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Social and emotional learning, CMAS, pot $ and more...
Social and emotional learning, CMAS, pot $ and more...
School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | September 2016
Social and Emotional Learning addresses the whole student
Students will take a 15-minute survey once between Sept. 26 and Oct. 13 that will help them reflect on their social and emotional skills, a growing trend in districts across the U.S. Learn more here.
CHS staff saved student's life
The fast thinking and life-saving actions of Central High School employees Shawn Marsh, Gretchen McGeeney,  Heather Shuman, and Janet Webb brought a student back to life on Aug. 17. Read their story and how they earned a Red Cross award here
Where marijuana tax revenue goes - and why it's not here
District 51 doesn't directly receive recreational marijuana sales tax dollars, and it's not because there are no dispensaries within our boundaries. Learn more here.
Schools honor Patriot Day
Mt. Garfield Middle School, Orchard Mesa Middle School, and Scenic Elementary were among the schools that reflected on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 with assemblies last week. More photos are available on Facebook
2016 CMAS/PARCC results reflect 78% of eligible students
If your child took CMAS/PARCC in spring 2016, his or her test results are available now on ParentVUE. Read more about school and district assessment results and participation here.
What do you love about D51?
District 51 is compiling a list of 51 things to love about D51 and why, and we want your help. Whether it's a program, a person, or a school in the district you love, let us know!
Volunteer to Read with a Child
Want to help a child learn to read? Please consider volunteering to Read with a Child for an hour on Wednesday afternoons. The next session of this effective literacy program begins Oct. 19 and lasts through December. Email or call 254-5114 for information. 
Marching Band Festival Sept. 24
Come see bands from Colorado and New Mexico perform at the Colorado West Marching Band Festival Saturday, Sept. 24 at Stocker Stadium! The Field Show starts at 10:15 a.m. and concludes with awards at 3 p.m. 
How old is your child's school?
A statewide review of the quality and condition of all schools began last month. Age is one big factor in a building's maintenance. See when your school was built here.
Nominate your favorite teacher
Jack FM is taking nominations for Teacher of the Month. Send the name of your favorite teacher and the school where he or she teaches to - be sure to include the word "teacher" in the subject line.
Congrats, Heather Baskin!
D51 Gifted/Talented Coordinator Heather Baskin has been named Administrator of the Year by the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented and the Office of Gifted Education at the Colorado Department of Education! She will be honored at the CAGT State Conference on Monday, Oct. 10.
Students explore Aviation Day
Middle School students explored aviation-related careers and activities Aug. 19 during Armstrong Consultants' Aviation Day at CMU. Above, students react as air pressure sends a pop bottle flying.
Harry Butler Boardroom opens
District 51 School Board members and friends and family of late board member Harry Butler dedicated the new Harry Butler Boardroom Sept. 6. The board will host meetings in the new room at 455 N. 22nd St.
Fun for the Family
Sept. 23-25: Fruita Fall Festival.
Sept. 24-25: Color Weekend at Powderhorn. Powderhorn Mountain Resort.
Oct. 1: First Annual Bow Wow Film Festival. Benefits Roice-Hurst. Showings at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Avalon Theater.
Oct. 3-7: Fall Break.
Oct. 8: Palisade Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park.
Q: What, if anything, will change now that the State Board of Education has lifted the ban on diet soda in high schools?
A: No changes are planned at this time. If a proposal to have diet sodas return to high schools were to come up, the topic would be discussed by a local wellness policy review group of nutritionists, district staff, and other stakeholders. 
Have a question? Contact us.
D51 is now on the radio!
Tune in to KAFM 88.1 at 12:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month to hear from District 51 kids and staff. New topics will be discussed each month.
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Join the DAC or D51F board!
The D51 Foundation board and the District Accountability Committee are both seeking new members.
R-5 students show learning through projects
Project-based learning courses allow R-5 students 20 days to research one topic and present what they've learned in a gallery-style presentation. Students hosted their first presentation, on Colorado River water issues, on Sept. 1. The next class is focusing on gardens.
'My favorite parts are helping students through life and helping them foster a love of learning'
East Middle School teacher Darren Cook explains why he loves teaching and how Performance Based Learning benefits all students.
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