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Apr 23, 2018


By | 2018-04-23T18:02:04+00:00 April 23, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School, Secondary|

BY HELINDA VANDERKOOI, ACS PARENT  Middle school…yikes! I heard stories from parents about middle school. Claims like: your kids don’t need you as much in middle school, hardly any parents come to chapel, the teachers don’t want your help, the kids ignore and avoid you. With all this chatter I was not looking forward to the [...]

Mar 12, 2018


By | 2018-03-18T03:32:11+00:00 March 12, 2018|Middle School|

BY LINDA HOWARD, MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT If you’ve ever seen the movie UP, then you know how short the attention span of a dog can be. Fitted with an electronic collar that voices the thoughts of the dog, just about every other sentence is interjected with the dog calling “Squirrel” because the dog has [...]

Feb 13, 2018


By | 2018-02-13T07:51:14+00:00 February 13, 2018|21st Century Learning, Elementary|

BY SHERRY DRADER, GRADE 4 TEACHER This past Christmas left me flabbergasted—the cardboard box STILL became the most sought after “toy” between my three kids! I’ve always been fascinated by the hours of enjoyment children get from a simple cardboard box, as the adult in me just wants to clean up the mess, flatten the [...]

Jan 22, 2018


By | 2018-01-22T08:43:52+00:00 January 22, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|

BY: KARL FRIESEN, MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT A large part of being an Educational Assistant (EA) is working towards small every day successes. For the past three years, I have worked with a student through grade 6, 7, and now in grade 8. Seeing students mature in the classroom is such a privilege. I just [...]

Dec 19, 2017


By | 2017-12-19T11:51:44+00:00 December 19, 2017|Athletics, Secondary|

BY: ESTHER DE JONG, ACS PARENT Christmas Spirit As I slowly began the process of pulling out my Christmas decorations, after hearing the first Christmas song playing on the radio, I pulled out the old Christmas sweaters from my ”tickle trunk” at the top of my closet. I successfully pulled out two brightly coloured knit [...]

Oct 10, 2017


By | 2017-10-10T09:10:48+00:00 October 10, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Elementary|

BY: MONIQUE JANZ, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT Last April, I introduced my older brother Michael to our learning support staff at one of our meetings. He was visiting me from Toronto and I introduced him as my inspiration for working as an Educational Assistant (EA). When Michael was three years old, he and my mom were visiting [...]

May 6, 2016

Just Say Yes Already!

By | 2016-05-06T08:51:00+00:00 May 6, 2016|Character, Elementary|

BY: KARIN RIEMER, Elementary Vice Principal and TeacherIt was my first year teaching. Fresh out of Dordt College, transplanted to sunny California. I had this wonderfully diverse and eager-to-learn first grade class. After the first few weeks of “what am I doing here?!” I was finding my rhythm as a primary teacher. I was connecting [...]

Jan 27, 2016

Do You See What I See?

By | 2016-01-27T18:50:47+00:00 January 27, 2016|21st Century Learning, Secondary|

BY MIKE RIEZEBOS: Secondary Math TeacherWhat do you see when you look at the picture above? A student’s first car? A vehicle ready for donation? A hunk of junk?Well, it isn’t any of the above. It’s my car, or as it’s affectionately known by the staff, the “Pi Mobile.”My wife wants nothing to do with that car [...]

Oct 22, 2015

How NOT to be an Artist

By | 2015-10-22T06:50:09+00:00 October 22, 2015|21st Century Learning, Art & Music|

BY JONATHAN BOERSecondary Art TeacherThere is a poster out there entitled “How to Be An Artist.” It’s a list of things an artist is supposed to do, like “plant impossible gardens,” “take moonbaths,” and “invite dangerous people to tea.” If this poster is the definitive list, I’m not an artist.The only things on that poster [...]