On the Journey 

news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Educators and policymakers agree: student engagement is one of the most important indicators of future success -- not just academically, but in many other aspects of life as well.
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The May 11 event in the On the Journey Speaker Series is an exciting collaboration with our campus partners at the Aspen Music Festival & School. Please RSVP for this intriguing discussion and find out "How Music Can Change Your Brain."
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With community the theme for our 2016-17 school year, our newest video features Aardvarks sharing their own insights of what this word means, and how we experience it every day at ACDS.
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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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Filmmakers visited with Fourth and Fifth Graders, showing three animated films and wowing the audience with creative insights. Thanks, Aspen Film and ShortsFest2017!
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OMG, it's time for the All-School Play! April 28 and 29 at the Wheeler Opera House, join ACDS students for a trip back in time to Mount Olympus and find out: is Hades really the ultimate bad boy everyone thinks he is? Or maybe all the gods and goddesses are more complex than they appear.
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Representing ACDS at the Colorado Geography Bee was Alex J., Sixth Grader. He won the school-wide contest, aced a regional qualifying exam, and delivered a solid performance in Denver.
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Alumni news update for Aardvarks of all generations.
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from an interview with Charlie Hemenway, at ACDS for its first decade, eventually becoming headmaster. "I often wondered what I was getting into," he recalls of the earliest days painting, gardening, and getting the campus ready to open in September 1970.
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What's a First Grader's impression of the election system? Young citizens at ACDS have been compiling their own dictionary of civic definitions.
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The Aspen Energy Challenge is a competition among communities around the nation to see how much we can do to reduce our energy footprint. Gretchen Bleiler '96 is on board via her new company ALEX bottle.
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Profile: Jen Schumacher '98, part of a legendary family with six (count 'em) ACDS graduates, has brought her talents back to the Roaring Fork Valley in a counseling practice and non-profit to help patients from Denver Children's Hospital.
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Growing up and learning: a series of conversations on child development, designed to offer parents a chance to discuss the joys, challenges, and skills of raising responsible children.
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All about traditions: a teacher costume theme for Halloween, that favorite holiday of off-season Aspen. Each year, it's a big surprise. Teachers join in the traditional costume parade along the path by the ponds.
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From the archive: ACDS participates in a national pilot of a "non-cognitive" assessment designed to help schools select students who are likely to be successful not just academically, but as members of a community.
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Buddy grades: just one example of the "glue" that connects Country Day students, teachers, and families across the grades.
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From the archive: the importance of growing up with a sense of place, and how the ponds and campus "become part of our self-identity and a measuring stick for later experiences."
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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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From a series profiling the teachers and staff of Aspen Country Day School. Lise Sansom, Lower School Science teacher, says her passion comes from the "excitement children have for finding out about something as tiny as an ant or as large as a dinosaur."
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Got screens? Get answers Tuesday, October 25 from top parenting expert Yalda Uhls of Common Sense Media, author of "Media Moms & Digital Dads." Join us at 5:30 pm for a showing of "Screenagers," then hear practical advice and insights from Uhls. Sign up today!
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From a series profiling the teachers and staff of Aspen Country Day School. Morgan Henschke, who moved over to ACDS from the Aspen public schools this fall to become our full-time Director of Social Emotional Learning. Favorite core value? Community, "because it makes all the others possible."
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Meet the teachers and staff of Aspen Country Day School. Paula Prikryl, teaching in the PreKindergarten program since its earliest days. Favorite ACDS core value? Perseverance.
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All about ski passes, gear, and classes: resources for families about the time-honored tradition of ski days at ACDS.
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What happens after Eighth Grade? Come explore the many possibilities on Saturday, October 8 from 1 to 4 pm. It's the Boarding School Fair with representatives from many different types of high schools from around the nation.
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Seven different expeditions, all ambitious and filled with blue skies and high spirits. See the magic of outdoor ed in these trip photos!
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Aspen Country Day School
85 Country Day Way Aspen, Colorado 81611
Phone: 970.925.1909
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The Way School Should Be

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The Power of Three

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