by Carolina King
Ouray School Board’s regular meeting Monday evening was filled with positive reports from staff members.
Elementary and middle school Principal Kenneth Nelson reported that the most recent Mt. Sneffels Education Board meeting was “awesome, because all of the projects got funded.” He added, “That was the first time in a while that that has happened.” He said the school’s upcoming Peru trip actually got more funding than they asked for.
Nelson also reported on a grant he is working on for early literacy and on the school’s continued work on social-emotional support and behavior intervention. He was happy to report there are four good candidates for a much-needed new para-professional position and one would be hired soon.
Lisa Bright of the school’s health committee gave a report on how well things are going with the committee’s three areas of focus: physical movement among students, getting more local and organic food on the lunch menu and working on starting a school garden with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) oriented curriculum that would work with Ouray’s high-altitude, shade and water issues. The goal is to have the garden for next school-year and have parent-community help organized for maintenance over the summer.
Markus VanMeter reported on the first STEAM project, spinning pottery.
“It was a learning experience for students and staff,” VanMeter said. The next project they will be working on in the new STEAM lab will be on “center of mass for an irregular shape.” Students will make the shapes themselves, use math equations to figure out the center and test by spinning the shape on a bicycle hub.
VanMeter was excited to announce that...