Good News Bulletin
Sept. 15, 2023
Sixth graders spend a few days learning outside
Elizabeth Middle School sixth graders explored the great outdoors this Monday-Wednesday during the annual Outdoor Ed trip to La Foret Retreat Center in Black Forest.
Students, along with staff members and chaperones made their way through a ropes course, hiked through the woods, participated in several other team-building activities and structured educational experiences, and stayed in cabins.
The Outdoor Ed trip is a long-standing, annual tradition for Elizabeth’s newest middle schoolers to gain new experiences and learn new skills.
Thanks to Brett Michel, Emily Roseland, Kim Hicks and Rachel Rucker for sharing photos and information
Running Creek 2nd graders honor first responders on 9/11
The Running Creek Elementary second grade honored members of the Elizabeth Fire Department on Monday by presenting them with special gifts: Pies they made as a special project. Leading up to this solemn day in American history, the students in classes taught by Jessica Conley, Drenda Herrick and Britney VanEpps learned about the heroic work that first responders do every day as well as lessons in the science and math that goes into food preparation.
18 bands march into Elizabeth on Saturday
This Saturday, Sept. 16, high school marching bands from 18 high schools will make music and march with entertaining precision on the football fields at EHS and EMS. The Friendship Cup marching band competition used to be hosted at Elizabeth for many years but has been conducted elsewhere for the past decade. Saturday marks the event's return to Elizabeth.
This event is unique on the marching-band calendar because it's a "clinic show" during which each band performs early in the day and receives immediate feedback from judges. The second round of performances is officially scored as a competition.
Clinic performances, which can be more informal, are free to attend. They will take place from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Competition performances begin at 4 p.m. and require tickets: $10 for general admission, $8 for students, seniors and military personnel (with ID). There is no charge for children under age 5.
The EHS Cardinal Pride Marching Band's clinic performance is the first of the day, at 8 a.m., and its competition performance is the last of the day, at 8:30 p.m. A full-service concession stand will be open as bands as small as 20 musicians and as large at 140 are welcomed to Elizabeth.
Here's the recording of the live-stream of last week's March-A-Thon fundraiser, which shows all the work that goes into preparing a marching-band performance.
Pair of big events coming up for auto program
The EHS Auto Program will host its second annual Car Show from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the EHS parking lot. The show is free to attend and will feature a car competition, food trucks and lawn games. Here's a video from last year's inaugural car show.
On the morning of Sept. 26, the EHS Auto Program will be featured on Fox 31 Morning News and Daybreak on Channel 2 (the CW). Reporter Dan Daru will be on-site with live cut-ins on both broadcasts from 6:45-10 a.m. Students and auto shop instructor Derek Spohn will be interviewed about the huge numbers of students in his classes (nearly 180!), the new building soon to be built, the support from the extended community -- including donations of equipment and services -- and the food-truck project that students will start soon and eventually hand over to culinary students for their own career-prep projects.
Flag football coach Katzoff to be honored at Broncos game
Summer Katzoff, head coach for Elizabeth's brand-new girls flag football team, has been named the Denver Broncos High School Flag Football Coach of the Week.
As part of the Coach of the Week honor, the Broncos will donate $2,500 to Elizabeth's flag football program, and Katzoff will be recognized on the field Sunday during the Broncos vs. Washington Commanders game. She will also be featured in a write-up on denverbroncos.com which will be posted this weekend.
Katzoff's team, in just its third weekend of competition, went 3-0 last weekend, to raise its season record to 4-7.
Young artists learn about start-to-finish sculpting process
EHS art teacher and accomplished marble sculptor Mel Whitcomb is in Alamosa today for a 4 p.m. installation of her piece called "'The Serpent Waver." Before heading to Alamosa's ArtsFest, however, she was able to park it at school and use it as a discussion piece and example for her art students, who asked numerous questions about the process of turning a block of marble into a work of art worthy of being publicly displayed. This piece has been installed in Moab, Utah; Manitou Springs; and now Alamosa for as much as a year at a time.
Whitcomb, who annually attends the Marble Stone Carving Symposium in the mountain town of Marble, also shared photos of this year's piece, which she started at the summer symposium. Part of her process is to accomplish as much as possible while in Marble and then apply the finishing touches at home throughout the fall.
September –National Spanish Heritage Month
Sept. 15 – Board of Education meet-and-greet tailgate
Sept. 16 – Friendship Cup marching band clinic and competition, all day, EHS stadium
Sept. 20 – Running Creek Superintendent Forum, 6 p.m.
Sept. 22 – Teacher work day - NO SCHOOL
Sept. 22 – EHS Trivia Night, 6 p.m.
Sept. 24 – EHS Car Show, 2-5 p.m.
Sept. 25 – Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m.
Sept. 28 – EHS Fall Choir, Band and Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.
Remember to stop by the free BBQ today before the football game
From 4-6 p.m. today, Elizabeth School District will host a Community Meet-and-Greet (see the flyer at right).
District staff and the school board will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks for free, plus fun and games for kids.
All this takes place ahead of tonight's football game, which also features the mini-Cardinals performance at halftime.
Head to Coors Field one last time this season and help ESD schools
Before the winter sets in, why not enjoy one more afternoon at Coors Field -- and benefit Elizabeth Schools in the process?
The Colorado Rockies are offering two tiers of specially priced tickets for the Sunday, Oct. 1, game -- the last of the season -- against the Minnesota Twins, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Elizabeth Education Foundation.
First pitch is 1:10 p.m. (and the Denver Broncos play at Chicago in an early game, so there won't Mile High Stadium traffic to deal with!). Tickets are $16 for the Upper Reserved Infield and $25 for the Outfield and Corner Outfield Box seats, subject to availability and demand. To buy the specially-priced tickets, visit www.rockies.com/ELIZABETH
The Elizabeth Education Foundation sponsors the annual STARS banquet to celebrate students for good citizenship, classroom grants for teachers, and scholarships for graduating seniors.
EHS football tees up fundraiser at Top Golf
Elizabeth High School's football program will host a long-ball tournament from 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Centennial Top Golf, 10601 E Easter Ave, Centennial. The cost is $90 and includes three hours of tournament play and breakfast.
To register, visit this link at Elizabeth Park & Rec's catalog website.
For more details check out the flyer at right or email Dondi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grab specially priced Avs tickets (soon!) to benefit Elizabeth Schools
The Colorado Avalanche are offering families in Elizabeth Schools the opportunity to buy discounted tickets to the March 26 gave vs. the Montreal Canadiens. For that game, as well as the April 13 game vs. the Winnipeg Jets (which has regular weekend pricing), the Avs will donate $5 from each ticket to benefit the Elizabeth Education Foundation.
Each ticket purchased for an Avalanche game will also include a ticket to a 2023-24 Colorado Mammoth game. Details on choosing a game will be emailed after your Avs ticket purchase.
Tickets can be ordered on this special webpage set up for the Elizabeth Avs games.
School-priced tickets tend to sell out quickly, so waiting on the March 26 game is not recommended!