Schools get set to move kids forward

       Completing its inaugural year, West Elementary will promote its first class of fifth-graders as the 2009-10 District 11 school year comes to an end over the next two weeks.
       The last day for all D-11 elementary schools will be May 21, while the middle and high schools will finish up May 26.
       Overall on the Westside, a total of about 940 students - depending on final grade points at the two middle and two high schools - will move on from 5th, 8th and 12th grades, according to figures from the schools (compared to about 880 last year).

Jackson Elementary music teacher Erik Miller directed a spring performance of instrumental music and dance May 12 in the school gym. In all, about 100 students in grades 2-5 participated.
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       This was the first year after the closures of Pike, Whittier and Washington elementaries, chiefly for financial reasons. Through new or amended attendance areas, the students at those schools were dispersed to the West, Bristol, Howbert, Jackson and/or Midland elementaries, resulting in those schools having somewhat higher fifth- grade classes than last year. By contrast, Buena Vista Elementary is slightly smaller this year because it consists only of Montessori students (the non-Montessori students were assigned to West Elementary).
       Each of the schools will have promotional/graduation ceremonies. Those dates and times appear below, followed by the student numbers (last year's is in parentheses). Except where noted, all ceremonies will be at the respective schools.
  • Bristol Elementary, May 21 at 1 p.m., 33 students (28).
  • Buena Vista Elementary, May 18 at 6:30 p.m., 17 students (26).
  • Howbert Elementary, May 20 at 9 a.m., 54 students (41).
  • Jackson Elementary, May 20 at noon, 52 students (34) - part of an all-school barbecue in neighboring Jackson Park.
  • Midland Elementary, May 20 at 5:30 p.m., 36 students (26).
  • West Elementary, May 21 at 1:30 p.m., 62 students (new).
  • Holmes Middle, May 25 at 6:30 p.m., 265 students (221). Speakers: a Coronado administrator and students Peyton O'Driscoll, Sophia Blayney, Laura McKibben, Michaela Collins, Akayla Wilson and Amber Elimon. Performances: Jazz Band, Choir and Orchestra.
  • West Middle, May 25 at 1:30 p.m., 104 students (114). Speakers: Coronado Principal Susan Humphrey, West Counseling Coordinator Leigh Ann Shields.
  • Bijou School (alternative high school), May 18 at 5:30 p.m., 40 to 50 students (about 30). Location is UCCS, by invitation only. Speakers: UCCS College of Education Dean Dr. Lavonne Neal, D-11 Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Gledich, D-11 Board member Tom Strand, and students Anthony Ramos and Emma Stapleton.
  • Coronado High, May 26 at 9 a.m. 270 students (about 300). Speakers: Principal Susan Humphrey, Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Gledich, Board of Education member Tom Strand, faculty speaker Caleb Muth, Valedictorian Iris McComb, Salutatorian Peter Jaron, Student Body President Tyler Romero, and senior speakers Corrie Baker and Bethany Hernandez. Performances: Coronado's Jazz Band 1, Orchestra, Choir and Shomber Choir. Location is the World Arena. Note: Preceding the Coronado graduation will be the Senior Academic Awards Evening Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at which honors and scholarships will be announced.

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