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Clear Creek School District saw exciting change in 2022, with the introduction of the four-day school week, movement toward district goals and emphasis on the learner profile skills: leadership, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, adaptability and character.
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Laura Johnson with Clear Creek Schools Foundation said all the improvements are about making students aware of their role in the community.
“At Clear Creek, learning is about having kids connected to their community, both inside and outside of the classroom,” she said.
In 2022, Clear Creek School District introduced the four-day school week with Fridays designated as “COMPASS Day,” a day for enrichment opportunities, different learning environments and other activities.
Students in Clear Creek have options for how to spend their COMPASS Days, including spending time with family, participating in recreation activities, seeking extra help with school work or enjoying a district-sanctioned event put on by the recreation center, library or other community partners. The elementary school also offers childcare on these days.
Clear Creek Graduation 2022
Clear Creek had 57 graduates in 2022. A total of 92 scholarships were received by Clear Creek graduates for a combined 1.5 million dollars in scholarship money.
Many of the graduates had plans to attend local schools like Colorado School of Mines or Red Rocks Community College, but some were going off to far-away schools like Columbia University or Montana University.
The district teamed up with multiple community partners in 2022 to make programs work for students.
The Mountain Youth Network was one partner that helped the district with Compass Day, as well as the new cyclingSciences class. The group also taught life skills, outdoor leadership and other courses for older students. Team Evergreen fulfilled a grant for materials and equipment for the cyclingSciences class.
Loveland Ski Area is the sponsor for 2023’s new “snowSciences” program in the district. Johnson explained the course will be valuable for the Clear Creek Community.
She said the course will range from “understanding how to tune and repair skis to avalanche science.”
Freeport McMoRan was another community partner, funding the concurrent enrollment fund and shedding light on career opportunities in mining, engineering, vehicle maintenance, HVAC and more.
World Affairs Challenge
Clear Creek High School Students earned first place in the World Affairs Challenge Virtual Exchange in collaboration with their Iraqi peers. They presented a solution for using solar panels for desalination, which is one the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The winning team was made up of members Maggie Goffman, Joey Luppinaci, Noel Schultz and Donny Lamonica. Tina Barber-Matthew's Human Geography class participated in the challenge and met with their peers in Iraq and Morocco each week on a UNSDG. Students identified a problem, researched and presented a solution to judges.
King-Murphy preschool expansion
In 2022, interest emerged for another preschool class at King-Murphy Elementary. Director of teaching and learning Becky Dancer and Superintendent Karen Quanbeck began the process of expanding the preschool program.
“They were the ones who got the ball rolling last year with what preschool could look like at King-Murphy,” Heidi Lupinacci, early learning coordinator for CCSD, said.
The expansion was funded by the 2021 Capital Improvement and Bond Program.
The school hired another preschool teacher, Arlene Gutierrez, to accompany lead teacher Brooke Huff, to teach a second class of preschoolers.
The first week of January 2023, King-Murphy cut the ribbon on the new classrooms for the two preschool classes; earlier this year the students had been learning in a different space.
“We just wanted to celebrate that that process was complete,” Lupinacci explained.
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