Happenings in East Grand School District
East Grand School District Superintendent
• The first ever EGMS seventh Grade Genius Hour presentations earlier this week. Genius hour is a time for students to pursue learning of their own choosing. Seventh grade students have spent two periods per week for the past quarter doing just this. As the quarter drew to a close, students set up tables in the pod and shared their learning with guests, fellow students and staff. From Mrs. Rothboeck: “I learned about the use of geodesic domes to protect oceans and marine life, the benefits of video games, the impact of animal abuse, lessons to be learned from Greek Mythology, and more. What impressed me the very most was the amount of enthusiasm every single student had for his or her topic. It was truly a joy to see all students excited about learning.” Thank you too to Ross Kalsow, seventh grade social studies teacher, and Missy Wengert, seventh grade English teacher, for wholeheartedly jumping into project-based learning and Genius Hour.
• On Wednesday, Jan. 31, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Fraser Valley Elementary participated in an exciting opportunity during lunch called Mix It Up at Lunch. Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
• Our middle school robotics team is going to state. (They call it the FTC Championship Tournament) This is a huge success for our rookie team. Not many made it to the big event. We were able to earn the THINK Award for our Engineering Notebook and that is what gave us the opportunity to go to the championship round. We will be competing at Regis University this next Saturday Feb. 3 against some really tough high school team. Good luck team!
• GES had an assembly on Wednesday to award perfect attendance for second quarter and first semester. The assembly will also be an introduction to two programs we will be doing in February: Pennies for Patients and Jump Rope for Heart.
• Second grade art students are beginning their new artists study on Clyfford Still. An American Abstract Expressionist artist who’s museum is in Denver next to the Denver Art Museum. Fifth grade students are painting masks for the CASA fund raiser as well as finishing up their surf art inspired by the contemporary artist Heather Brown. Kindergarten students have done an excellent job in creating their own version of Edvard Munch’s The Srceam and have enjoyed learning about the volcano Krakatoa. First grade students are learning about what a parody is and creating their own parody of the Mona Lisa as they learn about Leonardo Da Vinci. Third grade have been working hard on their Op art inspired by the artist Victor Vasarely. Fourth grade are finishing up their amazon still life paintings done in the cubist style as they learned about the artist Georges Braque.
• Salad bars have arrived at Granby and Fraser Elementary Schools. As part of an ongoing effort to improve healthy eating by increasing the servings of fruits and vegetables our students eat on a daily basis, East Grand Food Service is excited to bring salad bars to Fraser and Granby Elementary Schools. The salad bars were purchased through the “Let’s Move Salad Bars To School” initiative. A big thank you goes out to the many private donations and the District Health Advisory Committee for making this possible. Starting Monday, February 5th students will be able to choose their fruits and vegetables from the salad bar, which is included in the school lunch. As part of the planning process we will be training salad bar monitors to help students with salad bar etiquette and moving through the line quickly.
• The MPHS theatre department has a Facebook page. We would love more people to follow it. It’s “Middle Park High School Theatre Department” on Facebook.
• Every Friday EGSD students have the opportunity to ski free at Granby Ranch and Winter Park. Students must get voucher from their schools office. It is very easy to do. This Friday MPHS students are encouraged to go to Winter Park and support the MPHS Alpine Ski Team, a free ski rental has been arranged with EPIC Ski Rentals at Winter Park, a 50 percent Discount for food & beverage is offered by Coffee and Tea at the Balcony House. School ID is required for discounts. We are grateful to our local businesses and ski areas for their support of our community’s students and athletes.
• The Counseling Department will be holding a local scholarship open house for all Seniors during Study Hall on Thursday. As a reminder deadlines for many scholarships are fast approaching.
• The EGMS PAC (through their $100 mini grants) helped fund the building of a podcasting unit for Mr. Hicks’ classroom (and for a school-wide club). We will be using it this week for a project as well as starting our school club. Students are very excited to record communication content and music on their own. Mr. Fenimore is hosting the club during 7/8th lunch. Mr. Hicks for 6th at lunch and before school.
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