Westside schools:
300 grade-school singers at Holmes

       Singers from four Westside schools will join in the second annual Westside Community Concert Wednesday, April 16 at Holmes Middle School.
       Participants will be from Coronado High, Holmes, Bristol and Howbert plus two Rockrimmon-area Holmes feeder elementaries (Chipeta and Trailblazer). The free concert will be from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
       There will be about 300 singers in all, according to Holmes choir director Kristi Gilbreth. The schools will perform two songs each, then join for a finale. This year it will be the bluegrass version of the song, “Cripple Creek,” and will feature faculty members who play instruments. These will include Kate Flemate, banjo player; Rene Bohn, hammered dulcimer; Mindy Loewen, mandolin, and possibly others, Gilbreth said.
       Howbert Elementary first- and second-granders will perform in a musical comedy titled “Lighten Up” Thursday, April 17 at Holmes. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the show will be directed by school musical director Katherine Kennedy.
       Bristol and Howbert elementaries will represent the Westside at the 14th annual Pikes Peak Choir Festival Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. in the Wasson High School Auditorium, 2115 Afton Way. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.
       In all, up to 600 students from 15 elementary schools will participate, according to Tom Fleecs, District 11 fine arts coordinator. Also singing will be about 40 youngsters from the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, he said.
       Registration forms for summer school became available at District 11 schools this week and can be returned until May 22. Late applicants will be put on a waiting list and considered on a space-available basis only.
       Scheduled July 7 to Aug. 1, the program is designed for students in grades K-8 who are academically below grade level. Students will attend their neighborhood schools or be bused to and from their schools to summer school host sites.
       Westside host schools will be Jackson (with students bussed in from Bates, Midland and Pike); Washington (Bristol , Buena Vista, Ivywild, Whittier) and Holmes (North and West). Howbert summer-schoolers will be bussed to host-school Chipeta, along with Trailblazer students.
       Costs vary for elementary students, depending on whether their school is Title 1 (meaning it has a high number of children from families whose income is less than poverty-level). The cost is $60 for students at Buena Vista, Howbert, Jackson or Midland. The cost is $5 for students at Bristol, Pike, Washington or Whittier.
       For any student enrolled in the English Language Learner program, the cost is $5.
       For more information, call 520-2115.
       Jackson Elementary will host a Dance and Carnival Family Fun Night Friday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Jackson PTA, with proceeds going to science scholarships and other activities for the students.
       Ryan Dewey and Taylor Jaquez of West Middle School took first place in the Science Crime Busters category at the Regional Science Olympiad in March. They will compete with their Olympiad team members in the State Tournament April 12 at the Colorado School of Mines.
       Two Coronado High students won gold medals in the state PTA Reflections judging in Denver recently.
       With their honors, Candace Mott (literature) and Jordon Weissman (film) qualify to advance to national competition.
       Reflections is an optional program, made available at middle or high schools with active PTAs, that is intended to encourage students' involvement in the arts.
       Howbert Elementary will hold a “round-up” for new Kindergarten parents in the school library Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. Kindergarten registration is April 25.
       For more information, call Howbert at 328-4200.
       Cub Scout Pack 24 at Buena Vista Elementary is looking for new members.
       During spring break, the pack went to Red Rock Canyon Open Space and picked up litter.
       A day camp is planned in June.
       For more information, call Kathy New at 634-7342.

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