Thank You, Blendtec!

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We want to give a HUGE “Shout Out” to our friends at Blendtec for donating one of their amazing blenders for use in our kitchen and cooking classes! We are thrilled to have this new addition to our kitchen appliances. Let’s get blending! #willitblend #blendtec

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Immunization Requirement Information

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Hello, Parents of AAI Students!

We wanted to post immunization requirement information on our blog for ease of access. See blow the documents from the Utah Department of Health (only seventh-grade flyers provided). Also attached is a Questions and Answers for parents providing immunization records to the school.

Utah Department of Health 2016 7th Grade Immunization Requirements (English)

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Utah Department of Health 2016 7th Grade Immunization Requirements (Spanish)

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Utah Department of Health Questions & Answers on Immunizations for School

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AAI Action Required & Important Information

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Electives Class Survey

We have created a survey to gather insight regarding your elective preferences and to better help us in future elective class creation. Please have your student(s) click on the appropriate link below and complete survey.

 

Exciting changes at AAI

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We’re pleased to announce that German Lopez, the founder and visionary behind the American Academy of Innovation, has taken the role of Strategy Director at the school. In this role, Mr. Lopez will be positioned to drive the strategic vision of AAI — managing our many university partnerships, cross-curriculum training, the AAI Leadership Program, and many other initiatives. We’re excited to have Mr. Lopez in this role as he enables our teachers and staff to provide the highest quality of education to our students, and deliver on the expectations of AAI.
 In light of this new role for Mr. Lopez, we are also pleased to announce that Scott Jones has been appointed as the new Director of the American Academy of Innovation. Mr. Jones has a 17-year track record of success in charter school administration, and is an innovative, forward thinking leader in business and education. He joins AAI most recently from Charter Solutions, where he worked as a business management consultant for up and coming charter schools. 
 We’re thrilled to add Scott Jones to the AAI team, and we look forward to working with him as he works alongside German Lopez to build an amazing school.
The American Academy of Innovation (AAI) is a new public charter school, serving grades 6 to 12 located in South Jordan, Utah. AAI combines academic rigor with career technology skills and international partnerships to prepare students for success in a global marketplace. Students are prepared through instruction using project-based learning, participation in mentoring projects with international university partners, and continuous enrollment in career and technological education classes. For more information, go to aaiutah.org.

AAI Sneak Peek Tours

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AAI Sneak Peek Tours

Do you want to get the inside scoop on Daybreak’s newest charter school? The American Academy of Innovation is offering sneak peek tours of the building each Thursday at 10 am until the school opens its doors this fall. The tours will be guided by a school administrator or board member.

Space is limited to ten adult guests per week while under construction and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required for entrance onto the construction site. Hard hats will be provided.

Schedule your tour today by emailing your interest and contact information to Jenny Williams at jenny.williams.aai@gmail.com.

The American Academy of Innovation, serving grades 6 to 12, combines academic rigor with career technology skills and international partnerships to prepare students for success in a global marketplace. Students are prepared through instruction using project-based learning, participation in mentoring projects with international university partners, and continuous enrollment in career and technological education classes. Please visit our website at aaiutah.org for more information.

AAI Newsletter Vol. 4

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AAI Electives!

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Initial List of AAI Electives

We have developed an initial list of electives that we will be able to offer the students of AAI!  Please note, this is not a complete list and the list is subject to change based on student need and demand.

  • Art Exploration
  • Advanced Art
  • Team Sports
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Recreational Physical Education
  • Sports Psychology
  • Computer Tech
  • Creative Writing
  • Stories On the Big Screen
  • Indoor Farming
  • Animal Science
  • Food Science
  • Happiness (Positive Psychology)
  • Computer Programming
  • Financial Freedom
  • Mysterious Universe (Astronomy)
  • 3D Modeling / Animation
  • Photography
  • More to come!

Teacher Qualifications

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Post from Julie Goldklang (AAI Board Member)
“Charter schools may only employ educators who hold valid teaching certificates or who meet State Board requirements for alternative certification or authorization.”  -USOE FAQ
The primary motivation I had to get involved with Charters was driven by the overall performance management of teachers in traditional public schools. With my background of over 17 years in Human Resources in IT Consulting, I was having a hard time wrapping my mind around entrusting my child’s education with teachers who had no incentive or disincentive to perform in their job.
So why charter schools as an answer? Here’s a special opportunity to take an active role in building a unique educational experience for the children in our community. Ultimately, charters are managed by a Board consisting of volunteers and held to legal and educational standards at a state level. Our teachers are highly qualified and include a combination of experienced and entry-level teachers, ranging from Bachelors to Masters degrees, and even some with Doctorate-level education. Our AAI teachers will all either have their Utah Teaching License or will be in process through Alternate Route to Licensure (ARL – typically due to out of state transfers). We’ve leveraged a hiring committee which consists of our school Director, Board members, parents, and employees. Historically, we’ve had to do more with less in the Charter environment. But this isn’t a bad thing. We maximize our resources in large part by minimizing costly administrative overhead, locating grants, exercising creativity, and engaging with volunteers. Also, and very unlike many traditional public schools, charter schools are able to manage poorly performing out of our school environment in order to make sure only the best and most committed teachers are involved with our school.
What motivates teachers to join a Charter?  The answers are as diverse as the teachers themselves. The most common response, however, is the excitement to work in an environment where they can be creative and directly impact the direction of their class in their area of expertise. Imagine being in a school with a start-up company mentality — where leadership, students and parents are energized by new ideas and have the freedom to implement them. The reality is we are less likely to attract poor-performing teachers from traditional schools as they are much safer in a union setting. In fact, we often find teachers with college-level teaching experience jump at the opportunity to partner with our school to make our vision a reality.
We look forward to introducing our AAI Teaching Team at future events and on our website https://aaiutah.org/teachers/
For more details on Alternate Route to Licensure (ARL)