Parents are the heart and soul of The Academy experience. They represent an essential part of the learning triangle, a partnership between teacher, student, and parent. Parent giving and volunteerism enhance student life and demonstrate appreciation for the teachers and staff.
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is the formal structure for the parent engagement group. Led by chairs or co-chairs, the organization also includes grade level representatives and/or classroom parents. On-going and annual activities of the organization raise funds for instructional resources and teacher appreciation.
Leslie Smith P'27,'29
Carrie Fox, P'27,'29,'34
The Spirit Shop is located on the second floor of the Dale Marks Athletic Center (DMAC) off the mezzanine. It offers spirit wear for "Blue Fridays" and an assortment of Raider gear.
The Fall Festival is a spirited event, occurring in October, that brings vendors and local community to campus with clubs and student organizations sponsoring game booths for prizes.
Classroom parties are scheduled periodically throughout the year as celebrations of holidays or special occasions. Grade level parent representatives and classroom parents organize and assist teachers with logistics.
To support classroom instruction and improve access to resources, special educational events may be held that benefit students in all grades. One example, Scaly Adventures, is featured below.