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Eagle County Schools is nestled in the Colorado Rockies. We focus on educating every student for success and value teamwork, innovation and professional pride.
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5 Ways Teachers Can Evaluate Educational Games

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Every wondered what an educational video game has to have in order to be successful? Here's a list.
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Superintendent: student enrollment decreasing

Now when teachers retire, the district has to question: “Do we need to replace them?
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Teen Seat Belt Challenge

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Eagle County Ranks 10th for Kids

Eagle County Ranks 10th for Kids | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it

The 2012 Kids Count in Colorado Report ranks Eagle County 10th out of the state's 25 most populous counties in overall child well-being.

 

The report is compiled each year by the Colorado Children's Campaign, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization.

 

In the report, Douglas County ranked first and Denver County last. The overall determinations were based on a composite score of 12 key indicators divided into three categories: health, family and community, and education indicators.

 

Overall numbers indicate that Eagle County Schools is pretty successful.

 

Eagle County's 2011 CSAP scores in math, reading, science and writing are all solidly above the state average. The percentages of students proficient or above in math, reading, science and writing, respectively, are 61.4%, 51.3% and 59.7% compared to Colorado's averages of 55.7%, 67.9%, 47.8% and 55.3%.

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2012 Climate Survey: NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

These surveys are one part of a comprehensive data-gathering effort undertaken by Eagle County Schools. Responses will be compiled separately from any individual school surveys that may be administered by principals. We truly value your input and believe hearing from our parents, students and staff is critical for our mission of "Educating Every Student for Success."

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Back to Middle School

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Middle school ain't what it used to be, particularly at Eagle Valley Middle School, as Principal Katie Jarnot can attest.

 

Jarnot attended EVMS in the early 1980s and returned to take the helm as principal last summer. She invited a reporter from the Enterprise to come spend half a day in various classes with students for a first-hand experience of what EVMS looks like today.

 

I attended middle school in the mid-90s in New Castle, and I can say a lot has changed … and a lot has stayed the same.

 

Folders with the “AC/DC” logo are still on desks. (Is that band the next Rolling Stones? Will it ever die?) Classrooms still have baskets labeled “Late Work” and “No Names,” and social groups appear much the same.

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Education is the Key to Our Economy

Education is the Key to Our Economy | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it

Millie Hamner, Colorado House of Representatives

 

Everyone agrees that a good education system is key to a robust economy with trained workers ready to compete in a global economy.

 

It's obvious that a quality public school system is key to preparing our kids for college, and the statistics show that people with college degrees have lower rates of unemployment and higher average incomes than those without.

 

We know this, but sadly the past three years have been especially challenging for our K-12 public schools.

 

Our schools rely on state appropriations to supplement local school financing to fund school and district operations. Nearly half of the state's general fund budget is allocated to K-12 education, and when the economy started to suffer, so did the state's ability to fund K-12.

 

In fact, our schools have faced a decrease of $1.1 billion over the last three years because of declining revenues as the state struggled to balance the budget and recover from the Great Recession.

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Eagle County and Eagle County Schools Receive $178,000 Through Safe Routes to School Program

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Eagle County and Eagle County Schools have been awarded $178,000 by CDOT's Safe Routes to School program. The grant will be used to fund safety improvements and educational activities near the five-school cluster located on Miller Ranch Road and Charter School Road in Edwards.

 

Traffic count data and a walkability study conducted with participation from local parents assited in determining where construction improvements are needed. The project will include construction of multiuse paths to connect neighborhoods directly to the five schools, installation of marked crosswalks with school zone flasher lights and sidewalk enhancements. Construction will begin in summer 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2013/2014 school year.

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Assistant Coach - Volleyball job - Eagle County Schools - Eagle, CO

Assistant Coach - Volleyball job - Eagle County Schools - Eagle, CO | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it
April 11, 2012 - Assistant Coach - Volleyball - Instruct athletes in the fundamental skills, strategies, and physical training necessary for them to realize a degree of individual and team success.
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Only One Bee Will Represent Colorado

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Nearly 5 million kids from fourth- through eighth-grade have competed in their school’s National Geographic Bee. By March 30, 2012, that number will be reduced to 50 students in an ultimate test of geographic knowledge; The National Geographic Bee.

 

Gypsum Creek Middle School (GCMS) eighth-grader, Noel Ruiz, is one of the 100 semi-finalists who will compete in the 2012 Colorado Geographic Bee. The 14-year-old has a long road ahead of him, competing in the State, National and Finals in hopes of winning scholarships for $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000.

 

“I am thrilled that Noel is representing Gypsum Creek Middle School at the state competition,” states Michelle Vasquez, GCMS social studies teacher.

 

This is the second year in a row a student of Vasquez's has made it to the state competition. Last year, Daniel Cabarello was two questions away from advancing to the final round of the competition.

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Helping Kids Whose "Brains Are on Fire"

Helping Kids Whose "Brains Are on Fire" | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it
The minds we waste each day in substandard public education could be the next Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. Our children can't wait.
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Telstra fights for performance-based pay: What's best practice?

Telstra fights for performance-based pay: What's best practice? | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it
As if trying to negotiate 60 enterprise bargaining agreements (EBAs) into one single one was not enough, telecommunications company, Telstra (ASX:TLS), would like to introduce performance-based pay into its new deal with its 35,000 employees.
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Apps in Education

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RT @SchoolJobs: Apps in Education - iPad Apps grouped by subject (Math, Science, English Art, Special Needs etc): http://t.co/Umg9Q4FZ #SLPeeps #PediOts...
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Just what is gifted and talented?

Just what is gifted and talented? | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it
A guide to supporting students with potential that is way above average (RT @NAGCGIFTED: Just what is #gifted and talented? Here is Dr. Gagne's view. How do you see it?
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Why marketing and communications must play a more central role

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As public engagement and research become more important, communications and marketing professionals must seize the opportunity to play a more central role, says Alistair Jarvis (Why marketing and communications must play a more central role | Higher...
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HPS Students Raising Money to Build a School in Honduras

HPS Students Raising Money to Build a School in Honduras | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it

Students and staff at Homestake Peak School are on a mission to raise $14,000 by October 2013 to build a new school for the Honduran community of La Torre. These funds, along with local government contributions, will be used to purchase construction materials and hire an experienced contractor. SCW will provide planning, design and supervision services, while the community will provide land, volunteer labor and local materials. Through these partnerships, the school that is built by 20 students and 4 adults from HPS over the course of a two Spring trips in 2013 and 2014 will provide a safe and healthy learning environment for 75 students in Honduras.

 

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Kids Write Rap about Breakfast

Kids Write Rap about Breakfast | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it

An article featured in the Vail Daily
Written by: Randy Wyrick

 

Everyone needs breakfast; everyone knows that.

 

It's one thing to nag people about it, but it's quite another for middle school students to create a program that feeds their classmates.

 

And then write and perform a rap about it.

 

The Gypsum Creek Middle School's Destination Imagination team did all that and more, earning a spot in next month's global championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Destination Imagination is a nonprofit that provides educational programs for students to learn creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

 

The Wolves in Black are seven sixth-graders who had the darndest idea.

 

Teams pick from a wide-ranging list of challenges, including buildings, structural problems, engineering, performance art — the list is exhaustive.

 

Vasquez' team opted for a community need and found a local way to solve their global challenge.

 

Some kids weren't eating breakfast and came to school hungry. That caused poor performance and behavior problems.

 

So, they spent three months putting together a pilot program that provided a healthy breakfast for students who needed it — whole-grain cereals, fruit, yogurt, 2 percent milk. Then they measured the performance improvement.

 

“We needed to put the program in place so they could see how it works,” said Michelle Vasquez, a social studies teacher and Gypsum Creek Middle School's team manager.

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Teaching Kids to Compost in Eagle County

Teaching Kids to Compost in Eagle County | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it

If your kids come home and ask for a bin full of worms, you'll know the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability (EVAS) has gotten to them.

 

EVAS is a non-profit located in Minturn, Colorado, and is dedicated to making the Eagle Valley community more sustainable in the areas of waste diversion, energy reduction, local food, green building and helping businesses become greener.

 

EVAS will hit five different schools for Earth Week and will set teachers up with a vermiculture bin that will live in their classrooms, so that kids can watch the worms turn food waste into valuable compost during the final weeks of school.

 

"It is really important to get the young kids use to recycling and composting at an early age so that it becomes an ingrained habit," said EVAS Director Tracy Andersen.

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The ECS March/April Newsletter, 2012

The ECS March/April Newsletter, 2012 | The Scoop on Education in Eagle County Schools | Scoop.it

In this Issue:

 

Education is the Key to Our Economy

 Everyone agrees that a good education system is key to a robust economy with trained workers ready to compete in a global economy.

 

Outstanding Educators Make the Difference

In light of National Teacher Appreciation Week on May 7-11, Eagle County Schools would like to encourage students, staff, parents and community members to recognize the outstanding educators in our District who make a hugely positive impact on the lives of our children every single day.

 

Words of Advice from ECS Student Council Presidents

Powerful words of advice from students in leadership roles in Eagle County middle schools. Raquel Pereida, Jessica Hartley and Siena Miller have plans to attend high school next year but for now, they are focused at the task at hand; making their school a better place for all students.

 

Early Childhood Programs in Eagle County Schools Thriving

Did you know that over 261 children are currently enrolled in Eagle County Schools’ (ECS) Early Childhood Program?

 

High School Winter Athletics

Nordic Skiing, wrestling, Vail Ski & Snowboard, and basketball honors.

 

ECS Picture Gallery

 

Fresh Approach = No Pink Slime

Disgusted by the idea of ‘pink slime’ in your food during lunch? Head to your local neighborhood public school for lunch. Not only will you be able to spend quality time with your child, but you will also be able to enjoy a ‘pink slime-free’ meal, an option that all elementary school students have been given through the Fresh Approach Program.

 

Great Start Kindergarten Readiness Program

The Kindergarten Readiness Program will run from June 25 until August 3, four days a week, starting at 8:00am until 3:00pm (extended care provided until 5:00pm if needed).

 

2012 High School Graduation Ceremonies

Battle Mountain High School
Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 12:30 p.m.
@ the Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

 

Eagle Valley High School
Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 9:00 a.m.
@ the Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.

 

New America School
Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
@ the Lundgren Amphitheater in Gypsum.

 

Red Canyon High School
Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
@ the 4-Eagle Ranch in Wolcott.

 

Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
@ Maloit Park.

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Words of Advice for Elected Eagle County Officials

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Be friendly; be a role model; make sure every voice is heard; be involved in your community; collaborate.

 

Powerful words of advice from students in leadership roles in Eagle County middle schools. Raquel Pereida, Jessica Hartley and Siena Miller have plans to attend high school next year but for now, they are focused at the task at hand; making their school a better place for all students.

 

As acting student council presidents, these young ladies have a real chance to develop leadership skills at an early age.

 

Raquel Pereida - Gypsum Creek Middle School

"I wanted to run for student council president because I enjoy helping out the school and organizing events"

 

Jessica Hartley - Eagle Valley Middle School

"When I was in 6th grade, I really looked up to the 8th graders who were president and vice president"

 

Siena Miller - Homestake Peak School

"I am new to this school and I thought running for student council would be a great way to show that I am part of this community and a part of this school; that I could actually help students"

 

For the complete article as well as pictures of the students, visit http://www.eagleschools.net/index.aspx?page=23&recordid=2194&returnURL=%2findex.aspx.

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420 Drug Free Rally on Friday, April 20

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The Eagle County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with the Eagle Valley High School's DADD (Devils Against Drinking and Drugs) Club will be hosting the first annual 420 Drug Free Rally on Friday, April 20, 2012 starting at 4:20pm.

 

In order to take a stand against the "National Pot Smoking Day" and to promote healthy and safe teen choices, different counties throughout Colorado are holding rallies or events on or about April 20th, with the emphasis on a drug free message. The purpose is to celebrate our teenagers and the fact that the majority of them make good decisions and do not use or intend to use drugs.

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Good News: Colorado Selected as Finalist for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Fund

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Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today welcomed the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement that Colorado is among five finalist states invited to apply for $133 million from the 2012 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund. Colorado will be eligible for up to $30 million in a non-competitive application process.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Education, eligibility for 2012 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge funding was based on the strength of applications among States that participated but did not receive awards in the 2011 competition. New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, Illinois and Wisconsin each earned approximately 75% or more of total points possible on a 300-point scale in the 2011 competition.

 

“We will apply for these funds because we are committed to providing the very best possible foundation for Colorado’s children,” said Hickenlooper. “Colorado is a leader in early education, with the goal of ensuring that every child is ready to learn.”

 

“People from every corner of the state expressed support for expanding quality early childhood programs to help ensure that children start kindergarten ready to fully engage in learning,” said Garcia. “This administration has placed a high priority on supporting parents and families to make sure that all children are valued, healthy and thriving. Securing these additional federal funds will bolster Colorado’s work that is already well underway to enhance quality early childhood services.”

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Pink Slime Not an Option for ECS Students

News broke in early March that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchased seven million pounds of Lean Finely Textured Beef, or ‘pink slime,’ for sale to schools across the country. This meat is made from beef trimmings treated with ammonia gas to destroy pathogens.

 

Why do schools purchase and serve ‘pink slime?’ Up to 15% of a product may be combined with ground beef as a filler to reduce the overall fat content of meat and are often cheaper by the pound and more cost-effective for district food service departments.

 

“The USDA has found a way to legitimize serving ‘meat’ we would not feed to animals to our school children,” states James Costa, Chairman of the Board for The Hunt’s Point Alliance for Children. “I’m not surprised that they are purchasing seven million pounds of meat byproducts that is of no other use.”

 

The USDA has now created a policy that allows school districts to designate whether they want ground beef made with or without ‘pink slime.’

 

In an effort to continue providing healthy food options and maintaining a focus on ensuring children receive nutritional meals to help them focus in the classroom and lead healthier lifestyles, ECS has pledged to buy only beef without Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB).

 

“After a three-week investigation, we are pleased to announce that 7 of 8 beef producers have confirmed their beef does not contain ‘pink slime,’” states Ray Edel, Director of Food Services. “The one producer was beef purchased directly from USDA and they could not certify whether their beef had it or not, but going forward, we are able to avoid it with them. This means 100% of beef products at ECS will be LFTB-free.”

 

Next year, the Fresh Approach program will be offered to all students in Eagle County Schools.

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Evolution of Online Learning in the 21st Century

The 21st century educational sector has seen some major evolution. Traditional classroom-based teaching has slow...
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