In the schools: Student displaced by fire says thanks after receiving awesome anonymous gift
East Grand Superintendent
Great Happenings this week in East Grand Schools.
• Ms. Cormican’s third grade class at Fraser Valley Elementary finished up learning about citizenship last week. Students read about local and state government, took a walk to see the Fraser Town Hall making a stop to play at the town park, wrote essays about being good citizens, and showed how they care about our school community by creating take-one posters. These posters offer tear off positive messages and jokes to anyone who needs a smile during these stressful times, and they are hanging in the school hallways.
The culminating activity for the unit was a Google Meet with Fraser Mayor Philip Vandernail to learn about the things he does as a leader in our town. Each student formulated and asked a question surrounding issues that were important to them. He enjoyed seeing young students be involved in their community by making their voices heard.
• The Student Council at FVE is having their annual canned food drive. Now more than ever students are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items, general hygiene items as well as COVID-19 associated items, such as masks, hand sanitizers, wipes, etc.
The food drive will run until Nov. 18. Student council members have been working hard. They have made posters to advertise at school, created a video for our morning announcements, and members continue to count cans to eventually load them up in boxes and send them to our county’s two food banks.
This year the items will be divided between Mountain Family Center and Outbreak of Kindness. Students hope to reach their goal of 500 items to be rewarded with a fun whole school surprise.
• In art class at FVE, kindergarten and first grade students have been focusing on Social Emotional Learning in the art room. Kindergarteners have created “Happy Books.” We made books simply by folding paper and adding a cover.
They are then filling the pages with things that make them happy including everything from pizza, Paw Patrol, and unicorns to family, friends, and their pets! Students will take their books home with a few empty pages for them to continue creating at home. First graders learned a creative way to fold a piece of paper to create a mini book. We titled the book “My Gratitude Book” and students filled it with artwork of things they are thankful for. Students folded two books, one for the classroom and one to take home. All students were excited and proud of their work.
• Sixth grade science students will be building some electric circuits online while in distance learning and when they return after Thanksgiving they will be wiring a model house with lights and homemade switches.
• Mark Simmons, Middle Park High School 2016 graduate and a member of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs cross country team, will be traveling to Lubbock, Texas, this weekend to complete in the D2 Cross Country National Invitational 10K Race. Good Luck to Mark Simmons and the men’s cross country team. (Note: NCAA D2 Cross Country Nationals was canceled due to COVID-19.)
• Here is an email from one of our employees who lost their home in the fire: “To All, I’m not sure who sent these (really nice Lego sets) to Gavin as they came from Amazon with no note or anything else inside of them. He would just like to say ‘Thank you’ to one and all for them. He truly appreciates them.” — Gavin and Jennifer
• Students in the MPHS theatre program have been working through rehearsals online and outdoors to get ready for their production of “Les Miserables School Edition in Concert.” The show is tentatively scheduled for Dec 4-5, with a live-streamed option available. Details and updates will be available on Facebook — just follow Middle Park High School Theatre Department for the latest information. We’re proud to feature seniors Cesar Arreguin (Jean Valjean), AJ Knorr (Javert), Maddi Ruttenberg (Eponine), Tobi Elerick (Monsieur Thenardier), Emma Lane (Madame Thenardier), John Luna (Enjolras), and James Craig (Grantaire), as well as junior Collette Mace (Girl 5) and sophomores Olivia Kendziorski (Fantine), Sarah Lantermans (Cosette), and Connor Murdoch (Marius). We’re also happy to feature three middle school students — Liv Svoboda (Little Cosette), Tyler Maurais (Gavroche), and Daniel Kelm (ensemble). The ensemble cast includes students in all grades singing multiple roles. Technical direction and stage management will be from seniors Jacob Rector, Rowan White, Zoe Bole, and Ruthie Everhart. It’s a challenging show for everyone involved, and we can’t wait to see them work their magic! Stay tuned for more information.
• Fifth grade book clubs in Miss Bankert’s class discussed the themes of hope, grit, and perseverance in student led discussions. There were a lot of deep conversations for these growing minds!
• GES Music practiced singing carols outside this week. They had so much fun singing outside. We are hopeful to be able to keep this tradition going this year in some form or another.
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