PSD schools, departments and other sites kicked off the holidays with the traditional PSD Turkey Roundup, collecting a grand total of 1,674 frozen turkeys for the Food Bank of Larimer County. The turkeys will be distributed to families in need in the community during the holidays. In addition, almost $300 in cash was donated. See top schools below and watch the PSD TV video about the drive!

Bacon Elementary collected the most turkey in PSD, donating a whopping 359 turkeys!

Other top turkey drive schools include:

  • Zach Elementary, 258 turkeys
  • Fort Collins High School, 121 turkeys
  • Shepardson Elementary,111 turkeys
  • Johnson Elementary, 98 turkeys
  • Webber Middle School, 85 turkeys
  • Lopez Elementary, 79 turkeys
  • Preston Middle School, 72 turkeys

Beth Higgins, PSD partnership coordinator thanks everyone for their generosity and for being a part of the district-wide service project.

"Our families are so supportive of our community as a whole, and community efforts like the Turkey Roundup help build strong families and strong children," says Higgins. "Thanks to everyone – our schools, kids, business partners, and staff – for making this event as successful as it can be each year. We are grateful!”

Schools save energy through contest

The Renew Our Schools energy savings contest among 16 PSD schools has wrapped up and schools winning $10,000 for saving electricity in their building have been announced!

The student-led competition focused on creating and sustaining ways to save electricity in their buildings. For five weeks, students encouraged peers and school staff to turn off lights, computers, appliances and other things that use electricity. After the contest ended, results showed student efforts saved 77,674 kWh, equaling $7,700 in savings for the district—an electrical savings of 10 percent.

Through the Renew Our Schools contest, schools tried to save as much electricity as they could to show the greatest reduction in usage compared to other PSD schools. Schools that came out on top were awarded prize money for pre-approved energy-efficient projects, ranging in value from $3,000 to $10,000 (a total of $45,000 was distributed). The contest was funded by the Boulder-based Innovo Foundation and coordinated by the Center for ReSource Conservation along with PSD.

In addition to saving electricity at schools, students also worked with businesses, friends and families to help them adopt strategies to cut electricity usage. During the five weeks, 3,200 homes pledged to make changes to save electricity.

Congratulations to the winning schools that showed the greatest reduction in energy usage! They are listed below. Boltz Middle School designed the winning poster from the competition.

High School Category:

  • Fort Collins High School, winner: $10,000 
  • Fossil Ridge and Rocky Mountain High Schools, tied for second place:  $2000 each. 

Middle Schools

  • Kinard Middle School, winner: $10,000
  • Lesher Middle School, second place: $5,000 
  • Boltz Middle School, third place: $3,000  

Additional School Category

  • Shepardson Elementary School, winner: $10,000 
  • Bennett Elementary School and PSD Global Academy, tied for second place: $2,000 each


Schools that participated in the competition include: Bennett, Shepardson and Tavelli Elementary Schools; Blevins, Boltz, Kinard, Lesher, Lincoln, Webber and Wellington Middle Schools; Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge, Rocky and Poudre High Schools; and Polaris Expeditionary Learning School and PSD Global Academy

Dunn students take initiative to help Wild Animal Sanctuary

A group of third grade girls at Dunn Elementary decided to raise money for the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Rebeka Leibow, Olivia Oliveira-Flores, Olivia Kendall, Justice Emery and Lavinia Franco  have been staying in during lunch, selling items such as handmade bookmarks, used books, jewelry and toys to raise money and awareness for the organization. 

PSD students support the Food Bank

Bethke Elementary students and staff held their "Cans Around Bethke" food drive last month, collecting 1,683 cans for the Food Bank of Larimer County. Several Student Council members visited Colorado State University on October 18 for the traditional "Cans Around the Oval" ceremony. 

Bauder students visit a television station in Denver

A group of Bauder Elementary fifth-graders, who put on the "Bauder Broadcast" news for the school, took a special field trip to the Rocky Mountain PBS Television Station in Denver. Through the station's "Super School News" program, the kids toured a real news set and were able to try taping some of their own news bits. 

Polaris students jam with Grammy award winners

Polaris Expeditionary Learning School students got to jam with two Grammy winners from the Take Me to the River tour. William Bell and Bobby Rush sat in with the Polaris students as they worked on their version of “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.” The Lincoln Center Outreach program sponsored the opportunity.

British composer works with Kinard choir to premier special piece

Alexander L'Estrange, one of Britain's most popular choral composers, recently visited Kinard' Middle School's choir, and worked with students on some of the songs that he composed. The choir was the first group in the US to premier his work "Ahoy!"


 

Calendar of Events

Dec. 12, 5:30pm, Board of Education business meeting, JSSC, 2407 Laporte Ave.

Dec. 22 – Jan. 7, Winter Break - No school K-12