5th and 6th Grades Special Guest! – Mackenzie Andrews

Minnesota Commissioner of the Department of Education Brenda Casselius, paid the Fifth and Sixth graders a special visit yesterday.  She observed and interacted with some of the students during their classes on Thursday, October 23, 2014.  She asked them questions as well as did the activities with them. Commissioner Casselius had the privilege of listening to the fifth and sixth graders sing the ‘Falcon Song’ written by choir director, Reneé Capistrant. As Casselius walked through the classrooms, she greeted every teacher, complimented them on their work, and said how proud she was to have such wonderful teachers working with the ACGC students.

A huge thank you for visiting our successful Middle Schoolers, Mrs. Casseluis!

No Bullying at ACGC – Sydney Sward

Here at ACGC most people are very nice and understanding. There is no bullying that I have seen so far and I hope not to. Normally in the other schools that I have attended, people would begin bullying others within the first week of school. Here at ACGC bullying is not tolerated, as it shouldn’t be, because it Is wrong. I feel that since bullying is not  tolerated at ACGC,  I am certain I probably won’t see  bullying here. This makes me glad to know people actually care about others safety and feelings that much.

Japanese Notan Art – Samantha Tait

Art Through the Ages is working on Japanese Notan art pieces. Designs are cut out of paper and are flipped to make complicated images. It is typically complex and abstract. There are many wonderful exceptions to this though. This is sure to be a beautiful project!

Students of the Month

September Students of the Month

6th – Levi Lilleberg & Luke Trebil  5th – Jillian Lilleberg & Anders Grimsgard  

8th – Teri Evenson & Noah Singsank  7th Grade – Skyler Meyer & Mykal Barker  

9th – Grant Youngkrantz & Kiara Rosenquist  10th – Micayla Hobson & Gabe Eisenbacher

11th – Cullen Hoffman & Kylie Rosenquist  12th – Abbie Halvorson & Katilyn Moore



Look at What a Former Student is Doing

Samantha Ehrenberg - 300Samantha Ehrenberg has enjoyed her hands-on learning experiences at the University of Minnesota.  One of these experiences was  with Engineers Without Borders.  As a junior, she became president Engineers Without Borders . During her summers, Samantha hasdone sustainable energy research abroad at the University of Botswana and worked as an intern at San Diego–based Solar Turbines.

Read the CSE Communications article about Samantha at http://cse.umn.edu/admin/comm/features/2014_3_28_ehrenberg-samantha.php

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, josh.collins@state.mn.us 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 (http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-2014-national-blue-ribbon-schools).

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)