We are very lucky to live in a community that has many programs, activities, and camps for kids in the summer. However, finding the right fit for our kids and our schedules can be very challenging. Aspen Family Connections has taken a step towards addressing this challenge by creating a very simple App that compiles the information of many organizations in to one simple to view – and use – interface.
For students, like 10-year old Smith Agley who already owns a thriving sprinkle business, the lessons learned at Lemonade Day may not be so new. But for most of the 4th and 2nd grade students selling lemonade and baked goods at the Gondola Plaza good customer service, economics, making correct change, inventory and other business tactics was new.
Aspen High School Experiential Education is all about challenging the students and taking them out of their comfort zones. Maybe no other Ex Ed course does that better than the trip to Mississippi where students partner with local students and learn about the trail to civil rights. The Aspen students attend a high school with photo copied textbooks, rusted tin roofs, and broken windows repaired with tape.
Can you imagine a library that has living trees growing out of it? Takes kids from one end to the other by small train? Has depictions of the solar system and a real rocket stationed in the main reading room? Or has an aquarium full of sharks? The students as Aspen Elementary School devised those ideas and many others when asked, “How would you redesign the school’s library?
Attention parents: Please don’t let this opportunity slip by. Mark your calendars for the College Next Spring Seminars, a chance to get a head start on preparing your student for the next phase of their education.
The Aspen School District believes that one essential part of educating students successfully is assessing their progress in learning to high standards. Done well and thoughtfully, assessments are tools for learning. They provide necessary information for educators, families, the public, and students themselves to measure progress and improve outcomes for all learners. Done poorly, in excess, or without clear purpose, they take valuable time away from teaching and learning, draining creative approaches from our classrooms.
For 11 years Aspen Elementary School students have willingly and happily completed difficult math problems. While they know they are learning, they may also be saving lives. Over 50 kids participated in last year’s Math-A-Thon raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
History Day for Aspen Middle School 7th graders was the culmination of weeks of research, writing, organizing, and practicing. The theme of Taking a Stand in History elicited several expected figures such as Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Jesse Owens. But there were several less predictable characters such as Richard Nixon and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Unity Week for the Aspen High School is about bringing the students together. One aspect that separates the students is their cultural heritage. That was the motivation behind the Cultural Carnival, established several years ago. During an extended lunch, high school students flocked into the Skier Dome and had the opportunity to learn more about Ireland, Israel, Polynesia, Cambodia, France, El Salvador, and Black America through food, music, literature, and discussion.
Parenting is a joy. It’s also incredibly hard work. There may be times when even the best of parents need a little help. Aspen Family Connections is hosting The Biggest Job, an interactive workshop for parents and educators, Wednesday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Aspen Middle School.
After our recent Lockout occurrence we took a look at our communications with parents. This was our first “real” experience with a prolonged Lockout and we have learned more precisely what works and what doesn’t, especially with communication. We posted the most accurate and up to date information from law enforcement on our District Website and emailed that same information to our parents using our emergency notification system, One Call Now.