Middle States Accreditation

Leadership Team

Aldo Cavalli, CEO

Cristal McCollum, Prinicpal

Brandon Leydic, Director of Operations

Janear Hankerson, Human Resources

Michele Banks, Special Education Coordinator

Jalen Rosario, Child Accounting Administrator

Dr. Angelo Senese, External Coordinator

Steering Committee

Rosalee Sabo, AAECS Board of Trustees

Bliss Fallon, 5th Gr. Teacher

Lissa Scearce, 5th Gr. Teacher

Mary Kate Walter, 4th Gr. Teacher

Wendy Goldman, 3rd Gr. Teacher

Sariann Knerr, 2nd Gr. Teacher

Amy Seals, 2nd Gr. Teacher

Julie Mueller, 1st Gr. Teacher

Kalli Wardle, 1st Gr. Teacher

Amanda Russell, EL Specialist

Kristin Cichowski, Theatre Teacher

Data Team

Nick Krajcic, STEAM Coordinator

Emily Elias, Math Specialist

Lauren Dreher, Reading Specialist

Mary Kate Walter, Reading Specialist

The 12 MSA Standards

  1. Mission

  2. Governance and Leadership

  3. School Improvement Planning

  4. Finances

  5. Facilities

  6. School Organization and Staff

  7. Health and Safety

  8. Educational Program

  9. Assessment and Evidence of Student Learning

  10. Student Services

  11. Student Life and Activities

  12. Information Resources

Timeline

3/2021

Upon conclusion of our virtual MSA Visit, our Visiting Team Chair announced that she will be recommending Arts Academy Elementary Charter School for a full 7 year accreditation! We await official confirmation but couldn't be more proud of our school, staff, students and families!

2/2021

Our final self-study and all supporting evidence has been submitted! We look forward to meeting with the MSA Visiting Team March 15 - 17!

1/2021

Our MSA Visiting Team Chairperson and Team Members are confirmed. Finalized Action Plans are shared with the staff.

12/2020

AAECS Student Council creates an M.S.A., "My School is Awesome!" campaign to raise awareness for students and to encourage them to share their opinions about AAECS. The Steering Committee approves the final copy of the Action Plans.

11/2020

Our MSA visit is confirmed for March 15 - 17, 2021! 

10/2020

Steering Committee discusses short and long term goals. Principal and CEO submit request for a March 2021 evaluation visit.

9/2020

Leadership Team meets to organize action planning groups and process.

8/2020

AAECS Goals pass MSA technical review for approval!

7/2020

Leadership Team reviews and expands upon Action Plan items.

6/2020

Data Team proposes Action Plan Items.

5/2020

Steering Committee finalizes survey analysis

Data Team finalizes baseline data analysis and goals and objectives.

2/2020

Leadership Team presents the Action Planning Template to Steering Committee.

Principal submits request for Evaluation Visit.

Steering Committee begins Staff Survey analysis

1/2020

Data Team presents goals and objectives to the Steering Committee for feedback.

Steering Committee begins Parent Survey analysis.

11/2019

Data Team presents draft of MSA Goals to the Leadership Team, Steering Committee for feedback.

10/2019

Data Team presents plan for data review and goal design.

09/2019

Principal proudly shares new Belief, Mission and Vision Statements to staff, parents and community!

Data Team drafts plan for MSA Goal selection.

08/2019

Board of Trustees reviews and approves Mission and Vision Statements.

07/2019

Principal shares Mission and Vision Statements with staff and parents for feedback.

06/2019

Board of Trustees reviews and approves Belief Statements.

05/2019

Steering Committee analyzes and revises Mission and Vision Statements.

Principal shares Belief Statements with staff for feedback.

04/2019

Leadership Team presents draft Belief Statements at 1st MSA Steering Committee Meeting.

Leadership Team drafts Mission and Vision Statements.

03/2019

Leadership Team seeks volunteers for MSA Steering Committee.

Leadership Team drafts Belief Statements.

02/2019

Staff Meeting

Announcement: MSA Application Approved! Our Work Begins!

01/2019

MSA Candidacy Visit at AAECS

11/2018

MSA Application submitted.

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 Arts Academy Elementary Charter School 

 601 W. Union St. Allentown PA 18101 

 Phone: (610) 841-4560 | Fax: 610-841-4571 

 office@artsacademyecs.org