In the late spring the 7th grade class takes a trip to the Colorado River. But this isn’t an adventurous vacation; it’s an augment to what they’ve been learning in school. “This trip is about understanding what’s behind the river. If we hope that this next generation will work to save the river, they have to first know it,” says Sarah Beesley, 7th grade math teacher and one of the trip organizers.
It’s a time of transition for the 4th grade students at Aspen Elementary School. At the boy’s luncheon, a purple necktie, laid like a sash of honor at each place, ready to take its place around the neck of a 10-year old on the cusp of becoming a middle school student. But first they had to learn how to tie it. Before lunch was served, the boys watched a video and had a tutorial from Aspen Elementary School Principal Chris Basten.
On Friday, April 7, 19 IB Visual Arts students nervously attached painting, drawings, and silkscreens on moveable display walls, perched sculpture on pedestals, and projected digital works on screens. They were preparing for the IB Visual Arts Exhibition, the culmination of two years of intensive creativity and hard work.
Congratulations to the Technical Integration team at Aspen School District, Evan O’Branovic and Anita Moose for leading a well-attended and informative Ed Tech Summit. On Saturday, April 8 over 80 teachers, counselors, and technical professionals from the entire Roaring Fork Valley met at the Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale to spend the day learning about technology in the classroom and to share technology best practices.
Music teacher Kyle Jones sits in the middle of the digital lab watching 15 students write music. Some of these students play a musical instrument. Some have never even touched one. But what they all have in common is their desire to create something from scratch that will bring enjoyment to others.
When we think of how schools typically handle students who make poor choices, the movie The Breakfast Club might come to mind. A handful of students spending their Saturday morning twiddling their thumbs, watching the clock, while a grumpy authority figure keeps an attentive eye on them.