Principal’s Blog

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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ACS and the BHAG

ACS and the BHAG

May 11, 2017 By any measure the Spring Musical was amazing. On the Wheeler stage students overcame their fears and performed, in front of 500 audience members.  But the as good as this show was, the actual performance is not why we take on this all school task. We believe in thinking big and setting “impossible goals.” It’s a concept business guru Jim Collins calls the “BHAG” or Big Hairy Audacious Goal. The idea is…

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Teaching – not for the faint of heart

Teaching – not for the faint of heart

  I just “survived” teaching a 5th grade class on the Scientific Method. It was a work out, and it was only one class! There are many elements that comprise  successful teaching and “nailing it” is a herculean challenge.  And yet, we know from numerous studies that effective teaching can increase student engagement and achievement more than any other in- school factor. When I observe effective teaching I look for many critical factors including: A…

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Congratulations  hard working students, teachers and supportive parents.

Congratulations hard working students, teachers and supportive parents.

  Let’s set aside the many invaluable aspects of our curriculum that are not measured using standardized metrics. (The spring musical, outdoor education, social emotional education, arts education). Let’s just talk about what is measured at all Colorado public schools.  Each year, state wide, 3-8th grade students take state mandated exams (PARCC/CMAS) in reading, writing, and math. (Some grades take social studies and science). This data, analyzed over time, gives us one snapshot of how…

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Dig This

Dig This

Mastodons at ACS! That’s right. Chris Faison and Tom Cardamone brought “Lumpy” the Mastodon to school today. This incredible skull was discovered in the Snowmass dig. Tom and Chris were able to educate us about these amazing fossil remains found in our own backyard. We’re digging it! Bragging Rights! Although I am not a fan of school rankings or ratings it was wonderful to see that the Aspen Community Middle School (grades 6-8) was rated…

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