Nov. 23, 2016


Students give back to families in need of food

North and Thimmig elementary students made sure local families had all the fixings' for Thanksgiving and some extra food for other dinners too.

North Student Council packed 28 food boxes on Nov. 17 to be given to North Elementary families. A food drive was held at North Elementary to collect most of the food. 
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables and other food items like pasta and cereal are included in the boxes of food. Each family also got a certificate for a free frozen turkey, courtesy of a financial donation from the Adams County Sherrif's Office.


“I am thankful for so many families getting food boxes for Thanksgiving from our school," said North fourth-grade student Alex Ferral.


Thimmig Elementary Student Council also made food baskets for families in need at their school. Members of student council collected food donated from each classroom and created 22 food baskets on Nov. 17. The baskets, each with a frozen turkey donated by the Thimmig PTO, were picked up by families for Thanksgiving on Nov. 18. Thimmig held a food drive the week prior to collect food for the baskets.



Plans for 2017 renovation projects move forward

Plans for renovation projects to begin next spring/summer on several Brighton schools are taking shape.

Last week, architects and general contractors joined Brighton High School and 27J construction staff for a walk through of the school.

Brighton High School is one of four schools where renovations are tentatively scheduled to begin next year. The other schools are Northeast Elementary, Overland Trail Middle School and Vikan Middle School. All projects will involve the addition of new classroom space and renovations to existing classroom space. The improvements are possible thanks to voter support of a $248 million construction bond. 


Click here to learn more about the planned projects


Kindergarten students sample veggie cornucopia

It was a colorful cornucopia of healthy fun in a Henderson kindergarten class last week. Teacher Lynne Craig and parent volunteers brought in a variety of fruits and vegetables to cut up and have kids taste each one.

Students learned about seeds and how to identify if each food was a fruit or a vegetable. They took a taste of asparagus, lemons and limes, grapes, kiwi, oranges, star fruit, apples, tomatoes, green pepper, potato, prunes, eggplant, artichokes and figs—to name some of the sample. 


Kindergarten students also created their own Thanksgiving cornucopias out of paper. They would color the fruit or vegetable after tasting it and paste the picture into a cornucopia to take home for Thanksgiving.


Preschoolers celebrate early with Thanksgiving Day feast


27J preschoolers at the Brighton Learning and Resource Center had their own Thanksgiving feast Nov. 18.

Wearing pilgrim hats and Native American headdress, the children enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce and a pumpkin puree with graham cracker crust and whipped cream. 




North students graduate from DARE program

Fifth graders at North Elementary graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program  Nov. 17. Brighton Police Officer Ron Rodriguez, the North DARE Officer, presented all 44 graduates with DARE certificates. Students also received DARE T-shirts to wear in the ceremony.

Rodriguez was also honored during the ceremony. The ceremony marked the retiring Rodriguez' 25th and final DARE graduation ceremony at North Elementary, according to the Brighton Police Department. 




Prairie View students bake up sweet fundraiser


Prairie View High catering students made some Thanksgiving holiday dinners a little sweeter this year.

Students made holiday pies at PVHS last week, and sold them to the community for a 
fundraiser. Students made apple, cherry and pumpkin pies in the cooking classroom. They learned how to make pie dough from scratch and then rolled it out to make the crusts.


Learning to make holiday pies was part of their catering education but also for the first year, students sold pies for Thanksgiving. It was a fundraiser for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization. Funds raised will be used for students to attend the FCCLA convention.


Brighton's Lulu’s Farm Market supported the fundraiser by giving Prairie View High a lower price on the apples and cherries for the fruit pies.


Weekly Calendar



Nov. 21-25

Thanksgiving Break
All Schools Closed

District offices closed Nov. 24 & Nov. 25



Saturday, Dec. 3

Winterfest at Stuart
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

Stuart Middle School, 15955 E. 101st Way, Commerce City
Fundraiser features carolers, artists and crafters


Tuesday, Dec. 6

Second grade music program
7 p.m., Southeast Elementary School, 1595 Southern St., Brighton



Teacher Talent Show
7 p.m., Prairie View School High School, 12909 E. 120th Ave., Henderson $1 admission Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation


Thursday, Dec. 8

Winter Choir Concert

2:30 and 6 p.m., Henderson Elementary, 12301 E. 124th Ave., Henderson
Fourth- and fifth-grade students perform


Second grade music program

6 p.m., Brantner Elementary, 7800 E. 133rd Ave., Thornton


Friday, Dec. 9

Breakfast with Santa

8:30 to 11 a.m., Prairie View High School, 12909 E. 120th Ave, Henderson
Event for district elementary students is sponsored by PVHS Student Council






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