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District Celebration a tribute to Re-2’s nearly 450 employees

After the half-workday and before employees scrambled to get out of town for spring break on Friday, March 15, all the nearly 450 employees of Garfield Re-2 were invited to a District Celebration held at the Rifle High School Auditorium. The auditorium was decorated and staff members partook of snacks and beverages. Employees gave Re-2 School Board President Vicki VanEngelenburg a standing ovation after the announcement of VanEngelenburg’s County-Wide Humanitarian Service Award achievement the night before at the Hotel Colorado. As a special exciting facet to the celebration, a gift certificate was won by Wamsley Elementary School teacher Kelly Bina. Dynamic and sometimes comical superintendent Dr. Gary Pack answered equally as comical assistant superintendent Ava Lanes’ challenge of an employee sing-a-long with several verses of “Kum-By-Ya.”A powerful video created for school employees entitled “How to Develop A Professional Learning Community” was shown, along with the district’s recruitment video, which was made by Theresa Hamilton. All those who were in the audience were moved by the presentation of these positive influencing videos, and even more meaningful relationships were formed between employees.Several comments were made by appreciative employees. Brandon Lance from Riverside School said, “By the way, the `celebration’ before spring break was very worthwhile and appreciated; it made me feel even better about what I do. … Well done!”And from Gail Coombs, “I had a wonderful time at the `celebration’. I heard great comments about it. Thank you for all your time and effort you put into making our district the `best’.”Along with being a regional leader in sports, Mock Trial and FBLA, Math Counts, music and Science Fair competitions, Garfield Re-2 has a distinctive presence in the DestiNation ImagiNation competition. Eleven Re-2 teams competed at the DestiNation ImagiNation regionals in Hayden the first weekend of spring break. Seven second-grade students from Kathryn Senor Elementary comprised The Hawks team. Shelly Hemig and Marjorie McGowen were the coaches for team members Madison Gallipo, America Weise, Bryan Hemig, Kyle Ryan, Reed Hubbell, Cameron Cotton and Mallory McGowen. The team chose Dual Dilemma as its challenge, which presented a solution but didn’t compete against other teams. The dual challenge for these second graders was to design and pre-build a structure out of balsa wood, paper and glue that would hold up to 300 pounds. The structure was to fit into a 10-by-10-inch area. The second portion of their challenge was to design and build a structure during the competition out of balsa wood and duct tape that could hold 300 pounds. The judges told The Hawks they were the only primary team in the state to attempt this challenge. The team won two awards for their efforts, the Rising Star Award and the Renaissance Award for outstanding skill in design and performance. “They were extremely excited and surprised by the fanfare of it all. We were just thrilled to death that the pre-made balsa structure held weight – it held 25 pounds,” said proud coach Hemig.Cindy and Tom Kinn’s second-grade team from Kathryn Senor Elementary was comprised of Hayley Kinn, Alicia Cokely, Brent Hazzard, Cody Wall and Alyssa Jacobs. They chose the Art of Improvisation for their challenge. After the central challenge, the team stood in third place, but the Instant Challenge proved to be a bit harder. The second graders were competing at the elementary level, including teams from Roy Moore Elementary and Riverside Schools.One of the Kinn coaches commented the team was very pleased with their performance and enjoyed the experience. The Rifle High School music department presents “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 11-13, in the RHS Auditorium. The price of admission is $7/adults and $4/adults 60 and over. Children under 5 will be admitted free of charge.RHS Senior Amy Daly entered the Coca-Cola Contest, a scholarship which values academics, activities, honors and community service. Amy made the first cut of 2,000 from the 50,000 applicants nationwide. It’s quite an honor to be a semifinalist, and she is the first student from RHS to make it as a semifinalist, said RHS guidance counselor Rick Schmitz. Congratulations, Amy!Parents should be looking for the new 2002-03 Transitional Student Achievement Calendar, which will be sent home to students within the next few days. Please carefully review the calendar and save it for your family’s planning needs. If you have any questions, please call Kay at 625-7613.Kay Vasilakis works in public relations for the Re-2 schools.


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