The sky was the limit when members of ACA’s class of 2017 tossed their caps at the close of the graduation ceremony held June 3 at the Oregon City School District’s Jackson Campus. – Michael Lancaster, The Charter News Continue reading ACA Celebrates Class of 2017
By Alexis Pearson The Charter News This year, Jaime Norville and Natalie Disher are fencing at the University of Notre Dame (UND). Norville is language arts teacher Mary Norville’s daughter, and she briefly attended ACA. Disher graduated from ACA last year. Fencing is very competitive, and these two work very, hard, both at sports and their academics according to Mary Norville. The two girls … Continue reading Notre Dame fencers have ACA connection
The small group of four students and four adults (from ACA and the Homeschool Science Group of OMSI) are set to depart by plane for Jamestown, Virginia on June 5th and return on the 12th. Continue reading ACA Student Trip to Washington
Liam Hughes The Charter News In case you didn’t hear, ACA held a Red Cross Blood Drive on May 2nd. Considering the size of our school, you would think that the turnout would be relatively small. However, we had 50 people show up to donate that day. “I am extremely happy with how the blood drive went!”, says Mary Norville, an ACA teacher who worked with … Continue reading ACA’s Blood Drive Considered a Success
By Liam Hughes The Charter News Happy summer, and safe driving. Chances are that a good number of you will be taking drivers ed, and some will already be driving. It is important to remember to be safe on the roads, especially when it comes to new drivers. However, there is one thing that all new drivers should learn. Maintenance. Maintenance is one thing that … Continue reading Happy Summer and Safe Driving
On May 5-6th Alliance Charter Academy’s very own drama class put on a production of “Alice Threw the Looking Glass”. Continue reading Drama Club Performs Alice Threw the Looking Glass
Halie Sofich ACA Charter “So you want to be a 6th grade math teacher?” That was the name of Mr. Dyett’s impromptu lecture on his time at his new workplace. He had crashed the journalism class, but no one was complaining. Mr. Dyett left ACA in 2016 to teach at H.B. Lee Middle School. The job hasn’t been easy. “I don’t really teach so … Continue reading Mr. Dyett’s New Job
Annie Pullella The Charter News This year, is the year of saying goodbye. Mr. Trevor Dyett left and then Mrs. Beth Wickland. Now we are saying goodbye to three more staff members– Mrs. Ronda Yates, Mrs. Tennille Hostetler, and Mrs. Kate Scott. Mr. Dyett teaches 6 grade math at HB Lee in Reynolds School district. Dyett reports his new teaching assignment very challenging but … Continue reading Three more ACA staff plan to leave
By Alexis Pearson The Charter News ACA is requiring the 2017-18 and future freshman to take a new financial literacy class. “It was an ACA board decision to require the financial literacy course as a way to help prepare students,” said Nic Chapin, the ACA Director. It will be a 0.5-credit requirement and come out of elective category, Members of the class of 2021 will … Continue reading New Financial Literacy Requirements for Incoming Freshmen
Our very own Ann Paris has been selected for the Artist in Residence program in the Everglades. She will be at the national park during the month of May. The program offers artists a chance to live and work in the park. Paris will be focusing on poetry and painting during her stay. She was selected due to her writing merit. “for me, art and … Continue reading Paris lands Artist in Residence program
Alexis Pearson The ACA Charter News A number of ACA music department students competed in the OMEA District 13 Solo and Ensemble Competition on Saturday, March 4 at the Oregon City branch of Clackamas Community College. Winners in each category go on to represent the District in the state competition. We had many ACA students participate and some of them were selected for state. … Continue reading ACA Students Perform and Compete at CCC Choir and Ensemble Competition
Liam Hughes The Charter News Following the 2016 elections, the only thing that people seemed to talk about was the presidential race. While it is certainly a significant topic to discuss, it appeared to overshadow some of the other important, local elections. In this case, the statewide measures. Which measures got passed, and how can they affect Oregon, and its citizens? First of all, … Continue reading Effects of ballot measures unclear
By Louisa Rux May 22, 2017 They played a great lobby concert, heard an amazing performance by the Oregon Symphony of Dvořák’s cello concerto and the (new) symphony, Aspects of an Elephant, and even heard their names announced from the stage! On Monday, March 13th, fourteen musicians from Alliance Charter Academy (ACA) performed three pieces for a lobby concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert … Continue reading ACA Students Perform for Schnitzer Lobby Concert
Kassidy Young The Charter News Oregon colleges are now raising their college tuition for many students effective next semester. Though it doesn’t affect every single college student, but it is affecting thousands of Oregon students. In just 2014 alone, 82 percent of high school seniors graduated in the United States yearly. Which is a 1 percent raise from the year before, according to … Continue reading College Enrollment and Tuition
Brandon Bean The Charter News “We can’t help everyone, but… everyone can help someone.” Dr. Loretta Scott Recently, Alliance Charter Academy (ACA) received an opportunity to obtain donated office furniture from Stephan Bloemer of Clackamas County. Clackamas County had donated it from the City of Damascus office that had unincorporated and who’s cubicles did not match the new office. “We can use most … Continue reading Lean on Me
All high school students are allowed to attend, and it will be held on May 13th, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm in the ACA gym Continue reading ACA’s 2017 Prom to be on May 13th
Samantha Rands The Charter News If you missed this year’s batch, you may have another chance. Heppner said, “I would love to do it again. Next year I am hoping to teach an environmental science class and the salmon would fit nicely into the curriculum,” Two weeks after the salmon hatched and living in the science room, they were released at Salmonberry Lake … Continue reading Salmon In The Science Room!
The gym was filled with teachers, families, and friends; all of them waiting to see the first through eighth grade Drama Club Jr class perform Alice in Wonderland. Continue reading ACA Drama Club Jr. Performs Alice in Wonderland
Liam Hughes The Charter News Not all heroes wear capes… In fact, the most important heroes have a red bandage around their arm. They don’t fly, or have super strength. They donate blood. You have the chance to be a hero May 2 when ACA sponsors a blood drive. According to the Red Cross, blood is needed every two seconds in the United … Continue reading Donate Blood on May 2nd, 8:30AM-2:30PM
Vandalism can happen anywhere, so it is important for the community to be aware of what happens at ACA so we can help prevent future problems. Continue reading Vandalism at ACA
If it weren’t for the perennial efforts of the National Honor Society (NHS) and other volunteers, the ACA woods would be even more of an impenetrable tangle of invasive plants. Continue reading Volunteers battle blackberries (and other invasive plants)
When a trespasser entered ACA last week, a team of administrators, staff, and students sprang to action. Continue reading ACA-landia: Put a bird on it!
Alexis Pearson The Charter News All is still. You hear birds chirping in the distance, gentle rainfall coming down in a mist, everything is peaceful. You are in the rainforest, a beautiful place with tranquil surroundings. But, the world’s rainforests are disappearing and it’s due to a massive increase in deforestation. This is a huge problem in our world today; over 50 percent of … Continue reading Live or Let Die?
Louisa Rux -The Charter News The eight students and teacher of the ACA Charter met at the Oregonian on November 18th (at a building of an old FBI Headquarters) to have a tour led by Lizzy Acker, an outspoken, blue-haired news reporter on the Oregonian. The teacher, Mr. Lancaster, arranged the field trip so his journalism students could have the experience of being in a … Continue reading ACA Students Visit the Oregonian
Piper Stephens The Charter News Recently the Parent Action Team (PAT) has had a change in officer memberships. According to Carla Calhoun, the ACA Parent Liaison, the change was due to some members not having enough time in their schedules. One of the open positions has been filled, but the other is still open, and may stay that way through the end of the year. Last … Continue reading PAT Officer Positions Shift
Samantha Rands The ACA Charter News Other schools have added more hours to make up for the snow days; ACA doesn’t have to make up the snow days, because they are called “homeschool days.” “We look at attendance differently, like a traditional school their attendance is based on how many hours they’re in an instructional seat, so seat time in a class,” said … Continue reading Oregon City Public Schools Add Hours; ACA Stays The Same
By Piper Stephens The Charter Loads of soil will soon be delivered to ACA for the community garden that is planned to become part of the school. The garden will be behind the soccer field, and will serve multiple purposes for ACA. The garden will be made of multiple beds, made by different people. Some teachers will have their own for certain classes, and ACA … Continue reading ACA Takes Steps Toward Community Garden
Celebrity Musicians who Died in 2016
From Leonard Cohen to Christina Grimmie to David Bowie, here are some of the celebrity singers who died in 2016.
Continue reading Musicians who died in 2016
Here at Alliance Charter Academy, there are 20 students involved in the National Honors Society (NHS). They’re all working together to make our school and community a better place. NHS was created for outstanding students who have gone above and beyond for their education. Across the United states it is estimated that more than 1 million students are involved in NHS. NHS is here to … Continue reading National Honors Society
Alexis Pearson … Continue reading The Great Warrior Reef
Brandon Bean We’ve all seen it out there, sad and all alone. It rusts quietly in the harsh, unforgiving Oregon weather. Its bleachers are mangled to shreds as blackberries grow underneath them as if out of some twisted scene of Snow White. The fence hangs on its frame with what little dear life it has left. The dirt and bases have been pressed into the … Continue reading Ye Old Kickball Field
On December 25, 2016, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, more commonly known by his professional name “George Michael” was found dead at the age of 53 in his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. No cause of death has been found thus far. It is presumed that the artist died of heart failure. George Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman described, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that … Continue reading 80’s pop icon found dead on Christmas day
By Liam Hughes The Charter News Some ACA students called it stupid, the staff called it an emergency evacuation, and everyone called it rainy. However, the October 13th evacuation can also be a good example of what to do and what not to do during an emergency. In case you missed it, ACA had a real emergency evacuation on October 13th because of … Continue reading Gas leak forces students into rain
Anna Krieske The Charter News No, that isn’t a typo. ACA’s drama club is doing a production of Alice Threw The Looking Glass, a parody of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style”, with the theme of Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This play follows the tale of Alice, a college student who is failing her English class, the only way to pass … Continue reading ACA students rehearse Threw the Looking Glass
By Louisa Rux ACA Charter News Nov. 21, 2016 — Trump once again wins, but this time by a landslide–in the ACA polls. On the day before the 2016 election, The ACA Charter started a poll on its website. It included all five candidates. The poll was started early in the morning on November 7th, and was closed early Wednesday morning (Nov. 9th). It was … Continue reading ACA Students Speak their Mind on Elections
The Charter NewsSanta Grams are presents you can order and have delivered to your friends and teachers in class. Continue reading Deliver holiday cheer to your classes
A small group of ACA students will soon be departing to Japan for a nine to eleven day educational trip. Continue reading ACA Students travel to the Land of the Rising Sun
Water. We all drink it. Alliance Charter Academy’s water was deemed safe, but what happens when drinking water in schools is labeled unsafe? Continue reading Water Works
Here at Alliance Charter Academy, there are 20 students involved in the National Honors Society (NHS). They’re all working together to make our school and community a better place. Continue reading National Honors Society
Unfriended or An Ember in the Ashes; These two, are a book from Julie’s high school team and Diana’s middle school team OBOB book list. 2015’s team went to state and they all were 8th graders so they brought their “experience” to the high school team. Continue reading May the Battle Begin!!
I’m sure by now everyone has heard stories about the clown craze across the nation. People dressed as clowns have been popping up all over the country. Continue reading Stop Clowning Around
Despite his website’s claim of “many miles of riding his bike with no hands,” Mr. Noah Beck broke his knee-cap last month while taking a phone call while biking.
Continue reading Knee to Curb; Curb Wins
ACA–She can teach college math, high school math, and be an administrative assistant. Of course, as you may have guessed, this story is about ACA’s new math teacher, Mrs. Debbie Whittet. Continue reading She’s got a particular set of skills
Chromebooks, blinds, and assemblies: All of these things have one thing in common. The money required to run these events and obtain needed supplies is gained by fundraising.
Continue reading PAT fills funding gaps
“My Shot” from Hamilton, “Ease On Down the Road” from The Wiz, these are songs students and staff hear 9:00 every Wednesday morning as they walk past the ACA gym.
Continue reading Has Broadway Come to ACA?
By Brandon Bean The Charter News You all have heard about demonstrations for equal rights in your history books, but what about a protest that could change the future for African Americans in 2016? It all started in the National Football League (NFL). It has trickled down to high schools around the nation, but not yet in Oregon City. At a recent game, no players … Continue reading Star Spangled Knees