On the Journey 

news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Inspired by the New York Times "Truth is Hard" campaign, Second Graders recently created their own posters about truth in a fascinating writing lesson with teachers Trish and Alexandra.
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Project-based learning example: Fourth Graders study electricity in science class, so they worked in teams to create an electric power grid. From tiny houses to solar panels, they connected it all, making sure that each porch light could shine bright. Best of all, it's 100% powered by renewable energy, just like our own City of Aspen!
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Thoughts about parenting adolescents from Head of Middle School Brenda Stockdale. How to navigate the bumpy road to adulthood, whether it's about social media, homework, nutrition, sleep, or other challenging family topics.
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For practice taking standardized tests, for a check on curriculum delivery, for a snapshot of student performance: ACDS administers the Comprehensive Testing Program Assessment from ERB each spring. It's just one of the many ways we assess student learning.
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Inquiring minds want to know what this year's All-School Play (April 26 & 27 at the Wheeler) is all about. Eighth Graders collaborate to create the scenes and the script, and here they are to reveal this year's concept.
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Scenes from Kindergarten, a landmark step on the Aspen Country Day School journey. Days full of academic challenges, friendships, stories, and guidance to help children become joyful, independent, engaged learners.
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What is mindfulness all about at Country Day? Does the school still use the MindUP curriculum? What else is new in the world of social-emotional learning? As ACDS renews its longstanding commitment to the wellbeing of students, here are some interesting answers to your questions about the student experience.
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A thoughtful story about early childhood education and the Aspen Community Foundation's efforts to increase its availability, accessibility, and quality in the Roaring Fork Valley. As this op-ed notes, ACDS is one of only three childcare providers in the valley to hold the five-star rating from Colorado Shines, and the only preschool program with that rating in our region.
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Service learning this year takes many forms, as each grade decides what it wants to tackle in the wider community. Eighth Graders are pairing up with students from El Busesito, Valley Settlement's mobile early education classroom bus.
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There's no better way to learn science than by actually being a scientist. Fifth and Eighth Graders joined forces in a water sampling project that provides real data from Castle Creek to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. With this service learning project, students practice not only their data collection and lab skills, but also their powers of investigation and collaboration.
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Tweens and teens are experiencing record levels of stress, anxiety, and depression, but there is reason for hope. ACDS recently hosted a leading psychologist from Children's Hospital Colorado to explain recent trends, along with strategies to help parents and children cope. Included: valuable resources for help and information.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. issued a call for Americans to join together in service to others, and that's exactly how the Aspen Country Day community has decided to honor his legacy each year. It has become a favorite fixture on the school calendar. Here's a look at what each grade was doing to learn about civil rights, contribute to the common good, and put others first.
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All about one of Aspen Country Day's signature programs, ski days. On these favorite afternoons, gym class gives way to our natural habitat, the slopes of Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain, and Highlands, as teachers and children ski or snowboard together. As we say, "No child left inside!"
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Adolescents "go through a complete remodeling of body, mind, emotions, friendships, and beliefs -- all at the same time!" Thoughts on exactly what is going on during these exciting tween and teen years from Middle School Head Brenda Stockdale.
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Learning to read can seem a mysterious process -- part science, part magic. Kindergarten teacher Shelley Gill-Meisler shares thoughts on how it all comes together and the importance of reading aloud to your child every day.
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About traditions at school: Blue Green Day, three field games each year that combine fun competition with cross-grade teams. Dear to the heart of Country Day students and graduates everywhere.
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A new report from the National Association of Independent Schools looks at how graduates fare in college. While the focus of this report is on high school, it's pretty intriguing for parents contemplating the journey through ACDS and beyond.
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When it comes to a public health threat like vaping, it pays to be prepared. Students need solid information and practice with their "refusal skills," and parents need awareness and strategies for prevention. ACDS provided both in a series of sessions with Eighth Graders and adults this winter. Included: some useful resources for parents.
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Three ACDS Eighth Graders participated in the Aspen Institute's Hurst Student Seminar, tackling essential questions such as "What constitutes just and unjust behavior?" and "What are human characteristics?" We hear from the students themselves about what they learned.
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A look at the music program year by year at Aspen Country Day School. A recent overhaul of the curriculum brings children even more ways to experience music, whether by playing an instrument, singing, listening, or composing.
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One of the world's leading experts on Social-Emotional Learning is coming to campus for a three-day visit to observe the Aspen Country Day community and culture. Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl of the University of British Columbia will be at a parent coffee Tuesday, December 11 at 8 am, open to all.
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Continuing their deep interdisciplinary dive into the world of Himalayan mountaineering, Middle School students got a chance to quiz Aspen's Mike Marolt, veteran of 13 high-altitude ski expeditions, on topics ranging from expedition planning to oxygen deprivation.
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Each morning in the Middle School building, you'll find Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders circling up with their advisors and seven to nine of their classmates for a thoughtful start to the day. Here's an update on this year's Advisory program.
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World Language learning is serious fun with the Spanish Circus, when Middle School students put on a carnival and big-top performance for their younger counterparts -- all in Spanish. Whether entertaining the audience as ringmaster, lion-tamer, magician, or at a carnival game booth, those all-important skills of conversation get a solid workout on this special day.
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Shakespeare in Kindergarten? And every year through to Fifth Grade? That's the Country Day way, as children explore the classic tragedies, comedies, and histories of the Bard of Avon. Young actors and actresses bring creativity and passion to their performances -- please join us on campus for three dramatic days in December!
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LOOKING FOR PAST BLOG POSTS?
For an archive of last year's 
On the Journey, click here;
For the year before, 
click here.

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