May 4, 2022

OUR NORTH STAR

By |2022-05-04T16:16:14-07:00May 4, 2022|Leadership, School Vision|3 Comments

When I was growing up, I remember some of my greatest fears involved conflict. Conflict between loved ones, conflict between members of larger communities, conflict at a more regional, national, or global level, or as was mostly the case—conflict in my own life, big or small. When I was young there were global conflicts such [...]

Feb 8, 2022

ICING ON THE CAKE OR THE MAIN INGREDIENT?

By |2022-02-08T13:05:54-08:00February 8, 2022|Elementary, School Vision|2 Comments

For many of our ACS families the parent-school partnership kicks off with a meeting in the principal’s office. Not because their child is in any trouble but because, as a school, we feel that partnering well with parents is a crucial component to creating a school community where students will flourish. A Sweet Response In [...]

Dec 7, 2021

THROUGH FIRE AND FLOODS

By |2021-12-08T08:41:57-08:00December 7, 2021|School Vision|1 Comment

At a recent Leadership Team meeting, middle school principal, Tym Berger, (who is now the resident historian on the Leadership Team) shared a really challenging time in the life of ACS’ history. He shared a moment from the ACS’ 50th anniversary book entitled; “New Growth from the Ashes” written by Jack Van Dyke. Jack was [...]

Nov 23, 2021

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME OR YOU…

By |2021-11-24T09:29:13-08:00November 23, 2021|School Vision, Secondary|4 Comments

Recently I underwent day surgery and spent a week recovering at home. Given the nature of my recovery I knew I had to be very intentional about taking time away from work so that I could physically recover and be ready to go the following week. I prepped the staff, set up an email autoreply, [...]

Apr 19, 2021

BEING SCHOOLED

By |2022-04-28T14:48:27-07:00April 19, 2021|Learning Spaces, Middle School, School Vision|1 Comment

Unless you are a professional athlete, pop star, or Pokémon champion, the students in grade 7 aren’t that interested in your title. After six and a half years as Director of Learning for the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia, I am using my professional leave to fill Mrs. Friesen’s maternity leave in middle [...]

Mar 9, 2021

WORD OF THE YEAR

By |2021-03-09T08:27:01-08:00March 9, 2021|Middle School, School Vision|7 Comments

I’m not exactly a courageous person. I distinctly remember the fear that crawled up my spine when my mom asked me to get something from the basement as a kid. Our below-ground “dungeon” was unfinished, sported a low ceiling, limited lighting, only two half windows, and a number of resident spiders who felt right at [...]

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