In the schools: Plays, poetry, caroling and budget talks
Great Happenings this week in East Grand schools
• First-graders at Granby Elementary have been studying why we celebrate different holidays and the traditions people have around them. Then students interviewed their parents to learn about their family’s traditions. Students then prepared posters about one of their family traditions and a new tradition they would like to start with their family and presented their posters to their classmates.
• First grade teachers surprised their students with a field trip to see the Christmas Trains. If you haven’t visited the Christmas Trains, please do. There’s even a fun scavenger hunt, and students enjoyed giving back to our supportive community by caroling around Granby. Students finished off the week by making a few handmade gifts to give to others.
• Catering students at Middle Park High School came in this week to conduct an “in-person lab.” Students have just concluded “The Five Mother Sauces” unit and had a choice to make one of three dishes that utilize sauces.
Choices included Eggs Benedict (Hollandaise Sauce), Mac n’ Cheese (Bechamel Sauce), and Biscuits & Gravy (White Sauce). Each recipe was adapted for 1-2 servings. Up to four students at a time came in to conduct the cooking lab individually.
Students unable to come in person had an option of picking up ingredients from school and documenting themselves conducting the cooking lab at home. If one of the first two options weren’t available for students they received an alternate assignment.
• Christmas Cheer from Fraser Valley Elementary fifth grade: A student received a box full of books from his class this morning. His home in Grand Lake is unlivable at the moment due to smoke damage and he was most upset that his books have to be thrown away. He was overwhelmed by the big box of books and it was amazing! Our class is definitely in the Christmas spirit today!
• GES kindergarteners have been comparing and contrasting many gingerbread stories over the last few weeks. On Tuesday, each class was able to decorate gingerbread houses to celebrate all the great learning that they have had during this unit. Kindergarteners are also finishing up their first project based learning activity this week, where they are building bridges to help the Gingerbread Man get across the river safely.
• The Government Class at Middle Park met with Grand County Commissioner Rich Cimino. While most students are dreaming of a winter break, seniors taking U.S. Government are contemplating the role of taxes and the services those provide to the county.
This week, students have examined the Grand County budget and will be making recommendations to Commissioner Cimino about what they think the county should do to provide services to their population. As the students present their ideas, Cimino will respond with his understanding of local government and provide the rationale for how the budget is created.
The end result is a lesson in local civics, the role of money in the government, and finding a balance between taxation and services. Using the online Google Meet platform, students are able to interact directly with the commissioner, and in the process, learn how to be responsible citizens of our local government.
• Here are a few pictures of the virtual Christmas concerts put on at GES.
• FVE fifth graders held their seventh annual Poetry Slam on Thursday. Students have been reading and writing poetry for the last month for the slam, in which each student read an original poem.
Usually the Poetry Slam is held at Rocky Mountain Roastery, but this year it was held virtually. Parents were invited to watch live or watch a recording later. Below is a poem titled “The Book” by fifth-grader Kendall Glancey in Mrs. Cimino’s class.
• While MPHS has been in distance learning the last few weeks, groups of students still came to school for specific classes and learning purposes. One of them was a group of welders with teacher Lance Maggert. The class was able to socially distance while still getting the opportunity for hands-on learning.
• Happy Holidays from EGSD!
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Grand County residents managed to avoid gatherings, wear masks, stay apart and reduce the COVID numbers over the holidays. They kept family and visitors under control, and the numbers of infected people went down.