In the schools: A lot to cheer this week
East Grand Superintendent
Great Happenings in East Grand Schools the week of Feb. 14.
• The Mountain Parks Electric Charitable Trust/Education Fund just awarded a $2,000 grant to Middle Park High School for the new programming/coding course. This grant will fund the purchase and maintenance of Minecraft EDU for the classroom for at least two years. We’re excited to continue building our Career and Technical Education program and offer more technology courses to students.
• The fourth graders at Fraser Valley Elementary took a closer look at cause and effect. With the help from our paraprofessional Campbell Jones, a Vermont native, our two classes were able to experience what happens to real maple syrup when it is heated and then poured onto snow. The students were able to make maple syrup popsicles and determined that they are delicious. Afterward, the students wrote a detailed cause and effect paragraph describing the process of the maple syrup transition. Overall, our students had an engaging, hands-on learning experience that they won’t soon forget.
• This weekend the Middle Park cheerleading team traveled to Greeley West for a competition and brought back a trophy for second place. In the routine, our team “hit zero,” which is a huge deal in the cheer world and means they had zero deductions.
• MPHS has its first podcast, The Source with Keeks and Nalu! We will be airing our first episode this week on Soundcloud, and will share the link to listen in with everyone once it is up. This week we interviewed three staff members and learned some fun new things about them. We are hoping to have a new episode out every two weeks moving forward.
• The sophomore class at Middle Park High School would like to thank two amazing community members for their recent visits to our English classes. Jody Mintken, owner of Channel 17, spent a day talking to students about how she uses persuasive techniques in her business. She also graciously offered 30 second spots on her cable channel for students to create professional commercials for local businesses. Tune in to Channel 17 in the coming weeks to see the qualifying videos. Thank you, Jody.
Shaul Hagen, owner of Never Settle, a digital agency, spent a day talking with students about his company and helping them push their persuasive projects forward. He met with many groups of students to offer his expertise and lead them towards resources that could be useful for their projects. Thank you, Shaul.
• The MPHS Knowledge Bowl Team competed at the regional tournament in Steamboat Springs last Friday and took second place overall in the competition. Their score of 90 points places the team in sixth place overall in the state for 3A schools. The MPHS team has qualified for state and will compete in the State Knowledge Bowl Tournament at CSU in Fort Collins in mid-March.
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