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Charter Experiences

Ascension Academy Student Visits NASA

May 2005

When I began my sophomore year at Ascension Academy, one of my goals was to be an astronaut. I shared this goal with Ascension Academy Director, Dorwatha Woods. She and I had several conversations and she observed my work ethic and academic skills during the fall term. Ms. Woods wants to help students achieve academic […]

We’re all stars now… in the Drag Show

February 2005

This past summer I visited Bangkok, the massive and crowded capital of Thailand. The eight days I was there were spent mostly going to Buddhist temples and bustling marketplaces selling dubious looking goods on the side of the road. The highlight of the trip, however, was going to the Katoy (Thai for gay) show called […]


May 2004

5th grade band is a lot of fun. I play trombone along with Anthony, Tony, and Nicholas. We all like 5th grade band because we finally get to slide our notes. I love to play trombone because it has loud, deep sounds, and is just plain fun to play. Every trombonist agrees with that. Some […]

Education is Important

May 2004

I was born in Thailand. I lived there for eight years with my family. There were schools but my dad would not allow me to go. He would often say, “Who needs education? It’s not like you are going to grow up to be doctors, lawyers or teachers.” My dad was telling me; “You got […]

Why I Like the E.C.H.O. Charter School

March 2004

Editors’ note: The following are Student Essays on why they like E.C.H.O. charter school, a K-12 charter school in Echo, MN established in 1997. The E.C.H.O. Charter School means “Every Child Has Opportunities.” The great John Wooden, the most successful coach in college basketball history, said, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” I believe […]

Do You Hear the Beat?

March 2004

Editors’ note: Schoolcraft Learning Community is a K-8 charter school in Bemidji, Minnesota. This article was reprinted with the permission of the Bemidji Pioneer newspaper. Conga and bongo drums, vase-shaped dumbecks and top-heavy djembe drums, resonated with the pressure of student hands on Wednesday, as 17 eighth grade students at Schoolcraft Learning Community learned to […]

Learning at the Urban Journalism Workshop

March 2004

Last summer LaNayia, a sophomore at Community of Peace Academy, spent two weeks living on campus at the U. of St. Thomas taking part in the Urban Journalism Workshop. Community of Peace Academy is a K-12 charter school in St. Paul, Minnesota. A learning experience that was important to me was the time that I […]

Proving Mom Wrong

March 2004

I feel a great sense of accomplishment after moving from doing badly in school to doing great. A couple years ago I was at a school called South High. It is a big school, which means big trouble to me. I was a student that did not want to do anything or take any responsibility. […]

Student Reflects on Black History Month

March 2004

Editors’ Note: Harvest Preparatory School is located in Minnepolis, MN and serves students in grades K-6. Back History month is a very important event. It is held in February. A man named Dr. Carter G. Woodson created Black History Month. There are three reasons why Black History Month is important. First, Black History Month is […]

A Day on The Rice Lake Organic Farms

November 2003

Editors’ note: Randy is a senior at Minnesota New Country School (Henderson). He works full-time, part of the time at two dairy farms in Le Sueur and Norseland. This doesn’t leave much time for socializing, and, besides, his pal One-Eyed Sally hates movies. I come to school and the first words out of some kid’s […]