Director takes new job, Compliance Officer retires

By Kenzie Waterman As this school year is coming to the end, unfortunately so is some of our staff’s time here. Vicki Nelson and Nic Chapin are leaving the school and will not be returning next year. Vicki Nelson is the Compliance Officer at Alliance Charter Academy, since September of 2011. “As Registrar and Compliance Officer, I maintain the staff and student database and am … Continue reading Director takes new job, Compliance Officer retires

Come to the Dark Side – CWI Saving Money, One Bulb At a Time.

By RYLIE YOUNG – 05/02/18  Join the dark side and turn off the lights! This year’s Contemporary World Issues class is small with only eight Freshman/Sophomore students, but they are making a difference. The class is trying to promote the use of natural lights within your school. The class believes our school waste an excessive amount of artificial light, and if we relied more on … Continue reading Come to the Dark Side – CWI Saving Money, One Bulb At a Time.

Alliance Charter Academy’s 2018 Graduation Ceremony

By Luke Burton, The Charter News As our seniors move on to bigger and better things we come together to celebrate at graduation. This year, graduation is at Jackson Campus on June 2nd, at 6:00pm. During the graduation ceremony the graduates have each asked a teacher or parent to hand them their diploma and give up to a one minute speech. These speeches usually include … Continue reading Alliance Charter Academy’s 2018 Graduation Ceremony

Destination: Globals

BY CONSTANTINE VANSICKLE Alliance Charter Academy’s very own Destination Imagination (DI) team is heading to globals! Advancing to globals is a huge achievement for such a small team and they are looking forward to representing the State of Oregon at the Global competition at the University of Tennessee on May 23rd through May 27th. But going to globals also has a financial toll. That’s why … Continue reading Destination: Globals

Possible changes to testing weeks

By, Elizabeth Tarsia  As you all might have noticed state testing might have seemed shorter from previous years. Well some changes have been made to the tests themselves and to the prep needed for certain subjects. Before this last testing session there were lessons that needed to be taught previous to taking state tests. Those lessons have been taken away and the test consists of … Continue reading Possible changes to testing weeks

Recalled Romaine

By Colin Hughes If you just came home from the grocery store with a head of romaine lettuce, you’d better get rid of it. There’s an outbreak of E. coli causing almost 150 people to fall sick in 29 states where people eat romaine lettuce. A subsequent study between March 13th and April 25th of 2018 showed that romaine lettuce may be contaminated with E. … Continue reading Recalled Romaine

School Misconducts

By Faith Burton Despite news of misconduct seemingly all around, there has been no documented misconduct in ACA’s history, according to it’s administrators. Lara Fabrycki, ACA’s former Director and Nic Chapin, ACA’s current Director commented on misconducts saying that we’ve not had a misconduct at ACA. Fabrycki said teachers are trained every year on misconducts, but because of technology and how people communicate is changing, … Continue reading School Misconducts

Steve Dirks Scholarships

By, Elizabeth Tarsia    Two students now have more funds to further their musical education. The awards were announced Friday, May 12th at the end of the music concerts held at Alliance Charter Academy. The first scholarship was awarded to JJ Pen; this scholarship is now known as the Community Award.The next scholarship given out is the Dirks musicianship which is the newest one offered. There … Continue reading Steve Dirks Scholarships

CPR and AED Training

By Kenzie Waterman From 9:00 -3:30 on Tuesday, April 17th and Wednesday, April 18th a instructor from the Clackamas Fire Department, District #1 came and taught students how to perform hands only CPR and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machine. The class was for 7th grade and above, Parents and staff were also invited. The staff here at Alliance Charter Academy have already been … Continue reading CPR and AED Training

Tariffs hit Oregon Hazelnuts

By Constantine Van Sickle The United State’s biggest market of Oregon Hazelnuts might be in danger by new proposed tariffs by China. Oregon produces 99% of all Hazelnut crops in the U.S and with the new applied tariffs, Oregon hazelnut farmers may have something to worry about. China proposed a new 15% tariff to all hazelnuts that are grown in the United States in response … Continue reading Tariffs hit Oregon Hazelnuts

Under the Stars

By SAMANTHA RANDS, The Charter News–  This year’s prom is May 25th, from 7pm to 11pm. The theme is “Under The Stars.” Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Students can purchase tickets in the study hall. Prom is open to junior and seniors, and sophomores on invite only. If you’re bringing someone who isn’t an ACA student then they will have to … Continue reading Under the Stars

ACA’s France and Spain Trip as led by Chad Wynne

By Alyssa DiLoreto ACA has decided to take a group of students to France and Spain, on June 14, 2019. Students will be traveling through Paris, Provence, and Barcelona, led by social studies teacher Chad Wynne. He is very excited to be taking the students on this trip, saying that foreign countries are very interesting to see, “We will just being seeing all the sights. … Continue reading ACA’s France and Spain Trip as led by Chad Wynne

Men are in Support of a New Men’s Bathroom

By CONSTANTINE VAN SICKLE 3/24/2018 A new men’s bathroom may be heading your way! With small urinals and tiny  stalls, the men’s bathroom is in dire need of remodeling. Nic Chapin is the one behind the idea of remodeling the bathroom saying, “It’s a bathroom meant for elementary students, and high school students are using it. It’s like 50-70 years old. It definitely needs a … Continue reading Men are in Support of a New Men’s Bathroom

Get your yearbook!

By Taylor Younger   Did you know ACA has a yearbook? Our yearbooks range from twenty three dollars to thirty dollars. When you purchase your yearbooks there are two blank pages for you to design your very own pages to keep those school memories forever.              Mr. Lancaster’s class of only a dozen students spend all school year long developing the yearbook. Students from this class spend … Continue reading Get your yearbook!

Luke the Ballerino Is Going Cleveland? Support him in this journey!

News Story by Faith Burton In 2018, as one of the few male dancers at Classical Ballet Academy, opportunities arise frequently. On January 20 2018, Luke went to Seattle with his friend and CBA ballet dancer Natazia Head, to audition for Utah’s distinguished ballet school, Ballet West. A few weeks later, Luke was accepted into ArtEmotion, an extension of Ballet West, and asked to come … Continue reading Luke the Ballerino Is Going Cleveland? Support him in this journey!

Smash Bros Switch Reveal

By COLIN HUGHES On March 8th, 2018, Nintendo announced two things at once; a new Smash game, and one of the most anticipated characters making an appearance. Nintendo fans watched the Super Smash Bros. Switch reveal trailer and began jumping all over the place, screaming with excitement. After all, according to many, 2017 and 2018 were Nintendo’s best years; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of … Continue reading Smash Bros Switch Reveal

Voting On ACA’s New Logo

By Samantha Rands The school is getting a new logo. Nic Chapin, The Executive Director of ACA, sent out a survey to all the high school and middle school students, parents, and teachers. The survey had different logo options to vote on from “first choice” to “fourth choice.” “We [the school’s Admin] want a logo…you’ll be proud of,” says Danelle Till, the School’s Business Manager. … Continue reading Voting On ACA’s New Logo

ACA Hosting an Art Showcase and Family Dinner in the Gym, plus Live Music

By RYLIE YOUNG – 03/23/18 This year, to view and applaud all the efforts of students, ACA is hosting a showcase night for students to show off the art they have made in their classes throughout the school year. Tara McLaughlin and her daughter Aila are organizing the Art Night so you can share your favorite pieces of art on Thursday, April 12th in the … Continue reading ACA Hosting an Art Showcase and Family Dinner in the Gym, plus Live Music

Middle School Battle of the Books Team Wins Big

By LUKE BURTON Our Middle School OBOB team is going to state. Madalena Larkins, Haladar Wright, Ben Snyder, Coral Anderson, and Cadence Gillespie are going to battle it out against all the other regional winners. The team won the regional battles on March 17th. They competed against 32 other teams and came out on top. The state battle is commencing on April, 7th, 2018, in … Continue reading Middle School Battle of the Books Team Wins Big

‘Never Again’ – ACA Students Walkout

By OLIVIA SILBERNAGEL Anger and sadness over gun violence in America is present even in ACA. This was apparent on Wednesday, March 14th when roughly thirty-five students walked out of class in protest of current gun policy and the toll it has taken on our schools. The walkout was prompted by the Parkland school shooting which took place on February 14th of this year at … Continue reading ‘Never Again’ – ACA Students Walkout

Drama Junior Performs “The Jungle Book”

Olivia Silbernagel The Charter News Students and parents alike gathered in the ACA gym to follow Mowgli’s story and learn about the bear necessities of life. Drama Junior’s rendition of The Jungle Book was performed on February 2 and 3 as well as a lunchtime preview on February 1. Prior to the performance Tap I and II classes performed a routine set to “I Wanna … Continue reading Drama Junior Performs “The Jungle Book”

CCC Advisor: Trade-skills training leads to jobs

By: Michael Lancaster, The Charter News –  Pretty much no matter what career you may want, the Clackamas Community College is a great place to start, according to a CCC advisor who presented to the CRLE class January 11. Britany Ellerbrook is CCC’s Career Technical Education Admissions Counselor. She was invited to the Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLE) class by teacher Val McCormack to share … Continue reading CCC Advisor: Trade-skills training leads to jobs

Harvest Ball/Haunted House reactions

By Samantha Rands The Harvest Ball was October 27th Organizers consider the Harvest Ball and Haunted House success despite some technical difficulties. The profit made from tickets sales was $111.02, which will go towards funds for prom. Beth Sugrue, a mom at ACA and the Harvest Dance coordinator, said, “I think overall the dance went pretty well. We had a lot of logistical problems that … Continue reading Harvest Ball/Haunted House reactions

The ACA Winter Concerts Aftermath

By Alyssa DiLoreto As you may know, ACA held the winter concerts in the gym. In the previous story on the Winter Concerts, quite a few students shared many concerns on the amount of space, and sound quality. In a classroom discussion with Jonathan Cheskin’s Orchestra II class, 2 out of 10 students said that there was not very much room. There was also very … Continue reading The ACA Winter Concerts Aftermath

ACA Penny War

By Elizabeth Tarsia As you all might know, the PAT volunteers just finished up the Penny War fundraiser. Compared to last years goal, met at $900 dollars, this year’s $500 dollars raised was not as good, but we still rocked it! All of the profits made from the penny war will go towards future needs for the school. For example, last year they went towards … Continue reading ACA Penny War

New Marimba Club Welcomes All Students

Nicole Engelke The Charter – News Although the students in this new club had probably never met before, or heard their parts, or even played a marimba, they were determined to learn their parts before the concert, and have lots of fun in the process. Margie Phillips, one of the music teachers at ACA, wanted it that way when she coined the idea before the … Continue reading New Marimba Club Welcomes All Students

Respecting Students’ Work

By MacKenzie Waterman, The ACA Charter News Vandalism on student work isn’t much of a problem at ACA, but so far this year, it has occurred twice. One with a triorama for Mrs. Strutz’s class, and the other was with sheets of paper from Mrs. Edinger’s science class. In the spring of 2014, someone ripped down and vandalized a poster for GSA club.    After that, … Continue reading Respecting Students’ Work

The New Age

By Constantine Van Sickle, The Charter News – 11/22/2017 – On October 9th 2017, Alliance Charter Academy (ACA) officially activated all student Google accounts. Along with that change, ACA has also re-introduced StudentVue, a software that allows students to check their grades. ACA’s push to “keep up with the times” is undoubtedly a controversial idea,  already having parents opt-out of the Google accounts. Not only … Continue reading The New Age

ACA Teacher Kidnapped — Decades Ago

By Victor Heimbigner, The Charter News Features – Kristen Kohl is an Alliance Charter Academy Spanish teacher and an Educational Specialist. She loves to travel and has an exciting life.  She loves teaching and has been a teacher for a few years now and had an interesting story to tell her fellow coworkers and students before she was a teacher. Kohl was kidnapped at the … Continue reading ACA Teacher Kidnapped — Decades Ago

Rediscovering ACA Merchandise

By: Rylie Young, The Charter News — The newly rediscovered Alliance Charter Academy online merchandise store website, might not be so new after all. It has a wide variety of products from hoodies to key chains, to dog bandanas. This store is not too difficult to find, go to Alliance Charter Academy’s website, click on the “Student Resources” button, and scroll all the way down … Continue reading Rediscovering ACA Merchandise

Preschool at ACA

By: Olivia Silbernagel, The Charter Features — Just like ACA, the ACA preschool is unique from other preschools. To start with, the preschool is held inside Park Place school, making ACA able to offer a Preschool through 12th grade education. The preschool and K/1 Enrichment program are taught by Kerry Wright who has been the lead instructor for both since 2011, just 2 years after the … Continue reading Preschool at ACA

Out of District Students

By: Samantha Rands, The Charter News –  Alliance Charter Academy has more out of district students than in district students for the first time in the school’s history. Fifty-three percent of families at ACA are from out of district, and forty-seven percent of families are in-district. For out of district families to join, they must first attend an informational meeting and the lottery open spots to … Continue reading Out of District Students

Volunteers Painted Girls’ Bathroom Over The Summer

Samantha Rands, The Charter News– Thanks to Andrea Zaugg, Brandi Stickney, and Eileen Rands the downstairs girls bathroom is now cleaned out and painted. Stickney, Zaugg, and Rands are mothers to ACA students. They decided at the end of last year to clean up and paint the downstairs girls bathroom over the summer to fulfill their needed volunteer hours. Stickney said, “We worked mostly on Fridays … Continue reading Volunteers Painted Girls’ Bathroom Over The Summer

Volunteers Ready for Harvest Ball October 27

Hello, people of ACA.  There is an upcoming event right around the corner. You guessed it, folks, it’s the Harvest Ball. The event will be held on October 27th, from 7pm to 10pm in the cafeteria, for all kids in grades 7-12th. It’s “Steampunk Frankenstein” themed. There will also be a monster bug haunted house, and lots of loud music. There is no denying that … Continue reading Volunteers Ready for Harvest Ball October 27

Chapin’s Changes

By Kenzie Waterman, The Charter News Features You might have noticed the changes happening around school, and I’m not just talking about the leaves. Our Principal/Director is determined to make this a better place to learn. One of the changes he is most proud of is math program and now language arts programs help students who are struggling, by adding on more specialists to help … Continue reading Chapin’s Changes

The Changes in Study Hall and Why They Happened

Olivia Silbernagel, The Charter News No conference table? Only four students per table? No lunch in study hall? A ninety minute limit?  The changes made to study hall have left many students wondering: why? This school year changes have been put into effect in the study hall and here’s the admins take on why they happened. Last year, students voiced concerns about the rules in the … Continue reading The Changes in Study Hall and Why They Happened

How Did the Parking Changes Happen?

By Colin Hughes, The Charter News The Safety Committee at Alliance Charter Academy faced challenges with the safety of their students. During the discussions they had last year, they felt that it was very unsafe and disorderly at thefront of the school where kids were picked up and dropped off. Thanks to a man named Richard Hughes, part of the Safety Committee, parking is much safer. … Continue reading How Did the Parking Changes Happen?

Rule Changes at the Front of the School

By William Poindexter, The Charter At the beginning of this school year ACA announced that there would be a few rule changes to the parking in front of the school. When these changes are heard of it raises a few questions. Why were the rules changed? What are the new rules? Did any particular incident cause the changes? What is the feedback? This article will answer … Continue reading Rule Changes at the Front of the School