In The Classroom


The Power of ONE

November 12, 2013 No comments
ATA patron Haden Spencer recently visited CP and spoke of her CASA work with a family affected by the recent floods in Austin near Onion Creek, and the Power of One - what one person can do to make a change. CP students donated collected clothes, shoes, gift cards and money to give to this family and other the Austinites who were stripped of their homes and possessions.  Additional donations go to the Austin Disaster Relief Fund, an organization that immobilized immediately to render aid. Here is a link to The Power of ONE  video.

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Le Chat au Chapeau

November 8, 2013 No comments
from Madame Perim   Throughout a semester long project, French 1 students have been working on the translation and illustration of their own The Cat in the Hat- Le Chat au Chapeau- book. They are about half way through the project and the books look great.  This project has turned out to be an effective and fun way to build vocabulary, as well as familiarize the sounds of the French language through repetition. And last but not least, student have developed their drawing skills!

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The Spanish Classes Celebrate Day of the Dead with ATA College Prep

November 1, 2013 No comments
From the Students: Annika: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated on November 1, and 2. It focuses on gatherings of family and friends, celebrating the lives of dead friends and family members who have died. People will usually make altars, sugar skulls, and eat and drink the favorite foods of the deceased. Synclair: They do all of this to celebrate their loved ones. Adison: Day of the dead is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the gift of life and to remember those who have died. Ela: This holiday has a long, long history.  The ...

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Chinese Historical Figure Story Project

October 25, 2013 No comments
From ATA College Prep Chinese Instructor Zhu Wang During the month of October, Chinese students did a story project on Chinese historical figures.  Each student read one story in Chinese, researched the historical figure, translated the story into English, rewrote the story in Chinese and then presented it to the class both in English and Chinese. There are three stories in total.  One is about how Confucius and his students solved a trick problem by learning from a young girl. The moral of this story is that everyone has strength and one should be open to ...

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Integrity =/= Manipulation

September 1, 2013 No comments
Integrity does not equal manipulation.  Being truthful in thoughts, words, and deeds offers strength and wholeness which will withstand over time the threats of outside pressures.  Manipulation, on the other hand, is a temporary solution which asks for, assumes and expects similar results through the use of fear, omission or denial. When thoughts, words and deeds are in unison and fully integrated in intent and impact, nothing is more powerful, softer and yielding than the blanket of moral fiber which is tightly woven and able to cover and protect a multitude. &nbs...

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