Jun 18, 2019

A BACKPACK FULL OF TWEEN STUFF

By |2019-06-19T15:41:55-07:00June 18, 2019|, |

BY JUSTIN VERWOERD, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT When I started my job at ACS Middle, I thought it was perfect: work starts at 8:00 am, meal breaks at 10:30 am and 12 noon, and the weekly schedule is generally unchanging. I was cruising. The perfect job for me. Well, anyone who works at a school, has children, [...]

Feb 25, 2019

CROSSFIT, COMMUNITY & COMPETITION

By |2019-03-04T13:22:12-08:00February 25, 2019|, |

My daughter came to me last November and said, “Dad, a co-worker in the ER wants me to join CrossFit; do you want to take the three week Foundations Class with me?” “Does it involve strenuous exercise and pain?” I asked. “No, thanks.” She finished three weeks of training and couldn’t stop talking about the [...]

Feb 11, 2019

ROY’S ROMANTIC QUOTIENT

By |2019-02-18T16:55:36-08:00February 11, 2019|, |

NOTE: Roy wrote this blog prior to the decision to postpone student-led conferences. “Student-led Conferences are on Valentine’s Day!” I knew the objections would come. I hoped with enough notice, people would adjust and accept it. It’s just that it really is the best timing. I actually didn’t see it as such a big deal [...]

Jan 14, 2019

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

By |2019-01-23T13:03:36-08:00January 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 [...]

Nov 19, 2018

WHEN A GAG GETS TOO SERIOUS

By |2018-11-27T08:39:45-08:00November 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 [...]

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