Happenings at East Grand schools
There will be an MPHS alpine race today! It is the last home race at Winter Park: 9:30 ish girls, 10:30 ish boys. Please come out and watch our skiers compete.
Fraser Valley Elementary held their annual School Spelling Bee! The competition was fierce, and Dylan Martinski, a 5th grader, won the bee by spelling the word noisome. Dylan, along with Zanna Berman and Eli Chua, both 4th graders, will be representing Fraser Valley Elementary at the EGSD Spelling Bee on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Congratulations to all of the fine spellers who participated!
The entire sophomore class at MPHS participated in the annual Jerry Groswold Challenge Day on January 28. Challenge Day is an anti-bullying program that engages students in exercises that provoke deep internal insights and empathy for others. Thank you to the Grand Foundation and the 30 adult volunteers who made this program possible.
The preschoolers at FVE will soon begin a partnership with 5th grade students during our weekly reading buddies on Monday afternoons. Our 5th grade mentors will help the preschoolers learn concepts such as character, setting, problems and solutions while reading some fun books. They will also help us learn to put our thoughts and ideas on paper by assisting with journal writing. Our eight-week session will end with a group activity between both grades to celebrate our fun collaboration.
The EGMS Fly Fishing Club is collaborating with Mrs.Larson (art teacher) to paint a 5×7 mural of a Colorado Cutthroat Trout in the sixth-grade pod.
The club is also collaborating with Trout Unlimited to host an event in April. This event will include Fly Fishing Club members, local fishing guides, and community members that will be coming together for a evening of fishing films, fun, and fish talk.
Fraser Valley Elementary second through fifth grade students celebrated meeting their first semester Reading Counts goals with a “Maker Fair” Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The sixty-seven students had a choice of two “maker sessions” that included crochet, comic books, Legos, robots, computer coding, woodworking or cardboard and duck tape creations. The students tinkered and drew, built and glued, connected batteries and wrote computing code. Special thanks to the seventeen parent and teacher volunteers, as well as these community members: Mister V. the comic man, Cindy Hald and the Grand County Library District, Carrie Valan and Nicky Cimino the crochet teachers, the EGMS Robotics Team led by Missy Quinn, Alice Samson of Kids’ Carpentry Colorado and Ken Fucik of the Rocky Mountain Boatbuilding School in Grand Lake for their time and expertise. The students proved they are readers and makers while having a terrific time.
MPHS welding will be getting new, modern welders thanks to a grant from Freeport McMoran and Henderson Mine. We appreciate their support of our CTE programs and look forward to educating and training our students to be productive future employees for jobs in Grand County.
A new after school club is starting at FVE on Feb. 4. Fourth and fifth-grade students who signed up will be participating in STEAM Dream, a project based learning club. The club will design a Makerspace for Fraser Valley Elementary. A Makerspace provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build, and invent as they deeply engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).
The GES music program has started working on the musical Peter Pan with the fifth grade group. They sang through You Can Fly and Following the Leader today while playing the xylophones. It has been fun working on Peter Pan. Each role is so unique and important.
Fourth graders are still working on their 12 bar blues on the keyboards. Almost all of the students have the I, IV and V down in the key of C. Third graders are playing the ukuleles and starting songs, such as, She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain and Don’t Worry Be Happy.
Second graders are working on pitch with the boomwackers/pitch pipes. We are building team skills to succeed as a group. They are a great group of kids. 1st grade is another fun group. They are trying to add xylophones to the songs. They have also been playing circle games and singing circle songs. Kindergarten is a great way to keep your mind fresh. This kinder group is so vibrant. We learn so much through them. We are trying to teach pitch and beat. We do a lot of movement. We are learning stop, go, fast, slow, and everything in between.
The MPHS Entrepreneurship club is exploring opportunities throughout the county. In the school, the club continues to offer coffee to students and staff every Tuesday and Thursday. This in-house business serves as an opportunity to learn about accounting, marketing, and customer services. Last week, the club teamed up with the Rotary Club for a fun night of Bingo! Several students attended the event in support of the club. A few students are taking Entrepreneurship into their own hands and have started meeting with Jayson Harris and Austin Gray from Blue Arrow Co-working Space to explore the logistics of a restaurant delivery business. This semester, the Entrepreneurship Club is looking for local entrepreneurs to come and discuss their life experience. If you are interested, please contact Ryan Wilson at the school.
Granby kindergarten students recently finished up a literacy unit with the book Snowmen at Night. Then, the snowmen left them a letter that their sleds broke and they needed help building new ones! Our little engineers were only given a notecard, a pipe cleaner, some (limited) tape, two straws, and two Popsicle sticks. They had so much fun figuring out how to put it all together to “sled” down some cookie sheet ramps.
From Fraser Elementary counseling: Kindergarten just began their problem solving unit; first grade is learning how to manage their emotions and 2nd grade is wrapping up on eight weeks of lessons to help foster empathy and compassion, which is the cornerstone for preventing bullying behaviors. Fourth and fifth grade just finished a semesters worth of practice on how to use mindfulness exercises to improve focus and attention and manage emotions.
Ms. Quinn has received her two 3D printers from the Lowe’s grant. They have been unpacked and students from the FIRST Tech Team are already using them to print items needed for their robots.
EGMS FIRST Tech Teams, Metal Minds and Gadgetrons, competed in their first competition on Saturday January 19th at Glenwood Springs High School. They were the only middle school teams to compete and did very well for their first competition. They are working to update, program, and practice driving their robots for their next competition held this weekend, Feb. 2 at Mountain Range High School in Westminster.
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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