Afterschool Clay Class – Samantha Tait

Ms. Tanttila’s after school clay class learned how to throw clay on the pottery wheels yesterday. It’s something that could become a future hobby for them someday. The kids had a wonderful time! The bowls will be put in the kiln, so they’ll be ready to paint by the next class time.

ACGC was Named a National Blue Ribbon School!

Minnesota Department of Education

RELEASE: Eight Minnesota Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Minnesota Department of Education sent this bulletin at 09/30/2014 11:53 AM CDT

CONTACT: Josh Collins, or 651-582-8205

Eight Minnesota Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

ROSEVILLE – Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that eight schools in Minnesota have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools that are making exemplary progress in closing achievement gaps or exemplary academic performance.

“I congratulate these schools for their great work to close achievement gaps and help all students succeed,”said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. ”These schools and districts are using data and intensive staff training to create an environment where kids succeed. This is an incredible achievement that would not be possible without dedicated teachers and students.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups. Every year, the U.S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve at high levels. More than 7,500 schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award.

“We’re seeing something unique in this year’s winners—multiple winning schools from a single district in a single year, or in recent years. That tells us these schools have figured out something special and important: how to move the needle not for just the kids in one school, but for kids in schools across the district,” said Cassellius.

The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

Read the U.S. Department of Education’s press release (

Minnesota’s 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools:

Exemplary High Performing Schools


  • Battle Lake Secondary (Battle Lake School District)
  • Baxter Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
  • Lowell Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
  • Nisswa Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)


Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools


  • Garfield Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
  • Harrison Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
  • Riverside Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
  • A.C.G.C. Elementary (A.C.G.C. Public School District)

A Tired Parking Lot – Craig Tjaden

On Friday September 5th when school was done people went straight to their cars.  4 of my buddies and me were by my truck. All of a sudden I realized that there were a lot of people who drive and have friends in their cars. It made me wonder, why everyone was just standing around and not leaving.  As I looked around I realized that our school’s parking lot is tired and worn.  I think the parking lots needs a little TLC.

Art Through the Ages – Samantha Tait

Art Through the Ages has it’s first art project! Our art teacher, Ms.Tanttila, has assigned her class to make a portrait using paint, and then decorate it with the fake flowers she has readily supplied. We need to try our best to blend the paint, make semi-realistic features, and add 3-D accessories to meet our learning goals. The art room is starting the year off strong.

First Week Down – Mackenzie Andrews

Students can finally check the first week of school off of their to-do lists!  It was a busy week for some of the student athletes, with volleyball games, JV football games, and practices, but they managed to tackle their busy schedule. Getting back into routine was no easy task but it seems everyone has it down including the staff.

The New Year! by Hannah Dilley

The first day of school is always a rush!  Especially if you are the new kid. You don’t know where to go or who to sit by at lunch. You also have the choice to make some new friends.Some questions that a new student needs to ask themselves are:  ”Who can I trust?  Who do I know that will tell me the truth even if you don’t like it?

ACGC Art Show – Jayme Koopmeiners


During the  homecoming night, ACGC will be having an art show where all of the students will have a piece they have created in the show. The Art students are working really hard  to show what they can do!  This is the same night that  Atwater Ford will be letting family and friends  test drive the new Ford vehicles! It’s free to come and see the show and to drive a new Ford!  ACGC High School pairs up with Atwater Ford for a fund raiser called Drive 4 UR School.  This year the money will go to Technology.

Improvements at the Elementary School – Kolt Soine

This summer the ACGC Elementary School hired Oak Ridge Construction from New London to do some excavation work. They poured new sidewalks around the school.   The sidewalks will be better for the kids to get on and off the buses because They will not be tracking mud on the bus or in the school. It is one of the several wonderful improvements made outside of the Elementary school this year.