Principal’s Blog

This week at school

This week at school

It was a great week at school. I observed a good deal of engaging classroom instruction and have been pleased to see the continuity in our reading, writing and math programs K-8. We have been working on maintaining a logical, effective scope and sequence for all subjects and we are seeing the positive results. This week we also had several field trips (Maroon Bells and Indy Pass planting trees) and hosted two guest speakers. Denali…

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Teacher Work Day

Teacher Work Day

Teacher Work Day No students today due to “teacher work day.” For students it’s a day off, for parents it can be fun or frustrating. For staff, work days are invaluable. We use this time to plan curriculum, collaborate, assess student work, write reports and analyze data. One of the most important things we do is focus on “Best Practices.” Each week at staff meeting and on our work days we make time to discuss…

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Today at School

Today at School

Today professional skier Chris Anthony spoke with first – eighth grade students and presented a fascinating film called Climb to Glory. When he’s not starring in Warren Miller films, Chris runs a non-profit that raises scholarship funds for students who want to take learning outside the classroom. The film, which took five years to make, tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division, their sacrifices in World War II and the many ways these veterans…

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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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