LETTERS FROM OUR PRINCIPALS, MARCH 25

Hello KCAA Secondary Community. We are trying to ensure that everyone has their devices and chargers at home. All students grades 6-12 were told to bring home their devices and chargers on Thursday 3/12 and again on Friday 3/13. If your student does not have a device at home, please call the KCAA main office and leave a message with your student’s name, ID number and grade or email Mr. Jorge Santana (jorge_santana@dpsk12.org) and we will try and acquire more. At this time we will try and get devices and chargers to those who still need them. KCAA remains closed for facility work but we will bring devices and chargers to the car if you pull in front of the building tomorrow (3/26) from 10-1. Call the main office with your student’s information when you arrive.

Peter Castillo
Executive Principal
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

Hello KCAA Elementary Families,
I hope you are all well during this time. Today, March 25th, we will have technology pick up for students in grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Technology will be handed out to you directly in your car. Cars will enter into the pick-up line on Patton Ct (by the basketball courts). If you already have technology at home, such as a computer, iPad, or tablet, you will be able to access all on-line learning from those devices.
At this time, we do not have technology for grades kindergarten and 1st. We will notify families when that technology is delivered to our school.

Thank you for your patience.

Wishing you continued good health,
Heather Walton EdS
Principal, Elementary

EXTENDED SPRING BREAK:

KCAA will be on an extended spring break for students that will start Monday, March 16, and continue through Monday, April 6. This decision was made after detailed and thorough discussions with our Board of Education, the City of Denver, Denver Department of Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and other organizations around the city and state in response to growing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19).

School buildings will be closed Wednesday, March 18, through April 3. During that time, essential personnel will do the important disinfecting that needs to be done to ensure the building is ready for staff to return April 6, and students to return April 7.

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Hello KCAA Community. With our extended school closure, I wanted to make sure that you had all of the access and information that we have to date. Our extended break starts Monday 3/16 and will run through Monday April 7. On Monday 3/16 and Tuesday 3/17, the building will be open only for information and access. There will be no teachers, no classes and no meals. Meals will be available at nearby Lincoln HS per district communication and schedule (breakfast 8-9am and lunch 12-1pm). KCAA will close down on Wednesday with no access to the building at that time for our crews to begin the disinfecting work. Students will return on Tuesday April 7th. I wish everyone a healthy break!

Peter Castillo

Executive Principal

Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

 PS: We encourage families to click on the links below and consider some of the provided resources during this extended break:

Resources for Learning at Home When Schools Close

A comprehensive list of sites offering high quality educational content accessible from a smartphone

Scholastic ‘Learn at Home’ Resources

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

iStation  

Elementary readers are assessed in approximately 30 minutes with an engaging computer-adaptive assessment. Based on their results, learners are seamlessly placed in interactive online instruction. Struggling students are routed through reteach lessons, and teachers at KCAA are given instant reports to monitor student progress. To access this educational program please download the app. Students will use their lunch number for their username and their 6 digit birthdate for their password to log onto the app.

OverDrive

(OverDrive) hosts the central DPS collection of ebooks & audiobooks for all grade levels. There are over 30,000 titles in the main collection and languages include English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese.

Achive.org

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

LEXIA

Hello Families. We have two new exciting resources that will help keep our students working on their literacy skills over the extended break. Lexia Power Up is a program from the company that makes the Rosetta Stone language programs. It is for 6th through 12th grade students and addresses grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension. Ideally, we would like students to work on the program for twenty minutes, each day. Most secondary students have already taken their placement assessment and begun work on lessons that are specially adapted to their current skill level and moving them forward toward their yearly goal.
LexiaCore5 is a literacy program for Pre-K through 5th grade students. This is brand new and has not been introduced to the students but if you would like an account for them, please email Ms. Waugh at julie_waugh@dpsk12.net. There is no charge to families and you can even have accounts for your preschoolers! She will set up an account and email you the username and password, as well as instructions for getting started. Students take a placement assessment the first time they log in and then every lesson afterward is chosen just for them and helps them to improve their literacy skills.
If you have any questions regarding either program, please email Ms. Waugh at julie_waugh@dpsk12.org. Have a safe and healthy break. Thank you.
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL/RESOURCES
We know that most of you are losing out on valuable rehearsal time, and that a handful of previews will need to be re-scheduled. If your school is among that handful, either someone from our team or the DCPA will reach out to you individually to reschedule. Here at HQ, we are operating as if the Festival is still a go, and will do so until we hear otherwise. We won’t know much until next month and will pass along all information that we receive.
Things to do over your break:
·        Update your preview information forms to the best of your ability
Order those beautiful Ts: http://www.shakespearedps.deco-schools.com/. (Note: you will need to create an account first)
Hone your skills https://tinyurl.com/eshakes
ART PROJECT

Brain Food for Students:

And if you have parents who are asking you what their kids can do to stay creatively engaged, here is one idea worth sharing:

 Cardboard Arcades

1. Caine’s Arcade provides the prompt.

2. A homemade maker-space is the stage (found objects, boxes, bottle caps, tape, glue, string, etc).

3. And a “cardboard arcade game day” is the task.

4. Hours of fun.

SCHOOL CALENDAR (UPDATED TO REFLECT ABOVE EXTENDED BREAK):KCAA_19_20_Cal

Welcome to KCAA!

Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy is a K-12 arts integrated public school serving students in southwest Denver. KCAA prepares students for careers in the creative industries while providing a rigorous college preparatory education.

Students at KCAA have the opportunity to explore dance, drama, music, visual and digital arts in grades K-8 and choose a focused discipline in the design or performing arts when they move into high school.

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Counselor Section:

Middle School Naviance

High School Naviance


Parent Calendar School Year 2019-2020

Calendario para padres Año Escolar 2019-2020


Upcoming Events:

All school events and after school activities are cancelled: March 12th-April 6th