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 [...]

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 [...]

Sep 17, 2018

TYM VERSUS THE WEEDS

By |2018-09-24T20:26:07-07:00September 17, 2018|, |

I am an admitted “neat freak” and I am okay with that. Regularly, I get razzed for how organized my office is. “You can’t be very busy because your office is always neat and clean.” The truth is, I just cannot work when there is disorganization. By the way, if you ever come into my office [...]

Jun 19, 2018

TOP 10 (AND A FEW MORE)

By |2018-06-21T11:22:42-07:00June 19, 2018|, |

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 |2018-05-22T08:27:22-07:00May 14, 2018|, |

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 |2018-04-30T22:34:56-07:00April 23, 2018|, , |

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 [...]

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