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April 25, 2022

Health and Wellness Success Stories at BLA!

This year our Health and Wellness committee was committed to teaching the students at BLRA about perseverance, teamwork, and overall health.  The Great Endurance Race was a five week PE unit where the students spent 10 minutes at the beginning of each class building endurance as they ran laps.  They also kept track of their laps by using tally marks and working together to encourage their partner to set goals and meet them.  At the end of the 5 weeks, each class added up all of their laps and converted them to miles to see if they were able to complete the Great Endurance Race.  This unit was in alignment with the Fun Run put on by Boosterthon!  This was a huge success for BLRA and we are looking forward to having our Bounce House Day and Color Blast first week in May to celebrate reaching our fundraising goal!

Another big event this year was the Kids Heart Challenge! We were able to teach the students about cardiovascular health and how it impacts their mind and body! Weekly messages were sent out to our BLRA community to raise awareness about heart disease and provide information on heart healthy choices students and families can make at home.

We are incredibly grateful to be a part of this community and share these success stories with you!

Coach Brooks and Coach Dosmann
Wellness Co Leaders for BLRA


This year at BLPA, we have tried to build upon the success of our Social-Emotional Learning programs from last school year. Our Counseling team has done an amazing job creating and executing strategies for better identifying the personal needs of our students. We have utilized referral programs to organize specific small groups for our students.

Our Strengthening Family Ties small group was open to 6-8 graders who were referred based on a divorce in the family or significant family change or disruption. The group sessions and activities addressed the following areas: Building Trust, Family Support, Kindness, Communication, and Working Together. The overall objectives for the group were (1) Identifying their feelings, their family roles, and changes in their family. (2) Developing coping skills: Learning how to handle problems and feelings. (3) The child’s role in family relationships. (4) The child’s perception of themselves and their families.

We also provided an Owning Up group for middle school girls who either were referred based on friendship/relationship issues that caused admin or a dean to intervene, or interest in gaining social skills.  The group sessions address social and friendship skills to help middle school girls build and maintain healthy connections. The activities will empower your adolescent to confront social cruelty, bullying, and injustice while increasing their “soft skills” which are the ability to work with others, negotiate conflict, understand and respect the needs of others in balance with their own needs.

Lastly, our Coping Skills for Stress small group consists of 6th-8th graders who were referred based upon the needs assessment, self-referral, or teacher referral. The goal of this group focuses on identifying emotions, understanding personal response to emotions and situations, and understanding how to best utilize coping skills in a variety of situations. Students are taught to utilize these skills in both the school setting and home/personal setting.

A huge shoutout to our Wellness team and Counseling Department for all they do for our students, staff, and community!

Wes McKenzie and Ben Novak
Wellness Co-Leaders for BLPA

September 23, 2021
June 23, 2020

Capturing Kids’ Hearts® National Showcase School

For the third year in a row, Banning Lewis Ranch Academy was selected by the Flippen Group as one of the 2020-21 Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools®. Capturing Kids’ Hearts is an ongoing and immersive process to engage students academically and reduce behavioral distractions. The program is grounded in the belief that “if you have a child’s heart, you have their mind.” The program creates high-achieving centers of learning by strengthening students’ connectedness to others by establishing collaborative agreements of acceptable behavior. These “social contracts” are present in each Banning Lewis Ranch Academy.

Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award

Banning Lewis Academy was recognized with the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award in 2012 for demonstrating excellent student growth and exceeding expectations in longitudinal academic growth over three school years.

2019 ACCEL School of the Year

Banning Lewis Academy earned the distinction of ACCEL School of the Year for meeting academic and enrollment targets in the 2018-19 school year. In 18-19, 100% of 23 sophomores qualified for concurrent enrollment to begin earning college credits above and beyond the Advanced Placement® program. Also in 18-19, Banning Lewis Ranch was selected by the Flippen Group as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools®.

19-20 Health & Wellness Update

Update from Banning Lewis Prep:

Our BLPA Wellness Team is very excited to share some positive points from the 2019-2020 school year! With support from district and state programs we have been able to purchase equipment that has greatly improved the overall wellness of the Banning Lewis Prep community. For example, we have been able to incorporate TRX suspension systems, weighted slam balls, and resistance bands into our workout facilities. These equipment additions have provided us opportunities to differentiate workouts for our students and staff, contributing to higher levels of fitness and improved overall health and wellness in our community! Thank you to our awesome District 49 Wellness leaders! We were able to positively impact the health and wellness of our school this year and we are excited to continue doing so into the future!

Update from Banning Lewis Ranch:

Academy was able to purchase 150 pedometers with grant money provided by the D49 Health and Wellness program. The Stallions participating in a “step count” challenge for the month of Jan. Fifth grade won the challenge! In addition, the Health and Wellness team purchased Inspirational posters for the bathrooms to encourage students to make positive decisions throughout the day. Overall, the Stallions had a great Spring semester and grew both physically and with character development.

June 22, 2020

Concurrent Enrollment (CE)

Looking for free college or job training in high school? Want to avoid student loan debt? Concurrent Enrollment is offered at all D49 high schools and provides on- and off-campus college courses for transfer to 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities as well as hands-on career & technical training through the Career Start Program. Earn free college credits and weighted high school grades while finishing your graduation requirements! In most cases, students earn 2 semesters of high school credit for each 1-semester college course.

Contact Mr. Wilkinson today to build your personalized pathway to your future!  rwilkinson@blracademy.org or 719.638.3040 ext. 240

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