The Prospector: A District Newsletter 
January 2018
Dear Clear Creek Educational Community,

Roslin Marshall, Superintendent

We hope that all of you had a wonderful winter break and a relaxing start to 2018.  Now that school is back in session, it is once again time to continue our focus on academics, extracurricular activities, athletics and the efforts put forth with our CCSD District Initiatives plan.  The most recent update to this plan is now available.  I would encourage all of you to click here to continue to be informed about the great progress our District is making in a variety areas. Please keep in mind that the District Initiatives plan is not an all-inclusive list and there are other efforts that run concurrently along with the District Initiatives Plan.  For example, one item that many parents await with interest is the school calendar.  The Clear Creek Board of Education will be approving the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 calendars this month. We will be sure to publish them in the February Prospector. 

We greatly look forward to continued success in this new year and are happy to have you as a part of our wonderful community!
School Board of Education News


Welcome to our newest board member, Jennifer Cassell.  We are excited to have you be a part of our Clear Creek community.

Jennifer is a partner with the government relations firm Bowditch & Cassell Public Affairs (BCPA) where she advocates on behalf of economic development, insurance, education, local government, and agriculture interests to the Colorado General Assembly. Jennifer co-founded BCPA after working as a lobbyist for Tomlinson & Associates, and as the legislative liaison for Governor Hickenlooper's Office of Economic Development and International Trade. She was also part of the Governor's Legislative Policy staff. Jennifer has worked as a legislative aide, campaign manager, and research associate in Washington D.C., Colorado, and Kansas.

In addition, Jennifer is an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College and teaches courses in political science, American government, and international relations.

Jennifer was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Denver. Jennifer is an avid golfer, skier, and KU and IU basketball fan.

Nuggets of News
Middle School Students Demonstrate their Constitutional Knowledge

Mr. Kevin James has implemented the national We the People program at CCMS for several years. The We the People curriculum is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional democratic republic.  The Citizen and the Constitution Program promotes civic competence and responsibility. 

The We the People program's culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students "testify" before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.

This year there were six content areas competing in four different classrooms.  Each content area consisted of teams of 4 students competing against one another.  Competition judges were mainly volunteers from the community and former students.  The teams of students demonstrating commendable constitutional knowledge. 
King-Murphy Students Utilize Their Innovation Lab

King-Murphy is excited to announce the completion of the school's Innovation Lab where students are able to explore Science Technology Engineering, Art and Math.  There has been a great response from students who have been able to use this creative space since before winter break.

Second grade students have recently used King-Murphy's new Innovation Lab to program Spheros.  Spheros are programmable sphere-shaped robots that can understand three programming languages including drawing, block style, and then traditional programming via an iPad. The students and teachers have just started using them but they have commented on how useful they have been for understanding communication and using it effectively. This is the very first stage of our Innovation Lab, which will soon include Cubelets, Ozobots, and a Maker Space.

We are so excited about the wonderful and creative ideas, unique problem-solving, critical-thinking and inventions that this new space will inspire. 


Carlson's News Team Prepares for Filming

Carlson has been selected to be part of the 2017-2018 SUPER SCHOOL NEWS program.  Mrs. Lupinacci auditioned 5th and 6th graders who were interested in participating.  The Super School News Team Anchors are Corey Baker and Autumn Lucy.  The Reporters are Taylor Irwin, Ambrosia Freeman, Max Howard, and Landon Gvillo.  The Team will develop a 3 minute snapshot, with the help of the experts at the station, about our school.  The taping date will be February 28th at RMPBS studio in Denver.  Be on the lookout this spring for more information about our News Team and their performance.Congrats to all the participants on being selected!

Clear Creek Middle School Dusters of the Month
Congratulations to the following students for being chosen by their peers as being great examples of the character trait of "Respect". We are proud to call you Golddusters!
Bridget Egan (8th Grade)
Kaylin Lenz (7th Grade) 
Elison Hollist (8th Grade)


Poms Team Member Gets "Dancer of the Year" Award for 2nd Year in a Row

Congratulations to dancer Melissa Plett who received Dancer of the Year for the Frontier League.  Melissa was granted this title at the Frontier League Competition and this is her second year in a row receiving this award.  Melissa has been dancing since the age of 3 and hip-hop is her favorite style.  She will be graduating this year and plans to go to college for nursing.  Still unsure of which school she will attend, she is not positive if she will dance in college.  Melissa enjoys dancing because it is a different way to make new friends and has become part of her life. Way to go, Melissa!

Noah Sarria Makes the All-State Football Team!

Noah is one of the best players Coach Inman has ever had the joy of coaching.  He is a player that every opponent we played this year took extra care to have a plan to stop him.  He led the league in reception yards with 1,011, 12 TD's and is #3 in all classifications.  But Noah is also a player who makes things happen anywhere he plays, he also had 614 yards on 52 carries and 17 rushing TD's. Noah's presence on defense was always something that would make an offense reconsider what they would do.  He had 4 interceptions, 3 of them were pick, 6 TD's on the season and caused the fumble vs. Platte Canyon that changed the momentum of that game.   No player in the league had defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to stop a player more than Noah Sarria.  Because of how he plays and his ability to make a play from any position on the field,  he opened up our offense and made every player on the team a threat.  Because of this, Noah was nominated to the All State Football team which will play this June in Alamosa.  Stay tuned and check back closer to June for details about the game!

Choir and Instrumental Accolades

Keith Brent auditioned for the All State Band this year and made alternate for the concert band as a sophomore! Sophomores are the youngest students permitted to audition and it is rare for a student that young to make it into the band in any capacity, so it's a huge honor. Congratulations, Keith!

Congratulations to Jillian Luppinacci who was selected for the 2018 Colorado Middle School All-State Choir! Jill was chosen from over 1,000 student auditions across the state of Colorado. She will be rehearsing and performing in the treble choir under the direction of Ruth E. Dwyer, youth and children's choir specialist and Kodály educator. The Colorado Middle School All-State Choir Concert will be Friday, February 2nd  at 7 pm at the Bellco Theater in the Convention Center in downtown Denver. Congratulations Jill on this outstanding accomplishment! 

Congratulations to Akira Smith, Anna Wann, Kaysie Sparks, and Claudia Plett who were selected for the 2018 Adams State University Top of the Nation Honor Choir!  Akira, Anna, and Kaysie will be singing in women's choir and Claudia will be singing in mixed choir,  Dr. Eric Foley from Corban University in Oregon will be conducting the mixed choir and Dr. Beth Robison from Adams State University will be conducting the women's choir. The Adams State University Top of the Nation Honor Choir festival is Thursday, February 15th through Saturday, February 17th at Adams State University in Alamosa. Congratulations Akira, Anna, Kaysie, and Claudia! 

Lastly, congratulations to Akira Smith and Isis Wales who were selected for the 2018 Western Slope Honor Choir!  Akira will be singing in women's choir and Isis will be singing in mixed choir, t his year's Women's Choir conductor is Dr. Rebecca Seeman from the University of San Francisco and this year's Mixed Choir conductor is Dr. Scott Ferguson from Illinois Wesleyan University. The Western Slope Honor Choir festival is  Thursday, March 1st through Saturday, March 3rd  at Western Colorado State University in Gunnison. Congratulations Akira and Isis! 


District Quick Links
January 15th
Counselor's Corner

Middle School

CCMS students will be involved in a Career and College Guidance lesson Jan 17th-18th.  Students will take an interest survey on College in Colorado what will help them to identify possible career paths.  This guidance lesson and activity is part of each student's Individual Career and Academic Plan. 

On February 9th all 7th grade students will be going to both the Arvada and Lakewood Red Rocks Community College campuses to explore each school's career and occupation programs. It will be an exciting opportunity for our students to gather information and ideas for future planning!

High School

Financial Aid Night for juniors and seniors will be this month. Please contact Ms. Phipps for details!

College and Financial Aid Drop-in Lab: 
every block day and Friday ACCESS in the Counseling Office for seniors who need help!

Please contact the HS Counselor, Emma Phipps, for more information.

Contact Ms. Nicole Loya with any MS Counseling questions or concerns.

Survey for Expansion of Youth Opportunities in Clear Creek
Make your voice heard!

Are you interested in expanding 
youth opportunities  in our communities?   So are we!  
Rocky Mountain  Village of Easter  Seals Colorado and  The Boys &  Girls Clubs of the High Rockies  would love to hear from you! This  7 question survey  can help us  learn more about the needs and  interests  of families across Clear Creek,  so  that we can  expand local opportunities!   

Click the link below to make your
voice heard:

Thank you for choosing bright futures for local youth!

Home Athletic Events
1/13- BBB and GBB v Bruce Randolph @ 2pm

1/17- GBB v Kipp @ 5pm

1/18- Wrestling @ 6pm

1/19- BBB v Strasburg @ 4pm, GBB @ 5:30pm

1/23- GBB v Pinnacle @ 5:30pm

1/31- BBB v DSST @4pm, GBB @ 5:30pm

For score updates and sports information follow Clear Creek Athletics on Twitter @ccgolddiggers
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CCSD Athletics: League Changes Next Year

Be ready to see some changes with Gold Digger athletics for the 2018-2019 school year. Next fall CCHS will begin competing in the Mile High League. The Mile High League is composed of 14 teams, 13 of which are 2A schools like CCHS. 

While the Frontier League was a good match in terms of competition and camaraderie, CCHS has to compete with 2A schools for the District Tournaments in volleyball, cross country, basketball, and baseball. These sports are the main ones impacted by the league change; however, track and girls' soccer will compete in this new league. This new league does not sponsor wrestling and poms, so we may decide to keep them part of the current league, Frontier.

There will likely still be competition against Frontier league schools as we have a great relationship with these schools. Football will not be impacted by this change as the CHSAA football committee established the conferences for all football programs.
Therapy Dogs Lend a Paw to Neighboring School District
During the week of December 3
rd Clear Creek High School was heartbroken to learn that a student at one of our neighbor schools passed away. When schools experience a tragedy, grief support counseling services are provided, but as we know, inter-mountain region schools do not have as many resources. So, CCHS Counselor, Mrs. Phipps, and therapy dog, Cannon, went over to Platte Canyon on Friday, December 8th to provide additional support to the grieving students and staff.  Since we know that Cannon and Reiley have already significantly impacted our school climate in a positive way, we were happy to share this resource with our neighboring school in their time of need.  We heard that our efforts were greatly appreciated and we will continue to keep Platte Canyon in our thoughts. 

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