School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | February 2018
School Safety - What you should know
District 51 staff and local law enforcement work hard to provide a safe, comfortable learning environment for all students. Click on the links below to learn more about:
Central: Green Ribbon School
Central High School is one of just two Colorado schools nominated for the national-level Green Ribbon Award. The award recognizes schools that improve student health and wellness, protect the environment, and provide sustainability education. Learn about Green Ribbon Schools here.
School of Choice starts March 5
The annual School of Choice application process gives parents a chance to apply for an open spot (if there is one) at a school outside their attendance area. Learn more about School of Choice here.
Kindness Is Contagious Week spreads joy, camaraderie
D51 high school students wanted to highlight the positive in life, so they organized the first annual Kindness is Contagious Week in 2016. Three years later, KIC has grown into a week filled with great activities! Learn more here.
Get your career started now
District 51 is one of a select few districts in Colorado offering three-year apprenticeships for high school students. Check out job openings for soon-to-be juniors here and apply by March 23 for apprenticeships starting this fall.
Golden Apple Awards
Congrats to Mesa View Elementary School teacher Avery Racine, the first KREX Golden Apple Award recipient! Nominate your favorite teacher here.
Sign up for kindergarten
Will your child be 5 years of age on or before July 15 this year? Register them for kindergarten in District 51 starting next month! Kindergarten Roundup events will start March 9 - check with schools for event dates and times.
GJHS takes state wrestling title
The Grand Junction Tigers hoisted the State Championship trophy for Team Wrestling at an assembly earlier this week. This is the first team wrestling state championship for GJHS in 24 years! See who's on the team here.
Girls Wrestling Champion
Congrats to Central High School ninth-grader Myah Arrieta, state champion in Girls Wrestling! This is the second year Colorado has hosted a Girls Wrestling State Championship.
Math at your own pace
Students in Mr. Carroll's class at Grand Mesa Middle School are learning math in a hands-on way by designing tiny homes. They map out a design on paper using math concepts, put the design into Tinkercad to make it 3-D, then print the models on 3-D printers. Check out this example of the D51 Learning Model here.
National contest with one winner per state picks DIA student
Keeping your brain in shape over break can pay off in more ways than one! Dual Immersion 5th-grader Stewart Collins won Beats wireless headphones in the Make the Break contest. Achieve3000 puts on the contest to challenge kids to work on skills over Winter Break.
What's new at New Emerson
New Emerson School has a lot to offer, including STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education. Learn more in the video above!
Family Fun Calendar
Feb. 24-25: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Avalon Theatre. 
March 6: CareerWise Apprentice Fair. 4-6 p.m. The Factory, 750 Main St.
March 9-18: All D51 students off for Spring Break.
March 17: Leprechaun Hunt. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Powderhorn Mountain Resort.
White Iced a success for D51F
The D51 Foundation's 6th Annual White Iced Celebration was a great night to honor Outstanding Educators and Academic Growth Schools in a ballroom packed with teachers, principals, parents,  business owners, and community members. See the highlights here.
Learning through problem-solving at Orchard Ave.
Third- and fourth-graders at Orchard Avenue Elementary School have spent the last seven weeks learning about the possibility of wolves coming to Colorado and brainstorming ideas for ways to handle that issue. They are presenting their ideas - from a brochure to an app - to a panel this week.
The project is one example of hands-on learning in the D51 Learning Model. Learn more here.
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Congratulations to the D51 Students of the Quarter!
Each quarter, Alpine Bank and Colorado Mesa University honor two eighth-grade students from each D51 middle school and two seniors from each D51 high school as Students of the Quarter. Each Student of the Quarter can earn a $500 scholarship to CMU or Western Colorado Community College. See who was honored at the Feb. 20 luncheon here.
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