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

Roslin Marshall, Superintendent
Spring marks new growth in nature as animals wake up from winter slumbers, plants grow and trees bud . As we reflect on our own growth as a district, we are excited about how much our students have grown this year as a peer community and how much they have achieved academically.

Part of our students' academic growth is measured through state assessments. April is the month where these state assessments, known as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), are administered.  Students in grades 3-8 will be assessed in English / language arts and math.  Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will also be assessed in science. 4th grade students at Carlson and King- Murphy along with 7th grade students at Clear Creek Middle School will be assessed in social studies as well.  These grades and schools were chosen with the random 3 year sampling that the state conducts. 

In preparation for college entrance exams, our 9th graders will take the PSAT 9, 10th graders will take and PSAT 10, and our 11th grade students will take the SAT. 

Teachers and students have worked diligently over the course of the school year to learn the course content and grade level expectations.  Our staff looks forward to using the data from the state assessments to adjust instructional elements so that we can ensure continued academic growth for our students and schools.

We are so proud of how hard our students and staff have worked this year and grateful to have such a wonderful Clear Creek educational community. Happy Spring to you all!
Student Notes
Spring Joy
by Willow Moles
4th Grader at Carlson Elementary

In springtime brand-new flowers bloom,
They sprout in cherry red, denim blue,
egg yolk yellow, royal purple,
sunset orange, and pearl white,
Flowery fragrances scent the air,
Oh, how good it smells,
Trees reach for the Sun,
Branches in their wavey state,
Rustling in the spring breeze,
Oh, how they stretch,

Animals emerge from their long slumber,
Yipping and yapping,
honking and splashing,

chirping and tweeting,
galloping and grazing,
Oh, the clamour of spring,

Oh, the party they made,
decorations up,
Guests gush through the open door,
Drop presents on the present table,
Jack the rabbit shows in the room,
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!!!!!!!" squeals the the
They scarf down cake while twisting and
turning to pin the tail,
"Hehe, haha" they all guffawed at the odd
places the tails are pinned,
Oh, the rejoicing!
Nuggets of News
Big Brother/Big Sister Program for MS Students Provides Helpful Connection 

Clear Creek MS offers at Big Brother and Big Sister program where MS students are paired with a peer mentor from the HS.  These HS mentors are provided with training to learn how to be positive and supportive role models for the younger students. This program facilitates the development of meaningful peer relationships, which are a key component of student success and well-being.

Our most recent Big Brother and Big Sister program event was held on Thursday, March 22nd.  Big Brother/Sisters and Little Brothers/Sisters enjoyed a pizza party and cooperative activity: Marshmallow Construction Challenge.  Each pair of students was given 4 marshmallows, 16 pieces of spaghetti, a yard of string and tape.  The first team to engineer a free-standing tower with a marshmallow on top was the winner.  

The students had a great time cultivating their collaborative skills and learning to effectively communicate as a team.    

King-Murphy Thespians Impress with Shakespeare Performance

King-Murphy students from Kindergarten through 6th grade were introduced to Shakespeare this year through their participation in KM's Drama Club lead by director, Stephanie Hobbs. Ms. Hobbs was able to mold Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream into a manageable length for students to understand and learn in only 9 rehearsals. This was quite a challenge and the students rose to the occasion.

Ms. Hobbs acknowledged what a community effort the performance was, "A great deal of praise needs to be given to the parents and students who took on this challenge.  I had parents sign up to help during rehearsals by painting scenery and practicing lines in small groups, while I did blocking with different groups.  The parents really made this happen (in such a short time). Many audience members commented that they were amazed by the performance of these young actors.  They did a truly magnificent job!"

Well done, King-Murphy thespians.  We look forward to another performance!

King-Murphy 6th Grade Students Lead Successful Exhibition

The PYP Exhibition is a significant event in the learning journey of a PYP student. It is the culmination of a student's time in the PYP where they combine all the essential elements of the programme and share them with the whole school community. Students are required to collaborate in the inquiry of a passion of their choice. They must investigate and offer solutions to real-life issues or problems. 
The students chose to focus on Sharing the Planet with an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution. The central idea that the class came up with based on this was: Global opportunities may create conflict between people and other living things.

The students then created groups based on their passions and what they wanted to research further. These groups did extensive research for their projects and put together wonderful interactive presentations for the Exhibition. Please click HERE to access the complete summary of student projects and photos put together by Heather Zuckerman. Thank you, Heather!

Congratulations to all of the 6th grade participants! Go, 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 "Compassion"!
We are proud to call you Golddusters!

Skylah Inman
Cayden Singleton


A Group of CCHS Students Enjoyed a Spring Break Cultural Adventure in Greece

Traveling with students is a great way to allow them to develop skills.  They pick up language, social customs and norms, as well as being able to make comparisons to their own lives and see how similar and different citizens are.  Students have to navigate the nuances of travel itself; giving them confidence, independence and growth. Our young travelers are able to see problems and perks of other societies, learn what they appreciate and miss the most from home and have opportunity to make new friendships.  This trip provided all of these facets and I'm so proud of them for always being their best selves and representing Clear Creek with such integrity.
- Maria Indrehus

This trip was very meaningful to our student participants.  Here are some of their reflections:

Lillie Abrahamson:  The cultural immersion surrounded by the incredible history made this trip completely unforgettable!!

Jaclyn Harvey: 
Exploring a different country with some of your closest friends is a once in a life time opportunity, don't pass up that opportunity if it arises in your life! Greece was amazing and I wouldn't trade that trip for anything in the world.

Maya Daly: I've never been out of the country, so I have to say that this trip changed the way I see things. I've always known that I was bound to be a world traveler, so this trip let me get a glimpse into my life to come. I love the European culture, the style, and the food. But most of all, I loved the history. You can really see how being among so many historically significant sites has created a proud nation and long-lasting tradition. I'm so glad I went.

Samantha O'Brien:  It was a new, broadening experience that was able to help me enhance my cultural diversity and see things and places I have read and heard about since Percy Jackson came out when I was little. Throughout the trip, I thought of that book and how lucky I was to be seeing and experiencing the real deal.  


Basketball Accolades

Congratulations to Rachel Lucas and Grace Werlin for being named All State in Girls Basketball. Rachel was First Team for 2A CHSAA. Grace was chosen to play in the Colorado Girls Basketball Coaches Association 2A game that occurred on March 18th at Arvada West High School. We are so proud of you!  Way to go!

CCHS Student, Sammy O'Brien Demonstrates Great Athletic and Academic Talent and Determination

Senior soccer player, Sammy O'Brien, was the Max Preps and United Soccer Coaches Player of the Week March 19th, 2018.  She has been All State 2A in Girls' Soccer the past 3 years and recently scored the 100th goal of her career!

She is also a quality person and a great student with a 4.57 cumulative GPA. Congrats, Sammy!  We are proud to call you a Lady Digger!


District Quick Links
April 13th
Staff Work Day
New BOE Member

At the April BOE meetings, the Clear Creek Board of Education is scheduled to swear in Larry Pyers as appointed to serve on the Clear Creek Board of Education for the Director E seat.  The May edition of the Prospector will have more information about Mr. Pyers.


Carlson Community Art Auction
April 17th 4:30-7pm
Majestic Building in Idaho Springs
1635 Miner Street
This is a fundraiser that benefits Carlson students through funding enrichment programming, field trips and playground equipment. Click HERE for more details or to donate art. ART DONATIONS STILL NEEDED!

CCHS Spring Musical
Thoroughly Modern Millie
April 26, 27, 28 @7pm
CCHS Auditorium

Counselor's Corner

Career Connect program continues to provide great information to students with visits from firefighters and financial planners!

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!

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

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

SPORTS PHYSICALS: Fundraiser for Booster Club
MAY 18th 

$25/child or $20/multiple children

No credit cards accepted, cash or check only, please.

If your child/children will be playing sports next year, this is a great opportunity to get the Sports Physical requirement out of the way while supporting Clear Creek's Booster Club! 

Home Athletic Events

4/7- Baseball  v Alexander Dawson @ 10 am

4/9- Soccer v Bennett @ 4 pm

4/10- Baseball v Academy HS @ 4pm

4/12-  Baseball v Middle Park @ 4pm

4/13- LAX v Littleton HS @ 5:30 pm

4/14- Baseball v Platte Canyon @ 2:30 pm

4/17- Track Meet @ 2 pm

4/23- LAX v Englewood HS @ 4 pm

4/24- Baseball v Sheridan @ 4 pm

4/25- LAX v Evergreen HS @ 4 pm

4/26- Soccer v Denver Christian @ 4 pm

For score updates and sports information follow Clear Creek Athletics on Twitter @ccgolddiggers
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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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