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Our school exists to help sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students grow academically, socially, and emotionally in preparation for high school, college, and life beyond.

A Message From Our Principal

Kids Can Still Learn in the Summer

Summers are great for youngsters because there are no regular school schedules, homework, tests, etc. Time away from school does not mean that learning has to stop during the summer, though. In order to avoid the very predictable negative learning curve from time out of school, you can incorporate some very easy, fun, and subtle learning activities into vacation time.

Practicing math skills is so easy to sneak into almost any situation. First way, and potentially most boring, is to purchase a workbook of grade-level math skills. Secondly, and way more fun, is to take advantage of everyday opportunities to make math an active practice. Examples: at the grocery store; send "Johnny” to weigh the apples. If they are $1.79/lb., how many apples will we be able to buy with $5. What are the best four seats we can buy at a Rockies game with $150?

You can see how easy it is to create real-life problems the students can work on to solve.

Reading practice is an on-going and even more natural skill to hone. Print is everywhere - a computer/phone screen, billboards, cereal boxes, etc. Encourage actual reading of articles, books, or magazines, then 'quiz' the reader on content (you are measuring comprehension). Also, Farr Library has great summer reading programs for our students - including prizes - so please take advantage of that resource.

If you do any kind of travel, have your child help with the best routes - fastest, shortest, most scenic, etc. Make the trip become a geography lesson. Explore features of erosion, previous glaciers, flood plains, and the likes. Students are often fascinated to learn interesting facts like, 'wow, grandma's house is in an old volcano basin'. Locally, so many places are geologic wonders and have great science and history lessons hidden within. Consider a few road-trips to the sand dunes, Royal Gorge, St. Mary's Glacier, old mines, or countless other Colorado features that await discovery.

The main thing is, learning can take place all summer, and you will be surprised how fun it is for us parents to learn new things as well! 

Paul Kirkpatrick

Paul Kirkpatrick, Principal

Middle School News
Summer Safety

Everyone looks forward to summer: the vacations, swimming, and longer days to play. When your children are so busy, it can be easy to forget basic summer safety. Here are some things to remember, to ensure you and your family have the best—and safest—school break yet.

Stay hydrated
Spending a lot of time outdoors in summer is a good way to become dehydrated. While sweating keeps you cool, it also zaps your body’s water supply. When you or your children are thirsty, instead of reaching for a soda or juice box, grab a water bottle. Water will rehydrate your body faster than sugary drinks, leaving you with renewed energy to go and play. Drinking plenty of water each day—especially when spending time outside—will ensure that you and your family stay safe in the summer heat.

Apply (and reapply!) that sunscreen
Make sure to lather up your family with sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outside to enjoy the summer days. This gives the lotion time to soak into your skin and start working its protective magic. Make sure that you also reapply the sunscreen after being in the water or exercising. Don’t forget easy to miss areas, such as the back of your neck, ears, and the tops of your feet.

Wear protective clothing
The summer sun can be brutal, especially when you are at the pool or beach. Make sure you wear protective clothing when outdoors. Wearing a long-sleeved shirt made with lightweight fabric can help ensure the sun doesn’t burn sensitive skin. Also wearing a hat with a rim large enough to shade your face, not only prevents sunburn, but also helps to keep you cool.

Take a break from the heat
Summer sun is at its peak between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Unfortunately, this is also the time most people spend by the water or in summer camp. Teach your family to stay safe in the heat by seeking out shady places to sit and rest, or take a break from the heat altogether and go indoors for a few hours. This will help avoid heat exhaustion, and ensure an enjoyable summer for all.