On the Journey 

news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Seventh Graders spend time doing service projects and experiencing a new culture in the Sacred Valley of Peru each June, and the trip with World Leadership School never fails to be a transformative experience for the students. The students' own blog tells the story.
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A list of the high schools our 31 graduates of 2018 earned the opportunity to attend, as well as a list of colleges and universities that offered admission to our alumni of 2014 heading from high school to college.
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There are plenty of yoga trends -- yoga on paddleboards, yoga with baby goats, even yoga with snakes. Now, get ready for First Grade yoga -- in Spanish! It's all part of the World Languages curriculum in Lower School at ACDS, where the focus is on building fluency, learning (and using!) vocabulary, and enjoying a new language. 
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Unlocking the mysteries of MIddle School: Fifth Graders shared their most pressing questions about life in Sixth Grade, and here are the answers from Head of Middle School Brenda Stockdale.
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Students are enthusiastically filling out suggestion cards in the Dining Hall, offering their own ideas for menus. Chef Noelle and her team have already responded with new traditions such as Sushi Day, Milkshake Day, and more frequent favorites like spaghetti and meatballs and grilled cheese. With a full salad bar every day in the all-inclusive lunch, we are well taken care of by Sage Dining these days!
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What, if anything, connects our school to other "country day schools" around the United States? A look at the movement and tradition behind these most American of independent schools.
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Construction begins May 21 on a major renovation of the Castle Creek building -- the last remaining phase of our campus redevelopment that started in 2007. Next fall, look for beautifully refreshed homes for the Fourth and Fifth Grades, World Languages, Music, Outdoor Education, and main office. But first, some classes will be relocated for the last two weeks of school. See all the details here.
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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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Takeaways and resources from the internet safety presentations that Lee Damuth, chief investigator for the District Attorney in our region, shared with Middle School students recently. Some great advice for dealing with life in the online world.
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How do Aspen Country Day students become capable researchers, critical thinkers, and experts at documenting and making public presentations of what they have learned? By starting as early as possible. Here's a sampling of project learning, from animal projects in First Grade to National History Day in Seventh Grade.
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All about the Aspen Sister Cities program that five ACDS Seventh Graders were recently selected to participate in next year. Student exchanges with towns in Japan, Italy, Argentina, and France have been going on for more than 20 years, resulting in many strong trans-oceanic friendships and some true global learning.
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After a restful spring break, it's time to come back to school for an action-packed two months.
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Remarkable things happen every day at Aspen Country Day School, and most of them involve students and adults working together. It's especially heartwarming, though, when children come up with their own ideas and actually make them happen independently. That was the magic of Friday's "Evening of Entertainment." Reflections on how difficult -- yet important -- it is for grownups to let kids accomplish things in their own way.
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About safety on campus, including partnership with Pitkin County Sheriff's Department, updated emergency response plan, drills, and protocols.
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What's one of the most important aspects of growing up? Developing healthy relationships. In sessions today with Response, students discussed how such relationships are built on foundations of trust, support, respect, compromise and communication. Part of the social-emotional learning curriculum at ACDS.
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Learning to be a critical thinker means asking essential questions, analyzing facts, and making your own arguments. All these skills and more are on display at the National History Day presentations from the Seventh Grade. Students from many grades as well as many visitors posed a few questions to help the young historians hone their presentations in advance of the regional competition in Grand Junction.
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What's the deal with homework? Should parents be totally hands-off, hovering above, or somewhere in between? And what is the real goal of after-school assignments in Lower School, anyway? All about the philosophy and practice around homework at ACDS, with seven takeaways for a more peaceful, efficient approach.
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Taxes, bank accounts, borrowing money, financial risk management, and financial responsibility -- those are big subjects, and the Fifth Graders eagerly tackled them in their recent program with Youth Entity, which provides personal financial literacy training to students in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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A visit to the Pitkin County Senior Center warmed many hearts and resulted in some sweet new friendships. Fourth Graders delivered Valentine's Day greetings they made during the MLK Day of Service Learning back in January. See the video.
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Why is it that when a student earns 95% on a math test, she has stronger feelings about the 5% she missed than the 95% she aced? It's because a phenomenon called "negativity bias" is at work. Middle School Head Brenda Stockdale tackles this subject that has everyday implications for students, parents, teachers.
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Q: Advisory in MIddle School - what's it all about? A: Relationships. As students move out of the Lower School homeroom structure and into the Middle School grades, the personal approach of three-times-weekly Advisory provides a bridge between school and home.
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At Aspen Country Day School, kids and teachers are enjoying amazing lunches created by new SAGE Dining chef Noelle Zablosky and her team. The latest issue of At Home with SAGE has some great stories about allergy awareness, along with a fantastic chicken recipe from Cuba. Browse the magazine here. 
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#loveACDS: in our just-for-fun poll a few years ago, students, faculty, alumni, and parents gave the top 14 reasons they love Country Day. Check them out! And this Valentine's Day, why not take a moment to share your own reasons on social? Here's the hashtag: #loveACDS
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Learning to create a stronger, healthier community one child at a time: the ACDS Mindfulness Program helps kids learn patience, gratitude, cooperation, courage, and much more. An update from a parent leader of this program that has become such an integral part of the Country Day community and brought important new skills to students.
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Three spoken word poets enchanted ACDS Middle School students for a full day of poetry workshops, performances, and a spirited Q & A about being an artist and telling stories. Thanks to Aspen Words for this amazing day of learning.
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For an archive of last year's 
On the Journey, click here;
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