EMS eighth-graders go to war for younger students

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Revolutionary War figures came to life — literally — when Evergreen Middle School eighth-graders presented short speeches about the heroes to fifth-graders at Bergen Meadow Elementary School.

The students selected a person in history — anyone from George Washington to Dolly Madison — researched the person and wrote a short first-person speech about the person’s life. The students then dressed in costumes and stood like statues in the back hallway of the elementary school.

As the fifth-graders walked by, they gently touched each statue and heard the speech about that person’s role in U.S. history.

“I think the fifth-graders liked it,” said Kathryn Wolfington, the language arts teacher who created the project for the eighth-graders. “(The fifth-graders) walked around with their mouths gaping open.”

About 60 eighth-graders participated in the project, which was tied into a social studies unit about the Revolutionary War period.

Wolfington said the eighth-graders really enjoyed the experience and provided valuable feedback for next year’s statue project.

Marshdale students learn lacrosse from Mammoth

What better way to learn the sport of lacrosse than from the professionals?

Students at Marshdale Elementary did just that when players from the Colorado Mammoth spent three days at the school in mid-December teaching the rules of the game.

The school participated in a program called Sticks for Schools, which is sponsored by Mammoth Dan Carey. The school applied and was accepted in the program, said physical education teacher Chris Chambers.

“The kids are really excited,” Chambers said. “I thought (lacrosse) would be a really good sport to bring in (to the school) and teach.”

Marshdale not only gets the expertise of several Mammoth players to teach lacrosse to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, but also receives equipment so children can continue to play, Chambers said.

Chambers wants Marshdale students to learn lacrosse because it is growing in popularity in Colorado and the nation.

“The game is more than just passing the ball around,” he said. A lot of concepts in the game are really neat.”

Dress code eased for middle school at RMAE

Sometimes conflict can be a good teaching tool.

The middle school students at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen rebelled against the dress code policy that required all students to tuck in their shirts. The teachers, in an effort to enforce the policy, started taking away casual dress days on Friday.

The two sides were at an impasse, and school director Ryan Lucas stepped in.

“The kids were in a riotous mode,” Lucas said. “It was turning into a power struggle.”

Lucas decided to use the situation to teach students about the representative form of government and about negotiation.

He said he advised the middle school students to take their complaints to their representatives on the student council. Once those complaints were acknowledged, the student council met with the middle school teachers, and a compromise was reached.

The teachers said they would not enforce the tucked-in shirt rule if students complied with the rest of the dress code. In general, students are required to wear navy blue or tan Dockers-style pants or shorts; a shirt with a collar that is red, white, blue or green; and closed-toed and closed-heeled shoes. They are allowed to wear sweatshirts without logos, solid-color sweaters and some jewelry.

“We had a very good conversation (with the students) about how you need to pick your battles,” Lucas said. “If you’re going to stand for something, you need to make a strong statement but be willing to compromise.”

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