Laura Sandefer

February 18, 2020

As we contemplate the beginning of a new year, you may be asking yourself these questions: What does “success” mean to our family in relation to the Acton experience? Is there a magical secret that will help my Eagle progress steadily? What words can I share to encourage her along the way? How can I best support my child’s Hero’s Journey?

Several veteran Eagles reflected upon their elementary school learning journeys and bravely share their advice to help others. Their words ooze with wisdom and truth. I hope your family has fun reading them and pulling out the nuggets of advice you’d like to focus on during Session One of this new year.

Advice from Seasoned Eagles

Ian J.:

  • Finish your work before it becomes a problem.
  • Always do your work.
  • If you set your mind to something, you can accomplish it.
  • To make a perfect day, you need to incorporate work and play.


  • Manage your time.
  • Work doesn’t get done by itself. Don’t delay work!
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Ask other people for support.
  • Watch the Khan videos!
  • If you work hard, then you will achieve.
  • If someone tells you something is important, listen to them.


  • Always ask other people for help when you need it.
  • It takes a flock to make an Eagle.
  • Develop a growth mindset. There is value in grit, teamwork, and fun.


  • Balance your work.
  • Manage your time.


  • Reach for the highest bar.
  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Have a great time.
  • Be safe from bad things.


  • Never procrastinate.
  • Always choose the hardest route.
  • Learn from your fellow travelers.
  • Ask for help.
  • Be grateful.
  • Be kind.
  • Respect others.
  • Have a sense of humor.
  • Be a hero!

Thank you, Eagles! You remind me that you are the experts in this experience. I look forward to learning more from you again this year.

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