Happenings at East Grand schools
The Crew Program students were excited to have the opportunity to serve food at a wedding! They were trained in replacing food in steam trays, and proper table settings to ensure great service. We are also grateful to the staff at Devil’s Thumb Ranch who helped train students in catering events, how to read BOE’s, and etiquette in clearing tables for guests. The first-class treatment of our students at the Ranch was yet another reminder of what a great community we live in! Crew students are also excited to be working on their very own boats at the Rocky Mountain Wooden Boat School! We are thrilled for the opportunity to restore two sailboats and look forward to getting them on the water (with students aboard) next Spring or Fall. Thanks again to Ken Fucik for all the time and energy he donates to the students to help them learn technical skills they can put to work in the workplace. Last week, the Crew ventured overnight into Rocky Mountain National Park to experience the elk rut first hand. After learning from rangers Kimmy Gal and Sarah Hershfelt about natural history and animal behavior, we were delighted by the bull elk strutting through the campground and bugling throughout the night. We’re also looking forward to getting back into the river to help with the CPW survey of the Fraser River on Thursday. We’re anxious to see the results from the areas where the Fraser River restoration project took place in 2017. We will use this survey to help illustrate ideas of the scientific method including data collection, drawing conclusions, and reporting.
Amy Horton, Nicki Cimino, and Ann-Margaret Manyak were published in The International Literacy Association’s premier journal, The Reading Teacher. This journal has a highly selective review process and is read by educators worldwide. The article, Teaching Vocabulary for Application: Two Model Practices, highlights the collaborative research that they have been working on with Dr. Patrick Manyak at Fraser Valley Elementary.
On Wednesday, September 26th the GES 5th grade class went on a mountain biking field trip for their physical education class. Students developed their biking skills by choosing from three different types of rides including intermediate single track, beginner single track and a gravel road ride at Snow Mountain Ranch. They also received individualized instruction from Sally and Odd Brassill and Ben Koenig on their mountain bike skills course and pump track. The riding curriculum consisted of riding etiquette and skills, Leave No Trace Ethics, basic bike maintenance, and the physical benefits of bicycle riding. This event was a collaborative effort from many community members and businesses. Thank you to Bill Pierce, Mary Ann Degginger, Snow Mountain Ranch, Grand Lake Bike Company, Power World, Jeff Stahl, the Chua family, Miss Zoyiopoulos, the 5th grade team of teachers, and all the parent volunteers! Many hands make light work but in this case many hands made an outstanding and memorable day for the GES 5th grade students!
A big shout out to the Metro Foundation for the $600.00 steel donation. It was delivered for free by Alpine lumber.
Our Freshmen students are putting on a Storytelling Expo the week of Monday, October 22 – Thursday, October 25th in the commons area during study hall. This Expo will feature 10-12 teams of students on each day. Each team will have a table where they will be displaying the “Coming of Age” story of a senior or a staff member. Each Freshman will only present on one day, but they may want to attend the event each of the other days to see what their classmates prepared. We would love to see as many people as possible attend this event. We’re so excited to support these kiddos with their public performances. Here are the specific times: Monday the 22nd from 12:08-12:40, Tuesday the 23rd from 12:01-12:31, Wednesday the 24th from 12:15-12:40, Thursday the 25th from 12:08-12:40.
Don’t forget to fill out our short survey about how to spend our additional funding if amendment 73 passes. There are links on the district and each schools website.
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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