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EHS students get their teeth into improving fitness

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Evergreen High School’s health classes have gone high-tech now that each student wears a Jawbone UP, a wristband that collects data on an individual’s exercise, sleep patterns and food intake, and the information can be downloaded to the student’s smart phone or computer.

Science teacher Ali Meyers received $7,000 in grants to buy 60 wristbands, and each student wears one for at least eight weeks to gauge overall fitness. CenturyLink provided $5,000, and ING U.S. Foundation donated $2,000.

“It’s a fun way to get kids interested in health, Meyers said. “There’s a lot of learning going on. I don’t have to guide them as much because they want to try new things with the Jawbones.”

Last semester, Meyers developed a curriculum using the wristbands, and she says students relate to both the technology and the information the wristbands provide about their fitness levels.

The students have experimented to see whether doing 50 sit-ups or 50 push-ups burns more calories and whether walking or running a mile burns more calories. Meyers said they have challenged one another to get more physically fit.

“Many of them make goals to get healthy, and the Jawbones help them make sure they’re burning the right number of calories a day,” Meyers said. “The Jawbone helps them set quality, attainable goals.”

Bergens libraries receive award

The libraries at the Bergens have been selected by the Colorado Department of Education as Highly Effective School Libraries.

Teri Schuch and Amy Trafton are the librarian and assistant librarian.

“What it means for me is that it’s recognition for our library that has always been highly effective,” said Bergen Meadow principal Peggy Miller. “They collaborate with teachers in amazing ways. The library is no longer a place where you simply check out books. Teacher-librarians are responsible for everyone’s education, including staff.”

The award highlighted Schuch’s work to improve student achievement and to collaborate with classroom teachers. 

Students place at state Reflections competition

Several students at Evergreen area schools did well in the state Reflections competition, with first-place winners moving on to the national competition.

Reflections is an arts program sponsored by PTA, and each year students create projects based on a theme. The projects are judged at each school, with the winners competing at the county level, then at the state level. This year, the theme was Believe, Dream, Inspire. Those who won first place at the state level will compete nationally.

Students compete on different levels: primary for those in kindergarten through second grade, intermediate for third- through fifth-graders, and middle school for sixth- through eighth-graders.

Alyssa Gerard, a fourth-grader at Parmalee Elementary, took a special award, the 2014 Mary Lou Anderson Award for Outstanding Interpretation. This award is presented every year to a student’s entry that best represents the interpretation of the Reflections program’s theme.

Area winners include:

• Film production

Middle school: Lily Mott, “Fight for Women’s Rights in the U.S.A.,” Evergreen Middle 

• Literature 

Intermediate: Jameson Mott, “Believe, Dream, Inspire,” Bergen Valley

• Music composition 

Primary: first place, Zachary Gillings, “The Magician,” Bergen Meadow 

Jackson Davis, “I Believe in the 12 Bar Blues,” Bergen Meadow

Molly Hoover, “Rainbows in my Heart,” Parmalee

Intermediate: Alyssa Gerard, “Some People Say,” Parmalee

• Photography 

Primary: Callum Duncan “Otis,” Marshdale

Intermediate:first place, Zac Trefethen “Nature’s Secrets,” Marshdale

Episcopal preschool adds computer, foreign language classes

Episcopal Day School of Evergreen has incorporated computer and foreign language classes for 3-year-olds and pre-kindergartners.

In the computer classes, the children learn to manipulate a mouse and keyboard, and they learn to play educational computer games.

In the foreign language, children learn basic phrases in both French and Spanish.

These special classes are in addition to art, music, drama/creative movement and library.

The preschool is inside Church of the Transfiguration on Highway 74 on the east end of downtown Evergreen.

For more information, contact Liz Skelly, preschool director, at liz@edse.org, or call 303-913-8919.

Have tips about schools in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.