School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | March 2018
New 2018-19 Calendar Adopted
The mill levy override passed in November added five days to the school year, starting with the 2018-19 school year. Download the calendar here.
GJHS wins State Knowledge Bowl, three D51 teams compete
Grand Junction High School won its 19th Governor's Cup for highest overall score and got their 20th Class 5A win in a stunning tie-breaker last week at the State Knowledge Bowl Tournament. Coady Shawcroft coached Captain Anij Magill, Matt Chambers, Amanda Gordon, Parker Stacy, Samantha Gillaspie, Anthony Booth, Noah Terlouw, and Evan Ancell to victory. Fruita Monument placed 7th in Class 5A and Palisade placed 5th in Class 4A.
Going bald for childhood cancer
Nearly 40 students and staff had their heads shaved March 8 at Chatfield Elementary to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. This is the third year Chatfield has hosted a St. Baldrick's head-shaving event.
Sign up for text alerts
All D51 parents can get calls and emails during an emergency, but parents need to opt in if they want to receive texts as well. Send "YES" to 67587 to opt in now.
Parents for Healthy Kids event
D51 parents are invited to a free Healthy Kids Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14, at Bookcliff Middle School. The workshop will focus on D51 efforts to bring healthy food and activities to schools. Register here.
Students win state art awards
Congratulations to the Colorado Scholastic Art Award winners from District 51! Find their names here and check out the Scholastic Art Show March 3-30 at the History Colorado Center in Denver.
From Afghanistan to Fruita
Aoife Turman's dad is deployed overseas, but he still had a front row seat at a reading with parents activity during Read Across America Week at Rim Rock Elementary. Teacher Patrice Clark  made sure Dad could be there through a video call.
Sports honors
Congrats to Fruita Monument for making it to the Great 8 round of the Girls State Basketball Tournament and the Sweet 16 round of the Boys State Basketball Tournament! See who else is making sports news below:
See where bond and mill dollars are going with website tool
Check out a timeline of bond and mill projects on the 2017 Bond and Mill Levy Override page here, and watch for a new spending chart feature coming soon to the page. The page is updated regularly.
PHS students advocate for career and tech ed at Capitol
Four members of the Palisade High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America and their advisor visited the State Capitol in March to advocate for Colorado Career and Technical Education organizations.
An option for every student
Have you heard of the D51 Learning Model of performance-based learning? Click on the video above and learn more here
Family Fun Calendar
March 28 - Fruita Easter Egg Scramble, 4-5 p.m. at Fruita Civic Center. Free admission.
March 31 - 15,000 Eggs! Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m.-noon, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.
April 7 - A Day in the Orchards, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cross Orchards Historic Site.
April 14 - Palisade International Honeybee Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Palisade. Free.
April 16 - 8th Grade Career Fair and College Day. 10 a.m. at the Colorado Mesa University Center
Spring testing is coming up
D51 students will have CMAS, PSAT, and SAT testing in April. Learn more about assessments and your options as a parent here.
Meeting of the minds
More than 100 Gifted & Talented students from local middle schools competed in brain games March 2 at the Scholastica Tournament at Bookcliff Activity Center. Congrats to top finishers:
  1. Alex Everett (Grand River Academy)
  2. Andrea Reyes (East)
  3. Rebecca Montgomery (Mt. Garfield), and Paul Steinke (Redlands) - tie
Mock Trial team goes to state
The GJHS Mock Trial Team placed second in the Regional Mock Trial Tournament earlier this month, which earned them a ticket to the state championship March 9-10.
Future health professionals win big at HOSA State Leadership Conference!
D51 students collected 7 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 39 Top 10 finishes at the HOSA State Leadership Conference in Denver! HOSA, a program for Future Health Professionals, develops leadership and technical skills for high school and college students nationwide. The students who medaled are now eligible to compete at the International Leadership Conference in Dallas this June. See who shined here.

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