The Aspen Elementary School has always been a happy, respectful, and safe place for students—and assistant Principal Sara Lowe and CLD teacher Kim Knol plan to keep it that way. A Second Steps Bullying Prevention program helps keep even the rare occurrence at bay.
After our recent Lockout occurrence we took a look at our communications with parents. This was our first “real” experience with a prolonged Lockout and we have learned more precisely what works and what doesn’t, especially with communication. We posted the most accurate and up to date information from law enforcement on our District Website and emailed that same information to our parents using our emergency notification system, One Call Now.
Summer can be a wonderful season of travel, outdoor adventures, and fun in the sun. But for many families summer is a struggle. The kids are out of school and finding engaging, educational, and affordable activities to occupy them isn’t always easy.
The seven-member team, the Robo Yetis, competed in the Colorado Regional FIRST Challenge Saturday, February 18 feeling pretty confident. They had finished their robot early, and even had time to troubleshoot. But when they won first place in the Motivate Award and second place in the Inspire Award they were floored. They also earned recognition for their engineering notebook with a third place Think Award and a third place PTC award for the engineering design of their robot.
The morning got off to a rocking start with the Middle School Jazz Band. Amidst all the applause, the 16 daunted 5th through 8th graders sat on the stage of the District Theater feeling marooned, their self esteem about to be put under the microscope. For all but one it would be failure
Aspen High School has participated in the prestigious Scholastic Art Awards of Colorado for two years and for the second time we have a student who received recognition! Daryl Grob, 17 and a native of Aspen, was awarded honorable mention for her charcoal and mixed media drawing, “Doubled.” Over 5,600 pieces of original works were submitted to the contest.
On a snowy Saturday night most Aspen High School students are either socializing with friends or planning for a Sunday powder day. But six students were working their tails off in the kitchen of the Hotel Jerome alongside Executive Chef Rob Zack and guest chef Lon Symensma from ChoLon and Cho 77 of Denver.
Room 1145 at Aspen High School was packed. Students filled the seats, slouched on beanbag chairs, leaned against the wall, or sat cross-legged on the floor. Judging by the attendance, a passerby might think there was a visiting rock star, and in a sense there was, two of them. Writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer Peter McBride, both working on a National Geographic project, were in town to present their adventure (one or both might say misadventure) hiking the entire length of the Grand Canyon.
Kat Kowar describes herself as someone who prefers to listen, rather than talk. A self-proclaimed “quiet kid.” Yet sophomore year her Leadership teacher, Tameira Wilson saw something in her and suggested that she pursue the student liaison position with Board of Education.
Ashley Vavra and her Aspen High School ProStart students spend hours after school chopping, braising, tasting, sautéing, and plating, long into the night. They are practicing for an upcoming culinary arts competition in Denver that will pit them against teams from all over the state. But beyond dedication, the competitions, equipment, and field trips that these students take cost money. And that is where you, the Aspen School District community can help!