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Smoky Hill High School Science teacher Mark Paricio, recipient of the $10,000 Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence, pictured with his wife, Cheryl, also a SHHS science teacher, and their children Lindsey and Eric, who are SHHS students. Photo courtesy of CCSD
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Mark Paricio, a National Board Certified physics teacher at Smoky Hill High School, is a 2013 winner of the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. An Amgen representative made a surprise visit to one of Paricio’s classes on May 14 and presented him with a check for $10,000. Paricio can use half of that for personal use and the other half to enhance science programs at Smoky Hill.
Paricio is one of nine science teachers honored with the award in 2013. They were selected by an independent panel of judges on the basis of creativity of teaching methods; effectiveness in the classroom; and plans for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their schools. All have demonstrated an outstanding ability to inspire their students and produce results in science education.
Paricio is the second Cherry Creek Schools teacher in three years to receive the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. Overland High School science coordinator Jennifer Nass-Fukai received the award in 2011.
Amgen, an international biotechnology company with U.S. operations in Colorado and four other states, sponsors the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence to recognize teachers in K-12 grade levels in public and private schools whose dedication to their students’ education has had a significant impact on the learning and interest of the next generation of scientists.
Cherry Creek Schools 2013 Verne Shelley Scholarship recipients: Tamara Gaffney, selection committee member, recipient Michelle Manring, recipient Jayla Ponsford, recipient Chelsea Peele, Terry Todd, selection committee chairman.
Three Cherry Creek School District employees were selected from 33 applicants to receive $300 Verne Shelley Scholarships to use for continuing education and professional development. Selection committee chairman Terry Todd presented the scholarships at the May 13 Board of Education meeting.
• Michelle Manring – Before and After Program Director at Creekside Elementary – will use her scholarship to continue her education to enhance wellness in the Before and After Program.
• Chelsea Peele – Instrumental music teacher and orchestra director at Laredo Middle School and Smoky Hill High School – will use her scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Colorado.
• Jayla Ponsford – Dance teacher and Performing Arts Department Coordinator at Eaglecrest High School – will use her scholarship to attend dance educator workshops.
The scholarships are awarded in honor of Verne Shelley, who served as Cherry Creek’s personnel director from 1972 to 1985. Shelley was also a member of the Cherry Creek Valley Optimist Club, which established the scholarships after Shelley’s unexpected death in 1985. This year, 33 Cherry Creek Schools employees applied for the scholarships, which are awarded annually to three people who demonstrate Shelley’s belief that learning is a life-long commitment.
If you would like to contribute to the Verne Shelley Scholarship Fund, make your check payable to the Verne Shelley Scholarship Fund and send it to The Verne Shelley Scholarship Fund, c/o Brad Arnold, Office of Fiscal Services, Auxiliary Services Center, 4850 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.
2013 AJHS Daniels Scholars back row: Erick Escajeda-Estrada, Carlos Ramirez-Naranjo, Luis Treviso and William Major. Front row: Judith Luevano Juarez, Dayana Robles, Jennifer Tamariz Bautista and Melissa Vazquez. Photo courtesy of Arrupe Jesuit
Class of 2013 earn more than $5.5M
Arrupe Jesuit High School announced the senior class has earned more than $5.5 million in merit-based scholarships to date. Among this distinguished achievement are two Gates Millennium Scholars and eight Daniels Scholars.
Luis Salas and Wanda Nevarez have been selected as a Gates Millennium Scholars, and will receive funding to attend their choice of any U.S. accredited college or university. In addition, if graduate studies are pursued in the fields of Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Library Science, Mathematics, Public Health or Science, the two students’ GMS fellowship funding may be applied throughout the master’s and doctoral levels. Salas and Nevarez both will be attending Regis University.
Arrupe Jesuit winners of the esteemed Daniels Fund Scholarship are: Erick Escajeda-Estrada (University of Colorado Denver), Judith Luevano Juarez (University of Denver), William Major (Colorado School of Mines), Carlos Ramirez-Naranjo (Colorado State University), Dayana Robles (Santa Clara University), Jennifer Tamariz Bautista (Loyola University Chicago), Luis Trevizo (Loyola University Chicago) and Melissa Vazquez (Loyola University Chicago). The Daniels Scholarship is not “full ride,” but is supplemental to all other financial resources, including an estimated family contribution, available to the student. By requiring students to apply for other readily available financial resources such as Pell Grants, the Daniels Fund is able to provide even more scholarships to deserving young people seeking to attend college.
Arrupe Jesuit seniors will graduate May 31.
2013 AJHS Gates Millennium Scholars Wanda Nevarez and Luis Salas
Event to assist in enrollment, financial aid and more
Submitted by ACC
Arapahoe Community College will offer an opportunity for anyone to begin the process of enrolling in Fall 2013 classes with the Start Now! event on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at all three ACC campuses.
Start Now! will provide all prospective and currently-applied, but not enrolled, students with the opportunity to complete student orientation and placement testing while receiving assistance with advising, financial aid and registration during this one-day session held concurrently at ACC’s Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock Campuses.
Start Now! will include regular tours and staff will be on hand to help answer any questions about ACC’s program. Additionally, the Financial Aid Office and Cashier’s Office will be available to assist new students with the process of applying for financial aid and understanding how to pay for classes. Bring your 2012 tax forms if you are interested in free assistance.
In order to be eligible to enroll in Fall 2013 classes, all students new to the college experience are required to complete assessment testing and attend a New Student Orientation Session. Two sessions will be available on June 8 (9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.).
For more information, or to apply for admission, contact the Admission and Records Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-797-5621.
High Plains Elementary second graders wrote letters to Airman Spencer Koerner while he was away at boot camp. The airman answered the students’ letters and read them almost nightly.Photos courtesy of High Plains Elementary School
In September 2012, Airman Spencer William Koerner of the U.S. Air Force Reserve went to boot camp at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, for six months. His mother, Diane Koerner, the secretary at High Plains Elementary in Greenwood Village, missed her son and mentioned her son’s experiences in the armed forces to several of her colleagues at school. One of the people she spoke to was Carson Rose, a second grade teacher at High Plains.
Rose was in the middle of a writing unit with his class that focused on letter writing. Once he spoke to the children about Airman Koerner, the kids began to understand that he might be lonely because he was away from family and friends for such a long time. The kids thought it would help Spencer get through some of his tougher days and they were also very interested in asking him questions about boot camp.
The students wrote him letters and 20-year-old Airman Koerner answered all of their questions by sending his mother a handwritten letter. Diane Koerner then typed it all up and emailed Rose so he could read the response to the class, and they were all so thrilled that he “answered all of them.”
Now stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Spencer paid a visit to Rose’s second grade class at High Plains Elementary to thank them for their letters. He had kept their letters and brought them with him to show the class how much the letters meant to him. While visiting the class he talked to them about how all the letters were so nice and thoughtful, and how they helped get him through basic training/boot camp. He also told the kids he would read all of their letters almost every night.
During his visit, he passed around his dog tags so the kids could look at them. Airman Koerner explained to the kids that his favorite part is putting on a uniform every day and protecting people.
Airman Spencer William Koerner talks to second graders in Carson Rose’s class at High Plains Elementary about his experiences at boot camp in Texas.
Centennial resident Sarah Moore will participate in the National America Miss Colorado Pageant, June 30.
Sarah Moore, 18, of Centennial, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National America Miss Colorado Pageant to be held June 30 at the Denver Marriott. The National Miss pageants are held for girls 4 – 18 and have five different age divisions. Moore will be participating in the Teen division.
She attended Grandview High School and now attends Aurora Community College. She will be entering Colorado State University in the fall.
Her activities include yoga, hiking, running cooking and she enjoys volunteering at her local community garden and participating in speaking competitions at ACC.
As first in Class, Lt. Zeb Hanley was the first to receive his diploma from Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley.
Zebulon Hanley, a 2009 graduate of Cherry Creek High School, graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force. Hanley graduated first in the Academy’s Class of 2013, which graduated 1,024 cadets, by achieving the highest overall point average (consisting of grade point average, military point average and athletic point average). Lt. Hanley was on the Superintendent’s List for honors in academics, athletics and military duties for all eight of his semesters at the Academy.
Lt. Hanley received Bachelor of Science degrees in both Operations Research and Economics. In addition to the receiving four Outstanding Cadet in the Order of Graduation Awards, Lt. Hanley received the Top Academic Award and was named the Outstanding Cadet in Operations Research, Economics, and Basic Sciences. His name was added to the Academy’s 100 Year Honor Roll plaque in Arnold Hall at the Academy.
Lt. Hanley was on the Falcons Cycling Team, having individual finishes of eighth, ninth and 17th in national collegiate cycling championships, as well as second place finish in the team time trial. He is a member of the Academy’s “500 Club” for the highest possible score on the aerobic fitness test.
Next fall, he will begin working on a graduate degree in operations research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lt. Hanley is the son of the Cindy (“All-World Mom”) and Paul Hanley, a corporate attorney at Spencer Fane & Grimshaw and a former member of the Board of Education for the Cherry Creek School District. Lt. Hanley’s sister, Mariah, was a 2007 graduate of Cherry Creek High School, and is currently a graduate student at Harvard University in Chemistry.
Cherry Creek High School graduate Zeb Hanley graduated first in the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2013 by achieving the highest overall point average of all students.Courtesy photos
Assistant Superintendent Eric Flor and Superintendent Mary Chesley, both honored as Asset Champions by the Community Asset Project .
Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Mary Chesley, Assistant Superintendent Eric Flor and parent volunteer Ian Miller were recently honored as Asset Champions by the Community Asset Project.
CAP is a nonprofit partner of the Cherry Creek School District and positively impacts more than 51,000 students and their families through youth leadership training, Positive Behavior Supports, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, suicide prevention and other important programs.
At the annual Parent Information Network Brunch, May 7, the CAP board presented Asset Champion Awards to Chesley and Flor, who are both retiring at the end of the school year.
Chesley has served the Cherry Creek School District for 23 years as a teacher, principal, district level administrator and superintendent.
“Mary is known for her integrity, humor, genuine nature and compassionate and inspiring leadership,” said CAP board member Steve Cohen. “She has spread endless wisdom and has gone out of her way to make students, staff and parents feel valued. It is impossible for Mary to do anything but embody the developmental assets with every waking moment, every difficult decision, every interaction she has. We thank her for her dedication to the Cherry Creek mission that inspires our 51,000 students to think, to learn, to achieve and to care.”
Flor has served the Cherry Creek Schools community for 27 years, starting as a teacher and ending as assistant superintendent of Educational Operations.
“Eric is known for his kind and thoughtful leadership, and for taking the time to notice and celebrate the little things that make a difference in a child’s life,” said Cohen. “In 1999, while principal at Walnut Hills Elementary, Eric took the time to read a language arts assignment written by Patrick, a 4th grader who wanted to become a famous writer. He penned a short note saying he looked forward to reading the writer’s first book. That note still hangs over Patrick’s desk, a published poet and doctoral student in English Literature.”
In April, the CAP board visited Cherokee Trail High School to recognize parent volunteer Ian Miller. An executive at Raytheon, an Army reservist and a father of three, Miller still finds time to coach lacrosse, serve as president and past resident of the Cherokee Trail Boy’s Lacrosse Booster Club, and work with young men as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader.
“Miller takes being a positive role model to a whole new level,” said Cohen. “He is truly one of those people within our community who exemplify the spirit of the 40 developmental assets through their good works.”
The Community Asset Project was founded on the 40 developmental assets, which help young people develop into successful and responsible adults. For more information, visit www.assetsconnect.org.
Asset Champion Ian Miller with CAP board members Capt. Jerry Rhodes, Steve Cohen, Shawna Allen and Shane Peroceschi.Photos courtesy of CCSD
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