Monday message 09.11.2023

CSA Presentations of Learning, 4 image collage of learners sharing their POLs

Dear Colorado SKIES Academy Families,

It was a jam-packed week of learning, collaborating, and celebrating! The 6th-grade learners had their first Presentation of Learning (POL): City in the Sky, last Thursday and did such an amazing job! We hope that you enjoy the picture collage of their POL, and please share any photos that you took with us (

We also had our first fire drill last week, and the learners did a great job exiting the building and following directions. We ended the week with Back to School Night, where learners had the opportunity to show their families the school, introduce their facilitators, and offer insight into what and how they’re learning each day. We received great feedback from those who joined us and really appreciate the time you took to attend, become informed, and engage as a community!

As discussed during Back to School Night, we are working diligently to finish NWEA MAP testing for all learners so that we can adjust schedules as needed for the week of September 18th based on each learner’s demonstrated ability. Electives will remain the same through the end of Quarter 1. During this schedule update, we will also be condensing 6th grade from three sections to two based on the total number of learners enrolled.

We continue to have daily conversations as a school about our CSA Learner Creed and Community Expectations. Our facilitators and care team members are working hard to be role models for the learners and work with them to exemplify these expectations. We continue to be inspired by the light bulb moments we see on learners’ faces, the smiles and laughter throughout the school, and knowing that we are making a small difference in their lives every day.

Back-to-school reminders and updates:

All CSA learners should have their photo ID cards if they were here for pictures in August. As a reminder, we have implemented additional safety measures this year and every learner is required to wear their grade-level colored lanyard around their neck with their photo ID at all times. If they break or lose it, they will get one replacement at no charge, and each additional lanyard will be $5.

We hope that you’re getting the opportunity to review your learner’s student planner each evening (M- Th) and initialing each day. We are encouraging these executive functioning skills (planning, organization, accountability, follow-through, etc.) by offering various rewards for learners who meet the expectation of the daily planner check-in with parents/guardians. Every learner has a planner and is expected to have it with them during all classes. If they lose their planner, we will give them one free replacement, and any additional planners will be $5.

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
  2. Amazon Wish Lists - Exploratory, Makery, Art, Ms. Griffin
  3. Annual Family Giving Online Donations

Please review the Family Guidebook, including our CSA Core Values and Learner Creed: 

  • As a learner at CSA, I will do my best to walk with integrity and honor those around me, and avoid intentionally offending others. I will not accept the improper conduct of others and will GROW in Greatness, Respect, Ownership, and Wonder every day to make every moment of learning count. I promise to be an active participant in my education.

CSA expectations for school behavior are:

  • I will do nothing to harm myself or others.
  • I am responsible for my behavior.
  • We are each other’s keepers.
  • I take pride in myself and in my work.
  • I will leave it better than I found it.

Some additional back-to-school reminders:

  • Cell phones must be in backpacks by the start of Flight Crew (period 1) and must remain in backpacks until the dismissal bell. Any cell phone not in a backpack will be confiscated, and a parent or guardian will need to pick it up from the office at the end of the day.
  • Please remember to follow the drop-off and pick-up procedures as outlined here. Please note: the speed limit in the CSA parking lot, from entrance to exit, is 5 mph. This will become even more important in the coming weeks as we have been told that construction will soon begin on the property next door on the north side of CSA.
  • Join the CSA Family Connection Facebook page
  • Follow the Colorado SKIES Academy Facebook page
  • Carpool Signup
    • Once you sign up, you should receive a confirmation email with the map link. Please check your spam folder if you don’t see the confirmation email in your inbox. For reference, the carpool map may also be found on this page.
  • Learner fees can be paid here.
  • Punch passes for after-school clubs can be purchased here.
  • Lastly, the CSA Spirit Store is now live on our website! If there’s anything you’d like to see in the store that isn’t there currently, please email to request that your item be added.

Please check out the “Upcoming Events” calendar, including CSA’s drone soccer team’s information night, dates and times for 7th and 8th grade’s first Presentation of Learning of the year, “Wingman for a Day” dates, aviation-focused events happening next door at Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight, and more!

Other topics covered in this week’s articles:

  • CSA Drone Soccer Informational Meeting
  • CSA Wingman For A Day
  • CSA Parent Action Committee - Help Needed
  • Mobile App: CSA Flight Controls
  • What is Project-Based Learning?
  • Presentation of Learning: What is it?
  • Individualized Learning Plans
  • Athletic Development at CSA: Orientation Recap
  • Fall Athletic Development Newsletter
  • Thought of the Week

Sincerely, Christa Coryell CSA Acting Director

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.


CSA Drone Soccer Informational Meeting

Attention Interested Drone Pilots and Parents! The CSA Drone Soccer Informational Meeting is this Tuesday, September 12th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Please join us at CSA to learn more about Drone Soccer. This extracurricular activity offers CSA learners opportunities to gain…

Wingman for a Day

CSA Wingman For A Day

Host a WINGMAN FOR A DAY and earn your wings! Mark your calendars for Wednesdays: September 13, 20, and 27  from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. As a proud CSA learner, we are recruiting you to invite your friends, neighbors,…

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CSA Parent Action Committee – Help Needed

Parents’ engagement is vital to the continued strength of Colorado Skies Academy. Your involvement plays an essential role in learners’ success. We invite parents to participate in the Parent Action Committee (PAC) to influence the delivery and outcomes of school life while also…

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Mobile App: CSA Flight Controls

Mobile App: CSA Flight Controls for Colorado SKIES Academy school-related information shortcuts are now available! Instructions to add the page to your mobile device will appear on your screen when you click the Mobile Flight Controls link.  

Colorado Skies Academy Learner Presentation

What is Project-Based Learning?

At Colorado SKIES Academy, Project-Based Learning (PBL) is at the core of what we do. PBL is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects, preparing them for life in the global…

Presentations of Learning logo image in blue front, CSA

Presentations of Learning: What is it?

At Colorado SKIES Academy, the project-based learning (PBL) emphasis is on the process rather than the product. As part of the PBL process, learners create and share Presentations of Learning (POL). The POL is an opportunity for learners to showcase…

3 CSA learners proudly showing off their team building project

Individualized Learning Plans

Colorado SKIES Academy embraces the whole child, focusing on both social-emotional and academic skills. At the start of each school year, in lieu of the traditional parent/teacher conference, learners and their facilitators, in collaboration with parents/guardians, create an Individualized Learning…

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Athletic Development at CSA: Orientation Recap

If you missed the athletic development orientation on Thursday, August 24, please review the presentation Mr. Cronin reviewed that included details regarding the competitive intramural club, competitions, history and program design, expectations, and other coaches that will be present during…

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Fall Athletic Department Newsletter

Mr. Cronin’s Evolve Performance Fall Turbo Newsletter is below and it is full of inspiration and training sequences. Enjoy!

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Thought of the Week

“Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.” -Edward Vernon Richenbacher