Six Incredible Baden Academy Teachers

Six teachers from Baden Academy Charter School were recently honored for the completion of year-long Distinguished Educator Research Fellowships through Grow a Generation.

Meghan Holl 3-D printed representations of mathematical numbers and symbols to use in her kindergarten classroom.  Using the 3-D printed numbers and symbols, her students were able to compare/contrast and recognize the structural features of each numeral to reach mastery.  She demonstrated how student’s visual pattern recognition and visual placement associated with these numbers helped her children learn sequencing and make predictions.  The printed 3-D numbers created a hands-on approach for helping her students decipher numbers based on their shape and physical attributes. Visit for more information.

Johnny Gallagher, the Director of Theater Arts and Shakespearean Performance, initiated an enrichment program for 5th and 6th graders in which they were the playwrights, directors, set designers, customers and actors of an original theatrical piece performed for a live audience on the stage of the  Baden Auditorium. Visit for more information.

Emily Sable, part of the 3rd grade teaching team, expanded and experimented on project based building projects to encompass the next generation science standards of the Engineering Design Process and the topic of sustainability.  Special thanks are extended to Dr. Angela Fishman, the Penn State Beaver professor and SCC campus program coordinator for the Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. Emily also pulled information from the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge from Sustainable Pittsburgh.  She was assisted by two amazing third grade students, Matthew Minnitte and Noah Schweikert. You can visit “Emily Sable and the Sustainable Tree Houses” on YouTube for some great highlights of this year!

Hannah Kimmick followed up last years 3-D printed alphabets by asking her class to focus in on just one letter, the letter A, in a book project.  The Amazing Letter A was published with the help of the entire class and chronicles the history, artistry, and phonetics of just one letter.  We sometimes forget how complex and rich written language is. You can buy the book through a link on her website and discover more about her great work with letter recognition in kindergarten at  Profits from the book are donated to We Charity.

Karie Walaan spent the year evaluating the acceleration programs at multiple schools, seeking out the best recommendations for curriculum, and consulting with gifted education leaders at the Berin Blank Center.  The result is a comprehensive acceleration program and an outline of additional services to the Baden Academy gifted and talented students at

Kelli Keriotis published her third book this year, partnering with her kindergarten class to explain for kids Goethe’s Theory of Color. Visit her website to view how this amazing teacher introduces her young students to the kaleidoscope of learning about the science, technology, and investigations into color science. Her book, How Colors Make Us Feel:  Goethe’s Theory,  is available through Lulu and Amazon.  Profits are donated to We Charities.

About Baden Academy

This public charter school in Western PA works to inspire personal excellence. They cultivate the inherent gifts and talents present in all children by providing a curriculum which integrates the arts and sciences in a highly interactive, hands-on environment.                       


Student written Opioid book receiving wonderful support

I am very proud of the hard work of Quincy, Angelina, and Clayton (and the bravery of Aleenia to inspire them with her story). Their story is one of compassion, one of hope, and one of science – reliance on Addiction Scientists to come up with evidence-based help to try to end this terrible epidemic.

The ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) has featured the book as one of their resources and purchased copies to supply at various conferences and training.

Our local news station, WTAE, sent one of their reporters, Sheldon Ingram, to Baden Academy.  There interview aired as part of the State of Addiction.

Reprinted from

Local 5th graders come together to raise awareness of opioid crisis through new children’s book

Updated: 6:38 PM EDT Jun 8, 2018

Everyone involved is thrilled for the support.  May the parents, siblings, children and friends of those suffering with addiction find hope in their pages.



How Colors Make Us Feel – Goethe’s Theory of Color by Kelli Keriotis

Congratulations to Kelli Keriotis on her 3rd published book.
Enjoy her reading it aloud to her class.
How Colors Make Us Feel explores Goethe’s Theory of Color with kindergarten students from Baden Academy Charter School in Western Pennsylvania. Enjoy the poetry and art of Kelli Kerotis’ 2018 kindergarten class. Buy the book on Lulu…/how-c…/paperback/product-23609969.html and find out more about Mrs. Keriotis at

Student written Opioid Book to be featured at county Drug Prevention Night

Baden Academy students Quincy Sirko, Angelina Dioguardi and Clayton Russell will be on hand with their new book, “What the Heck is Opioid Addiction.” at the BVIU Drug Prevention Grant – Parent Night.

Please come support them, and find out what you, as a parent, can do to help end this epidemic.   
Our students’ book can be found at  (Use the code FIFTEEN to save 15%).  Profits go to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

The BVIU Drug Prevention Grant Committee is offering a “Parent Night” to  further educate our community on the impact of the opioid epidemic.  The Parent Night will have specific information for parents and will include the Saltworks’ Off Script production and a “Show & Tell” from the Beaver County Anti-Drug Task Force.

The event will be held at the Central Valley HS Auditorium on May 16, 2018.  Registration & Refreshments will start at 5:30 PM.  The program will run from  6:00 – 8:00 PM.


·         5:30 – Registration – Refreshments – Anti-Drug Task Force Table

·         6:00 – Opening Remarks – Phil Little, PA Office of Attorney General

·         6:15 – Saltworks “Off Script”

·         7:00 – County Resource Overview – Kate Lowery, Beaver County Behavioral Health

·         7:15 – Testimonial – Ashley Potts – F.B.I. H.O.P.E. Initiative

·         7:45 – Refreshments and Anti-Drug Task Force Table

You may register for the event using the following link:

May 31 STEM Family Night

Join us for hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities for young and old provided by 58 students working on 24 exciting projects.  Open and free to all (although you may want money to buy some of the books authored by teachers and students)!  Register by emailing medialab “at” or send your form into the school.  


Beaver biology professor stars in a book published by local fifth-graders

Thank you April Johnston and Penn State Beaver for the fantastic web article of our recent fellows visit to your campus. Reprinted from

Image: Cathy Benscoter Beaver biology professor is the star of a book published by local fifth-graders












April 6, 2018
MONACA, Pa. — Imagine this is our future: The insect population explodes. The Zika and West Nile viruses infect billions. Crops die. The rainforest disappears.

That’s not the plot of a dystopian novel. That’s life without bats.

And that scares Kaitlyn Desrochers, a fifth-grader at Baden Academy whose affection for bats began three summers ago when she visited Mammoth Cave National Park and learned about the animal’s rapid decline. So she decided to do something about it.

Desrochers and fellow fifth-grader Kennedi Emery began working in Baden Academy’s media lab to write a book about bats. They’re hoping that once their fellow students know all the ways in which bats help the world, they’ll take up the fight to help save them.

“I don’t know why, but I just really love bats,” Desrochers said.

Although she loves them, she didn’t know enough about the science to complete the book.

So Desrochers and Emery turned to one of Pennsylvania’s leading bat experts for help: Penn State Beaver Associate Professor of Biology Cassandra Miller-Butterworth.

To the fifth-graders, Miller-Butterworth is a kind of superhero. She’s been studying the plight of little brown bats for years, and her work has helped in the understanding of white nose syndrome, the disease that’s killing off the winged creatures at a frightening pace. In the span of just 12 years, white nose syndrome has spread to 29 states in the U.S. and five provinces in Canada.

It’s facts like these that have made Miller-Butterworth’s help on the book invaluable, according to Ellen Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh is the CEO of Grow a Generation, which places research fellows in Baden Academy classrooms to assist students with special projects. She also runs the media lab, so she’s watched as Desrochers and Emery have interviewed Miller-Butterworth, penned passages, sent drafts off to the professor for editing, and then made the necessary changes.

The plot goes something like this: A little brown bat named Kennedi (yes, named after one of the authors) wakes from her hibernation to find that thousands of her bat friends died over the winter. In an effort to save her remaining friends, Kennedi visits Miller-Butterworth’s lab, where she learns strategies to halt the spread of white nose syndrome.

“Plant bat friendly gardens, build a bat house and spread the word,” Miller-Butterworth says. “Love bats. Don’t be afraid of them. You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to contract rabies from a bat.”

The book is also stuffed with fun bat facts: Bats eat their weight in insects every night. Bats are responsible for more than 90 percent of the regeneration of rain forests. Bats save farmers in the United States more than $23 billion a year in pesticides.

The book should be ready for publication in August and will be available on the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites, with all proceeds going to bat conservation. Desrochers and Emery also will make an appearance at the Beaver County Book Fair to do a few book signings.

But first, they get to tell their fellow students all about their experience working with Miller-Butterworth, including the morning in March when they visited her lab, donned white lab coats and got to see bat DNA.

“Bat DNA!” Cavanaugh said to the fifth-graders. “Do you have any idea how cool that is?”

Based on the wide smiles planted on Desrochers and Emery’s faces, it was very, very cool.