Have you checked those 47 other boxes?
Sorting wide range of materials keeps new Westside charter busy

       Staffers, parents and friends have been joining this summer to prepare the new Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning (AACL) for its first day Aug. 18.

Teresa Brown, who will teach grades 3-4 (Division 3) in AACL's multi-age learning environment, grins over stacks of boxes during schoolwide efforts to organize learning materials from various sources.
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       Geared for advanced learners but open to all, the District 11 K-8 charter school has been assigned the former Pike school building at 2510 N. Chestnut St.
       Principal Nikki Myers said enrollment has reached 171 students, with no current openings. Names are being taken for waiting lists.
       Last week, Myers led volunteers in an effort to sort through and determine uses for various school supplies, furniture and curriculum materials that had found their way to AACL this summer. Some are left over from the former Reniassance Academy charter for gifted students (which closed in 2008), others were recycled from District 11 schools. “We've got stuff from all over,” Myers said.
       Adding to the confusion (though in a welcome way) was the arrival of books, computers and other items purchased with a $375,000 first-year grant AACL received from the Colorado Department of Education, Charter School Division.
       The school will use about three-quarters of the building's 28,000 square feet of space. District 11 records will use the other quarter for one more year, according to Kris Odom, D-11 procurement director. This will allow AACL to increase its enrollment, with an eventual goal of 300, according to Myers. In an introductory document about the school, Myers writes, “We will provide multi-age classrooms with specially trained teachers who know how to move quickly through curriculum and develop highly advanced, critical, logical, and creative thinking skills while still supporting the needs of the whole child,”
       For more information, the school phone is 434-6566.

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