Colorado Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Educator of the Year
Jessica Cooney, a School District 6 English language acquisition teacher who
works with the Newcomer Program at Greeley West High, was named the Colorado
Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Educator of the Year by the Colorado
Department of Education’s Office of Language, Culture and Equity.
Many of her students have lived as refugees in Africa and Asia.
Three School District 6 students have been named Boettcher Scholars for 2014.
The winners of this prestigious award are Northridge High students Amanda
Cary and Katrina San Nicholas, and Patrick Ryan from Greeley Central.
The Boettcher Foundation awards just 40 scholarships per year to students
throughout Colorado. More than 1,600
students applied this year. Greeley
Central students rank all time 2nd in the state for the number of Boettcher
Scholars and School District 6 ranks 4th among the state’s 179 school districts.
Class of Daniels
The Daniels Fund has announced its list of scholars for 2014.
They include: Lindsay Easter, Tanner Herrick and a third student from
Greeley Central (who prefers to remain anonymous); plus Andrew Bishop from West;
and Gerardo Santana Aguirre, Jazmyn Trujillo-Martinez, and Marilyn Morales from
Northridge. The Daniels Scholarship
Program is a four-year college scholarship for seniors who demonstrate
exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their
communities. Something you may not
have known… Bill Daniels, who started the fund, was born in Greeley.
John Sponaugle, a junior at Colorado Heritage Education School System in
Greeley, has been selected to participate in the National Rifle Association’s
annual National Youth Education Summit.
He is one of 45 students chosen from applicants all across the country.
The summit encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable
U.S. citizens by learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal
government, and the importance of being active in civic affairs.
SD6 Awarded Three
Awards of Merit
The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Department of Communications has received
three awards of merit from the National School Public Relations Association.
The awards were for three campaigns or projects: the 2013 Report to the
Community; the Student Spotlight advertisements and honors for the 2013-14
school year; and a video produced by the department on the Advancement Via
Individual Determination program, which helps students improve study skills and
prepare for college. There were 725
entries into the annual NSPRA contest this year from school districts throughout
the United States.
Technician Health Occupations Students of America
Congratulations to the Greeley Pharmacy Technician Health Occupations Students
of America Chapter for receiving the Outstanding HOSA Chapter Award at the
annual conference. The chapter
received sponsorship from the NCMC Inc. Foundation and Greeley-Evans School
District 6. This is the second year
in a row that students of the Pharmacy Technician program have qualified to
attend the national HOSA conference and the second year of the program itself.
The program is housed inside the Health Science Academy at Greeley
Central High School.
Thirteen Greeley-Evans School District 6 elementary schools have been recognized
for their nutrition and wellness programs by the HealthierUS School Challenge
and will receive awards to promote healthy programs for students. The Challenge
was established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition
Service to recognize schools that improve nutrition and address childhood
obesity. Eight District 6 schools
received the silver award, which includes a $1,000 cash award for each school;
five schools received the bronze award, which includes a $500 cash award.
Congratulations to Chappelow Magnet School 8th grader, Hannah Kiburz, who was
selected from among 100 students to shadow Senator Scott Renfroe at the State
Capitol. The Legislative Day event
teaches students in grades 8-12 about Colorado’s legislative process.
Regional High School
Mock Trial Tournament
Congratulations to students at Union Colony High School for placing 3rd in the
Northern Colorado Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament. In mid-March, this
team of students heads to the statewide tournament which will be the first trip
to state for Union Colony and the first by a Greeley team in several years. The
Northern Colorado Regional Mock Trial Tournament is hosted jointly every year by
the Weld and Larimer Bar Associations.
Above State Average
Congratulations to the students, faculty and staff of Greeley-Evans School
District 6 for their continued improvement of on-time graduation rates. The
Colorado Department of Education announced that SD6 is above the state average
for the second year in a row. The District 6 rate is 79.9 percent compared to a
state average of 76.9 percent.
Eagle Scout Awarded
Cullen Habig, son of Dirk and Karen Habig of Greeley, has received his Eagle Scout Award, the highest honor given by the Boy Scouts. Cullen's Eagle project was the construction of a wooden gateway to the Poudre Learning Center's Sensory Garden. He is a graduate of Greeley Central High School and is serving in the U.S. Navy.
73 District 6 Students Earn AP Scholar Awards
Seventy-three students from Greeley-Evans School District 6 high schools earned the prestigious Advanced Placement Scholar Awards from the national College Board. The Board's Advanced Placement program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses and exams while in high school. In the last seven years, 389 District 6 students have been named AP Scholars.
SD6 Wellness Program Receives Gold Award
The Wellness Council of America has given a gold level award to the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Worksite Wellness program for creating a healthy workforce. District 6 is the only organization or business in Colorado to receive the gold rating this year, and is one of 33 gold winners nationwide.
Perfect Score at Worldwide Quiz Competition
Nine-year-old Joshua Flatt of Greeley is one of only a handful of children to receive a perfect score and the Gold All Star trophy in a worldwide Bible quiz competition that only occurs every four years. Joshua competed against 1,300 others of which only 5 students received the Gold Star.
CHSAA Farmer's Insurance Most Valuable Participant
Greeley West's Katie Weber has been named the Colorado High School Athletic Association Farmer's Insurance Most Valuable Participant Award & Scholarship winner.
Online Academy Expanding
More good news for School District 6. The district's Engage Online Academy, an online middle and high school, has received approval from the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Board of Education to operate as a multi-district school. This allows Colorado students from outside the boundaries of SD6 to enroll in the academy.
Medallion Award Given to SD6
The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Communications Department received several awards from he Colorado Schools Public Relations Association. The district won the Medallion Award for its online school's ENGAGE marketing project. The staff was also recognized with excellence awards for finance and Career Pathways publications and two videos.
SD6 Students Receive Daniels Scholarships
Nine seniors from Greeley-Evans School District 6 will receive the prestigious Daniels Scholarship. Nearly 3,000 students applied and only 250 received the scholarships in Colorado. Greeley student scholars include: Ariel Gutierrez and Ivonne Morales from Greeley Central; Steve Marcantonio from Greeley West; Mark Retana from Frontier Academy; and Ashley Edinger, Vanessa Martinez, Nohely Mendoza, Jesus Ochoa Mendoza and Selena Palomino from Northridge High.
State Art Contest Winner
Greeley West High School senior Adele McKenna was named winner in the State's 4th Congressional District Art Competition. Adele's work entitled "Toby" will be displayed for one year in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol alongside artwork from districts across the country.
Eagle Scout Recognition
Congratulations to Marc Retana, a senior at Frontier Academy, for earning Eagle Scout designation. For his service project, Marc built a storage shed for janitorial and athletics equipment at Dayspring Christian Academy.
"Soil to Spoon" Contest Winner
Brentwood Middle School student, Jessica Trecek, took first place in Colorado's 2012 "Soil to Spoon" poster contest in the 6th grade division. The contest is part of the National Association of Conservation District's Stewardship Week - the longest running celebration of conservation in the country.
JROTC Program Approved for Northridge High
Congratulations to Northridge High School for establishing a U.S. Marine Corp Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. JROTC teaches leadership and character while encouraging students to continue their education after high school.
Caring for Our Watershed Winners
Eleven School District 6 students from five different teams placed in the Top 10 in the Agrium Caring for Our Watershed contest in cooperation with the Poudre Learning Center. The competition invites students to submit proposals that could help improve the Poudre and Big Thompson watersheds. Greeley teams placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th with two additional teams receiving honorable mentions. Also, two City of Greeley staff members, Ruth Quade and Natalie Stevens, mentored the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Way to go!
Colorado Breakfast Challenge Winner
Northridge High School has won the Colorado Breakfast Challenge, sponsored by Hunger-Free Colorado. Northridge won with 87.64% of students eating breakfast at school on a daily basis and for the schools use of nutrition education materials and surveys. As a result, a $4,000 check will be awarded to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at Northridge.
Energy Star Rating for District 6
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 17 Greeley-Evans School District 6 buildings with an Energy Star rating for saving the school district thousands of dollars annually in utility costs. Energy saving efforts have ranged from changing to more efficient light bulbs to reprogramming heating and cooling systems to run more efficiently.
Dayspring Student Attends Presidential Inaugural Conference
Dayspring sophomore, Janell Guthmann, was selected to take part in a 5-day High School Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C. The participants interacted with historians, political experts and leading decision-makers to gain a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the presidential inauguration.
SD6 Graduation Rate Exceeds State Average
Congratulations to School District 6 students, teachers and staff. The District graduation rate of 78.8% in 2012 exceeds the state average of 75.4%. The rate represents a 14.6 percentage increase over 2011, when the graduation rate was 71.8% Graduation rates are defined by the state of Colorado as the number of students who enter 9th grade and graduate in 4 years.
La Voz Student of the Week
La Voz magazine recently featured Melissa Grounds, a Northridge High School student, as Student of the Week. Her academic successes and community achievements, including her volunteer time at the Rodarte Center, were highlighted.
LEGO League Winners
Grace Pointe Assisted Living's LEGO League team members Bob Keyes, Anne Oberto and Reba Seigrist took home first place for Outstanding Research Project at the Preston FLL robotics tournament. They joined Team L.I.S. from Greeley as senior mentors. Teams were challenged to come up with an innovative solution to a problem facing seniors. Team L.I.S. advanced to the state competition.
Greeley West Gives Big to Community
The Greeley West High School Interact group collected nearly $3,000 for needy families and local organizations through their 5th annual Big Give event. With the donations, they were able to give meal boxes to 100 families, $100 grocery certificates to local groups, and $700 to the Greeley Fire Department for gifts to needy families.
SD6 Nutrition Services Receives Grant
The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Nutrition Services department has been awarded an $83,000 grant for its Farm-To-School program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program allows the District to purchase more local in-season foods, minimally process the produce, and incorporate these items into school menus all year long. District 6 will also have the ability to then sell the produce to other surrounding school districts.
Teacher Tuesday Recipient
Congratulations to School District 6 teacher Jill Fisher for being recognized wit the K99 and TRI 102 Teacher Tuesday award. Jill teaches at Dos Rios Elementary school.
Music Groups to Perform at National Convention
Musical groups from School District 6 were selected to perform at the National Association for Gifted Children Convention in Denver. Chappelow's In-Tune Choir, the fourth and fifth grade Honor Choir, the middle school Class Choir, and 140 dance students performed. The Orff Ensemble represented Jackson Elementary. The convention brings together hundreds of educators, administrators, parents and children to discuss issues and programs for gifted and talented students throughout the country.
Young Professionals of the Year
Madison Elementary School phys-ed teacher Rolando Davilla was named the Young Professional of the Year by the Colorado Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Rolando has been teaching at Madison for three years and started an intramural program for grades K through 5, as well as a Personal and Social Responsibility Basketball program for boys in fourth and fifth grades. Megan Barnes, a student teacher who worked with Rolando last semester, was also honored as Future Professional of the Year. She is a senior at UNC pursuing her bachelor's degree in Sports and Exercise Science with an emphasis on K/12 physical education.
Teacher Tuesday Award
Congratulations to Meeker Elementary School teacher Lori Yanish for winning the K99/TRI-102.5 Teacher Tuesday award.
Administrator of the Year
Wes Tuttle, principal of McAuliffe Elementary School in Greeley, has been named administrator of the year by the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. C.A.G.T. is a non-profit organization that provides leadership and support to students, parents and educators of gifted young people in Colorado.
School District 6 Board Member Receives 2012 McGuffey Award
School District 6 Board member Linda Trimberger has been awarded the 2012 McGuffey Award. The Award honors Colorado school board members who demonstrate both the head and the heart for committed and passionate service to students. For more than 40 years, Linda has devoted her life to educating the children of Greeley and Evans and was a key leader in developing the district's Reaching for Excellence strategic plan.
Fourth in the Nation
Greeley Central student Seth Johnston has earned Advanced Placement music scores that put him in the top 2 percent of all scores on record since 1996, placing him as the 4th highest of all AP scores nationwide this year. Seth joins 316 District 6 students who have been named AP Scholars.
SD6 Announces 57 College Boards Advanced Placement Scholars
Fifty-seven students from Greeley-Evans schools recently earned prestigious AP Scholar Awards from the National College Board organization for their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams. The College Board's program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses and exams while in high school. District 6 offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses.
Academy of Engineering Earns National Designation
The Academy of Engineering at Northridge High School has earned official recognition status from the National Academy Foundation. Northridge is one of just two schools in Colorado and one of only 62 schools across the nation to have an NAF-recognized program. The Academy is a component of the Magnet program at Northridge, which offers students the opportunity to focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
2012 Miss Colorado Cover Girl
Kaitlin Martin of Greeley has earned the title of 2012 National American Miss Colorado Cover Girl and will attend the National Pageant at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week. The pageant program is based on inner beauty as well as poise and presentation. Kaitlin attends Greeley Central High and is active in cross country, track, singing and acting.
Chappelow Students Shine at National Math Contest
Competing with 362 schools, Chappelow Magnet School finished 6th at the National Sumdog Math event. Thirty-one students from Chappelow answered thousands of questions and finished the competition with a 90% accuracy rate.
Greeley Student Announced as New FFA President
Congrats to Kristen Schmidt, a 2012 Greeley West High School grad, for being elected the 2012-2013 president of the Colorado Future Farmers of America. Five of the 10 teenagers who were elected as Colorado FFA officers hale from Weld County.
2012 Daniels Fund Scholarships Announced
Six students from School District 6 schools have earned 2012 Daniels Fund Scholarships to attend the college or university of their choice. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies. Forty-nine students from District 6 have earned Daniels Fund scholarships over the last 6 years.
Frontier Academy on Best Schools List
Frontier Academy high school has been named the 26th best high school in Colorado in U.S. News & World Report's annual high school survey. The ranking is based on how the school performs on standardized testing compared to the average student in the state, how the school's least-advantaged student performed compared to the state average, and students' overall college readiness.
Colorado Science and Engineering Winners
Two Union Colony Preparatory School students won awards at the 2012 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair. Seventh grader Diego Ruis won third place in the junior division and Sophomore Nurul MohdReza won the David Young Memorial Award as well as membership in the American Statistical Association for her work.
University Council Education Leadership Award
Congratulations to School District 6 Superintendent Dr. Ranelle Lang. She has received the national "Excellence in Educational Leadership Award" from the University Council for Educational Administration. The award recognizes contributions to the improvement and support of school administrator preparation programs.
21st Century Grant Expands Programs
Greeley's Youth Enrichment program and School District 6 have won a competitive federal grant to expand the 21st Century Community Learning Center programs at four additional schools. The 21st Century program supports community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours. The new grant provides a total of $2.2 million over five years. The City's Youth Enrichment staff in conjunction with District 6 and UNC will run the centers.
Four Greeley Schools Awarded as 'No Place for Hate'
The Mountain State Region of the Anti-Defamation League has awarded four Greeley schools as "No Place for Hate" schools. Centennial Elementary, Franklin Middle School, Greeley West High School and University K-12 are among 45 schools in Colorado recognized by the league for creating equitable, safe and respectful environments for children.
Greeley Students Qualify for Speech and Debate Nationals
Congratulations to Katey Haas of Northridge High School for qualifying for the 2012 National Speech and Debate Tournament. Katey portrays a deaf girl and signs throughout the performance. Greeley Central student Brandon Fisher is a first-alternate in the Humorous Interpretation of Literature competition and will go to nationals if one of the top two finishers are unable to go. More than 3,200 students will participate in the national tournament hosted by the National Forensic League.
Greeley Students Head to State History Contest
Several Greeley students took part in the National History Day regional competition at the University of Northern Colorado. The event attracted 147 middle and high school students from across northeastern Colorado. Winners include five students from Brentwood Middle School and 11 students from Greeley Central who will now advance to the state competition.
District 6 Students Sweep Top Watershed Contest Awards
The "Caring for Our Watershed" contest challenges high school students to research local watersheds and create 1,000-word proposals with realistic solutions to existing environmental concerns. This year's contest received more than 50 proposals from students across Weld County. First place went to Katie Ainslie of Greeley Central with her carbon-reducing solar panel proposal. Central High students took 6th place in the competition. Northridge students also did well taking home four awards including an Honorable Mention. Union Colony Preparatory School earned two awards. All of the finalists' proposals will be implemented this spring.
District 6 Students Heading to State Speech and Debate Tournament
Five Greeley Central High students and three Northridge High students represented their schools and Greeley at the 2012 Colorado State Speech and Debate Tournament. Northridge senior, Katey Haas, took first place in the Dramatic Interpretation of Literature category. The competition was among schools of all sizes.
Greeley Musicians Head to Statewide Honor Band
Each year, the University of Colorado hosts a statewide middle school honor band performance with student musicians selected through a rigorous audition process. Out of the 53 students chosen for this year's honor band, 12 students were from Brentwood Middle School and two were from St. Mary's Catholic School in Greeley.
Two Boettcher Scholars Announced
Frontier Academy's McKenzie Ramirez and Northridge High's, Alexis "Lexi" Gerk, have been offered the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship for 2012. McKenzie is the first Frontier student to win the award. They both join 106 other District 6 students who have been offered the scholarship since 1952. Boettcher Scholars must be among the top 5 percent of their graduating class, and have an SAT score of at least 1,200 or an ACT score of at least 27. The four-year scholarship includes full tuition, fees, books and a stipend to cover living expenses to any college in Colorado.
Greeley West AVID National Demonstration School
Greeley West High School has earned the prestigious AVID National Demonstration School designation. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is designed to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college and success in a global society. AVID students are often the first students in their families to attend college. Less than 3 percent of the 4,500 schools around the globe that use AVID have earned the distinction of becoming a demonstration site. Today in District 6, more than 800 students in grades 6-12 participate in the programs.
District 6 Board Member to Serve on CASB
District 6 Board of Education member Linda Trimberger has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Colorado Association of School Boards' 22-member Board of Directors for the remainder of 2012. Linda will represent CASB Region 4, which is made up of 13 school districts from north-central Colorado. She will continue to serve on the District 6 Board during her CASB service.
John Irwin School of Excellence Awarded to Frontier
Frontier Elementary Charter School recently received the John Irwin School of Excellence Award from the Colorado Department of Education. The awards are distributed annually to Colorado schools that have earned the highest levels of student academic achievement.
Colorado Scholastic Art Awards Handed to Central Students
Four student artists at Greeley Central High School recently earned 2012 Colorado Scholastic Art Awards. Their artwork will be on display at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design through March 2. The winners are Callahan Foose, Maddison Graybill, Jessica Martin and Yvonne Morales. Callahan and Maddison, both Gold Key winners, will advance to the national competition. More than 3,900 pieces of artwork from students across Colorado were submitted in this year's contest.
Greeley Central "Green Cats" Receive National Energy Conservation Contest
The Green Cats, an environmental action club at Greeley Central High School, has won a national energy conservation contest sponsored by the Alliance for Climate Education. The ACE "Biggest Loser Energy Contest" challenged students across the country to see which school could lose the most pounds of carbon in a 20-day period. The school shed 31,502 pounds of carbon and saved the district $2,333 in energy costs. This was the best result out of the 60 schools that participated nationwide. This is the Green Cat's second ACE award.
Franklin Middle School Teacher a Finalist
Congratulations to Franklin Middle School teacher Mary Billings who has been designated a finalist for the 2012 Colorado Teacher of the Year award. Mary teaches language arts and social studies.
IBMC Designated Military Friendly School
The Institute of Business & Medical Careers, which has a center located in Greeley, has been named to the 2012 Military Friends Schools list by G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The distinction honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans.
Brentwood Middle School is Feeling GLEEful
Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the National Association for Music Education announced the national awards for the GLEE "Give a Note" campaign. Brentwood Middle School in Greeley is among the second-place winners who will each receive $10,000 to support music education at their schools. For the competition, Brentwood students prepared a video highlighting how students at their school from all backgrounds are brought together through music. At Brentwood, 62 percent of students are in band, choir and/or orchestra.
"A Day Made Better" Honors East Memorial Teacher
OfficeMax has honored East Memorial Elementary School teacher Jennifer Gray with an award and $1,000 in school supplies as part of the company's "A Day Made Better" national school advocacy program. Every year, teachers spend an average of $1,000 of their own money on classroom supplies. That's over $4 billion annually. October 4, 2011 marked the 5th anniversary of the event bringing recognition to over 5,500 teachers across the US.
Middle School Principal Selected for Statewide Award
Franklin Middle School principal John Diebold was selected by the Colorado Music Educators Association to receive the annual, statewide Honored Administrator Award. The award recognizes a Colorado school administrator who has demonstrated a continuing commitment to cultural arts through their leadership, improving and supporting arts and music education within his or her school.
Advance Placement Scholar Awards Announced for SD6
Fifty-seven students from Greeley-Evans schools have recently earned the prestigious Advanced Placement Scholar Awards from the National College Board for their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams taken in May 2011. The College Board's Advanced Placement program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses and exams while in high school. District 6 offers over 20 different AP courses to its high school students. The year's Scholars come from Greeley Central, Greeley West and Northridge High Schools and Frontier, Union Colony and University Charter Schools. In the last 5 years, over 259 District 6 students have been named AP Scholars.
Congratulations to Greeley West graduates Heidi Hurst and Miguel Perez for being accepted to join the freshmen class at Harvard University.
Key Club Receives First Place Award
Greeley Central Key Club received a first place award for the best single service project in their Club membership category at the Key Club International Convention. The award was for raising more than $2,800 for the Children of Peace International program with the club's annual haunted house project.
District's Back-to-Scratch Lunch Program Gets National Attention
Congratulations to School District 6 for their recent move that's making school lunches better and healthier. The nation couldn't help but take notice of the District's "back-to-scratch" program when it was featured in the New York Times and on First Lady Michelle Obama's Facebook page and many, many tweets and emails making their way across the country.
School District 6 Stellar Students in CSAP
Congratulations to the thousands of School District 6 students for their stellar achievement in the 2011 CSAP tests. 184 students earned "triple advanced" scores in reading, writing and math; 21 students earned perfect scores on one of the tests; 3,111 students scored advanced in at least one content area or scored proficient on three content areas; and 1,670 students improved their proficiency rating in a test area.
Board Member Receives McGuffey Award
School District 6 Board member Judy Kron has earned a 2011 McGuffey Award from the Colorado Association of School Boards. The award honors Colorado school board members who demonstrate both the head and the heart of committed and passionate service. Judy has been recognized for her work to initiate and create The Success Foundation, a community partnership for educational excellence and also for her commitment to accountability and community engagement. The Success Foundation, launched during the 2010-2011 school year, provides grants to District 6 schools, staff, teachers and students to enhance and enrich education, with an emphasis on integrating 21st century skills into the classroom.
Comcast Scholarship Awarded the Northridge Student
Gabriela Diaz, a student at Northridge High School, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Comcast Foundation. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, are catalysts for positive change in their communities, are involved in their schools, and serve as models for their fellow students. High school principals and guidance counselors may nominate one student per school each year for this prestigious award.
Art Students will Congressional Art Competition
Two art students from Greeley West High School were awarded at the recent Colorado 4th Congressional District Arts Competition. Congressman Cory Garner congratulated junior Jaj Bitton for his first place and sophomore Adele McKenna who received the Congressman's Choice Award. Councilmember Donna Sapienza was one of the official judges at the event.
West's Hurst National Merit Scholar
Congratulations to Heidi Hurst, a senior at Greeley West High School, who has been named a 2011 National Merit Scholar. Heidi was chosen from 15,000 finalists across the nation. Her scholarship is being underwritten by the State Farm Companies Foundation. She joins five other Greeley students who have won the award since 2007.
Daniels Funs Scholarships Given to Six Stars
Six students from School District 6 have earned 2011 Daniels Fund Scholarships to attend the college or university of their choice. Daniels Fund Scholars are: Royer Lopez, Amber Muhlenbruck, Mei Yuen, and Miguel Perez-Luna from Greeley West; Maria Garcia from Northridge; and Scott Rosengrants from Union Colony Prep. The Fund supports promising students who demonstrate strength of character, leadership, and a record of accomplishment in giving back to the community.
Union Colony Prep Students Really on the Ball
Three students from Greeley's Union Colony Preparatory School have brought home a state championship team award and a United States Air Force Certificate of Achievement in the junior division from the 56th Annual Colorado Science and Engineering Fair. The three 13 year-olds, Alex Fiel, Ryan Hawkins and Eric Miller, studied the golf-ball effect on airplanes. The golf-ball effect refers to the use of dimples on a golf ball to make it carry in the air longer. They found that modern planes are already very aerodynamic and that the dimples actually slowed the plane down. Union Colony was the only Greeley school to participate in the event.
School District 6 Listed as Healthy Organization
School District 6 has been listed among America's healthiest organizations as a result of winning a Silver Standard Award from the Wellness Councils of America. The Award is the result of nearly two years of fact finding, policy setting, and best practices implementation for the district's employee wellness program. Among the activities that helped District 6 earn the award are annual blood screenings, the Great Holiday Weigh contest, annual flu shot clinics, efforts to provide healthier alternatives in vending machines, health information programs, securing grant funding, and communicating wellness policies.
Ten Students Selected to Honor Band
Ten students from Greeley middle schools participated in the University of Colorado Middle School Honor Band in Boulder. These students were selected through an audition process requiring superior performance in instrumental music. Only 90 students are selected from throughout the state. Participants included: Marshall Burden, Zac Bitton, Katy Campbell, Kayley Vogel, Loren Johnston, Ellie Dissel-koen, Daniel Buhler, Jacob Rogers, Ryley Bowen and Olivia LaRocco.
Two Students Offered Prestigious Boettcher Scholarships
Congratulations to seniors Tanner McManus, Northridge High School, and Heidi Hurst, Greeley West, who have been offered the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarships for 2011. The Scholarships provide money to attend colleges or universities in Colorado, including full tuition, fees, and books, plus a stipend to help cover living expenses. Only 40 scholarships are awarded each year across the entire state, out of more than 1,300 applications. Including this year's awardees, ten students from District 6 have been offered Boettcher Scholarships in the last five years.
Frontier Academic Decathlon Takes State
The Frontier Academy Academic Decathlon team has been crowned state champions for the 2010-2011 school year. The Decathlon is a competition between schools where teams of students with similar academic levels compete. Categories include: art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, math, music, science, social science and speech. Alexis Rathmann scored a perfect 1,000 on her speech test - the first in Colorado in nearly seven years. - while several other students scored above 800 in other areas. The team did all of this while competing, not at the Class 2A level where the school should compete, but in the higher Class 4A/5A division.
Greeley Students Place High in Competition
Students in Greeley, Ft. Collins, Berthoud and Loveland showed their concern for our region's watersheds when they participated in a contest sponsored by Agrium, an agricultural supply company. Over 100 proposals were received from students in grades 9-12 who researched the Poudre and Big Thompson watersheds, identified an environmental concern, and come up with a realistic solution. Greeley students scored extremely well in the competition including a first place win for Iris Castilla Barrios and Jaquelin Cisneros, students at Greeley Central High. Greeley was the host site, with support from the Poudre Learning Center, the High Plains Environmental Center and the Big Thompson Watershed Forum.
Ten Students Earn Scholastic Art Awards
Ten student artists from Greeley Central High School and Frontier Academy Charter School recently earned awards at the 2011 Colorado Scholastic Art Awards. The Scholastic Art Awards program is coordinated by The Alliance for Youth Artists & Writers, a not-for-profit organization. This prestigious national competition has been an annual event in Colorado since 1948.
Colorado Farm Show Awards Scholarships
Congratulations to Marissa Bartmann of Greeley who received a $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship from the Colorado Farm Show. The scholarships are awarded to high school graduating seniors who will declare an agriculture major.
Greeley Central Teacher Honored by National Forensic League
Greeley Central High School language arts teacher, Sarah French-Hahn, has been honored by the National Forensic League with a Diamond Award for her professional excellence in teaching forensics. The League's Diamond Awards are given to teachers based on the number of students they have coached and how well their students have done in forensics competitions. This is Sarah's second national Diamond Award.
Martinez Elementary Receives Excellence Award
The Colorado Department of Education has selected Billie Martinez Elementary School to receive a Centers of Excellence award for demonstrating high rates of academic growth over the last few years. The award recognizes and rewards schools that produce outstanding academic growth while enrolling a student body that is at least 75 percent at-risk. Billie Martinez is being awarded $11,155 to use for school needs.
Hippology Team Wins State Championship
Congratulations to the Weld County 4-H Hippology Team which won the 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology state championships at the Colorado 4-H Conference. The team, which includes Greeley student Kristen Schmidt, also won the state 4-H Horse Bowl Contest in 2009 and has won every state contest available. Hippology is the study of everything horse. The competition includes several components including: horse judging, a written examination, slide identification and team problem solving.
Students Recognized for ACT Achievement
University High student Rinata Diaz; Greeley West student Heidi Hurst and Greeley Central student Alexis Smith were recently recognized for earning an ACT score of 34, which puts them among the top 1 percent of all ACT test-takers in the United States. A perfect score is 36. The national average is 21 - Colorado's average is 19.4.
High School Students Receive AP Awards
Sixty-two high school students in Greeley-Evans schools have earned prestigious Advanced Placement Scholar Awards from the national College Board organization for their exceptional achievement on AP exams taken in May 2010. The College Board's Advanced Placement program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses and exams while in high school.
School District Students Earn Triple Advance Scores
According to the recent 2010 CSAP exam, Greeley-Evans School District 6 has 190 students that earned "triple advanced" scores - meaning they were in the highest category on each of their CSAP reading, writing and math exams. In addition, 17 students throughout the district earned a perfect score on one of their individual tests.
Greeley West Student Selected to National Summit
Congratulations to Akua Nkansah Amankra, an incoming senior at Greeley West High School, who was selected to attend the 8th Annual National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Youth Leadership Summit held in Washington D.C. She was one of only 30 students selected nationally.
Elementary School Selected for Excellence Award
Billie Martinez Elementary School has been selected by the Colorado Department of Education to receive a Centers of Excellence award for demonstrating high rates of academic growth over the last few years. The Centers of Excellence program recognizes and awards the success of schools that produce outstanding academic growth while enrolling a student body that is at least 75 percent at-risk.
Greeley West High School's Future Farmers of America
FFA student organization has received a gold level ranking by the Colorado FFA State Chapter, making the Spartans among the nine best chapters in the state. FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Two Greeley Students Named National Merit Scholars
Miranda Fluharty and Will Smythe, both from Greeley Central High School, have been named as National Merit Scholars. They were chosen from over 15,000 finalists from across the nation.
Three Spartans Heading to Air Force Academy
Congratulations to Greeley West seniors A.J. Frieler, David Rowe, and Bogdan Oniu who have been accepted to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Ten of thousands of high school seniors across the country seek appointments to the nation's military academies, but few are chosen. Getting an academy appointment requires good grades and top-notch academic preparation.
Greeley Central Teacher Chosen as Teacher of the Year
The Greeley Chamber of Commerce's Better Schools Better Community program has named Rhonda Campbell as its Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010. Rhonda is a math teacher at Greeley Central.
Brentwood Student Wins National Competition
DiAnna Rowe, Brentwood Middle School, is one of nine students in grades K through 12 across the nation to be named a grand prize winner in the 15th annual River of Words environmental poetry and art contest. The annual event is sponsored by non-profit group, "River of Words" and The Library of Congress "Center for the Book". River of Words encourages students and educators to explore and savor local watersheds where they live and to inspire them to write and create art about their environment.
SD6 Students Earn Daniels Scholarships
Nine students from School District 6 have earned Daniels Fund scholarships and will receive financial aid to attend the college or university of their choice. From Greeley West - Alan Brozovich, Kyle Tucker, Josiah Ojeda, and Jorge Serna; From Greeley Central - Wayne Barlock, Nicolo Redfern, and Javier Sandate; From Union Colony Charter School - Victoria Staiano; and from Northridge High School - Anastacia Winter.
3rd District 6 Student Earns Boettcher Scholarship
Gabe Goodman of Greeley Central High School has earned the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship. The Boettcher Scholarship is one of the hardest to obtain in the state of Colorado, with only 40 scholarships awarded each year. With Gabe's announcement, Distinct 6 so far has three of Colorado's 40 Boettcher Scholars for 2010.
School District 6 Principal to Serve on Governor's Council
Dr. Margaret Crespo, principal of John Evans IB Middle School, has been selected as one of 15 people across Colorado to serve on the Governor's Council for Educator Effectiveness.
Brentwood Students Attend Honor Band
Five Brentwood Middle School students were selected and participated in the CU Boulder Middle School Honor Band in February. The students were selected through an audition process requiring superior performance in instrumental music. Only 90 students are chosen for the Honor Band.
Boettcher Scholarships Awarded
Congratulations to Colin Jorgensen of Greeley Central, and Lanna Giauque of Greeley West, 2010 recipients of the highly prestigious Boettcher Scholarships. This Scholarship is one of the hardest to obtain in the state of Colorado. Colin and Lanna were selected based on their superior academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to school and community activities, and strength of character. Boettcher Scholars must be among the top 5 percent of their graduating class, and have an SAT score of at least 1200 or an ACT score of at least 27. Colin and Lanna join a growing list of District 6 students to be named Boettcher Scholars over the last 3 years - a total of seven to date.
Eagle Scout Award Given
Ian Charles Howe, with team 606 of Greeley, has received his Eagle Scout Award. Ian's Eagle Scout project included wildlife protection work at Lake Arrowhead.
Eagle Scout Award Given
Ian Charles Howe, with team 606 of Greeley, has received his Eagle Scout Award. Ian's Eagle Scout project included wildlife protection work at Lake Arrowhead.
District Students Earn "AP Scholar" Status
Fifty-five School District 6 high school students have earned the prestigious designation of "AP Scholar" by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on college-level Advanced Placement exams in May 2009.
Theatre Educator of the Year Announced
Mark Kolokoff, Greeley Central, has been named Senior High Theatre Educator of the Year by the Alliance for Colorado Theatre.
Greeley Youth Graduates from Astronaut Camp
Greeley West junior, Heidi Hurst, representing Greeley at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, KS recently graduated from the Future Astronaut Training Program X-Treme. During the week, youth from around the country train on the Cosmosphere's simulators - the centrifuge, multi-axis trainer and stress simulator - as well as the space shuttle flight simulator and mission control.
SD6 - Highest Sustain Academic Growth
McAuliffe Elementary has been listed among 161 Colorado schools that have demonstrated the highest sustained rates of student academic progress over 3 consecutive years.
Melissa Tarantino, a 5th grade teacher at Scott Elementary, has been chosen by the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics as one of the state's outstanding elementary math teachers for 2009. Mark Kolokoff, Greeley Central High School's Arts Magnet school coordinator, has been named the Senior High Theatre Educator of the Year by the Alliance for Colorado Theatre.
Top Awards From Boy Scouts and Camp Fire USA Given
Congratulations to Grant Gattis of Greeley who recently received Camp Fire USA's highest honor, the WoBeLo Medallion, AND the Eagle Scout Award, which is the Boy Scouts highest honor. Joshua Habig also earned his Eagle Scout Award. His community project included recruiting and leading a team of 20-25 to create a natural trail at the Houston Gardens.
Colorado State Knowledge Bowl Champions
University Schools claimed the Class 3A State Championship at the Colorado State Knowledge Bowl.
2nd Merit Scholar Announced
Greeley West senior, Cameron Jeffers, has been named a National Merit Scholar by the Nation Merit Scholarship Corporation. Cameron joins David Nelloms (also of West) who was named a Merit Scholar in May.
"If I Were Mayor..." Essay Contest Winner From Greeley
Congratulations to Sinjin Kirkpatirck, a 7th grader at St. Mary Catholic School in Greeley, for being selected the Eastern region winner of Colorado Municipal League's "If I Were Mayor..." essay contest, sponsored by COLOTRUST. Over 600 essays were submitted from across that state. Sinjin was presented his award during a Greeley City Council meeting by Sam Mamet, Colorado Municipal League Executive Director.
Bezos Scholars Program Recipient Named
Greeley West junior Lanna Giauque is one of only 12 students in the entire nation to be selected to participate in the annual Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute. She and 11 other scholars will take part in seminars and informal meetings with some of the world's preeminent leaders, including Supreme Court Justice's, Harvard professors, CEOs, Pulitzer Prize winners and innovators. The scholars program is funded by the Bezos Family Foundation, run by the family of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.
National Merit Scholar Award
Greeley West senior David Nelloms has been named as a National Merit Scholar from among 15,000 national finalists. David will receive a $2,500 scholarship sponsored by State Farm Foundation.
Statewide Technology Student Association Conference Winners
Greeley West seniors Austin Huskerson and Brandon McDowall placed first in Construction Systems and Structural Engineering at the statewide Technology Student Association conference. Brandon also took second in Hydrodynamics and first place in the T-shirt Design contest. The T-shirt design will be used for the national conference in Denver this summer. Northridge students Kyle Bernhardt and Tyler Vasquez placed third in the Robotics competition.
Forensics Students Prepare for National Tournament
Three students from Greeley Central are preparing to compete in the 2009 National Forensic League tournament including Will Benich, who earned the title of Rocky Mountain North NFL District Champion, as well as Cassie Garcia, and Stefanie Casdorph.
Frontier Academy Tops in Robotics
Frontier Academy students took first and second place at the International Edventures Robotics Challenge with their robotic Venus Flytraps. Team Qwerty took first place for Best Overall Solution category. Team F.E.A.R. took second in the Most Creative Solution. The students are now working towards the RoboRave competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Boettcher Scholarship Awarded to Northridge Student
Congratulations to Northridge High School student, CJ Allison, who has earned the highly prestigious Boettcher Scholarship. CJ was selected from 1,200 applicants based on his stellar academic performance, demonstrated ability, outstanding character and participation and leadership in school and community activities. Boettcher Scholars must be among the top five percent of their graduating class, and have an SAT score of at least 1,200 or an ACT score of at least 27.
GCHS Student Takes First Place
Andrew Zucker of Central High School, has tied for first place in the 17th annual University of Northern Colorado Mathematics Contest. The first round of competition was held in November, with students taking written exams at their individual schools. One hundred sixty-nine students advanced to the final round held in January at the University of Northern Colorado. Andrew and another student from Boulder's Fairview High School, earned perfect scores.
Colorado All-State Orchestra Includes Greeley Students
Four Greeley Central students have been selected to take part in the 2009 Colorado All-State Orchestra, which features some of the best musical talent to be found in high schools across the state. Greeley students selected include Rachel Butherus, Ching-Hsuan Wang, Melanie Haskins and Tasha Shupe.
Franklin Middle School Student Wins "Attitude" Grand Prize
Qwest, Fox Sports News Rocky Mountain, and the University of Colorado have named Franklin Middle School 8th grader, Cole Smith, as the '08-'09 Grand Prize recipient of the "Winning Attitude Award." He was selected from a group of 10 finalists who submitted stories explaining how their winning attitude made a difference in their communities. Franklin Middle School will receive a $2,500 contribution from Qwest, in addition to the $1,000 that Qwest presented to the school when Cole became a finalist.
Greatest Wealth Per Capita Award
Competing against 31 other teams from around the state, four students from Franklin Middle School have won the "Greatest Wealth Per Capita" award at the 13th annual Colorado Regional Future City Competition held in Denver. Ashley Edinger, Bruce Edinger, Ryan Gonzalez and Brandon Strong won the competition which is sponsored by Shell and the engineering community to promote engineering and technological careers to middle school students.
District 6 Staff Member Earns Statewide Award
Congratulations to Nancy Devine, director of instruction and professional development for School District 6, for earning the 2008-2009 O'Rourke Prize for exemplary staff development in Colorado. In its eighth year, the award is co-sponsored by the Colorado Staff Development Council and the consulting firm Authentic Education. Criteria are based on attributes of vision, effectiveness, persistence and commitment.
Greeley West Named as Colorado Academic Team Champions
The Colorado High School Activities Association has named the Greeley West High School student council as the state's 4A Student Leadership Academic Team Champions. The council had a combined grade point average of 3.84 for the fall semester, higher than any other student leadership team in the state's 4A division.
Brentwood Middle School Winning Attitude
Brentwood Middle School student Madeline Azari was recently named the recipient of the "Winning Attitude" award for 2008 by Qwest, Fox Sports Network Rocky Mountain and the University of Colorado. Madeline was selected for a story she submitted explaining how her "winning attitude" made a difference in her community.
Franklin Middle School Students Honored for Water Posters
Five students from Franklin Middle School have been awarded honors for posters they created for the West Greeley Conservation District poster contest. They include: Alejandra Mora, Jesus Dommiquez-Esparza, Kendall Sparkman and Mercedes Ferman. The overall winning poster by Natalie Diaz will represent the state of Colorado at the National Association of Conservation District conference in February 2009.
Colorado Gifted Education Association Honors Leaders
The Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented has honored District 6 Board President Bruce Broderius and Assistant Superintendent Dana Selzer with two of the Association's top statewide awards for advocacy and leadership in the field of gifted and talented student education. Dr. Broderius received the "Special Advocate of the Year-District Level" award. Dr. Selzer received an "Administrator of the Year" award. Gifted education is an integral component of the District 6 strategic plan, and the district's instructional pacing guides contain differentiated approaches for advance learners. In 2008, the district increased the percentage of students scoring in the Advanced proficiency category on CSAP.
Drew Galyardt Earns Eagle Scout Rank
Congratulations to Drew Galyardt, senior at Northridge High School, for receiving his Eagles Scout Rank from the Boy Scouts of America. Galyardt's Eagle Scout project was to repaint the Swedish-American Stuga at Centennial Village Museum.
School District 6 Honored
The Colorado Association of School Boards has selected the Weld County School District 6 Board of Education as Colorado's 2008 All State School Board. They noted Greeley-Evans Board of Education's bold leadership and reform over the last three years, which has turned the district into a solid example of success for students. The award was given during the CASB's 68th Annual Convention held in Colorado Springs.
Students Shine During CSAP Testing
142 students from the Greeley-Evans school district earned an Advanced Rating on the Colorado Student Assessment Program in not one, but three subject areas including reading, writing and math. The students represent 17 schools from all corners of Greeley and Evans.
Outstanding Teacher in Math Right Here in Greeley
Michelle Harr-Anderson from Meeker Elementary School has been chosen by the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics as one of the state's Outstanding Math Teaching Award winners for 2008. The Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a professional organization of educators dedicated to the improvement of classroom instruction in mathematics at all levels.
Boettcher Foundation Recipient Announced
Laurel Tanner, a Greeley West High School student, has been selected as a Boettcher Foundation Scholarship recipient. The scholarship is merit-based and rewards outstanding Colorado high school seniors who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions to Colorado.
Graduating Class of 2008 Earns Numerous Awards
The Greeley-Evans graduating classes of 2008 have earned $8.1 million in scholarships and awards. These scholarships and awards were offered by local, state and national organizations, colleges, universities, technical and trade schools, and businesses.
School District 6 Dazzles with Numerous Achievements
-The Colorado Department of Education has chosen Judith Morales from Bella Romero Elementary School as the state's English Language Acquisition Teacher of the Year.
-Greeley West athletics Director, Harry Waterman, is the Colorado Athletics Directors Association 2008 Athletics Director of the Year.
-University High School seniors took top prize at this year's 3A State Knowledge Bowl contest. In the past 4 years they have placed third, first and second.
-Franklin Middle school earned first place in the School Spirit Presentation at the Middle School MESA Challenge Day. Colorado MESA is a nonprofit organization designed to encourage female and minority students to prepare themselves for a college education and to major in mathematics, engineering or science.
-School District 6 and Centennial BOCES have selected Margaret Ottoson of Martinez Elementary School as the district's 2008 Outstanding Educator for migrant students.
-Eleven students from School District 6 are among 268 high school seniors from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming who have earned Daniels Fund scholarships to attend the college or university of their choice. The Daniels fund awards scholarships to students who demonstrate strength of character, a well-rounded personality and a record of accomplishment in giving back to the community.
National Technology Competition Qualifiers
Two Greeley Central High School students, Brianna Hall and Matt Mapes, have qualified for a national competition after their architectural model won first place at the 2008 Colorado Technology Student Association Expo. The students designed an affordable single-family home for a family of six people, including an aging set of grandparents. The national competition was held June 28-July 2.
West Student Selected for "Leaders of the Business World" Summer Institute
Ellen Green, a junior at Greeley West High School, has received her acceptance into the "Leaders of the Business World" Summer Institute for high school seniors at the Wharton School/ University of Pennsylvania. Wharton is the number one ranked business college in the nation, ahead of Harvard and MIT. During this highly competitive 4-week program, she will attend lectures from Wharton faculty and top U.S. corporate executives, compete in a team competition for developing a business plan, attend multiple conferences and visit New York City and Washington D.C.
University Student Wins Tops Prize at New Mexico Film Festival
University High School student Conner Anderson has won the top prize for high school students in he 2008 White Sands International Film Festival held in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The festival featured screening of more than 50 feature films, short films and documentaries. Conner won first with two of his silent comedies.
Daughters of the American Revolution Award Recipient Announced
Congratulations to Greeley Central senior, Kelsey Guyette, who received the Colorado State Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen award. Students from 10 area high schools were chosen to receive the award. Of these, Kelsey's wining essay was sent to the state competition where she won first place out of Colorado's 38 chapters. Other winners included: Amber Novinger, Dayspring Christian Academy; Anna Hund, Frontier Academy; Rex Morgan, Greeley West High School; Katie Lewis, University High School and Andrea Stockert, Northridge High School.
Barnet Earnes Eagle Scout Award
Jesse J. Barnet of Greeley's Boy Scouts of American Venture Crew 506 has earned the highest advancement award offered by the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout Award. A senior at Greeley Central High School, Jesse had to earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community service project which consisted of refurbishing band equipment for Heath Middle School.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Ray Tschillard, District 6 science coordinator and director of the Poudre Learning Center received the Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education - the highest honor for environmental educators in Colorado.
Title I Distinguished Principal of the Year
Billie Martinez Elementary School principal Paul Urioste was recognized by the Colorado Department of Education as the Title I Distinguished Principal of the Year. 2008 is the inaugural year for this award. Title I, part of the No Child Left Behind legislation, is the largest federal program that supports both elementary and secondary education.
Greeley West Student Wins National Essay Contest
Carmen Mesbergen, a junior at West High School, recently took part in the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Carmen participated in an essay contest and was chosen as one of the top four out of 400 from students around the country. The prize was the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.
West Cross Country Win State
The Greeley West girls cross country team won the Class 4A Girls State Cross Country meet held in Colorado Springs. Sophomore, Erica Hinchcliffe finished first place overall; Junior, Ashlee Smalley placed second overall; and Greeley Central's team placed third.