the awkwardness of middle school, through challenging high school and finally to senior year, seniors have been getting ready to go out into the world and give it their best, ready to prove that they have what it takes to go anywhere and accomplish anything. Even though sometimes they get a little ahead of … Continue reading Senior Prank or Legacy Project?

Back to School

Jack Taggart  The Charter News  10/2/19 It’s that time of year again, as teachers, parents, and students set the ball rolling with the new 2019-2020 school year. And with more than fifty million students enrolled, (according to the National Center for Education Statistics), this is  not only a big adjustment for the public school system, but also an adjustment for many students, parents, and teachers. … Continue reading Back to School

Other Jobs ACA Staff Do

Madalena Larkins The Charter Features 10/2/19      A recent poll of ACA staff members was conducted and sixty eight percent of staff polled had additional sources of income outside of ACA. Only thirty four percent said that they wanted only one job, so about half the staff polled who had another income enjoyed doing two jobs.  Also, sixty seven percent of staff polled said that they … Continue reading Other Jobs ACA Staff Do

Student Planners: So Far, So Good

Tazwell Brandabur The Charter News 9/30/19 Much of success, both in school and later life, depends upon a set of critical skills known as executive functioning. These skills include scheduling, time management, and prioritization, which are all essential for staying organized.  With this in mind, ACA hired Karin Bright, an executive function coach based in Portland, to help students, and to help teachers help students. … Continue reading Student Planners: So Far, So Good

Multnomah County Search and Rescue

Natalie Ramsey The Charter- 5/22/19   The team, MCSOSAR, is Multnomah County’s resource for Search and Rescue. Multnomah County Search and Rescue unit. They primarily do searches for lost hikers in the Columbia Gorge, urban searches in surrounding areas, and evidence searches. Multnomah County’s team is youth led and accepts applications from teens ages fourteen and up. If accepted, volunteers are required to complete an … Continue reading Multnomah County Search and Rescue

ACA and the Phone Dilemma

By: Alyssa DiLoreto – 5/20/19 The ACA admin is really wanting to work on reinforcing the phone policy. It’s a pretty hard subject that is argued on a lot. Cell phones are big problems for many schools. Students sometimes forget that they are not usually allowed to have their phones out during class. Here at ACA we have a phone policy in place that some … Continue reading ACA and the Phone Dilemma

Rummage Sale

By Natalie Ramsey The Charter- 5/21/19 An annual spring rummage sale is one of ACA’s traditions used to raise money for the school, as well as other charities. Families bring in donations and are able to volunteer to help plan, organize, and run the sale. The rummage was started as a fundraiser by the Parent Action Team. Donations of clothes, books, children’ toys, kitchenware, and … Continue reading Rummage Sale

HOOPS Basketball

By Natalie Ramsey The Charter- 5/21/19 HOOPS is a homeschool basketball league that many students of Alliance Charter Academy take part in. Teams practice in Oregon City and Molalla, with games held at Clackamas Community College campus in Oregon City. HOOPS provides a Christian learning environment for improving and building skills and sportsmanship. HOOPS is run by dedicated volunteers: coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, paper/electronic … Continue reading HOOPS Basketball

Disagreements in our Country

By Rylie Young Charter-Ed Territory – 05/20/19 What is one thing that our country has done that you disagree with (longer than ten years ago)? “I wholeheartedly disagree with the internment of the Japanese people in America during WWII.  I believe that the Executive Order 9066 issued by President Roosevelt was totally unconstitutional and based on wartime fears and emotions.  The reparations and official Letters … Continue reading Disagreements in our Country

Drama Club Performs The Tempest

By Rylie Young The Charter News – 05/20/19 “Ten minutes!” Drama Club director, Paul Angelo shouts. “Thank you ten minutes,” the cast shouts back, some still pouring some last minute glitter on their costumes. The tension of anticipation builds until at last they are on stage and the curtain reels back. Drama Club has put on a variety of performances in the last several years; … Continue reading Drama Club Performs The Tempest

School Counselor Leaving ACA

By Evalina Shulikov The Charter News – 5/15/2019 ACA’s school counselor, Maryann Remburgs, is leaving and won’t be our counselor anymore next year. “It has been really awesome being here at ACA, and I really loved the people. The people here are really fabulous, so that’s why it was such a hard decision to leave,” said Remsburg. After Mark Silverman passed away, Remsburg knew someone … Continue reading School Counselor Leaving ACA

Why Vaccines Matter in the 21st Century

By Hailey Fox Charter Opinions 5/17/19 Here at ACA only 71 percent of students are vaccinated. Currently, house bill 3063 is being voted on. This bill will make it so every student will be required to get vaccinated. The only waver from this law are people who are immunocompromised, a person with a immune system that’s so weak vaccines would hurt them. I believe this … Continue reading Why Vaccines Matter in the 21st Century

Jellyfish and Their Superpowers

By Matthias Armstrong The Charter News 5/17/19 From their bloodless brainless bodies to their extreme ability to regenerate and survive in extreme environments, jellyfish or more properly, sea jellies, are quite an extraordinary group of organisms. What’s so interesting about sea jellies? Well for starters they have been around for nearly six hundred million years appearing in the fossil records during the Cambrian Period. This … Continue reading Jellyfish and Their Superpowers

Volunteer Hours

By Natalie Ramsey The Charter- 4/15/18 Volunteering is an important piece of ACA. It keeps the school safe and clean while giving back to the community. Each school year, families are encouraged to complete thirty volunteer hours which equals about fifteen minutes of volunteering a school day. According to the Alliance Charter Academy handbook if families are unable to complete the volunteer hours, they could … Continue reading Volunteer Hours

What is the the best thing you are doing this summer?

By Evalina Shulikov The Charter Features – 5/3/2019 “I am going down to Utah and we’re going to have a family reunion down there. Our family is super big so we’re going to rent out this big, cool house and it’s going to be great. And then my cousins from Arizona are coming over for the entire summer. I am going camping a lot. My … Continue reading What is the the best thing you are doing this summer?

ACA Chamber Ensemble Played at the Schnitz

By Evalina Shulikov The Charter News- 5/1/2019 This year, our school Chamber Ensemble played at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. They played at the Schnitz on Monday, March 18th. The ensemble was invited when Ms. Mersereau signed up for the Oregon Symphony administration to get the opportunity to play at the Schnitz. “Playing at the Schnitz is a great opportunity. You get to play in … Continue reading ACA Chamber Ensemble Played at the Schnitz

Goodbye ACA, Hello Singapore!

By Rylie Young The Charter News – 05/01/19 Expanding your horizons doesn’t mean moving to Singapore for everyone, but for ACA’s art teacher, Todd Ingham, it does. After this school year ends, Ingham will not be returning to ACA because he, his wife and two sons are moving 8,283 miles away to Singapore. Ingham’s wife, who has been wanting to do an international job for … Continue reading Goodbye ACA, Hello Singapore!

The Red Cross Comes to ACA for Our Blood

By Matthias Armstrong The Charter News – 5/1/19 Saving three lives isn’t what most ACA students consider doing on a typical school day, but May 15 won’t be a typical day. The reason ACA and many high schools put on these blood drives is quite simple; it saves lives. According to the Community Blood Center and the Red Cross approximately 37 percent of the US … Continue reading The Red Cross Comes to ACA for Our Blood

ACA Student Going to Costa Rica in Exchange Program

By Sydney Starr The Charter Features – 5/2/19 Siena Geren, a 16 year-old ACA Sophomore, will be going to Costa Rica as an exchange student in 2019-2020 for six months. Geren will be the first student from ACA to be a part of an exchange program, according to Diana Brainerd, lead ES and Associate Director. Geren says that there are still many details that need … Continue reading ACA Student Going to Costa Rica in Exchange Program

Avengers: Endgame Review

By Alyssa DiLoreto – 4/30/19 We’ve been waiting years for this, and it’s finally here. “Avengers: Endgame” released April 26th and it’s taken the world by storm. Scoring a 96% from “Rotten Tomatoes” and high reviews from all over, there’s no doubt that the climactic movie certainly prevailed. “The Russo brothers’ poignant, powerful finale more than lives up to the hype: It’s a thrilling conclusion … Continue reading Avengers: Endgame Review