Westside schools:
BV tops Westside in 3rd-grade reading

       Three Westside schools scored above 80 percent proficient or advanced in the state's annual third-grade reading test this spring.
       They were Buena Vista Elementary (a public Montessori school), 87.5; Howbert Elementary, 85.2; and Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning (a K-8 charter), 83.3.
       BV's score was 32nd best in the Pikes Peak region and sixth best in District 11.
       Administered through the Colorado Department of Education, the test is titled the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP). The results were announced by the state this week.
       The TCAP replaced the Colorado Student Assess-ment Program (CSAP) this school year. According to a CDE press release, TCAP “is designed to support school districts as they transition to the new Colorado Academic Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education in 2011.”
       Other Westside elementaries' proficient/advanced percentages for third-grade reading were: Jackson, 71.8; Bristol, 71.4; Midland, 68.6; and West, 49.1. The District 11 average was 73.4.
       The TCAP schedule this year was also like that of the CSAP. The third-grade reading tests occurred earlier in the spring than the other TCAP tests, which were taken by grades 3-10 in reading as well as writing and math (and science in the higher grade levels). The rest of the scores will be announced in August.
       CHS robotics at Worlds
       Coronado High School's robotics team came up short at the FIRST World Championship event last month in St. Louis Mo., but two-year team CEO Jasmine Kemble was one of 10 students chosen for the FIRST Dean's List.
       Called Cougars Gone Wired, the team of 44 students had qualified for St. Louis by taking first place with the performance of their robot in March at the Regional Championhip in Denver.
       At St. Louis, according to Bryce McLean, Coronado's applied technology chair and the team's faculty advisor, the students won their last six qualifying matches, but that still left them in 28th place out of 100 schools in their division. “The team showed they could overcome adversity and ended qualifying strong, and the Coronado community should be extremely proud of their efforts,” McLean said.
       Robotics is an extracurricular program, funded through individual and business donations. FIRST is an international event in which a new robot game is created annually and schools are welcome to build robots to play in it and involve the community. FIRST means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. This year's game called for robots that could shoot basketballs through hoops.
       Kemble, a Coronado senior, had also received a Dean's List award at the regional event.
       Swimmer gains bronze
       Coronado High Schooler Allie Jacobs earned a bronze medal (third place) in the 200-yard individual medley at the 4A State Championship in girls swimming this spring.
       Eight Cougars in all qualified for state, with diver Kellye Rather also making the finals in her event.
       Solving earns Indiana
       Both Future Problem Solving (FPS) teams representing Coronado High School have qualified for the International Confer-ence in Bloomington, IN, June 7-10 by winning their divisions at the recent FPS State Bowl at Coronado.
       Eighteen teams competed in all.
       The members of the middle division team were Ellie Kuykendell, Moriah Yeh, Olivia Stenholm, and Sara Del Valle. The senior division team was Devon Allison, Dylan Roche, Andrew Rose, and Kate Wolf.
       FPS is a competition in which student teams, working within a time limit, develop and organize creative fixes for problems that could happen in the future.

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