Education briefs: Summit High School students give international presentations for global conference |

Education briefs: Summit High School students give international presentations for global conference

Four Summit High School students gathered in the school's media center late Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to give presentations in Spanish to people from around the world as part of the fifth annual Global Education Conference. Teacher Leslie Davison said this was the first year Summit students have participated and she stressed the importance of making international connections in school.
Courtesy Leslie Davison |


Summit School District students and staff have no school Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving break.

In the library at Summit High School, four students gathered at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, to present in Spanish to an online audience that included people from more than six countries.

Led by Spanish teacher Leslie Davison, the ninth-graders talked about the international connections they’ve made that have helped them practice their Spanish and learn about other cultures for the fifth annual Global Education Conference.

Davison said the weeklong, 24-hours-a-day conference aimed to promote global awareness, international competence and new ways to collaborate across political borders.

“Learning doesn’t take place within these four walls,” she said. “Nowadays you can’t learn in isolation.”

Her students should know how to work together with others from Nebraska to Singapore, she said, describing how she has incorporated cloud-based technologies like Google Docs in class so students can write part of a story and kids across the world can contribute part in the language they both share.

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Languages especially, she said, shouldn’t be taught in isolation, but making global connections applies to all learning.

Davison said a teacher from India joined the digital audience of one of the student presentations to chat about a new Spanish collaboration.

Besides India, Davison said the audience for the students’ presentation included people from Bolivia, Columbia, Mexico and Spain. She was immensely proud.

“They’ve never presented period, let alone present online to this global audience,” she said.

The four teens are among the first cohort of students to attend Summit High School this year after beginning dual-language instruction in kindergarten at Dillon Valley Elementary, where Davison also taught them as fourth-graders.

Cassidy Bargell, 14, of Silverthorne, said for her presentation “Amigos Globales,” she and another student had planned to talk in English and Spanish, but the girls ended up speaking only in Spanish for 45 minutes after realizing no one in their audience understood English. They had no script, just notes.

“We just said what we were thinking,” she said. “It comes pretty easily once you get going.”

Summit Middle School speech and debate team seeks volunteer judges

How popular was your school’s speech and debate team? At Summit Middle School, more than 50 students practice twice a week for monthly competitions in five categories: public forum debate, duo interpretation, monologue (humor or dramatic), poetry and prose.

Most of the tournaments are in northeast Colorado. For the last one in Fort Collins, about 40 students traveled to participate with about 120 others from across the state.

The Summit kids brought home eight awards: two fifth-place, three third-place and three second-place awards.

On Dec. 13, the team will host its first tournament at Summit Middle School, and coach Ben Brown is seeking volunteers to judge the competitions.

Brown will train judges on the Thursday or the Saturday morning before the tournament depending on volunteers’ availability. Contact Brown at or (970) 368-1216 for more information.

Summit County Preschool celebrates 40 years, seeks alumni

This December, Summit County Preschool is kicking off its celebration of four decades of serving local families by carrying out 40 acts of kindness, including a food drive and baking goodies for police officers and firefighters.

The school, at 71 W. Main Street in Frisco, also plans to bring back an annual barn dance that was held for 26 years.

School leaders also are seeking alumni who attended preschool from 1974 to 2013 for the anniversary celebration. The school is interested in where former students are now.

Contact the school at (970) 668-5504 or or visit for more information.

Send education news to reporter Alli Langley at

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