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New Year, New Schools, New Scores in the first edition of 2016-17
New Year, New Schools, New Scores in the first edition of 2016-17
School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | August 2016
What's new in 2016-17
The new school year will bring new opportunities for students to develop academic and life skills that will benefit them beyond the classroom. Schools will also delve deeper into the second year of our Performance Based Learning system. Learn more here.
R-5, Summit debut new digs
Summit School Program and R-5 High School are the first schools to get a new building in D51 since 2008. Watch the video below for a look inside and learn more about why the schools moved here
Efficient, achieving despite odds
A lot has changed over the last few years. The hardships of the local economy have been tough on schools and everyone in them. But through efficiencies and hard work, our great students, parents, and staff have managed to achieve great things. Learn more here.
Get your mind in shape
Bookcliff Middle School teacher and 3x World Crossfit Champion Mary Beth Prodromides told Appleton Elementary students Wednesday how grit and effort made her stronger. See kids take on their own CrossFit race below.
Biliteracy certificate approved
The District 51 School Board has approved a Certificate/Seal of Biliteracy for graduating seniors who have mastered two or more languages. The board approved a Biliteracy Pathway Award as well for fifth- and eighth-grade students who meet a checklist of reading, writing, and community action requirements in a 2nd language. 
How Growth Mindset inspired an Olympic athlete to reach for Rio
Anders Weiss wanted to compete in the Olympics. But he didn't make the team until he realized hard work, not inherent talent, matters most. Read his story here.
ACT, PSAT scores are in, full CMAS results on the way
See which schools improved their ACT results this year and find out how the first batch of 10th-graders to take PSAT fared here
Follow D51schools on Instagram!
District 51 is now on Instagram! Follow us at D51schools for photos of our wonderful students, teachers, and staff. You can even submit a photo of your own here!
Free/reduced meal signup
District 51 offers free and reduced-price meals for qualifying families through the National School Lunch Program. If your family meets federal qualifications, you can apply for the program here.
D51 earns finance award
For the 17th consecutive year, District 51 has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. An impartial panel awards the certificate to entities that are transparent and good stewards of taxpayer money.
Q: My child's school has a Universal Breakfast Program.What does that mean?
A: The five D51 elementary schools that participate in the Universal Breakfast Program have such a large population of students on free or reduced-price school meals that it saves time in the line to simply offer free breakfast to all. More than 85% of students at these schools - Chipeta, Clifton, Dos Rios, Nisley, and Rocky Mt. - qualify for free/reduced meals.
Have a question? Let us know.
How R-5 changed one grad's life
JT Linn wasn't sure he would make it through high school. Now, he's starting college at CMU.
Fun for the Family
Aug. 20: GJ Rockestra Concert. Colorado Mesa University Plaza. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Free. VIP $20.
Aug. 18-20: Palisade Peach Festival. Various times&locations. Free for kids 5 and under.
Aug. 25-28: No fee days at Colorado National Monument
Sept. 5-8: Final Grand Junction Rockies games of 2016 season,vs Ogden Raptors. 7:05 p.m. Suplizio Field. Kids 3-11 $7, 12+ $9. 
Rotary gives $20k in supplies
Thank you, GJ Rotary Club, for raising $20,475 for school supplies and to North Avenue Walmart staff for sorting the supplies by school! The donations will help local students and classrooms. 
Stay informed on school safety
Check the new Crisis Pamphlet for information about how to get updates during a lockdown or other school incident here.
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Reorganization in the district
D51 offices are getting a new organizational structure. See why and how here.
Lunch Lizard summer success
The Lunch Lizard mobile food service program served 16,000 lunches this summer, up from 4,500 last summer! The addition of a second food truck allowed the program to make 12 stops five days a week for nine weeks this year, up from five stops four days a week for six weeks. 
Always be informed! Download the free District 51 and SafeStop apps
Did you know District 51 has a free app filled with easy-to-use tools, such as a lunch menu that can sync with your phone's calendar, school and district news, and alerts when there's an emergency or cancelation at your child's school? There is, and it's available now on the Apple and Android/Google Play app stores!
For parents of children who ride the bus, there's also the free SafeStop app. Register an account here, then download the app to securely track your child's bus.