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Happenings at East Grand schools

Frank Reeves

Middle Park High School was honored to have four choir students chosen for the Colorado Choir Director’s Select Choir, a 28-year tradition of excellence in choral singing for young musicians from the western side of our state. The event takes place at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Students rehearsed the challenging music that they learned on Sunday night Nov. 11 and all day Monday, Nov. 12, under the direction of the university’s choir director and performed in concert Monday night at Grand Junction High School. Please congratulate these hard-working, talented members of the MPHS choir for being amazing: Noah Hardman, Anthony Lange, Willow Fisher and Cheyenne Rotruck.

The preschool staff at FVE recently attended the Early Childhood Healthy Outdoors Summit and learned about including elements of sound in outdoor environments and decided to focus on incorporating a music wall into our playground. We affixed trashcan lids, plastic buckets, wood pieces, a washboard, ect. to the fence and added utensils and tools for banging and strumming. The kids are excited every day to make their own music. It was especially interesting to see their reaction one day when the “instruments” were covered in snow and ice and to hear them make predictions about how these things will affect the sound. “I think it will make it sound soft” said one child of the bucket that was filled with snow. “We better be gentle when banging on the icicle. It could break”, said another. We are excited to see how these little things can make such a difference in the outdoor experience we give our youngest students at FVE.

A huge shout out to the EGMS PAC who approved a request by 6th grade math teacher Megan Henderson with grant money to purchase more math manipulatives and tools for her classroom. These manipulatives will enrich her math classes so that the students can have a more hands-on approach when investigating math concepts.

Second grade Science at GES had a guest speaker on Monday & Tuesday. Ryan Lokteff of Divide Environmental and Mapping brought in river samples for the students to investigate and learn more about the bugs in our local waters. Each student used tweezers to sort the live bugs from their water sample.

MPHS welding received $1,000 of steel donated from “The Roofing Company” and delivered — so great.

They are here! After a year and a half of grant writing and then waiting for delivery, our NAO Robots have arrived at EGMS! The kids are very excited to learn more about these amazing robots. Students will be able to program them in a variety of way including a drag-and-drop method, and then 3 programming languages, Python, Java, and C+. The end goal is that 8th grade students will program the robots to read and move to a children’s book. We will then take the robots to the elementary schools and have the robots read the book to the elementary students. While we are still in the learning phase, these new robots will be integrated into our curriculum sometime after Christmas break.

FIRST Tech Robotics Teams No. 13879 and No. 15289 would like to thank the following sponsors for their gracious donations to our competition teams. Gold Sponsors: Town of Winter Park, Axis Construction Services, and Xcel Energy. Silver Sponsors: JVA and Conroy Excavating. Bronze Sponsors: The Carter Group, Millworks Construction Services LLC, Country Ace Hardware and Indian Peaks Rental, LLC. Teams have been working hard on their robots and with these donations are able to purchase needed supplies to complete the challenge for this year.

Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.

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