Luke Moore–placing 7th in Extemporaneous Speaking, winning the Nutrients 4 Life Competition–$3,000 prize, and will be serving as the 2016-17 State Sentinel.
Emily Schultheis–placing 4th in creed!
Agricultural Issues Team–placing 6th place–Zoe Moser, Luke Moore, Kendyl Druffel, Emma Schultheis, Carter Dahmen, Maryann Jacobs, and Rachel Meyer
The Colton music students will present their spring concert on May 25th at 7PM. The concert will be the culmination of their hard work throughout the year and will include some great music. The Junior High Band will feature music from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean as well as a Latin-inspired piece called Cabo Rico. The High School Band has been hard at work preparing music from some of the greatest movies ever. You’ll hear excerpts from Star Wars, E.T., and Jurassic Park as well as a piece inspired by Star Trek. Our Choir will feature some great music by Leonard Cohen and our younger bands will showcase their improvement as well. Please come out and support your kids and the Colton Music Program!
First and second graders began an investigation of insects. They received five painted lady larvas (caterpillars) and observed the larvas growing daily. The larvas formed pupas (chrysalises), then one morning the pupa began emerging from their chrysalises. These young entomologists were able to watch as four butterflies emerged with wet and folded wings, then dried out and flew around the cage. It was very exciting as students released the butterflies three days later in Blake’s yard. First and second grades are now observing the changes mealworm larvae are making!
One young man and one young women has been chosen from each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. Citizens living abroad. In addition fifteen students have been selected at large, 20 students have been chosen for demonstrating exceptional talent in the visual and performing arts, and 20 students have been chosen for demonstrating ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. A complete list of the 2016 Scholars may be found by visiting our website the United State Department of Education website. http://www.ed.gov/psp
Luke will be heading to Washington D.C. in June to receive his U.S. Presidential Scholar medallion.
After 29 years of dedicated work for the Colton School District, Hong Le Nguyet, our beloved custodian, has decided to retire. The District would like to thank Hong for all of the time, effort, and hard work put forth! In 29 years there was never a time when Hong wasn’t there to help out with an event, cook for our teams, or just pitch in when someone needed a helping hand. Hong will be truly missed by our students, staff, and administration.
We would like to invite the community to a retirement reception held in the school lobby on Saturday, June 25th at 5:00PM.
The Colton School District will be moving forward with a one to one technology initiative for the 2016-17 school year. The goal of this program is to improve student academic achievement by integrating technology K-12. Chromebooks will be assigned to each student grades 1st through 12th. Kindergarten students will be utilizing the iPads we currently own, at a 1:2 ratio.
This initiative will allow our students to use mobile technology as a learning tool with educational applications. Google Docs will be used to support the District’s curriculum focus. Student will be able to collaborate with their peers and their teachers as they engage in the writing and learning process. By using Google Docs, students will have access to all of their documents from home and at school. The Chromebooks will also be a wonderful tool for research and assist with our State testing.
Teacher training and professional development will be a constant throughout this process. The District will be utilizing professionals from the Educational Service District (ESD) 101 based in Spokane. This integration and professional development program has been very successful around our region.
Students will receive further training in the area of digital citizenship. District technology use agreements will also continue to be signed by parents and students to ensure full understanding of the use agreement.
Information about the Chromebooks can be found at: http://www.google.com/chromebook
Information about Google Docs can be found at: https://www.google.com/edu/
Missoula Children’s Theatre came to Colton last week. The Colton elementary students performed the play Peter and Wendy. What a wonderful experience for all!