Legacy Academy Students, Parents, & Staff:
Thank you all for a fantastic first week of school! I appreciate the warm welcome that I've received from all of you in my first weeks as principal and I look forward to an incredible school year.
Last week was a great week for many of our current and former students. We received a letter from Valor Christian High School congratulating Levi Walter, ( 8th grade student from last year) on becoming part of the Cum Laude Society. This is a great achievement for Levi, and we are very proud of him.
In addition, we had several students that were recognized for their efforts in the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. Former student Molly Grebenc was awarded the building winner for 8th grade. In addition, Heather McKee and Reilly Blakeslee won at the chapter level and their essays have been forwarded to the state competition. They will be awarded a medal and special certificate. We wish Heather and Reilly the very best as they move forward in the competition.
Last Thursday we had three fine students, Lana Gore, Lukas Carveth, and Maddy Proctor, who qualified for the District Spelling Bee. Lana Gore, a 5th grade student, had a strong performance and was able to place third against some very tough middle school talent.
Legacy Academy provides all of its students the opportunity to do big things. I am proud of all the students that take advantage of that opportunity and give so much effort to their work. Great job Legacy Academy students, and keep up the good work!
We had the first meeting about our newly proposed observatory for Legacy Academy. We are excited to be working towards a couple programs that will allow students to expand their knowledge beyond the classroom. We have received many gracious donations for the project and we are so thankful that we will be able to bring such a ground breaking observatory astronomy program to Legacy Academy. If you would like to get involved, please be sure to contact the office for more information. We are looking for folks with a background in cement work, as well as those with a passion for Astronomy!
Legacy Academy had the opportunity to be a showcase last week in Gunnison, Utah, as the announcement was made that Gunnison Elementary was designated to become the first public iSchool in Utah.
Gov. Herbert (Utah) spoke last Thursday to the K-5 school about the upcoming iPad deployment. The staff and students shared their excitement over the technology that will soon become part of their everyday lives.
I had the privilege of presenting at the meeting. We showed a videoclip about Legacy. The teachers in Gunnison were shocked and amazed by our staff. They wanted me to relay a message from the teachers, "Thank you for being the first in Colorado and thank you for being a source of help as they implement their program."
Ten delegates travelled from Istanbul to hear about the iSchool deployment model and to ask questions about our school, Legacy Academy, and how this model could impact kids all over the world. It is truly incredible to see how technology can impact the lives of so many and offer opportunities to remote schools all across the world.
~ Ms. Thorn, Assistant Principal
The video found at this link does an even better job of explaining: http://www.opendns.com/technology/
Legacy Academy is blessed to have an advanced content filtering system called iBoss. This system is monitored by staff and can be used to help filter out content and keep children safe. Home can be much more challenging. Many parents are not IT professionals and cannot monitor internet activity all of the time. It is important to us at Legacy Academy that all children are kept as safe as possible when using an Internet connection. Below I have put together some links and helpful videos that will help you filter out unwanted content from your home internet connection. Using this service will allow you the ability to control the filtering level that you feel is acceptable to your families needs.
There are many great filtering solutions in the marketplace. Some cost money, and others are free. One such free service is called OpenDNS. This service allows you to add a content filter to your home network. The details of how this service work are a bit complicated, but it is a very safe and fast way to gain control of what your network is allowed to access. You can learn more about how it works at this website: http://www.opendns.com/technology/
The setup of this service is really easy. After setting up an account with the service (being sure to keep the password safe) you simply have to follow some easy step by step directions to change a setting in your router at home. Once these simple settings have been changed you then have the ability to control the exact level of content access you would like your household to have. The entire process takes about one hour.
Here is a video on how to complete the process with OpenDNS:
Google Safe Search: