November 26, 2020
November 30 to December 11 – All classes online
December 10 – Virtual Term End, 7pm
December 11 – Cluster preference forms due
December 23 – Report cards emailed to families
December 12 to January 4 – Winter break
January 5 – Winter term begins
January 5 to 8 – All classes online
We are proud to announce the opening of the
Explorations Academy Endowment!
The establishment of an endowment is a huge turning point in the life of an independent school. While fundraising efforts and enrollment will inevitably shift at various points in time, an endowed fund ensures an additional revenue stream that grows over time. The seeding of this fund was generously provided by Sita Amba-Rao, a long-time supporter of Explorations. She initially became involved with the school during my first year as a teacher here thirteen years ago when she met with students before they departed for her nation of birth: India. Since that time, she has given regularly to the school with a focus on our financial aid efforts and our international expeditions. She is proud to be able to open up a new chapter for the school.
While this fund will be huge to the future of the school, we must also recognize that our fundraising efforts for this year must continue, even with the peculiarities of 2020. That is why I am happy to announce that another generous supporter of the school is offering a matching challenge. For each dollar donated to Explorations Academy, a dollar will be added to the endowment, up to $10,000. Most years, we operate a fundraising goal in conjunction with Giving Tuesday (December 1st this year); however, this year the matching challenge will last from today until the end of the school year. Now is your chance to give for the present, knowing that it will also ensure the future of the school.
For those individuals who are able to give, please remember that there are unique tax advantages for this year associated with the CARES Act. Individuals who itemize may deduct 100% of their adjusted gross income (up from 60%). C-Corporations may deduct up to 25% of taxable income (up from 10%), and those individuals who do not itemize deductions are eligible for a $300 above the line deduction for charitable giving. Please consult your tax advisor for specific information.
Once again, I am ecstatic that we are able to open this endowment. With all the uncertainty of this year, there has never been a better time to know that there is additional security for our future.
Thanks to all those who have gotten us to this point and to those who will take the organization into its next chapter.
To donate: https://explorationsacademy.org/make-a-gift/
J. Bacchus Taylor
Head of School
As we transition back into Zoom classes for everyone, the EA staff wanted to remind all families of our Zoom expectations. We require that students attend class in a manner that indicates their readiness to learn. That translates to being in a room with sufficient lighting to illuminate one’s face without extreme backlighting, a desk/table for taking notes, and a chair or other device that ensures that one’s back is perpendicular to the ground. Students should have their cameras on and pointed at their face throughout class unless specifically told otherwise. Finally, the hardware utilized needs to be adequate for real-time communication. For some students this may entail the need to use a wired ethernet connection and/or audio/visual dongles that go beyond the native hardware on certain devices.
Term-End is always a great opportunity to gather and share what students have learned over the course of the term. This term we will be hosting the event via Zoom. We ask that all students and families tune in to the below link by 7:00 pm on December 10th. Stay tuned for additional details.
WCC Credit at EA
Congratulations to our Middle Schoolers!
This fall, the middle school attended a graphic novel workshop through the Museum of Native American History featuring New York TImes bestselling author, Joseph Bruchac. They then entered a graphic novel contest judged by Joseph. They retold either “The Story of Sky Bear” myth that Joseph told during the workshop or another myth we’ve focused on in our mythology class. We had three winners! Tayden got first place, Rohan got second, and Whitney got third. Their cash prizes should
Curriculum Overview and Preference Forms
We will be sending out Curriculum Overviews and Preference Forms for winter term in the coming days. Please take the time to read the Overview and complete the Preference Forms. Please note that high school students will have the chance to indicate their interest in taking courses for college credit during spring term, which is a new option that we hope to implement in the near future if there is sufficient interest.