On the Journey 

news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Cover to cover: something for every Aardvark in the newly revived magazine for the Aspen Country Day community, The Ponds.
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A message from ACDS's social-emotional learning coordinator, Morgan Henschke, with some reading, events, and things to ponder over the summer. Also: who's up for a parent book club?
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Celebrating a year of community and looking towards evolution of service learning next year: an end-of-year letter from Head of School Josh Wolman, May 2017
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Prepare for next year with Move-Up coffees for parents. Preview the year ahead, get to know your child's teachers for the coming homeroom or advisory, and bring all your questions! Schedule here.
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All about the festive last day of school, Thursday, June 1, including rules for making your Regatta boat to sail on the pond!
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Update from our lunch service, Sage Dining, on the commitment to sustainability: sourcing products that are safe, local, and organic whenever possible, minimizing waste, and more.
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Aardvarks, meet the Hamsters. Join the Seventh Graders for a movie ("G-Force") and some fun in the Lower School Commons after school on Friday. The $10 charge ($15 with snacks) helps fund the class's community service project in Peru this June.
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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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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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On the Journey, click here;
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