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Jan 21, 2019

TOP 10 KID TRENDS SURVIVED BY A MIDDLE SCHOOL MOM

By |2019-01-28T22:37:25-07:00January 21, 2019|, |

BY JACQUELINE BUSINK, ACS PARENT I am a mom of 2 middle school kids; my daughter is in grade 6 and my son is in grade 7, putting us right in the thick of middle school. Over their school years, we’ve endured some rather interesting trends! Our kids find joy in all kinds of strange [...]

Jan 14, 2019

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

By |2019-01-23T13:03:36-07:00January 14, 2019|, |

BY KARIN RIEMER, ELEMENTARY VICE PRINCIPAL AND UPPER PRIMARY TEACHER I’m married to a chef. My husband can make food so scrumptious, it yells, “Eat me!” He treats food like art. Even finishing salt gets sprinkled on by hand, with a flourish, while leaning in closely to the plate. Gary can look in the fridge and [...]

Dec 17, 2018

LOST…AND FOUND!

By |2019-01-09T22:06:54-07:00December 17, 2018|, |

BY LINDA HOWARD, MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT It never ceases to amaze me the mountains of t-shirts, sweaters, jeans, shorts, jackets, lunch kits, water bottles, and myriad other miscellaneous items that end up in the lost and found each and every term of each and every school year! Braving the stink One would think that [...]

Nov 19, 2018

WHEN A GAG GETS TOO SERIOUS

By |2018-11-27T08:39:45-07:00November 19, 2018|, |

BY DAN VERBEEK, GRADE 7 TEACHER Being a teacher has its perks from time to time. We receive many gifts and goodies from students and families at Christmas and the end of the year. We are showered with cookies, baking, candy and gift cards. It is really wonderful…but only temporary and only confined to those [...]

Oct 8, 2018

READ ANYTHING GOOD LATELY?

By |2018-10-15T10:38:40-07:00October 8, 2018||

BY LINDA GROOT, ELEMENTARY TEACHER LIBRARIAN I like to regularly highlight new titles with my library classes to help create student interest in reading. Sometimes, this can lead to interesting conversations with students: Student: “Hi, Mrs. Groot, I’m looking for a book you showed us last week.” Me (excited): “Sure! What’s it called?” Student: “I [...]

Jun 19, 2018

ADVICE TO THE CLASS OF 2018

By |2018-06-26T21:21:08-07:00June 19, 2018|, |

BY MEGHAN FRANKLIN, CLASS OF 2015 My younger brother (and only sibling) Evan will be graduating on Tuesday. As I’ve been watching him and his friend’s prepare for prom, exams, and the excitement of commencement over the past months, I can’t help but reflect on when I was going through those same experiences myself three [...]

May 7, 2018

FROM ONE HUT TO ANOTHER

By |2018-05-15T11:21:07-07:00May 7, 2018|, |

BY WENDY ENNS, LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICES COORDINATOR What on earth could I possibly offer teachers from a rural village in Ethiopia? In November 2016, I had an incredible opportunity to travel with Run for Water to see a village that ACS Elementary raised money for clean water and a school. I was asked if I [...]

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