Georgetown Community School marks end-of-year with carnival

Director bids adieu to students, parents

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/26/21

Nothing says summer like a carnival. So, for Georgetown Community School, there was no better way to mark the end of the 2020-21 school year and celebrate the start of summer. On Thursday, GCS …

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Georgetown Community School marks end-of-year with carnival

Director bids adieu to students, parents

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Nothing says summer like a carnival.

So, for Georgetown Community School, there was no better way to mark the end of the 2020-21 school year and celebrate the start of summer.

On Thursday, GCS students, staff and parents found there was something for everyone as bouncy houses and obstacle courses, Zorb balls, a bungee jump and other rides took over the school’s playgrounds for the afternoon.

Miles Bowland, who just finished preschool at GCS, and his twin brother both said the bouncy castles were their favorite part of the carnival.

As he was waiting in line for the bungee jump, outgoing first-grader Taelor Carreon said the most fun part thus far had been the dance party bouncy house. However, he was reserving judgment until going on the bungee jump.

Reflecting back on the school year, he said his favorite part was learning math and his least favorite was reading.

COVID-19 made school a little tricky and annoying sometimes, he said, commenting, “I had to wear a mask all day. I didn’t like that.”

Elise Miller, a third-grader going on fourth-grader, felt similarly, saying COVID-19 protocols were the hardest part of the school year. She said it made it difficult for her and her classmates to do anything fun.

However, it didn’t stop the fun completely.

Elise said the year was awesome overall, commenting how the highlight was dissecting owl pellets and cow eyeballs.

The carnival was also becoming a standout, with Elise describing it as “the funnest carnival ever.” She particularly enjoyed doing backflips and frontflips on the bungee jump.

After the 2019-20 school year ended abruptly, the school’s end-of-year celebration was a simple car parade through downtown Georgetown. This year, for the last day of school, GCS wanted to restore some sense of normalcy, Director Tina Ozee described.

“I can’t think of a better way to end the year,” she said of the carnival.

Saying goodbye

After six years at GCS, Ozee is leaving June 30. She and her son are moving to Texas, where Ozee is originally from, to be closer to family. She hopes to continue working in education long-term.

Hillary Miller, a 16-year educator who most recently led a Brighton charter school, will be taking over as GCS’ director on July 1.

Miller has a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in English, and has a background in both teaching and administration. She’s also the mother of two sets of twins.

Miller has been visiting the school in recent weeks to meet the teachers and students, Ozee said, but she was unable to attend Thursday’s carnival.

“I’m very happy to have her here,” Ozee continued.

In her six years at GCS, Ozee has served as a parent-volunteer, substitute teacher, preschool teacher, business support in the office, interim director and director.

“This is the job I never knew I wanted,” she said. “ … I’ve enjoyed helping the school grow.”

Ozee added that she hopes GCS will continue its upward trajectory, which she’s confident it will under Miller’s leadership.

If Thursday was any indication, the hardest aspect of her departure will continue to be saying goodbye to students, parents and staff, Ozee said. She expressed how she was extremely proud of them, especially after this year, as GCS didn’t receive a single complaint about COVID-19 procedures.

As a final message to the community, Ozee stated: “Thank you for the support. Our main goal was to make sure the kids were OK, and the community helped us do that.”

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