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

Roslin Marshall, Superintendent
February promises to be a busy month for students and staff.    One way in which parents can stay informed about their student's progress is to attend a parent teacher conference this month.    CCSD will be hosting parent teacher conferences on  Wednesday February 14  and on Thursday February 15, 2018.    Please contact your school for specific information about attending conferences for your child.    CCSD recognizes that not all parents are able to attend parent teacher conferences.  In this case, parents are welcome to  reach out to their child's teacher via email to learn about student progress this year.   

Now that we are well into the second semester it is an optimum time to touch base with your child's teacher.    Student performance is enhanced when parents, teachers and students are in communication about academic goals. Our aim is to help each student achieve success and we welcome parent participation in this process.

School Board of Education News

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The Clear Creek School District RE1 Board of Education is extending the timeline to accept applications from persons residing in the Director District E who are interested in serving on the Board of Education from the date of appointment until the 2019 regular biennial school election. This extension is an opportunity for community stakeholders to be as informed about the opportunity and process as possible.
To be eligible for the appointment, a candidate must be a current resident of Director District E and a registered voter in the school district. A director district boundary map is available on the Clear Creek School District Website at  or from the office of Robin Marshall, Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education located at 320 Hwy 103, Idaho Springs, CO. 303-567-3851
Any person who wishes to be considered for the appointment will need to file a letter of interest with Robin Marshall by 3:00 PM, Monday, February 12, 2018. The letter should include information pertinent to qualifications and reasons for applying and should be submitted to Robin Marshall:
Physical Address
302 Hwy 103
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Mailing Address
PO Box 3399
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

The Board will review and consider applications during the regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings in February.
Application Deadline - 3:00 PM
February 12, 2018


The Clear Creek School Board of Education (CCSD BOE) is pleased to announced that they have approved a contract for the sale of the District Office property to lane3co LLC for the price of $2,250,000. Part of the terms of the contract include a period of due diligence and inspection that could influence the closing date within the next 6 months.
The CCSD BOE has provided a directive to the Superintendent to develop a plan for the Board to consider that would prioritize how the proceeds from the sale of the district office could be best utilized to fund major outstanding and deferred maintenance needs. Proceeds from the sale of this property cannot be used for staff compensation or other operating expenses.
This property has been on the market for approximately two years and it is our best hope that this property will be developed to meet needs that exist within Clear Creek County. It is anticipated that the District Office will continue to operate out of this current location for up to two years.
Roslin Marshall and Mitch Houston
Superintendent and President, Board of Education
Nuggets of News
CCHS Students Travel to D.C. for Leadership Conference

CCHS National Honor Society members Anna Wann, Kaysie Sparks, Maya Daly, Abbey Gothman, and Keyara Vieweg travelled to Washington, D.C. to attend the LEAD Conference (January 26th-28th). This national conference brought together Student Council and National Honor Society members from throughout the country.  At LEAD, students and advisers sharpen their leadership skills to improve their school culture and community while networking with their peers from around the country.

Our group of participants presented a workshop entitled "Don't Compete! Collaborate!". They discussed the challenges of being involved in multiple sports and multiple clubs. They also presented solutions for how to support collaboration between clubs in order to create a stronger student culture and community. 

Principal,Elizabeth Gardner, and NHS Adviser, Skyler Artes, accompanied the students to Washington, D.C. The workshop was an overwhelming success with many learning opportunities.  We are so proud of our students' accomplishment at this national platform!

CCMS Seventh Grade Students Learn Global Economics

Seventh graders at Clear Creek Middle School participated in a field trip called International Towne.  International Towne teaches students about global economics through hands-on experiential learning.  
Mr. James, CCMS's Geography teacher, taught global economics concepts to his students weeks before the students went on the field trip. Students were broken up into groups that were each assigned a country. Students spent their group time researching their assigned countries and learning about their countries' economic systems. 
At International Towne, the students were given passports, currency, costumes, and a designated area (their country) to interact with other global citizens.  The Towne is a life-like simulation of a global marketplace where students physically apply concepts they've learned as they step into roles as world citizens.  All this takes place on-site at the Denver Young Americans Center in a 5,000 square foot space designed to be a 16- country mini world. 


Carlson Students' Artwork Chosen for Exhibit at Evergreen Library

Carlson Elementary is pleased to announce that several students have had their artwork selected for  the annual student exhibit at the Evergreen Library! Students are:
 Ryler Lukow, Will Jakobik, Bentley  Myers, Willow Moles, Makenna Kowalewski, Blake Ohrt, Kiley Kennedy, Max Bonner, Miah Baca, and  Jalynn Meyer. Their work can be viewed during library hours through the month. Congratulations to these wonderful artists!

King-Murphy's Science Fair Successes

King-Murphy's Science fair had wonderful participation this year from both students and volunteers.  Thank you to the committee, Heidi Lupinacci, Linda Stiles, Chad Augustine and Jennifer Widdowfield for your time and dedication to our students! We were also fortunate to have a variety of community members to serve as judges and a great group of National Honor Society students from CCHS to help as well.  Thanks to all!

There were many wonderful student-driven projects that displayed rigorous levels of scientific thinking and creative prowess.  Congratulations to all the participants and winners!  A special congratulations to those students who placed first in their categories and will be advancing to the Mountain Area Science Fair: Brody Kailus, Sunday Sleeper, Tucker Langelier, Sara Drake,Grace Middleton, Talus Graham,Carter Taylor, Leo Smith, North Sumpter,Jordan Condojani,Macie Richards, Jack Emch, Alex Shriner, Joey Lupinacci, Logan Ginter, and Sully Palaia. Well done, Eagles!

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 "Perseverance".Mrs. Loya let a lesson describing perseverance as deciding to finish what you have started and continuing to pursue your goal even if it is difficult.

We are proud to call you Golddusters!

Bode Dalton (grade 7)
Maya (grade 8)


Clear Creek High School Robotics Team Does Well at State Competition

The CCHS Robotics Team placed 10th in the state at the recent State Competition.  Congratulations!


CCHS College Seniors Signing 

Congratulations to Ty Judge and Noah Sarria on their recent college/university signings.  Ty will be attending Carleton College and will be playing football for the Knights.  Noah will sign with University of Northern Colorado where he will play football for the Bears.  Congratulations on your accomplishments!
District Quick Links
February 15th
Mini Day Dismissal Times: KM /Carlson 11:30 AM CCMS / HS 11:35 AM

February 16 & 19
Book Fair
February 12-15th at Carlson Elementary School

Please click HERE for more information!

Community Basketball Fundraiser
February 14th @ 7pm

Concession stand, bake sales, and basketball games. $20/team, $7/individual looking to be placed on a team, $3/general admission. All proceeds will be donated to the Dixon family.

Counselor's Corner

Middle School

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!

On February 20th all 8th grade students will be visiting Metropolitan State University of Denver and Community College of Denver to learn about college admissions requirements and programming offered at both schools.

High School

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

Click HERE for Financial Aid 101 information!

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

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

CCHS Students Prepare for Spring Break in Greece
CCHS Offers Opportunities to Travel Abroad

This year 23 students, 4 school chaperones and 1 parent are traveling to Greece March 22-30th. Students will explore the places where myth meets mortal in Athens and take a boat tour of the Aegean Sea. It will be an experience to remember!  

While this year's trip is closed, a new Spring Break trip to Dublin and Britain in 2020 is open please click HERE for more information and to register your student for this wonderful cultural opportunity!

Home Athletic Events

2/9- GBB (MS) v Fitzsimmons @ 4:15

2/13- GBB (MS) v Academy @ 4:15 pm

2/14- GBB (MS) v DSST @ 4:15

2/22-  MS Wrestling Tournament @ 4pm

2/26- GBB (MS) v Bennett @ 4:15

For score updates and sports information follow Clear Creek Athletics on Twitter @ccgolddiggers
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Therapy Dog News
There are some exciting updates to the Therapy Dog Program at CCHS. There is a new Therapy Dog Lounge where the therapy dog on duty will be located for the majority of the day for students to drop in and get some stress relief. The dogs will need walks and potty breaks throughout the day, so the therapy dogs may be seen walking through the hallway or outside as well.  The lounge itself is a work in progress and is being decorated to be a warm and welcoming environment for students.  

There are 1-2 Therapy Dog Handler positions open to students who are animal lovers and/or interested in animal-related careers such as veterinary science.  They will be trained and will receive .5 credits for the Therapy Dog Handler class.  Mrs. Phipps is the lead handler. 

The Middle school is using the therapy dogs for PBIS. Forms will be developed so that therapy dogs can be "checked out" for a class period. 

We are so glad to be able to offer this opportunity to our students!

Safe Driving Education for Students

Virtual Reality Drunk Driving Simulation 

With the annual launch of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday campagin, the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed a virtual reality web experience that allows users to walk through the aftermath of a drunk driving crash as a first responder.

This upsetting virtual reality provides a harsh perspective on the dangers of driving under the influence. Parents may choose to have their teen drivers watch this video, but should screen it first by clicking  HERE  .

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Clear Creek School District RE-1 | (303) 567-3850 
 320 Highway 103/P.O. Box 3399
Idaho Springs, CO 80452