School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | December 2017
Winter is coming - know what to do if there's a delay or closure
Not sure what happens when the snow flies and the roads get slick? Find answers to some of the most common questions about what to do when bad weather affects busing and the school day here.
Pomona students pitch in for people who are homeless
Fifth-graders at Pomona Elementary School made and donated 23 blankets to children who will spend Winter Break at Homeward Bound homeless shelter. Third-graders from the school will bring food and toiletries to the shelter this Friday. 
Congrats, CDE award winners!
Four District 51 schools earned Colorado Department of Education Awards based on 2017 CMAS test growth and performance. Congratulations to:
More devices for kids coming through bond purchases 
The bond measure passed last month includes $11 million for technology devices and equipment. Learn more about how that money will be spent to enhance learning and instruction here.
Making a difference with the gift of comfort for traumatized kids
The Biz to Biz group generously donated eight specialized stuffed dogs and cats to the district's Trauma Intervention Coaches. The pets have warmers and a device that mimics a heartbeat to help kids regulate their emotions.
Scenic students give back
Instead of a holiday market with small items for kids to buy as presents, this year the PTO at Scenic Elementary hosted a Giving Fair. Students brought money to school to donate to local charities on behalf of family members. 
Sports Honors
Congratulations to the athletes who earned All-Conference honors in Football and Volleyball!
Holiday Heroes to the rescue this weekend at Central High
Service Learning students at Central High School will host their annual Holiday Heroes event from 8 to 3 this Saturday in the school gym. Students collected food, clothing, and toys and welcome people to take what they need.  
"Pie" hopes at Thunder Mt.
Thunder Mt. Elementary students collected 2,200 canned goods for the Salvation Army this month. As a reward, students got to throw pies in the faces of five staff members. Thanks Mike Antonette, Diane Carver, Crystal Kissner, Heather Reed, and Sharon Tenace for being good sports!
Central High STEM students show off new robotics lab
Students in Central's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program have a new robotics lab equipped with a 3-D printer, tools, parts, and a staging area to test out their creations. Supporters who helped make the lab possible were welcomed to an open house at the lab Dec. 8.
GJHS students get involved
Grand Junction High School students checked out the 50 clubs at GJHS at the school's first Club Day. Leadership Class students invented Club Day as a way to get students more connected with each other and their school.
New Emerson students explore the wonders of coding, robotics
Students celebrated 2017 Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code earlier this month with numerous activities, including a coding demonstration and a visit from the Hi Fives robotics team at New Emerson.
Kids teaching kids about money
Students in Grand Junction High's Wealth Management class went to Appleton, Lincoln OM, and Wingate elementary schools earlier this month to teach kids about money. Wealth Management is part of the High School of Business curriculum at GJHS.
Schools receive Chromebooks
Students at Mt. Garfield, Orchard Mesa, and Redlands middle school each received 30+ Chromebooks this month thanks to a $26,400 donation from the D51 Foundation! Learn how Chromebooks impact student learning here and here.
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Thank you!
The students and staff of District 51 would like to thank you for supporting 3A and 3B, including the OMMS students in this video who will be getting a new school!
Fun for the Entire Family
Dec. 23 - Jan. 8: Winter Break
Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. 6 p.m. Powderhorn Mt. Resort.
Jan. 13: GJ Rockestra Concert. 7:30 p.m. Colorado Mesa University Robinson Theatre.
Jan. 15: Free Admission Day, Colorado National Monument.
Superintendent message
District 51 Superintendent Dr. Ken Haptonstall talks about the D51 Learning Model, bond and mill dollars and where to find out where dollars are (and aren't) going, plus great things going on in schools.
D51 Foundation Update
Learn about a Jan. 11 "State of Our Schools" bond and mill update and 2018's White Iced fundraiser.
MESA Club gets state award
Congratulations to District 51's MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Club for winning the 2017 Middle School Teaching Award from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers!  MESA advisors were recognized Nov. 17 at the Colorado Science Conference in Denver for their commitment to delivering science to underserved populations.
Learn about East's Challenge Program at Info Meeting
Is your child interested in applying for the Challenge Program at East Middle School? Learn more at one of the informational meetings at the school Jan. 29 or 30.
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See School Board meetings live
Did you know all District 51 School Board meetings are broadcast live on the D51 Facebook page? The videos are archived on the D51 website in the same place as meeting agendas and minutes and available on the district's YouTube page after each meeting. 
Charitable giving abounds
Numerous District 51 schools hosted food and toy drives this holiday season. Thank you for all of your support and generosity as parents, business owners, and community members!
Congratulations to your District 51 Students of the Quarter!
Each quarter, Colorado Mesa University and Alpine Bank recognize one girl and one boy from each of the middle and high schools in District 51 as Students of the Quarter. This quarter's honorees were recognized at a luncheon on Dec. 19. Find out who made the grade here.
Happy New Year!
All of us here at District 51 are looking forward to a 2018 filled with new learning, new technology, improved curriculum, and better-functioning school buildings. Thank you for trusting us with your most precious asset in 2017, and we look forward to seeing you again when school resumes after break on January 9, 2018! 
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