School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | November 2017
The election is over - now what?
District 51 voters passed both a bond measure and a mill levy override on Nov. 7, 2017. The money raised from these two measures will be used in specific ways, including for maintenance and technology. Learn more about where they money will go and how you can track its progress here, and check out the video and survey below.
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Pear Park first-grader becomes newest GJHS Tiger football star
Aden Lake, who has had 23 major surgeries, including a heart transplant, may never be able to play football in high school. But on Nov. 4, the team made his dream come true when he joined the team for their final home game. Way to go, Aden!
Sports honors
There are some terrific coaches and athletes in School District 51! Check out who's being honored: 
How to stay informed during an emergency at your kid's school
Learn more about lockdowns, shelters-in-place, and reunification and how you can stay in the know during a situation at school here.
Getting more for less with bond premium
Originally, the district thought the average homeowner would pay $9.89 per month for the bond and mill levy override. Turns out, it will be $9.42 per month, even with a premium needed to sell the bonds. Find out more here.
Central teacher named Educator of the Year by tech association
Phil Johnston, Central High School teacher and coordinator of the CHS STEM Program, has been named the 2017 Educator of the Year by the Colorado Technology Association! Learn more here
FMHS debuts AP Seminar
Fruita Monument High School students are getting a head start on the group work, presentations, and research involved in a college class. Learn more about how Advanced Placement Seminar will help students boost their chances of success in college here.
East Middle and Central High students received a total of 64 Chromebooks recently from the D51 Foundation and Western Colorado Community Foundation. The foundations have expanded learning opportunities for D51 students by donating more than 300 Chromebooks to numerous schools. Learn more here.
FMHS has two pageant winners
Fruita Monument junior Chloe Zambrano (left), the new Miss Colorado Teen USA, and FMHS graduate Chloe Brown, Miss Colorado USA, were honored at Tuesday's School Board meeting. Read the proclamation here
Honoring Greg Mikolai
This Tuesday's D51 School Board meeting was Greg Mikolai's last meeting as a member of the board. New District E representative Amy Davis will be sworn in Nov. 29. Learn more about Mr. Mikolai's eight years on the board here.
Students honor veterans
Students across District 51 marked Veterans Day last week with events ranging from a musical program at Shelledy Elementary to students wearing red, white, and blue at Loma Elementary.
Letting students lead learning with supports from teachers
Mt. Garfield Middle School teacher Paula Cooper discusses the D51 Learning Model and how it offers a different approach to learning. 
Fun for the Whole Family!
Nov. 17: Downtown GJ Holiday Tree Lighting. 5:15 to 7:00 p.m. 4th & Main streets. 
Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Break.
Nov. 24: Grand Junction Turkey Trot 5K and Little Gobbler Run. 9:30 a.m. Starts and ends at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Dec. 2: Parade of Lights. 5 p.m. Downtown GJ. 
2017 Calendar Contest winners
Congrats to all 13 winners of the Bank of Colorado's annual calendar contest! Students who came in first place will have their art featured either on one of the months of the calendar or its cover, plus a $300 savings account. See the winners' names here and check out their art here.
D51 Foundation hosts Book Fair
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 5, when the D51 Foundation will host a Book Fair at 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble. The fair will have holiday songs by D51 students, free gift-wrapping by FMHS students, local author and D51 Music Coordinator Kathy Joseph, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Learn more here.
Fruita 8/9 service learning class donates 6000 socks to homeless
It took just three days for a Fruita 8/9 service learning class to collect 6,000 socks. The sock drive was so successful that local shelters cannot take them all, so the class is sending hundreds to homeless shelters across the West Slope.
Holiday laughter and learning
Some schools marked Halloween with science experiments (like New Emerson, pictured above). Others had costume parades, visited nearby senior living homes, or dressed up for book reports. Each school does holidays differently, so check with your school for policies.
Central, Fruita Monument, Grand Junction, Palisade marching bands compete at state championship
All four District 51 high school marching bands qualified to participate in the Colorado Bandmasters Association State Championships this year! Click here for results from the state qualifier that took place Oct. 19 in Grand Junction, and click here for results from the State Championships Oct. 27-28 and Oct. 30.
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