Last week I didn’t get my blog published due to my very busy schedule and my daughter graduating from college. We are such an active school and so much has happened these last couple of weeks that this is turning into a really long blog and I didn’t even capture pictures of all of the things that happened! However, I think it’s important to show you all as much as I can. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of Mrs. Veatch’s class’ Market Night, the Peppermint Palooza and the other Multiple Intelligence Holiday Celebrations, the Middle School Reindeer Games, and the many end-of-quarter presentations. I’m sure I’m still forgetting some other things that took place. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated, passionate, and hard working teachers that make so many wonderful learning experiences happen for our students. We are also so fortunate to work in a school district that supports our unique Exploratory model. Thank you to our community too for supporting our work. Happy Holidays All!
An Exploration in Action: FAR Bike Park Project
Mason Lenard, a student in Mrs. Montoya’s class, is working on a project/Exploration to create a proposal for a Bike Park in Schepp Open Space. Here is an excerpt from the Daily Record that was published after he spoke in front of the FAR board:
Mason Lenard, a fifth-grade student at CES, also is working on the Cañon City Bike Park proposal as a school project.
“Some of the benefits of a bike park is that it gives you views and healthy outdoor habits, it gets kids into nature, and energy is put into positive activities instead of negative activities,” he said. “It also builds skill, confidence and strength and it serves as a gateway to lifelong healthy activities at low-cost participation.”
We just love when student Explorations extend beyond the four walls of the school building.
Elks Hoop Shoot
On Sat. Dec.14th, the top 3 placers from CES competed at the next round at the Canon City High School. Students from area schools also competed for a chance at the Colorado State contest. 1st place finishers all advanced to that next State round. All Top 3 placed with Elks t-shirts and medals.
From CES, we had many top 3 placers: Madalyne Starika-Jolivet*, Khloe Weise( 2nd), Eric Chavez(2nd), Joe Slabaugh (3rd), Tristan Forsythe (2nd), Madyson Fowler (2nd), Alyssa Trout (3rd), Broxton Elliott (2nd) and Jace Cornwell (3rd). Maddie was our ONLY 1st place qualifier to continue to the state competition.
Congratulations to all our hoop shoot participants! Good luck to Maddie at the State contest!!
And, thank you Mrs. Hanenberg for making this all happen for our students!
Performing Arts Concert
Students in 5th-8th grade who participate in our Performing Arts program presented a Winter Concert that included the 5th/6th band under the direction of Mr. Nolan, the 7th/8th band, Middle School Choir, and Piano/Guitar class students all under the direction of Ms. Janitell. We even had member of our band who participated in the Christmas Parade give us a taste of what they learned about marching band under the direction of Drum Major, Chelsey Smith. Thank you Ms. Janitell for creating a fun and meaningful performing arts experience for our kids!
Christmas Around the World (Voyagers)
As a culminating product of their quarter long MI Unit, the Voyagers presented an evening of Christmas Around the World. Students shared information they learned about the country they studied that included Holiday traditions, music, and trivia. They ended the evening having a meal together that consisted of food traditionally served in the different countries.
Shop with a Tiger
Thursday Night some our students got to go to the High School and head off on a trip to Walmart to shop with a Tiger. Each of the kids were paired up with a high school student who assisted them in making their purchases but more importantly made meaningful connections the each of them. When possible they are paired with an alum from their school. We were fortunate to have Stella Hartman, Zach Strickler, and Taylor Hopson who all attended CES through Middle School join our students. The Tiger Pride organization under the leadership of Kevin Marushack and Shane Thorton make this wonderful event possible. The Pride is doing a lot of good work. I encourage you to support their cause.
DaVinci Exploratorium (Adventurers)
This quarter the Adventurers’ MI Mash was devoted to DaVinci. Bigs and Littles worked together to learn about the life, art, and innovation of Leonardo DaVinci. They went on to create a blueprint, develop a prototype, and build or create a piece that was inspired by DaVinci. All of this was presented in an excellent showcase night called the DaVinci Exploratorium which was highly attended with over 125 people coming to take in all of the hard work of these students guided by their teachers.
Holiday Spirit Week Fun!
Mrs. Meek and Mrs. Brantley are twinning
Mrs. Hanenberg and Mrs. Bryan=SMART twins!
PJ’s and stuffies
Instead of twins, we were triplets
Ugly Sweaters on Scouts
We had a lot of fun this week with our Student Council sponsored Holiday Spirit Week. Monday was Holiday sock day, Tuesday was Who Day, Wednesday was Twin Day, Thursday was Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, and Friday was our favorite–PJ and stuffed animal day. One of my favorite things about the week before break is walking the halls and seeing the kids so excited about what they wore or brought on these days and to hear them randomly singing Christmas carols as they go about their business. Such Joy!
As you may know, the high school Link Crew/Pride have taken begun a Kindness Campaign with the goal of spreading kindness throughout the high school, the district, and our community. They have developed some products and other visuals to promote and remind us to be kind to one another. One of those things is wristbands that can be worn to show support. This last week, I purchased a green wristband for each of our students as a little Christmas gift with the hope they will each wear them and be reminded to act kindly. On one side of the band it says, “Be the ‘I’ in Kind” and on the other it says “CES Cares”. Stella Hartman, a CES alum, joined me in handing these out explaining to each class what she is doing at the high school and what they have to look forward to there. This well spoken, kind-hearted, and smart young woman is amazing and we are so proud of her!
In yet another effort that involves our high school, several of our students participated in the SELF Expo this last Monday. The SELF (Student Empowered Learning Framework) Expo is an event that features the culminating products of high school student’s projects they do as part of PBL and Capstone. We were invited to feature some of our kids since our model feeds into the work they are now doing at CCHS. We were represented by Lorelei VanIwarden who shared her historical figure timeline project, Peyton Veatch, Koda Matthews, and Braddyn Meuller who presented their Market Night project, and Conor Foster who presented his Medival Knight armor project. Not only was this a great experience for them and a chance for CES to feature what we do outside of our school, it was exciting to the see the work of our former CES students who are now in high school. I talked to several of them who told me how much their years at CES prepared them for what they are now doing.
Defined STEM Food Truck Project
Middle School students have spent the entire semester researching food trucks, creating a 60 mile map of where they would take their truck, designing a logo, creating a menu and completing a spreadsheet of expenses while taking into account what it would cost to hire an employee. Students learned how to use functions within Google Sheets to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Students researched business strategies, discussed food options and prices all while working in teams. The course culminated with students building scale models of a food truck. ~Mrs. Bryan, CES Technology Teacher
CCHS Christmas Choir Tour
One of the highlights of the year for all of us is when my husband’s choirs visit the schools presenting their Christmas tour show. It is jam-packed with music from the entire first semester and always a favorite of kids and adults alike. It’s also fun that so many of his former students make an effort to visit one of the schools on tour to see the show that they also loved being a part of. If you get a chance next year, you should come too!
Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Thank you for supporting CES!
Until next time,
Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal