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Happenings at East Grand schools

Frank Reeves

Students tell us the cafeteria is a place in their school where student groups are clearly—and harshly—drawn. So on Mix it Up Day 4th and 5th grade students moved out of their comfort zones and connected with someone new over lunch. It was a simple act with huge impact toward promoting healthy, welcoming school environments. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, students at Fraser Valley Elementary joined more than one million other students across the country and around the world to help break down social and racial barriers by participating in Mix It Up at Lunch Day. At the event students sat with someone new in the cafeteria, as part of our efforts to promote a healthy school climate. Cafeterias are the focus of Mix It Up because that’s where a school’s social boundaries are most obvious. Mix It Up was a positive step to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group. When students stepped out of their cliques and got to know someone, they realized just how much they have in common.

On Jan. 9, the district will hold a Community Input meeting in Granby. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at Mountain Parks Electric. This meeting is a part of our Master Planning as we seek input about our facilities and where we want to see our schools succeed in the future.

EGMS 6th grade social studies groups presented to their clients on Latin American traveling. The clients were very pleased with their options and the students had a great time planning trips throughout the hemisphere. Huge thanks to the following clients: Taylor McLachlan, Jake Chailier, Kery Harrelson, Lindsay Dalton, Courtney Lincoln, Tammy Reeves, Julie Anderson, Don Anderson

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.

GES Kindergarten participated in a Bridge Building STEM challenge this month. After reading several versions of the classic Gingerbread Man story, students brainstormed ways to help him cross the river and avoid being eaten. Students decided that building bridges would be the safest way for him to travel. After learning more about bridge building, students worked in pairs to draw bridge blue prints, explored building materials, revise their blue prints, and then build bridges out of gumdrops and toothpicks. Students then tested their bridges and fortunately for the Gingerbread Man, their bridges were strong enough for him to cross the river.

Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.

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