Civil Air Patrol

Ace Roll Call

Teachers of grades K-6 take learning to new heights with Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP’s) Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) Program, supported strongly by the ACE Presenting Sponsor, the Air Force Association (AFA).  CAP, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, offers this aerospace-themed program to provide educators with engaging, cross-curricular lessons that support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.  The program is a standards-driven, grade-level -specific program through which ACE program teachers can enrich classroom instruction (teach ordinary subjects in extraordinary ways), foster good-natured and healthy citizens, nurture an interest in/appreciation for aerospace, and inspire the next generation’s STEM workforce, especially the future aerospace workforce.  Many thanks to the Air Force Association: The ACE Program Presenting Sponsor, and Supporting Sponsors, Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, as well as dedicated CAP and AFA members.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2016 National ACE Program Award Winners:

• National ACE School of the Year- Saint Aloysius Catholic School, Yoder, IN - Dr. Tina Voors, Principal; Anthony Vining, ACE teacher
• National ACE Educator of the Year- Anthony Vining, Saint Aloysius Catholic School, Yoder, IN
• National ACE Sustained Superior Performer Award - Suzanne Costner, Fairview Elementary School, Maryville, TN
• National ACE Sustained Superior Performer Award - Barbara Gosney, Cambridge Academy East, Mesa, AZ
• National ACE Sustained Superior Performer Award - Carla Chin, San Jose Catholic School, Jacksonville, FL
• National ACE Student of the Year - Blake West, Fairview Elementary School, Maryville, TN
• National ACE Student of the Year - Henry Kiracofe, Saint Aloysius Catholic School, Yoder, IN
• National ACE Student of the Year - Bella Chastin, Forest Lake Elementary School, Columbia, SC
• National ACE Student of the Year - Izabelle Young - San Jose Catholic School, Jacksonville, FL

CONTINUED CONGRATULATIONS to the past National ACE Program Award Winners: 

  • 2015 National ACE School of the Year- Fairview Elementary School, Maryville, TN- Greg England, Principal; Suzanne Costner, Librarian & ACE Coordinator

  • 2015 National ACE Educator of the Year- Suzanne Costner, Fairview Elementary School, Maryville, TN
  • 2015 National ACE Coordinator of the Year- Tracy Jenner, Yankeetown Elementary, Yankeetown, FL 
  • 2015 National ACE Sustained Excellence Award- Brandi DeSandro, Pike County Schools, AL
  • 2014 National ACE School of the Year- Camino Real, Kyle, TX- Marivel Sedillo, Principal; Angela Vera, Counselor & Coordinator
  • 2014 Partners in Education with Camino Real:  CAP's David Lee (Tex) Hill Composite Squadron & Alamo Chapter of the Air Force Association
  • 2014 National ACE Educator of the Year- Laura Pink, Antioch Elementary School, Crestview, FL
  • 2014 National ACE Coordinator of the Year- Kate Watson, University Avenue ACES School, Blaine, MN
  • 2014 National ACE Student of the Year- Sam Todd, Forest Lake Technology Magnet School, Denise Duke, teacher, Columbia, SC 
  • 2014 National ACE Sustained Excellence Award- Megan Tucker, The Palmdale Aerospace Academy- Palmdale, CA
  • 2014 National ACE Student Group of the Year- Post Elementary Students, 17 out of 470 students of teacher, Regina Smith, in Post, TX:
  • 2014 5th graders: Charlene Ortiz, Kenzie Eidson, Chelsea Thomas, Cayce Britton, Jacki Sanchez, Kaleb  Auldridge, Jaden Wilson
  • 2014 3rd graders:  Ashley York, Gavin Gomez
  • 2014 2nd graders: Michael Tadlock, Deaghan Cunningham, Brailey Nelson, Zoey Pequeno, Briley Blacklock, Corey Blacklock, Payton Smith, and Jesus "Chuey" Montoya

Schools in CAP's 2015-2016 ACE Program:

Schools that are highlighted in yellow are 100% ACE schools, meaning all of the classes in that school are participating in CAP's ACE program through the efforts of school educators.  Thanks to ACE Presenting Sponsor-  Air Force Association (AFA); and Supporting Sponsors- Lightspeed Aviation Foundation and dedicated CAP and AFA members, CAP is able to provide the program to a growing number of educators and students! An * beside the school indicates an AFA chapter sponsorship for that school. (Thanks, AFA Chapters across the nation!) 
Amazing Grace Christian School (Seattle, WA)
Anderson Preparatory Academy (Anderson, IN)
Andres Varcarcel School (Carolina, PR)
Ankara Elementary/High School (DoD; Turkey)
Anthem School - 2010-2011 National ACE School of the Year (Anthem, AZ)
Antioch Elementary School - 2011-2012 National ACE School of the Year & 2014 National Educator of the Year, Laura Pink (Crestview, FL)
Arrowhead Elementary (Broken Arrow, OK)
Atchison Elementary School (Atchison, KS)
Aukela Christian Military Academy (Hollywood, FL)
Bear Exploration Center 2009-2010 National ACE School of the Year (Montgomery, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Blue Creek Elementary School (Jacksonville, NC)
Bluewater Elementary School (Niceville, FL)
Bluff Park Elementary School (Birmingham, AL)   * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Boaz Intermediate School 2007-2008 National ACE Lift Off School and National ACE Educator of the Year, Lynn Toney (Boaz, AL)  * TN Valley AFA Chapter
Bonneville Elementary School (Orem, UT)
Branch Elementary School (Edwards AFB, CA)
Broken Arrow Public School District (Broken Arrow, OK)
Cambridge Academy East (Queen Creek, AZ) * Frank Luke AFA Chapter
Camino Real Elementary School - 2013-2014 National ACE School of the Year (Niederwald, TX)  See Story HERE!  * TX Alamo and Austin AFA Chapters
Canyon Elementary School (Diamondville, WY)
Cas/West Ridge Elementary School (Provo, UT)
Central Fellowship Christian Academy (Macon, GA) * Carl Vinson Memorial AFA Chapter
Cheney Elementary School (Orlando, FL)ACE group picture * Central FL AFA Chapter
Christa McAuliffe Academy (Wichita, KS)
Col John Robinson Elementary School (Westford, MA)  * MA State AFA & New England Region AFA Minuteman Chapter
Colegio Santa Cruz Jr. High School (Rio Grande, PR)
College Park Elementary (Gutuer, MS)
Conyers Middle School (Conyers, GA)
Coon School (Ionia, MI)
Covedale Elementary School (Cincinnati, OH)
Custer Elementary School (Custer, SD)-- Lead by CAP Cadet for his 2015-2016 Senior Project!  * Rushmore AFA Chapter
Danville Middle School (Danville, AL) TN Valley AFA Chapter
Davie Elementary (Davie, FL)
Donegal Intermediate School (Marietta, PA)
Drew Hunter Middle School (Drew, MS)
Dunnellon Christian Academy (Dunnellon, FL)
Eclectic Middle School (Eclectic, AL)   * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Elgin Elementary School (Eglin AFB, FL)
Eldorado School (Centennial, CO)
Elm Grove Middle School (Bossier City, LA) * ARK-LA-TEX AFA Chapter 159
Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute- Gaetz Aerospace Institute (Daytona Beach, FL)
Escuela Santa Rosa (Fajardo,PR)
Fairview Elementary School - 2014-015 National School & Educator of the Year,Suzanne Costner and 2015-2016 National ACE Lift Off School (Maryville, TN)  * Austin AFA Chapter
Florosa Elementary School (Mary Esther, FL)
Forest Lake Technology Magnet School - 2013-2014 National Student of the Year with Teacher Denise Duke (Columbia, SC)
Giovanni Cambareri (Webster, NY)
Goshen Elementary - 2014-2015 National ACE Sustained Excellence Award, Brandi DeSandro (Goshen, AL)  * Montgomery AFA
Greenwich Catholic School (Greenwich, CT) * NY Spaatz AFA Chapter
HJM Elementary (Pt Lavaca, TX)
Hobby Elementary School (Houston, TX)
Holley-Navarre Intermediate School (Navarre, FL)
Holtville Child Development Center (Deatsville, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Holtville Elementary School (Deatsville, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Holtville Middle School (Deatsville, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Home schools:
   - Brave Peace Academy (Fairfield, CA)
   - Claywood Academy (Liberty, MO)
   - Cotton Tails and Happy Trails (Alto, MI)
   - Gerhardt Home School- (Pike Road, AL)
   - Glasmann House (Arvada, CO)
   - Home School Co-Op (Savannah, MO)
   - Home School Scheller (Allentown, PA)
   - Jones Homeschool Academy (Tabernacle, NJ)
   - Klasing Academy (Hattiesburg, MS)
   - Kraynak Home School (Kansas City, MO)
   - Mom's Cafe' Homeschool (Antioch, IL) * CAP IL-263 Cadet Commander
   - Rising Hill Academy (Groveland, CA)
   - Sherwood Homeschool Academy (Surprise, AZ)
   - Silverberg Homeschool (Coram, NY)
   - Valley View (Roswell, NM)
   - Whitmore Homeschool (Watertown, MA)
Hooverson Heights Primary (Follansbee, WV)
Hopewell Elementary School (West Chester, OH)  * Ohio State AFA
Husky Prep Academy, Inc. (Davenport, FL)
Italy Middle School (Italy, TX)  * Northwest TX AFA Chapter
James E. Williams Elementary School (Huntsville, AL)  * TN Valley AFA Chapter
JC Sawyer Elementary School (Elizabeth, NC)
Jones Cove School (Cosby, TN)
Kemmerer Elementary School (Diamondville, WY)
Kenwood Elementary School - 2009-2010 National ACE School of the Year (Fort Walton Beach, FL) 
Keyes to Learning Charter School (Keyes, CA)
King Elementary (Layton, UT)
Kyrene De La Colina (Phoenix, AZ) * Frank Luke AFA Chapter
Laurel Hill School (Laurel Hill, FL)
Lombardi Middle School (Green Bay, WI) * CAP Aerospace Education Officer
Longwood Elementary School (Shalimar, FL)
Lubbock-Cooper North Elementary (Lubbock, TX)
Lynn Wood Elementary (Broken Arrow, OK)
Mary A. Otondo Elementary (Yuma, AZ)
Minneola Elementary School (Minneola, FL)ACE Logo
Morganton Road Elementary School (Fayetteville, NC)
New Albany Elementary K-12 Learning Facility (New Albany, OH)
North Crawford (Soldiers Grove, WI)
Northside Elementary School (Elizabeth City, NC)
Northside Elementary School (Warner Robins, GA)
Northwest Florida Ballet Academie (Ft Walton Beach, FL)
O'Connell Prep School (Galveston, TX)
Palm Springs North Elementary School (Hialeah, FL)
Pasquotank Elementary (Elizabeth City, NC)
Phoenix Ranch School 2013-2014 National ACE Educator of the Year, Catherine Grimes (Simi Valley, CA)
Pike County Schools STEM Academy (Troy, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Pines Elementary (Plymouth, NC)
Powell Elementary School ( Powell, TN)
Prattville Intermediate School (Prattville, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Redland Elementary School ( Wetumpka, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Renaissance Charter School at Tapesty (Kissimmee, FL)
Rhoades Elementary School (Broken Arrow, OK)
Riverside Elementary School (Crestview, FL)
Rolling Hills Elementary (San Diego, CA)
Roosevelt Elementary School (Keego Harbor, MI)
Russell Christian Academy (Meridian, MS) * Meridian MS AFA Chapter
Saint Aloysius Catholic School (Yoder, IN)
San Jose Catholic School 2008-2009 National ACE Educator, Carla Chin, and ACE Lift-off School of the Year (Jacksonville, FL) * Falcon AFA Chapter
Scranton Elementary (Cleveland, OH)  * Ohio State AFA
Seminole Elementary (Seminole, TX) * San Angelo Concho AFA Chapter
Sharon Elementary (Suwannee, GA)
St. Joan of Arc School (Lisle, IL)
St. John Vianney School (Rancho Cordova, CA) * Farinha Gold Rush AFA Chapter & CAP NORCAL Group 5
St. Laurentius School (Philadelphia, PA)
St. Mary's School- Metamora (Metamora, IL)
St. Mary's Visitation (Elm Grove, WI) Teacher Kathy Biernat's 6th Grade Slide Show
St. Michael School (Orland Park, IL)
STEM Student Service Leadership Program (Bel Air, MD)
Summit Charter School (Cashiers, NC) * Blue Ridge AFA Chapter #424
Taylorsville Elementary (Taylorsville, UT)
The House of David (Pine Lake, GA)
The Palmdale Aerospace Academy - 2013-2014 National ACE Sustained Excellence Award, Megan Tucker (Palmdale, CA) * Pete Knight Chapter
Thomas Edison Language Institute (Sacramento, CA)
Tinicum Elementary (Pipersville, PA)
Union Elementary (Gallatin, TN)
University Avenue ACES (Blaine, MN)  2013- 2014 National ACE Coordinator of the Year, Kate Watson -
     School Curriculum Integration Coordinator, Kate Watson's, Magnet Day ACE Video  * EW Rawlings AFA Chapter- See Thank You Video to AFA/Rawlings Chapter!
University Place Elementary School (Tuscaloosa, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Van Buren Elementary School (Van Buren, OH)   * Ohio State AFA
Vandever Elementary School (Broken Arrow, OK)
Walt Disney Elementary School (Alvin, TX)
Washington Ave. School (Roswell, NM)
Waterloo Elementary School (Monroe, MI)
Wayne Tanaka Elementary School (Las Vegas, NV)  * Thunderbird AFA Chapter
West Hollywood Elementary (Hollywood, FL)
Westvale Elementary (Jordan, UT)
Wetumpka Middle School (Wetumpka, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter
Whittier Elementary School (Muskogee, OK)
Woods Learning Center (Casper, WY)
Wynton Blount Elementary School (Montgomery, AL)  * Montgomery AFA Chapter

Accolades for CAP’s ACE Program:

  • The program continues to grow, having reached almost 100,000 students, thanks to sponsors like the Air Force Association (AFA); FLIR Systems, Inc.; and Lightspeed Aviation Foundation.
  • Guest presenters (such as parents, CAP members, AFA members, community business representatives, and other community leaders) offer positive role models.
  • Several participants have reported a positive impact on standardized science test scores, such as a 27% increase in 5th grade scientific thinking scores.
  • Of the educators completing the program, about 90% indicate that they intend to participate again.  (About 90% of participating educators complete the program.) 
  • Almost 90% of 628 ACE educators surveyed stated that the ACE lessons fit well, overall, with the standards, concepts, and skills they are required to teach.
  • Approximately 93% of educators surveyed said that they would recommend the program to other K-6 educators.
  • Numerous teachers comment on their program completion forms that their kids love the ACE lessons!  (Thanks goes to the wonderful ACE teachers who bring the program and lessons to life.  They make it a rewarding experience for their students!)

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