Happening at East Grand schools
East Grand School District Superintendent
• East Grand 8th-Graders Ruby Yoder, Rosie Trotter, Chance Hein and Nick Life have all been selected to participate in Middle School Honor Band representing our District. They will perform May 4 at Summit Middle School at 5:30 p.m. They were chosen based on submitted auditions.
• In EGMS technology classes: Sixth graders have finished programming their Frogger games and are now working in groups to create their own game and controller using the computational thinking patterns they learned while programming Frogger and a Makey Makey to build a circuit controlling the computer. Seventh graders just finished programming their Pacman games where they learned two new computational thinking patterns to get the Ghosts to chase Pacman. They also challenged themselves to use the programming they have learned to add new features to their games. We are now starting a unit on circuits using an Arduino board. They will learn how to build a basic circuit, program the light to turn on and off, and then build on their knowledge to create multiple circuits and program them to turn on and off at different times. 8th graders finished programming their Contagion Simulation this past week. They learned about global vs. local variable, simulation properties and why they are important when running a simulation for different variables, and then ran their simulation collecting data like a scientist or doctor might to see how a disease spreads. To build on this, after break students will be creating their own simulation that will represent how a genetic disease is spread using a punnet square and the probability of children being a carrier, having a recessive gene, or not having the disease at all.
• MPHS has received a grant from the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation (CYTF) to start an after-school tennis club. The club will play at the Raffety Park Tennis Courts beginning on April 30 and the grant will provide equipment for participants.
• Fourth graders at GES have been learning about sound energy and are ending their unit by engineering instruments that can change both pitch and volume.
• Raising a Reader has begun at Fraser Valley Elementary Preschool and the teachers are so excited about the participation from both kids and parents! Raising A Reader (RAR) is a national family engagement and literacy program that has helped more than 1.5 million children and families successfully build, practice and sustain literacy routines vital to academic success since 1999. RAR’s mission is to engage caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading, and the literacy skills critical for school success. RAR builds on the knowledge that the first five years are the most important time for brain development and that children thrive in the context of nurturing, responsive relationships. FVE preschool has begun a 12-week session of take home book bags, exposing it’s students to 60 beautiful books in their home environment. The session will end with a celebration at the Fraser Valley Public Library where each child will receive a personalized blue library bag, and families will be encourage to sign up for the summer reading program. FVE preschool would like to thank Grand Beginnings, Fraser Valley Elementary PAC and Grand County Library District for making this program possible.
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