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Teachers receive $10,875 in grants

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com

This spring, The Education Foundation of the Summit granted $10,875 to 13 Summit School District teachers and principals:

Summit High School teacher Karen Tosetti-Scott was awarded $1,000 for her Certified Nursing Assistant Clinical Experiences project that will increase clinical time for students outside of the classroom and include job shadowing.

Snowy Peaks High School principal James Smith and teachers Hank Buckingham, Jennifer Wolinetz, Jocelyn Meltzer and Tanya Kanning were awarded $5,000 for their Blended Learning project that will provide students with engaging, project-based experiences and includes online learning.

Summit Middle School teachers Alicia Delamarian and Jamie Zupparo were awarded $500 for their Hands-On Math in a 21st Century Classroom project that will provide hands-on or virtual math manipulatives to support the seventh-grade math curriculum.

Dillon Valley Elementary principal Cathy Beck was awarded $2,000 for a collaborative project to benefit all schools with FIRC's program, Pre K Exploring Foods Together. This program, also funded by a Healthy Living Grant from the Colorado Health Foundation and a Freeport McMoRan grant, teaches preschool students healthy eating habits in a six-week nutrition class.

Dillon Valley Elementary teacher Shelly Martinez was awarded $1,200 for her Robotics and STEM with Sphero 2.0 project that offers a robotics club before school to fourth- and fifth-grade students using lessons coordinated with the science curriculum.

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Summit Cove Elementary teachers Tracy Arnold and Luanne Dossett were awarded $675 for their Weather Forecast Videos project that will engage second-graders creating realistic weather forecasts. This project supports the second-grade earth science curriculum along with technology goals of communicating and collaborating.

Upper Blue Elementary teacher Ann-Mari Westerhoff was awarded $500 for her Family Literacy STEM Connection project that will provide hands-on science experiences to students enrolled in the Family Literacy Kids class while their parents are learning English.

The Education Foundation of the Summit is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization of parents and community members committed to supporting Summit County's public school students and teachers. All monies raised through grants and fundraising help fund innovation, creativity, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and innovative classroom technology.

In five years of granting the Eileen Finkel Innovative Teaching Award, the nonprofit has given $67,000 to public school teachers.

The award was created to honor Eileen Finkel, a longtime educator who strongly supported innovative and creative ideas that help enrich educational opportunities. The award is funded with support from the F Cubed Foundation and The Summit Foundation.

Summit students shine in solar-car races

A Summit High School team took first place overall in a solar-powered, remote-control car racing competition in Glenwood Springs.

The school brought three teams to the Solar Rollers Championship on Saturday, May 30, and competed against teams from seven other high schools.

The third annual event was put on by Energetics Education, a Carbondale-based nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering people with energy-based climate change solutions and sustainable practices.

Through the Solar Rollers program, high school students gain practical experience with solar circuits, lithium batteries, carbon fiber, brushless electric motors, programmable controllers and hands-on mechanical work.

The Trophy Race at the end of the year brings teams together in friendly competition, where they help one another with technical issues, celebrate their accomplishments and while engage in spirited racing on the track.

Every team receives a kit for the competition that includes their cars' solar cells, foam bodies and wheel assemblies and costs $1,000. Students fundraised in the fall and designed, built and tested their cars in the spring.

The competition's events included a 20-question knowledge quiz before experts in solar energy and engineering; fastest speed using solar power and batteries; fastest speed using only solar power; fastest track lap; a solar-only lap race and a solar- and battery-powered endurance competition.

Each team had a pit crew to rescue their cars after they took too much of a beating from the others during a race or when parts fell off.

Besides the first-place overall win, Summit teams also brought home three other first-place trophies, three second-place awards and one third-place finish. The school also had a strong showing at last year's event.

Coached by teacher Rick Karden, the students who participated included Ben Marquez, Gytis Pankevicius, Rylan Miller, Johan Westerhoff, Bayne Taylor, Nathan Williams, Will Neumaier, Tanner Fox, Zachary Villani and Steven Nixon.

Frisco student wins national skier-safety poster contest

A Frisco Elementary student was recognized recently by the National Ski Areas Association for "Most Creative" artwork in the industry group's national kids skier-safety poster contest.

Fourth-grader Hailey Cox was one of two national winners. "Best Overall" was awarded to middle school student Sophia Arons of Seattle.

Summit School District elementary art teacher, Katie Salazar, encouraged students at Frisco and Silverthorne Elementary schools to compete in this extracurricular activity, and Copper Mountain Resort safety patrol supervisor, Shauna Bocksch, helped facilitate.

Five winners were selected and honored from each school based on their depictions of safe actions on the slopes, and all the posters were displayed at Copper during the NSAA Safety Awareness Month in January.

Bocksch said she was impressed that a local student won this year as well as two seasons ago.

"We are so fortunate to live in a community that endorses physical activity and safety," she said. "Frisco Elementary principal Renea Hill is always so supportive of Copper Mountain doing safety outreach at her school and, now, for her to have one of her students be recognized for her talent reflects on the culture of the school."

Cox's artwork is on display at the NSAA website, and she also received a new helmet.

"When kids are given the opportunity to express themselves artistically, I feel confident that this transfers to the decisions they make while skiing or riding down the hill or when out riding their bikes," she said.