A committee of the NOCO Manufacturing Partnership entitled “Manufacturing Rocks!” created two tours for Thompson School District students to visit and get a hands-on experience in a manufacturing setting. Forty students from Thompson Valley High School and forty from Walt Clark Middle School visited local manufacturing businesses Hach and Aleph Objects, Inc.  The high school students visited Hach and the middle school students traveled to Aleph Objects. 

This program runs twice per year to show young people in the district the new and exciting opportunities available in a manufacturing career. This is not the traditional assembly line that many people think of when they hear the word “manufacturing.” Students may consider taking a manufacturing course in high school or pursuing an internship with a local manufacturer.

Grant provides for greenhouse and chicken coop

Thompson School District's Agriculture Education program was recently awarded a Colorado FFA Foundation Grant in the amount of $3,500, which will provide funding for a greenhouse and chicken coop on the Thompson Valley High School campus.

Following the greenhouse and coop construction this spring, Thompson students enrolled in agriscience classes will have the opportunity to learn about plant and animal systems first-hand. Students will be involved in planting and harvesting crops grown in the greenhouse, hatching and raising chickens, collecting eggs and marketing the products that result from the “mini farm”.

The agriculture education program in Thompson School District currently serves over 100 students, with the majority attending Thompson Valley and Berthoud High School. All students enrolled in an agriscience class have the opportunity to participate as active members in the Thompson FFA Chapter, a student organization that promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

Students earn awards

Congratulations to Loveland High School's Caitlin Parets, who has been named a finalist for the 2017 Boettcher Scholarship. Also, congratulations to Alyx Job (also of Loveland High School) and Caitlin Parets for being named as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship.

Congratulations to Evyn Batie, a junior at Mountain View High School, who has been elected to the position of president of the Northern Colorado District of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). 

The Northern Colorado District is one of ten districts in the state of Colorado. FCCLA is a national student organization whose mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation. As president, Evyn will work with a team of eleven other officers. This group plans and runs an annual conference for 350 Family and Consumer Sciences students and teachers each fall. She will also represent the Northern Colorado District at the State Conference in April.

BHS’s VEX Robotics Team earns invitation to Colorado State Championship

Berthoud High School's VEX Robotics Team 1069B Argonauts won the "Excellence Award" at the Roosevelt High VEX Robotics Qualifier. This award earned them an invitation to compete at the Colorado State Championship on February 25. Berthoud’s 1069F Livewire team previously qualified for State, as did the 974X Cyberbrains team with Thompson School District students from Loveland.