Happenings at East Grand schools
It is spring break. We hope everyone has a safe, happy and restful break.
Preschool through second-grade students at FVE participated in a visit from Maci MacPherson from Rocky Mountain National Park who provided interesting and engaging lessons about the animals around us. We learned about Antlers and Horns, Camouflage and how animals survive in the winter. Thanks, Ranger Maci!
Starting Thursday evening, March 28, we will be hosting some of Colorado High School’s and our surrounding state High School’s bands and choirs. As in years gone past, they have been using our facility to give other High School students a taste our world here in Grand County, while being judged by the finest Judges for their performances. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy all performances. They will be here for the next four weeks, so there will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to come and enjoy.
The Grand Crew spent the last week in Utah learning about the outdoors, teamwork, citizenship, character, etc. They spent the week camping and exploring.
GES students collected 310 food items for the Mountain Family Center. Representatives from the student council delivered the food as part of a walking field trip. All students will celebrate the success of the food drive with a crazy hair day. Good work GES!
Students at the Fraser Valley Elementary School learned about the tradition of oral storytelling with Carol Schroer, a long-time Grand County resident, former educator and librarian. Schroer visited during the week of April 25 and shared two to three stories for all students, from kindergarten through third grade, and told a longer “Jack Tale” to the fourth and fifth graders. She weaved interactive tales of a narcoleptic gunney wolf, a safari to Africa, and a man named Jack who sought his fortune, among others. She reminded the students that storytelling allows you to create the pictures in your mind, and our minds do it very well. Schroer loves visiting the school because the students are so engaged in the stories and she appreciates the thank-you notes she receives from them afterwards. Many thanks to Carol for sharing her talents with the FVE Eagles.
Here are the track results from our meet Thursday at Denver South’s Rebel Invitational: Shug Reynolds – second discus, Shug Reynolds – seventh shotput, Ben Opatril – fifth 300m hurdles, Girls 800m medley – sixth (Emily, Katie, Holly, Selena), Girls 3200m relay (4 X 800) – sixth (Lizzie, Leah, Hayley, Katie), Girls 1600m relay (4 X 400) – fifth (Selena, Holly, Lizzie, Katie). Personal Records: Katelyn Cimino – 3200m, Kylee Brammer – shot put, Shug Reynolds – shot put, Shug Reynolds – discus, Kyle Brumley – 200m, Kyle Brumley – pole vault, Cameron Kirwan – triple jump, Ben Opatril – 300m hurdles. Impressive work for a team that has not been able to work out on a track yet.
Sophomores are embarking on their next project in English. Each team has identified a problem in the world that they think needs to be solved. Over the next few weeks, they will research the root causes of the problem and compile their findings in a formal research paper. Then, they will use the Design Thinking process to develop an innovative idea to solve their chosen problem. Solutions will be presented in a variety of symposiums. These presentations will be open to the public. Check back in April for dates, times and topics!
MPHS Freshmen have been seen around school filming for a project they are working on in Freshmen English.
EGMS teachers participated in a pre-spring break “book exchange” yesterday. The goal was to trade books and enjoy some spring break reading time.
Students at Fraser Valley had a giant purple dinosaur visit during lunch yesterday. With the theme of “take me out to the ballgame” on opening day, Rockies mascot DINGER paid a visit and celebrated with the students. Thanks to the Colorado Rockies and good luck this season.
A big thanks to our MPHS Entrepreneurship club who worked really hard last Friday changing light bulbs in our high school hallways. Not only will this save energy, it also brightens our halls up.
Grand Lake Lawyer and Constitutional scholar Brian Blumenfeld visited seniors who are taking Government on Wednesday. The students have been studying the U.S. Constitution and are writing an essay on the democratic and undemocratic nature of different structures in the government. As a speaker at Constitution Week, Blumenfeld has given speeches on the role that the Athenian Democracy played in influencing the founders of the Constitution. During class, students engaged with Blumenfeld on discussion concerning the electoral college, judicial review, executive orders, and the process of how a bill becomes a law. The students will then use this information to write an essay discussing these intricacies in U.S. government.
Mr. Hick 6th grade classes are presenting on their Aztec, Inca and Maya invention projects. The inventions are designed to help solve social problems from Aztec, Inca and Maya civilizations. Students have worked hard most of this quarter on the unit and are doing great with their presentations. We have had many parents in to watch them test out their prototypes. Fun stuff!
On Thursday, April 25, MPHS will host Band Project Day! High School Band students from East Grand, West Grand, South Routt and Hayden will present a concert of traditional Band music and jazz. There is no admission fee, and the concert will be at 5 p.m.
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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