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Happenings at East Grand schools

Frank Reeves

East Grand teachers stay very busy throughout the summer months. Many take college courses to continually work towards improving their teaching. Numerous teachers also take courses offered through the NWBOCES. We had a total of 49 participants take 10 different workshops provided by NWBOCES.

Lt. Colonel Richard Cimino presented to the FVE 5th graders on Sept. 5 about the history and importance of the U.S. Flag. He and the students practiced folding the U.S. and Colorado flags and raising them on the flagpole. This is a fifth grade responsibility at FVE and students appreciate his expertise!

Last week, the Grand Crew Program helped Colorado Parks and Wildlife with their annual surveys of the Fraser River near Safeway and near Hideaway Park. Students learned about different ways of trying to restore the health of the Fraser River and the diversity of different sections of river. They were excited to see the whirling disease-resistant species of rainbow trout now inhabiting and reproducing in the Fraser.

This week students are working on projects at the Rocky Mountain Wooden Boat School trying their hand at lofting and drafting as well as restoring old boats in the school's care. They will soon begin a restoration of their very own Crew Boat!

Students will also visit the Henderson Mill this week to join the stakeholder's visit of the Henderson Pastures where they will observe the implementation of their cattle study in the field. We hope to create a collaborative project with the mill that will incorporate student ideas about environmental stewardship and monitoring.

MPHS is offering the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 a.m. Please contact the counseling office for additional information or to sign up for the exam.

Monique Beck and Mandy McConathy, the two Special Education teachers at Fraser Valley Elementary, were awarded scholarships to attend the Reading in the Rockies Conference in October. The International Dyslexia Association sponsors this conference and both educators are excited to learn more about reading strategies and Dyslexia, as well as collaborating with other educators to support student success and educating the whole child.

Thank you MPHS parents, we have 100 percent of our students/parents completed Powerschool registration. This is huge and we are very appreciative of everyone's cooperation. Great work!

In Science class, GES fourth graders are learning about the Engineering Process by building vehicles that move on three puffs of air. The GES fifth graders are learning about the Engineering Process and energy by building windmills and watching them do work, and then of course improving their designs.

The seventh grade English students worked on communicating their backgrounds through poetry during the first week of school, writing "Where I'm From" poems based on George Ella Lyons' poem by the same name. Here are a few "Golden Lines" (a couple of the best lines from students' poems):

I am from tall mountains

Glistening silver with smell of sulfur

I am from physics

And particles

Me, at the

Center of all

These things.

I am from the Basement of my house it's fun like a foyer

I am from the Raspberry Bush

The columbine Flower

I am from rodeos and power,

I am from rolling hills and frosty mornings. From place to place and here to there

To the leprechaun took it. To running from the tickle monster.

This is a tiny sample as there were many more great poems by our seventh grade students.