Jun 19, 2018

TOP 10 (AND A FEW MORE)

By |2018-06-21T11:22:42+00:00June 19, 2018|Celebrating, Middle School|

Being in the middle school is an opportunity to see students grow and change almost daily. My favourite memory this school year was sailing with one of the grade 8 classes. I was witness again, to students growing confidence and a willingness to try something new and difficult. Some students climbed higher in the shrouds [...]

May 14, 2018

LEARNING UNDER THE X

By |2018-05-22T08:27:22+00:00May 14, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|

It is Thursday and Monday is coming. No, it is not Easter. I am busy cross referencing every student in Grade 6 and 7, praying I haven’t messed up a student’s allocation for their X-Block 5 Module. Cooking can only take 12, so can Cookie and Cupcake Decorating, Maker Taker can take 6, Design Thinking [...]

Apr 23, 2018

A THING OR TWO YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

By |2018-04-30T22:34:56+00:00April 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

OF SQUIRRELS AND SOCCER BALLS…

By |2018-03-18T03:32:11+00:00March 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 19, 2018

BEFORE THE CURTAIN CALL

By |2018-02-19T09:11:17+00:00February 19, 2018|21st Century Learning, Middle School|

Feathers floated through the air; strands of wig hair lay scattered on the ground. Kids were running around in circles practising a classmate’s fish swim move, and the one counter space left in my classroom had become an apparent make-up station.    My classroom resembled anything but a learning environment. “Mrs. Barthel, I can’t find [...]

Jan 22, 2018

NEW TOOLS IN THE TOOL KIT

By |2018-01-22T08:43:52+00:00January 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 [...]

Oct 16, 2017

ALMOST FAMOUS

By |2017-10-16T09:17:51+00:00October 16, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|

“Can I get your autograph?” This was different. Pig tails, braids, smiling faces, toothless welcoming grins reached out their pieces of paper towards us.  “You’re the government! Can we get your autograph? ” I stifled a laugh, smiled back, looked over at my newly met colleague, shrugged, pulled out a pen, and signed away. I [...]

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