School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | September 2017
Full STEAM ahead at Tope
District 51 is adding to its roster of schools with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math this year. Read more about STEAM and STEM programming at Tope and in other schools across D51 here.
Students harvest tomatoes they planted in May for cafeteria
Pomona Elementary students who planted seeds in May at the CSU Research Center on Orchard Mesa returned last week to pick the fruits (and veggies) of their labor. The produce will go to D51 cafeterias and Food Bank of the Rockies.
Facts about recreational marijuana funding and schools
Wondering where Colorado's recreational marijuana tax money is going? If so, you're not alone. Find the answers to some of the most common questions we see on a regular basis and see what we do and don't get here
Marching Band Festival Sept. 30
The Colorado West Marching Band Festival will welcome competitors from across Colorado to strut their stuff Sept. 30 at Stocker Stadium. Field shows begin at noon and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students, active military and 55+; $10 for adults; and free for kids under 5.
Eight schools offering free breakfast through USDA
Six D51 elementary schools and two middle schools where more than 70% of students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals are offering free breakfast to all students in hopes of giving them a better start to the school day. Learn more here.
Candidates set for 2017 election
The District 51 School Board has three seats on the Nov. 7 ballot. The candidates (in alphabetical order) are:
  • Amy Davis (District E)
  • Tom Keenan (District E)
  • Tom Parrish (District D)
  • Dusti Reimer (District D)
  • John Williams (District C)
D51 a model of energy efficiency
Did you know School District 51 has been recognized nationally for its energy efficiency efforts and is admired statewide for its recycling programs? Learn more here. 
Mt. Garfield, Redlands students recognized by CDPHE
Environmental efforts at MGMS and RMS have earned District 51 status as a Gold Leader in the state's Environmental Leadership Program. Gold Leaders show a strong and sustainable commitment to environmental management.
Four more Community Meetings with the School Board this fall
Bring your questions for the board to any of their four remaining Community Meetings this fall. Each meeting starts at 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 21 - OMMS Caf
  • Sept. 25 - GJHS Library
  • Oct. 2 - Fruita 8/9 Library
  • Oct. 9 - Redlands Caf
September is Suicide Awareness Month
D51 middle and high school students helped Mesa County Public Health compile a paper chain filled with messages of encouragement for the #BeThe1To suicide prevention campaign. If you or someone you know needs help with any issue, including suicidal thoughts, please contact Safe2Tell
Take a look at Orchard Mesa
Learn more about Orchard Mesa Middle School in the video above. Tour OMMS in person at 5:30 tonight or watch on Facebook Live.
Fun for the Whole Family
Sept. 22-24: Fruita Fall Festival.
Sept. 30: Free Admission at Colorado National Monument.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Grand Junction Air Show. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grand Junction Regional Airport.
Oct. 6-7: Downtown Art Festival. Downtown Grand Junction.
Oct. 14: Children's Nature Center's Boo at the Zoo. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mesa Mall.
D51 Foundation offers new grant
Do you know teachers or principals interested in growing their knowledge as educators? Let them know about this new grant from the District 51 Foundation.
Patriot Day events honor first responders, heroes of Sept. 11
Schools across D51 marked the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with assemblies, activities, and lessons of what happened that day.
Bookcliff's Jim Butterfield named Outstanding Math Leader
The Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics recently named Bookcliff Middle School Principal Jim Butterfield an Outstanding Math Leader. Educators are nominated and selected for this award by showing a commitment to math professional growth. 
R-5 class builds vehicles that travel on both land and water
Students in R-5 High's project-based learning class created amphibious vehicles made to work on both land and in water. They tested their crafts at Las Colonias and on the Colorado River. 
Priority 1 Maintenance
There is a list of $55 million in Priority 1 Maintenance projects in District 51 (followed by Priority 2 and Priority 3 lists, which are less urgent). Priority 1 projects are those that need to be done sooner than others before conditions can deteriorate and possibly lead to structure failure. What's on the list? Click here to find out.
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