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School District 51 Parent Newsletter | August 2015
D51 transforming education
The way we work. The way we talk. The way we read, write, and record our lives. All of that has changed in the last decade. The Industrial Age has given way to the Information Age. Outdated is the factory model of education that sped information toward students on a conveyer belt at the pace it would take most, but not all, students to memorize that information. In order to prepare the next generation of students for a globally-competitive, high-tech world, School District 51 is transforming to an Information Age model. Read more about the transformation here.
Keep up with D51 on new app
Watch for School District 51's new app, coming to Apple and Android app stores this September. The free app will offer news and notifications about our local schools.Users can customize the app to provide information about specific schools.  
Introducing Performance-based Learning
Performance-based Learning updates the century-old, time-based learning centered on the Carnegie Unit which was based on contact time with the instructor.  It replaces the idea of “seat time” as a measure of academic attainment with the demonstration that the material has been mastered. The approach moves students through the curriculum at their own paces and social/age-based promotion is eliminated. We are excited to be designing Performance-based Learning at select school sites this year. Read more here.

Changing graduation guidelines
In May 2013, a new state law was passed requiring school districts to meet or exceed new Colorado graduation guidelines starting with ninth graders in 2017-18. In the past, these guidelines were typically expressed as credit hours in specific subjects. The new guidelines are a chart of options beyond credit hours that demonstrate student proficiency in a subject. Read full article here.
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Safety training Oct. 5 at GJHS
Schools have been and continue to be some of the safest places in the United States. However, the modern era of emergency response training requires taking proactive steps to keep the school community safe in the rare but devastating event of a school shooting. In order to keep the community safe and minimize the length and tragedy of such an event, local law enforcement, firefighters and cooperating agencies will engage in an active shooter training Oct. 5 at Grand Junction High School. School will not be in session that day due to Fall Break and Intersessions. Passerby may notice agency vehicles and activity inside and outside the building during the drill and should not be alarmed. 
Parent Q&A

Q: Is District 51 going to start school earlier each year? 

A: No plans exist to change the general start and end times for the school year or to move toward a year-round school calendar. The School Board adopted a school calendar for 2016-17 that begins classes Aug. 1, 2016. 

Submit your questions about the school district to: Emily or Jeannie.

GJHS wins national academic tournament!
Grand Junction High School’s Knowledge Bowl Team has won 17 of the last 20 State Knowledge Bowl championship titles. This past June, the storied team earned its greatest honor to date: first place at the national tournament.
Events for the whole family: 

Aug. 22: Summer Interpretive Program Series: “Wildlife on the Mesa”  6 p.m. Grand Mesa Visitor Center. 

Aug. 28: Movies Under the Stars, “The Avengers.” Film starts at dusk, Concessions at 5:30 p.m. Glade Park Fire Department. 

Sept. 2: Jerry Ackerman Bully Prevention Presentation. 7 p.m. Orchard Mesa Middle School.

 Sept. 6: Grand Junction Rockies baseball game & fireworks 6:30 p.m. Suplizio Field.
Tony Wagner at Ted Talks
Why should we transform? What has changed?
Please watch this short video clip of Tony Wagner, a Harvard professor, speaking in a TedTalks about how life has changed dramatically in recent years. He shares the new skills students need to succeed.
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