Letters to the editor: Summit County educational kudos
December 10, 2013
On behalf of the English language program at Summit Middle School and Summit High School, I'd like to thank our community partners who helped to make this year's FEP (Fluent English Proficient) Celebration a success. As a district, we aimed to honor the achievements of students who reached fluent English proficiency and met the criteria to be formally exited from the program. Thanks to our sponsors who made the evening special. Prizes for the raffle were generously donated by Loveland Ski Area, Starbucks and Cameez. Walmart graciously donated certificate frames for our honorees. Beaver Run Resort and Safeway contributed to making the event festive by their donation of tablecloths and balloons. Thanks, again, for your generosity and partnership in celebrating our students' success.
Summit Middle School
Sixth grade English language specialist
■ In recent times, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives have been embraced by the Summit County community. On Nov. 5, statewide representatives from Colorado State University Extension recognized Summit County 4-H with the CSU Extension Community Engagement Award. This highly competitive award was presented to Summit County 4-H in recognition of excellence in community engagement with our collaborators for a successful STEMasters program. Of course, this award is actually recognition of the amazing partnerships which have elevated STEM learning experiences for our youth. Through collaboration with the Summit School District, our wonderful volunteer community members and our local families who benefit from these partnerships, all of us have been recognized as leaders in this important endeavor.
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Congratulations to all the outstanding partners who make Summit County such a wonderful place to live, love and learn.
■ Keystone Science School would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who supported our recent H2O Outdoors program. Forty-eight high school students from across the state participated in a three-day program at Keystone Science School focusing on water issues around the West. Thanks to program sponsors Denver Water, Colorado River District and Aurora Water for making this program possible. Also, thanks to the 15 expert panelists from local towns and organizations who participated and served as great resources for the students.
■ Regarding a recent feature article on the transition to Summit Middle School, I felt compelled to write stating that I too was impressed with our children's experience in this area. As the parent of two at SMS (seventh grade and eighth grade), I indeed noticed the frequent efforts and successes principal Joel Rivera and his staff put forth beginning in the fifth grade.
Perhaps because it is fresher in my memory, my observations seemed that the transition from fifth grade to sixth grade was larger in comparison to their entry into kindergarten at Dillon Valley Elementary.
To all involved this grateful parent sends thanks. And of all weeks this one is a good one to be grateful.
Elizabeth S. Anderson
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