from the classroom

K-9 STEAM School

Welcome back, Acera students!

Check out the welcome back messages from the new and returning Acera faculty and staff. We’re all so happy to see you!

Parents as coaches: Tactics to support your child during remote schooling

By Courtney Dickinson @CourtneyofAcera What are best-in-class teaching tactics you can adopt – as the in-person adult – now that so many schools are converting to remote schooling? It will be tempting for all of us to replicate… Read More

Ipswich River all-school field trip

On Friday, February 28, Acera students spend a day at Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, to hike, play, and learn about the maple sugaring process!

Helping kids understand cardiovascular health

February is Heart Health Month. Earlier this year, Acera students participated in hands-on, STEM-infused activities designed by School Counselor and Mindfulness Lead Edye Caine. The stations aimed to teach kids about cardiovascular health, and how they can proactively… Read More

Our 2019 Annual Report

By Courtney Dickinson We are celebrating the ten year mark of our school!  I write this sitting in the middle of our Commons. I hear conversation threads emerging from math classes – discussions about existentialism and universal quantifiers,… Read More

Scenes from Acera School’s Museum Walk

Creativity was on display at Acera’s annual December Museum Walk! Students displayed the computer games, living wall, robotics, bioplastic sculptures, woodshop constructions, artistic mobiles and comedy skills developed during Creativity Mornings this fall. Well done, students – we’re… Read More

Acera’s all-school day of service

On Thursday, Dec. 5, faculty and staff came together with students in the spirit of the holidays to give back to our local community. The day of service aligns with Acera’s year-long theme of Human Needs. Throughout the… Read More

Math students reinvent Acera’s Annual Fund tracker

When students in Ms. Nic’s math class studied the Acera Annual Fund tracking poster in the school’s lobby, they weren’t satisfied with its accuracy and scale. The kids came up with a better one, using their math skills… Read More

Inside, Outside: Linking in-class content to real world issues and innovations

By Courtney Dickinson @CourtneyofAcera Jake, age 13, sits and experiments with circuitry and Arduino, figuring out how to connect and code in his “Robotic Bling” hands-on elective class. The 10-week course occurs once a week for 2 hours,… Read More

Middle school students bring a modular classroom to life

“It’s really cool to see this built…and real!” The excitement and pride was palpable as students, teachers, and parents gathered on a sunny morning in June. Behind them, brightly colored ribbons – awaiting the ceremonial cutting – surrounded… Read More