Principal’s Blog

Giving Back

Giving Back

  “What’s the deal with giving? I prefer getting expensive gifts!” I sniffed to my mom many years ago.  Mom, who was virtually always right, suggested I try “giving” and see how it felt. Guess what? She was right. Today at school Anne and Margaret led the Kindergartners in what has become an annual giving ritual. Students designed gift bags and stuffed them with precious items for needy mothers and children in our valley. Parents…

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ACS Students Grateful For Pulled Pork!

ACS Students Grateful For Pulled Pork!

  Today at all school meeting we enjoyed some fascinating student presentations. The 3-4 grades showed us projects from Crow Canyon and we learned about traveling to Argentina on the Sister Cities exchange program. It is our tradition, before Thanksgiving break, to form a human circle and acknowledge what  we are grateful for. Take a look at some of the student responses, they might surprise you! We are Grateful For: Our Bus drivers                                 dogs  …

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day

  Veterans Day is when we recognize those who have served our country. Today at all school meeting we were able to hear deeply personal stories from Veterans, friends and family members. The urge to help, to be “of service” to others is deeply embedded in the human experience. We laughed, cried and were moved by the stories we heard today. Giving is contagious. After the meeting I’ll wager more than a few students wondered…

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Fall Conferences

Fall Conferences

  We have just finished fall parent –teacher conferences. Our goal is to inform parents about three important things: How your child is progressing academically and socially at school. Teachers will be able to provide you with data, both empirical and anecdotal about your child’s effort, growth and achievement. What we are doing instructionally to address your child’s needs at school. How we can work together, home and school, to co-create the best possible learning…

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Engagement

Engagement

“In education, student engagement refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.” edglossery.org Student engagement is one of the outcomes we hope to achieve every day at school. It’s not easy, especially when the topic is noun verb agreement, or perhaps prime factorization (sorry 6th graders). The key is effective…

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