Education briefs: Silverthorne Elementary honors readers, state releases grading guides |

Education briefs: Silverthorne Elementary honors readers, state releases grading guides

Silverthorne Elementary principal Jeff Johnson celebrated students' holiday reading accomplishments with a lunch together on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. About 90 students, or a third of the school, read for 400 minutes or more over the break.
Courtesy Silverthorne Elementary |


Tuesday, Feb. 10

Central Admin. OfficE, A Team and Board of Education joint meeting, 1:30-4 p.m.

Central Admin. Office, Board of Education meeting, 4-5:30 p.m.

Dillon Valley Elementary, BAAC, 8 a.m.

Summit High School PTSO, 7:30 am.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Summit Cove Elementary, BAAC, 6 p.m.

Upper Blue Elementary, PTA, 4:15 p.m.

Summit Middle School, BAAC, 8:15 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12

Frisco Elementary, BAAC, 4:15 p.m.

Summit Cove Elementary, PTSA, 8:45 a.m.

Summit High School, Girls Basketball vs. Steamboat, 5:30 p.m.

Summit High School, Boys Basketball vs. Steamboat, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13

Summit High School, Hockey vs. Cheyenne Mtn., 7:30 p.m.

For the first time, Silverthorne Elementary School challenged its students to read for at least 400 minutes, or nearly seven hours, over the holiday break with the promise of lunch with principal Jeff Johnson.

“I’ve had lunch with me before, and I didn’t think this was an incentive,” Johnson said.

He expected about 20 students would complete the reading, maybe 50. Instead, the school was surprised to find roughly 90 students from pre-K to fifth grade met the challenge, or about a third of the school.

Students returned to school Jan. 6 with reading logs in hand anxiously ready to give to their teachers, Johnson said. A second-grader logged the most reading time with 1,000 minutes, or close to 17 hours.

He asked a group of first-graders about their break, and students immediately talked about books before presents or vacations.

“I was nearly brought to tears a couple of times by kids who were so proud of their accomplishments as they answered my question about their time off from school with how much they read, not which gifts they received,” he said.

Johnson specially recognized the first-grade students in Mrs. Bartelt’s class and the fourth-grade students in Mrs. Hart’s class who accounted for about 25 percent of the 400-plus-minute readers.

He ate lunch with the 88 readers, including two preschoolers, on Jan. 16.


Having trouble understanding your child’s grades?

The Colorado Department of Education partnered with the Colorado Parent Teacher Association to create family guides to the standards-based grading system now used in Summit County.

The guides are in English and Spanish and were designed to be helpful tools for communities across Colorado to better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards.

The guides also provide overviews of the learning expectations for each grade and content area — including art, health, math, reading, writing, communication, science, social studies and world languages — with examples of educational experiences that students can engage in during the school year with the support of their families and communities.

Find the guides at

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