Monday, November 25, 2013

Impact Academy


This year our school district decided to try a new program.  We were lucky enough to be at the school they selected to try this pilot program.  We were even luckier when AEK were selected to be a part of this new school.  It is called Impact Academy.  Here is the description from the web page:

Impact Academy is program based on the education model that creates a personalized learning environment where all students are taught at their individual level in the areas of reading, writing, and math.  Students and teachers together design a pathway of learning to maximize personal interests and talents.  Integration of content areas will connect all learning to real world problems in the service-learning module. Impact Academy focuses on incorporating three key learning areas, 21st Century Skills, Personalized Learning & Service Learning.

We are off to a great start to our school year.  Jon and I are both enjoying having all three of our kids in this program.  Best of all, the kids are really enjoying being in this program.  I quickly came to realize that as much as the kids are going to be learning in new and different ways to fit their learning style, I as a parent need to open my mind about how to learn and help my kids as well.  The kids first quarter report cards came back last week and as we expected they are all succeeding and exceeding expectations.   We are very proud of all three of them. 

Tomorrow we have our first learning celebration at school.  I cannot wait to help celebrate. The success and accomplishments of Impact Academy.  Big High Fives to Lakeville School District and the dynamic team of teachers who spent many long hours away from their families to design and make Impact Academy a reality. 

RIP Dexter April 30th, 2001 to November 4th, 2013

Today, Dexter made his way to the Rainbow Bridge to meet up with Toby.  Dexter has been struggling with polyps in his ear for a long time.  We just recently discovered that Dexter has been using our living room carpet as his litter box for awhile now.  I am surprised that we did not catch on to this earlier than we did.  Both Jon and I made the hard decision to let him go.  He was not happy at all and we felt it was very selfish of us to keep him here when he was in so much pain. 

We got Dexter back in June of 2001.  We decided to adopt another cat so Toby would have some company when both Jon and I were working such long days.  Toby and Dexter were great buds and we often through out their lives would find them snuggled together.  Someone pointed out to me today that maybe Dexter was failing in health because his life long companion had left.  Thinking  back about it, I bet there is some truth to that.  Dexter had a broken heart.  Someone else pointed out to me that good life that both of our cats have had.  Lots of love for both of them through all the years.

We have three kids that are so sad and it is so hard to say goodbye.  Just this morning as we were all saying our goodbyes to Dexter, we had some great discussion about Dexter and Toby's reunion up at the Rainbow Bridge.  This brought smiles to all of our faces.  I take comfort tonight in knowing that they are back together and both are pain free. 
May God Bless The Erickson Five in our time of Grief.  RIP Dexter Erickson