Happenings at East Grand schools
MPHS is running a four-week Summit Olympics event with games running every Thursday starting Feb. 25. Help make the long stretch between breaks more exciting and promote school spirit.
High School students will be joined the fourth- and fifth-grade science fair at GES on Feb. 19 to be the judges for the student project. Super fun!
Crew is launching some long-term projects that will require students to plan, budget, and organize over several months. We are partnering with the Historical Society to create and implement a plan to replace the sod roof on the blacksmith’s shop at the Pioneer Museum. We are also partnering with GCWIN to be a part of River Watch. Students will collect water samples, test the water for hardness and alkalinity using titration, and send samples to the River Watch lab for analysis of the presence of metals. The data is then entered into a state-wide database which tracks the health of our waterways available at coloradoriverwatch.org. Finally, we are excited to begin our art project with local artist Howard Neville. We began a leather shaping and stamping project and look forward to working with several other media. Thanks to the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch for the chance to work at the craft shop with Howard!
At the recent Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala, Middle Park High School counselor, Kate Walker, was honored with the Clyde Rogers Award, for her contributions to recreational tennis players in Colorado. We are very proud of Kate and all of the work she does making health and wellness a top priority for children in Grand County.
Third graders at Fraser Valley are getting ready for their mid-unit recorder informance on Wednesday, Feb. 13. An informance is an informal performance where parents will get to see what a music class may look like for third graders who are learning recorder.
Two weeks ago the student council at GES performed the book “One” by Kathryn Otoshi. The book talks about being the one that stands up to bullies.
First graders at Granby Elementary continue to learn about communities in their project-based learning block. They had a wonderful time touring and meeting with the Mayor of Granby on a field to Town Hall on Monday, Feb. 4! The kids learned about how a Mayor leads a community and how a community operates!
From Katy Lois, MPH who leads our Oral Health Screenings: I wanted to send out a brief report summarizing the results of yesterdays GES Oral Health Screenings. The day was very successful. Together, this collaboration allowed us to: Give preventive oral health education to 316 (94 percent) children; Give preventive oral health materials to 335 (100 percent) children; Give oral health screenings to 197 (59 percent) children; Give preventive fluoride to 144 (43 percent) children. Importantly, we were able to find 30 children (15 percent of those screened) with untreated tooth decay. This percent is slightly higher than last year, making these screening days very useful, especially as new never-screened children join the growing school.
On average, 320.8 million work/school hours are lost each year, due to dental problems in the United States. So the one day we spend each year for this is, over time, a very worthy investment. Thank you to everyone who took time to make this happen for our kids.
Two weeks ago, the GES second grade took an imaginary trip to the country of China and learned about the country, culture, and the special celebration of the Chinese New Year. Students created passports and were given money for their trip to China. They learned about China, learned about Chinese culture and Chinese New Year with Ms. Lin Long, (Owner of the Pearl Dragon) and shopped in a Chinese market where they practiced their money counting skills. The kids wanted to thank Ms. Lin Long for the special gift of Lai-see. Lai-see is a special red envelope with chocolate treats, money, and a special wish for good luck for the rest of the year. Such a great cultural learning experience!
The fifth graders at F.V.E. interviewed with community members for jobs at AmeriTowne on the 13th. They prepared for this real life experience by writing resumes, filling out applications, and interviewing for their jobs. Some of the scholar’s responses were: “Even though the interviews were nerve wracking, I felt better once they got started. I felt like a teenager applying for a job.” – Denny and “The people interviewing us were nice, so it helped with my nervousness.” –Van. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Baum, Commissioner Cimino, school board member Mr. Raegner, Mr. Kettelwell, Mrs. Cheryl Horton, Mrs. Ledin, Mr. Gustafson, Mr. Radcliffe. The interviews were a success!
4th and 5th grade science fair was Tuesday-Thursday this week at GES. High school students interviewed students about projects in the afternoon on Tuesday. Community members did final judging Wednesday morning. Awards ceremony was Wednesday at 1:00 for finalists.
The EGMS Football players helped the East Grand Gridiron Club sell doughnuts as a fundraiser at City Market. Big thank you to Jacob, Ethan, Mason, and Joseph for helping out. Special thank you to D.J. as he stayed the whole day to help out! Also would like to thank the Gridiron Club for all their hard work and support to the football programs at East Grand.
A busy post-season sports week at MPHS: Girl’s Basketball will play in the league semi-finals at Sheridan HS on Thursday. The Girls will play at either 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Those games are also at Sheridan. Boy’s Basketball will play Bruce Randolph for 5th place at Sheridan High School on Saturday at 12:30.Nordic and Alpine skiing will be at the state ski meet in Durango. Wrestling will be at the state tournament in Denver starting Thursday. Good Luck to all of our student/athletes.
Two MPHS students received great honors last week on a state level: A letter from Tami Losasso, Chapter Director of Colorado Thespian; “I wanted to take a moment to send this congratulations on behalf of Colorado State Thespians. Last week, your Middle Park High School student Henry Kacik was named one of 10 Colorado State Thespian Officers for the 2019-20 school year! Henry was chosen from among nearly 70 applicants to be a peer leader and a student who helps plan and facilitate a conference for over 5,000 middle and high school theatre students and educators. It takes outstanding leaders like yourself and Ms. McDougall to foster wonderful student leaders like Henry. Congratulations on this honor, and thank you for your support of educational theatre at Middle Park High School.”
Wrestler Tel Linke was named the Wrestler of the Week in Colorado by InsideColoradoWrestling.com. Tel won the regional tournament by pinning his three opponents in less than five minutes. One of those opponents was the number two ranked wrestler in the state. Congrats to Tel and Henry, you both represent MPHS and East Grand well.
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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