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Happenings at East Grand schools: 2 FIRST robotics teams this year

Frank Reeves

We are inviting all community members to fill out a survey concerning Amendment 73. If passed this amendment will bring just over $2 million to our district annually. The survey only takes a few minutes and we are trying to get feedback on how to best spend the money in our local district. Here is a link to the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/b0bXudIdO9qkJKTE3.

East Grand Middle School will have two FIRST Tech Robotics Teams this year, the Metal Minds and Gadgetrons! After having a very successful first year with the Metal Minds, during the 2017-18 competition season, we have increased our numbers and will be competing an additional team this year, the Gadgetrons! The new rookie team was able to secure a grant for $500 to offset the cost of the registration fee and initial kit needed to start building their robot. We would like to thank the generous sponsors who make the FIRST Tech Challenge Team Grants possible.

On average it cost a minimum of $2,500 for a team to compete each year. Students will also be coming around to businesses looking for support. If your business is interested in supporting this amazing opportunity for the kids, please contact Missy Quinn at missy.quinn@egsd.org and we will arrange for a group of students to present what FIRST is about to your company leaders.

MPHS Counseling Department has been working with Senior English Classes discussing Post-Secondary Options, as well as Senior Year planning timeline. Students are learning about applications, scholarships, and FAFSA. Students who complete College Application Month activities are also eligible to win a $1,000 scholarship from collegeincolorado.org.

FVE fifth graders participated in their first Debate this week as part of their Word Generation unit. Students researched their topics, wrote their claim, warrant, and impact, and debated their opponents. Some comments from students were: Our team communicated with each other really well. We need to take time to practice before our rebuttal. We were all working really hard.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, four members of the MPHS art club participated in National Portfolio Day at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. Students had their visual arts portfolios reviewed by college representatives from Art and Design colleges from all over the country to help them to prepare for the college application and portfolio review process.

This quip came from our Cross Country coach Scotty Hicks: “MPHS cross country won both gender teams titles at the West Grand Invitational. It was good stuff!” Congratulations to both teams.

MySchoolBucks is back online. We refreshed our lunch service hardware this summer and had some software difficulties getting payment to processing restored. Payment processing has been restored and has been running as expected for the past two weeks.

At Fraser Valley Elementary, the third, fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in an after school choir that begin rehearsals on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in preparation for their winter concert.

Congratulations to the class of 2021 at Middle Park High School for winning the “wear a hat for a day fundraiser”. The class of 2021 collected the most money toward the purchase of an Elkay filtered water fountain for MPHS. Each student in the Class of 2021 won a water bottle to use at the new fountain throughout the school year. A big thank you to the MPHS Health Team Co-Leaders Christine Dubois-Miller and Wendy Hoffmeister for organizing this student fundraising event.

Several of EGSD’s School Health Professionals attended the 2018 SHP Conference Sept. 25 and 26. The Conference engages our School Health Professionals in a multitude of best practice social/emotional learning activities that they will bring back to each of their schools. The skills and activities they are bringing back will give our staff and students specific strategies and (self-management) tools to assist them in navigating their social/emotional development in positive and productive ways

The GES fourth graders had a fun-filled, learning adventure in Denver last week. The field trip included the Denver Art Museum and the Colorado History Museum.

Granby Preschool took a field trip to the Granby Community Gardens last week. Students and parent volunteers walked to the gardens and toured the all the gardens. We then harvested carrots and strawberries from Ms. Rhonda’s community garden bed. Early Educators did a study on how seeds to grow and what food grows in a gardens.

Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.

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