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

Coronavirus: Are We Overreacting?

Jack Taggart The Charter Opinions 5/5/20   With the month of May beginning, and little prospect of life returning to normal any time soon, I’m starting to wonder if this- staying home and waiting for the chance to return to the outside world, is really worth it. The motives behind the stay-at-home rules are clear: people staying at home and away from each other makes it … Continue reading Coronavirus: Are We Overreacting?

NWEA Warns Of COVID Learning Slump

Tazwell Brandabur The Charter Features 5/5/20 Educators worldwide have been scrambling to keep kids engaged and learning during the ongoing lockdown, with mixed results. New research from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) forecasts that this extended disruption of conventional schooling will create major educational hurdles that could continue to trip students up years down the line. “NWEA is widely used and proven for growth and … Continue reading NWEA Warns Of COVID Learning Slump

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?

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

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

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

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