Happenings in East Grand School District
East Grand School District Superintendent
• Collaborative effort. Fraser Valley Elementary, Granby Elementary, and East Grand Middle School students are decorating Mardi Gras masks for CASA; Court-Appointed Special Advocates. CASA’s mission is to recruit, educate, and empower community volunteers to advocate in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA is having a special event to raise money for their program on Feb. 9 at Devils Thumb Ranch. http://co.grand.co.us/420/CASA-Program
Thanks to all the students for their creative mask making and hopefully make the event extra special.
• Fifth grade at FVE participated in an Underground Railroad Simulation as part of their Reading Unit on Slavery. Through an educational game, students tried to “escape” to the North. They then wrote a narrative about their experience as a slave traveling through the Underground Railroad.
• MPHS Band & Choir: Ana Makowski, Janna McNulty, Dawson Grabner, Robin Vogelbacher, Marco Vogelbacher, Connor Life, Patton Oehler, Trista Petefish and Emma Belew-Ladue will be traveling to Carbondale for Jazz Aspen Snowmass Honor Jazz. The event is sponsored by Jazz Aspen and includes schools from all across the western slope. All these students auditioned and will be performing with Honor Jazz Band and Honor Jazz Choir. The Concert will be at Roaring Fork High School Saturday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.
• “Possible Bueno”, the MPHS Jazz Band, will compete in the Mile High Jazz Festival at CU Boulder Friday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. The Band includes Ana Makowski, Janna McNulty, Connor Life, Dawson Grabner, Patton Oehler, Robin Vogelbacher, Marco Vogelbacher, Aaron Miller, Henry Kacik, Avery Mutch, Joe Kloss and Blake Kerber.
• In appreciation of all they do in volunteering their time and energy to help our district grow and students succeed, the students, staff, and parents extend our sincere thanks to our amazing School Board during 2018 School Board Appreciation Month. Thanks to the East Grand School District School Board Members; Phil Brooks, Jean Cross, Angel DeCicco, Mike McGinley, Ed Raegner, and Taunia Shipman
• Rotary Club is coming to FVE on Thursday to deliver each 3rd grader a brand new dictionary and, FVE is having our school Spelling Bee at 8 a.m.
• GES second graders attended Rocky Mountain National Park for a snowshoeing field trip last Thursday. The rangers did a great job of teaching the children about what happens in the park in winter. The games they had the children play were fun and the students were engaged. What a great educational time.
• Fifth grade students at GES are studying the contemporary surf artist Heather Brown. They are doing an outstanding job on their paintings with only using the primary colors. Forth grade students are working hard on their Georges Braque water color Cubist still life that they had to draw using a ruler for every line. Third graders are learning about the Op artist Victor Vasarerly. Second graders are close to finishing their Surrealist Miro paintings. First grade started their unit on the amazing Leonardo da Vinci. Kindergartners have started their first artist unit learning about Edvard Munch and his famous painting The Scream.
• The Grand Crew Program returned from break with a student-lead project involving computers. Students learned individual components of computers, what their role is, and what high vs. low-end components will do. They disassembled and then reassembled computers, replaced hard drives, and installed new operating systems. Students compared the capabilities of computers with high and low-quality graphics cards, ram, and motherboards.
• We are excited to receive trout eggs from the Trout in the Classroom program through Trout Unlimited. Students are learning about aquarium maintenance as well as water quality. They are learning the meaning of pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels, and how to test for them. We would like to thank the Grand Foundation and the East Grand Education Foundation Fund for the grant, which is making the project possible.
• Congratulations to Mrs. Kopp’s 9th grade Freshman Seminar Community Service project, creating Holiday Baskets as a fundraiser to support the Shining Stars organization. Students worked to create Holiday Baskets that were auctioned off to our staff, students, and families, raising over $400. A great opportunity for MPHS 9th grade students to experience what goes into a fund-raising event.
• On Dec. 20, Chef Wesley Daniel Cottrell (Chef D) one of Devil’s Thumbs Head Chefs, visited Middle Park High School’s Catering classes. Chef D made a delicious creamy Macaroni and cheese from scratch and banana bread muffins. We focused on plating and food presentation. Devil’s Thumb has offered an enormous amount of support to the East Grand Catering students over the past few years. What means the most to the students is the time that adults spend with them, and the confidence that is built when learning a new skill, he makes things personal with hands on learning. When Chef D comes to the classroom the students feel special and they enjoy hearing a different voice. Catering I & II is very thankful and appreciative for Devil’s Thumb, Chef D, and all of the community support that we have.
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