Hey Lead Families, Thank you for your patience and understand around our recent school closings. We understand the stress that surround these sudden changes and we appreciate your support during this time. Also, thank you for your diligence in completing eLearning assignments with your children. The safety of our students and families are our top priority and during times of inclement weather, we follow Greenville County as we do not have the resources to adequately assess road conditions. With that being said, Lead Academy will be closed on tomorrow, January 21. Students will complete e-learning assignments at home. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school next Monday. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
about 22 hours ago, Curtis Baker
Hey Lead Families, Out of an abundance of caution, Lead Academy will be closed tomorrow, January 20. Students will complete e-learning assignments at home. Since Lead is an approved e-learning school, we will not have to make-up snow days because we are able to provide instruction when school is closed. Please look for communication from your teachers for e-learning assignments. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
2 days ago, Curtis Baker
Hey Lead Families, Out of an abundance of caution, Lead Academy will be closed tomorrow, January 19. Students will complete e-learning assignments at home. Since Lead is an approved e-learning school, we will not have to make-up snow days because we are able to provide instruction when school is closed. Please look for communication from your teachers for e-learning assignments. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
3 days ago, Curtis Baker
Hey Lead Families, Out of an abundance of caution, Lead Academy will be closed tomorrow, January 18. Students will complete e-learning assignments at home. Since Lead is an approved e-learning school, we will not have to make-up snow days because we are able to provide instruction when school is closed. Please look for communication from your teachers for e-learning assignments. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
4 days ago, Curtis Baker
Hey Lead Families, This is a reminder that we do not have school tomorrow January 14, or the following Monday, January 17th. We will return to school on Tuesday, January 18th. Thanks and have a great weekend.
8 days ago, Curtis Baker
Good Afternoon Lead Families, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Please see updates and information for the coming week. Please be aware that students do not have school this Friday, January 14th, or the following Monday, January 17th. We will return to school on Tuesday, January 18th. CREW This week in Crew, students will discuss: Grades K,2,4: Be Proactive by showing responsibility that you are a leader. Grades 1,3: Begin with the end in mind by setting goals and making a plan. Grade 5: Put first things first by prioritizing our time with the most important things. Grades 6-8: Trust Crew begins each day at 7:45, so it is vital that your student is at school on time. We encourage these Crew conversations to continue at home, so please ask your students about these Crew topics. We have an abundance of jackets in our lost and found. Please stop by to check and see if your student's missing jackets are there. We will be donating all non-lead jackets to Goodwill at the end of the day on Monday, January 10th. Report Cards Please look for report cards to be sent home on January 20th. At Lead Academy, we assess and give feedback on student work through Mastery Based Grading. In Mastery Based Grading, grades are viewed as a tool for communicating student progress towards a standard. Instead of a traditional 0-100 scale, we use a 1-4 scale to communicate where a student is in relation to a standard. Our grading system aims to help students understand that growth and mastery of the skill is what matters, more than just a grade in a gradebook. COVID Updates The spread of COVID 19 in our state and county is substantial, ongoing, and not contained. We strongly encouraged the continued use of masks every day. Please see the link for the Updated School and Childcare Exclusion List from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. https://scdhec.gov/health/child-teen-health/school-exclusion To listen, learn, & collaborate, any stakeholder wishing to snag some time with Mr. Baker can sign up for open office hours on any platform of your choosing by clicking the link. https://calendly.com/cubaker/meet Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I hope everyone has a great week!
12 days ago, Curtis Baker
Hey Lead Families, We have an abundance of jackets in our lost and found. If you could please stop by to check and see if your student's missing jackets are there. We will be donating all non-lead jackets to the Goodwill on Monday, January 10th. Thanks and I hope you have a great evening.
18 days ago, Curtis Baker
Good Afternoon Lead Families, Happy New Year Everyone!! Please see the updates and information for the coming week. Crew This week in Crew, students will discuss: Grades K,2,4: Be Proactive by showing responsibility that you are a leader. Grades 1,3: Begin with the end in mind by setting goals and making a plan. Grade 5: Put first things first by prioritizing our time with most important things. Grade 6: Trust and Responsibility Grade 7: Think win-win. Think Win-Win is a frame of mind and heart that seeks mutual benefit and mutual respect. Grade 8: How can we be upstanders instead of bystanders. Crew begins each day at 7:45, so it is vital that your student is at school on time. We encourage these Crew conversations to continue at home, so please ask your students about these Crew topics. Congratulations to our Students of the Month Mareli Pascual-8th When I think of our school's motto, Be Nice, Work Hard, Serve Well, Have Fun, I think of Mareli. Mareli is always kind and friendly. She is one of the hardest workers--never misses a homework assignment! If someone needs help, Mareli is always willing to lend a hand. Ealiyah Jones - K5 Ealiyah is a leader in the classroom. She is always willing to help and sets an example for the other students in our class. We recently got a new student in our class, and she was the first to welcome them to our classroom and help them understand how we do things. She reminds students to be a problem solver and to try their best. Ealiyah is kind, helpful, and caring. Brayden Franco - 5th Grade Brayden is awesome! Caring, fun, kind, hard-working, curious...the list goes on and on. He comes to class everyday 100% dedicated to doing his work, learning as much as he can, and finding the fun in everything. He is a great role-model for his peers and an even better friend! Dress Down Day This Wednesday, Jan 5, will be dress-down day. Students can pay $1 to come out of uniform. Parents, please be mindful that dress-down day is a fundraising effort. Students should not be out of uniform if they choose not to participate in the fundraiser. All students must still be in school-appropriate attire. This means there should be NO HOLES in pants, there are to be NO CROCS or SLIDES, and that any message communicated on their clothing, either through explicit language or artwork or through suggested humor, should be school appropriate. The money will be collected at the front door as students enter. Report Cards Please look for report cards to be sent home on January 20th. At Lead Academy, we assess and give feedback on student work through Mastery Based Grading. In Mastery Based Grading, grades are viewed as a tool for communicating student progress towards a standard. Instead of a traditional 0-100 scale, we use a 1-4 scale to communicate where a student is in relation to a standard. Our grading system aims to help students understand that growth and mastery of the skill is what matters, more than just a grade in a gradebook. COVID Updates The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has updated its School and Childcare Exclusion List to reflect the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance regarding isolation and quarantine timelines. The link to the School and Childcare Exclusion List on the DHEC website can be found here - https://scdhec.gov/health/child-teen-health/school-exclusion. COVID-19 is ongoing, widespread, and not contained. In an effort to keep students in person and mitigate the spread of the virus, I strongly encourage all students to wear a mask to school each day. To listen, learn, & collaborate, any stakeholder wishing to snag some time with Mr. Baker can sign up for open office hours on any platform of your choosing by clicking the link. https://calendly.com/cubaker/meet As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate all of the continued support.
19 days ago, Curtis Baker
Hey Lead Families, Just a reminder that there is no school tomorrow, December 17. Students will return from winter break on Monday, January 3. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday break enjoying time with friends and family.
about 1 month ago, Curtis Baker
Good Afternoon Lead Families, I hope everyone is having a restful weekend. Please see the information and updates for the coming week. We will celebrate spirit week this week Dec. 12-16. Please see the attached flyer for directions on each day. If students choose not to participate in spirit week, students should wear their Lead uniform. Congratulations to our students of the month. Maddison Westfield K5: Maddison always shows her leadership skills among her peers. She helps her friends when in need and she holds them accountable to help them become leaders as well. She stands for what she believes is right by demonstrating integrity and curiosity in our class. Suri Laos 3rd: Suri has shown tremendous leadership skills already this year! She is always ready to lend a helping hand and does not shy away from asking questions. I appreciate her ability to show integrity to others and hold them accountable to do the same. She shows great interest in learning new things and faces challenges head on. You will usually find her with a smile on her face and a warm hello to start the day! Alejandro Castro-Rojas 6th: Alejandro is an extremely kind and hard-working student. He treats classmates with respect and gets along with everyone. I also appreciate his perseverance, especially when given difficult tasks. He will ask questions and problem solve until he completes a task or understands a concept. He will not stop until an assignment is done to the very best of his ability. Alejandro is a true example of what it means to be EPIC. Crew This week in Crew, students will finish out discussions centered on appreciation and having an abundance mentality for December. Crew begins each day at 7:45, so it is vital that your student is at school on time. We encourage these Crew conversations to continue at home, so please ask your students about these Crew topics. We are in need of uniform bottoms. If you have gently used pants in navy, khaki, or black, your donation would be greatly appreciated. Safety concern All parents are encouraged to use the car line for drop-off each morning during arrival and not the parking lot. It is extremely hazardous for students to walk across the street unsupervised from the parking lot, and using the crosswalk slows the traffic flow down from arrival. We understand that you may need to park in the parking lot and get out to visit the front office, but the parking lot isn't to be used as an alternate car line. During arrival, we use one lane. Please stay in the drop-off lane until traffic begins to move. Passing or attempting to pass other cars is very dangerous to student safety and could cause car accidents. All students must be ready to get out, with their bookbags, when they arrive. A reminder from our handbook: Students are not allowed to have headphones (wired or Bluetooth) or smartwatches at school. Cell phones should be off and inside students' bookbags during the school day. Winter break is December 17-31 To listen, learn, & collaborate, any stakeholder wishing to snag some time with Mr. Baker can sign up for open office hours on any platform of your choosing by clicking the link. https://calendly.com/cubaker/meet Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I hope everyone has a great week!
about 1 month ago, Curtis Baker
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Good Morning Lead Families, I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend. Please see the information and updates for the coming week. The week of December 13-16 will be spirit week. Please see the attached flyer for directions for each day. Crew This week in Crew, students will continue discussions centered on appreciation and gratitude. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Crew begins each day at 7:45, so it is vital that your student is at school on time. We encourage these Crew conversations to continue at home, so please ask your students about these Crew topics. Fun Friday Fund Friday will be Friday, December 10. Fun Friday is an opportunity for students to live out our EPIC habits of leadership through original, Lead created games. Much like DRESS DOWN DAY, all attire worn on Fun Fridays must be school-appropriate. Lead Academy Enrollment! If you are a current family interested in your student attending Lead Academy for the 2022-2023 school year as a K5 student, please visit our website at https://www.myleadacademy.com/page/enrollment to sign them up! Safety concern All parents are encouraged to use the car line for drop-off each morning during arrival and not the parking lot. It is extremely hazardous for students to walk across the street unsupervised from the parking lot, and using the crosswalk slows the traffic flow down from dismissal. We understand that you may need to park in the parking lot and get out to visit the front office, but the parking lot isn't to be used as an alternate car line. During arrival, we use one lane. Please stay in the drop-off lane until traffic begins to move. Passing or attempting to pass other cars is very dangerous to student safety and could cause car accidents. All students must be ready to get out, with their bookbags, when they arrive. The spread of COVID 19 in our state and county is substantial, ongoing, and not contained. We strongly encouraged the continued use of masks every day. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has updated its COVID-19 guidance for schools as well as its School and Childcare Exclusion List. The updated guidance and exclusion criteria provide that students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student and were wearing a face covering during the exposure time are excluded from the definition of a close contact and therefore do not have to quarantine regardless of whether or not the infected student was wearing a face covering. To listen, learn, & collaborate, any stakeholder wishing to snag some time with Mr. Baker can sign up for open office hours on any platform of your choosing by clicking the link. https://calendly.com/cubaker/meet As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate your continued support.
about 2 months ago, Curtis Baker
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Hey Lead Families, Tomorrow will be dress-down day. Students can pay $1 to come out of uniform. Parents, please be mindful that dress-down day is a fundraising effort. Students should not be out of uniform if they choose not to participate in the fundraiser. All students must still be in school-appropriate attire. This means there should be NO HOLES in pants, there are to be NO CROCS or SLIDES, and that any message communicated on their clothing, either through explicit language or artwork or through suggested humor, should be school appropriate. The money will be collected at the front door as students enter. On Monday, December 6th, Lead will be hosting Junior Boys Basketball Tryouts for grades 5th-6th from 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm. Tryouts will be at First Baptist Church of Greenville 847 Cleveland St. Greenville, SC 29607 Players, please have athletic clothes, Indoor gym shoes and water. Parents. Please sign the waiver form and have your player bring it with them to tryouts. Please reach out to Coach Keller at wikeller@myleadacademy.com if you have any questions. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1709667/Tryout_Flyer_-_Junior_Boys_Basketball.pdf
about 2 months ago, Curtis Baker
GivingTuesday is an opportunity to support the organizations making a difference in the community, and in people’s lives. Fittingly, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, GivingTuesday inspires people world-wide to express their support and thanks to others. We ask that you consider investing in the students at Lead Academy. To give you some perspective on the incredible impact of your support, your gift will go towards: Technology and Curriculum materials, furnish our new building, scholarship school uniforms, support the arts and athletics. To give today please visit https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YFSXNURRWHDH8 #GivingTuesday
about 2 months ago, Curtis Baker
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Good Morning Lead Families, I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving break. Please see updates and information for the coming week. Crew This week in Crew, students will discuss appreciation through having an attitude of gratitude. Crew begins each day at 7:45, so it is vital that your student is at school on time. We encourage these Crew conversations to continue at home, so please ask your students about these Crew topics. Dress-Down Day This Wednesday, Dec. 1, will be dress-down day. Students can pay $1 to come out of uniform. Parents, please be mindful that dress-down day is a fundraising effort. Students should not be out of uniform if they choose not to participate in the fundraiser. All students must still be in school-appropriate attire. This means that there should be NO HOLES in pants, there are to be NO CROCS or SLIDES, and that any message communicated on their clothing, either through explicit language or artwork or through suggested humor, should be school appropriate. The money will be collected at the front door as students enter. Winter MAP Testing Students will winter MAP test beginning Monday, Dec. 6. MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a nationally-normed, computerized test. It assesses students in the areas of math and reading and allows our teachers to identify specific areas of strength and areas for improvement. Our Lead staff will use this information to create and prepare differentiated instruction on each student's ability level in both reading and math. To listen, learn, & collaborate, any stakeholder wishing to snag some time with Mr. Baker can sign up for open office hours on any platform of your choosing by clicking the link. https://calendly.com/cubaker/meet As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate all of the continued support.
about 2 months ago, Curtis Baker
Hey Lead Families, Just a reminder that Nov. 24-26 are school holidays. I hope everyone has a fantastic break!
about 2 months ago, Curtis Baker
Good Afternoon Lead Families, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Please see the information for the coming week. Please look for progress reports to be sent home tomorrow, 11/22. At Lead Academy, we assess and give feedback on student work through Mastery Based Grading. In Mastery Based Grading, grades are viewed as a tool for communicating student progress towards a standard. Instead of a traditional 0-100 scale, we use a 1-4 scale to communicate where a student is in relation to a standard. Our grading system aims to help students understand that growth and mastery of the skill is what matters, more than just a grade in a gradebook. If you would like to order fall pictures, please visit the link. https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/?utm_medium=email%e2%80%8b&utm_source=ExactTarget%e2%80%8b&utm_campaign=PPD_F21_Po15_US%e2%80%8b&utm_content=hero#/?utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PPD_F21_Po15_US To listen, learn, & collaborate, any stakeholder wishing to snag some time with Mr. Baker can sign up for open office hours on any platform of your choosing below. https://calendly.com/cubaker/meet As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate all of the continued support.
2 months ago, Curtis Baker
Hey Lead Families, A couple of reminders: We will have Fun Friday tomorrow. Fun Friday is an opportunity for students to live out our EPIC habits of leadership through original, Lead created games. Much like DRESS DOWN DAY, all attire worn on Fun Fridays must be school-appropriate. Make-up pictures will be tomorrow. This is for students who missed the first fall picture date. Student who need to take make-up pictures will wear their normal Lead uniform or alternate black Lead polo shirt for pictures.
2 months ago, Curtis Baker
Good Morning Lead Families, I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying your weekend. Please see the upcoming dates and information for this week. Crew This week in Crew we are continuing discussions about The Growth Mindset. The growth mindset is a belief that you can develop your attitude and abilities. Students will discuss what it means to step out of our comfort zone and into the courage zone. Crew begins each day at 7:45, so it is vital that your students is at school on time. We encourage these Crew conversations to continue at home, so please ask your students about these Crew topics. Fun Friday Fun Friday is rescheduled for this Friday, Nov. 19. Fun Friday is an opportunity for students to live out our EPIC habits of leadership through original, Lead created games. Much like DRESS DOWN DAY, all attire worn on Fun Fridays must be school-appropriate. Progress Reports Please look for progress reports on November 22nd. At Lead Academy, we assess and give feedback on student work through Mastery Based Grading. In Mastery Based Grading, grades are viewed as a tool for communicating student progress towards a standard. Instead of a traditional 0-100 scale, we use a 1-4 scale to communicate where a student is in relation to a standard. Our grading system aims to help students understand that growth and mastery of the skill is what matters, more than just a grade in a gradebook. Make-up Pictures Make-up picture day will be Friday, November 19. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I hope everyone has a great week!
2 months ago, Curtis Baker
Hey Lead Families, Unfortunately, due to staffing shortages, we are postponing tomorrow's Fun Friday to next week, Nov. 19. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thanks
2 months ago, Curtis Baker
Good Morning Lead Families, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Please see the events and information for the coming week. Crew This week in Crew students in K-8 will continue discussions about The Growth Mindset. The growth mindset is a belief that you can develop your attitude and abilities. Students will discuss what is in our circle of control. Crew begins each day at 7:45, so it is vital that your students is at school on time. We encourage these Crew conversations to continue at home, so please ask your students about these Crew topics. Fun Friday We will have FUN FRIDAY this week. Fun Friday is an opportunity for students to live out our EPIC habits of leadership through original, Lead created games. Much like DRESS DOWN DAY, all attire worn on Fun Fridays must be school-appropriate. Congratulations to our students of the month! Zion Mortis: Zion Mortis is such a joy to teach! I can go to assist another group of students and always know that he will be doing what has been asked of him...every time. He is always willing to help others, whether through collaboration during small-group time or sweeping around the classroom. He has grown tremendously in two of our LEAD core values--perseverance and empathy. When faced with a difficult task, he doesn't accept defeat as an answer. He leans in and gets it done. Keep rockin' it out, Zion! Kaylee Dean: Kaylee works really hard to understand new concepts. She always tries 100% of the time. She is alert, focused, and never afraid to ask questions in class to help strengthen her understanding. She leads by making sure her group members are on task and is always there to answer any questions that she can. Every afternoon she asks me if there is anything that she can do to help me out and make my day easier. She definitely embodies the pillars of LEAD Academy! Marley Moss: Marley is always willing to put forth her best effort even when tasks that are given to her are difficult. She consistently demonstrates integrity by always demonstrating honesty, respect, and responsibility. Marley completes every assignment given to her and she is always willing to help her peers when they are having difficulty with a skill or concept that comes easily to her. She embodies the characteristics of a LEAD Academy student every day. Progress Reports Please look for progress reports on November 22nd. At Lead Academy, we assess and give feedback on student work through Mastery Based Grading. In Mastery Based Grading, grades are viewed as a tool for communicating student progress towards a standard. Instead of a traditional 0-100 scale, we use a 1-4 scale to communicate where a student is in relation to a standard. Our grading system aims to help students understand that growth and mastery of the skill is what matters, more than just a grade in a gradebook. Make-up Pictures Make-up picture day will be Next Friday, November 19. Jackets As we approach colder weather, I want to remind everyone of our uniform policy regarding jackets. Only Lead Academy jackets may be worn inside the school building. During colder weather, heavier non-lead jackets may be worn outdoors only. Lead Academy uniform jackets/hoodies (dark gray design with logo) and may be worn Monday-Thursday. Falcons athletic jackets/hoodies may ONLY be worn on Fridays. Any Lead Academy jacket may be worn on Fridays, including apparel from prior years. Exceptions to the jacket policy may be made on very cold days as deemed appropriate by the administration. Covid 19 is ongoing, widespread, and not contained. In an effort to keep students in person and mitigate the spread of the virus, I strongly encourage all students to wear a mask to school each day. I hope everyone has a great week, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
3 months ago, Curtis Baker