Happenings at East Grand schools
An important note from Mike Thompson, director of transportation: The past several days have been heartbreaking and tragic for the school transportation industry, the students we transport, and their loved ones. I encourage you to be extra diligent at your bus stops.
As transporters, we are responsible to transport thousands of students nationwide on a daily basis. In fact, the TSA estimates that there are over 480,000 school buses nationwide transporting daily. Although we consistently train our operators on safe loading and unloading procedures, we are unable to control other vehicles on the roadway. Per the Loading and Unloading Survey, Colorado had the following statistics for one single day.
Please join East Grand as we keep the families of these students, the bus drivers, the school staff, classmates, first responders, and police officers in our thoughts as they deal with these tragic and life changing events. Thank you!
Last week student-athletes from MPHS visited the grades third through fifth PE classes to play games and share some healthy choices and habits with the younger students. The messages included the importance of getting good grades, saying no to drugs and alcohol, what it looks like to be a good teammate, and being kind to others. The experience was incredible learning experience for everyone!
Three MPHS Band members auditioned and were accepted to Northwest Colorado District 8 Honor Band in Aspen November 2 and 3. Senior Connor Life was first chair trumpet. Junior Dawson Grabner was second chair trumpet. Sophomore John Luna was first chair tuba. They performed a concert of Symphonic Band music in a concert at Harris recital Hall in Aspen Saturday, Nov. 3.
It was well-attended. A video of the concert can be found at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1–pGljyD-wtMneSc6tc7aIcSwQCvy9zX?usp=sharing
The fourth and fifth graders at Fraser Valley celebrated Veterans Day with a presentation by Duane Dailey and a few of his fellow Veterans. They performed a ceremony honoring all the POW’s and MIA’s. We then had a question and answer session. It was very informative and fun to hear their stories.
MPHS Volleyball completed a successful season. Congratulations to head coach Donette Schmiedbauer was named Frontier League coach of the year. Sammi Phillips was player of the year. Congrats on the recognition.
Sixth grade science students completed a STEM project building earthquake resistant structures out of coffee stirrers and wood glue. Buildings were placed in the earthquake simulator and then weights were added to determine strength. Eli Boomer’s and Mariah Gibson’s 12.71 gram structure held 61,235 grams (135 pounds).
Four Panthers soccer players earned All-Conference recognition. Junior Vinny Troccoli and Sophomore Gustavo Galaviz All-Conference Honorable Mention, Senior Cameron Dellamano 2nd Team All-Conference and Junior Jaime Rios 1st Team All-Conference. They will play in the Frontier League All-Star game at 2:00PM on Saturday, November 10, at Metro State University.
Mazie Giberson is passionate about art, community, and helping others. She is leading students at FVE in the 3rd annual “Art For A Cause” project. Students are invited to come and create a mini masterpiece in the art room on Thursdays 3:30 – 4:30. The artwork will be sold at the Holiday Artisan Fair at the Rec Center on Saturday, November 17th. All proceeds will go to the Mountain Family Center and Mountain Pet Rescue.
Stop by the “Art For A Cause” table at the Holiday Artisan Fair to enjoy and support the hard work of our FVE artist!
8th graders are presenting their family roots projects in class this week. They traced back their own family trees to find out when their relatives immigrated to America, why, and from where. They made family tree posters and wrote their family histories. We will find more than fifty different countries of origin from all of our students.
Today GES had our first “Watch Dog” parents volunteering in classrooms and around the school. So exciting to have Mr. Fosha the first “Watch Dog” volunteering in Mrs. Bailey’s classroom during reading centers and math stations today.
The Entrepreneurship Club met with Chris Ziegler of Tens Products for two hours this past Friday. Located in Granby, Tens Products distributes medical supplies throughout the world. Chris gave the students a tour of his building and explained how he became an entrepreneur. He emphasized the importance of finding a mentor, getting sales experience, and how to think like an entrepreneur. The students especially enjoyed sitting down with Chris and discussing different entrepreneurial ideas that the students have been contemplating. As President, Tristan Schwab, explained, “It was extremely valuable to propose ideas to Mr. Ziegler and see how he viewed our thoughts from an entrepreneurial perspective. He gave us a ton to think about and many ideas that we are excited to run with in the club.”
The GES Student Council is sponsoring a hat, mitten and glove drive to benefit the Mountain Family Center. We hope to reach a goal of 175 items. This event will run through Nov. 15.
Two events are happening in the music department at GES. The second grade Barn Dance was last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and the Minnesingers Choir will be performing at the Veteran’s Day Ceremony Monday November 12 at the YMCA, Snow Mountain Ranch.
Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.
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