Happenings at East Grand schools
As the year winds down, our students are in “performance season.” This means that on almost any given night there is a concert, play, awards presentation, Project Based Learning presentations, field days, graduations, etc.… It is a joy to see our students express and show off their many great talents after another year of learning and growing.
The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited along with help from, EGMS Fly Fishing Club, EGMS teachers (John Clark, Rachel Kindsvatter and Ross Kalsow) and many others helped plant willows along Ranch Creek this past Saturday and Sunday. This was done in efforts to improve the overall stream health of this section of water, which flows into the Fraser River, which then flows into the Colorado River. This project will help improve overall stream health in this area for future generations and make healthier rivers for all of those who enjoy using them!
High School sports wrapped up their seasons last week. Here are some highlights:
In track the girls 4 x 800m relay placed 9th at State – Lizzie Barker, Hayley Friesen, Katie Trail, Leah Cormican and Daniel “Shug” Reynolds placed 8th in discus. The boys placed 3rd in the Frontier League and the girls are the Frontier League champions. Two MPHS tracksters were voted the league Track and Field Athletes of the Year: Daniel Reynolds and Elizabeth Barker. The following were named to the all conference team: First Team All-Conference: Elizabeth Barker – 4 X 800m relay, 4 X 400m relay, 800m, Katelyn Cimino – 4 X 800m relay, Leah Cormican – 4 X 400m relay, Cameryn Friesen – 4 X 800m relay, Hayley Friesen – 4 x 800m relay, Holly Harms – 4 X 400m relay, Anna Peters – shot put, discus, Selena Stoncius – 4 X 400m relay, Katie Trail – 1600m, Aironas Belivicius – 4 X 100m relay, 4 x 200m relay, Kyle Brumley – 4 X 100m relay, 4 x 200m relay, pole vault, Trystan Bucar – 4 X 100m relay, 4 X 200m relay, Ben Opatril – 4 X 100m relay, 4 X 200m relay, Daniel Reynolds – shot put, discus. Second Team All Conference: Emily Lantermans – pole vault, 4 X 200m relay, Morgan Shaw – high jump, 4 X 200m relay, Tommy Branon – pole vault Honorable Mention: Angelina Butler – shot put, discus.
MPHS baseball made it to the opening round of the state tournament and lost a hard fought game to top ranked University 3-2.
The MPHS Girls Soccer team made it to the Elite 8 of the state tournament. The Elite 8 is the furthest a MPHS soccer team has advanced in the tournament. Furthermore, 7 soccer players earned All-conference selection. Those students are sophomores Aubrey Bridge, Abby Kuhnel and Katie MacKendrick and seniors Taylor Ehlert, Lisa McClain and Peyton Olson. Taylor Ehlert also received Frontier League Player of the Year.
5th graders from F.V.E. are looking forward to applying what we’ve learned about financial literacy throughout the year by attending our field trip to AmeriTowne in Belmar on May 29th. We’d like to thank F.V.E.’s Parent Advisory Committee, City Wide Bank, Winter Park Rotary Club, and Denver Health for their contributions.
Last week all of Grand County Second Graders joined together for a fabulous outdoor education event at Hill Top Boat Landing and Point Park in Grand Lake. Students had the opportunity to learn to canoe, and cast a fishing pole. They learned about our local forest ecology and the wildlife found here in the Rocky Mountains. Students learned how to prevent pollution and keep our water clean. They also learned how to be safe in the wilderness in a mini wilderness survival lesson. Students learned about how wild land fire fighters fight forest fires. It was a fantastic experience for all! Thank you to all the federal, state, and local agencies that joined together to host this outdoor educational event for our Grand County Second Graders! The weather was perfect as well!
Congratulations to our sophomores as they wrap up an extensive research project on problems in the world that need to be solved. Topics ranged from local issues within our community, like affordable housing and traffic congestion, to worldwide problems such as ocean pollution and climate change. Teams of students have been presenting their findings to authentic audiences. We would like to thank all of the parents, school administration, community members, school board members and our State Representative, KC Becker, for attending these presentations.
First Graders at Granby Elementary School held an open house after their music informance to share and present their Google Slideshows they have created this year during their PBL block. The first grade students created two slideshows this year after being trained and taught by the 5th graders at Granby Elementary. What an awesome night celebrating learning!
Granby Elementary kindergarten pre-registration is still going on. Parents of students that will be attending Kindergarten next fall please contact Granby Elementary School for more information or stop by and pick up a pre-registration packet.
The FVE and GES 4th and 5th grade students competed in a chilly but fun field day last Wednesday. The following message was sent from Maggie Keller, who along with Lynn Burroughs (the P.E. teachers) do an incredible job of organizing field day and having the students prepared; “I just want to thank the 4th/5th grade teams, the paras, Darrell, Laura Veraldo, Sara, Mckayla Jackson, Jack, Frank, and Andy for their hard work on a not-so-perfect day!!!!! It was cold and you all came with enthusiasm and a ready to work attitude! It really does take a village to raise and child and it takes an amazing staff to pull off an excellent field day where kids are safe and truly learn! I saw some amazing things and many smiles on kid’s faces! It truly was an incredible day! Thank you!!!!!
Graduation is June 1st at 10:00 a.m. in the high school gym. It is a great time to celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2019!
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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