Athletes honored for All State Teams |

Athletes honored for All State Teams

Athletes honored

The East Grand School District recognized Middle Park High School athletes named to the 2009 fall sports All-State teams on Tuesday.

Athletes are: Kaitlyn Adams and Morgan Milstead in girls softball; Samantha Berggren in girls cross-country; and Cheyenne Hickox and Elsa Krieg in girls volleyball.

Exemplary health and physical education

The East Grand School District board also recognized the East Grand School District health and physical education staff for receiving the 2009 Commissioners Choice Award by the Colorado Department of Education Colorado Legacy Foundation.

Faculty members were honored for exemplary health and wellness innovation on nutrition, physical education, health education and school-based health.

Teacher gains advanced credentials

Fraser Valley Elementary fifth-grade teacher Darcee Kissler was honored Tuesday for achieving a National Board Certification. The honor affords her a $1,600 stipend from the state that was reinstated in late September with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, and $2,000 per year from East Grand School District for the next 10 years.

National Board Certification is a widely respected model of pay-for-performance, according to the state Office of Professional Services, and is supported by teachers and administrators nationwide. More than two-thirds of the states provide salary incentives and cover the cost for teachers who pursue and achieve this advanced credential.

Basketball coach resigns

The East Grand School Board accepted the resignation of Brian Reynolds, Middle Park High School head boys’ basketball coach.

Curriculum change

Middle Park High School English and speech faculty are looking toward a change in the school curriculum. On Tuesday, faculty members suggested to the East Grand School Board removing speech and debate courses from graduation requirements and from course offerings, adding an English requirement and integrating speaking and argumentation skills into multiple disciplines.

“Several required courses in language arts, social studies/humanities, science and computer/digital technology already provide many opportunities for the practice and mastery of the skills embodied by the oral expression and listening standard,” reads a draft change to the current school curriculum.