Berthoud Elementary School received a Healthy Schools Grant which provided its students with new flexible seating options. Studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time with no movement decreases the brain’s ability to focus and learn; flexible seating offers a way for students to activate their bodies without disrupting the class during long learning sessions. Kindergarten received an under-the-desk pedaler, 1st and 2nd grades received ball chairs, 3rd grade received stand-up desks, and 4th and 5th grades received a mix of ball chairs and stand-up desks for their classrooms.
Garfield Elementary School’s “American Aces” team took 1st place and “The Why Nots” team took 3rd place at the regional Destination Imagination tournament. Both teams advanced to the Destination Imagination state competition in Denver. Their coaches are teachers Ellen Javernick and MaryLouise Strid and parent Johnathon Sweeney. Note: Some team members were not available for photograph.
Bill Reed Middle School’s Destination Imagination team took 1st place in the Destination Imagination Colorado 2017 Boulder Region competition.
For the second year in a row, Loveland High School basketball player Tatum Rembao was chosen to participate in The Show held at Metro State, a set of all-star games for boys and girls between the top 20 players in the state.
Several students from Berthoud High School attended the HP CodeWars sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise in Fort Collins. Berthoud’s Team 1 of Jack Klein, 12th grade, Fiona Lin, 9th grade, and Matt Rottinghaus, 10th grade, took second place. Also competing were Jarod Bevandich, 11th grade, Taylor Fooks, 12th grade, and Connor Worrell, 12th grade.
Thompson Valley High School was officially designated as a 2016-2017 "No Place for Hate" school. The "No Place for Hate" program is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League that provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, which leads to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate.
Loveland High School French teacher Arnaud Garcia won the state CCFLT (Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers) New Educator Award. The New Educator Award is presented to a world language teacher in the first five years of service who shows uncommon potential for the development and implementation of ideas in the classroom.
Stella Lee, a sophomore at Mountain View High School, was named as Loveland Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of the Year for her leadership, spirit and positive outlook. Lee, a junior staff member, participates in the Keystone leadership program as well as several other activities at the Boys and Girls Club.
Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) honored excellence in education with the recognition of seven Thompson School District staff members during the 9th annual Educator Appreciation Breakfast at Embassy Suites Loveland. The recipients were chosen for dedication to their work, a high level of skill, and the ability to inspire those they interact with in the course of their work. The recipients were: Classified Employee of the Year – Sharon Johnson, Early Childhood Administration Office; APT Employee of the Year – Carol Swalley, Gifted and Talented Administrator; Elementary Teacher of the Year – Angelique Campbell, Coyote Ridge Elementary School; Secondary Teacher of the Year – Denise Morrison-Olson, Walt Clark Middle School; Principal of the Year – Tiffany Miller, Conrad Ball Middle School; and TEF Educators of the Year – Layne Arakaki, Conrad Ball Middle School, and Trish Malik, Laurene Edmondson Elementary School.
Berthoud High School sophomore Austyn Binkly took third place at 132 pounds in the 3A State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver.