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.”