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Forensic Science Day

🕵️‍♀️🌿 **Forensic Science Day Recap! 🕵️‍♂️🌺**

What an incredible Forensic Science Day we had yesterday! 🌟 Our young detectives immersed themselves in the world of horticultural mysteries, and the results were bloomin’ fantastic! 🌸💼 […]

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The GIAsphere project is in bloom.

🌱🚀 Exciting News from Grande Innovation Academy! Our gifted science students have turned their classroom into a sci-fi biosphere bonanza with the GIAsphere project! 🌿🔬

These plant prodigies dove […]

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Productive Struggle to Build Resilience

One common theme amongst school-aged children, especially in a post-pandemic world, are a lack of motivation, discipline, and resilience. However you look at it, the world has changed, leaving all kinds of industries to change with it. This includes elementary […]

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Chronic Absenteeism Unrelated to Illness

“Chronic absenteeism occurs at every grade level but is more prevalent in some grades than others. Research suggests that students in the early elementary grades also experience high rates of chronic absenteeism. Understanding when students are most at risk will […]

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School Safety GIA’s #1 Concern

GIA Family –

Can you walk into your scholar’s school without being challenged? If you can, we see an urgent problem that needs attention.

Whether we’re spending your Summer months enjoying vacations, activities as a family, or relaxing at home, I’d like […]

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Tech Safety & The Parent’s Role

The op-ed this blog draws from, linked below, comes from a 6-8th grade middle school assistant principal, about what he encounters everyday with his students and the significant lack of accountability from the parents of those students. The main point […]

The Story of GIA

The original scholars of the GIA building who promoted 8th grade, at that time called The Odyssey Preparatory Academy,  graduated high school last year, in 2020. In recognition, we thought we’d take a look back at the origins of GIA […]

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Hands-On Learning at GIA (Part Two: Examples)

Earlier this month, we wrote about hands-on learning and what that means for school-aged children. This week, we want to give examples of what GIA has been doing to support hands-on learning for both our scholars and our teachers, as […]

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Black History Month

Happy February!

Today marks the start of Black History Month. We welcome almost any occasion that leads us to examine our past. Some people feel that Black History Month shouldn’t exist because its very existence leads to further racial angst. We […]

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Benefits of Tradition and Gratitude

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches (when did it become November?), we are reminded of family traditions, time spent with loved ones, and what we are grateful for. It’s no secret that this year has been one for the history books, so […]

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Love & Logic

If you’re in the GIA community, you may have heard the term “Love and Logic” used around campus or in communications about the school. In this post, we’ll explain exactly what Love and Logic means, how it’s used in different […]

Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are on the horizon for GIA parents beginning on October 28th. Before arriving for a conference with you scholar’s teacher, it’s important that you are prepared for a conversation about your scholar’s needs in and out of the […]

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Arizona Summative Testing

What is summative testing, you ask? Arizona, like most states, participates in statewide standardized testing which takes place in the spring in public schools. In Arizona, the test is called AZMerit […]

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Social-Emotional Learning: Part Two

Last week, we talked about Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), what it is, and how this strategy of learning will be integral in shaping a generation. In part two of three blog posts, we’ll discuss the benefits of how parents and teachers […]

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Social-Emotional Learning: Part One

It’s no secret that early-aged children are faced with increasing levels of anxiety. The reasons for this are broad and constantly evolving. To tackle all of them would turn a blog post into a dissertation. Instead, in this three-part blog […]

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Parents Resources at GIA

Welcome. If you’re a GIA parent, you’re in the right place! As we kick off a new school year and get our scholars comfortable and excited about the year ahead, we think it’s important to provide parents with resources to […]

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What is Ask2Learn?

Part of GIA’s mission is to provide a highly innovative experience for its scholars and teachers. To achieve this, GIA has done research and remained up-to-date on the latest technology to maximize learning. One of these resources is Ask2Learn. Ask2Learn […]

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Student Success During a Pandemic: Online Schooling

Just six months ago, the phrase “online schooling” was reserved for a very small percentage of school-aged students. There are many reasons a parent could have chosen online schooling for their child, pre-coronavirus. Now, online schooling is the first (and […]

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Student Success During a Pandemic

We can all agree that these are… wait for it… *unprecedented times.* But how can we agree to transition our students back into school life? Working professionals (likely the person reading this) had to make adjustments to their work/life schedules […]