7-8 Classroom

Genius Hour

Genius Hour

Google and Apple are famous for their corporate policy of “20% time” in which employees are encouraged to pursue their passions several hours each work, on company time. Such an atmosphere has led to increased employee satisfaction, as well as the development of some amazing products. This corporate culture has trickled into a 21st Century teaching practice known as “Genius Hour” or “20% Time.” Every Friday, all 7th and 8th grade students will have time…

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Wheeler week schedule

ACS  “Dahlapalooza Play” rehearsal schedule for Week at the Wheeler Opera House Monday, May 1, 2017 No Morning Up-Valley Bus (Aspen bus Riders): Students must be at the Wheeler by 8:00 AM.  Please enter through the Stage Door. Morning Down-Valley Bus:   Normal bus pick up schedule.  Bus will go directly to the Wheeler. 10:45 AM   K, 1, 2 students ride bus back to ACS for most of the day. Regular hours for 3-8 2:20 PM…

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7/8 Girls trip to Margy’s Hut

7/8 Girls trip to Margy’s Hut

The girls made it 6.5 miles up to the hut on snowshoes and AT skis.  They maintained a positive attitude, and encouraged each other along the way.  While at the hut, they all spent time together, laughing, dancing, building snow forts, sliding, playing games, drinking hot chocolate and helping around the hut.  The ski down was beautiful and very fun!  Thanks to the teachers for chaperoning and the parents for driving!  

Debate Season

Students have been reading and responding to a variety of non-fiction texts relating to their thematic units. Now that they’ve been immersed in the content, are practiced in identifying main ideas, supporting details, and meaningful quotes, and are looking at web-based resources with a critical eye, it is time to present their skills in a public forum. 7th grade students will present an Internet Safety and Productivity Fair next Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10:00. Parents are welcome…

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7th Grade Math Update

7th Grade Math Update

New Routine: Students now start each math class with two fluency sprints. The purpose of this warm up is to improve fluency and accuracy on a variety of computation skills. Sprints take 2 minutes, students check their answers, take a brain break, then complete a second sprint with the same content focus as the first sprint, trying to increase the number of problems they complete correctly. Current Unit: Ratios and Proportional Relationships. This unit starts with looking…

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