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Updates on Performance Based Learning, CMAS, textbooks, and more inside!
Updates on Performance Based Learning, CMAS, textbooks, and more inside!
School District 51 Parent Newsletter | March 2016
Student-driven learning in a Performance Based culture 
Across District 51, schools are shifting toward a Performance Based Learning system. Learn more about why students are taking responsibility for their learning in this article and grab a sneak peek in the clip below.
Frequently Asked Questions: 2016 spring assessments
Colorado Measures of Academic Success testing will take place in April for third- through ninth-grade students. Find answers to some frequently asked questions about standardized testing here.
Curriculum resources update
Textbooks are an important part of a child's classroom learning. In many subjects, though, the books being used today are not the most recent editions. Read more here.
Immunization form, submission frequency change July 1, 2016
Starting this July, parents who wish to exempt their children from immunization requirements for non-medical reasons must submit exemption forms annually. Forms for both medical and non-medical exemptions have changed and will be posted on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website July 1. Learn more about these changes here.
View the 2016-17 calendar
Click here for a larger view of the new 2016-17 calendar and learn more about the calendar and why the School Board chose it here.
Seven D51 HOSA students qualify for national competition
Thirty-five local students recently participated in the HOSA (Future Health Professionals) State Competition and Leadership Conference.See how they did here.
Career and College Day April 11 The Fourth Annual Career and College Day Fair for local eighth-graders will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Colorado Mesa University. The day includes a campus tour and a fair that highlights CMU, Western Colorado Community College, and District 51 programs and features several community businesses and organizations. 
Basketball, wrestling honors
Congratulations to the District 51 coaches who recently received honors, as well as the D51 students named Southwestern League All Conference basketball players and our state wrestling champions!
Superintendent's Scholars
The annual Superintendent's Scholars luncheon will be Monday, April 25, at Two Rivers Convention Center. Superintendent's Scholars earn a 4.0 GPA or better throughout high school. Last year, 141 students achieved this feat.
A new way to look at problem-solving in the classroom
District 51 students know all about Growth Mindset. Do you? See it in action in the video below.
Fees adopted for 2016-17
The district has made an effort over the last few years to ensure fees vary little from school-to-school at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Next year's fee schedule is equitable across the board in the vast majority of categories. View the 2016-17 fee schedule here.
Q: How does the School Board pick when school will start?
A: Many factors go into selecting a first day of school, including efforts to keep semesters roughly the same length and minimizing summer learning loss. School has started in August in District 51 for two decades. The last time the district began school after Labor Day was Sept. 5, 1995.
Events for the whole family March 19: Fruitvale Lions Club Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper. 4-7 p.m. A Taste of Heaven Catering. Adults $8, kids 6-11 $6, free for kids 5 or under.
March 21-April 1: Spring Break
March 24: S.W.A.P. Job Fair. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mesa County Workforce Center. Free.
March 22: Dinner and a Movie: The Peanuts Movie. 7:30 p.m. Avalon Theatre. Two free tickets with proof of meal purchase that night in downtown Grand Junction.
April 8-9: Palisade International Honeybee Festival. 5-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Palisade. Free.
April 16: Altrusa Art Fair Opening Reception. Middle School awards 12-1:30 p.m. High school awards 1:30-4 p.m. The Art Center. Free for members, $3 non-members.
What's new on Facebook
Have you "liked" the District 51 Facebook page? Here's a sampling of the posts our 7,000-plus followers have enjoyed recently.
Principal gets slimed for charity
Independence Academy Principal Britni Westbrook got "slimed" March 3. She agreed to be slimed if her students raised $3,000 for a second food truck to serve free summer meals to hungry kids.
Chipeta kids 'rock' learning
Members of the Colorado Mesa University Geology Club offered Chipeta fifth-graders hands-on learning opportunities during a March 1 visit to the school.
R-5/TOC construction update
Progress on the replacement building for R-5 High School and The Opportunity Center is evident in this photo, taken March 14 from the construction site at 2150 Grand Ave. The building is slated for completion this September. 
School of Choice apps due soon
Don't forget! School of Choice applications are due by 4 p.m. Friday, March 25. To apply for a chance to send your child to a D51 school outside your neighborhood attendance boundaries, apply online at this link.
Austin's Butterfly: Building Excellence in Student Work
Demonstrating the power of "yet."
Congratulations to the March Alpine Bank-Colorado Mesa University Students of the Month!        
The Student of the Month luncheon honors two outstanding eighth- and 12th-graders from each District 51 middle and high school.CMU and Alpine Bank fund a $500 scholarship, which can be renewed annually, for each Student of the Month if they choose to attend CMU or WCCC. March honorees are listed here.
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