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STEAM Education Q&A With Katie Behrmann & Chris Lazartic
  • Academics
Katie Behrmann & Chris Lazartic

With education rapidly-shifting, what are trends in STEAM that our educators are monitoring and anticipating for STEAM/STEM education in the coming years? Learn more from this Q&A with Katie Behrmann and Chris Lazartic.

Inspiring Science: Seventh Grade Periodic Table Challenge
  • Academics
Alex Jennison

Mr. Jennison recently asked seventh grade Chemistry students to create life-sized representations of the Periodic Table of Elements. The purposes of the project included: learning how to use resources to find information about an element of the Periodic Table; making a Fact Sheet and an “Element Square” for the assigned element; and creating a large scale periodic table as a class. Learn more about the project in this blog. 

Understanding Your Middleschooer And The Challenges You May Be Facing
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Cindy Hewatt, School Counselor, LMFT

”While tweens and young teens are growing in all areas, in none is it more obvious than their social/emotional development. These changes coincide with the transition to middle school, which demarcates the shift to adolescence as we think of it. Understanding this complicated time will help you best guide your child through it. 

Cindy Hewatt addresses some of the common challenges for middle school students and how parents might respond to support their students during tough times.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion community
  • Academics
Brita Gaeddert & Dr, Rich Resendez

In many schools, their programs for art, dance music, theater, fitness, language, and STEAM are considered “specials.” At Aspen Academy, Our programs are “Essentials” because we believe they are Essential ingredients in a life well-lived. Given their significance in our student’s lives, they are also crucial programs for integrating our commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JED/DEI).

teaching COVID
  • Academics
Brita Gaeddert & Middle School Contributors

Several of our Middle School teachers and faculty took time to talk with me about their Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) efforts: Corey Sampson (Middle School Director), Eric Peterson (8th Grade Communications & Literacy), Susan Perkins (6th Grade Communications & Literacy), and Jake Lovett (5th & 6th Grade Social Studies).

Checking In with Child Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Cindy Hewatt, School Counselor, LMFT

The holidays have passed, we are entering 2nd quarter and the pandemic continues to impact all our lives, it's important to remember our kids and be aware if we see changes that are concerning.  It's not uncommon to have a let down after all the activities, or this year, the changes to holiday routines and traditions.  The signs to look out for are very similar to those we watch for with adults and teens, take a look at the list below.  

Covid Vaccine and disappearing coronavirus
  • Health and Wellness
Aspen Academy Contributors

If you or someone you love are experiencing challenges finding an appointment for your COVID vaccine, please read this information thoroughly. There are 3+ options to support you in vaccinating members of our community aged 70+.

Experiential Learning During a Pandemic: Virtual Adventure Week
  • Academics
Bailey Taber

Adventure Week is an opportunity for students to reimagine learning beyond the walls of a classroom. This year, Adventure Week looked a little different due to our commitment of maintaining the safety of our community. Our students participated in workshops virtually. Learn more about this experiential learning and what it inspired in students.

AMP'd: Teacher Take-Over
  • The Aspen Difference
Aspen Academy Contributors

Each month, our 8th Grade Students in the Bear's Student Enterprises Broadcast cohort create our Aspen Morning Programs. On occasion, we have the opportunity to shake things up. In December, our talented teachers ran one production of AMP'd.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Education
  • Academics
  • Child Development
  • The Aspen Difference
Aspen Academy Contributors

Supporting age-appropriate learning about justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (often called DEI or JEDI) is crucial in building tomorrow's global citizens and leaders. Learn more about Aspen Academy's commitment to this work in Lower School classes from Director, Dana Kohls.

Various colored pencils
  • Academics
  • Child Development
Jessie Skipwith

This is the beginning of a series of blogs where we hear from various teachers and Directors about how justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI or DEI) are integrated into our lessons and learning. We start this series with Jessie Skipwith, the Director of Elevate & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Licensed School Counselor at Aspen Academy

Events in Our Nation's Capitol
  • Child Development
Kristina Scala

Today’s events in Washington D.C. have been intense and unsettling to our nation and to each of us. We know that our children may have seen or will see the news footage and will have both questions and concerns. As we move through the days ahead everyone of us will be working to understand the facts and implications of the events and navigating the same with our children