Happenings at East Grand schools
East Grand School District Superintendent
• A big shout out to Fraser Valley Elementary and East Grand Middle School for being recognized by the Colorado Education Initiative as two recipients of Colorado’s Healthy Schools Award. EGMS was awarded $1,000 and named one of the top 10 schools in the state and FVE was named Colorado’s Healthiest School and awarded $7,500. Congratulations to all, this takes a tremendous amount of work to reach this point. Our schools will be recognized at a ceremony on June 9th in Denver.
• State testing is in progress district-wide. We encourage all students to get good rest and have nutritious meals during this time.
• Granby Elementary School 5th graders interviewed for jobs at Ameritowne on Thursday April, 12. They will be making the field trip to Ameritowne and learning economics in the coming weeks.
• The GES Student Council held a fundraiser for the UK Orangutan Appeal. Over $120 was raised by students who donated a $1 to wear a hat. Next, the GES Student Council will hold a food drive for Mountain Family Center from April 16 – April 19.
• For the second straight year, East Grand School District has been named as a recipient of the English Language Proficiency Award. This award is given to only 10 districts in the state and recognizes those districts doing exceptional work in helping our non English-speaking students become proficient in the English language. Congratulations to our staffs for all of their hard work on accomplishing this two years in a row.
• The Grand Crew Program headed to Utah for a week to explore the Central San Rafael Swell. Students worked as a team to get through slot canyons, enjoyed learning about the fascinating geology of the sandstone formations, and had some exciting opportunities for rappels and rock climbing in Unaweep Canyon near Grand Junction. They even spent an afternoon enjoying a rappel through “Skylight Arch” while inspecting ancient petroglyphs up close. Aspecial thanks to Para-professional And Kazceck for joining and helping sponsor the Crew on the wild and crazy adventures. Also a special thanks to the special education department for giving Andy up to help out on these trips.
• We are now working with Charlie Teichman and some of his fellow Lions from the Fraser Valley Lion’s Club learning about electrochemistry and the future of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. We will be launching rockets next week before getting our code-writing skills in gear as we program and fly drones provided by a grant from Mountain Parks Electric. Drone and/or programming experts in the community who would like to work with students during our drone project should contact the Grand Crew Program at MPHS.
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