Last Tuesday, we had a winter storm blow in and not many students came to school the next day – seven, to be exact. Usually students are scattered throughout the building, but on that day everyone hung out in the Main Room. As I worked on my computer, I watched as students ages 7 to 17 played together. They constructed a gingerbread village, followed by work on a puzzle; they then moved on to Mad Libs with much laughter and obvious enjoyment. Several of them joined in a game involving action figures and many props, with one student acting as the game master. The discussion got animated at one point, with two players threatening to quit when the game master would not change the rules of the game. They resolved it fairly quickly, coming to an agreement on how the game was to proceed. Later in the afternoon they raced around the snowy yard, returning with rosy cheeks and smiles on their faces. What a marvel: within just a few hours, I observed children over a broad range of ages playing together, in the process figuring out how to navigate activities that were fun and engaging for the whole group. Continue reading
December 10th, 2013
Colorado Gives Day
Donate to Alpine Valley School during Colorado Gives Day on December 10th. 100% of your donation to Alpine Valley School made through ColoradoGives.org will go directly to our school, plus the Incentive Fund from First Bank increases the value of your donation. Schedule your donation today!
January 16th, 2014
Join us for an evening with Dr. Peter Gray, professor at Boston College and author of Free to Learn.
- 6:30pm to 7:00pm – Open House at Alpine Valley School with parents, students, staff, and alumni
- 7:00pm to 8:30pm – “The Biology of Education: How Children Learn Through Self-Directed Play and Exploration”
- 8:30pm to 9:00pm - Book signing
Register for free at:
December 18th, 2013
Join Alpine Valley School at the Colorado Mills California Pizza Kitchen for a flavorful FUNdraising event!
Present this flyer to your server and 20% of your check will be donated to our school.
California Pizza Kitchen
Colorado Mills Mall • 14500 West Colfax Avenue (Across from United Artist movie theater)
About a month ago, Alpine Valley School welcomed two new members. Their names are Ramone and Pinhead and they are the school’s pet rats. They live in the corner of the main room. They are a delight to have and everyone loves holding, petting, and feeding them. I’ve particularly enjoyed watching as students even as young as six or seven have taken it upon themselves to learn how to hold them and take care of them. The unique thing about Ramone and Pinhead (for myself at least) is this is the first time in my three years at Alpine Valley School that we have had school pets. It’s not the first time that the school has had pets, nor is it the first time students have tried to have a school pet since I started working here. This was however, the first time I witnessed students successfully organize themselves and obtain permission from the necessary school bodies to approve the pets’ stay. Here’s what they had to do to make this all possible. Continue reading
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the source for the Nation’s Report Card and the results were made available in early November 2013. Tests are given every two years to a sample of 4th and 8th graders. The results this year were summarized in a newspaper article as “Not Good Enough” because of small gains and even larger gaps in the various areas measured. Continue reading
I read an article recently entitled “The Benefits of Wandering” it argues that to succeed in life, having a good career that you also enjoy, we need curiosity, we need to “embrace the open-endedness of our careers”, we need to move away from “checking boxes”, doing things just because it’s what’s expected. Continue reading