Happenings at East Grand schools
Being a member of the Entrepreneurship Club, students have the opportunity to visit local business start-ups and learn from the experiences of entrepreneurs in the field. Last month, the group visited Tens Products in Granby, and this past Friday, five students from the club visited Blue Arrow Co-Working Space in Winter Park. The brain child of Austin Gray and Jayson Harris, students sat down to discuss topics such as co-working, small business overhead, getting started with a new business, social responsibility in business, and identifying talent. The Entrepreneur Club will continue to visit and learn from local entrepreneurs every month next semester. The club is also venturing into their own entrepreneurship endeavor by operating a coffee shop at Middle Park High School before school and during lunch.
Granby Elementary has two holiday concerts coming up: On Dec. 10, Kindergarten, first and second graders have their holiday performances; On Dec. 17, third, fourth and fifth graders perform their holiday program.
Our annual craft and caroling day is Thursday Dec. 20 watch for Granby Elementary students singing in the neighborhood and down along Main street.
The grades 3-5 ELL students at Fraser Valley Elementary have started a pen pal program with the Spanish 3 students at MPHS. This fun exchange provides an authentic and engaging way for all students to practice their new language skills. The first round of letters have been exchanged with much enthusiasm and excitement. The program will culminate with FVE students inviting the high school pals and their teacher to the Annual Spring Pot Luck dinner.
The Middle Park High School Body Shaping class went to Granby Elementary to teach the K-2 classes dance. The high school students learned and choreographed dances, then taught them to the elementary school students. It was a great leadership opportunity for the high school role models and a great workout for the elementary students who were strengthening their hearts. Positive connections were made between the levels.
Ms. Jody Mintken, owner of Channel 17 – Mountain TV, spent Tuesday, Dec. 4 with Sophomore English classes to help them understand how their current unit on persuasion connects to the real world. As part of their Semester One Final, students will be creating a persuasive campaign about a local business, person, product or idea. Students have the option of creating a commercial for this project. Ms. Mintken has offered a contest for the students: The best commercial from each class will run on Channel 17 for three months! We would like to extend a great big thank you to Jody Mintken for offering this awesome opportunity for our students!
The NCAA DII National Cross Country 12th place team was UCCS. It was a very muddy race. MPHS alum Mark Simmons came in 110th place with a 10k time of 34.42.
Fourth graders at GES learned about coding on Thursday by participating in an Hour of Code. This is a national event that happens each year to encourage students to learn about coding.
The combined Winter Band Concert for East Grand Middle School and Middle Park High School will be Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the MPHS Auditorium. MPHS Jazz Band will also play a few numbers.
The Independent Sports Club of Grand Lake has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Band Programs to be divided between MPHS and EGMS Bands. This will go a long way towards instrument maintenance and repairs and purchasing of instruments and supplies. We are very grateful for their generous support of our efforts!
Allison Life was inspired after reading an article on the kids with cancer that are treated at St. Jude’s Hospital to start a fundraiser for these children and their families. She wants to help the hospital in their mission to pay all the families’ expenses while their kids are receiving treatment. She decided that one of the ways she can show support is to shave her head. With the help of Abby Loberg, EGMS is dedicating their assembly at 3:30 next Thursday, Dec. 13, to this effort, and at that time Allison and classmate Alexis Ayala will allow the top student, teacher and business fundraisers to be the first to shave part of their heads in front of the entire student body. If anyone would like to contribute, they can go to fundraising.stjude.org/baldequalsbeautiful and click on Make a Gift to donate, or drop cash or checks by the office at the middle school. Checks should be made out to St. Jude’s Hospital. The assembly is open to all who want to attend.
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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