TPCA Wins STEM Competition!

Brad Agee - Monday, May 02, 2016

TPCA Wins the STEM Engineering Competition at Metro State University!!

For the second year in a row, Twin Peaks Charter Academy (TPCA) won the STEM engineering competition at Metro State University Math Day. Congratulations to the team of Esther Xu, Isha Karki, Abby Jenkins, and Alaynah Penalosa.

Approximately twenty teams of high school students compete at MSU Math Day. The goal of the event is to encourage interest in math and science while fostering constructive competition among area high schools. Many schools from throughout the Front Range participate, and each brings up to three teams. Students compete in three subjects: geometry, engineering, and algebra.

In the geometry competition, teams of students work together to solve as many geometry problems as possible in 45 minutes. In the algebra competition, students work together to solve twenty timed algebra problems. These are not simple problems - Mr. Carsten, a TPCA math teacher, described many of the geometry and algebra problems as very challenging!

Finally, in this year’s engineering competition, students were provided with materials to transport a piece of clay as close as possible to a given spot on an adjoining table. The TPCA team chose to create a zip line mechanism rather than a catapult or throwing device. The team’s knowledge of engineering and efficient planning were essential because, as they explained, “there wasn’t enough of anything so we really had to plan how to use our limited supplies!”


“This is just one example of many activities that our students are engaged in, and I credit their teachers and the rigorous education we provide to prepare them for these unique events” said Joseph Mehsling the newly established Director of TCPA.

The entire team of students and teachers are already looking forward to next year’s competition.

TPCA is a tuition-free public K–12 school of choice in the St. Vrain Valley School District. We provide students with the foundations of virtue and character while building cultural literacy through a rigorous, content-rich curriculum in an encouraging environment. TPCA is centrally located in Longmont on Sunset between Boston Avenue and Nelson Road.

For more information about TPCA, please visit or contact:

Joseph Mehsling, Director, 303-772- 7286 or via email.
David Yu, Secondary Principal, 303-772- 7286 or via email.
Teal Maxwell-Richards, Elementary Principal, 303-772- 7286 or via email.
Kathy DeMatteo, President of the Board of Directors, 303-775- 6991 or via email.

First Place in Engineering Competition

Lynn Ingegneri - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Twin Peaks Charter Academy (TPCA) placed first in the Engineering Competition at the 28th Annual Math Day Competition, demonstrating that a Classical Education approach to learning prepares our students for excellence.

Winning TPCA team members include Caroline Van Tiggelen, Timothy Gross, Tanvi Beri, and Abigail Wanninger. Also competing in the Math Day events from TPCA were Joseph Wanninger, Hannah Schauer, Sabastian DeLeon, and Evan Young. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Math Day was hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver on April 20. The competition featured 29 teams from 14 area high schools, including approximately 116 local students competing in various math and engineering events. The competition focused specifically on algebra, analysis, and geometry. The goal of the event was to encourage interest in math and science and foster constructive competition among area high schools.

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Boys' Lacrosse Coming to TPCA

Lynn Ingegneri - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our lacrosse expansion was featured in the Times Call. Here is an excerpt:

Starting in spring of 2016, Twin Peaks Charter Academy expects to offer the St. Vrain its first lacrosse programs and facilities for prep athletes.

"It's a fantastic opportunity," said Kathy DeMatteo, president of the board of directors at Twin Peaks. "We've known for a while that there is a great population of St. Vrain Valley students who have been looking to play lacrosse within the district. We've got a couple of club teams that practice inside at the school in the winter time right now and we're hoping to have good participation numbers right away."

Twin Peaks is also building a regulation lacrosse field to support its new programs. The field is scheduled to be completed in May.

Read the full article here.

Academic Award for Girls' Basketball Team

Lynn Ingegneri - Friday, March 27, 2015

Congratulations to TPCA High School's 2014–15 Girls' Basketball Team! As a team, they won the CHSAA “Academic Team Championship Award” sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Centers. In order to qualify, the team had to have a 3.5 (or greater) cumulative team GPA.

Additionally, our team's cumulative GPA placed them 4th among all of Colorado's 2A Girls’ Basketball teams! Go Timberwolves!

Front Row: Kathryn Holbrook, Torrey Dawson, Rylee Castleberry, Esmerelda Cervantes, Kathy Pham

Back Row: Meagan Terrill, Catherine Louwers, Hannah Schauer, Judith Jessup, Kalee Paul, Isha Karki

Coaches & Managers, left to right: Joseph Wanninger (Student Manager), Jim Schauer (Head Coach), Bruce Emo (Asst. Coach), Alycia Burns (Asst. Coach), Teagan Quintanna (Student Manager)

Two Students Selected as Writing Finalists

Lynn Ingegneri - Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Mallory Finley and Rebekah Dowlin, TPCA eighth-graders, recently were selected as finalists in the Rocky Mountain PBS Storymakers Contest. As finalists, they will attend a storytelling workshop at the PBS Studio in Denver. Out of 711 entries, 24 students were selected as finalists. Congratulations to Mallory and Rebekah. We're so proud of your hard work and talent.

Link to abbreviated article in the Times Call
Link to full version.