Happenings at East Grand schools
East Grand Middle School’s full time academy is off to a great start! EGSD’s partnership with the Winter Park Competition Center supports some tremendous athletes. This year, the middle school has 19 students participating: 11 alpine, three big mountain, three freestyle, one park & pipe and one boarder cross. Students train Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday for their events. So far, our alpine skiers have had multiple top three finishes and many top 10 finishes. Competition for the other disciplines begins in the next few weeks. Participants are: Emma B., Noah B., Henry B., Lucas C., Lawson D., Garrett G., Kasen H., Ryley H., Alex J., Noah K., Olivia N., Erik M., Asher M., Keely M., Connor M., Liam P., Beck W., Lucy W., and Sebastian W.
Be sure to read the Sky-Hi News’s article on Beck Ward, one of our freestyle skiers and look for the future successes of our athletes. http://www.skyhinews.com/news/snow-bros-ward-brothers-pursue-skiing-greatness-in-grand-county/.
Chef Steve from Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder visited MPHS catering classes on Jan. 9. He gave a brief presentation about Auguste Escoffier, as well as the school and its offerings. During his visit he demonstrated knife skills and made pico de gallo with the students. The Crew Program is preparing for our snowshoe trip to the High Lonesome Hut by snowshoeing and exploring some great trails throughout the county. Students are enjoying the fresh air and fitness on their local public lands. We would like to thank Andy Miller for facilitating our use of the hut and allowing the Crew to use the facility at no charge!
We are also supporting the exciting partnership between Granby Elementary School’s Physical Education Class and Nordic Rocks, brought to us by Bill Pierce with the YMCA. Crew students have been the big kids helping the K-2 students learn to ski and have fun on the snow.
We are also thrilled to launch a project with the Grand County Historical Association to fund and replace a new sod roof for the school building at the Pioneer Village Museum. Students will engage in fund-raising, marketing, and outreach; and help this project from start to finish. We would like to thank Shanna Ganne, the ED with GCHA for spending time with students and for her efforts to engage youth with the endeavor.
We are blessed to have a supportive community! Granby Elementary Grades K-5 physical education classes are half way through a three week cross-country skiing unit. Snow Mountain Ranch and Bill Pierce, the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Director and ski coach spearheaded the event by donating 35 pairs of nordic skis. Countless volunteers including GES parents/grandparents, SMR volunteers, Bill Pierce, Kaylene Loo, and students representing the MPHS Crew Program have helped assist students with securing the skis to their feet, coaching, and endless encouragement. Last week students participated in dryland training, preparing them for two weeks on snow. Peter Butrymovich from the town of Granby has graciously groomed and maintained a nordic track in Pollhamus Park across the street from the school! The GES students are blessed to have such a supportive community! Thank you!
The Grand Crew kiddos came to GES the Thursday before break and helped 2nd and 3rd grades with their craft rotations. We loved having them help out!
Fifth grade students at Fraser Valley Elementary participated in an Underground Railroad simulation. The students then wrote journal entries about their individual journey.
MPHS hosted an alpine ski meet at Winter Park last Friday and here are the results: Girls – Team 4th place, individually: Ella* – 1st place, combined time 2:31.61, Mia* – 28th Place, combined time 3:17.89, Julianne* – 34th Place, combined time 3:29.38, Taylor – 36th Place, combined time 3:31.08, Morgan – 37th Place, combined time 3:33.14, Allison – 42nd Place, combined time 3:40.97, Bethanne – DNF, Sofia – DNF. Ella Wiser not only won the event but she is now qualified to race at state. Boys – Team 2nd place, individually: Brendan* – 2nd Place, combined time 2:14.53, Mason* – 6th Place, combined time 1:18.75, Casey* – 8th Place, 1:20.85, Zach – 10th Place, 1:22.68, Connor – 40th Place, 1:48.38, Britton – 42nd Place, 1:52.86, Nicholas – 50th Place, 2:04.67, Sam K – 51th Place 2:06.36, Sam P – 55th Place 10:59.92. Brendan, Mason, Casey and Zach are all qualified to race at state. Congrats to all skiers!
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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