Robotics Enhances Students' Education and Growth
Student demonstrates how to code a robot
D liked his first experience in computer programming, back when he was in elementary school. “You could program images and make your own story,” he said.
The robotics students worked in teams to program their robots to pick up a ball, move it, and set it down. Ms Mellon likened the task to the Amazon robots working in a warehouse (search “Amazon robotics” on YouTube).
Often the students have individual assignments, and often work in teams, too. The previous week they had a robot soccer competition. One student commented that working in teams was less stressful.
Team members collaborating
Some of the students hope to compete in a robotics competition with neighboring counties later this year. Successful teams can move on to larger regional, and even statewide events. Even at large competitions, there’s collaboration across teams. Teams will share parts and provide other last minute support just so all teams can compete.
Carlson Students at Sandbox
Empowering Students Through Innovation Grants
October 20, 2023
Clear Creek Schools Foundation is awarding funds to innovative educators at Clear Creek through an open grant application process. The Innovation Grants support the Clear Creek Learner Profile attributes, which were created by the Clear Creek community. The program is a collaborative partnership with the school district. Over $16,000 was awarded.
King Murphy Mountain School
Discovery Scholarships Awarded to 6 CCHS Graduates
Pictured: Kelly Flenniken, CCSF Trustee; students William Lewis, Benjamin Buseck, and Jordan Peters; Annette Isaacson, CCSF Trustee. Photo courtesy of Mindy Rogers.
Updated July 27, 2023
Congratulations to the 2023 Clear Creek Schools Foundation Discovery Scholarship Awardees!
These incredible students have exciting plans and we wish them the very best. We look forward to hearing how they’ve continued their journeys as lifelong learners.
The Discovery Scholarship Fund provides financial support to Clear Creek High School graduates that have been accepted to a skills certification program or an Associate's degree. The goal of the scholarship is to help students graduate with a minimum of debt or debt-free.
Clear Creek Scientists Participate in Statewide Competition
Posted May 15, 2023
Science is everywhere around us—as we breathe, cook, and play. It’s also fun to learn. Fun science fact: octopuses have three hearts and nine brains (one donut shaped brain plus “mini-brains” for each arm).
Middle School Team
High School Team
Science Olympiad is a community effort, which makes it a perfect fit for Clear Creek. A special thanks goes to:
Two New Members Elected to Foundation Board of Trustees
April 14, 2023
Jim Leonard STEM Fund to Support Clear Creek Students
March 28, 2023
Chris Crouse of the Idaho Public Library worked with Jim when CSU 4H ran the robotics club. She said, “Jim’s quiet, mild-mannered demeanor and guidance, in addition to his questioning ways, prompted the students to solve problems, answer competition interview questions, take pride in individual tasks and work together as a team, and exhibit gracious professionalism.”
William Lewis, student & entrepreneur
Innovation Grants Benefit Clear Creek Students
October 2, 2022
Educator grants support the development of the Clear Creek Learner Profile skills: leadership, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, adaptability, and character. Clear Creek School District considers all of its employees to be educators since they have contact with students at some point in the school day. Student grants support ideas and passions and the development of Learner Profile skills.
Beth Hall with students
Dan Lanzilotti catches a fish
Edupalooza Launches New Experiences for the School Year
Edupalooza took place at the Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, a fully accessible Easterseals camp with forested hiking trails and streams feeding into Clear Creek. Along with RMV the event was sponsored by CCSD and Clear Creek Schools Foundation. The district and two of its partners, Mountain Youth Network and Transcend, designed fun activities that prioritized relationships and well-being. After each activity, staff reflected on the skills they used, like adaptability and collaboration, and how they could bring these types of experiences to the students and build their Learner Profile skills.
“This event was designed to support teachers to support students,” said Andrew Wolff, CCSD student futures navigator.
Ben Shay (beige hat), Mountain Youth Network, guides staff on a learning experience
Ben Shay of Mountain Youth Network guided the fishing activity. Despite what seemed like little instruction—“If you don’t know how to tie a knot, then just keep looping”—people went right to work, smiling and laughing. Soon people were fishing in the pond with their poles made of sticks and rocks.
Groups rotated through three other activities:
Staff enjoy acting out famous movie scenes
Later that day, there was free time for hiking, yoga, and fishing. The next day was spent with Transcend (elementary school staff) and Colorado Education Initiative (middle/high school staff) to reflect further on how to bring these types of activities that can build Learner Profile skills (adaptability, character, leadership, collaboration, communication, critical thinking).
Clear Creek School District Receives $200,000 Early Childhood Grant
Clear Creek School District (CCSD), in partnership with Clear Creek Schools Foundation, has been awarded the The Community Innovation and Resilience for Care and Learning Equity (CIRCLE) Grant towards the community childcare center.
Clear Creek Schools Foundation Opens $10,000 Discovery Scholarship for
Skills Certification or Associate’s Degree
April 4, 2022
Clear Creek Schools Foundation launches the first year of the Discovery Scholarship to support a Clear Creek High School graduate that attends a program granting skills certification or an associate's degree. The renewable scholarship will fund 100% of a student's net cost for tuition, fees, and books for up to two academic years and a maximum of $10,000. Preference will be given to graduating CCHS seniors, students with a history of community engagement or volunteerism and those that demonstrate a financial need. The Spring 2022 applications are due April 30.
From Design to Implementation
November 22, 2021 - It was just two years ago that the Clear Creek community began designing the new Learner Profile and the skills that Clear Creek wants for its students. This year Carlson Elementary is bringing the design to life.
The Clear Creek Learner Profile describes the skills with which the community hopes to equip each student.
The design began with Advanced Placement (AP) art students creating posters to describe all the outdoor activities that define the county. The district invited community members to view the posters and share their perspective of what Clear Creek means to them and what they felt was important for students to learn and understand about the community.
Community members discussing ideas
The community design team included families, students, and key community members representing a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, and passions. “The conversations helped elevate equity in Clear Creek’s strategies” said Karen Quanbeck, Superintendent.
The finished product is depicted in a graphic seen throughout the schools and county and online. The Learner Profile applies to all Clear Creek students from pre-K to graduation.
Carlson Elementary started this school year with a new principal, Loraine Swartz, and a new culture of “crew,” which align with CC Learner profile’s values. “Crew is a culture of teamwork, shared responsibility, and mutual respect. It’s about belonging and supporting each other,” said Ms. Swartz.
So what does this look like during a school day? These are just a few examples of how Carlson Elementary is bringing CREW and the Clear Creek Learner Profile to life:
Building a Tepee
Mr Mike Dinadro, 4th grade at Carlson, guided students along the journey of building a tepee. The students learned communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership skills. “We messed it up a few times and how to take it all down again,” said one student. Then...success. The tepee held up and the students enjoyed the benefits of their teamwork. A student noted, “It was freezing outside and it was warm inside the tepee.”
How many of you were leaders today?
In her 1st grade class, Leslie Coleman asked, “how many of you were leaders today?” Several students raised their hands.
One student sadly claimed, “I didn’t get to be a leader today!” Others chimed, “Me either!” Ms. Coleman said, “I should see all hands. Raise your hand if you worked with your partner, gave them directions, and then helped them.” Every hand rocketed up. “Then you were being a leader,” she says.
Preschoolers Practicing Leadership
Preschoolers took turns being leaders. The class got in a wide circle facing each other, and each took a turn leading the class with their favorite pose, like touching their toes.
The Clear Creek Learner Profile and Crew culture helps the elementary students see themselves as part of their class, school, and community. One student stated, “It helps us learn more about each other and trust each other.”