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    Ceremony takes place in the gym

    Please join us for the special Teddy Bear Tea All School Sing tomorrow, May 22. The Sing begins at 8:40, and all students are encouraged to bring their teddy bears as they welcome local pre-school students to our school. 

    A message from Mr. Paciulli: 

    ADHD and the Health of Our Kids

    I have been an educator and have worked with children for several decades, starting my teaching career in the late 1970’s.  As you can imagine, I have seen a lot of changes and trends over the years, most have been pretty positive. However, for the first time in my career I am worried about the health of our kids. Until recently it was rare to have a student on medication for a long-term illness. It wasn’t until the late 1990’s that we educators began to become familiar with a mental health diagnosis called Attention Deficit or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Even during the first few years in this century it was relatively rare to have a student on medication for ADHD. However, in the last decade children are being diagnosed with ADHD at an alarming rate.

    ADHD What is it and Why Do Are So Many Kids Diagnosed With It?

    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 3% to 5% of children have ADHD (That is roughly 6.4 million children.) Some experts, though, say ADHD may occur in 8% to 10% of school-aged children. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it, though it's not yet understood why.

    Kids with ADHD act impulsively, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what's expected of them but have trouble following through because they can't sit still, pay attention, or focus on details.

    The diagnosis of ADHD is remarkably prevalent.  In fact, at Academy School, approximately 15 % of our students have been diagnosed with more than half of them on medication.   Coupled with students that have asthma, food-allergies, and pre-diabetes, 1 in 5 of our students have a serious health condition that typically requires medication. Even more shocking to me is that the number of children affected is increasing and reaching epidemic proportions.

    Many medical experts claim that we don’t know why so many children are experiencing health problems, however, there is emerging research that is beginning to link these and other chronic conditions with changes that have also taken place in our family’s grocery shopping cart. In other words the food that we are feeding our children could be making them ill.

    I will summarize some of the latest research and what families can do to remain healthy in the next edition of The Caller.

    Andy Paciulli

    Diet and Kids, Part Two: 

    In the last edition of The Caller, I began the conversation about the changes I have observed in 

    education since the start of my career. Focusing on one issue that affects 15% of our student 

    population, Attention Deficit or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) leads us to 

    wonder what is different and what can be done?

    It can certainly be said that greater awareness in the medical community and parents has lead 

    to an increase in the number of children diagnosed. However, removing that variable, there is 

    still a growing trend in our student population.

    Food for Thought:

    While the is still no proof that sugar alone is a trigger for ADHD, there is evidence that for some 

    children, the complex mechanism involved in blood sugar regulation may cause a spike in 

    adrenaline and other hormones that may contribute to hyperactivity and inability to 

    concentrate.  Over 80% of the food on the grocery store shelves contains added sugar.  Consider 

    monitoring and limiting your child’s intake of sugar to no more than 25 grams per day.  (Sugar is 

    listed on the nutritional label under “Carbohydrates”)

    Essential Fatty Acids.  How many of our children like eating oily fish like salmon – or 

    walnuts?  The oils contained in fish and some nuts and seeds are essential to our health.  In 

    other words, if we do not ingest these substances, our body cannot make them. According 

    to “Recent research has documented a decrease in omega-3 fatty acids in 

    the blood of children with ADHD. As a result, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids is now 

    recommended for children with ADHD.” Speak to your child’s doctor about considering a high-

    quality fish oil supplement with DHA.

    GOOD bacteria.  Did you know that one study indicated that the number of bacterial cells in the 

    human body outnumber human cells by TEN to ONE?  Cutting edge researchers are beginning to 

    turn their attention to what is referred to as the “human microbiome” to try to understand 

    myriad health conditions including ADHD, autism, obesity as well as hundreds of other chronic 

    conditions. We know that much of that bacteria reside in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and what 

    we eat, in addition to exposure to antibiotics, can affect those numbers. 

    Dr. David Perlmutter, neurologist, cited a study In Pediatric Research – Nature that studied 75 

    infants for 13 years. They were randomized for only some to receive a particular probiotic 

    (healthy bacteria for the gut). The conclusion was that early supplementation of appropriate 

    probiotics may contribute to reducing the risk of “neuropsychiatric disorder development” later 

    in childhood.  Of course, more studies are necessary to confirm this observation, but it certainly 

    opens up a discussion regarding healthy, natural ways to help our children flourish.  

    While the cause remains unknown, pulling together pieces of the puzzle may provide some 

    insight into non-prescriptive, supportive treatments for our children that any family can 


    A letter from Mr. Paciulli about student placement for 2015-2016 School Year. 

    Full text below or click link. 

    March 24, 2015

    Dear Parents,

    In the next few weeks, we will begin the student placement process for the 2015-2016 school 

    year. Our goal is to have twenty-one, well-balanced, heterogeneous classrooms. To do so, we 

    must have both a micro view (focus on the individual learner) and macro view (focus on the 

    entire grade). 

    It is a lengthy and time-consuming process as we consider and weigh a number of factors 

    before placing each child. In general, students who have older siblings tend to get placed with 

    their sibling’s former teacher, but this does not always happen. Other considerations such 

    as scheduling for special needs, however, may take precedence. While your child’s present 

    teacher is directly involved in the placement, she/he is not allowed to make recommendations 

    to parents for a specific teacher. We consider social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral 

    growth as well as special needs of all of our learners.

    While we cannot accept requests for specific teachers, we welcome any information you would 

    like to share about your child’s learning style. At Academy, we value your knowledge of your 

    child and we respect that you may have thoughts about which type of classroom environment 

    he or she would best be suited. If you would like to give input about your child for this process, 

    please do so in writing, including email, to me on or before Monday, April 13, 2015.

  • Community Night Rescheduled Community Night is canceled for this evening. Rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, December 11. Same time, 5-7pm. Spread the word to other Academy families about the change, and see you tomorrow for butter braid pick-up, Book Fair extended hours, and open gym. 
    Posted Dec 10, 2014, 6:35 AM by Eileen Parks
  • Slightly Earlier Dismissal times for December 9 Walkers released at 2:30, bussers released at 2:45/
    Posted Dec 9, 2014, 9:43 AM by Eileen Parks
  • No School Tomorrow! Academy faculty will be holding parent conferences on Tuesday, November 11.  Back to regular schedule on Wednesday, November 12. 
    Posted Nov 10, 2014, 4:42 PM by Eileen Parks
  • Academy School Faculty Welcomes You to the 2014/2015 School Year
    Posted Aug 27, 2014, 2:50 PM by Eileen Parks
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