School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | January 2018
Bond/Mill Project Update
The 2017 bond measure and mill levy override will pay for numerous maintenance, technology, and construction projects, plus curriculum, teacher training, and extra school days. Get the latest project update here and get updates regularly on the Bond/Mill web page
D51 Graduation Rate tops the state for third year in a row
Nearly 80 percent of District 51 students in the Class of 2017 graduated within four years of starting high school as freshmen in August 2013. D51's graduation rate beat the state average by almost a full percentage point. Learn more here.
Reorganizing D51 administration
District 51 is shaking things up at the top to better serve students. Learn more about the moves coming up this summer here, and watch a video presentation here.
Learn more about D51 preschool
District 51 offers preschool classes to 850 children in the Grand Valley. Learn more about District 51 preschool programming and see when and where you can find an open house here.
Loma Principal gets silly
Students at Loma Elementary got to spray silly string at their principal, Margaret Hofer, after winning a canned food drive contest through Burton Ortho.
Interested in School of Choice?
The annual application window for School of Choice is March 5-30. Information will be posted in the next few weeks here.
KIC Week back for another year
The third annual Kindness is Contagious Week is Feb. 12-17. Each D51 high school will have a different theme/activity each day, and the public is invited to hear Columbine survivor Austin Eubanks speak about substance abuse and coping with emotional pain at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the CMU Ballroom. Learn more about this student-led effort here.
Strength for suicide prevention
National trainers visited District 51 middle and high schools earlier this month to help students start or grow Sources of Strength programs. Sources of Strength groups ask peer leaders to promote resiliency and change school culture to combat suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. Trainers will be back next week to visit more D51 schools.
GJHS Tigers mean business
Grand Junction High School of Business students beat the national average by double digits on semester-end marketing and business exams. The results are:
  • 1st year exam average - 78.5% (GJHS), 61% (U.S.)
  • 2nd year exam average - 73.6% (GJHS) 62% (U.S.)
New robotics team competes
Central High's ROBO Warriors robotics team competed in its first-ever regional meet last weekend, placing 10th out of 22 teams. The team will compete at another regional qualifier for the FIRST Robotics Challenge this Saturday at Coal Ridge High.
Learning in two languages
Check out this video to see how Dual Immersion Academy helps children learn in both English and Spanish.
Family Calendar
Jan. 26-27: Seussical: Theater for Young Audiences Version. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday. GJHS Auditorium.
Jan. 28: Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge, 2 p.m. Bookcliff Activity Center.
Feb. 5: Taste of the Grand Valley, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CMU Ballroom.
Feb. 17: Kid Olympics. Open to all kids 12 and under from 1-2 p.m. Powderhorn Mountain Resort.
Kindergarten Roundup is coming up soon!
Is your child's little brother or sister ready to start kindergarten? Kindergarten registration events will begin March 9. Check with your neighborhood school for exact times, dates, and events.
Take Note! Grant to benefit District 51 music programs
District 51 is one of five Colorado school districts that will get a portion of a $450,000 grant for music instruments and instruction. Learn more about the Take Note initiative here.
Benefit technology, teacher training at White Iced event
The District 51 Foundation’s annual White Iced fundraiser will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in the Meyer Ballroom at the Colorado Mesa University Center. The event will raise money for teacher training and technology and honor the Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Educators of the Year. See where past proceeds are going here.
Thank You! Grand Junction Lions Club pledges $112,000 to District schools and programs
The Grand Junction Lions Club will provide $112,000 to District 51 programs if they meet their goal for proceeds from the Lions Club Carnival next month. The pledged dollars will go to the following projects:
  • $26,000 (plus $12,500 from D51) for Chromebooks at East Middle School, Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School, Orchard Mesa Middle School, Rim Rock Elementary School, and Thunder Mt. Elementary School.
  • $3,000 (plus $3,000 from D51) for uniforms and gear for the Central High School Girls Basketball Team.
  • $2,600 (plus $2,600 from D51) for camping gear to help make it possible for all Bookcliff Middle School sixth-graders to attend Outdoor Wilderness Lab (OWL) Camp this year.
  • $2,500 (plus $2,500 from D51) to install a marquee at the Career Center to promote events and products at the center.
  • $2,900 (plus $2,900 from D51) for reading materials at Scenic Elementary School.
  • $1,500 (plus $1,500 from D51) for a trailer for the Grand Junction High School Band. (not pictured)
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