Articles by: Jim Gilchrist

Getting Smarter Everyday

Getting Smarter Everyday

October 13, 2017 School is in full swing. Between fall snowstorms and autumn leaves a tremendous amount of learning is taking place. Take a look at some of the activities that took place just in the last two weeks. It’s a quiz, match the picture with the description A.The entire ACS staff earned Child Protective Intervention Training Certification. These invaluable skills enable staff to interview to keep all students safe. B. Learning in the Kindergarten with…

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Harvest September 28, 2017

Harvest September 28, 2017

Building Community, Cross-Curricular learning and Supporting Others On Thursday, The Kindergarten class sponsored the annual harvest El Tioga. For those new to our community El Tioga is the name we give when a learning center puts on a lunch for the entire school and uses the proceeds for a particular class project. The Harvest El Tioga is special because it combines many of the elements we hold sacred at ACS.  Learning about what it takes…

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ACS Gets the Blues

ACS Gets the Blues

  On Wednesday, New Orleans performer, educator, artist, storyteller and blues man Spencer Bohren spent the day at school. Spencer used his mastery of storytelling, skills as a musician/historian to hold our community in a blues infused spell. The 5-8 students enjoyed a 60 minute history of American music which traced the evolution of a single song from its conception as a slave chant all the way to Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones and beyond.…

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The value of a freezing rain storm.

The value of a freezing rain storm.

Most of us would love backpacking through the Utah canyons in brilliant spring sunshine. But for those who really want to lean, there’s nothing like a freezing rainstorm, one that lasts all day.  That is precisely what the 3rd and 4th graders got last week in Canyonlands. The day began with angry, patchy clouds that soon gave way to frog drowning rain, interspersed with half dollar sized snowflakes. The gullies ran and dry river beds…

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