Oct 18, 2021


By |2022-04-28T14:41:34-07:00October 18, 2021|Middle School, Whole Child Education|1 Comment

“Hi Summer! Oh…and hi Mr. van der Leek.” She is often greeted first and I do not take offense. Summer has connected with so many middle school students during the past several weeks and has happily done her work making friends with these mid-sized humans. In fact, when we walk to school each day, Summer [...]

May 25, 2020


By |2022-05-02T13:50:26-07:00May 25, 2020|Secondary, Whole Child Education|1 Comment

BY NAOMI STEWART, SECONDARY FRENCH TEACHER Remember way back…seven weeks ago…when we moved into Connected Learning? I think I cried at least once a day during the week after spring break. It was full of rapid preparation and baptism by fire. Instructions and expectations changed minute to minute. Admin worked hard to stay up to [...]

Nov 25, 2019


By |2019-11-25T08:15:08-08:00November 25, 2019|Secondary, Whole Child Education|2 Comments

BY MONICA DEREGT, ACADEMIC COUNSELLOR I have an eclectic gathering of gadgets on my desk. Some might think of them as toys; others may think I have a unique decorating style. Among my collection is a playable rainbow art ball, a squishy silicone cat, a fake bonsai tree, a magnetic hourglass, lavender-scented stress balls, and [...]

Mar 14, 2019


By |2019-03-14T08:00:56-07:00March 14, 2019|Secondary, Whole Child Education|1 Comment

BY KAREN VAN EGMOND, ACS PARENT I’m currently working on my Masters in Education. People ask me why, and I’m at the point where I’m asking myself that same question. Let me tell you, if it was easy, everyone would do it. In addition to the coursework, I have to come up with a project [...]

Oct 23, 2017


By |2021-07-07T21:25:03-07:00October 23, 2017|Secondary, Whole Child Education|0 Comments

At 7:50 am, I hug my son and daughter and bid them farewell. I watch them walk down the street and head towards our school. I close the door, breathe deep, and smile. Yes, my kids walk to ACS every day. Saving Time or Sanity? In actuality, if I drove them, it would take me twice [...]

Dec 4, 2016

Selfless Servants

By |2016-12-04T10:15:59-08:00December 4, 2016|Elementary, Whole Child Education|0 Comments

I can’t remember exactly when I first met Mike Ouwerkerk. I know it was early on in my time here at ACS, 22 years ago. Mike initiated our Grandparent Crossing Patrol. Back then, there were no houses around our school property and looking out the front of the school you mostly saw a large, sandy [...]

Nov 21, 2016

The French Connection

By |2016-11-21T09:45:42-08:00November 21, 2016|Secondary, Whole Child Education|2 Comments

“Bon joor les eleves!” “Comment aller voos?” My typical morning greeting in my best Franglais. I usually conclude my welcome address with, “That’s French for those of you that aren’t bilingual.” This is always met with a hail of criticism, correction and, sometimes, laughter…that’s the point. I have fun with my poorly developed linguist skills [...]

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