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Happenings at East Grand schools

Frank Reeves

East Grand has started working on a Master Plan to help determine our future needs. As a part of this process we are seeking input from each of the communities in our district. It is important that our improvements, both physical (buildings and ground) and in terms of our mission and vision reflect the values of our stakeholders. We will be having two Community Input meetings next Monday, Dec. 3. We will be meeting at the Grand Lake Center at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and a discussion, then later in Winter Park at the town hall. That meeting will start at 5:30. If you can't make either of those meetings we will have more in our other towns in Jan. and February. Those dates have not been set yet. Please come to a community input meeting and be a part of our future.

The Grand Crew is continuing a culinary section by learning from special guests Jean-Claude Cavalera and Escoffier Culinary School instructor Janet Rörschåch. They discussed entrepreneurship, culinary school, and careers in the restaurant industry. Chef Jean-Claude then welcomed students into his restaurant, Stillwater Grill, to show them how his kitchen and restaurant are run. Students learned to make pizza dough and got to slide their hand-made creations into the brick oven for a delicious meal! Crew staff and students were feeling even more to be thankful for after our time with Chef! Students are also earning a serve-safe certification so they can enter the restaurant industry with some knowledge and experience in food safety and preparation. We are doing this in cooperation with Joe Lavato and his staff at the YMCA. Thank you to those involved!

Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday the Student Council at FVE lead students in a canned food drive benefiting Mountain Family Center. As a school we donated over 500 non-perishable items to MFC food pantry. Students loaded boxes of food into MFC vehicles before leaving for Thanksgiving break. As a result of meeting our goal, Student Council proposed to Dr. Chamberlin a "school wide PJ day." The proposal was approved and on Wednesday, Nov. 28 FVE students celebrated by wearing their pajamas to school.

Students at FVE have been busy painting mini masterpieces in the art room on Thursday afternoons for "Art For A Cause" On Saturday, Nov. 1seventh students packed up over 150 paintings, set up a table, and sold the mini masterpieces at the Holiday Artisan Fair at the Rec Center. "Art For A Cause" has raised over $900 this year and will be split between Mountain Family Center and Mountain Pet Rescue. Thank you to all the student artist, parent volunteers, and support of the community!

Band Director Brad Pregeant will be taking some MPHS Band students to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Dec. 7 and 8. They will participate in the Best of the West Music Festival with a closing concert on campus Saturday at 6 p.m..

The Winter Park Competition Center Academy at MPHS got underway this quarter. We have 26 athletes from the following disciplines involved: snowboard, alpine, nordic, park and pipe, moguls, big mountain. These athletes have begun their modified schedule with their core classes in the morning and are leaving at noon to train on the mountain. The alpine racers are already competing in their first giant slalom race in Copper this week. They are: Jakob Wollan, Brendan Droll, Jack Orear, Ella Wiser, Greyson Cromer and then we will have the park and pipe athletes leaving for Copper next week to compete in the FIS Toyota Grand Prix. Those students are: Hunter Carey, Svea Irving. The rest of the disciplines will have their first events in December and January.

Art students at EGMS are studying glass artist Dale Chihuly. As their unity project all art students and some staff are working together to create a Chihuly chandelier using recycled plastic bottles. The nine-foot sculpture will hang in the stairwell.

At the middle school we are having the annual Shining Stars Toy Drive. Shining Stars is a non-profit organization that helps families with kids battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Students should bring a new, unwrapped toy between now and Dec. 20th, to brighten the holiday season for those who are less fortunate.

The MPHS Counseling Department and Grand County Higher Ed are co-sponsoring a combined East Grand/West Grand visit to the Colorado Mountain College Leadville campus on Monday, Dec. 10. Students will tour the campus, learn about programs of study, and get treated to lunch in the student center.

GES Music teacher Laura Veraldo has made some videos of her fourth grade classes playing the keyboards. The students had the opportunity to be composers, creating their own song and playing with the sound features of the keyboard. They then recorded their songs and evaluated their sound. She is also creating videos to share ideas back and forth with the music program in Fraser.

The EGMS FIRST Tech Teams, Team #13879 EGMS Metal Minds and Team #15289 EGMS Gadgetrons, would like to thank the following sponsors for their gracious donations to our teams! Gold Sponsors: Acord Asphalt, Harms & Sons, and the EGMS PAC Members. Bronze Sponsor: Country Ace Hardware in Granby.

We'd also like to send a huge thank you to the EGMS PAC Members who sponsored the team through a grant. This grant along with many other donations allowed our teams to purchase the competition field. Having the field to practice on and test our programming is a huge asset to our teams and we are so grateful to all the GOLD sponsors along with the EGMS PAC for their dedication to this great STEM opportunity for the students of EGMS!

EGMS eighth Grade students met with marketing expert Coy Jennings from Design Coy to gain insight into what it takes to creating a Marketing Video. Thank you to Coy Jennings for taking the time out of his busy day to speak with our students. Now that the eighth graders have learned about marketing videos they will be working in groups the next few weeks to create a marketing videos for their communities.

EGMS seventh Graders are finishing up their Book Trailer videos. They have been working the last few weeks to design and create a book trailer of their favorite book using iMovie and Garageband. The top videos will be highlighted in the school library using QR Codes to access the YouTube video of their trailers.

And last, we are always proud to hear about and share the accomplishments of our alumni:

Mark Simmons(MPHS alumni 2016) and the Cross Country Team from UCCS (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs)will be running at the NCAA DII National Champship Race Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh PA! Congrats Mark and good luck.

Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.

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