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School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | May 2017
Lunch Lizard expanding to more sites than ever this summer!
Starting May 30, the Lunch Lizard food trucks will again tour the streets of the Grand Valley bringing meals free of charge to all children. Learn more and find a route schedule here.
Education and the economy
How much impact does education have on the local economy? Quite a bit, according to Grand Junction Economic Partnership Executive Director Kristi Pollard. Learn more about how K-12 schools attract employers and employees here.
PHS has one of just 161 Presidential Scholars in U.S.
Congratulations to Palisade High School's AnQi Yu, one of just 161 seniors in the U.S. named a 2017 Presidential Scholar! Find out what it takes to earn this honor here.
O.W.L. camp completes 5th trip
Bookcliff Middle School students completed the fifth annual Outdoor Wilderness Lab on Grand Mesa May 1-5. O.W.L. offers students a chance to learn about science and nature in a hands-on way while staying at a camp. ICYMI, check out this O.W.L. video here.
New superintendent hired
It's official - Dr. Ken Haptonstall has been hired by the District 51 School Board to lead School District 51! Watch the D51 School Board approve moving forward with his contract here.
D51 honors staff, A+ students
Find the names of our 61 retirees (as reported to HR by April 7) honored at Salute to Staff here and the names of our 141 Superintendent Scholars (the second-most ever!) here. Superintendent Scholars earn a GPA of 4.0 or above in high school.
CareerWise Signing Day
Please join D51, CareerWise, and Gov. John Hickenlooper this Saturday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Avalon Theater for the CareerWise youth apprenticeship Signing Day. D51 will be one of the first districts in Colorado to introduce CareerWise apprenticeships this fall. Learn more here.
Students plant veggies that will end up in District 51 cafeterias
Chatfield fifth-graders and Pomona third-graders planted seeds and seedlings last week at the CSU Western CO Research Center. Find out how the fruits - and veggies - of their labor will end up on D51 lunch trays here.
R-5 plant sale raises $4,600 
Project-based learning students at R-5 built a greenhouse and grew the plants inside it from seed. This past week, they sold the flowers and seedlings to earn money to reinvest in the greenhouse and an adjoining garden. Learn more here.
Palisade art project offers hope
Palisade High School juniors Tully Purser and Olivia Bode created an art project using 1,000+ pieces of paper submitted by elementary school students who were asked to draw or write what makes them happy. Learn more about the project's meaning here
Teachers get technology grants
Fruita Monument math teacher Daniel Carlson and Redlands science teacher Bradley Loucks each received $5K Century Link technology grants this month! Mr. Carlson will use his for Chrome-books and Mr. Loucks will use his for student fitness technology.
East selected for bike program
Congratulations to East Middle School, which was selected to participate in a Specialized bike program this fall! Learn more here.
Matchwits win
Three state wins in three months - the GJHS Academic Team is on fire! Check out the Matchwits trophy presentation above, and make sure you keep watching for the teacher dance-off!
Fun for the whole family
May 19-21: Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival. 5 p.m. Friday through 12:40 p.m. Sunday. Downtown GJ. Free admission.
May 26: School's Out Party at the Pool. 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Park Moyer Pool.
June 2-3: Mike the Headless Chicken Festival. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Fruita. Free admission.
June 13-14: Annual District 51 Book Giveaway. 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Grand Mesa Middle School Gym.
Can you pass this D51 quiz?
How well do you know District 51? Take this quick quiz to put your knowledge to the test!
Ready for next year?
We're nearing the end of 2016-17, but it's not too early to think about next school year! Click here for the 2017-18 calendar, or click the image above to find all calendars.
New sports fields at Clifton Clifton Elementary families were able to try out a new, grant-sponsored soccer and football field behind the school May 10. Kids can enjoy a free game of pickup at the field during the summer, too!
Sports Honors
Congrats to all-conference athletes in the following sports:
D51 Foundation Update
Learn more here about the D51 Foundation's upcoming efforts for Summer 2017 and relive the exciting developments of 2016-17.
Congratulations to the Class of 2017! 
Graduation Week is here! Congrats to our seniors, who earned millions in scholarships to attend college, including Boettcher Scholars Wyatt Hurt (Central) and AnQi Yu (Palisade), Daniels Fund Scholars Max Howarth (Palisade) and Jacelyn O'Neill-Lee (Central), and National Merit Scholar Maya Hilty (Palisade).
See the list of this year's graduating seniors below and wish them well!
Congratulations to the April 2017 District 51 Students of the Month!
The Student of the Month luncheon honors two outstanding 8th- 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. April honorees are listed here.
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Before you go - nominate your favorite teacher!
The Colorado Department of Education is accepting nominations for 2018 Teacher of the Year now through June 1. Nominate your favorite teacher in School District 51 here!