Happenings at East Grand schools
It is teacher appreciation week and in honor of our great teachers in East Grand we asked students what they loved about their teachers. Here are some of the following answers:
“They put a lot of effort into their students”
“How positive they are and how they really want us to succeed”
“ They are fun and kind of crazy”
“They love their jobs!!”
“They are fun, and exciting, they really care about us!”
“ I like how they really pull us in, and get us engaged in learning. They also help us with stuff that is going on in our lives that is not always school related. You can tell they really care about us!”
“She likes oceans and animals like me.”
“She is funny and kind. She is helpful when I don’t know what to do.”
“She’s a really nice teacher and helps when we need something. She’s thoughtful and helps us learn when we don’t understand.”
“She helps us learn.”
“He plays games with us like Silent Ball and Cahoot trivia. He shows us pictures of his dog.”
“The teachers at MPHS are very caring and supportive.”
“They want to help students reach their full potential.”
“They provide students an environment that they can ask questions, get help, and expand their knowledge of the world.”
“They try to help us not only through academic struggles, but also through social struggles.”
“She doesn’t really yell that much, she really stands up for every one of us.”
“She helps us learn and lets us have free time to go on the computer.”
“She helps us learn and makes us smart, she does activities that make us learn somehow.”
“She gives us good announcements like “put up your hood because it is raining”
“She Lets us have donut holes sometimes and lets us read to each other.”
The following is a write up from a student who went on Junior River Trip 1 last week. This is a great tribute to our teachers, staff, volunteers, administrators and everybody else who makes this event happen year after year: “Junior River Trip is one of the longest traditions at Middle Park High School. It was incredible and something that all students at MPHS should be able to experience. I believe it is extremely important for our generation to understand the beauty and importance of nature. It is going to be our generation that is going to determine the future of our planet. On this trip not only did we connect with and understand nature a bit more, but we also connected as a group and built amazing relationships. In a small school, the majority of us were born and raised together; but, through this week with no phones, no makeup, and no sense of time, I connected to these people more than I ever thought possible. It was an incredible and amazing thing to be able to experience. We were also able to connect with ourselves and find complete peace and serenity. There is no other way to describe the feeling that it gave me, and I think almost everybody else on the trip felt the same way. I was able to reflect upon myself and take time to better understand who I am and the person that I want to be. It was really unbelievable, the feeling of connection and peace we had by the end of the week. The food was amazing, the company was fantastic, and the joy was astonishing. Junior River Trip was definitely the best thing I’ve ever done, and I would give anything to go back.” — Grace Johnson – JRT 1 2019
Granby Elementary Preschool students celebrated completing Raising a Reader Program by having a parents meet us at the Granby Library to sign their children up for their own library card and receiving their own Blue Book Bag to hold all their books they check out. GES Preschool families have been taking red book bags home to read and build the love of sharing books together for the last 10 weeks. Each family has been able to read up to 100 books together thanks to the Raising a Reader Program.
Come celebrate the young artist at FVE! In the Frasier Public Library on May 9th 3:30-5 p.m.
In their Senior year of High School, students are required to take a semester course on Government and Economics. Although students are currently studying Economics, these two topics came together once again when Grand County Commissioner Rich Cimino visited the Senior class on the first day of May. In preparation for the visit, students studied the Grand County Budget for 2016 and then proposed some ideas on how they wanted their tax dollars spent. Many students proposed additional funding for education, and quickly learned that the County is not responsible for educational appropriations. Others recommended funding for the environment, child protective services, and tourism. As Commissioner Cimino discussed the presentations he gave students insight into how local governments differ from the Federal Government, how debt and deficits impact local planning, and the difference between state funding for roads and county funding.
Teacher Julie Eaton would like to thank our district health committee for providing staff at GES with a personal trainer from Mountain Life Fitness. She comes to the school and provides an hour of weights and cardio, weekly. Each participant pays $7 per class (reasonable price) for the convenience of working out at school. Thanks for this opportunity to make us healthier and, yes, extremely sore!
On Wednesday and Thursday of next week, 21 middle school students will compete as 3 teams at the BOCES Model UN competition in Steamboat.
The Crew been busy lately learning to program and write code. Students had the opportunity to compose commands that could fly a drone; including making it roll, pitch, and yaw. The drones were purchased through a grant from Mountain Parks Electric; Thank you for your support! Students also put their new sewing skills to work making weighted lap blankets for students at the elementary school. We also made weighted scarves to drape on students’ shoulders. These heavy items help students regulate their body systems so they’re ready for the classroom. Thank you to City Market for supporting this project by donating a gift card used for filling materials. Crew also got the chance to visit the shop/warehouse of John Hankla, local paleontologist. Students learned how and where dinosaur digs happen, how molds are made, and what happens to these ancient relics once they’re discovered. Many thanks to John for welcoming the students into his space and giving us the fantastic opportunity to see a paleontologist at work!
We are currently in the midst of our internship section. Students are spending two weeks with professionals or volunteers in their field of interest. Thank you to Sharon Farrell at Winter Park Wellness, Nicole Robinson with NSCD, Ken Fucik at the Rocky Mountain Wooden Boat School, Forest Kauffman with DuctWorks Inc, AJ Wix at Pain & Pleasure, Amy Miller at Little Sprouts, Rhonda Hill at Granby Preschool, Steve Pisano at Device Doctor, and Brien Rose at Blue Valley Ranch for giving our students the opportunity to learn in the field. We couldn’t make Crew such a special experience without your generous time and energy.
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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