Nov. 11, 2016

Students honor veterans with food, music

Students across School District 27J commemorated Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) by honoring local veterans.

Fourth grade students at Thimmig Elementary School (lower right) honored U.S. Veterans in all branches of the military with three performances of a patriotic music show on Nov. 10. Students waved 
American flags, sang The Star Spangled Banner and the songs of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. The show thanked veterans for their military service.

Vikan Middle School (above) held their salute to veterans with a community dinner on Nov. 10. Local veterans were invited to come enjoy having supper with Vikan students. The night also included veteran trivia and prizes. The dinnner, sponsored by the school's National Junior Honors Society, is an annual event.


Board extends contract of district superintendent


The School District 27J Board of Education has extended the contract of 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler through the year 2020.

Fiedler has served as 27J Superintendent of Schools since 2012. 

Fiedler's current contract was scheduled to expire in 2018 but the board generally has extended the superintendent's contract well in advance of its expiration. 



Prairie View students serve police, firefighters


Breakfast was on Prairie View High School Nov. 9.


For the second year, the school's student council representatives served up a free breakfast to emergency first responders, including police and firefighters.


The annual event is the school's way of saying "thank you" for the service that first responders provide.


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Community representatives tour new high school site 


Community representatives, including 27J Board of Education members, got an
up-close look at the construction progress for district comprehensive High School No. 3 during a site tour Nov. 5.

The new high school is now five months into a two-year construction process. Tour invitees got to inspect ongoing foundation work for the 255,000-square-foot facility and other site milestones including the paving of school parking lots and access roads. High School No. 3 is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.

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High school students take center stage with plays


Brighton and Prairie View high school drama students recently took their talents to the stage with presentations of their fall plays.


Prairie View High School presented "Humbletown" Oct. 20-22. In the play, dozens of eclectic characters portray the convoluted history of a small Midwestern town. 


Brighton High School presented "Sinking the Globe" Nov. 4 and 5. The comedy, set in London during Shakespearean times, portrays the exploits of actors in a London play house called The Globe. 



Good for the Gander: South holds annual Turkey Trot 


With warm weather in November, the South Turkey Trot was held a little early and run on Nov. 4 at Brighton High stadium.  

Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, and some South teachers all ran in the Turkey Trot races. Kindergarten through second grade ran half a lap, and third through fifth students ran a full lap for the race.

Races were started with kindergarten classes and a boys' and girls' race was run for each grade level. First place Turkey Trot winners at South Elementary will receive their frozen turkey prizes next week before Thanksgiving break. 

Here are the South Turkey Trot winners: kindergarten Damian Nolf and Estrella Flores Vasquez; first grade Cash Buron and Melanie Andrade; second grade Savion Valdez and Lea McGee; third grade Yosahara Prado and Zeke Durant; fourth grade Abram Valdez and Evelyn Melendes; and fifth grade Marcos Huidobro and Rehanna Williams.


Schools sponsor pre-Thanksgiving food drives

With the Thanksgiving holiday in a few weeks, some 27J schools are holding food drives to make food baskets for families in their schools or donating the food to community food pantries. 

Currently, Stuart Middle School National Junior Honor Society has collected almost 300 items of food to donate to community organizations. They are collecting food through today.

At Turnberry Elementary School, the Turnberry PTA is sponsoring a food drive this week with a goal to collect 1,000 food items.  Food donations are being delivered to the Henderson Food Bank.

Both North Elementary School and Thimmig Elementary are sponsoring food drives to create food baskets for families in need at their schools.



Students make voices heard in mock elections 


Students at two 27J elementary schools participated in voting in the 2016 election. Many Thimmig Elementary students cast their ballot Nov. 8 in a homemade voting booth, decked all out in red, white and blue streamers. Teachers Mandy Fitzgerald and Emily Piazza made the voting booth for students to use on Election Day.

Fitzgerald teaches first grade and said her students were super excited to vote.

“We made the voting booth because we wanted to get students involved in current events and for kids to have the experience of voting,” she said.

Students at Northeast Elementary School also voted for U.S. President in a mock election. All grade levels at the school voted by computer to make their choice. 

Weekly Calendar



Saturday, Nov. 12

Prairie View High Donates
7 a.m. to noon,
PVHS, 12909 E. 120th Ave., Henderson
Community members can drop off clothing items during this clothing drive at the school


Wednesday, Nov. 16

College Night
6 to 8:30 p.m.,
Eagle Ridge Academy, 3551 Southern St., Brighton.

High school tudents from across 27J are invited to come meet with more than 20 representatives from Colorado colleges and universities


Thursday, Nov. 17

D.A.R.E. Graduation
2 p.m.,
North Elementary,
89 N. Sixth Ave., Brighton



Friday, Nov. 18

Turkey Trot
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.,
Pennock Elementary, 3707 Estrella St., Brighton



Saturday, Nov. 19

Broadmoor in Brighton
7 to 10 p.m.,
Brighton Armory, 300 Strong St., Brighton
Brighton High School DECA silent auction fundraiser
Tickets at 



Nov. 21-25

Fall Break
All district schools closed







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