Area schools celebrate American Education Week
Nov. 14-20 marks the 83rd annual observance of American Education Week – a time for celebrating the American dream of our public schools and the relationships among teachers, students and parents.The theme of this year’s celebration, “Celebrating the American Dream,” reflects our nation’s commitment to all students. Parents, students and teachers face a time crunch every day. In part, we celebrate the many unsung efforts and interactions that take place between children, parents and teachers. This work is substantial and many times goes unrecognized. If partnerships between teachers and parents are strong, children’s chances of success skyrocket.Today’s teachers do more than teach basic skills. They nurture and inspire children despite obstacles. They help students learn essential skills not always measured in testing, such as critical thinking, conflict resolution, cooperation and problem solving, which help students throughout life.”Helping students achieve is the cornerstone of our work as teachers and public school employees,” said Ava Lanes, Re-2 assistant superintendent. “We’re proud of our work, and American Education Week is the time to celebrate the outstanding work of our teachers, our staff members and the dozens of parents and volunteers who are in our schools each and every day.”Nationally, Wednesday is education support professionals’ special day designed to honor the school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teachers’ aides and other support professionals who positively impact our school communities. Friday honors the work of substitute educators.Be sure to thank your teachers, education support professionals and substitute educators this week.Anyone interested in helping volunteer in the schools can call Theresa Hamilton at 625-7621.Important datesDon’t forget that Nov. 18-20 marks Rifle High School’s production of “Grease!” Tickets are available at the school from drama sponsor Scott Winter (625-7766) or any of the drama students. All shows begin at 7 p.m., and tickets are going as fast as, well … greased lightnin’!Thanks to Williams for grantThe Garfield School District Re-2 would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to Williams Production for a $10,000 grant through the Williams Grassroots Giving program. This grant will help Garfield Re-2 continue its partnership with the Center for Leadership in School Reform and the comprehensive school reform process. Garfield Re-2 began this process nearly three years ago with a grant from the Aspen Valley Community Foundation, and the district continues to seek grant-making possibilities to help further these efforts.CLSR doesn’t promise to fix the ills of a school or a district overnight. It is not a one-size-fits-all, step-by-step program. Rather, it is a philosophy and a framework that guides every other aspect of the school district. The primary focus of CLSR is Working on the Work.The philosophy recognizes that most students do not come to teachers with test scores in the top 5 percent. It recognizes that schools today are doing a better job, and teaching more material and at a higher level than ever before, but it just isn’t quite good enough. The WOW principle is that if the lessons are designed in such a way that they are interesting to students, and not composed of multiple worksheets, the students will want to learn.Reading programStudents at Roy Moore Elementary have caught the spirit of reading and they will celebrate all week long. Students will kick off the week beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with vocabulary night. On Nov. 17, all classrooms will have a read-in, with principal Lisa Whitmore reading in a slightly unconventional location – the roof. Other events include Crazy Hair Day where students and staff will try to match their hairdos to their favorite literary character, and Class Color day.Exceptional bus studentsExceptional bus students for the month of October are Highland Elementary student Clarissa Silva from Sharon Frickey’s Route 9, Rifle Middle School student Alyssa Tenold from Sharon Frickey’s Route 9 and Rifle High School student Jackie Silva of Bill Tabor’s Route 32. Also nominated this month were Highland students Abigale Bernat, Clayton Cahil and Tory McGruder; Kathryn Senor Elementary student Noach Abeyta; Rifle High School students Ashlee Alexander, Clint Couey and Kelli Temple; Rifle Middle School students Hannah Bernat and Dakota Harris; and Riverside student William Faber. Congratulations to these fine Garfield Re-2 students.Dates to remember:Nov. 16 – Vocabulary night at RME, 6:30 p.m.Nov. 18-20 – Rifle High School’s production of “Grease!” 7 p.m.Nov. 20 – RHS playoff football, 1 p.m.Nov. 22 – Parent-community Thanksgiving luncheon at KSE, 11 a.m.Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving break beginsNov. 30 – Santa’s Secret Workshop at KSEDec. 1 – Santa’s Secret Workshop at KSEDec. 2 – Santa’s Secret Workshop at KSE RME Music Program Band and Choir winter concert; WES third-grade music programDec. 3 – RMS Drama Production at 7 p.m.Dec. 6 – RHS Choir Concert, 7 p.m.Dec. 7 – RMS Band Concert, 7 p.m.Dec. 8 – December 2nd Cup of Coffee at KSE and Terrific Kids AssemblyDec. 10 – RMS Drama Production, 7 p.m.Dec. 13 – RHS Band Concert, 7 p.m.Dec. 16 – RMS Drama Production, 7 p.m.Theresa Hamilton is director of districtwide services for Garfield School District Re-2. She can be reached at 625-7621.Theresa Hamilton is director of districtwide services for Garfield School District Re-2. She can be reached at 625-7621.
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