On the Journey 

news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Eighth Graders traveled to the state Capitol this winter to participate in an historic event: a public hearing on a measure to repeal the death penalty in Colorado. This was a remarkable day fueled by the students' own passion for this topic.
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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 four dramatic days in May!
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At Country Day, we believe that children learn best in a healthy, warm community. Class Meeting with Lower School Counselor Mary Stokes teaches children how to participate in and foster a positive social and emotional climate for stronger, more productive learning. What's it all about?
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Learning is too big of an adventure to be confined to the four walls of a classroom. From encounters with real-world professionals like Aspen Times Editor David Krause to a sleepover at the Denver Zoo to water sampling on campus, Aardvarks explore the big world in many ways.
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Being outside on a nice fall day is a reward in itself, but clearing overgrown brush and removing dead trees was especially rewarding for Country Day Fifth Graders who worked with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers to improve two local trails. Students reflect on their community service experience here.
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The challenge: find a planet, research its conditions and challenges, plan a mission to investigate it, design and build a spacecraft, and report back on the findings. A new project in Third Grade teaches students important skills in problem solving, engineering, and making effective presentations. Check out their video!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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A real debate, with arguments supported by text evidence, rebuttals, and even shaking hands with opponents after a spirited exchange: that's how Second Graders approached the eternal question about the connection between finances and well being.
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Outraged by the way a character in a book is treated because of his PTSD, Sixth Grade students wanted to do something to help. That's why ACDS is meeting up with Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities for a special day in February.
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Learning Shakespeare through performance has so many benefits for younger children. Drama teacher Marci Sketch reflects on why Aspen Country Day tackles these ambitious works well before Middle School.
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After a decade's hiatus, the Aardvark Review literary magazine returned in spring 2017 with contributions from every single student in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. A behind-the-scenes look at how students grow to become such strong writers at ACDS.
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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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from an interview with the late 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 of the school in 1970.
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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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Buddy grades: just one example of the "glue" that connects Country Day students, teachers, and families across the grades.
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How one transformative year (Eighth Grade) set the stage for a career in politics at the highest levels. Meet Andrea Hailey '99
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Every year, the week before our All-School Play is busy with rehearsals, comings and goings, and butterflies. What are the life lessons to be gained from Play Week? Plenty.
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A few thoughts on friendship at school, resources for parents and children, and some common terms we use to define community at ACDS.
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For an archive of last year's 
On the Journey, click here;
For the year before, 
click here.

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