On the Journey 

news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
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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Colorado youth have the nation's highest rate of using e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping devices, and while this is still largely a high school issue, it's never too early for parents to be aware. Here are valuable facts and tips shared by one of our fellow independent schools.
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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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Effectively using an online platform for academic work is a key part of the Middle School experience. Here are some takeaways from a recent parent info session about technology, Chromebooks, and a new tool for parents to monitor kids' online behavior.
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Takeaways from the fall series of Parent Coffee + Conversation events are many and insightful. Check them out in this list of helpful resources for parents handling issues from "how to build gratitude in children" to "helping teens see the positive side of stress."
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What does a healthy relationship look like? What's the difference between conflict and bullying? Middle School students had a chance to find out and explore these important topics thanks to sessions with the program director of Response, a local organization with expertise in this area.
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Trip report: the amazing DC trip for Eighth Graders, cornerstone of the US History curriculum that focuses on critical thinking and responsible citizenship. It was a remarkable week to be in the nation's capital, not just because of the 90-degree weather!
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What happens when you combine music, drama, art, storytelling, science research project presentations, social studies, and geography into one spectacular project-based learning opportunity? Fourth and Fifth Graders did just that with their Scenes & Songs from The Lion King this fall.
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It appears that the dream of a bike trail to campus may be close to coming true for Aardvarks who like to bike, walk, or run to school. An update on the political process in action.
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More vegetables on plates equals more healthy choices equals better energy for learning all day. Chef Noelle explains the new Dining Hall serving protocol. Try something new!
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Service learning is in full swing this fall, with grades across the school tackling ideas that are not only service, and not only learning, but the powerful combination of both. From recycling to puppy care to building "Free Little Libraries," Country Day kids are about to make the world better one collaborative project at a time.
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Lower School Head Jennifer Bohnen shared her "Top Ten" tips for parents at Lower School Parent Night. It's a list worth taking to heart!
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In her remarks at Middle School Parent Night, division head Brenda Stockdale shares thoughts on why adolescence is such a fascinating, challenging, and rewarding stage of life. She asks: "What if we intentionally hit the RESET button at the start of each school year?"
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In honor of the International Day of Peace, Second Graders share their thoughts. "Peace is like sleep." "Peace smells like pine trees." Peace feels like a cold winter breeze and snowing in the night." What do you think?
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Why is it important for children to have an awareness of their own good fortune, and how can you "help gratitude grow" in your family? That's the intriguing topic of the first in our series of fall Parent Coffees. They are open to all; please come and bring friends!
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As the faculty gathered for the start-of-school meetings and the summer came to a close, Head of School Josh Wolman offered his thoughts on how the PreKindergarten-Eighth Grade journey creates such a distinctive advantage for Aspen Country Day School students.
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After Eighth Grade, what's next? Aspen Country Day families have expert guidance in finding a "best fit" high school. Now we are pleased to offer the latest edition of the ACDS Secondary School Search Guide, a comprehensive free resource. If you are just starting to think about grades 9-12 or are well on your way to high school, this guide is for you!
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Rigorous academics, creative arts, and outdoor education programs that make up the powerful three-part ACDS curriculum. One part of that program – the arts curriculum in Middle School - has recently been updated to ensure that graduates have not only a wide exposure to all art forms but also deep practice in creative expression.
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In today's world with its many environmental challenges, a solid grounding in science is more important than ever. Aspen Country Day Eighth Graders this year have a new science class to deepen their understanding of the natural world as they practice solving real-world scenarios using chemistry, physics, and design thinking.
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Building the strongest possible academic foundation means building the strongest possible team of teachers to work with children in all grades at ACDS, PreK through Eighth Grade. Here's the lineup for the 2018-19 school year.
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On the Journey, click here;
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