Coyote Ridge Elementary School is harvesting the rewards of their brand new Learning Garden! Last year, a committee of parents at the school worked with principal Deon Davis to create a Learning Garden at the IB World School. The school was very fortunate to be able to partner with the Loveland Rotary Club, the City of Fort Collins and the Coyote Ridge PTO to secure funding and volunteers to make this garden a reality. Despite weather-related setbacks last spring, the committee and CRES community persevered and they are now enjoying the bounty of the beautiful Learning Garden. It is a wonderful addition to the school and it provides real-world opportunities for students to "dig in" to their learning!

Community forums encourage community discussion

Thompson School District has hosted two community forums that are designed to facilitate a community-wide discussion regarding the challenges that the district is facing and potential solutions. Two more community forums are scheduled to occur—Oct. 11 at the Loveland Public Library and Nov. 8 at the High Plains Environmental Center.  Both sessions will begin at 6pm.

Thompson is a complex school district. Its accomplishments are impressive and its challenges are often intricate. Because of this, it is imperative that the community works together to identify problems and then solve them together as a team. To assist in this process, the community forums will be presented in a different way than what visitors may be used to.

Rather than a simple presentation of information followed by a question and answer session, the forums will be designed to encourage open dialogue from all participants. The conversation will move where it needs to in order to address the ideas and issues that are brought forward by attendees. District staff members will be on-hand to provide information and to clarify challenges. However, the participants will dictate the flow of the meeting. A facilitator will be present to help guide the process, which will help ensure an open conversation that gets all concerns on the table. Please join the district at the upcoming forums and help plan for the future!

Fundraiser event benefits Alternatives to Violence

Over 30 TSD current and alumni students participated in the recent "Pastels on 5th" event in downtown Loveland, which is designed as a benefit for Alternatives to Violence. All three Loveland Integrated School of the Arts (LISA) schools—Mountain View High School, Bill Reed Middle School and Garfield Elementary—took the opportunity again this year to be a large presence in the Loveland arts community. Past graduates from Mountain View High School also took the time to return to their roots and give back to the community through their beautiful artwork.

Explore Thompson program returns

Thompson School District is pleased to announce the return of the “Explore Thompson” program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please join us as we visit schools, meet new people from around the community, learn more about your school district and have fun!  For more information and to register, please visit: www.thompsonschools.org/explorethompson