Tag: Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy

FALA unrolling fundraising plan to keep school on track. See more education stories here

| February 14, 2018
FALA unrolling fundraising plan to keep school on track. See more education stories here

Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy is enlisting the help of students, staff and parent volunteers to make a fundraising plan that will hopefully smooth out the school’s finances.

The academy finances have always been relatively cyclical because they depend on the number of students enrolled in the school, but recently a number of financial problems have come to a head, leaving the school facing the possibility of a shortfall of about $160,000 at the end of June, said FALA Executive Director Larry Wallen.

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Peter and Wendy

| February 9, 2018
Peter and Wendy

Your happiest thoughts on stage. Hot Cocoa. Pajamas.

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FALA facing $160,000 cash flow shortfall by end of summer. See more education stories here

| January 17, 2018
FALA facing $160,000 cash flow shortfall by end of summer. See more education stories here

Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy is working on a plan to smooth out some of the hills and valleys in its annual financial roller coaster.

The public charter school is facing the possibility of a shortfall of about $160,000 in cash at the end of June, said Larry Wallen, FALA’s new executive director.

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Winter Festival & Art Market

| December 3, 2017
Winter Festival & Art Market

Free event for families. There will be local artists, student art for sale to buy unique hand-made gifts and FALA swag. There is a kids corner for craft and gift making, winter wonderland instant photo-booth, food, caroling and more.

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FALA students visit France. See more education stories here

| September 27, 2017
FALA students visit France. See more education stories here

Ten students from Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy had the trip of a lifetime near the rural French town of Albi.

“Everywhere we went it was so beautiful and so different,” said Ellie Whiteman. “The culture is different. It was just such a great experience.”

The trip is designed to immerse students taking French at FALA into the language and culture in a way that can’t be done in the classroom, said Nadege Neta, one of FALA’s French teachers.

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Educator Spotlight: Rich Krueger — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

| March 29, 2017
Educator Spotlight: Rich Krueger — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

Rich Krueger has been teaching at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) since 2011. He teaches a wide range of subjects including, Liberal Studies, Physics, Geology, Meteorology, Engineering, Astronomy, Outdoor Explorations, Sound Engineering and oversees two award winning Robotics teams.

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Educator Highlight: Betsy Hamill — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

| March 15, 2017
Educator Highlight: Betsy Hamill — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

Betsy Hamill is a dynamic teacher of African dance and world music here in Flagstaff, Arizona. Hamill’s background includes extensive musical training from Carnegie Mellon University, where her focus was on the French Horn, and the California institute of the Arts where she received a BFA in World Music with a focus on Ewe Drumming and Dance from Ghana. …

For the past 6 years Betsy Hamill has served as Co-Director at the Center for Indigenous Music along with her husband Chad. She also teaches multiple music and dance classes at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA). She has established the FALA World Music Ensemble, the FALA Action Band (FAB) and a retro jazzy fun music group called Falunk. Her classes at FALA are so popular that there are waiting lists for students to get in.

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Chairs for Change: Helping girls around the world. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 22, 2017
Chairs for Change: Helping girls around the world. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

A group of Coconino High School and Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy students and local artists are raising funds to put girls around the world in classroom chairs by building, decorating and auctioning off … chairs.

Each student or artist or group can either build a chair or redecorate an old chair. The chairs are auctioned off each year at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The funds raised by the Chairs for Change auction go to different nonprofit groups that support education for young women and girls in countries across the world.

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Educator Highlight: Leslie Baker — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy

| February 15, 2017
Educator Highlight: Leslie Baker — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy

Leslie Baker is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and creative artist. She has been teaching at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) for the last 15 years. There, she currently teaches 6 classes: Jazz dance, levels 1, 2 & 3; Modern 1; Tap dance; and Dance Through Time (dance history) to Middle and High School students. Ms. Baker often recreates and teaches students original choreography by masters such as Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins.

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FALA students share arts, community service in Nicaragua. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| December 14, 2016
FALA students share arts, community service in Nicaragua. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

As students around the city crammed for final exams, five Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy students prepared for a graduation party, 3,000 miles away.

FALA art teacher Janeece Henes led the group of students to El Sauce, Nicaragua for about a week of service projects and experiential learning in the country.

Henes serves on the board of One New Education, a Flagstaff nonprofit that raises money to provide scholarships to girls around the world. During the Nicaragua trip, the group would meet one of the recipients and celebrate her graduation from high school.

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