A multi-grade team measures the Wheeler stage so the Set Crew back at ACS can size props and block out a replica stage for rehearsals, known as "blocking."

Principal Post: Audacity 101

Everyday, our rapidly changing world demands more of students. They must think deeply about issues, solve problems creatively, work in teams, communicate clearly, learn in ever-changing situations, and deal with a flood of information*. Students must be flexible, take initiative and lead when necessary. In the end, they must produce something new and useful.

Learning these skills is the reason we spend four weeks preparing our Spring Musical.

“The Sunday Funnies,” our 34th annual edition, is the end result of a cross-age collaborative process where students learn and practice these essential and invaluable skills. In this project-based-learning mode (more here on that), they have also been challenged to learn new content: their month-long study of cartooning has included reading, writing, visual art, music and theater. And let’s not forget their daily dose of math.

One of the best ways to learn these complex skills and subject areas is to engage in an authentic task, create something special, and present in front of others.

On May 5 and 6, the product — what’s known in educational jargon as “performance assessment” — will be on display at the Wheeler Opera House. All 135 students and their teachers will have worked hard, communicated, collaborated, innovated, laughed, and sometimes cried. Now it’s time for us to witness and celebrate the audacity and learning of our kids. Tickets are on sale now at www.AspenShowTix.com. Please join me.

Jim Gilchrist
Principal

* In the image by teacher Bryan Long, a multi-grade team measures the Wheeler stage so the Set Crew back at ACS can size props and block out a replica stage for rehearsals, known as “blocking.”