In the Summer of 2020 Ascent Academies of Utah adopted the theme Thrive > Survive. With this theme in mind, our goal was to help our students “Thrive” through the pandemic and the unknowns of the coming school year. It has been an interesting year full of unique challenges and trials. But over and over again our students, faculty, and staff have shown just what it means to Thrive!
We know that this year was one of the most unique educational years in history. There were challenges, trials, and a tear or two. But in the end, our amazing faculty and staff rose to the challenge. All of our Ascent campuses kept the doors open every day. In addition, we opened an online campus and had over 400 students learning virtually. On Friday, May 20, 2021, we were able to gather together for the first time in over a year and celebrate. Again there may have been a tear or two and a hug or three. We love our Ascent family!
Mrs. Prawitt’s 8th Grade Science Class (Lehi) shared with us their ideas for Alternative-Energy Sources. Students at Ascent have exposure to real-life problems and are encouraged to think of and design solutions.
Read or weed? Fourth Grade (West Jordan), book club selected books that have never been checked out since they were added to the library collection. The 4th graders recommended if the book should stay to be read or retired to make room for new titles. All the students thought the book they read should stay for others to enjoy. Readers thrive, and thanks to these readers, some of the books will also thrive. Thank you, Mrs. Erni (Network Librarian) for helping our students find hidden gems in our West Jordan library!
At Ascent our mission includes SEM. SEM is the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. With our SEM Model, our students are able to learn and show what they know in multiple formats. Check out our West Jordan campus SEM highlights from 20-21.
Mrs. Rackley’s 5th Grade (Lehi) participated in a school-wide song challenge. Student’s built their understanding of the world and the events of 2020 with song!
Mrs. Mott’s 5th grade class (Lehi)- Celebrated St. Patrick's day by creating and sharing lyrics. Humor and hard work are one way that our students have thrived through 20-21.
Mrs. Weber’s 3rd Grade (Farmington) class shared with us their most excellent Llama artwork. In October, students chose to do a painting party as a reward for their excellent behavior during specials. They followed directions and persevered in order to create llama paintings. You could say that Mrs. Weber’s class had a no drama llama painting day!
Mrs. McDonald First Grade (West Jordan) can’t be stopped! They will make you laugh and appreciate just how much creativity can be found in a room full of six-year-olds!
Mrs. Richardson’s 2nd Grade (Online) held an Author’s Chair event. Students could create a story of their own, illustrate it, and share it with the class. One amazing 2nd grader wrote a 20-page book with chapters and a table of contents. The book was all about a mission to Mars.