Breckenridge to host Google teacher technology training |

Breckenridge to host Google teacher technology training

Students compete in the finals of the annual Summit County elementary school chess tournament held at Frisco Elementary on May 4, 2015.
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Wednesday, May 20

Dillon Valley Elementary, Walk-a-thon, 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 21

Upper Blue Elementary, Spring Musical, 6 p.m.

Snowy Peaks High School, Graduation, 6 p.m. at SMS auditorium

Friday, May 22

Summit Middle School, Tiger Trot, 1:10 p.m.

Summit High School, Commemoration, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

Summit High School, Graduation, 10 a.m.

Google is coming to Summit County this month with a two-day teacher training.

The high-intensity event, called an EdTechTeam Summit Featuring Google for Education, focuses on using and integrating Google Apps for Education and other Google tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

The Breckenridge Summit will be at Colorado Mountain College on May 30 and 31 and will include two keynote presentations, beginner through advanced breakout sessions, a demo slam competition and a closing capstone session. All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Employees or local teachers.

Leslie Davison, a teacher at Summit High School and Dillon Valley Elementary, helped bring the event to Summit County after presenting at a Google Summit while teaching in Singapore.

She said at least 15 teachers from Dillon Valley Elementary will attend as well as teachers from Vail, Denver, Aspen, Evergreen, Boulder and Fort Collins.

The training aligns with the Summit School District’s goal of ensuring every student has a computer, tablet or other device at school and will help local educators understand the technology’s possibilities, Davison said, so teachers don’t use $1,000 devices like paper worksheets.

The event provides breakfast and lunch and networking time both days.

Individual registration costs $325, and group discounts are available with rates dropping to $245 a person for 20 people or more.

For more information, including a detailed schedule, visit

Dillon Valley Elementary wins national literacy award

Dillon Valley Elementary was recently named among 12 schools in the country that won the International Literacy Association’s 2015 Exemplary Reading Program Award.

The International Literacy Association is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 75 countries.

The association’s reading program award distinguishes schools whose reading programs are robust and comprehensive and that provide instruction and reading resources at enhanced levels.

“We’re so proud of this award,” Beck said. “We do a ton, ton, ton with reading.”

As a dual language school, she said, teachers push reading in students’ second language, and kids must read with their parents every night and bring parent documentation to school.

“It’s just our expectation, and it’s been the culture now for years,” Beck said.

The school has seen its reading scores on the state’s mandatory tests go up continually over the last five years, she said.

Students are challenged to read during every school break, and after the February break, students who read were rewarded with appearances in a reading video. A group of students rewrote lyrics to the Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off” and called the new song “Read A Lot.”

Then Carlos Aguillo, a guest language assistant at the school from Spain, filmed a little every day for weeks, Beck said, before editing and producing the video, which can be found on YouTube.

Toward the end of the school year, Beck said, the school will have a vocabulary parade and students will dress up as their favorite word.

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Annual elementary school chess tournament crowns champions

Every year, Summit County elementary students compete against each other in a chess tournament sponsored by the Summit Lake Dillon Optimist Club.

The chess teams are coached and organized throughout the year by volunteers led by Chris Richard and Doug Hamilton.

This year, 16 students advanced to the final tournament at Frisco Elementary on May 4 after preliminary tournaments held among elementary schools on the north and south ends of the county.

Luka Teodoru, a second grader from Upper Blue Elementary, won the Rooks Division tournament for second- and third-graders.

Finalists in that division include Austin Bell, Max Binge, Gus Bradford, Hank Chabot, Hannah Crowe, Viola Koning and Jack Watson.

Chad Babet, a fifth-grade Breckenridge Elementary student, won the Kings Division for fourth- and fifth-graders.

Finalists in Babet’s division include Charlie Chabot, Blaze Ebbinghaus, Calvin Hanson, Giancarlo Martinez, Benji Smith, Lucas Sudduth and Brian Waugh.

Breckenridge Elementary won among the six schools and took home the James Slovick Trophy after its students accumulated the most points throughout the tournament.

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