Social Studies Classes 2019-2020

Jack Taggart The Charter News 5/20/20 Covering a broad demographic of subjects and issues, the social studies classes of the 2019-2020 school year have been interesting to say the least. From the judicial system to the history of the Vietnam War, the students have been exposed to a variety of new subjects. Chris Stilwell, who taught Modern World History and Sociology, said, of the classes, … Continue reading Social Studies Classes 2019-2020

Coronavirus: Are We Overreacting?

Jack Taggart The Charter Opinions 5/5/20   With the month of May beginning, and little prospect of life returning to normal any time soon, I’m starting to wonder if this- staying home and waiting for the chance to return to the outside world, is really worth it. The motives behind the stay-at-home rules are clear: people staying at home and away from each other makes it … Continue reading Coronavirus: Are We Overreacting?

ACA Rolls out New Leadership Class

Jack Taggart The Charter News 5/2/20 A close look at the course list for the 2020-2021 ACA school year will reveal that a new class will be available to highschoolers: Leadership.  The idea for the class came about when Mrs. Gerstner first became an ES at ACA, at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  Gerstner was concerned that some of her new ES students … Continue reading ACA Rolls out New Leadership Class

The Effects COVID-19 and Technology are having on Schooling

Jack Taggart The Charter News 4/01/20 Governments are meeting the spread of the novel virus, COVID-19, with many strategies to slow the contagion, such as social distancing, health precautions, and even stay-at-home orders from multiple state governors, including Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Among these initiatives is the temporary closing of schools in all states (some are scheduled to close in certain districts, some have or … Continue reading The Effects COVID-19 and Technology are having on Schooling

“Whatever,” and Other Valid Excuses For Ignoring Climate Change

Jack Taggart The Charter Opinions 2/19/20 A long time ago, when top hats were in style, and movies were called motion pictures, two men sat in a warehouse, about to build what would be the first car (or automobile, whatever).  “Now let me get this straight,” one said to the other. “This thing will pump out gases that make the entire planet warmer?”  “Yep,” said … Continue reading “Whatever,” and Other Valid Excuses For Ignoring Climate Change

I’ll Come Up With a Headline Later

Jack Taggart 1/21/20 The Charter Opinions “You shouldn’t procrastinate,” says Roy.  Roy is a little man that lives on my shoulder and tells me things that I know, but don’t want to do. Like an obnoxious shoulder angel, (“You shouldn’t eat another microwave burrito. You know you’ll regret it.)” He talks in an annoying monotone voice. But I ignore him and continue to read my … Continue reading I’ll Come Up With a Headline Later

Which staff member do you enjoy most at ACA, and why?

Connie Johnson, Parent. Mr. Toth. That man is amazing. He gets kids to learn. It’s just so amazing to see him teaching in a classroom, and to see it all click in the kids minds. Another great one is Mrs. Edinger. She is extremely patient with kids. I don’t know how she does it, but it is amazing. AJ McQuarters, Highschool Student. I really like … Continue reading Which staff member do you enjoy most at ACA, and why?

ACA’s Lego Robotics Club

Jack Taggart The Charter News 11/18/19 ACA’s Lego Robotics club got started when Tara McLaughlin, Lego team coach and mother of two ACA students considered starting a Lego team at ACA, similar to the one she and her children had participated in at a school they previously attended. “I thought a homeschool environment could really benefit from [a] robotics outlet… I know how many kids … Continue reading ACA’s Lego Robotics Club

Back to School

Jack Taggart  The Charter News  10/2/19 It’s that time of year again, as teachers, parents, and students set the ball rolling with the new 2019-2020 school year. And with more than fifty million students enrolled, (according to the National Center for Education Statistics), this is  not only a big adjustment for the public school system, but also an adjustment for many students, parents, and teachers. … Continue reading Back to School