Mesa Campus K-6
4507 S. Mountain Rd
Mesa, Arizona 85212
P: (480) 420-2110
F: (480) 420-2109
 
School Hours: 8:00am to 3:00pm
Office Hours: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Paul Sinclair Director

Paul Sinclair Director

 

Angi Coleman Assistant Director

Angi Coleman Assistant Director

Welcome to our Mesa K-6 Campus

Field Days Information –  May 23rd – May 24th

Can you believe the school year is almost over?  At the end of each year, Coach Fitz puts together a Field Day. The kids love it and have so much fun each year! It is a perfect ending to an awesome year!!!

In order to make Field Day a success we need your help. Below you will find 2 links to sign up to volunteer at Field Day. Kinder through 2nd grade will be held on Monday May 23rd and 3-6th will be held on Tuesday May 24th. Each Day the start time will be 8:30. Coach has asked us to be there at 7:45 to help set up and learn how to run your station! Just remember that not all grades are on the same day, so if you want to see your child make sure you sign up on the right day!

Sinclair’s Spot

I have been doing a lot of thinking about what motivates us.  In speaking with our special education department, they have shared that the most difficult issue they deal with is when a student shows a lack of motivation to learn.  Parents have also expressed concerns regarding this issue.  The old adage, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”, seems to apply.  Many of you have heard me share that our goal is to have our students do the right thing because it is right, not out of fear of reprisal.  The goal is, not carrot or stick, but intrinsic motivation. How do we get there?

As a parent, I have chosen not to pay my children to do any chores around the house.  My oldest son has the responsibility to have the yard clean and green every Saturday.  This was something we struggled with for over a year.  When the job was not done properly, he would lose a privilege, or be assigned an extra job. While he maintained a good attitude, punishment did not seem to produce the desired behavior, a clean and green lawn.  In March, I went out of town for 9 days, including two weekends.  I asked my son to take special care of the yard in my absence.  He did; when I got home I lavished him in praise and thanks.  Since that day, he has been diligent with his yard work.  He takes pride in a job well done, and does not need any remuneration to get the job done.

While every person is different, there are some commonalities that we can focus on.  Rewards and consequences should be done quickly, then move on.  When a consequence is needed, give it, and then immediately let your child know you love them in a meaningful way.  A long drawn out punishment is hard on you, because you have to enforce it. It may also cause your child to identify as a “bad” kid if they are in trouble too often or too long. Rewards can and should be at an emotional level; love and time with your child are best.  Avoid rewarding with money or gifts.  They can be construed as payment for desired behavior, they tend to destroy intrinsic motivators, and tend not to be effective.  How do you get the desired behavior when you have nothing to bribe or pay with?

If you get the chance, read the book “Drive” by Daniel Pink.  It is very enlightening and, although it is tied to business, it could be a fantastic parenting book.  Our challenge as parents is to prepare our kids for life.  A great leg-up is to take on life intrinsically motivated to succeed.

 

Mr. Sinclair
Director

 

Coleman’s Corner

Summer is fast approaching! Before you know it, it will be time to start prepping for the 16-17 school year. I’m sure many of you are anxious to find out who your child’s teacher will be for next year. I wanted to take a moment to explain how the process will work.

As soon as the 15-16 school year ends, we begin the task of assigning students to their teachers. This is a timely process as many things need to be taken into account, such as student data, teacher input, parent requests, and special needs. We anticipate class lists will be finalized the last week in July. We then communicate this information to our teachers. Teachers are asked to reach out to each parent via email and a personal phone call. You can expect to hear from your child’s new teacher starting the last week in July and going into the first week of August.

We are looking forward to a productive summer and a great kick off to the 16-17 school year!

Mrs. Coleman
Assistant Director

Highlights from Our Veterans Day Celebration

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 About American Leadership Academy

Our charter schools were designed with a vision to provide the best educational experience to as many students as possible in a moral and wholesome environment. Are you exploring local schools or seeking a charter school K-6 or charter junior high and high school for your child? For the 2015 – 2016 school year, we will have 8 campus locations in the state of Arizona.  Our campuses are located in Gilbert, Mesa, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Anthem South.

 Our Vision:  Our Mission:
 Learn. Lead.                   Change the World! To provide the best educational experience to as many students as possible in a moral and wholesome environment.

Our Innovative Curriculum

In the lower school, the curriculum is structured in the Core Knowledge Sequence, which outlines the knowledge to be taught at each grade level. The curriculum is structured in a coherent, cumulative and content specific way, so students build knowledge in language arts, math, science, history, geography, and fine arts. The upper school curriculum builds on the classical education philosophy with a strong emphasis on liberal arts and studying the masters. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a charter school K-6 or charter high school for your child, additional information about our charter schools in Gilbert, Mesa, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Anthem South, Arizona (AZ) can be found on our website. Please browse our website to read about our leadership program, curriculum, and school culture. We accept new student registrations at our charter schools or you can complete the application on our website.

I am so thankful we made the decision to place our son in American Leadership Academy! From the kind and caring staff to the outstanding education my child receives, ALA has exceeded my expectations!
We made a move across country in the middle of the year and after coming from one of the top schools on the east coast, where our child was barely surviving, he is now soaring in the clouds at ALA! The teachers here combine challenging their students with believing in them and it makes a world of a difference.
Not only does ALA have a great educational program, they also focus on other important roles like teaching children about patriotism and becoming good leaders. Thank you ALA for instilling good behavior in my child as well as a great education that is keeping him on his toes and boosting his confidence!
Kim

ALA Mesa Mother