on CAmpus COLORADO ACADEMY’S NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017 | VOL. 43 | NO. 12 FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL WHAT IS A CA EDUCATION WORTH? I ’ve been thinking a lot about this question. As a Head of School, it is my job to think constantly about the school, not just from the educational perspective, but also from a“business” perspective. Colorado Academy, like other independent schools, is really a non-profit business.We employ more than 200 people and serve nearly 1,000 students. We compete in a dynamic educational landscape.What we do isn’t supposed to be seen or understood as“trans- actional,”but as something far more long-lived and engaging.What is our value proposition?Why is our“product” worth the cost?What do we offer that cannot be realized anywhere else? Are we doing all that we can to provide the best education for young people? Having two seniors who have spent the last decade growing up on the CA campus, I also think about this ques- tion from a parent’s perspective. I also pay tuition and support the school throughThe CA Fund and our capital campaigns. Like all of our parents, I have made a deliberate decision to invest in my children’s education. As a parent, I want them to be in a support- ive community that challenges them to be intellectually curious. I want them to be in a school that values the arts and athletics. I want them be challenged to think about social justice and take positive action to make the world a better place. I want them to be in a Mike Davis, Ph.D. HeadofSchool IN-DEPTH ON IMMIGRATION: CA LAUNCHES SINGLE-TOPIC INTENSIVE STUDY C olorado Academy is launching a new, intensive study program for Upper School freshmen, designed to provide a weeklong opportunity for more in-depth learning about a particular topic.The curricular-based study will take place from January 29 through February 5, 2018, and allow students to take part in real-world and real-time study. The Upper School has select- ed the topic of immigration for this inaugural year and will use Sonia Nazario’s national best-seller Enrique’sJourney as the central text. The book describes the true story of a Honduran boy who searches for his mother, more than a decade after she is forced to leave her starv- ing family to work in the U.S. The book is required reading for students in Ninth Grade English, and it provides a gateway to study, conversation, and investigation into the multitude of topics raised, including immi- gration policy, border conflicts, drug traffick- ing, human trafficking, and refugees. Ninth Grade stu- dents will sign up for in-town or out-of-town programs designed by CA faculty members that offer a deep dive into the historical issues, larger policy questions, legal SEE DAVIS|PAGE 2 GEARING UP FOR DECEMBER 9: STUDENTS H.O.P.E. TEACHES PERSONAL AND PRACTICAL LESSONS ByAnne-ClaireSiegert CADigitalMediaSpecialist F or the leaders of the Students H.O.P.E. club at Colorado Academy, the personal out- weighs the practical. “I’ve learned a lot about meeting dead- lines, about organization and delegating,”says co-president and seniorThomas Messner.“But the most real-world experience I’ve taken from working with the club is seeing the look on the faces of the people who are less fortunate than I am, and realiz- ing that I can make a difference.” In its 24th year at Colorado Academy, the Students H.O.P.E. club, which stands for“Helping Other People Eat,”is the largest service learning project on the CA campus. The entirely stu- dent-run event, which will take place Saturday, December 9, 2017, provides gently used clothing, toiletry and baby care items, new holiday toys, basic medical care including flu shots, and a holi- day meal. In addition, this year’s event will include the availability of school supplies that children can select. Beginning with just 200 attendees in its first year, the event has grown to include nearly 2,000 attend- ees in 2016 — disadvantaged families bused to CA from downtown shelters. SEE H.O.P.E.|PAGE 3 SEE IMMIGRATION|PAGE 3