Westside schools:
Jackson draws crowd for addition open house

       The open house for the new Jackson Elementary addition Jan. 26 attracted an estimated 150 to 200 people. The numbers included most of the Board of Education members, Superintendent Nicholas Gledich, District 11 staffers, construction contractors, past employees and people from the neighborhood, according to Principal Anne Dancy.

Fifth-graders Tyler Micci (pointing) and Cory Garcia lead a tour of Jackson Elementary's addition during the open house Jan. 26.
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       Visitors were treated to punch and cookies and tours led by Jackson fifth-graders.
       With construction starting last summer, the $1.5 million project added 7,650 square feet at the north end of the 1966-built school. The space opened for use this semester (starting Jan. 6).
       One of the staffers enjoying the open house was Linda Wilson, a kindergarten aide who has worked at the school since 1992 after attending Jackson as a student in the 1970s. “Our room is bigger, and the technology is fabulous,” she enthused. “In our old room, we were tripping over the chairs.”
       Construction was prompted by District 11's 2009 School Utilization study, which recommended the closure of several District 11 schools, a district press release explains. “To accommodate additional students Jackson received in the boundary shift, its construction project included six new classrooms, a new kindergarten playground, and various security and technology upgrades.”
       Resulting from the same study was a four-room addition at Howbert Elementary, which will have an open house of its own Friday, Jan. 29 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. following a 2 p.m. all-school assembly.

Inside a new kindergarten classroom, School District 11 Superintendent Nicholas Gledich gives Phillip Cyprian his card so the Jackson fifth-grader can e-mail him technological information about the interactive white board they're standing in front of.
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       West Elementary will have a school carnival Friday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
       The public is invited. The school entrance is at 25 N. 20th St.
       Carnival ticket prices are discounted in advance. For more information, call first-grade teacher Angel Chavez at 328-4948.
       Coronado High School student Maddie Olson led a cookie sale to raise money for Haitian refugees last week.
       At $1 a cookie in the school cafeteria (plus a few higher-priced decorated ones), Olson was able to raise $312 in two days for the Red Cross relief efforts, she said.
       The cookies were baked by her mother, Kathy Scarangella, who owns the Cookies by Design bakery off Academy and Carefree. Scarangella thanked CHS Principal Susan Humphrey for allowing the cafeteria space to be used.
       “I wanted to help Haiti because of the disaster,” Olson explained.
       She encountered a variety of responses. Some people gave money, but didn't want any cookies. Then there was the student - evidently not a big buff of current events - who saw the sign at her table and asked “Who's Haiti?”
       As a result of passing auditions over the past year, the following students at Westside schools are members of musical groups in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association (CSYSA):
       Bristol Elementary - Dusten Trembly.
       Holmes Middle - Claire Keckritz, Meagan Prewitt, Jessica Randolph, Megan Urban.
       West Middle - Alex Delisio, Doug Myers, Olympia Vida.
       Coronado High: Emma Bean, Sarah Carter, Eliza Foster, Nina Foster, Aaron Glock, Ernie Glock, Leah Harris, Peter Jaron, Jasmine Kemble, Aleksa Kuzma, Nathaniel Lohmann, Carly Manthei, Joshua Munson, Rachael Richardson, Garrett Seeman, Keith Seeman, Leah Simon, James Till, David Trinko, James Wills, Jonathan Wills, Michelle Wood, Chance Wroe.
       The CSYSA, which trains advanced young musicians from the region and provides them performance opportunities, relocated this year to the former Pike Elementary building at 2510 N. Chestnut St. According to CSYSA executive director Debi Krause-Reinsch, the non-profit entity has a full audition in May, with infill auditions during the following school year, as needed for particular instruments.
       Four district teachers recently achieved National Board Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
       They are Jonathan Ogg, Patricia Jones and Karen Shorkey of West Middle School and Aurora Umana-Arko of Coronado High.
       Certification requires “a year-long commitment to measure teaching practice against the highest national professional teaching standards in the country,” a district press release states.
       There are 23 NBPTS-certified teachers in all in District 11.
       “National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous 400-600 hour performance-based assessment that measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do,” the release states.

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