Principal’s Blog

Connect and Excite

On April 1st, we launched into Distant Learning with brave uncertain teachers, excited uncertain students, and supportive uncertain parents. We set out to accomplish this goal: To connect with students and excite them about learning. A virtual classroom building was built for students to enter each morning and “shake” the principal’s hand by answering the Handshake Question. Teachers created ways to pull their entire class together; forming a safe place for students to share the […]

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Holding onto certainties

Seated in my living room with coffee in hand, I listened to my daughter’s student-led conference. She reflected on her learning in math, reading, writing, Spanish, the arts, and science using vocabulary words I had never heard her say before. It was impressive. Note to self: she needs to read more. Then she shared what she is looking forward to: the Spring Musical, Outdoor Ed, racing a solar car, and being with her friends and […]

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Pause & Reflect

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” John Dewey Adults are living increasingly hurried lives, speeding from one obligation to the next. The events seem to be unrelated happenings- certainly not opportunities for learning. We need to keep moving. We don’t have time to pause. Right? Thankfully, life at school is different. We pause. And we reflect. We pause and think back on our experiences, relationships, and academic learning in […]

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The Power of Showing Up

On Wednesday night we experienced the Power of Showing Up. The Central Area was filled with parents, grandparents and friends. We came together to support our children, to socialize, and to be entertained. Crispy fingers and fast moving feet coupled with the incredible message of “We Persist” left a powerful impression. The performance was amazing and the feeling of collectively crushing it radiated throughout the room. The power of the ACS community shines brightly. Thank […]

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On any given day…

Excellence + Struggle = Learning On any given day, ACS students are presented with opportunities to experience excellence. Some students excel in the classroom mastering math or language arts concepts. Other students excel in music or visual arts. Others truly shine outside the classroom: on the ice rink, ski jump, outdoor ed trip or Celebrate the Beat. The experience of reaching excellence is essential to cultivating lifelong learners. Think of a time when you felt […]

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