Lights, artwork, action
Posted May 18, 2012
On May 15-17, Almaden Country School was buzzing with energy. It was the annual Almaden Country School ASSETS – All School Student Exhibition and Talent Showcase — a popular ACS tradition for more than a decade and a lively celebration of student success and skills.
"Wow! What a fantastic event. This was our first ASSETS and we were so impressed by the extraordinary projects and tremendous talent," said Gina Fagin, mom of Junior Kindergarten student Nick. "The comfort level the kids feel going on stage is a true testament to the warm, safe environment ACS has created."
The ASSETS celebration reflects the emphasis ACS places on project-based learning, creative and performing arts, and the school's belief that every child can shine if enabled to feel safe, special and valued. The ASSETS exhibits and performances are as varied and enthralling as the children providing them.
Here's just a sampling of talent displayed this year:
• Singing, dancing and playing instruments galore
• Kindergarten class performing with puili sticks
• Magic show
• Comedy Act
• Second grade French class singing "Frère Jacques"
• Kung Fu demonstration
• Dramatic storytelling
"Every year ASSETS showcases the amazing talents of our children, and requires a small army of dedicated parent volunteers. The sheer volume of the exhibit displays and the fact that it takes three nights to get through all the talent show participants illustrates how confident and capable the children are, and ASSETS serves to bring our mission of discovering gifts to life," said Dr. Ole Jorgenson, head of school. "I'm so proud of our artists, actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, gymnasts, and uniquely-talented others — and grateful for the enormous efforts of the parent volunteers that make this ACS tradition possible."
Thanks to faculty sponsor, Sharon Wilkus; exhibits co-chairs Sheri Rozario and Kristen Spencer and talent co-chairs Maria McMurray and Helga Mispelblom-Beyer.