Happenings in East Grand School District
February 11, 2018
• The MPHS FBLA club competed at districts last week. Here are the results: Lela Myers took second place in Speech, Dylan Cormican took second place in Coding and Programming, Kayla Davis took second place in Publication Design. These three students will advance on to State on April 18. Jayden took a Cyber Security Test but so did hundreds of other kids, to place you would have had to get 100 percent. She did awesome, though, and learned a lot about Cyber Security: If you have questions go to her.
• The fifth graders at Fraser Valley Elementary are excited to partner with Officer Murdoch of the Winter Park Police Department. We'll be participating in an eight-week D.A.R.E. program. D.A.R.E. focuses on having positive peer interactions, dealing with stress and peer pressure, safety in the community, and so much more. Students reflect on their learning each week; these reflections are combined into a final essay. Two winners of the essay contest are announced during our DARE graduation and we celebrate the learning our students gained during this ceremony with other police officers and members of the law enforcement community.
• Congratulations to the 82 second-fifth grade Fraser Valley Elementary students who reached their Reading Counts goals for the first semester. The Game-O-Rama celebration was on Jan. 24 in which students played a variety of games to earn raffle tickets for prizes at the end. The students enjoyed games such as Corn Hole, Yahtzee, Candy Land, Giant Jenga, Musical Chairs, Guess Who, Apples to Apples, Connect Four and many others. Prizes for the drawing included the board games used during Game-O-Rama, Foundry gift certificates and donated items from, Elevation Pizza, Subway, Sweet Charlie's Frozen Treat Shop, Grand Adventures and Grand Park Community Recreation Center. The students had a great time and are excited (and reading) for the second semester Reading Counts celebration. Special thanks goes out to the local businesses for their support with donations, to the parent volunteers helping to make the Game-O-Rama run and to all FVE parents and teachers for supporting student reading.
• MPHS has added Introduction to Theatre taught by Mrs. Cristal McDougal to it lineup of second Semester Classes. Students are excited about this class. The course covers a variety of topics, history, exercises and acting techniques. Students only need to bring their interest and commitment to learn something new. The class presently has 19 budding actors enrolled.
• Students in eighth grade Math and Algebra at EGMS used their new Pasco Science Supply Motion Detectors to do a "graph matching" activity. Each group of students had to study a time-distance graph and decide what instructions to give their team's "Walker" in order to match each graph. Before giving the instructions, students had to determine the rates of speed and direction (toward the detector or away from the detector) at various times shown on each graph. Pascoe Motion Detectors connect directly to students' chrome books and can be used to measure distance, velocity, and acceleration of objects in motion. Through a very generous grant from the East Grand Education Foundation and Mountain Parks Electric, the middle school was able to purchase several Pasco data collection instruments including Pressure Sensors, Temperature Sensors, Voltage Meters, Wireless Force Acceleration Sensors and Ph Sensors. The sensors connect wirelessly through a blue tooth adapter to students' chrome books for easy data collection and analysis.
• Did you know that Middle Park High School teaches eleven Advances Placement Courses in addition to Honors offerings? Advanced Placement courses are underwritten by the College Board. Students taking the end of year exams and scoring a three or higher can develop advanced placement in the college setting. Advanced Placement has currency and acceptability nation-wide. Our number of offerings rivals many larger high schools on the Front Range.
• Charles Swan, a Senior at MPHS, is doing an Internship at Ace Hardware in Granby.
• Mark your calendars for BINGO at Carver's Bakery in Winter Park on Saturday March 3. The Winter Park-Fraser Rotary Club sponsors BINGO, and a portion of the proceeds will go the EGMS PAC. I hope you can come out and support our PAC and school.