Principal’s Blog

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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The Special Sauce

Aspen Community School has been awarded the John J. Irwin School of Excellence Award! This award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time in Math, Language Arts, and Science. This is quite an honor but it is not an accident. We often talk about the ACS “special sauce” that creates LifeLong Learners. What is in that sauce? It’s a complicated blend but here are a few key ingredients: A culture based […]

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