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What’s happening at East Grand School District

The district and school performance frameworks have been released from the Colorado Department of Education. Both elementary schools and East Grand Middle School received accredited ratings. Middle Park High School received an accredited with improvement plan rating. Fraser Valley Elementary is also receiving the John Irwin Award for high academic achievement and the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for academic growth. East Grand School District is receiving the ELPA Excellence Award as one of the 10 highest performing school districts in the state with our English Language Learners.

Fraser Valley Elementary is excited to offer after school tutoring to our students thanks to the generosity of the Town of Winter Park and our FVES Parent Advisory Committee. We'll be hosting the tutoring sessions focusing on individualized student goals each Monday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This is the second year we've been able to offer this opportunity to our FVES students. Thank you for your support.

On Feb. 2 FBLA traveled to Broomfield (First Bank Center) to compete at the district competition: Henry Hoyhtya and Alistair Schwab took 1st place with their business plan, Kadin Cathey took second place with a business financials test, Lela Myers took third place with her Speech, Blake Kerber took fourth place with a brilliant business plan. Jayden Bergen, Kayla Davis, and Dylan Cormican did a website design. Unfortunately, the website design plan had technical difficulties. The winning teams will head to state on Apr. 18 to compete.

Middle Park High School's very own, Birk Irving, placed fourth in Superpipe at the "X Games" in Aspen three weekends ago. The MPHS Senior was the youngest competitor and went up against the best in the world. The competition was very exciting to watch with challenging conditions and lots of big crashes. Congrats to Birk.

Happy sounds of students and adults singing through the halls and the parking lot of FVES could be heard last week after the 5th graders and their siblings performed the Broadway, Jr. version of "Shrek, the Musical." The quality of the performances and the beauty of the production blew audiences away. Thanks to our school district and the Grand Foundation for supporting the show.

EGMS eighth graders visited Middle Park High School on Wednesday, Feb. 15 to tour the school and hear about class offerings for their freshman year.

Mountain Family Center is offering a series of free cooking classes at EGMS. The classes are every Tuesday from 4:15 – 6 p.m. Feb. 14 – March 21.

Granby Elementary School's third graders performed an instrumental concert on Feb. 16. This is the student's first time performing with instruments.

Jackie Schnellinger and Ben Polonowski, the high school counselors were in Mr. Reynolds AP Literature class talking with students about scholarships. At the end of the presentation they asked students to share what scholarship money they have already received. The first five students that responded had a total of over $250,000.

Several of the fifth grade students in Mrs. Horton's class are collaborating with the preschoolers each week on an ongoing writing project. They read a short story together and discuss a story element such as character, problem / solution, setting, etc. The pairs of students then discuss the element and the 5th graders scribe for the preschoolers as they answer comprehension questions.

Parent-teacher conferences are taking place this week at all schools.

Eighth grade students, Krista Conrad and Paige Entrican, were chosen to attend Legislative Shadow Day hosted by the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. Eighth through twelfth grade students from around Colorado, submit essays in order to be chosen to shadow a state senator or state representative at the capitol in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 23. With over 800 applicants this year, only 65 students were chosen as "shadows." We are very proud of our EGMS Students for being selected for this prestigious opportunity, especially since they were competing with mainly high school students.

Sixth grader Steffi O'Flaherty, and seventh graders Chance Hein and Osiel Sandoval represented EGMS at the district spelling bee last week. Chance Hein will represent East Grand School District at the state bee in March. Congratulations to our excellent spellers.

The GES Health Committee is hosting a family night on the Heart Course from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 1. Staff, parents, students and siblings are all welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. A light and healthy snack will be provided after participants are finished on the Heart Course.

Frank Reeves is the superintendent of the East Grand School District.