July 2015

May 5th, 2015
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I hope this message finds you and your family in good health and enjoying the beautiful weather we are having so far this summer. I also want to thank you for your support and trust in New Century Academy as a viable option for your child. My commitment to New Century Academy has spanned 13 years and it has afforded me a learned perspective. I have grown as a man, husband, father and educator right along with the school. I am forever in its debt and appreciative of the opportunities I’ve had and will continue to have in the years to come.

This message is an effort to reassure all of you that New Century Academy will continue to conduct public education for students in grades 7-12 for the upcoming school year of 2015-2016. I can also confidently say that we will continue our efforts well into the future.

New Century Academy and its authorizer Novation Education Opportunities are entering the third year of a five year contract. Every charter school in the state of Minnesota must have a contract with an authorizer and the length of that contract can vary. New Century Academy received the longest available contract from its authorizer because of the success we have had as a school. The authorizer is responsible for oversight of the school in all areas including academic and financial. Yes, the authorizer has the power to open or close the doors of our school. However, our authorizer has no intention of closing our doors. NEO did provide some areas of concern for our school board in its annual review and the school board is taking the necessary steps to ensure that we meet these challenges.

From a programmatic standpoint, the leadership and staff of New Century Academy are working hard to create an academic environment that is both welcoming and encouraging to your child. New Century has always been a school that has adapted and changed based on the needs of its students and families. We don’t always get it right, but we continue to work to achieve the right outcomes for the families we serve. I can say with confidence that I will do everything I can to help New Century Academy realize its potential. Those of us committed to New Century believe in its mission and vision and want to work with your family to create something special. My hope is that you will continue to trust New Century Academy as an option for your child’s education.

A Few Highlights from the End of This Year!

Great News – Preliminary MCA math results are in!  We are excited about what appears to be a 22% increase in math proficiency scores from school year 2013-2014.  Congratulations to the 7th/8th and 10th grade students who took this year’s required Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and the math faculty for their constant efforts.

History Day Students advance to the Finals

On March 21st, 4 New Century students competed in the National History Day competition at St. Cloud State University. Freshmen, Summer Nomeland and Sarah Puder, competed in the performance category with a new take on Sacagewea’s role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Sophomores, Jaide Ehalt and Alexis Grack, based their performance on the leadership and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the late Princess Margaret. Both groups did exceedingly well and earned a qualifying spot at the state competition which will be held on Saturday May 2nd at the University of Minnesota. This an incredible opportunity for all of these ladies to represent NCA with pride at an elite level.

Seniors Recognized/Accomplishments

Josiah Kaminski and Joshua Draxton were recently acknowledged by KDUZ/KARP for outstanding educational efforts during the school year.

Also, congratulations to Alexus Grack for ZERO days of absence this school year.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Jason Becker, Interim Director New Century Academy

[email protected]
320-234-3660 ext. 2045

Summer Office Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Wednesday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Friday 10 am – 1:00 pm

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