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Schools.” Our goal is to provide you, by the end of every month, a snapshot of the many accomplishments that
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ARVADA WRESTLERS GRAB STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Kyle Sand, a senior at Arvada West
High School, highlighted the 69th state wrestling tournament by becoming the first in-state competitor to
win four championships and finish his career undefeated. The “Sandman” won the Class 5A, 189-pound
final. With the victory, Sand, 32-0 this year, improved his four-year record to 125-0. Stanley Lake
High School student Matt Nissen was also a big winner, taking home the Class 5A, 152-pound
state championship. Matt’s record this year was 38-7; his overall record is 138-7. More than
18,871 people were present at the Pepsi Center to see the two, along with other winners, compete.
QUILT HONORING TEACHER DISPLAYED IN STATE CAPITOL: Students of the late Tim
Rock, a teacher at Stott Elementary School, made a quilt that was displayed in the State Capital this
month. Students who contributed to the quilt visited the capital February 27 at the invitation of Colorado
First Lady Frances Owens. The quilt commemorates the men and women of the Armed Services and
displayed pictures of relatives of the Stott family serving in the war in Iraq
NEWS 7 EVERYDAY HERO: Diane Saugg, a Rooney Ranch Elementary School volunteer crossing
guard, was recognized January 30 as a News 7 Everyday Hero. For the past four years, Diane, who was
recognized in front of more than 100 students and teachers, has helped students safely cross the busy
intersection at Bear Creek and Iliff streets five days a week.
60 STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: The Arvada-Wheat Ridge
Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) honored provided 25 college scholarships, and honored a
total of 60 youth, at its third annual recognition ceremony February 24 at Arvada High School. The
program honors middle and high school youth who have demonstrated personal strength, resiliency and
determination in overcoming adversity and making positive changes in their lives or in the lives of those
with whom they come in contact. AWRSAY is a collaboration of service clubs, businesses and the cities
of Arvada and Wheat Ridge, Jeffco Public Schools and Red Rocks Community College. AWRSAY also
recently received a welcome $2,500 donation from the Jefferson Foundation to assist with the program.
SCHOOLS SUPPORT SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Fletcher Miller School students and staff traveled to
Conifer High School recently for the first of two basketball games as part of the annual Special
Olympics tournament. The Conifer Cougars, supported by students from Alameda High School, won the
closely fought game. The follow-up game took place at Fletcher Mill with the Mustangs winning in
overtime. Cheerleaders, students, the pep band and more than 200 spectators provided spirit and fun. In
the end, all the competitors were winners.
LASLEY CELEBRATES YOUTH ART MONTH As part of “Youth Art Month,” student Myeong
Hyeon’s print of a building entry will represent Lasley Elementary School. The show, open to the
public through March 19, will be held at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Lakewood.
ARVADA’S ANASTACIA RECOGNIZED FOR HEROISM: Anastacia Meshenin, an Allendale
Elementary School fifth-grader, was honored last month for heroism by the Arvada Fire Protection
District. Anastacia, who speaks Russian and English fluently, acted as a translator between an injured
student (who primarily speaks Russian) and emergency responders. Anastacia’s recognition states she
was "balancing an emotional patient, assertive commands from firefighters, all the while watching and
comforting her friend who as in a tremendous amount of pain."
STUDENTS “MOOING” UP: The Western Dairy Council recently announced that the Jeffco Public
Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department provided students in the 42 middle and high schools a
choice of a new 10-ounce plastic milk (which hold 25 percent more milk) bottle provided by Robinson
Dairy, or the traditional eight ounce cartons. In the first month, students drank 29 percent more milk than
they had in the same month last year. The students emptied 19,000 more containers and collectively
increased their milk intake by 277,600 ounces.
PATTERSON WARMS UP TO ICICLE INN: Two classrooms of 5th and 6th grade Patterson
Elementary School students under the direction of Chris Maxwell and Jon Turner organized and
managed the annual Icicle Inn Holiday Restaurant. Many of the food items were donated by parents and
all of the profits were donated to a charity selected by the students. In three days of “business,” the
students raised more than $1,100 for the Table Mountain Animal Center.
GRANT WILL HELP CREATE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM: The new southwest Super Wal-Mart store recently
provided a $1,200 grant to Stony Creek Elementary School to create an outdoor classroom, complete with trees
and shrubbery. The student club C.L.A.W.S. (clean land, air and water strategies), now in its 12th year, uses fund
raising and grants to fund its projects. For the past eight years, C.L.A.W.S. has partnered with the international
group Water for People to build clean water systems, latrines and provide hygiene education to school children
in Vietnam, Bolivia, Guatemala and Malawi, Africa. This year, the club is working with WFP on a project in
Honduras. Additionally, this is the fourth year the club has worked with Heifer International to raise funds to
purchase farm animals to be given to needy families around the world. The group is under the direction of
teachers Elise Streeb, Michelle Niccum and Mike Liebel.
MIDDLE SCHOOL “ENGINEERING” STUDENTS PLACE IN NATIONAL TOP 10: Three Deer
Creek Middle School students recently placed in the top ten of the National Engineers Week “Future
City Competition” held at Invesco Field. DCMS also took first place (out of 60 entries) in the “People’s
Choice” award for Colorado. The 8th grade team included Ethan Costain, Alex Richards and Brian Perea;
coaches were eighth grade math teacher Melissa Eggleston and civil engineer and long-time school
supporter Charlie King. The competition is designed for 7th and 8th grade students to foster their interest
in engineering, math and science through hands-on, real world applications. The students worked on their
project for more than 50 hours. A $100 spending limit was required and during winter break the team
wrote a 500-word essay addressing their futuristic and innovative uses of plastics in the bio-medical field.
This was DCMS’s first time in this competition.
PATTERSON RAISES MONEY FOR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT: The Patterson Elementary
School PTA and Student Council recently raised $23,000 for new playground equipment. Both groups
have worked toward this goal for two years. The equipment is scheduled to be installed this school year.
JEFFERSON FOUNDATION HOSTING FUNDRAISER: The Jefferson Foundation is hosting an
opening night fundraiser for Walden Family Playhouse’s production of “Kitty Hawk” on April 13th at
6:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow. “Kitty Hawk” is the story of the Wright Brothers and
their quest for flight. All ticket sales for this special performance will be used to fund The Jefferson
Foundation’s programs, which include: preschool scholarships, after-school tutoring programs, literacy
and classroom grants. Tickets will be $20 each. Call 303-982-2210 to order tickets and for more
DAKOTA RIDGE OFFERS “DRAMATIC” DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS: The Drama Club at
Dakota Ridge High School, under the direction of John VanEpps, is presenting "Joseph And The
Technicolor Dream Coat" March 3 through 6 (7 p.m.). There will also be a special Saturday matinee at 2
p.m. Tickets are $7 and $5 for the matinee. The club is reaching out to senior citizens who meet at the
nearby Foothills Parks and Rec “Peak” center. Any senior pre-purchasing his/her ticket through Foothills
will receive a discount, and if requested, free transportation to and from the show.
A MILLION STORIES AIRING DAILY: Virtually every day you can watch great stories about your
schools through our cable newsmagazine, A Million Stories, on these stations:
Lakewood, Channel 8 Arvada, Channel 8:
Sundays at, 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.
Mondays at 10 a.m. Mondays at 11 a.m.
Thursdays at 5 p.m. Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Fridays at 12 midnight Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at 8 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Fridays at 11 a.m. & 9 p.m.
Wheat Ridge, Channel 8 Westminster, Channel 8
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Consult local listings.
Thursdays at 2 p.m.
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