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

Roslin Marshall, Superintendent
Schools and districts are given the opportunity to not only academically prepare our students for their career aspirations, but also to make a difference in the lives of our students.  One only needs to review the articles in this month's  Prospector to get a glimpse of the meaningful work that is done throughout our district.  It is an important process for students to develop their own individual skill set.  It is my hope that our students are provided with many opportunities not only to persevere, but also to rise to challenges.  
When rising to challenges, success can be measured in a variety of ways.   One measure that we can use to help determine how well students are meeting academic objectives is by reviewing data from the state standardized assessments that begin in April.  Although it will be a number of months before the results are known, the data generated from these results is helpful for teachers and staff to review and make appropriate changes to curriculum and instructional strategies based on these results.  We encourage students to do their best on these assessments because having an accurate measurement for making instructional improvements will yield large benefits for our students, schools and district.

As always, we are proud of our Clear Creek students' achievements, staff achievements, and the wonderful Clear Creek community that supports them. 
Congratulations to the CCHS Girls' Basketball Team for being the first team in school history to make it to the Great 8 and now the Final 4! The team will be playing additional playoff games at the Budweiser Event Center for the state tournament and on the 9th and 10th. Way to go, Diggers! What an awesome and historic achievement! Congratulations to coaches Marc Gorenstein and Shadow Murphy on a terrific season!

Student Notes
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The National Honor Society induction was held on February 6th, 2018 in the Clear Creek High School auditorium. The induction ceremony was short, but, as Emi Clark explained, "it holds a lot of meaning for incoming members."

NHS is a club that requires its members to showcase certain attributes and is an honor to be allowed to join. "I am really proud," junior Davis Velte said after the ceremony was over.

By Brook Yeatts

Pennies for Patients

Carlson's Student Council is having a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We would like all the students of Carlson Elementary to help us save lives. We kids will be helping local cancer patients like Amari beat their diseases by raising funds needed to support blood cancer research. By collecting donations, LLS is able to find effective cancer therapies that, over the last 50 years, have increased the childhood leukemia survival rate from 3% to 90%.

By Kiki Buckley

The King-Murphy School Store

Student Council uses the school store as a year round fundraiser in order to gain money for projects benefiting our school. It is funded through the purchases made by students on a bi-weekly basis. The King-Murphy School Store is staffed by student council members. It allows students to learn to deal with money. It can also help students with saving money, keeping track of their balance and making good choices. Math knowledge is needed for both customers and staff.

By The KM Student Council
School Board of Education News

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Volunteer your time by serving on the Clear Creek School Board!
The Clear Creek School District RE1 Board of Education is continuing to accept applications from persons residing in the Director District E (Georgetown/Silverplume area) who are interested in serving on the Board of Education from the date of appointment until the 2019 regular biennial school election.
To be eligible for the appointment, a candidate must be a current resident of Director District E (Georgetown/Silverplume area) and a registered voter within Clear Creek County for the past 12 months. 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. The letter should include information pertinent to qualifications and reasons for applying.

Robin Marshall:
Physical Address
302 Hwy 103
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Mailing Address
PO Box 3399
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

Nuggets of News
National Junior Honor Society Making a Difference in Our Community

National Junior Honor Society students had their first Community Service event on February 27th.  10 NJHS students met at the Evergreen Lutheran Church to volunteer with Evergreen Rotary's Mountain Backpack Program.  Mountain Backpacks is a supplemental food program whose mission is to help kids stay full and focused throughout the school year. Mountain Backpacks provide weekend meals, weekly snacks and holiday food boxes to families enrolled in the program. 

Mountain Backpacks volunteers meet every day  to pack hundreds of backpacks with food to assist students in several elementary schools in our community.  Each backpack provides two days worth of meals each weekend to ensure that students have enough to eat on days they are not in school. Thank you to our students who volunteered their time to make a difference in our community!

In addition, we are pleased to announce that the second National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held at the middle school on Friday, March 2, 2018.  29 students were inducted this year.  Inductees had to have had a cumulative GPA of a 3.75 and fill out an application that included two letters of recommendation and an essay that describes how they exemplify the five pillars of NJHS: Service, Leadership, Scholarship, Citizenship and Character. Congratulations to all of the new NJHS inductees! 

CCHS Riverwatch Students Receive Perfect Score on Site Visit

On 2/13/18 Sam Gilbertson of Colorado  River   Watch  performed a site visit at CCHS to ensure quality control and quality assurance practices employed by the AP Biology students meet the high standards set forth by the scientific agencies that use the data students collect on Clear Creek. 
Sam provided students with unknown samples as well as double blind samples for testing. Students had to calibrate unfamiliar equipment and prepare samples that have both a high degree of accuracy and precision. The acceptable margin of error is quite small and students were immediately scored on results and received the highest marks possible!  This is an amazing achievement by our students. Congratulations!
In the Riverwatch program, students sample and analyze stations monthly for temperature, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, and hardness. Total and dissolved metals are collected and analyzed  for 13 metals (Al, Ar, Ca, Cd, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Pb, Se, Zn). High and low flow nutrient samples (total nitrogen, ammonia, nitrate/nitrite, total phosphorus, chloride, sulfate and total suspended solids) are collected and analyzed at CPW laboratories. Fall macroninvertebrate samples are collected with a physical habitat assessment. Bugs are sent to a certified taxonomist to identify  species and genus. 


Clear Creek Middle School Girls' Basketball A Team Finishes 2nd in Tournament After Great Season!

Congratulations to these Lady Diggers and congrats to Coach King and Coach Kim on a wonderful season! These girls worked hard, trained hard, learned and grew as athletes tremendously over the season. Way to go!

Carlson Student Wins 1st Place at Mountain Area Science Fair!

6th grade student, Merrick Oeland, won first place in the "Structures" category at the Mountain Area Science Fair. Congratulations, Merrick!

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 "Trustworthiness"!
We are proud to call you Golddusters!

Nicholas Schmalz (grade 7)
Zachary Pitts (grade 8)
Kaleigh Kittelberger (grade 8)

** Correction from last month, the student who was nominated by peers for the character trait of "perseverance" was Bode Dalton**

King-Murphy Spelling Bee Champs

King-Murphy had a lot of great spellers this year!  Our top 3 spellers in this year's spelling bee were: Jordan (gold), Max (silver), and Leo (Bronze). Congratulations on your fantastic spelling!


Choir Accolades

Jillian Lupinacci was selected for and performed in the 2018 Colorado Middle School All-State Choir. Jill was selected from over 2.000 auditions from all over the state of Colorado. She sang in the treble choir under the direction of Mrs. Ruth Dwyer on  February 1 and 2 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. 

Anna Wann, Akira Smith, Claudia Plett, and Kaysie Sparks were selected for and performed in Adams State University's 2018 Top of the Nation Honor Choir. Anna, Kaysie, and Akira sang in the women's choir under the direction of Dr. Beth Robison from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO and Claudia sang in the mixed choir under the direction of Dr. Eric Foley from Corban University in Salem, OR on February 14-18 in Alamosa, Colorado. 

Isis Wales and Akira Smith were selected for and performed in Western State Colorado University's 2018 Western Slope Honor Choir. Akira sang in the women's choir under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Seeman from the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA and Isis sang in the mixed choir under the direction of Dr. Scott Ferguson from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL.

Top of the Nation Honor Choir at Adams State University-Anna Wann, Akira Smith, Claudia Plett, and Kaysie Sparks
Western Slope Honor Choir at Western State Colorado University-Akira Smith and Isis Wales

Colorado Middle School All-State Choir-Jillian Lupinacci and Ms. Quigley
District Quick Links
March 9th

March 26-30th


Band Concert 
March 20th @7pm
CCHS Auditorium

Carlson Fun Fair
April 6th 8am-12pm
Carlson Elementary School
This is a free event for kids and their families who are enrolling in Kindergarten or Preschool. Click HERE for more info!

Counselor's Corner

Career Connect program is underway! 

Career Connect gives Clear Creek High School students the opportunity to hear about career pathways from the professionals who are currently employed in them. Every Friday ACCESS, there will be a professional coming to the high school to talk to students about a specific career. We will have a variety of professions represented through the rest of the school year.

Click HERE to learn more and see the schedule of presenters!

Look for information regarding 2018-19 school registration coming soon this March!

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

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

Science Olympiad Team Makes it to State Competition!
On Saturday February 24th, The  Clear Creek Middle/High School Science Olympiad Team competed in the Northern Regional Science Olympiad Competition.  They competed in 23 science categories.  The categories are either builds or tests. 

A build category requires the team to build a prototype, test it, and bring it to the competition so it can be tested based on the parameters given in the rules.  A test category is where a student  learns all that they can about a specific science topic. 

The students involved showed a great deal of self-discipline and initiative throughout the process to be prepared for competition. 

We are proud to announce that Clear Creek Team came in 15th place overall, qualifying them for the state competition to be held at Cherry Creek High School on  April 21st. The team's best placing categories were: Optics, Dynamic Planet, Ecology, Meteorology, Solar System, and Thermodynamics. 

We are so proud of their accomplishments and can't wait to see their growth and results at state!  

Home Athletic Events

3/15- LAX  v Lutheran HS @ 4 pm

3/17- Baseball v Kipp, V @ 10 am, JV @ 12

3/17- Soccer v Jefferson HS @ 10:30

3/19-  Baseball vFront Range Christian @ 4pm

3/20- Baseball v Rocky Mountain Lutheran, V @3:30 pm, JV @ 5:30 pm

For score updates and sports information follow Clear Creek Athletics on Twitter @ccgolddiggers
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Gifted Education News
The Gifted Education instructor, Heidi Lupinacci, has been very busy lately!  Here are some recent highlights from our Gifted Ed program:

  • Student-led and parent-teacher conferences where students and teachers updated parents on the progress made so far this year
  • As a way to introduce the concepts of scientific notation and scale to students, Mrs. Unrath's 4th grade class at King-Murphy scaled down the solar system in King-Murphy's driveway 
  • The 3rd -6th affective needs and challenge groups at Carlson also learned about scientific notation, large numbers, and the base ten system. 
  • 13 Clear Creek High School students and 4 teachers visited Denver's Capitol for Legislative Day. They were able to view the legislative process in action and were able to hear a good deal of discussion on a variety of current legislation 
  • the CCMS/HS Science Olympiad Team went to the Regional Science Olympiad Competition in Fort Collins and earned enough points to qualify for the state competition on 4/21
  • Carlson students read, discussed, and analyzed the book "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle
  • Carlson's enrichment students worked hard to prepare for and tape their Super School News report.  Be on the lookout for our airing window
  • The King-Murphy Enrichment group delve into a variety of engineering and building concepts by building roller coasters and a variety of other gadgets and gizmos. 
  • Professional development courses for teachers- Differentiation for the Gifted Learner and Raising Thinking Skills- are set up and will begin 3/5. 

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