Westside schools:
Holmes artists approved by county

       At its meeting April 9, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution honoring artwork from Holmes Middle School. Thirty-seven students attended the meeting in the county building at 27 E. Vermijo Ave.
       The resolution continues a practice, started last year, in which the commissioners recognize and display art from different area schools.
       “The Board of County Commissioners understands the importance of art in school curriculums and knows that it contributes to the creative, collaborative and critical thinking skills necessary for developing a global work force,” said County Commissioner Sallie Clark. “I am so impressed with the quality of artwork we've been able to display in our County Administration Building. I invite the citizens of our community to visit our boardroom to personally view this student artwork demonstration.”
       Old Colorado City art galleries organize monthly “art walks,” and now Buena Vista Elementary will have an art night of its own… with the added feature of homemade pie.
       The public is invited to view original art by Buena Vista students Tuesday, April 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. during “Art & Pie Night.” Their creative efforts will be on display throughout the school, and art projects and demonstrations are scheduled in the school gym.
       The event will also include pie sales and a silent auction, sponsored by the school's PTA. Proceeds will help fund the school's Backyard Project, which is to add playground equipment, green space and gardens in the school's large, open playground, according to plans worked out this year by parents and school officials.
       A display in the school gym will provide details about the project.
       Pie will be available for $1 a slice. Lemonade and tea are free.
       Buena Vista, a 95-year-old Westside public school that is transitioning into a full Montessori school, is at 1620 West Bijou St.
       For more information, call Buena Vista PTA President Ruth Roland at 471-1399 or Principal Brenda Barr-Smith at 328-4100.
       Ten Westside middle schoolers received Colorado Youth Citizenship Awards (CYCAs) at a ceremony April 9 at West Middle School that honored up to five from each of District 11's middle schools based on judging of applications that had contained applicable essays and a list of accomplishments and references.
       The two district winners from each school each received a $100 savings bond, while a $50 bond went to each of the three school winners.
       The West and Holmes winners are as follows:
       Holmes - District winners: Nicholas Cipoletti, Kristoffer Rhodes. School winners: Bryanna Aker, Nicole Flemate, Katy Martinez
       West - District winners: Rileigh Darby-McClure, Dakota Panco; School winners: Andrew Barentine, Hunter Cain, Allison Ives.
       Students from Coronado High and West and Holmes middle schools earned awards at the recent southern regional tournament of the Colorado Science Olympiad.
       The students are:
       Coronado - Bryan King and Erin Hubl, second, Forensics; Sean Colvin, Andrew Ives and Julie Ahn, third, Experimental Design.
       West - Audrey Baker and Beth Luk, second, Disease Detective; Kate Wolf and Ryan Dewey, third, Metric Mastery; Ryan Dewey and Taylor Jaquez, second, Science Crime Busters; Danika Klebe and Beth Luke, third, Tower Building.
       Holmes - Rioux Jordan and Christopher Sherwood, second, Metric Mastery.
       District 11 has announced its K-8 Summer Literacy Program schedule. The program will run from June 4 to 29.
       Westside host sites will be Midland and Whittier elementaries and West Middle School. Feeder schools will be Buena Vista (Midland); Bristol, Pike and Washington (Whittier); and Holmes (West).
       Costs are $5 per student for Title 1 families and $60 per student for all others. For sign-up forms, check with your child's school.

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