ThinkFirst presents to AACS 5th GradeEach year AACS 5th graders do a unique study in their science unit on the human body system, while also reading the biography of Joni Eareckson Tada. This year they were blessed to have presenters from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital’s ThinkFirst Program. ThinkFirst’s mission is to prevent brain, spinal cord, and other traumatic injuries through education, research, and advocacy. Presenters were Joseph Keen, a paramedic, and Todd Hammons, a man who has experienced a traumatic injury leading to paralysis. This is part of a hands-on experience the students have where they each take turns spending a day in a wheelchair at school, where they experience a small taste of the challenges of these injuries. Thank you to our presenters! #AACSlife
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First, and Hopefully Annual, 8th Grade Retreat
Leading chapel families, participating in fundraisers and being positive role models in the middle school are all important jobs for our 8th graders. Many of the students have looked forward to these opportunities for many years and were eager to jump into these new responsibilities. Being effective in these new roles, however, doesn’t always come naturally, so the 8th graders took a day off from their typical academics to spend time learning about leadership, bonding as a class, and planning for their chapel families.On the retreat, the 8th graders had to get creative as they navigated working together as a team on the low ropes course, stretching their problem-solving skills and strengthening their communication skills. We dug into Scripture, explored how Jesus exemplifies “servant leadership” and took time to focus on this as we discussed the many ways that the 8th graders can lead their chapel families and younger middle school friends with a Christ-like attitude. We pray that the skills learned during the retreat will carry the 8th graders through a successful year as leaders here at AACS, and then beyond our walls and hallways as they head into high school and beyond. #AACSlife