Monday message 12.11.2023

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Dear Colorado SKIES Academy Families,

Your learner received their MAP® Growth Family Report last week, which summarizes how your child is performing academically, as measured by the most recent MAP Growth test your child has taken. MAP Growth tests are unique and adapt to your child’s responses to measure your child’s knowledge. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of where your child is on their learning journey—regardless of whether they are on, above, or below their grade level. Your child’s MAP Growth results are represented as RIT scores. RIT scores have the same meaning across grade levels. This stable scale allows facilitators to accurately measure each student’s academic growth throughout the school year and over time. For more information about MAP Growth, visit

A few more important updates below:

  • CURRENT CSA families, please complete this Intent to Return/Not Return form by December 31, 2023.
  • Starting in January, we would like to start Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training (SAQ-360 POWER) on Tuesdays. We currently have 3 families that have expressed an interest in joining this club, and we need at least 10 learners to participate to begin. Please read more about SAQ-360 POWER here and send an email this week to if you’re interested in having your learner participate.

Please read the articles in this week’s message including a reminder of the Presentation of Learning dates for all grade levels this week, information about our new visitor management system, an update from PAC (Parent Action Committee) including details about the Winter Festival Dance on Friday, December 15 from 1:30-3:30 pm, new information about school pictures, upcoming events details, and more.

In gratitude, Directors Coryell and Motley

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events Colorado Skies Academy

Note: Please click the links below to learn more about each event.

Weekly In-Person Tours and Information Sessions:
School Tours for Prospective Families, 10:30-11:30 am, 4:30-5:30 pm on Tuesdays

Monday, February 12:
Simulator Training, 8:30-10:00 am

Monday, February 12:
Talk, Chris Wright, CEO of Liberty Energy, “Bettering Human Lives: Perspectives on Energy, Climate, and Poverty,” 10:00-11:00 am

Friday, February 16:
Simulator Training, 9:30-11:00 am

Thursday, February 22:
Regular Board Meeting, 5:45 pm, CSA
Please join us to hear from the CSA learners about their trip to India!

Friday, February 23:
Simulator Training, 9:30-11:00 am

Saturday, February 24:
Public Safety Day, 10:00-2:00 pm

Monday, February 26:
Simulator Training, 8:30-11:00 am

More details to come, but please be aware that the next Presentation of Learning for 6th grade will be on Tuesday, March 5th and for 7th grade on Wednesday, March 6th.

*Admittance to Exploration of Flight is free for CSA Learners with their student membership. The EoF staff has a list of current CSA learners so all they need to do is give their name!

New CSA families receive a 20% discount on family memberships to Wings Over the Rockies Museum, valid at both museum locations (Centennial & Lowry). A daily entry fee may also be paid to gain entry to the events at the museum. Please contact for more information about museum memberships for CSA families.

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Possible NEW After School Club: SAQ-360 POWER

SAQ-360 POWER is a new after-school offering at CSA to help develop athleticism in participants! SAQ-360 = SAQ (Speed/Agility/Quickness), Power (Force and Velocity) strength, and 360-degree multiplanar training. The offering is focused specifically on the field/arena sport athlete with 20 yd…

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Quarter 2 Presentation of Learning Dates and Details

Please join us this week for your learner’s Presentation of Learning (POL) when they will tackle real-world issues and design solutions that require critical thought, inquiry, and synthesis. 6th grade POL: Geology: Museum of Future Past  Wednesday, December 13th, 9:00…

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New Visitor Management System: Raptor

Colorado SKIES Academy is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in our school to strengthen campus safety for learners and faculty. Part of keeping learners and staff safe is knowing who is always…

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Parent Action Committee (PAC) Update

Hello, Colorado SKIES Academy community! Your PAC team is starting the hard work to influence the delivery and outcomes of school life while also enriching and building a greater sense of community. We desperately need more parent volunteers to support…

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School Pictures with Lifetouch

If your learner had their school picture taken by Lifetouch earlier this school year, you can order prints at by using their Student ID Number to order. Contact Lorene at Lifetouch directly at 303-565-5203 with any questions. If your…

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CSA Wishlists & Ways to Donate

We’ve had some parents and community members inquire about wish lists and ways to donate. Currently, we have 3 main ways to donate: 1. DonorsChoose – an online platform where teachers can post requests for classroom resources. Current projects hoping…

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Athletic Development Training

Message from Coach Cronin: Starting in January, we would like to start Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training (SAQ-360 POWER) on Tuesdays. We currently have 3 families that have expressed an interest in joining this club, and we need at least…

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Nurse Emma’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, Keeping learners healthy, both in and out of school, is important to their education. The flu season rapidly approaching and I would like to remind families about the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s suggested ways to prevent the…

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Thought of the Week

“Curiosity is the essence of our existence.” -Gene Cernan