Happenings at East Grand schools
Senior Connor Life auditioned for and was accepted to All State Symphonic Band. He made seventh Chair. Junior Dawson Grabner auditioned for and was accepted to All State Concert Band. He made 1st Chair. Connor and Dawson also auditioned for and were accepted to Honor Jazz sponsored by Jazz Aspen Snowmass. Connor and Dawson also recently placed 1st and 2nd Chair in the Best of the West top band at Colorado Mesa.
FVE counseling is continuing it’s two month “Bully Prevention” unit. First graders are learning how to “say no” to wrong doing, the difference between tattling and telling, accepting individual differences, kindness on the playground and standing up for oneself and others or being an “Upstander”. 2nd grade is exploring why demonstrating empathy and compassion is important and all the ways one can show both and the impact empathy and compassion have on themselves, classmates, teachers, community and the world at large.
Granby Preschool PM class has just finished the Raising a Reader Program. We celebrated by each child in the class getting a Blue book bag and their own library card at the Granby Library. Raising a Reader program is a national nonprofit organization that has helped families successfully build and sustain literacy routines in their homes. Raising a Reader mission is to engage parents and caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children to foster healthy brain development, healthy family relationships, a love of reading an the literacy skills that are critical for school success.
East Grand Middle School had a Project Based Learning show case on Dec. 20 where students demonstrated to visitors their unique and incredible abilities to make escape rooms, write songs, build bridges, design fly fishing clothing, be a disc jockey, live on Mars, etc.… The students were very engaged and the projects they designed were incredible.
The fifth graders at Fraser Valley Elementary created their own poems, and they were excited to present their work at our annual poetry slam hosted by Rocky Mountain Roastery. The students’ original poems as well as the snaps of appreciation were heard on Dec. 20.
The Fraser Valley Elementary School will celebrate second through fifth grade students who have met the first semester Reading Counts goals with a Maker Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 23 after school. The theme is “We are all makers,” and students can attend two sessions, with projects ranging from robotics to woodworking to creating a comic book. Parent and community volunteers will lead each maker session. Students have until Thursday, Jan. 10 to reach their Reading Counts goals and be a part of the celebration.
Granby Elementary conducted their annual Craft and Caroling Day, Dec. 20. This day allows students to create gifts for their families, and go caroling to many of the Granby businesses. The students also participate in a ski safety presentation from Winter Park Resort and the YMCA comes and does some fun physical activities with students. It was a great day!
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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