Principal’s Blog

Teaching – not for the faint of heart

Teaching – not for the faint of heart

  I just “survived” teaching a 5th grade class on the Scientific Method. It was a work out, and it was only one class! There are many elements that comprise  successful teaching and “nailing it” is a herculean challenge.  And yet, we know from numerous studies that effective teaching can increase student engagement and achievement more than any other in- school factor. When I observe effective teaching I look for many critical factors including: A…

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Congratulations  hard working students, teachers and supportive parents.

Congratulations hard working students, teachers and supportive parents.

  Let’s set aside the many invaluable aspects of our curriculum that are not measured using standardized metrics. (The spring musical, outdoor education, social emotional education, arts education). Let’s just talk about what is measured at all Colorado public schools.  Each year, state wide, 3-8th grade students take state mandated exams (PARCC/CMAS) in reading, writing, and math. (Some grades take social studies and science). This data, analyzed over time, gives us one snapshot of how…

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Dig This

Dig This

Mastodons at ACS! That’s right. Chris Faison and Tom Cardamone brought “Lumpy” the Mastodon to school today. This incredible skull was discovered in the Snowmass dig. Tom and Chris were able to educate us about these amazing fossil remains found in our own backyard. We’re digging it! Bragging Rights! Although I am not a fan of school rankings or ratings it was wonderful to see that the Aspen Community Middle School (grades 6-8) was rated…

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Work and Fun

Work and Fun

Second semester is ON at ACS. This is a focused time at school with lots of academics and quite a bit of fun. Is there anything you are wondering about? The 3-4 grade is the place to go because each student has written (and illustrated) a non-fiction book. Interested in: Mountain men – lots of gambling and smoking. Surfing –find the sweet spot. Malaysian Flight 370 –it was a 737. Dogs – Conquer your fears.…

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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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