Happenings at East Grand schools
This will be the last article until we start up again next August. Everyone have a safe, fun and exciting summer.
District office ours throughout the summer will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday each week. School offices will be open until June 20th but they will check messages and mail throughout the summer.
Seeing our schools empty out is bittersweet every year but the past two weeks have been fantastic. Attending awards presentations, continuations and graduations is a great reminder that East Grand is full of great kids and families. Seeing the success and character of our students is something we should all take great pride in.
This year the MPHS Interact Club (Rotary) held 4 food drives at City Market. They collected 960 pounds of human food, 20 pounds of pet food and $804.65. This all goes to support the food pantry and a senior citizen income tax preparation program. This is the 5th year that our high school Interact Club has worked with Mountain Family Center and it is a great partnership that helps our communities.
The 4th grade at FVES had a visit on Tuesday from their friends Tashi and Karma. They own the lodge that is near the Sir Edmund Hillary School. This school is our sister school. It is in the Khumbung region of Nepal. It is a Kinder-10th grade school and the students can board there or walk. We established this relationship 3 years ago and at the beginning of the year, the 4th grade write letters to the students. Then when Tashi and Karma return to Winter Park, they bring back letters from Nepal.
The GES 4th graders had an epic camping trip last week. Snow didn’t slow these mountain kids down and everyone was able to participate in archery, orienteering, fishing, hiking, and learning about scat, fish, plants, space and much more. We are thankful to all the volunteers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Rocky Mountain National Park, parents and staff that make this experience possible.
On Tuesday a group of GES fifth grade students and a few fourth graders put on a field day for grades K through 3 in Pollhamus Park. This event was an optional leadership opportunity for all fifth graders and the event took a lot of preparation from the fifth grade students. The kindergarten through third grade students participated in ten events ranging from competitive games like running races to just having fun like eating popsicles and face painting. The competitive games targeted physical education skills and standards that students have been working on throughout the school year. The fifth grade students put on a fine event with a lot of compliments from the younger students, parents, and staff! Way to go GES 5th Graders!
Parents and students that were unable to attend the Granby Elementary School Kindergarten Roundup, pre-registration can still be done. Stop by GES to pick up a pre-registration packet or call the office at 970-887-3312 for more information.
Granby Elementary kindergarteners enjoyed a field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park last week. Teachers, kids, and parents enjoyed a hike, picnic lunch, and sightings of moose and elk! After lunch, the Grand Lake Fire Department taught students about forest fire safety and let everyone climb in their trucks and ring the bell. Parks and Wildlife let students explore animal pelts and make animal tracks in play doh. It was the best day, and we are so thankful to all of these community partners for making it possible!
MPHS graduated 78 students last Saturday. These students have been awarded over $1,000,000.00 in scholarship and aid with an amazing $156,000.00 coming from local support. Incredible work by the students and support from Grand County.
Ms. Dalton’s High School English classes are doing final PBL presentations dealing with solving an authentic life problem. Excellent presentations have been made with community and statewide leaders attending those presentations.
Middle School student Dane Jensen has been on a mission to get the district to change the assessment we use called IReady. He presented to our school board, presented to the middle school teachers and his letter was sent to the company. Late last week, the CEO of Curriculum Associates (parent company of IReady) sent a letter back to Dane addressing his issues and promising specific changes. This is a great example of how our students can address life problems and create change. Great work Dane.
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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