Happenings in East Grand School District
East Grand School District Superintendent
• This semester in MPHS Graphics class, students tried their hand at designing Geofilters for Snapchat. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Geofilters are a graphic that you can put over a photo; usually they communicate a specific location or event. Snapchat pretty selective about the filters, but one of ours is now available in the Snapchat app. River Lathers designed the filter. The border, text, and panther kitty were designed in class. You can access this filter at the high school.
• All the EL kids in the district are working tremendously hard on the WIDA ACCESS test that scores them in the four domains of the English Language-listening, reading, writing and speaking. Way to go. They are doing great.
• By law, all students that qualify as speaking a second language must take this test every year until they pass. It is time consuming and arduous, all the more kudos and encouragement to bestow upon them whenever possible. Keep up the good work.
• EGMS French class had a king’s day/chef’s day party on Wednesday and some kids wore chef’s hats on and king/queen crowns that day.
• East Grand Middle School seventh grade students impressed community members and staff with their first ever Genius Hour presentations. During Genius Hour, students of all levels were empowered to explore their own passions and attempt to find solutions to problems. Students spent nine weeks exploring, discovering and problem-solving a wide variety of topics, and concluded with a presentation to showcase their topics. Students came prepared with a variety of media to present to the community members, along with prototypes and models of their ideas, which further demonstrated their learning.
• MPHS had 60 students, teachers and business leaders at the first annual Art, Culinary and Woodworking show this month.
• Minnesingers (Granby Elementary Choir) Students will be selling chocolate to raise money for their trip to the Rockies game on May 26. This year we have the opportunity to sing the National Anthem with other choirs from around the state. We will start selling $1 chocolate bars on Feb. 1. This fundraiser will run until Spring Break. Our goal is to have each student sell one box (60 bars) each. If you are interested in buying chocolate to help with this fundraiser please contact Mrs. Veraldo, the choir teacher at Granby Elementary.
• The FIRST Tech Robotics Team, Metal Minds, composed of eight seventh graders and three eighth graders, had an amazing first qualifying competition. They were able to score points every round and improved each time. We have been busy modifying our design this week and they will be competing again this coming Saturday at Coal Ridge High School in the Western Slope Qualifying Competition to qualify for Super Regionals.
• We made it to state! Last Saturday, the eighth grade brain bowl team of Kenneth Simmons, Kenny Hoffmeister, Trustin Applehans, and Ellie Gagnon placed 6th in the Central Regional Optimist brain bowl meet. There were 63 teams competing, including private and charter schools. With their sixth place finish, they have qualified for the state meet on Feb. 24 at Hamilton Middle School. Please congratulate these students if you see them for their outstanding accomplishment.
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