Principal’s Blog

The First Week!

The First Week The students are back and the excitement of learning has returned to the mesa. On Monday many kids and parents experienced our new school building for the first time. The gym and clean bathrooms were an immediate hit, followed by the jaw dropping central area with its wooden benches and great views. At our first all school meeting we shared our hopes for the new building and agreed to work together as…

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Tour with staff

Transitions

“Back to School”… three words that trigger a range of powerful emotions.  Up on the mesa our emotion is EXCITEMENT.  Staff is back at it: unpacking boxes, designing learning centers and creating lessons.    On our first morning together we discussed what ACS beliefs, values and traditions we must preserve and bring to our new school. Our growing list includes:  A sense of wonder and possibility  Belonging  Community  Academics  Creativity  Relationships  Freedom  Imagination Compassion Trust Equality…

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Transitions

Transitions always provide an opportunity and a challenge. As the school year comes to a close, we finally say good-bye to snow storms and say hello to green grass and (we hope) sun. We also see that our students, who seemed so much younger at the beginning of the year, have transformed as if by magic. Many have discovered the gift of reading, the courage to speak at All-School Meeting and the wonder of performing…

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2x The Arts

Last month, the Huffington Post declared “Arts Education Poised for a Comeback in Nation’s Largest Districts.” How about arts education at ACS? Do we stack up? For starters, ACS arts have never needed a comeback, because the program has been in place since the beginning. In fact, it was one of the pillars of the school when it was founded in 1970. I’m glad to report, the school continues to make high quality arts a…

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Tryouts!

It’s a word that strikes fear into seasoned actors and neophytes alike. But wait, this is the Aspen Community School and tryouts for our annual Spring Musical, “Suess,” are about learning, not terror. In fact, student tryout day — this year on April 3rd — is one of my favorite days at school. Here’s why: Students are encouraged to “try” something new, something risky and to stretch themselves so we can see a glimpse of what…

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