Dia de los Muertos Altar
By Anna Clayborn and Julia Curd
On October fourth, eleven eighth graders met Mrs. Wood at the Longmont Museum to set up an altar. The altar honors the late Mr. Slavin, a Spanish teacher at Flagstaff who died last year. All of the Spanish Two classes contributed to the altar by bringing items into class and helping with the planning. The altar is displayed in the exhibit at the Longmont Museum. The exhibit is open October tenth through November eighth. Make sure you go an check out the amazing altar honoring Mr. Slavin!
Boulder Rock Club
By Chelsea Bandi
On November 27th and 28th, the eighth grade classes went to the Boulder Rock Club with the Colorado Mountain Club to learn about the physics of rock climbing. Half of the eighth grade went on the first day and the last half went on the next day. The students learned techniques and tricks to do well while climbing. There was an interactive lesson involving physics and friction to learn how it plays into rock climbing. Everyone got the chance to climb using auto-belay, an automatic belay hooked into your harness, and the chance to boulder, small distance climbing without being belayed. The eighth graders had a great time with the Colorado Mountain Club at the Boulder Rock Club!
Middle School Halloween
By Adena Stein
This year’s Halloween party was a blast! Students enjoyed nachos and chocolate covered pretzels in the commons, while outside there were a variety of fun games. These included a potato sack race, a donut-on-a-string-eating competition, and a contest to eat all of the gummy worms hidden in whipped cream. Everyone else ran around and had a fantastic time! The Halloween party was a great success!
Fifth Grade Adventure at
By Anna Clayborn
On October twelfth, the whole fifth grade journeyed to the YMCA of the Rockies, located near Estes Park. The trip lasted two nights and the fifth graders returned on October fourteenth. While they were up in the mountains, the students learned about a different subject every day. The students learned fire ecology, how fires impact our ecosystem. In route orienteering, the students learned how to use a compass and topographical map. Finally, the students learned survival skills, like fire building and how to construct a good shelter. While they “took” these classes the students had a journal to record what they were learning and some questions to answer. After dinner, on both nights, there was an interesting activity. One night, the students took a short hike and learned the calls of three different owls. The other night was a campfire night, the students even got to make s’mores! During the campfire there were two elk fighting with their antlers a short distance away; they could even hear the clashes of their antlers. While up at the YMCA, there were elk everywhere! Sometimes, while walking on the sidewalk, the elk would be ten feet away. The weather was beautiful for the fifth graders. The Aspens were changing, and it was beautiful. Rowen N.’s favorite part of the trip was the roller skating. At the YMCA of the Rockies, there is a roller skating rink and all of the students got to try it out. Rowen N. says there was a disco ball and music playing. The fifth graders had a great time up at the YMCA of the Rockies. Make sure you check out the pictures on the photos page!
By Julea Trank-Greene
On Friday, October 30, many elementary students gathered in the gym to attend the Halloween dance. The dance started at 6:30 and it looked like the kids had a blast. There were many fun Halloween themed games, and inside the gym, music was going on and the kids were running around like it was another recess. At one point during the night, the kids played limbo, and three lucky kids won! There were also contests to see whose costumes were the best. Some of the categories were cutest, scariest, etc. Overall, the kids had a lot of fun at the Halloween dance.
By Mason Nieberger
Our Jog-a-thon this year went great, we raised so much money for Flagstaff by running so many laps. Every year Mr. Pugh runs with every single class so this year we decided to raise money for Mr. Pugh. We put jars in every classroom for people to bring in their spare change, this raised $1188.88! This year Dean Pugh ran 265 laps which totals up to 26.1 miles! That’s further than a marathon. Our top three money raising homerooms this year were as follows. At third place is Mr. Starr’s homeroom, second place was Mr. Holmquist homeroom and at first place is Mr. Debenport’s homeroom. There were prizes for the amount of money you raised, the more money you brought in the better prizes.
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