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May 24, 2011

 Boulder Valley School District

Boulder Valley
Board of Education
Ken Roberge, President
Jim Reed, Vice-President
Laurie Albright, Ed.D., Treasurer
Jennie Belval
Helayne Jones, Ed.D.
Tom Miers
Lesley Smith, Ph.D. 

Boulder Valley
School District
Christopher King, Ph.D.,

Newsletter Editor:
Allison Metz

A message from Superintendent Chris King
The Colorado General Assembly adjourned its session May 11. On May 10, I conveyed to the board Governor Hickenlooper’s public concern that key legislation had still not passed that affected 2010-2011 Colorado K-12 funding. These bills were legislation transferring $70 million from other state funds to the state’s general fund. If not passed, Colorado K-12 funding would have had to be cut an additional $22 million statewide next fiscal year.

I am happy to report that all necessary legislation passed guaranteeing no further cut to state K-12 funding next year. The 2011-2012 proposed BVSD budget will be presented for the board’s formal study. At this point, the state cut in funding to BVSD for next year stands at $9.1 million as earlier reported. My proposed budget reflects that cut which is offset by funds from the mill levy override passed in November.

School Food ProjectSchool Food Project – 2nd Annual Farm Dinner
There is still time to get your tickets to attend the 2nd Annual Farm Dinner to benefit The School Food Project. The dinner takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Pastures of Plenty Farm. Regular tickets are $125 each and VIP tickets are $225. Buy tickets at https://schoolfood.giveo.com. For more information, contact Ann Cooper by email or at 720-561-6131.
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Coyotes, Warriors, and Knights, Oh My!
Just in!  The Monarch Madrigals, Centaurus Marching Band, and Fairview Jazz Band & Pop Show performers will be performing at Razzle Dazzle & Glee for BVSD this Saturday, May 28, 2011, 5:30 p.m. at the Boulder Reservoir.  It’s not too late to join in on the fun! Click here to purchase tickets; limited tickets will also be available at the event. Join us to celebrate our accomplishments of this school year (Passing 3A, Impact Awards, Education Matters, Classroom Mini-grants, Opportunity Fund, etc.) and help us fundraise so that we can accomplish even more in the coming school year!

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BVSD Bond Update
Construction crews poised to break ground on Phase 3 Bond projects
With the start of summer break next week the shouts and laughter of children on many BVSD campuses will be replaced with the hum of heavy equipment as projects in the third and final phase of the Bond program start construction. All school projects are now either complete or under construction. By the end of the summer, all Phase 2 projects will be finished and students will be able to enjoy many of the new learning spaces to be constructed in Phase 3. 

The return to school in August will be especially exciting for students and staff at Columbine Elementary who will start the year in their brand new facility. At this time, the new building is complete and crews will move furniture and equipment in over the summer. Demolition of the old building is set to occur in June and site work including landscaping, concrete and asphalt paving will follow immediately after. Community members, staff and students will be able to tour the building for the first time at the ribbon cutting and open house on August 11 at 6 p.m.

Photos and progress updates for all projects under construction will be posted on the school pages of the Bond website.

 Columbine Courtyard

The new Columbine Elementary building includes
a semi-enclosed courtyard which was one of the
favorite features of the old building.

 Columbine 5th Grade Sneak Preview

Columbine fifth graders got a sneak peek at the new school.


Mapleton Elementary will reopen as an Early Childhood Education Center
Earlier this month, BVSD and the City of Boulder agreed to partner on a project that would include Mapleton Elementary in the district’s expansion of its preschool services. Thanks to the support of voters last November, the district is rolling out plans to increase its preschool services district-wide. Mapleton Elementary was identified as a potential site to grow preschool options in Boulder.

Mapleton Elementary ceased operation as a school in 2003 and has been used to warehouse IT equipment in recent years. To be operable as an early childhood education center, the Mapleton building will require renovation and remodeling. The City has agreed to provide $3.5 million in Education Excise Tax funds to the improvement project. The district will contribute $1.4 million in mill levy override funds. Operating expenses will be paid with ongoing override revenue.

The program will serve up to 120 students ages 3-4 and 5 until school age. The program offered at Mapleton will be consistent with the preschool program offered in schools across the district. Students from anywhere in the district will be eligible to attend as long as space is available.

This summer, the district will hire an architect and convene a Design Advisory Team (DAT). The group will begin design work in September with construction anticipated to begin next summer. The Design Advisory Team will include district staff, City of Boulder staff, parents and neighborhood representatives.  The building will be ready for students for the 2013-14 school year.

Override funds also are being used to construct or augment early childhood education facilities at Aspen Creek K-8, Douglass Elementary, Emerald Elementary, Fireside Elementary, Monarch K-8, Sanchez and Whittier Elementary (kindergarten).

Keep up with the progress of the Mapleton project at here.

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The following is a letter addressed to BVSD employees from the medical directors of the Boulder Valley Care Network.

To BVSD employees and families,

It isn’t often that physicians get an opportunity to work directly with local employers to improve the quality of care in our community. We, fortunately, have that opportunity with BVSD.  We know that health care can be complex, frustrating, and expensive. It is critically important that we work together to make health care quality and access better for you.

The Boulder Valley Care Network (BVCN) is a diverse group of health care professionals working together in order to improve your health and quality of life. We are comprised of three hospitals, several clinics, and over 700 physicians and other clinicians. The BVCN began its collaboration at the request of BVSD to improve the local quality, value and experience of patient care for you and your families enrolled in the BVSD self-funded benefit plans. Know that we are committed to maintain a choice of providers, improve access and quality, and continue to improve our coordination of your care. We are counting on you to be engaged partners in this effort.

Here are three specific initiatives that we are working on right now:

  1. Prescription drugs are an important part of many patients’ care plan. As physicians, we want to work with each of you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you. We have worked with the district to completely eliminate co-pays on more than 30 drugs that we identified as important for treating certain conditions. You can see this list on the benefits page of the BVSD website. Please talk to your doctor about what medication is the most appropriate for you.
  2. We are working with our colleagues to improve your care when you are seeing multiple providers or have complex health issues.  We strongly urge you to develop a relationship with your Primary Care Physician, not as a “gatekeeper”, but rather as a partner in our combined efforts to improve your health and quality of life. The co-pay has been reduced to $10 for primary care office visits with BVCN physicians. Preventive services have no co-pay. You can find a list of Primary Care Physicians at www.mybvcn.org. Re-engineering our practices to better serve you is not easy or fast, but it is important to sustain and improve the level of health care you expect.
  3. Working with BVSD, we have hired a local nurse, Karen Haimes, R.N., to support those patients who have chronic or complex conditions that would benefit from extra support. She has begun working with diabetic patients and with patients who need assistance in finding a primary care physician. Talk to your BVCN Physician or contact Karen directly if you believe that you may need this kind of support. Don’t be surprised if Karen or your physician contacts you. We will be contacting patients who may benefit from this extra resource. This approach, built as extension of your physicians’ practices with a local nurse, is much different than an out-of-state disease management program, and is designed specifically to improve your health. Karen may be contacted at 303.530.3405 x8 or khaimes@bvipa.com.

We applaud the leadership at BVSD for having the vision and persistent effort to create a structure for this kind of community partnership. Be assured that the BVCN physicians and hospitals are engaged and committed to work with you, with each other, and with BVSD to make sure each of you has the best care.

Laird Cagan M.D, Frontier Internal Medicine P.C., Chair of the BVCN Medical Advisory Committee,
David Ehrenberger, M.D., Northern Medical Associates
Jack Imig, M.D., Boulder Medical Center P.C.
Mark Laitos M.D., Longs Peak Family Practice
Valerie Lipetz, M.D., Community Medical Associates
Fabio Pivetta M.D., Milestone Family Medicine
David Podlecki, M.D., Longmont Clinic
Carolyn Shepherd, M.D., Clinica Family Health Services

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Summer Break for you and the Earth

Did you know?
All buildings will be shut down for the summer except in specific areas with scheduled activities.  We are making a concerted effort to consolidate scheduled activities to minimize the amount of energy and resources it takes to power an entire school during the summer months.

As you enjoy a relaxing summer, please help the earth take a break too. The following are some suggestions for reducing waste and cutting the use of unnecessary resources over the summer months.

  • End of the Year Clean Up: As you are preparing for the end of the year clean up, please be mindful of what you are putting in the trash.  Many of the items left in lockers and classrooms can be reused or recycled.  There are organizations willing to partner with our schools to help collect reusable items and will, for example, donate them to schools in need. For information about these options, please contact Ghita Carroll at ext. 5181.
  • Turn it Off and Unplug it: Turn off computers and unplug electronic equipment and appliances (faxes, printers, copiers, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, toasters, clocks, radios, etc.) that will not be used over the summer months.
  • Lights Out: Turn lights off as you leave your classrooms.

Congratulations to Ella Johnson from Crestview Elementary who biked or walked to school EVERY DAY this year!!  Thanks, Ella, for setting such a good example for your friends and community. We know there are other students out there, like Ella, who bike, walk and bus to school daily and we thank all of you for your sustainable commitment! Check out this fun video, documenting Superior Elementary Schools Safe Routes to School Program and participants.

Under New Management

  • Jennifer Korb, Assistant Principal, Eldorado K-8, effective July 25, 2011
  • Theodore Robison III, Assistant Principal, Centennial Middle, effective July 25, 2011
  • Michelle Brenner, Assistant Director, Special Education, effective July 1, 2011

Board Approvals

  • The board approved an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the Town of Erie and BVSD related to the district's authorization to the Town to purchase, on the district's behalf, CBT units (Colorado Big Thompson Project water). 
  • The board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Boulder for the transfer of $3.5m of Educational Excise Tax for the purpose of renovating and reopening of Mapleton School.
  • The recommendation to award the consulting services contract to Ciber for the Lawson Implementation Services to assist with the upgrade and implement of the Lawson business management software products acquired in February was approved by the board.
  • The board approved the award of contract for the Manhattan Middle School Parking Lot Reconstruction project to E-Z Excavating.  
  • The board approved the award of contract for Bond Program construction services at Halcyon Middle Senior High School to Quinlan Construction.
  • The board authorized contract awards for Bond Program construction services at both Centennial Middle School and New Vista High School to Saunders Construction.
  • The board approved the recommendation to nonrenew the contracts of the specified licensed probationary employees, including limited term temporary teachers, listed in Exhibit A, by adopting Resolution 11-07.  

Hats Off!
Honor Roll Notes:

After the last Superintendent’s Honor Roll (May 10) featuring outstanding high school musicians, we learned that Nederland Middle/Senior High also had students to be honored. Those students include:

  • Willow Robillard - All State Women's Choir
  • Ryan Farris - All State Orchestra
  • Kelsi Silva - All State Band

Certificates and pens were sent to each of these students. It should also be noted that Nederland Middle/Senior High School is the only nine-time Grammy Signature School recipient in the country. NHS was also an honor performer at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference at the Broadmoor Hotel with Fairview High School and Southern Hills Middle School.

Congratulations to this week’s Superintendent’s Honor Roll recipients:
BVSD’s spring state champions were honored at the May 24 board meeting.

BVSD had three students win first place in the Colorado History Day’s junior competition, all from Summit Middle School. Those students are:

  • Lillie Bahrami, in the Junior Paper competition for her work entitled “Feet vs. Meters: The Debate Over Metric Conversion Act of 1975.”
  • Alik Christianian, in the Junior Individual Documentary competition for her production of “The Armenian Genocide and the Treaty of Sevres.”
  • Tatjana Kunz, in the Junior Individual Performance competition for her presentation of “Ping Pong Diplomacy: The Small Ball that Moved the Big Ball.”

BVSD had three students win first place in the Senior Division, all from Fairview High School. Those students are: 

  • Janet Chen, in the Senior Paper competition for her work entitled, “”The Pentagon Papers: Igniting the Debate Over Government Secrecy.”
  • Claire Beck-Alper, in the Senior Individual Exhibit competition with her exhibit “The Kitchen Debate: A Snapshot of Two Economic Ideals.”
  • Zachary Litner, in the Senior Individual Performance competition for his presentation “Moral Dilemma, Unexpected Result.”

Also honored was Fairview High teacher Leigh Campbell-Hale as winner of the 2011 Kenneth Behring Colorado History Day Teacher of the Year Award at the senior level.

The Colorado Class 5A girls’ state tennis champions at the Number 2 and Number 3 singles levels

  • Monica Li is the winner of the Class 5A State Tennis Title at No. 2 singles. Monica is a junior with a 4.7 GPA – she is a focused competitor that is involved in a number of school activities like the Model UN and debate.  In tennis her record was 10 – 0 in dual matches this year and 18 – 1 overall. Monica is also the Front Range League Champion and the Region 2 Champion.
  • Katie Li is the winner of the Class 5A State Tennis Title at No. 3 singles. Katie is a freshman at Fairview, a 4.3 IB student this year who dominated the #3 Singles position statewide beating numerous older competitors.  In tennis this season she was also 10 – 2 in dual matches and 18 – 1 for the season. Katie was also the Front Range League Champion and the Region 2 Champion.

The Fairview High Girls tennis coach is Susan Stensrud.

BVSD Class 2A girls state track champions

  • Kelley Robinson, a junior at Nederland High School, is the Class 2A Girls State Champion in the 3200 meter and 1600 meter races. The two track titles add to her state cross country individual and team titles. 
  • Rebecca Hermann, a junior at Nederland High School, is the Class 2A Girls State Champion in the 800 meter race.

The Nederland High Girls track coaches are Kathy Butler and David Femmer.