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School Information
 HIGH ACHIEVEMENT – Student growth and achievement matter.  Consider:

  • Households headed by High School graduates accumulate 10 times more median household wealth than those headed by high school dropouts. Households headed by college graduates accumulate 90 times more household wealth than those headed by high school dropouts.
  • Better Health Outcomes - Adults with higher levels of education live longer, have fewer health problems and report being happier
  • Higher levels of academic achievement benefit society. Preventing one high school dropout saves approximately $200,000.

Results from the independent research group Colorado School Grades has consistently ranked the Aspen Community School 6-8th grade as among the very best in Colorado. For the second year in a row ACS made the list of top ten middle schools in Colorado. In 2012 ACS middle school was ranked #1 in the state.  In 2013 our middle school was ranked #7 out of 586 middle schools. http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolSearch.aspx?topRanked=true&st=2

And the 4th and 5th grades are catching up fast. In 2013 this group of ACS students (incorrectly called our “elementary school”) ranked #175 out of 1132 schools.http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolReportCard.aspx?sid=0042E   These incredible results are based on three years of data from standardized tests.

I’m not a big fan of comparing one school to another. Standardized tests are only a part of the learning equation and every community/school has a unique set of challenges. But student academic achievement and growth should matter to everyone. And ACS students are crushing it.

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School Improvement Plan
 Every June we start working on our school improvement plan for the upcoming school year. We always start with what has been successful and effective and then move into areas where we would like to enhance and improve. We continue to look at data and refine our goals when school starts. By early fall we have two sets of goals. Learning Center specific goals and all school goals. We divide the all school goals into three domains. Academic Excellence, Relevance and Relationships. Improving teacher effectiveness is always our first goal, every year. Below you will find our 2013-14 all school goals. At parent teacher conferences ask about your child's learning center goals.

ACS School Improvement Plan 2013-2014



Academic Excellence                Who            When


1.Focus on teacher effectiveness            Staff            Sept. –June


Details:

  • All Staff will complete a self-evaluation, create SMART goals designed to improve instruction and student outcomes. Goals will be discussed and refined with the Principal and peers.

  • All staff will receive written Principal observation/feedback a minimum of 2X per semester. All staff with have a peer who observes their class 1X per semester and provides both verbal and written feedback.

  • All staff members will observe classes in a different school environment and report to ACS staff.

  • All staff members will lead at least one best “practices” staff discussion  


2. Focus on Character Building             Staff            Nov. June

Details:

  • Staff will create relevant curriculum to help student understand and embody the

following character traits. These traits will be feature at weekly all school meeting. Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship


3. Revise and simplify student report card, align with common core standards

                        Who            When

                        Staff            Before Dec.



Relevance/Relationships            Who            When

                             Staff            Aug. -June                                       


1. Enhanced All School Meetings - focus on Relevance/Relationship building.

Details:

  • One All School Meeting per month will focus on all school relevance, relationship building including cross age activities, connection between subjects, relevance of instructional content to self, community, and the world. 
 
ACS Annual Fund
Thank you to those who have contributed to the Annual Fund:
Michelle and Mike Bassi
Wendy Bertolet & Jason LaPointe
Adrian Bradley & Bart Axelman
Brenda Broxton & Steve Zanier
Lee & Keith Bryant
Heidi Burtcher & James Ingram
Jeffie Butler & Kevin Sheehan
Rhoda & Michael Campbell
Valerie & John Carlin
Amy & Michael Coyle
Isabel Day
Peter Feer
Hilary Forsyth
Kirsten & Ron Goth
Sarah & Steve Hopkins
Colleen & Alex Irvin
Michelle & Ross Jacobs
Tricia & Heath Johnson
Jennifer & Matt Jones
Ellie & Chris Kershow
Bonnie & Joseph Kowar
Christina Kruger & Wouter Olivier
Darcy Kyle
Stuart LaCroix
Christy & Matt Lamm
Betsy & Brian Leach
Jennifer Lemke & Scott Thompson
Georgina & Alan Levey
Katie and Brian Link
Jillian & Wade Livingston
Bryan Long
Cindy Kahn & Steve Marker
Christina Mazeika
Kate McBride
Katie & Nick McHugh
Tamme & Bill Mellenthin
Alicia & Billy Miller
Cathy & Scott Miller
Amy & Olivier Mottier
Erica & Tim Murray
Melanie Muss & Tracy Nichols
Jennifer O'Keeffe & Dan Hamalak
Allie Oeding
Mindy & Alec Parker
Jenny & Bryn Peterson
Marci & Benjamin Peters-Keirn
Lindsay & Garry Pfaffmann
Anna & Danny Pinkos
Diane Platek
Shelly and Paul Popish
Emily & Ken Ransford
Janie Rich & Scott Munro
Anita Rayburn & Chris Tudge
Suzanne Scheer & Chuck Brown
Lani Shaw
Dan Sheridan
Cindy & Gordon Sichel
Kristen Spriggs & Chris Tullar
Kendra Stucki
Melissa Taylor & Chris Dolan
Karin & Harry Teague
Holly Timms & John Corcoran
Tara & Robert Turner
Elizabeth & Bob Ward
Serene-Marie & Stan Washburn
Kristina Weller
Lara & Marc Whitley
Casey & Joe White
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