What’s going on at East Grand School District
September 27, 2016
• FVE Preschool Program has received the highest quality rating of 5/5 and GES Preschool Program has received a 4/5 rating on the Colorado Qualistar ranking system. These rankings are both well above rankings in most pre-school programs throughout the state. Great work to our pre-school directors, teachers and para-professionals.
• FVES teacher, Angela Sandstrom, was recently named our fourth Google Certified Trainer! The three other certified trainers are: Lynn Burrows, Erin-Rose Schneider and Tina Woolley.There are only 13 certified trainers throughout the state and four of them are in East Grand.
• The Mountain Family Center donates the Hydroponic Tower Garden to EGMS every year. This will be a part of the eighth-grade curriculum. Students are monitoring, growing, and caring for fresh vegetables and spices. Thanks to the Mountain Family Center for providing this innovative technology to our students!
• Middle Park High School students are better prepared for college than students from nearly all other high schools in the state. This is based on the number of remedial courses that students need to take when they first arrive on campus. Our students are in the top 5 percent of all high schools students in Colorado!
• MPHS has an EMT class in partnership with Colorado Mountain College and the Grand County EMS. The students taking the course will be certified as EMT's upon completion. This adds value to our communities and our students who can begin their careers while still in school.
• Granby Elementary has two new swing sets on the playground. GES students and the PTA raised $10,000.00 last spring to purchase one swing set and George McGuan, a grandparent, donated another swing set. We are currently fundraising with a target goal of $40,000 for another new piece of equipment. The Board of County Commissioners donated $10,000.00 toward this and MPEI has donated $1,500. The "Walk-a-Thon fundraiser is October 5-6 to kick off student fundraising efforts for this project.
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• "Groswold Challenge Day" occurred on September 19 for our MPHS sophomores. Seventeen volunteers gave their time to work and play with these students developing empathy and community. It was emotionally powerful day that will help our students have a greater understanding of each other and society.
• Big news for EGMS football happened last week at our eighth-grade Clear Creek game. Katie MacKendrick, eighth-grade, made 4 out of 5 PAT's, a 24-yard field goal and a 30-yard field goal. She is the first EGMS football player to make a PAT and field goal in a middle school game.
• On Wednesday, September 14 more than 30 MPHS participated in a Grand Lake Constitution Week event at the high school. Students provided a skit, analytical reading and choral reading on various Constitutional concepts and ideas. The students "warmed-up" the audience before keynote speaker Professor Vincent McGuire, University of Colorado, delivered his presentation. Student volunteers were greeters, ushers and worked the concession stand. A big "thank you" to all students and parents who helped make this a great community event.