ACE “Live Museum” Provides History Lesson for Second Grade Students

History has come to life at  Tucson Country Day School!

ACE Teacher Mr. Kievit worked with his seventh grade ACE students to put on a “living museum” of history for our second grade students.

ACE students wrote a scroll and presented it to the second grade classes prior to the event, inviting them to come to their museum.

Click on the scroll to make it bigger. 
The scroll reads, “Hear Ye, Hear Ye Dear 2nd grade, You have been invited to a living museum at the ACE residence. Come to experience fun, history and a good time. Please attend Wednesday, November 15th, 12:45-1:45. Our guides will come get your class when it is time. See you there. Sincerely, ACE members”
ACE student Jes served as the hostess for the museum. She picked up one class at a time to escort them to the living museum.
Mr. Kievit let second grade teachers know what to expect at the live museum.
“Upon arrival your students will receive a brief intro from a tour guide (Robert) and then enter to check out our actors and slideshow.  After about ten minutes, second grade students will be asked to step outside and then be given directions on how to quickly return inside and vote for their favorite character!…”
ACE students took on the roles of famous people from the past. Second grade students went into the ACE classroom and got to push a button which then prompted the historic non-fiction characters to come to life and explain who they were and what they did.
Among the historical characters were King George III, Alexander Hamilton, Benedict Arnold and Henry Knox.
Wow – this was very impressive, seventh grade ACE students! Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about these historical famous people and be leaders (and teachers) as you shared it so well with our second grade students!


STUDENT FEATURE: “Gifted League of Nations”

“Gifted League of Nations”

This is Andrea S. reporting from Mr. Kievit’s classroom!  

Recently our A.C.E. students took part in a series of games that taught us about the “League of Nations”.  What is that, you ask?  

The League of Nations was a group formed after World War One for the purpose of preventing future wars by encouraging disarmament and the peaceful resolution of international disputes.  It also hoped to solve economic and social problems through multinational cooperation.

The first game that we played involved recreating a basic example of what happened within the League.  We were separated into different groups (countries) and needed to construct both positive and negative laws that would impact each group. As the game went on, countries gained and lost rewards through these laws, and near the end we were given “veto” powers to automatically override one law.  This game showed us how difficult and frustrating it is for many different groups to work together. 

The second game, created by two of our awesome 8th grade classmates, had multiple scenarios and involved a pair of students picking one to act out. The rest of the class then had to come up with a solution that could be agreed upon by each student. If anyone disagreed with the solution, we would have to come together and offer up a new solution…all within a five-minute time frame!  This game showed us that making unanimous decisions can be extremely hard and why democracy and majority votes are a popular form of governing.

Both these games showed us how the League of Nations worked and why it ultimately failed.

Written by: Andrea S., 8th grade ACE student

Our School’s Special Election: The Great ATE Debate!

Students in the K-8 ACE Program worked with ACE teacher Mr. Kievit to organize an election of their own during the recent Election Day for our country.

ACE students held a school-wide election to see what students’ favorite meals are – breakfast, lunch or dinner. ACE students campaigned for their own favorite meal – they created signs and displayed them around campus for several weeks prior to the election.



Come Election Day, grade by grade, students voted for their favorite meal. Students even received an “I Voted!” sticker once they cast their ballot.

The entire process taught not only ACE students – by students preschool through eighth grade – about the voting process, including registration, ballots and voting. Thus, our entire school was able to be a part of TCDS’s special election the “Great ATE Debate” for Election Day on November 8.

Let’s hear from some of our ACE students for an inside look at our school’s the “Great ATE Debate”.

09-linda-nguyen  TCDS ACE Reporter:  Linda N. (4th Grade)

At the amazing “Great Ate Debate”, TCDS held an election for their Favorite Meal. On Tuesday November 8th, students from pre-K to 8th grade cast their votes between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No adults were allowed to vote! There were 728 votes cast, and breakfast won by 9 votes! Everyone had a great time, and the Gifted ACE Program (Academic Champion Excellence) was happy to help out with the election!


18-eleanor-wright  TCDS ACE Reporter: Eleanor W. (4th Grade)

This is fourth grader Eleanor W. reporting for Champion News. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner…who will win?  TCDS has held an election at the Activity Center stage. On Tuesday November 8th our pre-K through 8th grade students voted, with 728 votes total. The Gifted Program (ACE, or Academic Champion Excellence) built ballot boxes, made posters, counted votes and helped run the election.  And…Breakfast won!!! See you for our next election in 2020!

Take a look at the day’s election events.

Students check in to vote…



…and cast their ballot.



What a wonderful lesson for all of our students! Thank you Mr. Kievit and ACE students for teaching us all about the voting process.

Creating Comic Books Help ACE Students Learn About the Great War

Students in the eighth grade ACE – Academic Champion Education- program are learning about the Great War (ultimately known as World War I).

To help our students better relate to and understand the events of the war, students are creating comic books to record and re-shape the events in a manner that makes more sense to their current world view. This may entail turning the involved nations into other characters – such as animals, household appliances, etc. – and/or changing the war-starting alliances and provocations into a situation that they themselves have experienced – such as a family disagreement.

“By making history more interactive and personal,” ACE teacher Mr. Kievit says, “we hope to understand the world better and learn from our past mistakes.”

Check out the amazing and creative work the students have been doing on their comic books!




STUDENT FEATURE: We’re Learning About European Explorers in ACE

A note from the TCDS ACE Program:

Hello TCDS Families,

I am a seventh grade ACE student (Academic Champion Excellence, that’s our Gifted Program), and I’m here to tell you what we’ve been doing in our classroom.  So far we have been learning about European explorers and what they discovered in the Americas.  Sometimes we gather data or draw diagrams and play games to help our minds better learn the material.  We are finding ways to make learning fun!


A 7th Grade ACE Student