Message from ELEVATE: March 18, 2020

  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Jessie Skipwith

March 18, 2020

Happy “Online Wednesday” everyone!

In hopes that you each found a little bit of luck at some point during your St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, I am feeling extra lucky to be in a community that values safety first while keeping the members of the Aspen Academy family connected, engaged in personal growth, and one that values the importance of continuity of ongoing educational development.

At the end of the day Tuesday, during my personal reflection on GRATITUDE, I found that I am truly grateful for our core values - BE KIND - DO GOOD - WORK HARD - MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE - during times like these.  I saw yesterday teachers, parents and especially  students embracing the entrepreneurial spirit of these core values as together we are leaning into our current challenge and creatively generating amazing solutions to preserve all of these pieces that make Aspen Academy the community that it is. 

One of the ways I am personally spending time while I am in my home is exploring my Public Library online. I invite parents and students alike to give your online library resources a try while you have some extra time to explore a new idea/topic, relax while getting lost in an adventurous book, and in some cases, taking a look at the extensive documentaries or movies available to us here.  There is so much to learn! 


Finally, it has been truly amazing to watch our community’s core values lead us in this venture as we bring the Culture of Kindness to our digital community. There are some wonderful opportunities for learning presented to us all where we can refine our online skills of digital citizenship, etiquette, and truly creating our own POSITIVE cultural norms. Thank you all for the wonderful examples that you are sharing with the entire community in this area. What a gift! :-) Please find here a link to some tips for students and parents on responsible digital citizenship.

The patience, positivity and grace with which you are all engaging in your online learning makes me proud to be a part of such a proactive learning community.

Be Safe and Be Well,

Mr. Skipwith

Jessie Skipwith, School Student Success Coach (grades PK-8)


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About the Author

Jessie Skipwith is the Student Success Coach at Aspen Academy.

Jessie comes to Aspen Academy with over 20 years of experience in educational leadership and student engagement. He has held head of school positions at elementary, middle and high schools, ran an all-school counseling department, provided private practice counseling services for families and individuals, and has served as the executive director of an education non-profit supporting low-income, English language learners from throughout the greater Denver area. He is a voracious reader of books about how students learn, how families and communities support developing young people, as well as books on progressive, innovative and dynamic new solutions to many of today’s life challenges. Jessie loves that Aspen Academy provides families and students with a small, nurturing and safe environment that encourages students to take healthy risks, to push themselves beyond their comfort zones, and that it inspires insatiable curiosity and wonder in students as they pursue their passions to help make the world a better place to live for all people. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his wife and two children and enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors while hiking, golfing or skiing.