Eagleview Parent Teacher Partnership and Eagleview Elementary would like to congratulate the winner of the 2017 Eagleview $1000 Scholarship...
Read his essay below.
To whom it may concern,
I wanted to format this essay as a letter, because it doesn't feel like I'm writing an essay at all. It feels like I'm writing to an old friend. This shows how I valued my time at Eagleview and the connections and memories I have there.
When I reminisce my years at Eagleview Elementary, it is difficult for me to find a poor memory. The people I met, experiences I encountered, and memories I recall, all combined to give me a wonderful elementary school experience. My name is Aaron Griffith, and I attended Eagleview Elementary school for first through fifth grade. I have attended Rocky Top Middle School, and will be graduating from Horizon High School in mid May. I undoubtedly enjoyed my time at the elementary school in my life long neighborhood. Eagleview was, and I'm sure still is, a wonderful atmosphere for children who are beginning their journey in not only schooling, but life as well. Eagleview and its staff provided valuable lessons and skills that I continue to use in my daily life. It taught me what a good work ethic is, how to make friends, how to value people and their opinions, but perhaps most importantly, how to enjoy every moment in life. Without Eagleview, I would not be the man I am today, and for that I am extraordinarily grateful.
When I saw the criteria for this essay and noticed the segment for a memory, one immediately came to mind. It was the end of fifth grade, and the time had come where we were all getting anxious for the summer and the transition into middle school. Spring was in full swing, and the summer heat had already arrived. My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Bradley, allowed us to finally pick our own seats after a year of new friendships and experiences. Everyone was overly eager to sit with their friends in odd formations and ride the last two weeks out in style. I on the other hand, had an alternate agenda when I heard this news. Mrs. Bradley was, and I'm sure still is, a huge Rockies fan much like myself. Whether it was watching opening day as we worked, or daily score updates if the Rockies played during the day, she always kept me in the loop about how the club was playing. She would always have the game up on her computer as we worked, and wanted nothing more than success from the ballclub. I have always loved baseball since the minute I could pick up a bat, so naturally I loved how Mrs. Bradley kept me in on all the action. So when we were given the opportunity to pick our seats, I knew exactly where I wanted to sit: right by her desk. Everyone questioned the selection at first when I slid my desk right next to hers, even Mrs. Bradley herself. But she didn't deny me from trying to soak up this golden opportunity. I wanted to sit next to her so I could watch day games and talk baseball with Mrs. Bradley. While some may look at this memory as a minor moment in one’s educational career, I look at it as one of the most important memories of my life. It taught me that while authority was to be respected, connections could still be made and the time could be enjoyed. This is a skill I still use in my daily life, in my job and at school where it matters most. I couldn't be more grateful for my time with Mrs. Bradley and at Eagleview, it groomed me for life. I would go on to win an award at the end of that year that I am still honored to have received; the Eagle award. It is given to the best overall student who showed poise and character throughout their Eagleview career. It was the first year the award was given, and it was given to me by Frank Saponaro, another person who I was honored to meet and spend five years with. I have always loved his storytelling with his yearly reading of Maniac Magee and the butterscotch crumpets he would give us after every chapter. The criteria for the essay called for one memory, but as you can see, I have many more I could tell you.
As for my future plans, I have committed to the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs where I will study sports management and hope to achieve my dream of working in the field of baseball. This scholarship would be an honor to receive, and it would help dearly in covering tuition, or even other necessary materials for my college career. My family is tight on money, but has always tried to provide me with the things I need to be successful in life. But this has become more difficult since my father was hospitalized and became disabled due to multiple strokes. Despite this tragedy, my mother is still working hard to send her first born to college. This is difficult for her, however, and that is why I write you today. This one thousand dollar scholarship doesn't seem like much to some, but to me, it would be an amazing benefit to me and my college career. I hope you strongly consider me for this scholarship, as I would not only be honored to win, but grateful as well.
Aaron will be speaking to this year's fifth grade class at their continuation ceremony.
Thank you to our 2017 Eagleview Scholarship Committee:
-Brian Abert, Vista Eye Care
-Maura Devine, Adams 12 Community Action Network President
-Meagan Hinkle, Eagleview 5th grade Teacher
-Jeff Jasica, Adams 12 Community Action Network Representative
-Mark Poshak, Adams 12 Community Engagement
-Stephanie Strawn, Eagleview Secretary & Registrar
-Rebecca VanHorn, Eagleview 3rd grade Teacher
-Julie Vigil, Eagleview 2nd grade Teacher
EPTP 3/16 Meeting Minutes
1. PBIS/RAK – grant for incentivizing teachers for kindness counts - $150 APPROVED
2. SPED – Grant for alternative seating options - $800 APPROVED
3. Mystery Science - for entire school science curriculum - $499 APPROVED
1. Scholarship - Malisa shared reasons why we’re offering the scholarship. Bianca shared teachers’ letters in support of scholarship. Group discussed pros/cons of scholarship. Voted and approved.
2. Luau Game Night
a. Grade level sponsored games
b. Family sponsored games
3. Coffee Cart – last Friday of the month
4. Teacher Appreciation – “Superhero” theme
5. Fun Run Committee
a. Looking for people for committee starting in April - Gaylene
b. Send a flyer home and Next Door app for sponsors
6. Bylaws committee
a. Looking for people for committee in April - Rebecca
1. Reviewed all old business – no discussion
Malisa Denke, EPTP Parent Chair
Julie Wesling, EPTP Co-Chair
Bianca Porter, EVE Principal
Thursday, April 20 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Our second annual Holiday Craft Fair is coming up on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come and shop for presents for Christmas, or find something fun for you! We will have crafts for kids that they can make and give away for a Christmas present for a family member or a friend. We will have a photo booth.
Check out all of our fabulous vendors:
--Gina Lantz Photography
--Cards by Dani
--Thirty One Bags
--Sweets by Drea
--Wreaths by Fallon
--Tea Time Baskets
In addition, we will have handmade baby items and pottery for sale.
If you would like to be a vendor, we do still have a few spots left. Please email email@example.com for more details.
Join the Eagleview Parent Teacher Partnership and the Eagleview Student Council in our Community Food Drive by bringing in canned or non-perishable foods to school starting on November 1 (for 3 weeks). We are coming alongside Food for Hope to help feed Adams 12 families this holiday season. Student council will be holding a class competition to help boost donations.
Food Donation List:
First off, thank you so much for all of your support with our Freaky Fun Run and Carnival! We raised $15,000 total!! Prize packages went home yesterday for all those that raised money. Top winners were announced on morning announcements today.
The winner of the iPad Mini is Penny Flaming. Penny is a 1st grader in Miss Kim's class. She raised over $800!!!
The top three classes were-
Miss Kim's class with a total of $1812
Miss Molly's class with a total of $1620
Ms Blascoe's class with a total of $1455
The top two classes that showed up for our event on October 22 was Mrs. Atwell's class and Mrs. Trujillo's class.
Thank you again for ALL of your support and participation!
We're in the planning stages of Eagleview's fundraiser for the year - our Freaky Fun Run & Carnival. The event is set for Saturday, October 22 from 1-5 p.m.
Our goal is to have ONE fundraiser for the entire 2016-2017 school year. This is a check-writing campaign. There will be nothing to sell. We will be encouraging students to ask family, friends, and neighbors to sponsor them in the one-mile fun run.
Look for more details coming home in Friday folders on September 16.
Please join us the THIRD Thursday of every month for our EPTP meetings. Childcare will be provided. We meet from 6-7:30 p.m. (or less) in the first floor flex area.
Come learn what EPTP is, what we're planning this year, and find out ways to get involved. There is never a time commitment required for any volunteer work. We need a little bit of everything from every skill set.
Agendas will vary depending on what we have going on. If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming meetings to get on your calendar:
Thursday, September 15 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 20 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 17 from 6-7:30 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you!
Enter to win a $50 gift card to Red Robin!
All you have to do is give us your email address. (Easy, right?!) You can use our website's sign up option, email us directly at email@example.com, or sign up during Eagleview's Teacher Meet and Greet.
To be entered into the prize drawing ($50 Red Robin gift card), you must provide your email before midnight on Wednesday, August 31. If you have signed up via the website over the summer, your entry will count. Each parent in the household and/or grandparents can enter. One prize will be given. The winner will be announced on Thursday, September 1.
We want your email to communicate with you about Eagleview Elementary. We will not sell or share your information.
We are currently looking for businesses to partner with us for the 2016-2017 school year. If you run your own business, know of a business that would interested in sponsorships or just want more information, please leave info in the comment section. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support!
A partnership focused on supporting the whole child intertwining the academics,