ACA and the GSA

By Olivia Silbernagel, The Charter Features The Gay Straight Alliance/Gender and Sexuality Awareness (GSA) club at ACA has had its share of controversy over the years, but that has not stopped the members from advocating for what they believe. These issues have included: parent concerns, who oversees the meetings, how they can spread their message, and even what the club is to be called. However, GSA … Continue reading ACA and the GSA

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”

Alumni form Dreadlight

By Kenzie Waterman, The Charter Features Alliance Charter Academy has been around for eleven years now and many students have come and gone, but what they took with them, the life lessons, the experiences, and the friendships, those are just as important as the education they got.  I interviewed two ACA graduates, Kandra Tolvstad, class of 2017 and Toria Beck, class of 2015, to see … Continue reading Alumni form Dreadlight

Hallway Dining: ACA’s cafeteria, too small for the ever-growing student population

The Charter – Editorial – Nicole Engelke Lunchtime at ACA is a busy time – families with younger kids find each other, middle and high school students emerge from classrooms, tired from lectures, tests, and labs, for their 30-minute break.  However, they don’t all have a place to actually eat. If you’re slow getting to the cafeteria, you might just find that the hallway, gym, … Continue reading Hallway Dining: ACA’s cafeteria, too small for the ever-growing student population

Luke The Ballerino

By Faith Burton, The Charter Features Luke Burton, teenager, skateboarder, pre-professional guitarist and something that may surprise many, ballet dancer. At fourteen years old, Luke was invited by his friend from school, Natazia Head, to join her at Classical Ballet Academy (CBA), one of Oregon’s finest ballet schools. “I didn’t think he would be bad or good at ballet… I just thought it would be … Continue reading Luke The Ballerino

Building Our Airplane While We’re Flying: A History of Our Homeschool-school

By Nicole Engelke The Charter Feature Alliance Charter Academy (ACA) is a unique school for equally unique students and staff. It is a K-12 charter school created by parents that were dedicated to their children’s well-being and education. Lara Fabrycki, the founder and former director, principal, and “Queen Bee” of ACA, says, “We needed that choice…a choice for kids who didn’t want to go the … Continue reading Building Our Airplane While We’re Flying: A History of Our Homeschool-school

The Cantrell of Alliance Charter Academy

By Elizabeth Tarsia Kathleen Mixer-Cantrell, a greatly appreciated Educational Specialist (ES) and staff member. Cantrell has been working at Alliance Charter Academy since our program started in 2007. After so many years working at Alliance Charter Academy she says she enjoys it just as much as she did when she first started working here in 2007. Kathleen says she loves working with her ES students … Continue reading The Cantrell of Alliance Charter Academy

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

ACA Through The Ages

  By Samantha Rands and Olivia Silbernagel We interviewed six students at ACA questions about their futures, school, and worries. The goal was to look at the diversity between what different age groups worry about; where an elementary schooler would have fewer worries, and a senior would worry more about the future. We interviewed two elementary students: Gwyneth Lute and Love Best. Two middle school students: … Continue reading ACA Through The Ages

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

Genuine, Caring, and Humorous

By Rylie Young Genuine, caring, and humorous. That’s how Megan Coggins, our school counselor, would describe herself. Counseling has always been an interest of Megan’s, “It kind of like is my life, in some ways,” she admitted, Growing up, she was the person her friends and other people would go to when they wanted to talk. “I was like ‘Oh, I should be a counselor, … Continue reading Genuine, Caring, and Humorous

Sarah Head’s Many Faces

By Mackenzie Waterman Sarah Head isn’t just a ES and teacher. She is a wife, mom, and farmer, as well. She enjoys reading, farming, and hanging out with her kids. Her favorite book is “ Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard. She has two kids (both girls), as well as a lot of animals.  She owns around thirty through thirty five farm animals and two … Continue reading Sarah Head’s Many Faces

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

Is Daylights Savings Time Really Saving Our Time?

By Elizabeth Tarsia Most of you guys might remember the day in November when some of your clocks magically go backward an hour. Well here is a little background information and insight from different people on how this strange day affects their days following. Jaden Schnoor a sophomore at Oregon City High School stated, that he did not like Daylight savings time due to his … Continue reading Is Daylights Savings Time Really Saving Our Time?

“I Love You Guys”

  The I Love You Guys is a safety protocol that Alliance Charter Academy and many schools in America use. Most people wouldn’t think that a foundation named I Love You Guys (ILUG) would be a safety program for schools and some businesses. Ellen and John-Michael Keyes lost their daughter in a school emergency in 2009, from that accident the I Love You Guys Foundation … Continue reading “I Love You Guys”

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

Can classical music be beneficial to your health?

By: Taylor Younger, The Charter Opinions —     Many people think that classical music can be boring, and a waste of time to listen to. Little did they know that it is proven to increase your health emotionally, and mentally.      Simply listening to classical music as background noise can have a significant impact on your mood, productivity, and creativity. First on the very long list of … Continue reading Can classical music be beneficial to your health?

Political Firings

By William Poindexter, The Charter Opinions In today’s society, discussion of important topics is needed to progress. However, inside of workplaces, it’s a different story. In all  kinds of workplaces, people have been fired for merely expressing their views. This should not be allowed. In November of 2016, according to Dec. 2016 National Post report, one teacher in British Columbia was fired for expressing a … Continue reading Political Firings

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

The way Girl Scouts has shaped who I am

By, Elizabeth Tarsia, The Charter Opinions —     Long ago, when I was just a small first grader, my mom had received a Girl Scouts brochure at my school’s open house. Little did we both know the life skills this amazing program would teach me.   Not long after my mom signed me up, I started out in my first troop. I continued in that troop for … Continue reading The way Girl Scouts has shaped who I am

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

Cool (but Not Cold) Students Learn Better

By: Nicole Engelke – The Charter Opinion / Editorial –  This school year kicked off in the dark. All the unnecessary lights were shut off in hopes of not heating up the school more with the heat from the fluorescent light bulbs. Sweaty students struggled to pay attention in their muggy classrooms. As the summers get hotter and hotter, the need for air conditioning in … Continue reading Cool (but Not Cold) Students Learn Better

Respect the Vest

By: Taylor Younger, The Charter News Features —        What is autism? Autism is a condition that creates challenges, this includes social skills, repetitive behavior, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences. Autism has an estimated prevalence as one in sixty eight children in the united states. Which includes one in forty two boys and one in a hundred eighty nine girls. … Continue reading Respect the Vest

You, Yes You, Can Do Well In School

Olivia Silbernagel, The Charter Opinions Students frequently use lack of natural ability as an excuse for giving up on work when it feels too hard, but everyone has the potential to do better. A recent poll conducted on students at ACA showed that most students feel they have one or two strengths in school and are average or below average in other subjects, but changing this … Continue reading You, Yes You, Can Do Well In School

Sultana Johansen

By: Elizabeth Tarsia, The Charter Features         Sultana Johansen isn’t just your average office secretary; she has her four year medical assistant degree, as well as being very well educated in the medical field. She went from high school into college.     Prior to working at Alliance Charter Academy she was working as a children’s director at a church. She had been working there for nine … Continue reading Sultana Johansen

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

Study Hall Suggestions?

Clearly there is considerable and understandable upset, me included, but what are we doing about it? Very few of the people I’ve heard complaining have actually told anyone about it or tried to make a difference, for they are often, as one student put it “calling people out… (afraid) that i would be next, or that things would escalate” (this goes for many school issues). Continue reading Study Hall Suggestions?

Notre Dame fencers have ACA connection

  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

Let’s Talk About Our Education

Rachel Armstrong The Charter Opinions “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Our education is, without a doubt, one of the most important and cherishable aspects of our life. It is through education that we can create a better future, by becoming … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Our Education

ACA’s Blood Drive Considered a Success

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

Happy Summer and Safe Driving

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

Three more ACA staff plan to leave

  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

New Financial Literacy Requirements for Incoming Freshmen

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

Why People Should Never Write Opinion Columns  – Satirical Commentary from a Columnist

An opinion column by Rachel Armstrong Here are five reasons why you should never write an opinion column. It’s a waste of your time On average, humans don’t live very long.There are 1,440 minutes in a day, 525, 600 minutes in a year. If the average human lifespan is 79 years, that means we only have 37,843,200 minutes total (for all you old timers that … Continue reading Why People Should Never Write Opinion Columns  – Satirical Commentary from a Columnist

Not So Jaws 2

Piper Stephens The Charter Opinions Dangerous creatures, lurking in the water, waiting for an innocent victim to swim too close… or not. Contrary to popular belief, even though sharks can be quite dangerous, they aren’t the bloodthirsty monsters that some movies portray them as. Some species of sharks can actually be friendly. This fearful attitude that a lot of people have toward them is really … Continue reading Not So Jaws 2

Paris lands Artist in Residence program

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

Painting our Thumbs Green

Charter Features By Halie Sofich and Rachel Armstrong On Tuesday, May 23rd, the community garden was finally started, after being postponed due to the weather conditions. With the help of driven parents, students, and teachers, a new project has emerged in hopes to provide even more unique and wonderful opportunities at ACA. Our previous and beloved principal, Lara Fabrycki, and our incredible Associate Director, Jill … Continue reading Painting our Thumbs Green

A Week on the Florida Keys

Samantha Rands The Charter Features A five acre island in the Florida keys, surrounded by warm turquoise water filled with sharks and vibrant fish. The beach is made up of millions of tiny snail shells. A lush green forest inhabited with friendly “dog sized deer.” Glittering stars like diamonds in the humid sky. This is how Jill Mohr, the Assistant Director and teacher helper at … Continue reading A Week on the Florida Keys

Jill Mohr and Educational Technology

Piper Stephens The Charter Features Right now, Jill Mohr is ACA’s Assistant Director, but did you know that she used to be an educational technology specialist? Before ACA, Mohr taught classes about video production and more for the Beaverton School District. “When I was in college I was just getting married, and my husband was a computer science engineer. So I decided to take a … Continue reading Jill Mohr and Educational Technology

Autism Service Dogs

Kassidy Young The Charter Feature       Here at Alliance Charter Academy (ACA) autism service dogs are being trained by our very own Jill  Mohr. Jill Mohr, the assistant director here at ACA, is a puppy trainer for Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA). She cares for these dogs for months at a time to help prepare them for their future jobs. She gives these dogs the … Continue reading Autism Service Dogs

Breaking Your Funny Bone

By: Brandon Bean The Charter Opinions “There’s something that’s really fun about the challenge of making the mundane funny, too, I think.” – Jim Gaffigan   A blind man walked into a bar. He was taken to the hospital shortly afterwards. What makes some of you chuckle at that joke? What purpose does it serve to laugh? What is funny? “Comedy is not a science. … Continue reading Breaking Your Funny Bone

On the offensive

Brandon Bean The Charter Opinions “Offending people is a necessary and healthy act… every time you say something that’s offensive to another person, you just caused a discussion. You just forced them to have to think” – Louis C.K.   Oh I’m sorry. Did I say something to offend you? Good. For such a small disturbance, being offended is a bizarre concept that has been … Continue reading On the offensive

Disney’s Tower of Terror may not stand

By: Annie Pullella The Charter Opinions In early 2017, Disney California Adventure Park closed The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM and is replacing it with Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: BREAKOUT! According to Disney Parks Blog the new attraction is “a comically high-energy, rocking new adventure.”  It’s scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.   The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is considered one … Continue reading Disney’s Tower of Terror may not stand

ACA Students Perform and Compete at CCC Choir and Ensemble Competition

  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

Effects of ballot measures unclear

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

Bully Scholarship Edition

Brandon Bean The Charter Opinions   “Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.”   Barack Obama     Bully: A repeated offensive to someone or a victim of unfair treatment who has said “no” or “stop”. Typically comes in the form of verbal harassment and, in extreme cases, physical abuse and violence.   … Continue reading Bully Scholarship Edition

ACA Students Perform for Schnitzer Lobby Concert

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

College Enrollment and Tuition

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

Have you ever cheated?

Piper Stephens and Samantha Rands The Charter Opinions We all make mistakes, some of which are definitely worse than others, but they are an important part of learning. If this is so, then why do students tend to feel that mistakes made in school are irreparable? Learning from our mistakes and asking for help is how we grow.   “How do you become better tomorrow? … Continue reading Have you ever cheated?

Lean on Me

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

Salmon In The Science Room!

  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!

Donate Blood on May 2nd, 8:30AM-2:30PM

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