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

Roslin Marshall, Superintendent
As I write this final letter for the 2017-18 school year, I am reflecting on another year of wonderful memories and remarkable student and staff achievement.  Students and staff should be proud not only of their individual accomplishments, but of their accomplishments as school and district communities as well.  As Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
One of the greatest accomplishments in school is the culmination of 13 years of learning: graduation. This time of year always brings a touch of sadness to our staff as we say goodbye to our Senior Class of 2018.  While it is hard to say goodbye, we are excited to see these students launch into their next steps in life and realize their potential. We wish them the very best and hope that the lessons that have been learned within our walls will carry them far into the future.   
As we say goodbye to the Class of 2018, we are also excited to welcome back next year's students.  Our staff are already beginning to think about the group of students they will be teaching and working with next year.  The accomplishments that will happen along with the challenges that will occur are all part of the work that we do.  Thank you to all of our students and staff on a year well done! 
Have a wonderful and safe summer!
Student Notes
Therapy Dog Program: Already Showing Benefits to Students
by Angellina Inman and Anna Van Geet

The Therapy Dog Program is new to Clear Creek High School as of this year. We have both worked as dog handlers in the program this year. Even though the program has not officially been presented to the rest of the school, we can already see the benefits it has brought and will bring in the near future. We enjoy caring for the dogs, Cannon and Reiley, during our designated class period, as well as seeing them brighten up students' and teachers' days when we walk down the hallways. Getting to walk the dogs outside, play ball, and teach them new tricks has bought a new excitement to our school day that we haven't experienced before in any other class. We have learned to be responsible and trustworthy even though we are not constantly being supervised by a teacher. We know that if we want to get stuff done for the program, we have to do it ourselves and have our own motivation to do so. We can't wait for students to come into our therapy dog lounge to hang out with the dogs and maybe relieve a little stress. We wish this program was here when we were just starting high school because it could have made the transition from middle school a little bit easier. We're excited to see how far this program will go and what next years' handlers have in store for students!   

Nuggets of News
CCHS Students Attend Key Club District Convention

Four students attended the Key Club District Convention this weekend with their Sponsor, Mrs. Smith. The District Convention allows the opportunity for Key Clubs all over Colorado to come together and celebrate their year. Students also have the ability to learn about leadership skills, community service projects, and network with other Key Clubs. The District Convention is also the place where the new lieutenant governors are elected and district officers are elected. Clear Creek's Abbey Gothman was elected for the District 14 Lieutenant Governor position. She will be attending board meetings monthly, and organize the Key Club districts in fundraisers, events, and news updates. Sydney Zabel previously held the position and did a wonderful job organizing fundraisers, one of which being the Thirst Project. Clear Creek's Key Club President, Mackenzie Langelier was in attendance with fellow Key Club member Makayla Colona, who will be running for Key Club President for the 2018-2019 school year.

Science Olympiad Team Performs Well and Looks to Expand Next Year

The Clear Creek Middle/High School Science Olympiad team competed at the Science Olympiad Regional Competition in February and, after a strong performance, qualified for the State Competition. The team, made up of students from grades 6-9, competed in 23 science-oriented events against 31 other teams at the State Competition. Each event is completed by 1-2 team members. They study the event content in preparation and are then tested through written tests, the performance of a built entry, or laboratory analysis. Phoebe Riser (9 th grade) and Sammy Shugrue (6 th grade) earned a third place medal in the Meteorology Event! Clear Creek finished in the top ten in Ecology, Dynamic Planet and Solar System events. The team exhibited high achievement throughout all of the events, showed dedication, enthusiasm and strength in teamwork and collaborative problem solving. We are so proud of them! We also hope to run two teams next year: one for middle school and one for high school. Watch for information coming this Fall!


Kiwanis Club Teachers and Students of the Year

The Blue Spruce Kiwanis Club of Evergreen recently honored several Clear Creek students and staff members. 

The Teachers of the Year are:

Alicia Needham, King-Murphy Elementary
Nicole Loya, Clear Creek Middle School
Emma Phipps, Clear Creek High School


The Students of the Year are:

Joey Horton, King-Murphy Elementary
Camden Rabito, Clear Creek Middle School
Josh Reagon, Clear Creek High School
Grace Werlin, Clear Creek High School

Congratulations on your achievements! 

National Junior Honor Society Award Winner

Congratulations to Taran Guin, an 8 th
grade student at CCMS, who was awarded the National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award this year! Taran was nominated for this award because he demonstrates excellence in the five pillars of NJHS: scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Taran serves as both the president and treasurer of NJHS this year. Way to go, Taran!

Carlson's Garden

One of the Kindergarten science units is called "On the Grow" and focuses on the growth of plants. The Kindergarten students at Carlson were fortunate to enjoy a visit from the Clear Creek CSU Extension Master Gardeners who taught them all about plants and how we use our senses to explore and learn about them. A fun time was had by all!

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

Thomas Vasquez, 7th Grade
Maya, 8th Grade

King-Murphy Mural: School Beautification Project

As part of the school's beautification this year, two teachers, Heather Zuckerman and Polly Fisher, sketched out a mountain scene on the cafeteria wall.  Three students, Irie Dolan, Jordan Condojani, and Joey Horton, along with teacher, Kristin Wiggs, helped to paint it. What an amazing job they all did on this beautiful piece of art that students and staff will enjoy for years to come!


CCHS Musical is a Success!

The CCHS 2018 spring musical Thoroughly Modern Mille was held April 26th, 27th, and 28th.  Each show was a great success and many fans came out to see this spectacular performance.  Cast & crew noted how enjoyable this musical was to perform and hope that the audiences loved it as much as they did. What a successful performance! Congratulations to the cast, crew and director, Meaghan Quigley!


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Larry Pyers to Serve on Clear Creek School Board

Mr. Pyers currently resides in Georgetown where he works as a co-manager of the local Market, volunteers as a docent at the Energy Museum and enjoys hikes with his partner of 30 years. 

Prior to moving to Colorado, Mr. Pyers worked at the Santa Fe hospital lab as the coordinator of the chemistry section and has worked as a lab technician or supervisor in areas like waste-water treatment, industrial-waste clean-up and in electronic circuit-board manufacture. He is originally from Northeast Ohio, moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul in his early adult years and then to Santa Fe, NM for 8 years. Mr. Pyers has many family connections within the field of education.  His brother was a teacher for 30+ years in Kansas City, Missouri and both his sister and brother-in-law are currently teaching Special Needs students in Lorain, OH.   

Mr. Pyers enjoys volunteering in his home communities, particularly in the theater arts.  He is most proud of a volunteer project which required 18 months of pulling together a funding proposal for the city of Minneapolis intended to improve housing in his neighborhood.  After conducting a myriad of surveys, focus groups and meetings, he and his volunteer team successfully convinced the city to offer $250K to our neighbors for housing improvement and stabilization.  

Mr. Pyers looks forward to serving the Clear Creek education community through his position on the Clear Creek School Board. 

HS Band Concert
May 15th @ 7pm
CCHS Auditorium

HS Choir Concert
May 17th @ 7pm
CCHS Auditorium

Sports Physical Booster Club Fundraiser
May 18th from 3pm-7pm
CCHS Gym and Training Room

Senior Awards Night
May 23rd @ 6:30pm
CCHS Auditorium

CCHS Graduation
May 26th @ 10am
CCHS Auditorium

Counselor's Corner

Registration for 2018-2019 begins in August. We hope to have Online Registration available to all families as of August. A postcard will go out in the mail over the summer with dates for Registration, and Freshmen/New Student Orientation.

We also hope to have Naviance next year, "a comprehensive college and career-readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life."

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 News: College Signings

Congratulations to three seniors who signed their official letters of intent on Friday, April 20th, 2018.  Grace Werlin, Lillie Abrahamson, and Samantha O'Brien have all committed to play basketball in college next year.  Grace and Samantha will be attending Cornell College in Iowa and Lillie will be attending George Fox University in Oregon.  Congratulations ladies and good luck!

For score updates and sports information follow Clear Creek Athletics on Twitter @ccgolddiggers
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CCHS Drive Smart Awarded Outstanding School

CCHS Drive Smart Selected for Award

 CCHS Drive Smart has been awarded Outstanding School for two consecutive years from Teens in the Driver Seat.  Through our Drive Smart program, we  implement and participate in the Teens in the Driver Seat program created by Texas A&M and supported by our own creator, CDOT.  This peer-to-peer program promotes education on the risks that all teens face behind the wheel or as passengers.  

Way to go, Drive Smart members! Thank you for helping to keep our students educated about driver safety!
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