School Choice Produces the Best Education

Over 50% of California parents agree with school choice. Todd Maddison is a K-12 education activist and the San Diego County Chair for Californians for School Choice. He is mobilizing the community to gather 1.5 million signatures to put school choice on the ballot. He explains the benefits of school choice and how parents can advocate for options.

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Grant Funds Adaptive Play Equipment

Through a generous grant from Sam’s Posse, The Classical Academy has added an adaptive swing and musical garden to its Bear Valley Campus. The new equipment will provide inclusive activities and play spaces for children of all abilities. Soon a shade structure will be installed over the musical garden to keep the instruments cool during the hotter months. “We are incredibly appreciative to Sam’s Posse for making inclusive play possible for all students,” stated SPED teacher Rebecca Cannon, “This will be a benefit for generations to enjoy.” Sam’s Posse is a charitable foundation whose goal is to educate others on the importance of acceptance and inclusion for people living with disabilities.

The Classical Academies’ Marching Band Pivots During Pandemic

The Classical Academies offers Band as an opportunity to bring instrumental and musical education to students. The Caiman Corps Marching Band ensemble has 33 musicians performing at school pep rallies, football games, and in the California State Band Championships. Before the pandemic, the Caiman Corps and Drum Corps received three 1st Place awards in their division at the California State Band Championships. While many schools discontinued their band programs during school closures, and the Caiman Corps pivoted to virtual marching performances, including Phantom of the Opera and Prince of Egypt. This year, the Caiman Corps presents the fall field show featuring Disney’s “Moana” music in their competitive circuit.

Teen Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can manifest physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath. They can also lead to lower brain function, which can, in turn, impact learning. School counselors Charles Threat III and Andrea Strickland discuss stress and anxiety responses and offer healthy management tools.

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North County Lifeline HERE Now program: https://www.nclifeline.org/here-now-teen-suicide-prevention
Access and Crisis Line: https://www.optumsandiego.com/content/sandiego/en/access—crisis-line.html
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/
Trevor Lifeline: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/

Serving Others Through Music

Classical Academy High School student, Cassidy Arabe, is a singer, songwriter, and classical guitarist who hosted her first virtual concert when COVID started. She raised $700 in 23 minutes to benefit the Vista Food Pantry. Cassidy has since hosted additional concerts to help others via Instagram and Facebook. In June 2020, Cassidy and her band, raised $2,300 to help a fellow student with growing medical bills. Recently, Cassidy rallied fellow students to submit videos of support for a school employee who was recently diagnosed with cancer and unable to work. She then hosted another virtual concert that raised $550.

“Cassidy expresses herself through music, and it’s allowed her to love, and support others in such a powerful way,” stated her mother, Gidget Arabe, “Her father and I are so proud of her talent and generosity.”

View Cassidy’s feature here on CBS.

Fifth Grade Student to Perform Solo in Die Fledermaus

Classical Academy nine-year-old Jade McNamara will perform at The California Center for the Arts this October with a piano solo during the performance of Die Fledermaus. She will play The Toccata in E-flat minor. “I like how I can express my feelings with the piano and I love playing music,” said Jade. Jade has been playing for four years and likes the challenge of learning hard pieces. If you would like to see Jade perform at The California Center for the Arts, you can purchase tickets here.