Dear Charter Home Study Academy Families,
Welcome Back! I hope you had a fantastic summer and are rejuvenated as we begin another school year. Our entire staff is looking forward to an exciting year of partnership with you to provide educational excellence for your children. In this letter you will find important information for the start of school.
Important Dates - The first day of school is Tuesday, August 13th.
The first day of K - 5th core class is Tuesday, August 20th.
The first day of 6th - 8th core class is Wednesday, August 21st.
Meet and Greet – This is our kick-off event for all students and parents on Tuesday, August 13th (please refer to the flier below). Families will meet the teachers, receive the first-week assignments for grades 6-8 classes, attend information meetings for K-5 classes, pick up class supply lists, and much more. At the K-5 information meetings (for students attending core class) - you will hear from your student’s teacher about the year they have planned, including curriculum, activities, class expectations, and parent-teacher communication. It is important to attend these meetings in order to receive necessary information. Attached is the flier for the Meet and Greet.
6th – 8th First Day Classes – On the first day of core class, Wednesday, August 21st, parents and students will attend together at 8:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. Students will attend the full day, until 3:25 p.m. After visiting all of the classes together to hear from teachers about the year they have planned, including curriculum, activities, class expectations, and parent-teacher communication, parents will have a special program back in the Multi-Purpose Room until 12:30 p.m. It is important to attend in order to receive necessary information.
School Pictures and I.D. Cards– Ultimate Exposers Photography will be here on Wednesday, August 28thand Thursday, August 29th, to take student portraits. All students will be photographed for an I.D. card, and pictures will be available for purchase.
Class Schedule for Core Classes:
Tuesday / Thursday
Wednesday / Friday
School Lunch Program: Lunch is available each and every day on campus from 11:20 -11:50. Students in grades K, 2, 4 and 5 can order lunch in the office by 8:30 each day and pick it up before or after class. Students in grades 6-8 will place their order each morning in the CHSA office and will be served during the school lunch period. Students in grades 1 and 3 can still take advantage of the lunch program. Please see office staff to work out times to pick up lunch. The menu will be posted in the office and on the website. The Lunch / Title 1 form will be available at the Meet and Greet.
What’s New – This year we have four new faces joining Charter Home Study Academy. As most of you know, Collette Dickerson, Paula Wohlwend, and Dianne Deitchman retired at the end of the 2018-19 school year. We are all sad to see them go, but we are excited to hear of their next journeys. This also gives the opportunity for new and, for some, familiar faces to join the team. Amy Butera will join our office staff on Wednesdays and Fridays to help with the busy office times as well as lunch and break supervision. M.C. Abajian is a former home school parent who will now be the 5th grade core teacher. Coral Brunet is joining the team as well and will be teaching 6th grade science. The final person joining the team is myself! I will be the new principal for Charter Home Study Academy. I’ve been with Charter Alternative Programs for over twenty years working primarily with High School students at Charter Connections Academy (in the building right next door). I’m excited to work with our K-8 families and to continue to provide a nurturing and safe academic environment for our families.
We appreciate you choosing Charter Home Study Academy K-8 as your family’s educational partner! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to check in with your caseload teacher or call us at 530-622-6984. Again, on behalf of our entire staff, welcome back and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Steve Bryant, Principal
Charter Home Study Academy K-8
Charter Alternative Program students now have an opportunity to experience a music instruction class unlike any other in El Dorado County. In January 2019, Charter University Prep (grades 7-12), Charter Connections Academy (grades 9-12) and Charter Home Study Academy (grades TK-8) launched a Japanese Taiko Drumming program.
“Taiko incorporates movement and is amazing to watch. Students learn teamwork and a bit of the Japanese mindset that working together is powerful and fulfilling” said Mike Harris, Principal for Charter University Prep and Charter Connections Academy.
Taiko is an ancient style of Japanese drumming that features a focus on both musical skill and a dynamic playing style. Our classes and ensemble will have up to 22 drums of three various size are played; the large O-deiko drums, the medium-sized chu-daiko drums and the smaller shime daiko drums.
Instructor Sascha Molina, Director of the Sacramento Taiko Dan Youth Ensemble, has 12 years of Taiko drumming experience. Her experience as a student of Taiko allows her to connect with her charter students, “It is important for me to be seen — especially by the kids — because people see cultural arts and immediately think ‘I’m not from that culture, so I can’t do that’...It’s interesting to see how the kids react to me. ‘Wow. You do this?’”
“I have students approach me saying they remember the Japanese phrases used in Taiko class from Japanese 1,” said Japanese teacher Joseph Reichmann, “When I teach about culture, we talk a lot about Taiko as the performances are a huge presence at festivals in Japan. Giving the students the ability to perform and experience these drums allows them not just the learn about Japan but to experience it, even here in Northern California.”
While the program is still very new, Charter Alternative Programs hopes to eventually gain an advanced, traveling, performance team that will perform at assemblies and events outside of school.
We are thrilled to bring Taiko drumming to our students in coordination with our two sister programs on campus, Charter University Prep (CUP) and Charter Connections Academy (CCA). Taiko performance consists of an ensemble playing on different drums incorporating many components of technical rhythm. Taiko is unique and fun. It can be learned and enjoyed by students of any age and ability level and students can quickly participate in learning a song. As students continue with the art, complexity and high levels of performance can be attained.
Currently, no one in the county is teaching Taiko or has a Taiko team. We envision exposing students to Taiko in early elementary grades and give them an opportunity to join a class in grades 6-8. As the program builds, they can participate, compete and perform demonstrations in our community and region. Public performances at various community events, regional competitions, and other schools in our area will be venues for our students to highlight their new skills and offers opportunities to interact in their community.
Our plan is to host two Taiko classes during spring semester as well as put on several workshops for our K-8 homeschool students. The classes will be open to CHSA students in grades 6-8 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The class options for 6th – 8th are as follows:
Tuesday/Thursday – 1:05-2:00
Tuesday/Thursday – 2:05-3:15
Both classes will have junior high and high school students from CUP and CCA, in addition to CHSA.
K-5 classes will have workshops during spring semester. Dates and times will be announced when the schedule is finalized.
If you are interested in signing up your 6th – 8th grade student for one of these classes, please contact Janet in the office by next Wednesday, December 12th.
On Thursday, November 15th, the Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) program celebrated the 20th anniversary of its annual Student Craft Faire, where student entrepreneurs peddled their wares to customers of all ages. Each booth, staffed by a student crafter between transitional kindergarten and eighth-grade, sold handmade products such as jewelry, toys, cuisine, and decorations. By having students create and run their own business, the Craft Faire aligns to CHSA's mission of building and applying foundational skills in ways that make learning engaging, relevant, and fun.
“In order to participate, students must submit a business plan that outlines their products, prices, and marketing strategy,” said school administrator Dianne Deitchman. “In doing so, students gain valuable experience in creative thinking, economics, and money management.”
After selling their wares, vendors visited classmates’ booths to barter and purchase goods. Students also received prizes in categories such as Master Entrepreneurs, Best Marketing, Best Display, and Most Innovative Products.
1st Place: Master Entrepreneur - Peyton Smith, 3rd grade, patriotic signs
2nd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Riley Smith, 6th grade, western-themed decorations
3rd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Abby Montgomery, 8th grade, hot cocoa & desserts
Best Display: Evelyn Shugart, 3rd grade, created a tiny bedroom to display her doll pillows
Best Marketing: Hunter Tranum, 7th grade, superhero & Disney truffles
Most Innovative Product: Kadence Gobble, 8th grade, decorative succulents
Best Slogan: Levi Morton, 6th grade, “Take a ride on the sugar side”
Best Logo: Riley Smith, 6th grade, “Lucky Buckaroo”
Peyton Smith, winner of the Master Entrepreneur award with her storefront, Peyton’s Patriotic Signs, made an impact on the judges with her business cards, slogan, and overall theming, decorating her booth in red, white, and blue as well as wearing clothing featuring stars and stripes. “I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to sell this year,” noted Smith. “My brother won last year, so I worked hard to put as much effort into my store as he did. I was happy with my store and how I supported our country while learning about business.”
The CHSA program, which is located at the Charles Brown campus, provides significant support and resources for families who choose to homeschool their children. Students have the option to attend classes in core content areas, or do their studies entirely at home, guided by parents and supported by credentialed teachers.
More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.
Peyton Smith, third grade, Master Entrepreneur winner, selling her wares with her siblings
Hunter Tranum, seventh grade, best marketing winner, displaying his themed chocolates
Evelyn Shugart, third grade, with her award-winning doll pillow display
Thanks to a new, innovative math support program at Charter Home Study Academy - students, parents, and teachers are seeing increased academic engagement and performance this year. The positive results are reflected in students’ real-world understanding and excitement about math.
“I like math in this new class!” said 3rd grader Evelyn Shughart. “We do lots of activities and games that make math way more fun!”
As a means to support parents teaching math at home, Kindergarten through 5th-grade classes added an hour a week of conceptual and visual math instruction, while students in grades 6-8 supplement core classes with an extra period devoted to math exploration and discovery.
“Parents appreciate our ability to build on foundational math skills vital for student success,” noted Program Administrator Dianne Deitchman. “Our program provides an unparalleled amount of support for home school students to succeed in rigorous mathematics courses.”
Students strengthen their math skills through engaging conceptual and visual instructional strategies. For example, 3rd-grade teacher Laurie Powell recently taught her students the concept of a perimeter by having them surround various items in the class with different lengths of string.
“The new classes are showing students that solving real-world math problems can be fun,” noted 6th-grade teacher Julie Donner. “Students are enjoying the new courses and readily applying what they learn. The average score of our last chapter test was 27% higher than last year.”
Charter Homes Study Academy’s unique program serves TK through 8th-grade families who homeschool their children. Classes are offered for a portion of the week so that students can receive direct instruction and support from credentialed teachers while collaborating with peers.
More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.
Adriana Santana, Maddox Greco, Steven Hernandez, and Ally Summers collaborating during Math Expansion
Evelyn Shughart practicing newly learned math skills
Students from Charter Alternative Programs held their first gaming event of the 2018-19 school year on Friday, August 31st. This Welcome Back gathering was open to all 6th through 12th-grade students attending Charter Connections Academy (CCA), Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA), and Charter University Prep (CUP). Levi Ainsworth, a member of the CCA student leadership, organized the event to bring students together in a setting outside of the classroom. “Gaming is a great way to get students to interact who may not know each other very well. We play a variety of video game systems, so there is a game for everyone!” exclaimed Ainsworth.
Wyatt Wells and Timothy Moss, students from Charter University Prep and Charter Connections Academy, ‘came to hang out and play games together’, as explained by Wells. Steven Bryant, Coordinator for CCA elaborated, “The games are all family-friendly and allow the kids from various programs to get to know each other while having a great time. It doesn’t matter which Program you attend, it’s all about exercising your skills, making friends, and having fun”.
Charter Home Study Academy K-8 invests in families who choose to be active participants in their children’s education. Charter Connection Academy’s (9-12) mission is to prepare students for success in future careers and targeted advanced education. Charter University Prep (7-12) students take rigorous academic courses as well as advanced courses at Folsom Lake College during their Junior and Senior years.
For more information on the programs available at Charter Alternative Programs, please go to charter.edcoe.org.
The Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) multipurpose room was filled with eager customers traveling from booth to booth and purchasing homemade creations from student business owners. Nov. 16 was CHSA’s annual Craft Faire where transitional kindergarten through eighth-grade students sold holiday decorations, hand-made toys, international cuisine, and more.
The event, now celebrating its 19th year, exemplifies CHSA’s mission, which emphasizes empowering students by building and applying foundational skills in ways that make learning engaging, relevant, and fun.
“Students gain valuable experience in economics and money management,” noted school administrator Dianne Deitchman. “In order to participate, students must submit a business plan that outlines their products, prices, and marketing strategy. Students were encouraged to adapt to the challenges of running their own business, and they did so brilliantly!”
After selling their wares, vendors visited classmates’ booths to barter and purchase goods. Students also received prizes in categories such as Master Entrepreneurs, Best Marketing, Best Display and Most Innovative Products.
1st Place: Master Entrepreneur - Riley Smith, 5th grade
2nd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Jayden Lemming, 4th grade
3rd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Christian Vos, 6th grade
Best Display: Katy and Michael Tudor, 4th & 8th grade
Best Marketing: Olivia Kaihe, 7th grade
Most Innovative Product: Hunter Tranum, 6th grade
Best Slogan: Ryan Bowen, 6th grade
Best Logo: Levi Lemming, 6th grade
Riley Smith, winner of the master entrepreneur award with his storefront, Riley’s Rusty Stuff made an impact on the judges with his handmade business cards; his slogan, “Turning Trash Into Treasure”; and his idea to use reclaimed materials to make products with history, character, and style. Smith also drew people to his booth with a display that included live chickens. “I started my plan by seeing what my sister and I had to work with,” noted Riley. “We had a lot of what some people would consider junk, so we took it and turned it into something different. I had a lot of fun, learned a lot, and want to continue participating in the future.”
The CHSA program serves families who choose to homeschool their children. Students have the option to attend classes in core content areas and continue their academics at home, or do their studies entirely at home. Lessons at home are guided by parents and supported by credentialed teachers.
More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.
Riley Smith, Best Entrepreneur Winner, selling his wares
Olivia Kaihe, Best Marketing Winner, displaying her themed cupcakes
Chloe Messer, seventh grade, serving traditional Hungarian cuisine
For one night only, some of the finest young acts in El Dorado County, performed on stage in the Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) talent show, held on December 1, 2017. Each student who performed was introduced by another member of the drama club, displaying their own writing and public speaking skills. The program consisted of five very different acts with a boundless amount of talent and passion.
Siblings Ariana and Aydan Cooper (third grade) showcased their respective talents by contributing a variety of classic songs, such as When the Saints Go Marching In on the piano and ukulele. Faryn Jordan (third grade), who has been dancing since the age of two, inspired the audience with her ballet to the song Roots, by Imagine Dragons, and later returned to the stage with a spell-binding Serpentine dance. Braelynn Lee (third grade) gracefully displayed a style of ribbon dancing known as Poi, which she learned from her mother; and Hunter Tranum (sixth grade) closed the show by playing Everlong by the Foo Fighters, on his electric guitar.
“Our overall goal is to inspire a love of the theatrical arts in our students,” said director Stephanie Lee, “Age and experience don't generally play a role; everyone is encouraged and supportive of each other.”
This after-school drama club trains under the direction of Randy and Stephanie Lee, and currently has 12 students ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. “The drama club's talent show is in its early stages of development”, noted Program Administrator, Dianne Deitchman, “but a number of our students have enrolled through CHSA to pursue their talents and extracurricular such as music or athletics. I believe this event will definitely grow in the future.”
There is no cost to see the shows, as the Drama Club holds a number of events to raise funds, including the upcoming, full-length play premiering in May.
CHSA K-8 supports and invests in families who choose to be active participants in their children’s education. Staff, students, and their families use a team approach to recognize, encourage, and develop individual potential as a limitless resource. Educators build foundational skills, empowering students to find solutions and adapt to the challenges of an ever-changing world. The whole child is educated in an inspiring and nurturing environment where students have an opportunity to flourish.
More information about the EDCOE Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.
Ariana and Aydan Cooper
Faryn Jordan performing a ballet
Faryn Jordan performing the serpentine dance
Students, families, and educators came together and enjoyed beautiful crafts and tasty food produced by Charter Home Study Academy K-8 (CHSA) students at their 19th Annual Craft Faire, on November 17th. The multipurpose room at CHSA, located at the Charles Brown Education Center, was buzzing with activity as student vendors sold their homemade creations to appreciative customers of all ages. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade eagerly participate in the annual event by creating their own small business product and then promoting and selling their product at the big event. “Participating in this faire, students gain valuable experience in economics, money management, and marketing,” noted Administrator, Dianne Deitchman.
The Craft Faire exemplifies the mission of the Charter Home Study Academy program, which emphasizes empowering students by building foundational skills and then applying those skills in ways that make learning engaging, relevant, and fun. Student products at this year’s faire included an amazing variety of creative handicrafts and tasty treats, featuring holiday decorations, bracelets, paintings, origami, and sumptuous food fare.
After selling their wares, vendors visited classmates’ booths to barter and purchase goods, as they awaited the prize announcements. While all students created wonderful crafts to sell, several students were recognized for their product and marketing accomplishments.
1st Place Master Entrepreneur Olivia Kaihe, 6th grade
2nd Place Master Entrepreneur Joey Chaloupka and Jude Gilmore, 7th grade
3rd Place Master Entrepreneur Riley Smith, 4th grade
Best Display Libby Webb, 8th grade
Best Marketing Eva Smith, 6th grade
Most Innovative Product Lilah Hinds, 3rd grade
Best Slogan Faith Hinds, 6th grade
Best Logo Jayden Lemming, 3rd grade
Olivia Kaihe, our Master Entrepreneur, named her storefront, “Dessert Imposters” which featured cupcakes from around the world. “There were some bumps along the way with planning, but it taught me to keep moving forward,” said Olivia. “When challenges arise, I’ve learned to persevere because in the end it will be well worth it!”
Charter Home Study Academy serves families who choose to home school their children. Students have the option to attend classes in core content areas, in addition to academics received at home guided by their parents and supported by credentialed teachers. For more information about the Charter Home Study Academy program visit us at chsa.edcoe.org or by call (530) 622-6984.
Sixth grade student, Olivia Kaihe, markets her "Dessert Imposter" cupcakes at CHSA's 19th Annual Craft Faire.
We offer an outstanding K-8 public school option for families wanting to home school their children and our school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Each family works with a highly qualified teacher to support their studies at home. Parents and students meet with their teacher on a regular basis for resources, assessment, support and discussions of student progress. Teachers and parents work collaboratively to ensure that each student’s academic needs are met. We follow the California State Content Standards and curriculum is provided for all grade levels.
Additionally, students can choose the option of attending classes two days per week in core subject areas with work assigned for completion on the home days. Classes provide an opportunity for students to learn, interact, and collaborate with their peers.
Several family events and field trips are held each year, providing enriching experiences while enhancing our school’s sense of community. If you would like to schedule an individual information appointment, please contact us.
The El Dorado County Office of Education’s (EDCOE) Charter Alternative Programs were recently awarded a six-year term of school accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The six year accreditation, which is the longest term available, is formal recognition on the part of WASC as to the very high caliber of our Charter educational programs, which included all K-12 programs. A five person visiting committee from WASC completed a three day review of our programs March 9- 11, and the WASC team was very impressed with the quality and range of educational opportunities afforded the community through EDCOE’s Charter Alternative Programs. Students, parents, staff, and other stakeholders played a key role in writing the Self-Study Report. The positive report from WASC was due to the highly collaborative nature of those relationships. Jeremy M. Meyers, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, noted, “WASC’s awarding of a six year term is recognition and confirmation of the outstanding work our staff delivers to our students and families.”
To view our full Self-Study report please click here: Final Self-Study
To view the Visiting Committee’s full report please click here: WASC Visiting Committee Report