Dillon Valley Elementary celebrates cultural diversity with 9th annual El Grito del Valle | SummitDaily.com

Dillon Valley Elementary celebrates cultural diversity with 9th annual El Grito del Valle

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com
Women in the Dillon Valley Elementary community show off dresses they wear for performing traditional dances as part of the school's ninth annual El Grito del Valle on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. The event celebrates Mexico's Independence Day and the dual language school's Spanish-speaking heritage.
Alli Langley / alangley@summitdaily.com |

THIS WEEK IN SUMMIT SCHOOLS

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Dillon Valley Elementary, PTSA at 6 p.m.

Summit High School, Soccer vs. Steamboat, 4/6 p.m.

Summit High School, Volleyball vs. Palisade, 4:30/5:30/6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Summit Middle School, Football vs. Lake County, 4 p.m.

Summit High School, BAAC, 7:30 a.m.

Summit High School, College Fair and Financial Info, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

No School

Saturday, Sept. 20

Summit High School, Rugby vs. Fort Collins, 11 a.m.

Summit High School, JV Football vs. Glenwood, 3 p.m.

Students, parents and staff at Dillon Valley Elementary celebrated El Grito del Valle on Sunday, Sept. 14.

The ninth annual event honors Mexican Independence Day, brings together the school’s community and celebrates the school’s diversity and Spanish-speaking traditions.

The event, which began at 9 a.m. with a 1.5 mile and 5K run/walk through the Dillon Valley neighborhood, also raises money for Spanish books and other resources for the school’s 10-year-old dual language program.

All the food at Sunday’s event was cooked and donated by Hispanic parents in the community. Students performed and sang in Spanish, and moms and teachers danced wearing colorful, traditional dresses.

In Spanish, “el grito” means “the shout” and references how on Sept. 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo cried out to his people to rise up and rebel against Spain, which ultimately led to Mexico’s independence.

SPRUCING UP SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS

The 2015 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) School Play Yard Initiative is now accepting applications from local schools hoping to rejuvenate their playgrounds.

New this year, the initiative will award schools funds for professional design services to help students design their ideal playground. More than $600,000 will be awarded to six Colorado schools through a competitive grant process.

Projects must be proposed through a partnership between a local government and a school or school district. Projects should have an emphasis on natural components and must be inspired by students.

Funding can be used to develop a new school play yard and/or to enhance or improve existing school play yards.

Now in its third year of funding, the initiative invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds towards improving outdoor recreation and education spaces for children.

Applications are due Oct. 1. For grant specifications and to download an application, prospective grantees can visit goco.org/schools. For more information, contact Luke Bolinger at lbolinger@goco.org.

STUDYING THE TESTING

The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force, established by the Colorado General Assembly, is studying the implications of the statewide assessment system for school districts, public schools, charter schools, educators and students.

The task force welcomes and encourages input and is especially interested in the public’s response to the question “What would an effective statewide assessment system include?”

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written responses to this question and give feedback by emailing 1202taskforcefeedback@gmail.com.

The task force’s 15 members, who represent parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and the business community, will prepare a report of its findings, including legislative recommendations, by Jan. 31.

Public hearings will be scheduled at future meetings. The schedule of upcoming meetings and all related materials can be found at cde.state.co.us/cdedepcom/taskforce.


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