Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Welcome Ms. Ring, 3rd - 8th Grade Art

 I was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area. I started my schooling at a Catholic school called Sacred Heart of Jesus (now Sacred Heart Academy). I ended up moving to the Coopersville School district which is where I graduated from in 2015. Immediately after high school I started college at Eastern Michigan University. In April 2020 I graduated from EMU with my Bachelor of Art Education. My favorite forms of art at painting, photography and printmaking. 

Becoming a teacher wasn’t as easy as I had expected, but there is nowhere else I’d rather be. The fulfillment and joy that teaching brings out weighs all the hardship.I enjoy teaching my students new art techniques and skills, but not as much as I love learning from them. I’ve found through my practice that learning how students use artistic materials is far more interesting than anything the way that I was taught. I hope to discover more about media and subject matter while in this school environment. 


I’m very lucky to have found my way back to my Catholic roots by being ASA Middle’s new art teacher. I look forward to learning more about the school community and becoming a part of a great team. 



Ms. Ring

Thursday, January 21, 2021

4th Grade Virtual Career Museum


The fourth graders engaged in a career awareness project that was presented virtually this year. The fourth grade students explored their interests and hobbies then discovered a variety of careers that connected within their personal interests. They explored Michigan’s six Career Pathways and discovered many careers falling into each category: Arts & Communication, Business Management, Marketing and Technology, Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology, Health Sciences and Human Services. 

The students put their research skills to work to investigate more about, and become an expert about, their identified career to present virtually. Students dressed for their chosen career and were ready with their sharp presentation skills! With our virtual format, students were able to share their presentations to family members and other grade levels. 

The students' creativity shined through with their tri-fold poster presentations they made for their virtual presentation. It also created an avenue to raise career awareness for our 5-8th graders as students enjoyed a gallery walk to view, read and learn about many careers. 

Visit the fourth grade Virtual Career Museum:

Virtual Career Museum

Quotes from some of our fourth grade students:

Edmund: “Researching my career was fun.  It was fun because you learned things that you didn't know.  Presenting was fun!”

Max: “I learned that I like engineering in the end.”

Cooper: “I am so surprised that I had lots of things to work with as an artist.” 

Evelyn: “When I was researching my career it was fun.”

Mary: “I was not surprised I got a teacher.  It was fun to research.  I didn’t know that teachers had that much work.” 

Sam: “We were all excited for presentation day.” 

Special thanks to Mrs. Livingston and Mrs. Stoner who worked hard with students to complete this project and make some updates to allow for appropriate social distancing. 

With the addition of a technology element this we are are excited to be able to share the 4th grade's work with a wider audience! Enjoy: 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Thank you!



Dear ASA community, 


Thank you for coming together as a community. We don’t let uncertain times get in the way of serving others and this year it showed through your generosity of providing our most needed items for our center with your Advent collection. Many families will be helped by the many diapers, bottles, formula and infant clothes. HELP happens because of your dedicated support and together we will create a ‘culture of life’ for everyone.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas season and may the blessings you bestow on us return to you a hundredfold.


Thank you,

Paula Veneklase

Paula Veneklase, Executive Director

HELP Pregnancy Aid