In schools: fun excursion on ice
Big events this week in the East Grand Schools:
• Over the past week we have had several vehicles that have been “bus runners”. Please, for the safety of our students, families and drivers, be extremely careful around school buses and do not pass them when they are stopped with flashing lights on.
• Thanks again to our wonderful community. Passing the link will provide our students with opportunities to learn in modern, comfortable and safe environments. Big communities produce big kids and we have both. Thank you Grand Est!
• MPHS Senior Jackson Cimino volunteered to teach a weekly math class to a small group of fifth graders at Fraser Valley Elementary School. Math Olympics challenges students to think and solve high-level problems. Jackson took the class in fifth grade and now gives back to his school community. He teaches the class virtually from high school on Thursday afternoons. The class includes math puzzles, math games such as the KenKen, Set, and CONTIG puzzles, as well as lessons on the speed of light and the Fibonacci sequence. Jackson hopes to pass on his love of math and teach students that math is about taking risks and not being afraid of making mistakes.
• Grade 2 students from Fraser Valley Elementary School took part in a learning skate and hockey tour at the Fraser Ice House. Students who had never skated before or had little experience had a great time learning the basics of ice skating. Students with more skating experience learned hockey or helped other friends learn to skate. Everyone had a blast!
Many thanks to the Grand County Recreation Department and the Fraser Valley Hockey Association for hosting the event. The Fraser Valley Hockey Association will be running a free learn to skate program for kids until December 14th. For more information on this program, contact William Craig at [email protected].
• In EGMS Spanish classes, sixth, seventh and eighth graders learned about the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos. The seventh and eighth graders had to make and decorate sugar skulls. Also, in October, all of the Spanish students did an amazing job cooking food from Spanish speaking countries for their first term celebration. Many thanks to the students, parents and PAC EGMS for their help in making these cultural events a success!
• It was a fun fall in second grade at Granby Elementary School! We had many hands-on learning opportunities through field trips in Grand County. At the end of October, we visited the Pioneer Village Museum and learned how our communities have grown and changed over the years. We had the opportunity to see a ranch from the past, learn about the school of yesteryear and see many artifacts from the past. Thanks to the museum volunteers who led small groups of second graders through all of the historic buildings!
In early November, the second year students had the opportunity to learn the basics of ice skating at the Ice Box, run by several volunteers from the Fraser Valley Hockey Association. For many students, learning to ice skate was completely new to them, and they learned many new skills and persevered!
Last week, the second-graders performed folk dances at the annual Barn Dance for their families. They practiced the dance steps in a music class led by the talented GES music teacher, Ms. Veraldo.
• Congratulations to Mark Simmons, a 2016 MPHS graduate, and the UCCS cross country teams as they head to the Division II national cross country meet on November 20 in Tampa, Florida. We will be cheering you on from Grand County! Good luck to you!