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Students, families get first look at Aspen View Academy

CASTLE ROCK – Boxes in the hallways and empty bookshelves were signs that work is still underway at Aspen View Academy, but parents and students didn’t seem to mind a bit. They were excited to get their first look at the new charter school during an open house held on August 23.
“We literally drove by the school every week. It has been so exciting to see it go from the ground breaking to this beautiful state-of-the-art school,” explained parent Heather Richie, who served on Aspen View’s marketing committee and volunteered to welcome families during the open house.
“There is a lot of excitement, not just for myself, but for everyone here. The kids are excited,” Richie added.
More than 100 people gathered outside of the school’s front door on Friday, August 23 to watch a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Then, they streamed into the school, excited to get their first peek at classrooms and the library or to enjoy a piece of cake in the cafeteria.
Many of the families have visited the site over the past several months to watch as a dirt field in the Meadows subdivision turned into a three-story building that will serve 650 kids on opening day and 950 kids over the next three years.
“We heard about it about two years ago and then have watched them build it,” parent Angela Fradin said.
“To [go to school] in a new building, to be part of a new school; this doesn’t happen very often. We are very fortunate,” Fradin added. “You just don’t get that opportunity very often. It was fun to be a part of it.”
Aspen View Board President Jonathan Nye says the new building surpasses what he imagined.
“Just 10 short months ago we were standing in this field with a couple hundred parents, the Board and several members of the school board. In 10 short months, we’ve gone from raw dirt to an amazing 76,000 square foot facility,” Nye said.
“It’s exciting to see kids in the building and what’s going to happen when they’re here. The energy and enthusiasm the students bring is what really gets us excited and gets us cranked up,” added Aspen View Principal Merlin Holmes.
The school will offer a Core Knowledge curriculum including Latin to all students when it opens on Tuesday, September 2.
“We want the kids to grow not only in academics, but also in wisdom and how they look at the world, and grow in their character,” Holmes said.
Aspen View Academy is the thirteenth charter school to open in Douglas County. The first, Academy Charter School, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary.  Academy was one of only two charter schools to open in Colorado in 1993.
In addition to Aspen View, the second campus of American Academy will open later this fall, bringing the total to 14 charter schools in DCSD.
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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